Tuesday, September 15, 2020

2020-21 School Year: Hybrid learning w/the Soup Girls


Well Hello there!

It's been a long time! Yes, lots of things have changed, including how BIG my beautiful babies are getting!  

We are starting our school year with the Hybrid model: In person 2 days a week and distance learning the other 3 days.

Yesterday AM, we took our yearly pictures! WOW! So big!
K1 is going into 8th grade and her final year of Middle School and K2 is going into her FIRST year of middle school as a 6th grader! 








 


Thursday, January 09, 2020

50 Book Challenge: 2020

1:  Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years --Julie Andrews, with Emma Walton Hamilton
2. Know My Name: A Memoir -- Chanel Miller
3. The Secrets We Kept --Lara Prescott
4. The Wives --Tarryn Fisher
5.  Last Day --Luanne Rice
6. Where or When --Anita Shreve
7. When You See Me --Lisa Gardner
8. The Better Liar: A Novel --Tanen Jones
9. Open Book-- Jessica Simpson
10. Big Lies in a Small Town --Diane Chamberlain
11. The Giver of Stars --Jojo Moyes
12. The Wife and the Widow --Christian White
13. Regretting You--Colleen Hoover
14. Eight Perfect Murders--Peter Swanson
15. Untamed--Glennon Doyle
16. The Nowhere Child --Christian White
17. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird--Josie Silver
18. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy,  Paternity, and Love --Dani Shapiro
19. You are Not Alone--Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
20. Faithless--Karin Slaughter
21. Maid: Hard Word, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive--Stephanie Land
22.  The Lookalike -- Erica Spindler
23.  Today Will Be Different --Maria Semple
24. The Last Romantics--Tara Conklin
25. Stories We Never Told -- Sonya Yoerg  (**kindle**)
26. The Red Lotus--Chris Bohjalian
27. Holding Up the Universe--Jennifer Niven
28. The House Girl--Tara Conklin
29.  The Honey Don't List --Christina Lauren
30. Long Bright River --Liz Moor
31. Children of the Land--Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
32. A Woman is No Man --Etaf Rum
33.  American Dirt--Jeanine Cummins
34.  All I Ask--Corinne Michaels
35. I'd Give Anything --Marisa de los Santos
36. Blood Orange--Harriet Tyce
37. My Kind of You (Trillium Bay #1) --Kindle--Tracy Brogan
38. The Lies That Bind--Emily Giffin
39.  The Wife Stalker--Liv Constantine
40. Such a Fun Age--Kiley Reid
41. Always The Last To Know --Kristan Higgins
42. Dear Edward -- Ann Napolitano
43. Big Summer --Jennifer Weiner
44. In Five Years -- Rebecca Serle
45. Party of Two-- Jasmine Guillory
46. What You Wish For -- Katherine Center
47. The Knockout Queen--Rufi Thorpe
48. Fair Warning--Michael Connelly
49. Friends and Strangers --J. Courtney Sullivan
50. The Daughters of Erietown--Connie Schultz
51. Cleaning the Gold --Short Story --Karin Slaughter/Lee Child
52. The Night Swim --Megan Goldin
53. The Other Mrs. --Mary Kubica
54. He Started It --Samantha Downing
55. We Are All The Same In the Dark --Julia Heaberlin
57. The Swap --Robyn Harding 
58. Valentine --Elizabeth Wetmore
59. The Silent Wife --Karin Slaughter










Monday, March 04, 2019

Congrats to K1!


Proud mama here.....K1 landed the role of Wendy Darling, in her middle school's musical production of "Peter Pan".  Since this is her first year in middle school (6th grader, in a 6-8 grade school), and there were 110 kids that tried out, I'm about to burst! Her dreams of the stage are slowly starting.

Now, because she was the product of an egg donor, the question of "nature vs. nurture" comes into play here. You see, her egg donor and her children are musical and an actress!  K1 definitely fits into the "nature" category in that regard.  She also is the product (nurture) of a mama who teaches 3 year old special ed. children, who needs to be dramatic to make a point and is the lover of movies and books.  So I do believe, in K1's situation, it was inevitable? LOL. Perhaps. 

I will keep you posted on dates and tickets (in April!)....for now, she is sharing her tunes around the house and I'm loving them.  



Tuesday, January 01, 2019

50 Book Challenge: 2019

1. The Guilty Dead-- P.J.  Tracy
2.  The Wife--Alafair Burke
3. The Life Intended -- Kristin Harmel
4. The Sea of Tranquility -- Katja Millay
5. The Woman Inside -- E.G. Scott
6. Verity --Colleen Hoover
7. Watching You-- Lisa Jewell
8. The Guy Who Died Twice -*(Kindle Eshort Story)--Lisa Gardner
9. Dark Sacred Night--Michael Connelly
10. One Day in December --Josie Silver
11. Sold on a Monday --Kristina McMorris
12. The Boy--Tami Hoag
13. Daisy Jones & the Six--Taylor Jenkins Reid
14. The Crooked Street-- Brian Freeman
15. The Accidental Beauty Queen --Teri Wilson
16. Before She Knew Him --Peter Swanson
17. Love and Other Words--Christina Lauren
18. Everything You Want Me To Be --Mindy Mejia
19. Mrs. Fletcher -- Tom Perrotta
20. My Lovely Wife--Samantha Downing
21. Wolfhunter River--Rachel Caine
22. The Proposal --Jasmine Guillory
23. Queenie--Candice Carty-Williams
24. Intercepted--Alexa Martin
25. Never Tell-- Lisa Gardner
26. I Know Who You Are--Alice Feeney
27. When Katie Met Cassidy -- Camille Perri
28. The Unhoneymooners --Christina Lauren
29. Stay Up With Hugo Best--Erin Somers
30. The Better Sister--Alafair Burke
31. The Friends We Keep --Jane Green
32. The Hate U Give--Angie Thomas
33. City of Girls--Elizabeth Gilbert
34. Howard Stern Comes Again--Howard Stern
35. Dear Wife--Kimberly Belle
36. If You Only Knew--Kristan Higgins
37. Recursion: A Novel --Blake Crouch
38. Now That You Mention It--Kristan Higgins
39. Good Luck With That --Kristan Higgins
40. The Night Window--Dean Koontz
41. From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home --Tembi Locke
42. On Second Thought --Kristan Higgins
43. All American Boys-- Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
44. The Nickel Boys--Colson Whitehead
45. Summer of '69 --Elin Hilderbrand
46. Summer People--Elin Hilderbrand
47. The Last Resort--Marissa Stapley
48. The Mother-In-Law--Sally Hepworth
49. Mrs. Everything--Jennifer Weiner
50. Life and Other Inconveniences --Kristan Higgins
51. The Escape Room--Megan Goldin
52. The Last Widow--Karin Slaughter
53. Surfside Sisters--Nancy Thayer
54. Whisper Network--Chandler Baker
55. Shamed--Linda Castillo
56. Things You Save in a Fire--Katherine Center
57. The Wildlands --Abby Geni
58. The Perfect Son--Lauren North
59. Ask Again, Yes --Mary Beth Keane
60. The Murder List--Hank Phillippi Ryan
61. Twice in a Blue Moon-- Christina Lauren
62. The Stranger Inside--Lisa Unger
63. Catch and Kill -- Ronan Farrow
64. Inside out: A Memoir --Demi Moore
65. What Happens in Paradise--Elin Hilderbrand
66.  The Night Olivia Fell -- Christine McDonald
67.  The Night Fire --Michael Connelly
68. Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? --Pete Wilson




Friday, January 05, 2018

50 Book Challenge: 2018

1.  Little Fires Everywhere --Celeste Ng
2. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn --Melanie Shankle
3. The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition: A Cutting-Edge Plan to Fuel Your Body Beyond ""the Wall"" --Matt Fitzgerald
4. Before We Were Yours--Lisa Wingate
5. The Black Book--James Patterson & David Ellis
6. A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back--Kevin Hazzard
7.  Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret --Judy Blume
8. Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces that Make Up a Life--Melanie Shankle
9. The Deep Freeze--John Sanford
10. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane--Lisa See
11. Night Road-- Kristin Hannah
12. An American Marriage--Tayari Jones
13. The Wife Between Us --Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
14. The Woman in the Window-- A.J. Finn
15. Just What Kind of Mother Are you? -- Paula Daly
16.  Seven Days of Us --Francesca Hornak
17. Look For Me--Lisa Gardner
18. White Houses- Amy Bloom
19. Surprise Ending --Kindle Single--Jeffery Deaver
20. Breaking the Silence --Diane Chamberlain
21. Everything Here is Beautiful--Mira T. Lee
22. Sometimes I lie--Alice Feeney
23. All The Beautiful Lies--Peter Swanson
24. Catalina: A Novel--Liska Jacobs
25. The Light We Lost--Jill Santopolo
26. The Great Alone--Kristin Hannah
27. You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories --Curtis Sittenfeld
28. Happiness For Beginners--Katherine Center
29. I'll Be Your Blue Sky--Marisa de los Santos
30. Educated: A Memoir--Tara Westover
31. The Lost Husband --Katherine Center
32. Then She Was Gone --Lisa Jewell
33. The Outsider --Stephen King
34. The Flight Attendant--Chris Bohjalian
35. The Crooked Staircase--Dean Koontz
36.  Florida--Lauren Groff
37. Girl Last Seen--Nina Laurin
38. All We Ever Wanted--Emily Giffin
39. How To Walk Away --Katherine Center
40. The Female Persuasion --Meg Wolitzer
41. Three Days Missing--Kimberly Belle
42. The Perfect Couple --Elin Hilderbrand
43. Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of American's Guilty Pleasure--Amy Kaufman
44. Alter Ego-- Brian Freeman
45. Give Me Your Hand--Megan Abbott
46. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer--Michelle McNamara
47. A Gathering of Secrets --Linda Castillo
48. The Summer Wives--Beatriz Williams
49. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You are so you can Become Who you are Meant To Be --Rachel Hollis
50. Pieces of Her: A Novel --Karin Slaughter
51. The Perfect Mother--Aimee Molloy
52. The Last Cruise --Kate Christensen
53. The Dream Daughter --Diane Chamberlain
54. The Shortest Way Home--Miriam Parker
55. The Forbidden Door--Dean Koontz
56. A Spark of Light -- Jodi Picoult
57. Our Little Secret --Roz Nay
58. Nine Perfect Strangers--Liane Moriarty
59.  Ghosted--Rosie Walsh
60. Girls Night Out--Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
61. Bird Box --Josh Malerman
62. Vox--Christina Dalcher
63. Winter in Paradise--Elin Hilderbrand
64. The Marriage Pact --Michelle Richmond
65. Under My Skin --Lisa Unger
66. We all Love the Beautiful Girls -- Joanne Proulx
67. Holy Ghost--John Sandford



Monday, January 09, 2017

50 Book Challenge: 2017

1.  The Princess Diarist -- Carrie Fisher
2.  This is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir-- Victoria Fedden
3. The Couple Next Door--Shari Lapena
4. The Life We Bury --Allen Eskens
5. Live Bait -- P.J.Tracy
6. Dead Run --P.J. Tracy
7. Behind Closed Doors --B.A. Paris
8. Snow Blind --PJ.Tracy
9. Shoot To Thrill -- PJ Tracy
10.  Love Warrior: A Memoir -- Glennon Doyle Melton
11. The River at Night --Erica Ferencik
12.  The Night Bird- Brian Freeman (Kindle)
13. Her Every Fear--Peter Swanson
14.  Off The Grid--PJ Tracy
15. Right Behind You --Lisa Gardner
16. The Sixth Idea--PJ Tracy
17.  On Turpentine Lane--Elinor Lipman
18.  Never Let You Go --Chevy Stevens
19. Good As Gone -- Amy Gentry
20.  The Marriage Lie-- Kimberly Belle
21.  Abandon --Blake Crouch
22.  Copycat--Erica Spindler
23. Behind Her Eyes -- Sarah Pinborough
24. Breakneck --Erica Spindler
25. The Widow of Wall Street --Randy Susan Meyers
26. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley --Hannah Tinti
27.  Parallel -- Lauren Miller
28.  Ill Will- Dan Chaon
29. Marathon--Brian Freeman
30. The Red Hunter --Lisa Unger
31. Talking as Fast as I Can: --Lauren Graham
32. The Stars are Fire --Anita Shreve
33. The Burial Hour --Jeffery Deaver
34. Saints for All Occasions- J. Courtney Sullivan
35. One Perfect Lie--Lisa Scottoline
36. Most Dangerous Place --James Grippando
37. The Second First Time --Elisa Lorello  (kindle)
38. Marlena --Julie Buntin
39. Matchup --Edited by Lee Childs
40. Into The Water--Paula Hawkins
41. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir --Sherman Alexie
42. Do Not Become Alarmed- Maile Meloy
43. Hunger: A Memoir --Roxane Gay
44. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo --Taylor Jenkins Reid
45. It Happens in the Hamptons --Holly Peterson
46.  Hello, Sunshine: A Novel -- Laura Dave
47.  The Almost Sisters--Joshilyn Jackson
48. The Late Show --Michael Connelly
49. The Arrangement -- Sarah Dunn
50.  The Awkward Age--Francesca Segal
51. Since We Fell- Dennis Lehane
52. Nothing Stays Buried --P.J. Tracy
53.  The Good Daughter --Karin Slaughter
54. The Sunshine Sisters--Jane Green
55. The Silent Corner --Dean Koontz
56. The Identicals --Elin Hilderbrand
57. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine --Gail Honeyman
58. Here and Gone --Haylen Beck
59. Down a Dark Road--Linda Castillo
60. Golden Prey --John Sandford
61. Every Last Lie--Mary Kubica
62. A Piece of the World --Christina Baker Kline
63. Pretending To Dance --Diane Chamberlain
64. I Know a Secret --Tess Gerritsen
65. Winter Solstice --Elin Hilderbrand
66. Stillhouse Lake--Rachel Caine
67. The Other Girl --Erica Spindler
68. Don't Let Go-Harlan Coben
69. The Stolen Marriage --Diane Chamberlain
70. Last Breath--Kindle Single --Karin Slaughter
71. After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search --Sarah Perry
72. I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual--Luvvie Ajayi
73. Running Home- Big-League Wife, Small-Town Story--Alisha Perkins
74. Landline --Rainbow Rowell
75.  The Whispering Room--Dean Koontz
76. Bonfire--Krysten Ritter
77.  Two Kinds of Truth --Michael Connelly
78. Sulfer Springs- William Kent Krueger
79. Killman Creek- Rachel Caine




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

50 Book Challenge: 2016

1. Sleep Tight --Rachel Abbott (Kindle)
2. Eyes on You --Kate White
3. Playing with Fire --Tess Gerritsen
4. It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History --Jennifer Wright
5. Hush--Kate White
6. The Crossing - Michael Connelly
7.  Esther: A Novel -- Rebecca Kanner
8. Corrupted: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel--Lisa Scottoline
9. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology --Leah Remini
10.  The Quality of Silence --Rosamund Lupton
11. Maybe in Another Life--Taylor Jenkins Reid
12. Wildflower --Drew Barrymore
13. Fates and Furies --Lauren Groff
14. The Guest Room --Chris Bohjalian
15. The Bitter Season--Tami Hoag
16. Find Her --Lisa Gardner
17. After I Do-Taylor Jenkins Reid
18. Forever, Interrupted: A Novel --Taylor Jenkins Reid
19. The Ex--Alafair Burke
20.  What Alice Forgot --Liane Moriarty  ** Rereading**
21.  The Stranger --Harlan Coben
22. Eligible -- Curtis Sittenfeld
23.  The Steel Kiss- Jeffery Deaver
24. Scar Tissue --Anthony Kiedis & Larry Sloman
25. Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride Novella)(Kindle) -- Brian Freeman
26. Fool Me Once -- Harlan Coben
27. Turn to Stone --Jonathan Stride short (Kindle) --Brian Freeman
28. Missing You --Harlan Coben
29. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes --Karin Slaughter (Kindle Single)
30. Sweetbitter --Stephanie Danler
31. Finders Keepers--Stephen King
32. The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir-- Ruth Wariner
33. Don't You Cry-- Mary Kubica
34.  End of Watch --Stephen King
35. Goodbye to the Dead -- Brian Freeman
36. Ink and Bone --Lisa Unger
37. First Comes Love-- Emily Giffin
38. One True Loves --Taylor Jenkins Reid
39. Among the Wicked --Linda Castillo
40. The Passage --Justin Cronin  **(Kindle; Reread)**
41.  Here's to Us --Elin Hilderbrand
42. Wilde Lake --Laura Lippman
43. In Twenty Years-Allison Winn Scotch (Kindle)
44. The Singles Game --Lauren Weisberger (Kindle)
45. Truly Madly Guilty-- Liane Moriarty
46.  Dark Matter --Blake Crouch
47. The Underground Railroad --Colson Whitehead
48.  Falling --Jane Green
49. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness--Susannah Cahalan
50. You Will Know Me-- Megan Abbott
51. Why Not Me? --Mindy Kaling
52.  The Twelve --Justin Cronin (**Kindle; Reread**) (prepping for "City of Mirrors")
53. The Wonder --Emma Donoghue
54. The Evidence Room --Cameron Harvey
55. Winter Storms --Elin Hilderbrand
56. The Trespasser: A Novel-- Tana French
57.  The Kept Woman --Karin Slaughter
58. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo --Amy Schumer
59. Home--Harlan Coben
60.  A Little Thing Called Love: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between -- Linda Thompson
61.  The City of Mirrors--Justin Cronin (Kindle)
62.  The Wrong Side of Goodbye --Michael Connelly
63.  The Status of All Things --Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
64. Small Great Things--Jodi Picoult
65. Monkeewrench--P.J. Tracy (finished as the New Year 2017 started!)


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

She's 8! How did that happen??


Our Angel girl, K1, turned 8 last Friday!
It all happened in the BLINK OF AN EYE!
Eight years ago, she entered our lives and mine has never been the same.
She's a beautiful, empathetic, sensitive, DRAMA-filled, intelligent, math-loving big girl who loves her friends and family FIERCELY!

I love you, sweet baby girl. *sigh*


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Me and My Girls -

October 2014 - in our favorite city



50 Book Challenge: 2015

1.  Best to Laugh-- Lorna Landvik
2. Die Again--Tess Gerritsen
3. Crash and Burn --Lisa Gardner
4. Crazy Love You --Lisa Unger
5. Cold, Cold Heart --Tami Hoag
6. Single, Carefree, Mellow --Katherine Heiny
7. Hush --Laura Lippman
8. The Kind Worth Killing --Peter Swanson
9. The Girl on the Train --Paula Hawkins
10. The Rosie Effect --Graeme Simsion
11. Yes, Please --Amy Poehler
12. Love Me, Sweet -- Tracy Brogan (Kindle)
13. Season of Fear -- Brian Freeman
14.  In the Unlikely Event --Judy Blume
15. Who Do You Love? --Jennifer Weiner
16.  Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper -- Hilary Liftin
17. The Magician's Lie -- Greer Macallister
18. Jingle Bell Harbor -- Tracy Brogan (Kindle)
19. The One That Got Away --Bethany Chase
20. Days of Awe--Lauren Fox
21. The Grownup: A story by the Author of Gone Girl --Gillian Flynn
22. Tell No One -- Harlan Coben
23. Winter Stroll --Elin Hilderbrand
24. Remember Me This Way -- Sabine Durrant
25. Pretty Girls -- Karin Slaughter
26. Beautiful Day --Elin Hilderbrand
27. The Courtship of the Cake -- Jessica Topper
28. Second Life -- S.J. Watson
29. What She Knew--Gilly Macmillan
30. The Blue Bistro --Elin Hilderbrand
31. Silver Girl --Elin Hilderbrand
32.  Everything Bitter is Sweet-- Sara Hagerty
33.  Summerland -- Elin Hilderbrand
34. The Wrong Man--Kate White
35. A Summer Affair --Elin Hilderbrand



Saturday, January 03, 2015

50 Book Challenge: 2014 I'm DONE!

Here it is! My updated 50 book challenge list!
Obviously, NOT a SUCCESS this year- but my life was full of changes and was a bit busier than usual so I'm not up to my usual "par".
Next year- I BETTER ROCK IT!  Read on....and share your suggestions with me!


1.  The Rosie Project-- Graeme Simsion
2. Adulation --Elise Lorello  (kindle)
3. We Are Water --Wally Lamb
4. Fear Nothing--Lisa Gardner
5. In The Blood --Lisa Unger
6. The Invention Of Wings-- Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Husband Habit --Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
8. When I Found You --Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle)
9. Someone Else's Love Story- Joshilyn Jackson
10.  Delivering Death --Julie Kramer
11. Panic- Lauren Oliver
12. Tempting Fate-- Jane Green
13. Soy Sauce for Beginners- Kirstin Chen (Kindle)
14. Blood Will Out --Walter Kirn
15. The Cold Nowhere --Brian Freeman
16. Astonish Me -- Maggie Shipstead
17. Catching Air--Sarah Pekkanen
18. Until You're Mine --Samantha Hayes
19. Hidden --Catherine McKenzie (Kindle)'
20. The One and Only --Emily Giffin
21. Mr. Mercedes --Stephen King
22. The Theory of Opposites-- Allison Winn Scotch (Kindle)
23. All Fall Down --Jennifer Weiner
24.  Face Off --Edited by David Baldacci
25. Bittersweet--Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
26.  The Skin Collector --Jeffery Deaver
27. Crazy Little Thing --Tracy Brogan (Kindle)
28. The Matchmaker --Elin Hilderbrand
29. Shotgun Lovesongs --Nickolas Butler
30. The Dead Will Tell --Linda Castillo
31. That Night --Chevy Stevens
32. The Best Medicine -- Tracy Brogan (kindle)
33. Cop Town --Karin Slaughter
34. Orphan Train --Christina Baker Kline
35. After I'm Gone--Laura Lippman
36. Big Little Lies --Liane Moriarty
37. The Secret Place --Tana French
38. Molly's Game--Molly Bloom
39. The Girls from Corona del Mar --Rufi Thorpe
40. Belzhar -- Meg Wolitzer
41. We Are Not Ourselves --Matthew Thomas
42. Mean Streak - Sandra Brown
43.  The Whispers (A Whispers Story) --Lisa Unger (Kindle)
44. The Burning Girl (A Whispers Story) --Lisa Unger (Kindle)
45. The Emotionally Healthy Woman:  Eight Things You Have to Quit to Change Your Life -- Geri Scazzero
46.  Leaving Time --Jodi Picoult
47. Saving Grace --Jane Green


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