Vacation Week in Mexico

It's always fun to run away to Mexico in the middle of Winter!  We spent our week swimming, snorkeling, meeting new friends, dressing fancy for dinner, and drinking all the options on the kids' drink menu (the grown-ups might have had a drink or two as well).  Jack got to try scuba diving with a friend, we read some new books, and we played a lot of pool & foosball in the evenings.

A poolside hut served as a lending library.  Leave a book, take a 5 languages!  Loved this!

Reading List Summary, March 2015

Mom's List
The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion)
Nest (Esther Ehrlich)
I Kill the Mockingbird (Paul Acampora)
About Alice (Calvin Trillin)
Pale Girl Speaks (Hillary Fogelson)
The Opposite of Loneliness (Marina Keegan)

Jack's List
Story Thieves (James Riley)
Turn Left at the Cow (Lisa Bullard)
Half Upon A Time (James Riley)
The Case of the Disappearing Dogs (David Lewman)
The Case of the Missing Moola (David Lewman)
The Case of the Mystery Meatloaf (David Lewman)
The Fourteenth Goldfish (Jennifer L. Holm)
The Case of the Ruined Ram (David Lewman)
The Case of the Digital Deception (David Lewman)
The Case of the Plagued Play (David Lewman)
Tangerine (Edward Bloom)

EJ's List
Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up (Herman Parish)
Teddy (Ellen Miles)
Ranger in Time (Kate Messner)
The Secret Service Mystery (David A. Adler)
Cape Mermaid Mystery (Carolyn Keene)
March Mischief (Ron Roy)
More About Paddington (Michael Bond)
Mayflower Treasure Hunt (Ron Roy)
Cody (Ellen Miles)
Fashion Frenzy (AJ Stern)
Amelia Bedelia Means Business (Herman Parrish)

Olivia's List

Read-aloud List
Painted Dreams (Karen Lynn Williams)
Red Knit Cap Girl (Naoko Stoop)
Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue (Naoko Stoop)
Louise Loves Art (Kelly Light)
Recycling Day (Edward Miller)
The Pet War (Allan Woodrow)

2015 Reading Challenge

Last week I bumped into the 2015 Reading Challenge and I was drawn in immediately.  I've been reading a lot lately (and listening to lots of books during my huge amount of time in the car), but I'm often struggling a bit to find the next book I want to read.  So, I thought I would take on the challenge and hopefully it will help me break out a little bit and read some new things.  I'm hoping the Challenge will actually challenge me a bit in my reading.

I have no idea if I will actually finish the challenge this year, but if I were to have a chance I needed to go back and retroactively put some of my 2015 reads into the categories I could (you can download the list of categories here).

#1 - A funny book
The Rosie Project

#2 - A book by a female author
My Beloved World

#3 - A book with a one-word title

#4 - A memoir
There Was A Little Girl

#5 - A book you can finish in a day
About Alice

#6 - A book with a color in the title
Brown Girl Dreaming

#7 - A book by an author you've never read before
Pale Girl Speaks

Back to present time, I will finish the book above today.  My to-read list is not ordered in any way, but this one had been on it for some time, so I think it counts.

#8 - A book at the bottom of your reading list
The Mothers

I'm excited to take on the challenge...although a couple categories scare me (a lot).  I'm sure I'll be asking for recommendations as the year goes on.  The ones I'm most concerned about are the classic romance and the trilogy.  Neither are my thing, but I guess the comfort zone will be tested.


This girl does not need glasses!

And this girl does not have pierced ears!

Total posers!!!