Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Summer Reading List

I have been having a wonderful, relaxing summer, and it's not even over yet! I have already read 5 1/2 books, and I'm reading one more for the next book club. I'm not bragging, it's just that I've never read so much in one small time frame since college (and that wasn't pleasure reading). I have really enjoyed slowing down and doing something I used to find pleasure in. Now I find myself looking forward to the next book.

The books I've read are:

The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen (for the summer book club I joined)-- I highly recommend it for an enjoyable, relaxing read, 400+ pages.

Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers by Shane Clairborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove-- I highly recommend it. It's a reflective book based on the premise that we shouldn't just pray and then sit back and do nothing; we should be about God's kingdom so that we are "the answer to our own prayers."

Hidden Treasures-- a little 200-pager, a romance read that is very predictable. Don't waste your time.

The Noticer by Andy Andrews (for the summer book club)-- I highly recommend it. It's a shorter book that is easy to read in just a few sittings. It's supposedly non-fiction and enjoyable and insightful.

Sisterchicks on the Loose by Robin Jones Gunn--I read this book from start to almost finish while Eric and I were at Catalina Island. It's very enjoyable and a fun read that will have you laughing out loud at times.

Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman (I skimmed through this book)-- This one was NOT a pleasure book, but it had some good ideas for me to implement into my parenting style. It wasn't the best book I've read on parenting, though.

Friday, July 17, 2009

And there was great wailing at the Hodge Lodge today

My girls fought all morning with two of their friends.
I took away each of their favorite stuffed animals for 24 hours.
Now they are in "nap" time in two separate rooms.
One is crying hysterically, yelling "Pinky, I want Pinky!"
The other is crying softly, saying, "Not Heart! Why did you take away Heart?!"
I think the punishment is working.
But we'll see when they spend 2 1/2 days with those same friends, starting Sunday.
Pray people, pray.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Imaginary Friends have jobs, too!

We were eating breakfast one morning last week and Amber said to me, "Mom, you know what? My imaginary friend, Galey, makes plastic. That's her job. And my imaginary friend, Lee, is the shaper. Galey gives the plastic to Lee and she makes shapes out of it."

Autumn told me that her imaginary friend, Tiger, makes spoons, and she held up her cereal spoon.

Then Amber remembered her third imaginary friend, Gastle, and told me that she digs holes for Lake Casitas. She said, "Gastle made the Lazy River. And she's only 15."

Have you ever heard of imaginary friends having jobs? And such creative ones, at that!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rainbow Fish

Amber got a beta fish yesterday at a birthday party. I didn't know a girl could have so much fun with a fish. She named it "Rainbow Hodge," but she is still trying to come up with a proper middle name.

She has had so much fun with that fish in the two short days she has had him (or her). Last night she spent an hour just watching him and "playing" with him. She said, "Mom, I'm going to tease him. I'm going to put my finger up to the bowl and then take it away. That's okay to tease a fish, mom. Don't worry, I wouldn't tease a person, though."

Today it got even cuter when Amber asked me to babysit her fish while she went out back to play. She said, "If you hear a 'bubble, bubble, bubble,' then that means he's crying and could you sing him a lullaby."

Later, as I was in the kitchen baking, Amber gave me a "play-by-play" of what Rainbow was doing. "He opened his mouth really wide, mom." "Oh, he's swimming to the bottom, mom." "Oh, I think he's tired, mom." "He likes me playing with him, mom." And my favorite: "Mom, my fish kissed me. Not out of the water. I put my lips to the bowl to give him as kiss and he came over and kissed where my lips were!"

Amber has even read a book to Rainbow! Just think if we had a dog...