Reading List Summary, August 2015

Mom's List
El Deafo (Cece Bell)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
The Mercy Papers (Robin Romm)
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Dana Alison Levy)
Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
Zero Tolerance (Claudia Mills)

Jack's List
Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove (Bob Pflugfelder)
Video Games (Hayley Mitchell Haugen)
The Potato Chip Puzzles (Eric Berlin)
The Overlord Protocol (Mark Walden)
Bad News for Outlaws (Vaunda Micheaux Nelson)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
Amazing Magic Tricks (Norm Barnhart)
Cities: Discover How They Work (Kathleen M. Reilly)
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Chris Grabenstein)
The People of Sparks (Jeanne DuPrau)
El Deafo (Cece Bell)
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Eric Berlin)
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (Liesl Shurtliff)
The Great Greene Heist (Varian Johnson)
The White Giraffe (Lauren St. John)
Robot Dreams (Sara Varon)
Dolphin Song (Lauren St. John)
Rules to Rock By (Josh Farrar)

EJ's List
El Deafo (Cece Bell)
The Map Trap (Andrew Clements)
The 26-Story Treehouse (Andy Griffiths)
August Acrobat (Ron Roy)
Cooking Camp Disaster (Carolyn Keene)
The Stolen Crystals (Paula Harrison)
Butterfly Blues (Carolyn Keene)
I Am on Strike Against Softball (Julie Gassman)
Softball Surprise (Jake Maddox)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ian Fleming)
Partners in Crime (Kim Harrington)
Buddy (Ellen Miles)
Unicorn on a Roll (Dana Simpson)

Olivia's List
The Life Cycle of a Ladybug (Ruth Thomson)
John Muir (Wil Mara)
George Washington Carver (Dana Meachen Rau)
Wright Brothers (Lisa Wade McCormick)
Ms. Leakey is Freaky! (Dan Gutman)
Stop That Hamster! (Abby Klein)
The One and Only Stuey Lewis (Jane Schoenberg)
Ninja Bunny (Jennifer Gray Olson)
The Three Ninja Pigs (Corey Rosen Schwartz)
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise (Sean Taylor)
Ninja Red Riding Hood (Corey Rosen Schwartz)
Lost Sloth (J. Otto Seibold)
Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod (Robert J. Blake)
Tales For Very Picky Eaters (Josh Schneider)
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover (Cece Bell)
Lulu and the Duck in the Park (Hilary McKay)

Read-aloud List
Monsters Love Colors (Mike Austin)
Sometimes You Barf (Nancy Carlson)
Little Owl's Day (Divya Srinivasan)
The Sky is Falling! (Mark Teague)
If Kids Ruled the World (Linda Bailey)

2015 Reading Challenge - Summer Update

Thought I'd do an end-of-summer update on my 2015 Reading Challenge.  The summer is actually much slower for me in reading than the rest of the year.  I feel like I spend a ton of the summer months driving and so I can't read then (and no books in the car because the kids are in the car as well).  So, this is what I can finish while sitting by the pool or in the evenings after they go to bed!

#19 - A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
The Precious One

#20 - A book turned into a TV show
The Slap

#21 - A book based entirely on its cover
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

#22 - Mystery/Thriller
We Were Liars

#23 - A play
The Normal Heart

#24 - A book with non-human characters
El Deafo

#25 - A book that came out the year you were born
Watership Down

#26 - A book a friend recommended
The Mercy Papers

#27 - A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
Interpreter of Maladies

#28 - A book with a number in the title
Zero Tolerance

You can find the complete list of Reading Challenge categories here.

A Weekend Trip to My Favorite Place

This summer we decided to road trip to our favorite spot in Wisconsin.  The kids were finally ALL old enough to hike the entire time without us having to take turns carrying one or two of them up the hill at Devil's Lake.  We had an awesome day exploring our favorite hikes and lookout spots.

This is where we got engaged, so we had Jack snap a pic.

After a day of passing peeps commenting on our bright footwear, we figured we had to take a pic of our shoes.

We took a little detour in order to go over on this tiny car ferry.  The pics on the bottom pretty much size up their opinions of the ferry.  EJ was super excited, Liv was nervous, and Jack was bored!  It would have been better on a sunnier day, but that did keep the line short.

We also stopped by the place where we got married and took a tour with the kids (who had never been there before).  The Seth Peterson Cottage was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is tucked away in the forest.  It's gorgeous.

The last day of our trip, Matt headed off on a fishing trip with his brothers, so it was just me and the kids.  We spent the day shopping at the outlet stores, checking out downtown Wisconsin Dells and then exploring Baraboo.  We visited the library, an ice cream shop and a fun game store (and more) before heading back home.