Friday, October 29, 2010

A Halloween Blog Hop

Feel free to join this wonderful Blog Hop....I hope to find some great blogs to read.




Thursday, October 28, 2010

Handmade Halloween costume for School


Tyler needed to make a Handmade Halloween Costume for school. Well, he did this last year. So this has always been a Daddy and Tyler project. Last Year Ty was a robot....So Sascha and Tyler thought of making a Lego but Ty didnt like it....Well we were watching the Chipmuncks and Tyler said he wanted to be Alvin.



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wordless Wed-Halloween is coming

Halloween is coming up and this is my favorite picture. I love my husband and my daughter




Sunday, October 17, 2010

Book Review-19th Wife by David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife is a complex novel. It's an adult novel, for sure, though more mature teens could probably handle the content. (I'm thinking of the language. This one is far from clean.) What I loved about this one was its intensity and depth. The novel could have easily gone astray. After all, it is a novel that splits its focus in two.

One story is modern day. A man--grown son--coming back to his childhood town to see his mother who has been arrested and charged with murdering his dad (or stepdad, I think it is). He's an adult who's seen and done a bit too much. Having been kicked out of his home by his father for getting caught holding hands with one of his sisters (half-sister? step-sister?), he got along the best he could. Living on the streets. Selling his body. (Though it's been years since he was reduced to that lifestyle, he's doing "better off" now and living in California.) He's angry. He's bitter. He's confused. He's rejected the faith of his parents. And he's gay. Not going to exactly make him popular back in his hometown. But when he gets the news that his mom has been arrested--though he hasn't heard from her since he was kicked out--he packs up what he can and travels with his dog--he loves his dog!--and makes for home not knowing just what to expect. This side of the story is all mystery and drama. Can he make peace with his mom? Can he figure out who really murdered his dad?

The second story is historical. It's set in the early days of the LDS church. We see Joseph Smith and Brigham Young up, close, and personal. We get a novelized accounting of the early days of the church. It's semi-gradual shift to adopt pologamy. Our narrator through these portions shifts chapter to chapter. One of our main characters is Ann Eliza Young, a young woman who grew up in a polygamous family. A young woman who saw how hard it was on her mother for her father to keep bringing in wives. A young woman who wanted to be the one and only wife. But a woman who ultimately had bad luck in love and ended up marrying a complete jerk, having two kids, divorcing, and remarrying. She remarried the church leader actually. Became one of many of Brigham Young's wives. But that marriage didn't go smoothly. And their divorce wasn't only ugly, it was scandalous.

What these two halves have in common is polygamy. Specifically, the books present different viewpoints on how polygamy effects women and children...and ultimately even how it can be destructive and dangerous to men as well.

The novel shifts back and forth between centuries. This could have been tricky as far as pacing goes. Just when momentum is building up for one side of the story, the reader is flipped to the other one. Time and time again we're built up to a very intense point only to have the narrative shift. The good news is that I, as a reader, found both stories interesting. There were places I loved one more than the other. But even that changed throughout the novel. I didn't just love one over the other. I genuinely came to care for both stories. So, yes, it probably through me a little to have to go back and forth and back and forth. But both stories added so much to the novel as a whole, that I ended up happy with it overall.





Thursday, October 14, 2010

PurpleTrail....how do u make holiday cards


It’s that time of year again. The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to order personalized holiday cards! These days personalized cards aren’t very expensive, so they are a great way to connect with your friends and family during the holiday season.

Whenever we send out personalized cards we always get tons of compliments on them, and I still have many of the cards that were sent to me! These cards will hold special meaning to the recipients long after the holidays are over.



Here are 5 ways to make your cards great:

1.Take photos . You can do them yourself or get them done professionally. You can order cards from professional photographers or get a copywrite release.

2.Include unique family quotes. Cards are a great place to put the cute things your daughter or son is always saying! I have also done recorded messages for our cards.
3.Think outside of the box. Holiday cards don’t have to focus on the holidays – dress in your favorite team’s colors, pick photos from your annual vacation, or something else that is meaningful to your family.
4.Tell a story. Did something interesting happen to your family this year? Personalized holiday cards are a great way to let everyone know! The year our daughter was born, our holiday cards also served as birth announcements.
5.Involve your children. Many cards have room for several photos on them, so let one of those be all about the children. Let them make funny faces, strike silly poses, and just be kids! Who knows, you may end up using this as your main photo!
Purple Trail is currently offering free shipping on all of their personalized holiday cards. They have a large selection of cards to choose from, and if you are feeling especially creative you can even use their Design Center to create your own design. With postcards, flat cards, and folded cards there really is something for everyone.

We have made homemade cards, ordered cards with pictures, and ordered cards already written up.
Do you make personalized cards each year? What is your tip for making them special?

Check out personalized holiday cards



** I am participating in a giveaway for PurpleTrail.com and it makes me eligible for a PurpleTrail gift code. Here is a link to the contest information page http://www.purpletrail.com/blogcontests


What’s your favorite Hershey’s Halloween candy


My favorite Hershey's candy is the pumpkin Reese’s. We are going to be using Hersey's candy to make treat bags for my kid's classes.


I am you are entering a contest for a Hershey’s Halloween prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.


Go to
http://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/halloween/
and see all the fun things you can do with Hersey's products.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our Halloween Punpkins

Well this Sunday, it was a really nice day out and Sascha had the day off. So we carved pumpkins as a family activity. Here are our pumpkins.






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