Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer is HERE!

Tomorrow is the LAST day of summer school!  Whoop!  So glad I decided to go ahead and teach a shortened summer school this year.  Paid my house insurance for me (no, I don't have escrow) and I still get about 6 weeks off!!!  Woohoo!!  So, tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SUMMER for me anyway! :)  Only damper on it is poor Bubba Bear stuck at the vet until at least July 7th. Stupid heartworms and even worse is Heartgard!!  Remember...if you are giving Heartgard, SWITCH!!! 
Kevin ran into one of the families that we coached in Upward Basketball that also goes camping a lot.  The mom referred to their camper as her "lake house, beach house, and deer camp"...I like it (minus the deer camp).  Ours will be our "lake house, beach house and hopefully Hog fan tailgater".  One day we would like to go to out of state Razorback games with the camper.  But, for now, it is our lake house.  Spring Break, it may see it's first trip to the beach and be christened our beach house too!
Enough rambling for now...

City of Lost Souls

Not sure how I am supposed to wait a year on the final book!!! Ahhh!!  This one was right up there with books 1, 2, and 3 for me.  Movie release of book 1 is August 23rd.  Whoop!

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.(less)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


Book #4 in the Mortal Instruments Series...this one started off slower than the others for me.  I worried the series was going to start dragging, but it picked up eventually.  Made me also wonder if originally, this was supposed to be a trilogy, because it could have easily wrapped up and ended with book #3.

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.(less)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Maiden Voyage in the New Camper!

We picked up our new camper on Thursday and headed out Friday (14th) for a weekend at Greers Ferry Lake.  It was mainly spent figuring out how in the world everything worked!!  The manuals were kept handy and we referred to them often.  Funniest part is we have never had a bathroom in our camper before and it took us a day and a half to realize the bathroom was emptying straight into the campsite.  Luckily, it was only #1! LOL!  Think we have that figured out now! Haha!
The furkids had mucho more room.  Poor Stella is so nerotic that she couldn't make up her mind where to sleep.  Most of the time she crammed herself into the small space on my side of the bed in the floor.  Rex, took to the bottom bunk straight away and everytime we went in the camper, he hopped right up there!  You can see from his face, he isn't a HUGE fan of camping - especially in the summer.

For a few years now, I have had a tub in my craft room closet where I would put stuff for when we "had a big camper".  I finally got to get it all out and these awesome salt and pepper shakers were my favorite item!  Both of our parents had these when we were little (and still have them), so we thought they were perfect for camping! :)
We just kept looking at it...thinking, seriously?  Is that ours?

Hamburgers, hot dogs and boston butt...yumm!
How in the world he was comfortable, I have no idea!! 

I thought Stella's natural "duck" instinct might kick in, but she could have cared less about the geese.  All she wanted was to play fetch! 

No life jacket because that's as far as he will go out and it gently sloped down.  No big drop-off's.
The game of fetch just never gets old for this girl.  Honestly, I could sit on the shore and throw for her all day.  I love watching her swim!!  She's a good camping girl!

BBQ nachos for supper and lunch the next day.  Yes please!
I am still a bit in awe that we took the plunge.  Can't really believe we finally did it.  I hope we manage to get in lots of trips this summer and fall! :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy 40th to us!

Happy 40th birthday...and Christmas...and Mom's day...and Father's day...and any other holiday for the next 10 years! LOL!
After 5 years of stopping to look at every used camper on the side of the road and looking at the dealers every time we went camping, we finally took the plunge for our 40th birthday present to each other.  We got our big camper!!!  We got serious about looking after the end of concession season.  And, after visiting all the local dealers, we found it.  We picked it up on Thursday and headed out camping on Friday.  This past weekend, we spent figuring out all the in's and out's of our new toy and kind of sat in awe at times that we actually did it.  When you talk about something for 5 years, it kind of puts you in shock when you take the leap and do it! Ha!  We love it!  It's funny that we both said it kind of feels like we are grown-ups now!
So...here it is...yep, we jumped straight into a brand-new one.  And, I didn't realize how BIG it was until I started pulling it behind the Tahoe!  Rrrooooaarrrr!!!  All the way to Heber baby!!  

The bedroom area is behind that split wall.  Good storage for camping clothes to live in there.  The tv swivels to either be in the living area or the bedroom area.  Sweet!  That was a feature on my list of wants. :)
 Standing at the door coming in and looking toward the bunks.  Even more storage on other side of fridge.  And, I realized this weekend, the sink and counters are nicer than our house ones! ha!

 We got the double bunks for when guests come to stay.  We were thinking our parents might want to meet us some and could spend the night.  And, of course, IF we have kids, it's perfect.  But for now, Rex has claimed the bottom bunk! :)
 Standing at the bunks and looking toward the living area door:

 The bathroom!!!  No more getting up in the middle of the night and going outside to squat! ha!  No more worrying about a snake biting my booty while I pee in the middle of the night!! LOL!  And, Kevin really liked the door leading into the bathroom from the outside.  IF we have kids, it sure will save on them running in and out through the whole camper and letting AC out.  :)
 The slide that slides out the couch and kitchen sink area.  Our only sacrifice was the size of the slide-out, but we sacrificed that for a better made camper that will last longer.  I think that's a good trade-off.
 And, the bumper pulls out for MORE storage.  We didn't use it this weekend.  I was already nervous without the camper being EVEN LONGER! Ha!
 And, away we go!!!  They didn't like the way it sat on the Tahoe.  It wasn't level enough, but they had to order another part for the hitch so we went with this weekend, but it's back at the dealer now and getting a hitch to make it more level while we travel.  That Tahoe sits high!!!
And, that is our 40th birthday present to each other.  We plan to take it on MANY trips...not just camping.  And, it was SO nice this weekend with the puppy dogs not to be climbing on top of each other and able to eat inside when it rained.