Monday, May 2, 2016

What I'm Into, What We're Reading, Years Past on the Blog ~ May 2016 Edition


Welcome May and another What I'm Into style wrap up where we
link our faves, our current obsessions and
 what was happening on the blog this month in past years....
Lots of fun, thanks to Leigh of What I'm Into ~!



Books: Let's see....... I'm nearing the end of The Lakeshore Chronicleseries 

Wow, I'm loving Susan Wiggs. After I devour all of this series, I'll be 
haunting her site for new titles!
In preparation for our trip west ( again!) this summer, I'm tapping many of 
Fodors books to be sure we "see" allllllllll the amazing states west of the mighty
Mississippi has to offer.

What else.....
My oldest is rereading To Kill a Mockingbird  as part of his literary studies 




Ernest Cline's Ready Player One for how own edification:



If you're enticed by a story  combining mystery, tech,
gaming strategy and  lots of "Easter eggs," then Ernest Cline is
for you...or your kids.
I picked up a copy of Cline's newest, Armada, as a 
summer-mountain-beach read for my son.
You know, for our annual trek to the lake.

Love that his nose is always in a book.


My youngest, book 1 
  

as well as  sooooo many snippets of 
books for his history, science, English studies.
He's truly enjoying  journaling in his Bible, which we gave him as a memento 
for his work in our parish's  Good Friday living Stations of the Cross.
If you haven't yet looked into Bible journaling, you might like to
head over to my friend, Emily's new Facebook group for a great community
of gals venturing into this "new" way of exploring and living our Faith.


TV: We're over a dozen years behind the eight ball with this. But we are finally finally finally
watching Lost ...is it considering just watching or is it a way of life.......? 
Oh my goodness.....I can't even begin to tell you how we're hooked....... We're Losties through and through.
 4 8 15 16 23 42. 
Can't tell who we love more and why. We're in the middle of season 4 and ....... gotta slow it down or the series  will be over!!!! So many beloved characters from Once Upon a Time too! And characters we love to hate.  If you're a Lost-lover, you know. If you're not.....wow. Go and check it out! By the way, we don't subscribe to cable or Netflix. It's a frugal way of life thing. So library DVDs or amazon is the way we roll.


Just stumbled onto THIS~~


Had to share, guys......Had to share
<I feel a fave Lost memes post in the making...........>

Recently on the blog~~ 

So I completed the A to Z blogging challenge! WooHoo!
Here are all 26 posts....you know...in case
you have nothing better to do and feel like clicking over!




Last year on the blog








Two Years Ago on the Blog





Three Years Ago on the Blog




I'm also very happy to link to Carolyn's monthly Open Book party.
Please visit for tons of book recommendations! 



 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

All the A to Z Challenge Posts ~ Whew!


So April saw the awesome, fun
 and honestly, sometimes trying A to Z blog challenge!
And I'm happy to check in on this <dreary, chilly, drizzly!> 
first day of May with a wrap up of all 26 posts and show off my
"survivor" badge:
WooHoo!

I'm not a survivor of too many things.
Except maybe commuting to high school, college and beyond
via NYC's vile, repulsive legendary mass transit system.
Hmmmmmm.....
< Hey, an "I survived the subway for a dozen years"
 badge would be cool. HA! >
So, yeah. I'm happy to be on the other side 
of the challenge after a month of posting!

It's been a wild ride.
I met tons of wonderful folks around the blogosphere
Thank you to the organizers of the challenge for that!
I stretched my 
writing skills and the limits of dedication to my blog even though
honestly, there were some days in which I posted
photos only because...well.....
some days that's all I could really manage on top
of life, you know?
So here are all 26 days in one place, kind of
wrapped up for my own sense of organization....... 
































Our Weekly Homeschool Wrap up











































Sunrise, Sunset:
 In Our Own Backyard & at the Canyon 








To Be or Not to Be ~ 
7 of Our Favorite, Most Epic Shakespearean Lines 
in Honor of the Bard's 452nd birthday!








Unite ~ Five Minute Friday










Votre guide pour le meilleur programme fran├žais









Weeping Cherry








eXtreme pogo 









Yellowstone and Yosemite Highlights









Zion National Park Highlights







 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

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