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Archive for the month “September, 2011”

I Don’t Know How She Does it!

So I finished the book “I Don’t know How She does it” last week but didn’t get around to writing about it until now. It was an okay read…there were a lot of British terms and things like that that made this a little more difficult to read than I would have originally thought but overall I give it a THUMBS UP!

Here’s the synopsis:
Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter’s school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.

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Here are some of the parts in the book that were hilarious to me…some had some truth intertwined 🙂

“Babies never extend any credit. They have a tyrant’s disdain for fairness. They grant no time off for cuddles received, no parole for long hours spent nursing in the dark. You can answer that cry a hundred times, and on the hundred and first they’ll still have you court-martialed for desertion.”

“There is a scream from Ben’s room. A Hammer Horror scream. Third time tonight – or is it fourth? Teething again….You crawl back to bed and you lie there trying to do the jigsaw of sleep with half the pieces missing. Perhaps he’ll go back by himself. Please let him go back. It’s always around now, when the dark is silvery with the first inkling of light, that you start cutting desperate deals with God. “Oh, God, if you’ll just let him go back to sleep, I’ll….” I’ll what? I’ll be a better mother. I’ll never complain again, I’ll savor every grain of sleep I get from now until my dying day. No, he won’t go back…The book tells you to leave baby to cry, but Ben hasn’t read the book. He doesn’t understand that after forty minutes or so of continuous crying, baby will settle down. The book says that Ben may have attachment issues; I think he’s just figured out that the Mummy who isn’t here in the day is available for nocturnal cuddles.”

With that said, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie!! click here to see the trailer.

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Christian Hipster

So I was informed by my hubby that I was behind on this video but I found it funny anyway. Enjoy!

House #7

So this is a foreclosure home that is now on the market with a realtor. It was passed up at auction and is listed for a reduced price (not so reduced that it is automatically a winner though…we’d still have to do some negotiations). Enjoy the pics…who knows 🙂

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Booklist for 09.26.2011

Okay, I’m back on track and went to the library today. Here’s our reading list for the next week. We’re averaging 2-3 books a night (and a few throughout the day). I LOVE reading with my kiddos!!

Our little gymnast

Addyson is officially enrolled in a gymnastics program at LoneStar Gymnastics here in Fort Worth. She’s in the SuperStars class on Thursdays at 5:15 🙂 She LOVES it! Here are some of her pictures from last week.

Addyson about to flip over the bar...holding it for 3 seconds

Hanging on the bar...about to swing 3 times and jump off

first time learning how to flip over the bar

Hanging and moving across this bar

Balance beam time...she does great...and EVERYWHERE we go she wants to walk along the sidewalk this way

Another go-round on the beam

Booklist for 09.18.2011

Yes, I’m posting this quite late but we’ve been unusually busy this week with school and other activities. So here’s the list from last week now.

How to Clean Your Room

Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin

Don't Want to Go!

A Place Called Kindergarten

Poindexter Makes and Friend

Tweak Tweak

Teacher's Pets

The Giant Jellybean Jar - this is a 2nd time check-out 🙂

Dora and the Baby Crab - this one was an Addy reader... with her new Kindergarten words and pictures.

Lottie Paris lives here

The Berenstain Bears and the Shaggy Little Pony

The Evolution of Music

ENJOY!

Webcam 101 for Seniors

This video is SO CUTE!!!
As I watched this I couldn’t help but think how much I hope Justin and I are like this couple one day. This is Bruce (86) and Esther (79) Huffman of Oregon on their brand new web cam.

Leapster Explorer Replacement

So many of you know that we LOST the Leapster Explorer that Addyson got for her birthday last year earlier this year. We also lost ALL her games as they were in the case with the Explorer. Anyway we’ve been contemplating replacing it so I began researching and came across this new LeapFrog item. This might be what we replace Addyson’s Explorer with. Click here to go to the product page on Toys R Us site or watch the demo video below.

I Don’t Know How Does She Does It

I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother by Allsion Pearson

So I’m reading this book now and I want to share a few snippets with you before I write the final review:) Yes, it is the one that came out as a movie this weekend, click here for the trailer. It looks cute!

“Babies never extend any credit. They have a tyrant’s disdain for fairness. They grant no time off for cuddles received, no parole for long hours spent nursing in the dark. You can answer that cry a hundred times, and on the hundred and first they’ll still have you court-martialed for desertion.”

“There is a scream from Ben’s room. A Hammer Horror scream. Third time tonight – or is it fourth? Teething again….You crawl back to bed and you lie there trying to do the jigsaw of sleep with half the pieces missing. Perhaps he’ll go back by himself. Please let him go back. It’s always around now, when the dark is silvery with the first inkling of light, that you start cutting desperate deals with God. “Oh, God, if you’ll just let him go back to sleep, I’ll….” I’ll what? I’ll be a better mother. I’ll never complain again, I’ll savor every grain of sleep I get from now until my dying day. No, he won’t go back…The book tells you to leave baby to cry, but Ben hasn’t read the book. He doesn’t understand that after forty minutes or so of continuous crying, baby will settle down. The book says that Ben may have attachment issues; I think he’s just figured out that the Mummy who isn’t here in the day is available for nocturnal cuddles.”

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