Reading List Summary, October 2016


Mom's List
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo (Amy Schumer)
I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual (Luvvie Ajayi)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes (Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt)

Jack's List
I.Q.: The Windy City (Roland Smith and Michael P. Spradlin)
I.Q.: Alcatraz (Roland Smith and Michael P. Spradlin)
Weird But True Sports (National Geographic)
Under the Egg (Laura Marx Fitzgerald)
Chasing Secrets (Gennifer Choldenko)

EJ's List
The New Year Dragon Dilemma (Ron Roy)
Self-Driving Cars (Katie Marsico)
Ghosts (Raina Telgemeier)
Scat (Carl Hiaasen)
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island (Dana Alison Levy)
Cleared for Takeoff (Julia DeVillers)
Weird But True Sports (National Geographic)
Kid Artists (David Stabler)
What Is Feminism? Why Do We Need It? and Other Big Questions (Bea Appleby)
Vitamins and Minerals (Joan Kalbacken)

Olivia's List
Bananas (Elaine Landau)
Ben & Jerry: Ice Cream Manufacturers (Joanne Mattern)
The Wild Robot (Peter Brown)
Violet Mackerel's Personal Space (Anna Branford)
Coconut (Jackie Lee)
Honey (Pam Robson)
Abby Wambach (Esther Porter)
Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend (Anna Branford)

Halloween Happenings


For my kids, Halloween is all about the candy (especially the big trade when you get home from trick-or-treating) and the costumes.  I hated Halloween growing up and before the kids, but I truly love everything about getting ready for Halloween now.

This year, EJ decided she wanted to be a Storm Cloud.  And for the first time ever, she helped a ton with making her costume!  We shopped together, buying a cowboy hat, cotton batting, silver spray paint, blue felt and yarn.  She cut out the rain drops and spray mounted them on to the hat with the yarn.  We worked together to spray mount the batting onto the hat (what a mess) and add the "storm" with the spray paint.  It came out even better than we imagined!


Olivia was much easier as she was dreaming of being a Mad Scientist for some time.  We bought her a lab coat (great for pretend play after Halloween) and a crazy wig.  We added bright green dish gloves and her brother's safety glasses, and she was all set.


Jack's costume came together the night of trick-or-treat.  It seems simple, but getting those glow sticks to stay on clothing with just safety pins and packing tape is harder than it sounds.  He was a great stick figure though.

Earlier in the month, we headed to the farm to get pumpkins and apples.  The kids found some crazy colors this year (bright yellow, white, and pink).


We couldn't leave without cider doughnuts!

A tiger and a super hero?  I don't remember what she said it was, but those are arms!

We got a surprise (and amazing) Boo!

Trip to the Halloween Hike with Aunt Betsy and Grandma

Gilmore Girls Revival Care Package


When your bestie's birthday is not too far away from the new Gilmore Girls episodes (and you're both super fans), you make her a Gilmore Girls Revival Viewing Care Package!

I started with the basics of the Gilmore Girls diet...Red Vines, Pop Tarts, and Mallomars.  I've honestly never had a Mallomar, so I bought myself a box as well to try out when I watch the new episodes.  There were so many other food items I could have added to the box, but I found the perfect socks to include instead!  They featured doughnuts, Chinese takeout, burgers, and fries, and therefore covered the rest of the girls diet.

Coffee is a staple item in every Gilmore Girls episode.  I recently heard that there were 305 cups of coffee in all the original episodes.  I would have guessed more...  At any rate, I found a fun baseball tee that states the obvious, "NEED MORE COFFEE."

To finish off the package, I found some great free printables online.  The No Cell Phones sign is the perfect thing to make your kitchen feel like Luke's Diner.  I don't know if either of us will use the Gilmore Girls Bingo Card as we watch (yes, I printed one for myself and yes, I'm watching alone in complete quiet...at least the first time around), but it is so cute and funny.

I had a few more things on my shopping list that I didn't quite find the perfect match for this gift, but still wanted to share the ideas...snowflakes, pro/con list, a Netflix GC, and yellow daisies.  But the final thing I included was a Gilmore Girls mix tape featuring 23 of the quintessential GG songs.  I've added more to my itunes mix, but these are the best of the best.  I'll share the playlist below, so you can create your own and get in the mood for brand new Gilmore Girls.  I'm so excited!

This Town - The Go-Go's
Earn Enough for Us - XTC
Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
Suffragette City - David Bowie
Happy Birthday - Altered Images
Mixed Bizness - Beck
Everyday I Write The Book - Elvis Costello
Cities in Dust - Siouxsie & the Banshees
Time Bomb - Rancid
Head On - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole
99 Luftballoons - Nena
Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
Fell In Love with a Girl - The White Stripes
Sing, Sing, Sing - John Williams
Twin Cinema - The New Pronographers
Church of the Poison Mind - Culture Club
Know Your Onion! - The Shins
One Way Or Another - Blondie
London Calling - The Clash
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone
There She Goes - The La's