November 30, 2012

November 2012 in Pictures

Don't forget to read our November 2012 Update.

 She learned to draw a star.
 Riding 4-wheelers with K-Diddy.
 This is my girl! Love her style and her spunk!
Holiday lunch at Stanford.
 Rock Climbing with The Cousins
 Hike to Laurel Falls
 Hot Tub!!
 We rode the Skylift and I didn't die! :)
 Skylar & Avery
 Happy Thanksgiving from The Bishops!
 Cade's Cove. Now officially checked off my list.
 How can you not just love this kid? She's a mess. This is her new "pose" for pictures. LOL!
 Aquarium 
 Me and my mini me. 
 You don't want to mess with us. Trust me. 
Reading The Christmas Story and acting it out with her Little People. Makes a mamma proud. 

November 2012 Update

November...

So, if you haven't heard, I started a new job. My contract had ended with the company I was working for and shortly after that I was offered a position doing pretty much the same thing but for a different company. I thought about it long and hard but in the end I decided it would be a good move. I will still be traveling for conferences about once a year and I am excited for the new opportunity.

I also had the obligatory parent-teacher conference this month. Sky is doing well and I'm pleased with her progress this year. Her reading skills are the most impressive and she is starting to excel in math as well. She is also in the Encore program this year. I spoke with that teacher too and it seems that Missy Prissy is really enjoying her class.
tLG and I hopped down to Birmingham this month for Aunt Whitney's big 18th birthday and had a good visit with family and friends including getting to finally snuggle by bestie's new baby girl.
Once again, Mike and I attended the midnight premiere of the final Twilight movie with his sister, Laura. It was AWESOME! I'm kinda sad that this is the last one. There isn't another book series that I'm really interested in right now, which means no new series of movies for us to get excited about. :( 

The main event for this month was spending Thanksgiving in the mountains with Mike's family. Gatlinburg was bustling and we all had a great time. For the record, I am NOT a fan of Cade's Cove but I can now say that I've been there and done that. My favorite moments of the trip included relaxing in the hot tub, the Aquarium, and bebopping around town with tLG on our last full day there. Sky mainly enjoyed being with her cousins at the chalet. I've been noticing this for a few months but, man, my girl is a trooper in the car (unlike her mother). She just rides and rides and doesn't really complain. She keeps herself entertained with her electronics or just takes in the scenery. Yes, I realized I have just jinxed myself for the next road trip. Oh well. It was a milestone worth noting.
Other than that, we are just getting ready for the holiday season and tLG is excited to start our Advent calendar. In fact, she already has her Christmas tree set up in her room and has been singing her beloved Christmas carols. I suppose our elf should be turning up any day now as well. :)

Take care and Merry Christmas! For more pictures from November, click here.

November 7, 2012

Christmas Countdown with Books


Last year, I saw the idea on Pinterest, and I loved it. Basically, you have a Christmas countdown with books. You wrap up 25 books then open and read a new one every night. Pretty cute, huh? Except that I couldn't fathom how much it was going to cost to buy 25 books so I skipped it. Well, I think I just solved that problem. This week tLG's class send home a scholastic book order form. Not gonna lie, I usually throw these in the trash. I'm cheap. I like the library. But, knowing that scholastic usually has pretty good prices I logged on to see what I could find as far as holiday books are concerned.

They have a couple of sets that I can combine and end up with 24 books for around $40. That makes it less than $2 a book. $1.66 each, in fact! I'm sure there are others out there who were in the same boat as me so I wanted to offer the opportunity to you. Besides, these orders help tLG's classroom get books too. Another perk is that when you order through the classroom, you don't have to pay tax or shipping! :) Win-win situation, I say!

Let me know if you want to order. I need your money by Monday, November 12th. Total will be $39.97. 

Here are the list of titles:
  1. Bear's First Christmas by Robert Kinerk, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
  2. Careful, Santa! by Julie Sykes, illustrated by Tim Warnes
  3. The Christmas Angels by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Gail Yerrill
  4. Christmas Mice! by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by Doug Cushman
  5. Little Critter's The Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer
  6. The Littlest Christmas Star by Brandi Dougherty, illustrated by Sanja Rescek
  7. A Magical Christmas by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Gail Yerrill
  8. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Mike Lester
  9. The Special Christmas Tree by Catherine Walters and Simon Taylor-Kielty
  10. Tacky's Christmas by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger 
  11. The Best Christmas Ever! by Marni McGee, illustrated by Gavin Scott
  12. Christmas Is Here adapted from the King James Bible, illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  13. Fox and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
  14. Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker! by Leslie McGuirk
  15. The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas by Watty Piper, illustrated by Cristina Ong
  16. Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Felicia Bond
  17. Merry Christmas, from Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
  18. The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland
  19. Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
  20. Santa Duck by David Milgrim
  21. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
  22. Ten Christmas Wishes by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Gail Yerrill 
  23. Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Diane Goode
  24. The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer