the surrender tree by margarita engle
this is an awesome book of poetry about the cuban wars for independence, first from Spain, then from us. this is the second time i've read this book, and i loved it even more then the first time. for history buffs...i highly recommend this. for poetry lovers...also highly recommend it! there are multiple narrators and it's just great!
the wall: growing up behind the iron curtain by peter sis
this is an autobiography by a man who grew up on the east berlin side of the wall. he struggled under the control of the soviet union. the book contains many drawings and simple narrations, but the concepts discussed are pretty deep. probably for older readers than it appears. but it really was a good read and i learned a lot about the cold war that i never knew...from someone who lived it first hand.
the arrival by shaun tan
AMAZING! if you are into graphic novels, this book is a must! the artwork is incredible. seriously. there are no words in this book...none at all. but it is easy to forget that you are reading pictures. the story line puts the reader in the shoes of an immigrant moving to a foreign land to provide for his family. he goes to a whimsical land with intriguing creatures, new language, new weather, new foods, new everything. very eye opening for someone who has never dealt first hand with immigration. seriously good book and even better art.
ok...crosby, we're ready to meet you now. :)
the first shower was given by several of my friends. they rented out the auburn lakes club house and went all out decorating, planning, cooking, and everything else. it was seriously awesome!
such an amazing day! thanks so much to everyone who helped!
the next shower was on wednesday during lunch. all of the ladies at work got together and threw me an incredible shower. we had so much fun escaping the office for a couple of hours and hanging out at mrs. judy's house. they did such a great job planning this shower!
the cake was sooooo cute! it was giraffe themed too! :) i never knew how much i loved giraffes until i chose that as crosby's nursery theme. now i just love it!
these showers were awesome and i cannot believe all of the gifts that we got for crosby. with three weeks left until the due date (crazy!) i can truly say that i am ready for him to get here and i have everything i need for his arrival. i can only thank my amazing friends for that! now...time to write lots of thank you cards! :)
so, like i said before, last saturday was our family baby shower. it was downtown at megan and jeff's amazingly beautiful condo in houston. they threw such a beautiful shower. jeff, megan's hubby, is a chef at the houstonian downtown, and he is seriously an amazing cook! they came up with a fancy menu for the shower, and all the food was delicious! we had open faced sandwiches...chicken salad, lamb, and ham. all good! we also had bacon wrapped green beans and potato hashbrown things which were soooo good. for dessert we had yummy cupcakes and homemade strawberry iceream. it was seriously all so good!
a lot of people were able to come into town from josh's family, and it was great to see everyone. from my family we had people drive in from trinity, humble, needville, and pearland. we really appreciated everyone making such a huge effort to be there for us! the only hiccup was that josh had to carry my grandma up the stairs to the second floor where the main living area is, but she was a trooper and it went really well. i was worried about that part, but there was no need to worry. josh was our hero! :)
here are some cute pics from the day...
what a wonderful day! it is such a blessing to have such loving families who care about us enough to travel to houston for a baby shower, bring us amazing gifts, and love on us like this. thanks for everything!
looking for alaska by john green:
great book! super sad. also very inappropriate for young readers at times, but still very good. pudge, the main character, leaves home to go to a prep school, and he learns a lot about life. he deals with love, death, and growing up. good read.
the chocolate war by robert cormier:
i'm listening to this now on CD when i drive to work and back every day. it's an old book, but i had never heard of it. it's very interesting, and i think young male readers would especially like it. the voice on the CD really helps to develop characters and add emphasis. i can't wait to see, or rather hear, how it ends! :)
athletic shorts: 6 short stories by chris crutcher:
so far i have read the first two stories, and they are both great. they deal with teens, so far all boys, and their struggle through relationships...with girls, parents, and friends. i am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.
about two weeks ago i took my 32 week belly pic, and i never posted it. oops! :) here you go...
haha...i don't know how much longer i can wear that tank top! :)
josh and i have also been working on putting crosby's room together and all of his fun things for him to play with/in. in fact, as i type, my wonderful husband is working on putting together an adorable giraffe musical bouncer. so cute! here are some pics of the nursery with his bedding and stuff in it...
i love it!!!
i will post more soon....love you all!