Tuesday, December 8

A Photo Every Hour : A Glimpse into our Day

9am - We are awake and eating breakfast. Today everyone slept in and it was lovely. 
10am - We have gotten into a bit of a Jan Brett kick. We are absolutely loving her books and really enjoying learning more about this author. 
11am - I am crocheting while my oldest is finishing up her math. We are also loving this song right now. If ever we are feeling like we have been sitting too long, I put That Time of Year on and we dance around the house singing the lyrics. It puts us all in a better mood. We are huge fans of Olaf! 
12pm - A bit of snow play and a warm soup to come inside to. 
1pm - Social Studies is taking us to a new place in Canada. Monkey is happy to play with her toys beside us. She worked on her "social studies" project for a little bit, but Wile E Coyote stole her attention away. 
2pm - I snuck in some computer work while the girls were playing downstairs. 
3pm - Joining the girls downstairs, that basement is such a disaster (oh my goodness!), but we will get a handle on it during the holidays. Hopefully. I am trying not to freak out. haha. I went on a little run instead. The audiobook that I am listening to is incredible. The narrator adds so much to Flavia's character and I am completely smitten with her. I didn't pay attention before hand to see if this book belongs to a series (it does!!) and now I have nine more books to read. I highly recommend if you like smart eleven-year-olds who love chemistry and mysteries. 
4pm - All the Christmas songs are being played now and I am in Heaven. I got reunited with a carol that I had forgotten about and am in all the nostalgic awes every single time she plays it. 
5pm - Husband made us some yummy supper while I sat mending socks. I always put off these kinds of projects and then find myself so surprised at how easy they are to fix.
6 pm - Christmas Village lego building. 
7pm - Getting the girls ready for bed. I love their little Christmas tree. 
8pm - Watching The Truman Show remotely with friends. This movie was something I watched in high-school and it was really fun to rewatch and chat about it with friends. 

10pm - No photo. I went to bed and read a little from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf. I spent the better part of the year reading young adult fiction and lots of fantasy that I forgot how much I enjoy reading classics. I am so smitten with the way everyone spoke and behaved towards each other.  

Thursday, December 3

A Rainbow Fade Chevron Blanket : A New Crochet Project

The time has come to start a new crochet project! I've been working on several blankets for other people over the past year, and its now such a joy to be working on a blanket that I hope will stay in our home for a long time. My oldest is a huge fan of rainbows and she wants a blanket! After seeing many different styles of stitches she finally figured out exactly what pattern she wanted : the zigzag. We also picked out many different colours from Michaels (Loops and Threads Impeccable & Red Heart Super Savers) to fill the sections of the colour wheel that I was missing. This is our take on the rainbow fade!  

I am thrilled to be working on something so colourful and bright during this wintery season. I find that I am reaching for it often because its an easy pattern and I get to add new colours quickly. I am secretly hoping that I have enough yarn to make two blankets, so that both of the girls can have matching, but slightly different afghans. Something to bond them together and think of home when they move out. Yes, I am already thinking of that! Eep!

More photos will come the further along I go, but here is the start. Hooray for fun, colourful projects during this crazy time. xo 

Wednesday, December 2

Books I Read in November

I am really enjoying writing these little posts about the books I've read. I like the look of all the covers bundled up together, it makes me super happy and I feel super accomplished. This month I have extended my love for all things fantasy and whimsical. Now that we've hit December, I am seeking some cozy Christmas stories. Hopefully I can find a few to suit me. September and October
1. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare  
    This was probably my least favourite in The Mortal Instrument series so far. It seemed to take forever to get anything moving along and I almost feel like book four and five could have been put together. I appreciate the character growth and learning more about them, but this particular book just seemed to move too slowly for me. 

    A lot happened in this book and I really appreciated all of it. I feel like I enjoyed this immensely, even though Jace and Clary are still not fully together! UGH! I look forward to finishing this series. Hopefully this year. 

3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman ✩ 
    This book was absolutely incredible! I really enjoyed listening to it on audio since Neil Gaiman narriated his stories. His introduction to the book held my attention right away, and several of the stories had me laughing out loud. I enjoy listening and learning of Thor and Loki (who is probably my favourite - that rascal!) and expanding my knowledge on the other Norse Gods. 

    This was such a lovely story. It took me a little bit to get into at first, but once the story got going, I was so intrigued by everything that was happening. A magical book, a fawn-like creature, and Jane Austen inspired characters made this a delight to listen to. I also read The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser and that was also lovely

    My favourites in this short story collection were: Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi, Olivia's Table by Alyssa Wong, The Land of the Morning Calm by E. C. Myers, The Smile by Aisha Said, Nothing Into All by Renee Ahdieh, Bullet Butterfly by Elsie Chapman, Daughter of the Sun by Shveta Thakrar, and Eyes Like Candlelight by Julie Kagawa. A lot of these authors are new to me and I look forward to reading more of their work. 

    This is book two in the Hazel Wood Series and I had to complete the series I started last month. The fairy tales characters came to the city and its up to Alice and Finch to set things right. The Hazel Wood was awesome and I rated The Boy Who Didn't Come Home five stars. 

    Normally, I do not read the author introduction at the beginning of a classic book. I generally avoid them because I know that they contain spoilers and I like to be surprised. Yet, for some weird reason, I found myself tucking into the intro and learning the events of the novel before even reading it. It contained interesting information about Steinbeck's life and how he viewed the world, and I loved understanding his reasons for writing this story. I honestly think that knowing why he wrote The Pearl made me enjoy it more than I normally would have. 
    This was such a great story about wealth and the struggle of the greed which always seems to follow. I found it so interesting how Kino continually tried to hold onto the pearl, it become his lifeline to a "better" future and how, ultimately, his future became worse because of it. The struggle with the people around him was also so interesting and painful to watch. 

    I basically love everything that Debbie Tung writes. Happily Ever After and Everything In Between was cute and I loved seeing the relationship between her and her husband, with the teaser at the end. Hopefully, another book will follow. :) I have read three of her graphic novels this year and feel like she gets me like no other ever has. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World and Book Love are awesome and I eagerly plan on reading everything that she creates. 

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