Saturday, February 24, 2018

Celebrate This Week: Sunshine, Books, Boys, Flowers, & Snow!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

Shelly and I headed to the outlet mall on Monday to make a return. But the real reward of our drive to the east was the snow on the mountains, the sunshine, and time to chat with a friend!

I finished Greenglass House by Kate Milford. I'm in a book club with two friends who have moved away. Once we've all read the book, we set about trying to find a time when the three of us are available for a google chat. I think I recommended this title because I saw it on Modern Mrs. Darcy's 16 books to cozy up with this winter booklist. I'm always excited when I can get friends to read kid lit with me. Be forewarned that references to hot chocolate are frequent, and I must admit to settling down with the book and my own mug of hot chocolate on several occasions. An added bonus to reading the book is that the sequel, Ghosts of Greenglass House, was published in 2017. 

I'm currently reading this year's Newbery winner, Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly. I'm loving this story of Virgil and Valencia and Virgil's guinea pig, Gulliver. I'll be meeting with our middle school book club next week, so I'll need to finish it by then. I have a box of award winning books (requested from our library as I listened to the ALA YMA webcast) to share with them.

My third bookish celebration is the bag of board books that I purchased for my boys this week. I love that I have books stashed for upcoming holidays, fun days, dreary days, and any day I want to share a book with my boys. And I'm thinking that since HomeGoods is on my way home from the dentist, a stop there after seeing the dentist might need to become a tradition. Every dentist visit needs a reward, right?
When Jack & I returned from story hour,
his first stop was to look at books!
Going for a ride in new friend's truck!
I snatched this pic of Teddy
from his mom's instagram movie,
"Looking like such a big kid today."
Posted by Dad on Instagram:
"Saturday morning bagel run with this dude."
I'll have the chocolate chip bagel Teddy's having!
Tulips from a friend
Our Thursday morning 
sprinkling of snow!


  1. Such a great bunch of celebrations! I heartily agree that a visit to the dentist deserves a reward! My niece recently posted a pic of my great nephew with the big kid sentiment, too. I will be looking for that book and sitting down with some hot chocolate.

  2. What a contrast between the tulips and snow. Good thing that children and books can be enjoyed at all times.

  3. I'm just starting Hello, Universe and agree-- the characters are engaging. Finding friends to read with is the best. Even long distance is not a problem with technology.
    PS Love seeing your grand boys grow!

  4. Wonderful pictures of the boys. They are growing so fast. Isn't it great to have a series of photos each month to watch the growth patterns? I was looking back to when Sierra was an infant and so much has changed. I grabbed both of your Washington winter pics for my gallery. Do you have some inspirational words to add? What mountain was I looking at?

  5. How is Teddy so big already? Your celebrations show how full your life is in a week when you stop to savor the time with family and friends.

  6. Ha! I shopped a little after my dentist visit last week. Of course, a reward! Love those pics of "your" boys. A friend of mine is becoming a grandmother next month, can not wait! It looks like a happy week, Ramona. I envy you Hello, Universe. I may have to get it on my Kindle!

  7. Sounds like you had a great week, Ramona. And I'm going to have to check and see if my library has the Kate Mildford books. I'm going to need a couple of new ones.

  8. Love your pictures of your boys. Books are such a delight. Treasures!