Friday, January 24, 2014

Seven Quick Takes

Saw her perform this song in an accidental concert back in November (the concert wasn't accidental, but me being there happened sorta accidentally...).  I really was there to see Matt Maher, but walking away hearing this song was an added bonus :).

Yesterday we had another "extreme cold weather" day.  No School! I celebrated by picking up one of the books that I got this week after using some of my Barnes & Noble Christmas gift cards.  Earlier this week, armed with my gift cards, I bought myself a mocha and wandered the Utopia that is A Bookstore.  I came home with several, including this one:
Austen fans, I highly recommend Dear Mr. Knightley, by Katherine Reay.  My enjoyment surely had nothing to do with the fact that I got out of bed this morning...and proceeded to read this book from start to finish with no interruptions.  Ahhhhh, snow days!

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This picture popped up in my facebook newsfeed yesterday.  My sister Steph is making a valiant start at her awesome photography business.  Since getting the ball rolling (officially) this fall, she has been super busy and is cranking out some beautiful pictures, like the one above of her nieces.  Check out her website here or like her on facebook.  And more importantly, if you live in Central Illinois, think about asking her to be your next photographer!

I found this today on Pinterest, and I want it:
My landlord might have a problem with it, though.
Note to self:
1. Buy house.
2. Build book nook.
3. Live in book nook and bask in success.
Maybe we should just run with the book theme for these Seven Quick Takes.  Another book purchased on my Barnes and Noble quest was Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  I have heard about it, flipped through it, and had it recommended to me by several people.  I decided to use those gift cards to get a different kind of devotional than what I have been reading lately.  It didn't hurt that they had an edition with this pretty pink cover.
Anyone else read it and have any opinions?
The current novel that we are working on at school is Daniel at the Siege of Boston by Laurie Calkhoven.  We are learning about the American Revolution right now, so this book is a perfect fit as we walk through the events before and during the war.  When we read a novel, I work it into as many subjects as I can- reading, obviously, writing, social studies, vocab, spelling, etc.  This one has me putting "siege" on our spelling/vocab list for the week.  We have talked about the word siege, had it on homework assignments, and have worked with it to get ready for the spelling test.  In the middle of reading the book this week, though, one of the students noticed that at the bottom of the page where the page numbers are, the printer had misspelled siege s-e-i-g-e.  We all of course stopped and checked our books.  Sure enough, every book, every page, has the title of the novel misspelled.  I am not sure if that made it more or less important to the kids to get that word right on the spelling test today.  Oh, man.

I could talk about books all day, but there is only one quick take left, so I will leave you with this:

Happy Friday!

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  1. I am SO glad you started 7 quick takes. You could always add a few PS's if you wanted. Maybe a 12 or 15 quick takes. just sayin....... I think you should drop a HUGE hint to your sisters to start this too. just for their favorite mama. :) xo

    1. It's all for you mom. I'll work on the girls.

    2. that would make me very happy :) !

  2. 1. You must send me this Mr. Knightley book. Sharing is caring.
    2. Luke and I read Jesus Calling every night together and have almost gotten through the whole year. We love it. I have the pretty black and white version :-)
    3. Make room in your book nook for me please.
    4. Your new logo rocks.

    1. 1. I shall sent it to you after I get it back from the person that I already loaned it to. Sharing and caring are easier when you don't live out of state. :(
      2. I knew I liked you.
      3. Double seater, on the way.
      4. That would be thanks to the third person in our party.
      3. I would never question your numbering skills.

  3. Dont ask about my numbering or typing skills.

  4. Hi Katie,

    I just finished Dear Mr. Knightley...I loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your recommendation!

    Hope bag stuffing went well today!


    1. yay! I just got it back from a friend that borrowed it, and we both loved how unique it was and enjoyed all the literature references. I am glad that you liked it!