Noah’s Reading – March 2008

March 31, 2008 Categories: Books , Homeschooling | Comments Off  

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio #1) by Jon Scieszka

Jonathan’s Reading – March 2008

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Horrible Harry Goes to the Moon by Suzy Kline
Horrible Harry and the Dungeon by Suzy Kline

Josiah’s Reading – March 2008

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Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Spot’s Windy Day and Other Stories by Eric Hill
Buzby by Julia Hoban
Small Pig by Arnold Lobel

Natalie’s Reading – March 2008

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The End by Lemony Snicket
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn and Linda Washington
The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket
A Window to the World by Susan Meissner

Read Alouds – March 2008

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Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn and Linda Washington
Fly by Night by Francis Hardinge
A Beginning, A Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing by Avi
Sad Underwear and Other Complications: More Poems for Children and Their Parents by Judith Viorst
If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and their Parents by Judith Viorst

Happy Anniversary, Honey

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In the craziness of a weekend of family togetherness, with two of my three sisters visiting – one with husband and kids, one with just her kids – I almost forgot. Thirteen years ago today, Kevin and I got married in a small ceremony in the living room of my grandmother’s new house. Thirteen years!

I love you, Kevin. Here’s to thirteen more!

New features

March 28, 2008 Categories: Books | 3 Comments  

I borrowed an idea I saw on CaribousMom, and have added two pages to the sidebar: Book Reviews by Author and Book Reviews by Title.

Links for Friday

March 27, 2008 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Movies , Writing | 10 Comments  

I’ve got a great weekend planned – my sister Deb is coming across the state from Silverdale to visit for three days. I am ignoring the reason she’s coming: to see Marni and Hans and their boys before they move to St. Louis in June or July. We’ll spend most of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday together and then Deb and the kids will head back home on Tuesday. Pray for good weather on Snoqualmie Pass as she crosses the mountains.

We had three inches of snow here yesterday! It didn’t stick on the roads, and mostly melted in the afternoon, but it came down like the dickens for a few hours. March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb, my foot. I think March got things topsy-turvy this year.

I have red fingertips and my hands smell like vinegar. Anyone have a guess about what the kids and I did today? And, no, we didn’t dye our Easter eggs a week late.

Kevin and I are watching Stranger Than Fiction right now. Well, he’s watching – I’m half-watching and typing this post. I’ve seen it before – with Michelle – but he hasn’t, and I knew he would like it. I like watching movies again, but for some reason it drives Kevin crazy if he knows I’ve already seen a movie. I try not to let him know – while avoiding out-and-out lying, of course – because I know he’ll like it if he just watches it.

Well, I better get on to the links, because it’s getting late and I should be heading to bed soon.

~ This young reader is amazing. Be sure and watch the video. Hat tip: Lawanda.

~ Yahoo! has listed the 10 Most Historically Inaccurate Movies. Bummer – I really like Gladiator and Patriot. Why do they have to change so much in films? History is fascinating enough as it is!

~ In this video, author Khaled Hosseini talks about the process of adapting his book The Kite Runner into a film.

~ Remember the writing contest I told you about? Well, it’s time for part two – and your entry is due on Wednesday. Only 300 words. Don’t hesitate – enter, okay? (You know who you are. ;) )

Prayers, please.

March 26, 2008 Categories: Prayer | 5 Comments  

My wonderful online friend and fellow book-lover, Carol at Magistramater, is leaving on the trip of a lifetime to Scotland in eight days. Her husband, Curt, has pneumonia and a sinus infection. He is on a hard-hitting antibiotic. Please be in prayer that the meds work, that he recovers completely, and that they don’t have to cancel their trip. Thanks!

Since when…

March 25, 2008 Categories: Politics , Rants | 4 Comments  

…is telling a flat-out lie considered a “mistake?”

But during a speech last week on Iraq, Clinton stretched the truth to the breaking point. “I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia and … there was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the first lady. That’s where we went. I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

Hogwash. The truth is:

� There was no sniper fire.

� Nobody ducked for cover.

� Bad weather, not security concerns, kept her husband from making the same trip a few months earlier.

Clinton and her aides stood behind the story � which she has told more than once � until video surfaced showing the former first lady, her daughter, Chelsea, and their entourage strolling off the plane and walking calmly across the tarmac.

“I made a mistake,” she said Tuesday. “That happens. It proves I’m human, which you know, for some people, is a revelation.”

Around our house, that’s called telling a lie, not “Oops, I goofed.” Sheesh.