Friday, December 31, 2010

Books for Christmas!

We all got books for Christmas:

A certain Mr. Crowder heard my wish and got The Pioneer Woman Cooks for me!!!!!!!

 Gramma got Swindle by Gordon Korman for Eddy

And Heidi got Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett.  I love Jan Brett's illustrations.  There's so much going on that you have to read the story over and over to soak in all the pictures and really see all of what's happening.  I'm not sure who's more excited about this book--Heidi or me!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baby Einstein

Trying to see. . .

. . .Baby Einstein!

We love Baby Einstein!!!!!  I especially like the DVDs that have the repeat play option.  Heidi has a super hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep sometimes.  I put her in the swing watching Baby Einstein and she will fall asleep and sleep a long time--yea!!!!!  In the pictures above Heidi is all ready for church and watching a video while I get ready--very handy!

Some of our favorites are:

     What are your favorites?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Some movies and books for big people!

**special note** I just turned off comment moderation because for whatever reason I didn't know that people were leaving messages. I just found some messages from 2009! I even won something on someone's blog--rats! It was artwork from Sara Mincy even--double rats!!!!

So, anyway, books and movies for big people. . . Have you heard of The Pioneer Woman yet? If not, you simply MUST check out her blog at She has written a cookbook!!!!! I borrowed a copy from the library. . .but anyone who's reading and looking for a Christmas present for me, I would love my own personal copy!!!!

The Pioneer Woman is so talented in many ways--cooking, photography, and such a gift for writing! She also has written a book about her romance with The Marlboro Man--the rancher who won her heart. If you haven't heard of The Pioneer Woman, you should check out her website!

We do not have TV so we are always looking for good movies from the library to borrow. I had seen the title of Cranford a few times but the little blurb on the library site never really interested me:

"Cranford, in 1842, is a market town in northwest England. It is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules. For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness, and Matty, her dumurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue. Handsome new doctor Frank Harrison has arrived from London; a retired Captain and his daughters move in across the street and preparations for Lady Ludlows garden party are underway. The town has some secrets which are about to be revealed. But news comes that shakes the town, a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford."

I must have been desperate for a movie because over Thanksgiving I borrowed Cranford. For those of you who like Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility this movie is set in the same time period and truly gives an picture of what life was like in the 1840s in England.

I liked the movie so much that I borrowed the sequel Return to Cranford AND borrowed the book written by Elizabeth Gaskell. I can't wait to read it--and she has written several more too!

Right now I am reading Tea Time For The Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith. With this book I also watched the movie first. There are three DVDs titled The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency. They are about the only lady detective in Botswana, Africa. The lady detective solves "mysteries"--no blood, gore, or scary stuff except once when a boy was missing and they thought that he might have been kidnapped by witchdoctors who cut off fingers of young children for charms and such. That one we didn't let Eddy watch, but he enjoyed the others with us.
There are 10 books in The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I borrowed the last one first--almost didn't read it because I like to do things in order but my curiosity won out. Mma Makutsi is so outlandish and Mms Ramotswe is so calm and thoughtful, I had to find out if they were as good in print as in the DVDs. They are better!

Last is Wives and Daughters also by Elizabeth Gaskell and, yes, I watched the movie first. There is a book and I would like to read that too. But books take a little while longer for me to get to. We read plenty of board books these days, but not too many BIG people books. I'd seen this movie before but forgot all about it. Again, this is set in England in the mid to late 1800s and is about a young motherless girl whose father remarries. This mother is very much like Mrs. Bennet and determined to see her daughters married well. This movie is funny, sad, romantic, and a wonderful example of how to behave when in a trying circumstance with trying people!

Well, my little one just woke up and loves to "help" me type so I must run. Also need to finish up dinner. We're having Layers of Love Chocolate Brownies--I read the back of the Nestle bag and found this wonderful recipe.

Happy Reading Big People!