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The Titan’s Curse

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series #3)

Official Overview:

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
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Wow…first two books were good but this one will make me by the next, not waiting on it at the library :).

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Good Morning Gorillas

Good Morning Gorillas (Magic Tree House Book #26)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Gentle giants or giant monsters?

That’s the question Jack and Annie have about gorillas when the Magic Tree House sweeps them to the mountains of Africa. There they meet a group of amazing and sometimes frightening mountain gorillas. Annie knows how to play with the creatures right away. But Jack is left out. Will the gorillas be able to teach him some special magic?

The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to an African rainforest, where the siblings encounter gorillas and learn to communicate with them.
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Amazing interaction with the animals in this book!

The Sea of Monsters

The Sea of Monsters (2nd book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)

Official Overview:
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson—a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia—only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name…the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends—Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson—must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

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Great second book…kept me entertained and ready to keep reading. I can’t wait to read these with both Addyson and Owen when they get older.

Stage Fright

Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House Book #25)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

The show must go on!

That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare’s having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare?

Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to Elizabethan London, where they become actors in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and try to rescue a tame bear.
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This was a cute story. Annie shows a very sensitive side and Jack overcomes a fear.

The Lightening Thieif

The Lightening Thief (First book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)

So Addyson saw a preview for the movie, Percy Jackson Lightening Thief on television a few days ago and asked me if we could watch it. I replied with a, “No not this time BUT that movie was made from a book so I’ll read the book and see if it might be a good book for us to read in the future.” She was a-okay with that answer and I followed through with my word and checked out the first book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I was hooked!

Official Overview:
After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

Earthquake in the Early Morning

Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House book #24)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

An adventure that will shake you up!

That’s what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie find the final writing that they need to help Morgan save Camelot? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first?

The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to San Francisco in 1906, in time for them to experience one of the biggest earthquakes the United States had ever known.

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This was one of the scarier books we’ve read so far but it was still great! Addyson had never really known or been taught what an earthquake was so that was fun to explain.

Twister on Tuesday

Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House book #23)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

An adventure to blow you away!

That’s what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the 1870s. They land on the prairie near a one-room schoolhouse, where they meet a teenage schoolteacher, some cool kids, and one big, scary bully. But the biggest and scariest thing is yet to come!

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Great lesson on how it “used” to be in the old days :). Addyson loved that the whole school was in one room and even the big kids were with the little kids.

Kids trip to Memphis

So a few weeks ago before Addyson started school and we got moved into our new house the kids went to spend a full week with Justin’s parents (Papa and Nana) in Memphis. They had a BLAST!! I think Addyson would stay a month if we let her.
Here are bunch of pictures from their trip courtesy of Nana 🙂

At the Children’s Museum

At the Children’s Museum

At the Children’s Museum (in the FedEx plane cockpit)

At the Children’s Museum (my future pilot)

At the Children’s Museum

At the Children’s Museum (dancing in front of the green screen)

At the Children’s Museum (my future actress on her first big screen)

At the Children’s Museum

Riding the carousel with Papa (Owen was too afraid to ride)

But he wasn’t too afraid to jump on the bungee jump…all boy!

Flying!!

Addyson on the bungee jump

Addyson doing a flip on the bungee jump

Addyson fishing with Papa (one of her favorite things to do when visiting them)

Owen caught his first fish! (He LOVED it!)

The playground at Shelby Farms in Memphis. Looks so cool!

At Shelby Farms Park

At Shelby Farms Park

At Shelby Farms Park

At Shelby Farms Park

At Shelby Farms Park

At Shelby Farms Park (all those things to play on and with and he is digging in the dirt).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unpacked and settling in

So we’re almost 100% unpacked and we’re sort of settling in. Our new furniture that we picked out on the 4th of July and have waited and waited for has not arrived yet but should within the next week AND we have no Internet or tv so we’re working on ALL the projects throughout the house that probably wouldn’t get finished if we did have those luxuries, so in a way I’m thankful :).

We finally hooked up the Wii last night and had fun as a family trying to play a few games. Owen is still a bit to young and Addyson still hasn’t quite grasped the hand-eye coordination that it takes to move and hit buttons to “shoot” or “bowl” at the same time but we have fun.

I’m hoping that when our furniture arrives it will start to fell more like our home and not like a house we’re just staying in.

I am so thankful for Jimmie and Nancy (aka Papa and Nana)!! They came and helped us unpack and get settled and while I had hoped to use Nana’s amazing decorating abilities while they were here we couldn’t get much of that done without our furniture but we did purchase almost everything for Addyson’s room so hopefully I’ll get that done this week and get a picture posted. I’m SO excited it’s going to be very cute!!!

Revolutionary War on Wednesday

Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House book # 22)


Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It is a dark and snowy night

when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to colonial times. General George Washington is about to lead his army in a sneak attack against their enemy. But now a terrible weather is making the great general question his plans. Can Jack and Annie keep history on track? The fate of the country rests in their hands!

Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River.
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This was another fun historical fiction book to read with Addyson! We talked about presidents, Mount Rushmore and lots of other fun facts that she has learned but doesn’t quite understand :).

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