Sunday's Scrambled Egg Thoughts.

Tomorrow it begins! Fitness challenge #2, that is! I just treated myself to ice cream and a Sees dark chocolate bar as one last hurrah - I'm already thinking I shouldn't have, because I have to get up and run in the morning and I don't know how good that's going to feel...  ugh.  If you want to come visit and track our progress and details, my new "health and fitness" blog is now up.  crazyfitnesschallenge.blogspot.com

This weekend we were busy with playdates and birthday parties, again. I stayed home all day on Sat and did some pretty thorough cleaning - (and by thorough, I mean I actually tried to dust some - amazing!)  It feels so good to have so much done at one time - 6 loads of laundry yesterday and today, plus shutters dusted, floors vacuumed, and toilets cleaned...  If I continue like this my house might look more like Jackie's by the weekend. Actually, who am I kidding, I just started another book, so that's going to be the end of my cleaning spree....

By the way, just finished "Heat Wave" this morning - took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked! Love the characters so much - makes me want to go rent the whole "Castle" series- has there only been one season so far? Does anyone know? Are there any more books written with Nikki Heat and Rook?  hmmm...
A has read EVERYTHING in our house, and is dying for more. I can't keep up with her reading habit. Any good suggestions for an 8-yr-old? Long chapter books please, she devours stuff like Magic Tree House and Judy Bloom in a couple of hours each.  She just finished Percy Jackson "Lightning Thief" and is chomping at the bit to get the next in the series, "Sea of Monsters" which we're on the hold list for, at the library.....  She's not been a huge fan of Harry Potter books as of yet, but I'm still holding onto hope that she will be eventually. She BETTER! I'm not raising any Muggle!

Swim team, and swim lessons, start tomorrow. This may very well screw up my twice-weekly volleyball habit, but hopefully will be good for all three kids. J recently has been wearing floaties in the pool when we swim, and loves his independence. I love it as well, because he doesn't pinch and kick me when I'm trying to hold him. Besides, the water is still too chilly for me!

Speaking of which, I have a philosophy - want to hear it?  I think school schedules should be based on WATER temperatures. It seems silly for school to get out in the middle of May, when pools are still way too flippin' cold, and then start the first Mon in August, when the pools are still in perfect temps to swim! Summer should start about June 15, and go til Sep. 1st - who's with me???

I have a lot on my plate this week, which I'm excited about, because I know I'll be able to accomplish a lot as well - the busier I am, the more productive! Wish me luck!


Alison said...

There has been 2 series of Castle - love it!
Has A tried the Babysitters Club books or Box Car children, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys - I love those books when I was younger.

Amberly said...

go get the read-aloud handbook from the library. in the back there is a list of awesome books for kids of all reading levels.

i'm a fan of the water temp school schedule. beginning in august is way too soon for me.

I also feel a great productive week coming on... good luck!

Ashlee said...

Suggestions for Miss A in addition to those already recommended, Little House on the Prairie series and Ann of Green Gables series. Louisa May Alcott has a few that would probably be age appropriate.

I marked the Castle series on my to-read list. I didn't realize that Castle is the the star and the author!

Scrap Happy said...

Okay - "Richard Castle" apparently doesn't exist - and neither do any of the other books - "Naked Heat" is due out later this year, I believe, but all the rest of "Castle" is made up. I think it's a mystery who the real writer is... ?

Brie said...

Has she read the Fablehaven series, or A Series of Unfortunate Events? They are really cute, fun books. I also recommend Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, and Little House on the Prairie. Those were my FAV books when I was younger.

There was also this book series called Great Illustrations. I don't know if they have them still but they were all the classics simplified. Ivanhoe, Moby Dick, Tale of Two Cities, Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc. but they were condensed and written so younger kids could read them. They surprisingly really helped me out in school because by the time I got to high school and had to read the real book I already knew the stories and characters and plot. Just a suggestion!