It’s been a week full of family-togetherness! It has been so nice to spend time with my sister, Marni, and catch up, after two years of being on opposite ends of the country. I discovered a few things this week:
~ Five boys make a TON of noise, no matter how big the house you are in.
~ A violin, playing without amplification of any kind, is very, very loud.
~ Family get-togethers can bring lots of laughter, but they can also bring tension and high emotion. The best thing about family – at least mine – is that we can have misunderstandings, during which opinions and hurts are loudly expressed, and still enjoy the rest of the evening, and hug and kiss each other goodbye when we part.
~ Not having outside classes didn’t mean the week was less busy or hectic. Even fun things that are outside of our normal routine can make things seem stressful.
~ Even when everything seems to go wrong, God has a way of working things out.
Today is going to be busy, but normal busy. I’m leading worship at church this morning, and then we have a production team meeting. Later on this evening, I’m taking Noah on a Movie Date with Mom – we’re going to see Men in Black 3.
Not sure yet what we’re doing for Memorial Day. We talked about getting together with Mom and Dad for a BBQ, but they’re having major plumbing work done at their place – collapsed sewer line major – so things might be too nuts. I know we do need to do school during the day, as we took Thursday and Friday off so my nephew could sleep over and hang out with my boys.
As far as reading goes, I finished three books this week: Fear by Michael Grant – a read-aloud with the boys; My New American Life by Francine Prose – review coming Tuesday; and Delirium by Lauren Oliver – a reread on audio so that I can listen to the second book in the series.
Here’s what I’m currently reading:
~ Lottery by Patricia Wood – This one is for a read-along with Kelly.
~ A Collection of Essays by George Orwell – This is my bedtime book.
~ The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard – Review copy.
~ Being Flynn by Nick Flynn – Review copy.
~ The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
~ Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
What are your plans for Memorial Day?
On the blog this week:
~ Giveaway: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
~ Mini-reviews: Fear by Michael Grant; and Delirium by Lauren Oliver
~ Audiobook Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
~ My hypothetical book festival gift bag
~ Ten-word movie reviews #16