Sunday, September 27, 2009

Swinging In the Park

The babies have found a new love- the park. They like to go down the slide.
Then they like to squat and cry when they get to the bottom.But most of all, they like the swings!
And here's a video with really crappy image quality but with really cute babies talking and laughing.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Hi people. My mom told me about a book a few months ago called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Marie Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows. She said that her book club was reading it and that I would like it. Well, I took her advice and read it. And I liked it. A lot. I might even take her advice again some day. Ha ha ha ha.

It is just after WWII in England. Juliet is a writer who spent the years of WWII doing articles about the lighter side of the war. The war's over; she's tired of being sunny and wants to do something different. She gets a letter out of the blue from a guy on Guernsey Island who happens to have one of her old books (it had her name and address in it). Guernsey Island is a British possession in the English Channel that was occupied by the Germans at the beginning of the war. It was completely cut off from communication with England and is still fairly isolated even after the war. He wants her recommendations on a bookshop in London that can send him some new books. They start a correspondence that leads her to find out about much of what happened on the island during the occupation, including the happenings of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, of course.

The book is written entirely in letters. It's a device that can go either way. I think it works really well in this book. Partly because the letters are not just between two characters. Letters, telegrams, and notes go between many of the different characters, so you get all sorts of perspectives. What I really like about the book, though, is it made me want to jump on a plane and visit Guernsey. I want to learn all about it. Also, the book is funny and sentimental without being sappy. I hate sappy. Sentimental is ok as long as I don't cry my stinkin' eyes out, which I didn't. All in all, I enjoyed it very much. Thanks Mom!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday Morning

Hi everyone. Here we are getting ready for church a few weeks ago. The babies have taken up brushing hair and eating bows.
(Sorry about the fuzzy pictures. My picture-taking skills seem to have taken a turn for the worse.)
Katie's wondering why I felt it necessary to put a bow in her hair. Charlotte likes it though.
Well, she liked it for about 2 seconds until she realized how tasty the bow was. Then she tried to eat it. Her sister followed suit. Haven't they ever heard that beauty requires sacrifice? Although it is true, most people don't have to sacrifice the joys of eating their hair accessories. Just babies.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Scenes From Our Kitchen Table

Can you find the common theme in these pictures? It's really hard, so I'll give you a hint. Stuffed animals.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

And now, for your viewing pleasure...

Here is a new video of the girls. It is a 30-second thrill ride that includes dropping toys, sucking on thumbs, squealing, and even some throwing of pacifiers. You may think it's cute even if you are not my mom or my mother-in-law. Enjoy!
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