Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Birthdays, old friends, and new friends, and just plain living life has kept me busier than usual. Hannah turned THREE! Time has flown. We celebrated with a day at Disneyland, (thank you, again, for the d-land hook-ups, you know who you are) and then a little party with family and a couple of friends the very next day. Just a few days later Jason turned 32. I made pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream to celebrate.

A couple days a week, Hannah, James and I go to a little home-learning Co-Op. I'm most likely not going to be a homeschooler (I see myself being more of the obnoxious cup cake making room mom) but I like the idea of learning at home for now. Hannah really enjoys being with the other children, and the moms are really cool people. I tend to gravitate to homeschooling mamas. Maybe it's because they don't drive Hummers, they live simply and somewhat green, dislike Bratz dolls, and don't feed their kids fruit snacks on a regular basis, as though it were real fruit. Was that judgemental?

I've been trying to read more. Last month I finished Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. It is my favorite book now. I loved it to the very end, and I fell in love with Alexei, as I think I saw a bit of my quiet, gentle husband in him. It took me a good while to get through the book because my little ones kept me distracted from it. How I miss the days of closing myself off to the world for a couple of nights to enjoy a good book. Right now I'm finishing Madeline L'Engle's A Wind in the Door. I recently re-read A Wrinkle in Time, which was much more enjoyable than A Wind in the Door to me. I'm hoping to pick out a classic to read after this. Any ideas for me?

Hopefully I'll update more soon. I was planning on posting some pix but blogger is being a turd and won't do a thing for me. Anyone else notice this today?


Blogger Mimi said...

It took me a long time to read it, and I don't have little ones.

Happy Birthday to Hannah!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Wow, I'm really impressed that you finished it, I started, but was distracted too easily. This may sound stupid, but lately all I want to read are the Little House on the Prairie books, I find that the simplicity of their life and their attitudes is so refreshing compared to my sometimes whiny, complaining ways :P Happy Birthday to Hannah! That's crazy that she is three already.

12:54 PM  
Blogger annie said...

I've attempted Brothers Karamazov twice now. Someday I WILL finish that book! Probably not someday soon.
Happy birthday and many years to your little girl! I thought she was already three. She just sounds so mature. :)

2:00 PM  
Blogger jenny baker said...

michael read the brothers karamazov, i'm pretty sure he said it was his favorite book. i suggest some john steinbeck next for you. :)

2:35 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

Jenny - YOU BLOG! Fun!

Funny you suggest Steinbeck, my father in law recently recommended Tortilla Flats. I've liked the small amounts of his stuff that I've read.

I'll do it.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Thomas Ham said...

I recommend Dr. Seuss! He's my favorite! The Butter Battle Book is my favorite!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Michelle Melania said...

Happy birthday, Hannah and Jason!

I still haven't been able to get through The Bros Karamazov. I was talking to a friend about that the other night and she said the same thing. That is really impressive that you were able to do it with an infant and a toddler. way to go!!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Bluecanopy said...

You go girl....pumpkin pie and Dostoevsky. you rock :) annie, I'm with you...i still have never finished BK but loved Crime and Punishment. Aaron loved Tortilla Flats. Maybe East of Eden, another Steinbeck.

Happy bday Hannah-bobanna.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Xenia Kathryn said...

Happy Birthday to Hannah and Jason!

I'm glad you've found some cool moms to hang around! That's important. See? You're not the only one bucking the system by not driving monstrous SUVs :)

And uh, hats off to you for finishing a book, period. :)

3:34 PM  

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