Friday, March 26, 2010

Love the Library!

Tonight is book club and we'll be discussing this book, "When Broken Glass Floats." It's a terribly sad memoir of a girl who grew up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge. How did I get so lucky to have lived such a peaceful life?

This book, "Marked" was last month's book club selection, but unfortunately it had one really bad scene and lots of bad language. I wish authors could leave that junk out, because the actual story of a girl going to a "Vampyre Finishing School" was kind of interesting. It's the first book in the House of Night Series which there will soon be 7 of.

I requested this book "The Lost Symbol" several months ago and was like person 1,636 requesting it from the library- no joke! I thought I'd have to wait a couple of years to read it, but now it's in my home anxiously waiting for me to read it.

I suffer from anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, anger, and occassional impulsiveness. I hope I can "Change My Brain and Change My Life."

This book is not from the library, I bought it because it was written by an old friend of mine from high school. I want to give a shout out to Mr. Dean Badillo- CONGRATS! I look forward to reading "Molly and Wally Molecule" to my kids.
I also finally got Fablehaven 4 from the library and can't wait to read it either. I love good books!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Party Planner

After I broke my toe, I watched a lot of David Tutera's show. It must of rubbed off on me, because I was a bit extravagant in decorating Noe and Kaleb's parties (at least compared with my previous standard).

I actually painted this castle for New Beginnings in YW, but I am into recycling- tee hee. I also got a dozen pink, purple, and light pink balloons to tie on each chair and to put on our front porch.

I made another 80 tissue paper flowers, then strung them up into a garland.

The table all ready to open presents and eat cake!

I used pink on top of white table cloths, with these cute pastel plates and napkins.

The piece de resistance, a pink castle cake- voila!

Len drew this pirate ship for me, and I did my best painting it. (I think it turned out pretty cute, actually.) The dozen balloons were blue, red, and light blue this time.

I made pirate flags into a birthday banner.

The table all ready for presents and cake again.

I used red on white table cloths, blue plates, and blue striped napkins.

I'll journey with this ship, right down to my tummy! I made a total of 8 pirate cupcakes for each of the guests too.
*Both of these parties had games & prizes (musical chairs, pass the parcel, and pin the nose on the clown), but the main activity was a scavenger hunt. My husband made up 8 darling clues for each group to find their treasure with. Everyone had fun, so I think they were both a success! Now, will I do all this again next year? Kaleb and Noe are worth it, but NO! We're going to rotate each year with a party and an outing with a friend, and even with the parties we're going to rotate with separate ones and parties together- phew!

Love to Paint

I painted a second picture to hang in our play room. The room is slowly coming together. I can't wait for it to be done, but it's a fun journey to get to "done."

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fabulous Friday

For our Stake Youth Fabulous Friday I made 80 tissue paper flowers and painted 24 hearts. It's amazing how cute a little bit of paper and paint can make things.