14 Books in 2014-Book 10

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I didn’t have time to blog yesterday because I was totally engrossed in Gone Girl. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a very long time. I kept putting it off because it was never on sale on my Kindle, wasn’t in the library and I didn’t want to buy the book. However, once I saw that the movie would be coming out this fall it jumped to the top of my reading list. My mom ended up buying the book so I had to wait for her to finish before I could read it.

I’m sure most of you already know the gist of it, so I won’t go into detail, but I will say I loved it. It was everything I had anticipated; complex characters (very complex), a little shocking at times and the ending was unexpected. Even though I had read a lot of opinions about the book and it’s ending, I didn’t let that affect my take on it. Now after finishing it, I can understand why some might be disappointed by the ending, but I thought it was right on.

I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see the movie now. And man oh man do I think that Ben Affleck is THE perfect actor to portray this character. I can’t imagine anyone more fit to play the role of Nick Dunne. And I’m so intrigued by the actress that plays his wife, Amy. I bet she kills it.

There is nothing better than a cup of coffee and a great book. Have a great weekend!

Instagram Obsession

Today I thought I would catch you up on all of my favorite Instagrams that I missed posting over the summer. Today will be the May/June edition.

Instagram is still my favorite app. I post at least one photo almost everyday. And I follow some amazing photographers. It’s just so fun.

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This one is my all-time favorite so far. It was taken on Mother’s Day.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset IMG_2871 IMG_3172 IMG_3212 IMG_3242 IMG_3274 IMG_3359 IMG_3377 IMG_3501

I take way too many photos, but how can I not when I have a camera with me everywhere I go. Hooray for the iPhone!

All About Them: Leaf Bracelets

Yesterday we took the kids to an awesome arboretum to take their fall photos (usually the ones we use for our Christmas cards). I knew the kids would have fun for a little while, but figured I would need something to keep them interested.  I found the perfect activity.DSC_0672 DSC_0694

A while ago I saw the idea on a blog somewhere for packing tape bracelets to use to collect leaves on walks and hikes. I’ve been meaning to do it with the kids forever, so this was a great opportunity. It worked like a charm. They did in fact get bored after about a half an hour, but once we busted out the tape and they could stick leaves to it, they were all about having their pics taken again. Jeremy and I did it too and it was fun finding the perfect leaves and sticking them on the bracelets.DSC_0773 DSC_0776 DSC_0777 DSC_0783

The bracelets turned out to be really pretty actually. Too bad they couldn’t last forever.DSC_0786 DSC_0790A simple fall project to encourage you to enjoy this awesome season just a little bit more.

Happening Now

Feeling excited for Pearl Jam tonight.

Baking a lot more now that Fall has arrived.

Cooking with the crockpot.

Planning to snap some family photos this weekend using my tripod for the first time.

Looking forward to Hudson’s fall break next week and all the things we have planned.

Eating too many pumpkin donuts

Enjoying the mild fall weather. Keep it up Mother Nature.

Snapping lots of photos lately. I can’t resist the colors outside or my adorable kids.

Reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a long one and I’m just barely into it.

Mourning the end of Young House Love. It was the first blog that I ever read and always my very favorite. I feel like I’m losing friends. Sniff.

Listening to Fleetwood Mac. I’m so buying tickets to their concert in Lincoln.

Watching Homeland still and loving it. Then it’s on to Game of Thrones. Oh man.

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I Love Autumn

I’m so happy that it’s October and that fall is in full swing here in Nebraska. The sunrises are pink and gold. The leaves are finally starting to explode with color, I harvested the pumpkins we grew and because our house has pretty much zero insulation, we’ve already had to turn our furnace on at night. I’m in full fall mode. I’m actually sitting here writing this and watching the leaves blow off of our tree. It’s beautiful.

I always try to enjoy this season to it’s fullest. Not only because it’s Mother Nature’s last hurrah before the cold winter arrives, but because there is just nothing like fall and all the beauty and excitement it has to offer.

I’ve been savoring my pumpkin spiced coffee in the morning. Obviously. Oh, and the Midwest Living October edition is always so good. Even if you don’t live in the Midwest, you should check it out.Processed with VSCOcam with 5 preset

 

I can’t get enough pumpkin flavored everything. These homemade pumpkin donut holes are a favorite around here. They’re really more like tiny muffins. My kids devour them.IMG_4511

 

I’ve also been indulging in a few too many pumpkin donuts from Dunkin Donuts. They’re really the only donuts I like from there. They’re spectacular. Yeah. I’m gonna need to run some extra miles on the treadmill to make up for these, but worth it.IMG_4616

 

 

We’ve been crossing activities off our Fall Bucket List, which you can find here. And this past weekend we went to a local garden for an Autumn festival. (I actually be sharing more about this later)IMG_4671

 

 

We’ve also made a few fall crafts with the kids and I have some more planned for the coming weeks.

This is such a beautiful season. We have so many fun activities planned during Hudson’s fall break next week. I can’t wait!

What are some of your fall traditions? Isn’t it just the best?!

My Little Garden

This year I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to the trouble of building a raised garden bed or just do more container gardening. There isn’t a great spot in our yard for a raised bed. No matter where we place it, it would be awkward. After putting off the decision for much too long, I stuck with the container gardening in hopes that maaaaybe we will have a new house next year with a yard that would fit a raised bed or two.

My mom bought me some giant pots at Costco. I was originally going to plant flowers in them, but used them for basil and tomatoes instead. I bought four basil plants and two tomato plants at the farmer’s market. One of the tomato plants was a “patio” plant and the other was an heirloom variety. I ended up planting both of them in the same pot. It probably wasn’t the best choice, but at the time I thought the pot was big enough for both.

Anyway, we had a TON of rain in the month of June and even though my pots had drainage holes in the bottom, stayed soaked for weeks. They just couldn’t dry out because it would instantly rain again. Both the basil and tomatoes suffered. I had huge basil harvests last summer from fewer plants. I’ve only had two harvests this summer. Whomp. Whomp. The “patio” tomato plant gave us some small, but delicious tomatoes. However, the heirloom plant has only given me one so far. There are two more still on the plant, but now that the temps have plummeted, I don’t think they’ll make it.

We also planted two pumpkin plants from the farmer’s market. One of them kicked the bucket within the first two weeks, but the other one hung on and has produced two small pumpkins. The kids are excited to cut them off the vines.

Here are a few photos from my summer gardening adventure.

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In conclusion, I’m happy that I took another stab at gardening and plan to continue with it every summer from here on out. I still loved going out to check on my plants every morning. It was such a thrill to finally find tomatoes growing. I was SO incredibly excited to eat a tomato that I grew myself. It’s true what they say about how much better they taste when they’re fresh from your own garden. We used them in tacos, BLT sandwiches and to top burgers. So, so good.

I wish that my basil had produced they way it did last year, but there’s always next year!

We’ll be cutting our pumpkins from the vine very soon, so I’ll post photos of those once they’re cut and on our porch.

Here’s to another adventure in gardening!

P.S. I have way more photos, but didn’t want to bore you to death! See you next week!

14 Books in 2014-Book 9

Book 9

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

 

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I really connected with this book. I read it in just a few days. Loved it. It’s about a man who’s going on a summer trip alone in his motor home, but ends up bringing along two unexpected young passengers. The book touches on the complications of relationships between fathers and sons. It tugged at my heartstrings. I cried both happy and sad tears. I don’t want to give too much away so I’m leaving this short and sweet and will just say that I would definitely recommend this book to my family and friends. I already told my mom that she needs to read it.

On to the next!

Kindergarten

And just like that I became the mom of a kindergartener. Sigh. I’m not sure how it all went so quickly. One day he was sleeping in my arms and the next I was standing in line outside of his new school waiting to drop him off for his first day of kindergarten.

It is so bittersweet for me. I love watching him grow up learning so many new things along the way, but I miss having him home with me all day every day. He’s loving school though and that definitely makes the transition so much easier. I guess I don’t imagine that there will ever be a time that I don’t miss having him home with me.

All of the cliches are true about how fast the time goes when you’re watching your babies turn into toddlers and then big kids. You want to slow it down sometimes, or even stop it at certain points to savor it as long as possible. But you also want to see them experience all the new things the world has to offer them at all their different stages and you can’t do that without moving forward.

It’s all so awesome.

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We are so proud of our little man.

P.S. We did not prompt him to hold hands with or hug his little sister. He did that all on his own. My heart almost burst.

P.P.S. He really needed a haircut.

Happening Now

Planning activities for Hudson’s fall break from school

Drinking lots of coffee with Pumpkin Spice creamer

Reading The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs and Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Decorating for Fall and Halloween

Baking our favorite Pumpkin donuts on the weekends

Running

Working on Project Life, but I’m way behind

Starting my first quilting project from the eCourse Get Quilty by Elise Blaha Cripe. I’ve been waiting since Spring.

Watching Homeland

Looking forward to all the shows starting again, especially Parenthood and of course The Walking Dead, obviously.

Wanting to redo our master bedroom. It needs a major facelift

Sipping Sweet Pumpkin Tea or Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea in the evenings

Pulling out my sweaters again

Loving that it’s Fall. Hooray!

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