Wednesday, July 29, 2009

message from alex

In the last couple of days Alex has finally started using more words than 'Mamma, uh huh,' and 'unh uh.' Since Oma isn't here to catch this action in person, here's a short sample.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is delightful. The characters are charming. I've been on a bit of a WWII slant lately, and this book is a lighter account of life under German occupation, without being fluffy in the slightest. Details of life on Guernsey - one of the Channel Islands - during the war are revealed through letters primarily between the protagonist, Juliet (an author) and various inhabitants of the island.

Like 'The Book Thief,' this is also a work about the power of words and books. I am inspired to hit some of the classics again, and perhaps even some Wordsworth - and I am rarely into poetry. THAT is an accomplishment in itself!

My only complaint is that the book ended far too quickly. I wanted to keep hearing more and more about each of the main characters.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009


Max now pulls himself up to standing, and has traded his love of sand for a new treat: dog food. Delicious!
For the Fourth of July, we celebrated at our friend's lake. Katie got to ride around in a motor boat - Alex had no interest in the water this day. While it was hard to pry her out of the boat, she still thinks it's more fun to ride around in a 'house on wheels.'
Max got to go to his first fireworks shoes - at the Longmont Fairgrounds and in our backyard. The kids were all about as thrilled with the spinning flowers - they shot out little firecrackers at the end of their color show - as Oma was. :)
Alex scored his first FULL haircut. After the receptionist at the doctor's office commented on my 'two cute girls,' I figured it was time to bite the bullet and shear off some curls. Apparently to Alex 'hold still' means 'bob your head as much as possible.' The side by the first ear is a little extra short, but otherwise it's a passable job. This haircut also had the magical effect of aging him two years over the course of his afternoon nap!