Wednesday, June 22, 2011

River of Time Trilogy

I love to read!  It's my favorite past time.  I don't get to do much of that during the school year, but I've done a lot of it this summer.  I've read a bunch of good books. I seem drawn to Young Adult Fiction this summer. 

This trilogy, River of Time, hooked me with the first book!  And dang it all, I'm just about ready to commit to not reading trilogies, because I go crazy wondering what is going to happen in the next book.  Luckily, the third book, Torrent, comes out in September of this year!  (I won't really stop reading trilogies, just wait for them to all be out!)

The books are about teenage sisters who accidentally find a way to travel through time.  They travel back to 14th Century Italy.  They come during a time of violent war and find themselves fighting for their lives.  They both learn a lot about themselves there. They also learn about love!

The books are action packed and keep you anticipating every move that Gabi will make.  Whether she is fighting for her life or fighting for the man of her dreams. The characters are rich and full of depth.  I'm especially fond of Luca.  Which is slightly funny as he is not the main love interest.  However, I just like his character immensely.
It's a beautifully portrayed piece of historical fiction.  I am attached to the characters and find them entertaining.  I love the girls, because they are strong women and I think that is important to portray to young girls. 

Overall, this is a great summer read.  I would recommend them to any teenage girl! If you have read it, I would love you to comment and hear what you thought!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wooden Spoon Puppets

 This was a fun and cheap project.  I picked up 4 packs of wooden spoon s at the dollar store.  Turned the kids loose with acrylic paint and craft supplies.  And wala, we have our very own wooden puppet brigade! This was the best picture I could get with all of them.  I had 4 pairs of hands behind the theater, so it was a little squished!
 This project took up several hours, because after the puppets were done, we had to have a puppet show!
My little boy was doing Potter Puppet Pals!  It was hillarious.  It's fun to see how the kids will us their imagination and the things they come up and oh, the things they say! This was a great boredom buster and it cost me $2.00!  That makes it even better!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tangled Party Favors

 How cute are these? I can take no credit for them.  My cute sissy-in-law Maggie made them for my little girls Tangled birthday party.  I can hardly wait to see all the little girls faces when they see them!
Would you be intersted in a tutorial?  I bet I could get  her do one if there is enough interest.  I think she's done all of the princesses.  Leave some comment love if your interested.