Friday, September 23, 2016

Favorites of the Week...

I take a lot of pictures if you haven't noticed!! :)  These are the ones from this week that just make my heart smile...enjoy!
No words needed here:
Surrounded:
I was late getting home from work and these two immediately jumped in my lap!
Snap, Crackle and Pop :)
EGGS!!!!
Early mornings...God's beauty!
My new library helpers this year had their first work week and it just so happened that a box of NEW books arrived this week!  Their faces were priceless!
Pop!!!
Priceless!  My 5th grade helper reading to a 1st grade class!  She rocked it out!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Petting Zoo is Open!

It was a company filled weekend.  We had one of Big Bear's buddies over to watch the Hog game on Saturday and then had our friends with their kids over for dinner on Sunday night.  It's fun sharing the farm with others! :)
Carla had to show the boys how to catch a chicken!
This little darlin' LOVED the kittens the most.  He carried one or the other or both all night.  Katniss was a true sport and let him do whatever.  He laid on the back patio with Katniss on his belly and sang to her!!!  ADORABLE!
 He only fed the donkeys if we promised to go look for the kittens who had escaped him briefly! Ha!

 Helping feed the goats...
 A little baggo...
And of course, Big Bear fed us good!  
And then it was back to reality on Monday morning bright and early!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ramblings of the weekend

My followers...every step I take, it is GUARANTEED that Bubba Bear, Stella and two adorable barn kitties are not far behind!  If I am in the goat pen area, add Pop to the mix! LOL!
Why did we get goats? Exhibit A and B...
Saturday, Stella & I took a quick trip to the Big Farm in Beebe to check on things for Mom & Dad...horses are SO BIG compared to all my miniature animals!!
Mom's barn cats DID NOT like Stella ONE bit! LOL!
Do I constantly take pictures? Yes!  And I often scroll through them when I'm not at home and it makes me smile every single time! 
The weekend just goes TOO fast!  Every dern time! :(
Gotta run...we got company coming over for a farm visit and dinner. Woohoo!

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

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This book was recommended to me by one of my 5th graders, so of course I had to read it! :)  I really like how this author tells a story and plan to "book talk" this book to my 4th and 5th graders.  It's about a family that struggles to put food on the table and were homeless at one point.  Crenshaw is the boys imaginary friend that he needs in times of stress.  Unfortunately, a lot of my students can relate to this story, so I think it might help them to realize they aren't alone in some of their struggles. 

Summary from amazon.com:
In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary. This title has Common Core connections.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I had never heard of this book and it was on the main display at B&N with its new release sequel.  I was intrigued and looked it up on goodreads to see GREAT reviews, so I grabbed it and the sequel.  It's SO good! Not for the weak at heart though...one review says "It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones."  That really does sum it up.  I recommend it for high school on up.  Too violent for middle school in my opinion.  It is a young adult novel, but I'm a little uncomfortable with the brutality and the way rape is just something that happens to the lower class to recommend it to middle schoolers.  
 I saw where the production rights for a movie have been picked up.  I am starting the sequel tonight! :)

Best Young Adult Book of 2015
Best Debuts of 2015 Amazon
Best Books of 2015 Suspense Magazine
Best Books for Teens 2015 New York Public Library

Summary from amazon.com:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Just so you know...

Boxers prefer TWO beds stacked on top of each other please and thanks!  
For ultimate comfort, one just won't do.  
And do they care if their lab sister even HAS a bed?  Nope!