Monthly Archives: June 2012

Friday Favorites: June 29

How’s 2012 going for you? I can’t believe the year is half over! How are those New Year’s resolutions progressing? We’ve had a fun filled week, here are my favorites.

  • Last weekend we visited Jesterz for some side splitting entertainment.
  • We had Pack Meeting this week, which included a tricycle race. I may or may not have challenged the other Cub Scout leaders.
  • I had a book club for the book Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I’ll tell you more about this tough but interesting memoir soon.
  • A girls lunch at Paradise Bakery. It was good even though they took my favorite salad off the menu. I think I found a new favorite – besides the cream cheese brownie.
  • Family movie night – we watched Night at the Museum in honor of our New York City Summer Camp while eating my new homemade version of Sizzler’s Malibu Chicker.

I’m not the only one having fun; check out what I found on some of my favorite blogs.

Please share your favorites of the week!

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Savvy Book Review

We read Savvy by Ingrid Law for our last family book club. I shared the details of our fun meeting over at Arizona Mama and I thought I’d share my book review itself here.

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.

Even though the main character, Mibs, is only thirteen this story didn’t feel overly ‘young’. Many of her concerns, worries and experiences are universal – except her family’s savvies. She deals with middle school angst of feeling like an outcast, budding romance and concern for her family.

My favorite part was the romance with the preacher’s son who has a secret of his own. The plot zigged and zagged as Mibs and her brother Fish tried to control their savvies. Not only were there not any dull moments, but the whole book was so full of personality!

This book was a fun, easy read for our family as we laughed and escaped to an alternate universe with those with special gifts. I give this book five slices and look forward to the next book in the series, Scumble.

Linked at Busy Monday.

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Family Home Evening: Laughter

We’ve all heard laughter is the best medicine, but is it a gospel principle? Our family home evening lesson was about the benefits of laughter. It is a sign of happiness and helps build good memories. It also makes life more interesting and entertaining. After all, Nephi taught that men are that they might have joy.

We had our own mini “Funniest thing that happened to me” party from the family home evening manual, where we all shared funny family memories. The memories included a game of ‘cheater’ Jenga; the kids tried blowing the tower down during each others turns. I shared the trip to the scrapbook store before Halloween and my four year old looked at the sticker of a ghost and said “Look Mom, it’s the Holy Ghost!”

Our family loves to laugh and share funny stories from school, books and movies. We’re always quoting snippets from these stories and tying these events together. It’s nice to remember these times when we’re busy, stressed, or getting on each others nerves after a few weeks of summer vacation.

We played Uno Attack for our activity and Frozen Lemon Pie for our treat.

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Friday Favorites: June 23

Welcome to the first Friday of summer! I’m glad we have the 110 degree temperatures to make sure we realize it is summer here in Arizona! The heat definitely affects my favorites – long afternoon walks don’t make the list this time of year. Here’s what did make the list.

  • A couple of trips to the pool. I’m not a super big water lover, but I did enjoy our morning trips this week.
  • Hot Wheels. My kiddos spent a whole day building tracks and racing their cars. It was so nice to see them occupy themselves without asking to veg in front of a screen.
  • Summer reading programs. The kids already earned their prizes. I also like that some of the libraries have programs for adults – even if the prizes aren’t as cool.
  • Not one, but two book clubs! We had our family book club for Savvy and our adult book club for The Lost Conspiracy. Stay tuned for more details on both meetings.

Between computer issues and finding the time to be on the computer, I only have a couple online favorites this week.

  • Booking Mama shared a review of the Song of Achilles. I’d rather read it than listen to the audio book, but it sounds like a great story.
  • I always need a little something for my sweet tooth and Your Homebased Mom’s Dulce de Leche bars hit the spot.

Share your favorites with me – if your not too busy doing summer!


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