Monday, October 31, 2011


It is so much fun to dress up for Halloween!  Lynlee is Tinkerbell (since that is one of her birth mom's favorite characters) and Ellie is a butterly/fairy/princess.
Umm, Mom, I think my tights are a little big.  Why didn't we have a trial run?

Ellie likes to put her crown on all by herself, and this is the way it stays on the best.

Tayler came to see the girls in their costumes.

We were so excited that Tayler stayed to go trick-or-treating with us.

What are we doing?  It doesn't really matter, I always love a good walk.

Hi, Be-bif.  Trick or treat!

DaveDave, want to play me?  Let's go!

Thanks for moving me back out of the wind and giving me all of these nice blankies.  I will just take a little snooze until we get home.

Mom-Julie, I play Rocko!  Come here, Tayler.  Let's see Rocko!  Where Hailey and Nick go?
After we left the Morrow's house, Ellie was tired. She had walked far and gone to many houses. It was a miracle how every door opened and nice people gave her candy! Tayler impressed us all by carrying Ellie home from the Morrows.

After eating a quick dinner, Tayler headed off for more activities and we put the girls to bed. What a great Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Next Day...

Here is how far I got on the pumpkins before we left the party.  Ellie picked the "kitty cat -- Hello Kitty cat" and the "clown face" designs.
 The finished pumpkins
 "No more medicine, Mom, I feel fine."

Rearview Mirror

Staying up late to read a book never seems like a good idea the next morning.  But when I started Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black, I could not help myself.  I justified it by thinking I was just reading until Lynlee woke up for her late night feeding (usually between 11-12).  And then Greg fell asleep, and I kept reading.  And the TV got turned off from the sleep timer, and I kept reading.  

The next morning, after less than 5 hours of sleep (with 2 feedings in the middle), I was not sure if staying up was worth it.  A book has not captivated me that much and induced me to stay up reading in a long time, so for that I was excited.

Stephanie Black is my favorite suspense novelist, and this book exceeded my expectations.  There are some really nasty characters, and a part of me wonders how she writes them so well.  I was kept guessing for about 100 pages, until I couldn't stand not knowing who the bad guy was and I read the last 10 pages.  That is really good -- I usually figure out the bad guy early on!

So check out this book!  Can you tell yet that I loved it? 

Product Description

Fiona Claridge, a smart and stylish New England college professor, strives to pull herself together after a car crash kills her roommate, Mia Hardy. Yet Fiona’s guilt and grief come flooding back after opening a gift-wrapped box left outside her office that contains car keys and a malicious note. 

Shaken, Fiona travels to her hometown to attend a funeral but is followed by vivid nightmares as well as her unknown enemy, who leaves another sinister gift on her doorstep. She assumes the stalker is Kimbery Bailey, a disgruntled former student, and enlists the help of fellow professor James Hampton. But when Fiona encounters an old flame at the funeral, it’s clear her student isn’t the only one with an eye for revenge. Soon, through the maneuverings of her unknown enemy, Fiona faces criminal charges as well as continuing threats. As past and present become horribly entangled, Fiona unravels the truth about a determined killer—and finds herself on the wrong end of a knife.

About the Author

Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger. She was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, Ireland, and northern California. She enjoys spending time with her family, occasionally plays the violin, and enjoys chocolate and cheesecake.


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