Monday, October 31, 2011

Fun With Our Phones Monday


So first off, Happy Halloween! FAVORITE HOLIDAY! Gahhh I love Halloween. I'm still brainstorming on pumpkins...I don't know what to carve this year. I'm completely stumped. Shoo.

All crowded around playing Pokemon Red.

You gotta start them young :)

This is Cami's Psyduck hot air balloon.

And Matthew's Metapod.

We went to our friends' on Saturday ~ I was soooo stoked for my costume. I'll be dressing up again tonight.

Cami was Rapunzel (and will be tonight too) & Matt was Lightning but no pictures of him.

Nick was easily convinced to dress as my counterpart. He got to wear his tux. haha.

Our friends have the cutest fricking kittens ever. Cami was playing with them all night!


Anyways...HAPPY HALLOWEEN AGAIN :D Hopefully, I'll be a little better of a blogger this week :/

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Saving Max [Review]

Saving Max

Stats:
376 Pages
Published 28 Sept 2011

Synopsis:
Max Parkman—autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive—is perfect in his mother's eyes. Until he's accused of murder.
Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max's behavior has been getting worse—using drugs and lashing out. But she can't accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous.
Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death.
Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer?
With the justice system bearing down on them, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth, no matter what it is. She'll do whatever it takes to find the killer and to save her son from being destroyed by a system that's all too eager to convict him.
My Thoughts:
Up until Part 3 of the book, I wasn't entirely sure I liked the book at all. Danielle, Max's mom, is one of the most annoying main characters in any books I've ever read.


The ending - giant cliffhanger - usually would've frustrated me to no end. But I thought it was quite fitting. It was a solid end to a book I wouldn't necessarily call solid.


I docked a star because of the style it was written and the countless Apple endorsements.
It was an easy read and I don't think it was necessarily a waste of my time to read. This was my Clamhouse Book Club October read :)
Previous Review:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP #7) by JK Rowling [here]
Currently Reading:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (#1) by Joanne Fluke

Friday, October 21, 2011

Boob Tube Babble & Book Club Friday

So I have been failing hardcore at blogging lately..when I do blog it's kind of fluffy. Plus my husband has virtually not been working at all and he was given a 4 day this weekend (started Thurs). We've been cleaning a bunch - the basement had a light go out so I basically threw things in a giant pile awaiting his return so he could change the bulb and the basement killer wouldn't get me. haha.

AND we got Pokemon Black and White on DS for FREEEEE! The housing does this energy rewards program and you earn points by using less than average for your neighborhood. We always use way less and I had been saving up points for a long time. We had 1860 and had enough to get Black and White. It got here super fast too. My husband's DS is still locked up in a couple toughboxes that haven't been unloaded yet from all the deployment stuff...so we've been taking turns using my DS. Right now, he's a-playing away. :) We're giant nerds. But totally proud of it. So I've been hardcore failing with reading and watching DVR shows.

Oh and I'm doing a giveaway right now - be sure to enter - HERE!

 Boob Tube Babble

We have been watching Whitney and I made him watch an older episode of Up All Night with me this week. I think he is okay with them. I'm happy Whitney turned out to be halfway decent. In the last few days, we watched the very first episode of Dexter (like Season 1, very first episode) and finished up Season 1 of Walking Dead so we could watch Season 2. The last episode of S1 of Walking Dead was MIND BLOWING. Hot dang! I love that show. I really enjoyed Dexter quite a bit too. Can't wait to watch more of it and eventually get up to the new season. Ohhh and NEW PSYCH! We watched the first episode that aired Oct 12 - OMFG. I love love love Psych. Oh how I love Psych. If you all haven't watched Psych, you need to! It's unbelievable. It is my new Scrubs. I hope it never ends!

I'm trying to read any chance I get. The other day when I was at the dentist is actually the most I've read in a month! I'm planning on reading hardcore today. Nick is still playing Pokemon and I kind of hogged it yesterday so I'm letting him go for as long as he wants :)

I'm currently in the middle of "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke and I'm starting "Saving Max" by Antoinette van Heugten - the Clamhouse book club October book. Here's a quick synopsis on the two:
 Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)
Hannah Swenson already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer.

Who would have the sheer audacity and the motive to kill the most punctual delivery man Hannah ever had? Topping the list is the high school football coach. What exactly was his wife doing, making the rounds with the milkman? Could Max Turner, owner of Cozy Cow Dairy, have had a secret he didn t want to share with his top employee? The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. Why has Lake Eden s most prominent prodigal son, Benton Woodley, just resurfaced? And what about the mysterious Mr. Harris who seemed interested in buying the property next to the dairy, but then disappeared? This is one murder that s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah s mouth. And if she doesn t watch her back, Hannah s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Saving Max

Max Parkman—autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive—is perfect in his mother's eyes. Until he's accused of murder. Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max's behavior has been getting worse—using drugs and lashing out. But she can't accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous. Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death.

Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer?
With the justice system bearing down on them, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth, no matter what it is. She'll do whatever it takes to find the killer and to save her son from being destroyed by a system that's all too eager to convict him.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FIR '11: Reading Question #4



If you haven't seen my list...please go check it out: HERE.
Today's Question:
How large is your personal/family collection of books? And where do you keep them?

Much like myself, my husband is also a bookworm. So when we got married and moved in together, we combined our huge book collection. Right now we currently have 2 or 3 giant tubs (those plastic ones you get at Walmart for $5) full of all the "kid" books and book series that we didn't want to read any time in the future necessarily (we have 40+ Animorph books, Goosebumps books, Area 51 books, etc.). Our bookshelf in our room is overflowing with books. We actually are thinking of getting another bookshelf. I thought to myself a few weeks ago that we kind of looked like book hoarders because not only are there books on the bookshelf...there is a huge stack on my husband's nightstand, a small stack on my nightstand with my Kindle...2 large stacks of books on the floor next to my side of the bed (by the bookshelf) and various books all over the house. The kids are little bookworms too. I cannot tell you how many books they have. Shoo. At least 100. They have books upstairs as well as little stacks in their bedrooms.
This is a very poor picture due to bad lighting in our room...but it's a 5 shelf bookshelf...there are books in it the regular way...books stacked on top of those, in front of those, etc. I also have a bunch of books IN my nightstand.
In this picture, months ago...you can kind of see the bookshelf on the left there...this was before my shopping sprees at a closing Borders and then half off all paperbacks at B&N. AHHHHH! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fun With Our Phones Monday

Shew. I apologize for being a lame blogger.

I'm still trying to get into the groove of things. Nick is doing weird half days most of the time and I personally am not fully awake and aware until after lunch. I'm a zombie in the morning!

My blog post ideas are so jumbled too! BLARGH.
Anyways...I haven't hooked up my phone memory card to my computer in forever, so I have tons of pictures for today to choose from :)

I love capturing pics of them being all cute and best friends.

Preparing the signs for homecoming!


I think that one of the kids will end up playing percussion in band.

Ready to pick up hubby!

Snacking on poptarts while we wait.



*eye twitch* Hubby thought it would be hilarious to put Apple stickers on my Kindle and HP laptop.

LOVE this picture. What little rotten butts.

This weekend, I made this recipe but switched out the vanilla extract for rum extract and baked it in a bundt pan and then drizzled it with caramel.

Now hopefully, I can get a few more post ideas going :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Boob Tube Babble.

Boob Tube Babble
So since my husband has gotten home, I've been like crazy not watching any shows off my DVR. I'm so behind. But for good reasons. I saved all the True Blood and we just finished watching the night before last.

I'm not sure entirely that I like where the storyline has gone and I get sick of Alan Ball playing up Bill like a hero. My poor husband, who hasn't read the books, probably hears "that didn't happen in the books" more than anything else. LOL.

Things I have to say:
  • I do like that Lafayette is still alive (he dies right at the beginning of book 2 and was never a huge character), but I'm not sure about this whole medium crap. I almost thought that Ball would kill him off this season.
  • I'm so glad Tommy and his parents are gone. They were so annoying.
  • I think that Tara isn't dead, even though it appears that way. I guess in the books she wasn't that important but Ball has made her one of the main characters and she'd be one of the first to be killed off, if so.
  • I don't like how they did the Debbie scene. That really needed Eric.
  • I don't like how Eric DID remember what happened between Sookie and him during his time under Marnee's spell.
  • I HATE how Jason didn't turn into a werepanther and how they had him captured and he was going to turn because they needed to father more cubs. Although I will admit, I was cracking up at the daddy-uncle and titles like that. 
  • I like Sookie's explosive hand power. That's kind of cool.
  • Fairyworld just got completely ruined. :/
  • I didn't like the Andy on V, and Arlene's baby weird storylines.
  • I wonder if they will actually say Alcide is the new packmaster since he killed Marcus.
  • I really really really HATE how the final scene went down with the witches. The weres were included in the books and it was amazing. It would have been epic.
Overall, even though Alan Ball butchered my favorite book, if I think of them separately, I still liked Season 4. I am stoked to find out what happens next.
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More Upcoming Shows
Walking Dead - Sunday, Oct 16 on AMC
Grimm - Friday, Oct 21 @ 9pm on NBC
Next Iron Chef - Oct 30 on Food Network
The Exes - Wednesday, Nov 30 on TVLand
Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea - NBC this fall

Friday, October 7, 2011

Why Today Is Going to Be...

THE BEST DAY EVERRRRRR!!!

Why is today going to be the best day ever?





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No...not 'cause it's Friday...
I'm sure you've read a few times that my husband is deployed...today is the day that I pick him up and bring him HOME. Today is HOMECOMING day. Ah sweet homecoming day :)

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He'll be sleeping next to me every night, snoring up a storm. :) I can bombard him after each work day with every thing that has happened. I can grocery shop by myself!! I have someone to watch tv with me and I can turn and share my thoughts with him immediately. I get to hear him laugh like Stewie when he thinks something is really funny, which my husband does when he thinks something is really funny...and that just makes me laugh even harder!


So...here are my final thoughts on this deployment...


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And here are some of my favorite pictures from our first homecoming ceremony...I am so excited to have these moments again :)

I had super blonde hair...and bought new shoes just for homecoming!




The most perfect moment in the world is when the hangar door opens and all those rows of boots are the only thing you can see. Just thinking about it makes me cry. I love that moment. Unfortunately since my husband looks like many of the other soldiers, he is hard to pick out. He was way in the back last time anyways.


My all-time favorite picture of my husband and son ;) 
Unconditional love and a man not afraid to cry in public!

I am unbelievably excited and ready for this day. This deployment has been extremely rough and much worse than the first one. I know the kids are more than ready for Daddy to be home, especially Matthew. He has been hit really hard this time. He is such a sensitive little guy and it breaks my heart to see him struggle with Nick not being here :(

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Other Unhealthy Obsession.

DISNEY!!! AHHHHH!!!

My favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. It was the first movie I saw in theaters and I still love it. My kids love it. We may or may not jam out to the soundtrack every day! :)




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I, of course, really love Disney Princesses. My favorite was always Ariel, but I love Belle and Jasmine too. That's the era that I was raised in, so it makes sense.

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Little Mermaid - Kiss the Girl-esque hair!

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