Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: 5 Books I am Thankful For

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, Ginger Reads Lainey picked the top 5 books for Top 5 Wednesday to be books we are thankful for. 

I thought about this topic a lot and the different reasons to pick each book. I didn't want to pick all of the same books I always pick when thinking of my favorite books so I tried to narrow it down to books that either made a big impact on me or have really strong memories connected to them. 
Of course, that could be most of my bookshelves... so this was hard to narrow down. 

#1: I HAD to include Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

It is safe to say that most of my book posts will include Harry Potter in some form or another. 
These books have really been a huge part of my life since the day I randomly picked this copy up on an impulse as I was standing in line in Smiths. Not only do I have all of the memories of reading the books, midnight book releases, waiting for each new book  to come out but also then sharing them with my mom, going to the the movies as they came out, and then finally sharing them with my daughters. 
I am so grateful for this whole series. 
#2. It is also no surprise that I am including Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
This book is part of who I am. It really is. They say the books you read as a child become a part of you in a way that no other reading you will ever do does and that is true for this series. 
I will always associate so many amazing memories with this series.
Lucy Maud really gave the world a gift with the creation of Anne. 

#3. Keeping with the L.M. Montgomery theme I am going to add The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Volume 1

I bought this journal when I was on PEI in 2002 (the last time I was there) and I remember starting to read it while taking a bath in a little cabin we were staying at. Within the first few pages she was talking about visiting the town we were in and I remember feeling so thankful to be able to not only be on PEI but to be there for the second time and to be sharing it with my parents. 
I love reading through her journal entries. There is a lot of writing and underlining in this book because I relate to a lot of what she wrote. We had a lot in common just as I always thought we would.
I still want to read the rest of these volumes and hopefully will soon. I am really interested in seeing if, through her journals, I can detect the chain of events in her life that led her to eventually commit suicide. I am so sad that she had such a sad life as she got older and I love to read these entries when she was still young and having a good time seeing the beauty in life. 

#4. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The reason this book makes the list is because it was one of the first long books (and then series) that I read out loud with Abi and Maddy. There are so many awesome memories associated with reading these books together. Tears, laughter, and our wonderful trip we took to the Ingalls homestead when we finished them. I will never forget watching them run around the farm in the pioneer outfits I made for them and Maddy falling as she ran down the hill (just like on the TV show). 

And finally, #5. Mrs. Sharp's Traditions by Sarah Ban Breathnach.

In this book she takes us through the year month by month looking at and learning about Victorian home life and traditions. I read this when Abi was still very little and a lot of our own family traditions have come from this book. I have always had a fascination with that time period and loved so much about it. So reading this book was life changing and led to so many of our fondest family memories. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the books I am grateful for. 
What books are you most grateful for? 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Madeline's birthday party: part four

After presents, the kids played for a few minutes and then it was time to gather for cake and ice cream. 

Maddy really loved having so many people singing to her!

We had some time afterward so the kids played in the basement. They had a blast. We let them play for about 25 minutes before cleaning up and then going upstairs to wait for parents.

The fourth graders hung out by themselves in the adjoining room. 

All the kids had a great time. We even had one in tears when her mom showed up. 
Maddy was so happy with her first friend birthday party!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Madeline's birthday party: part three

When I left off it was time for lunch. 
Each kid grabbed one of those pink lunch bags off the counter and took a place at the table. 

They were loud and messy and had so much fun. 

When lunch was over we gathered for gifts. 
Maddy was so excited. I think it is so funny to watch kids at birthday parties during the gift unwrapping. They all want to help and be right in the action.

There were LOTS of hugs. 

She was so happy with everything she got!
Next up: Some play time and Cake