July 31, 2009
July 30, 2009
Not all hope is lost. We still have a bunch of softball sized ones that will hopefully turn out better.
July 28, 2009
July 23, 2009
July 21, 2009
Here is a list and my opinion of the novels I have finished:
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens = It was had at first for me to get used to the "Old English" writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the complexity of the characters.
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens = I didn't like this one as well as The Tale of Two Cities. I thought the story was lacking a bit of something (I don't know what though). Although, I am glad that I read it and I don't think it was a waste of me time.
- Holes by Louis Sachar = Not a classic. But I read it while in Texas so I added it to the list. And no I have not seen the movie so I do not know how they compare. It was a very easy read and I thought that the moral lessons learned by the characters were great for the age group it was written for to learn.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen = I am about half-way through this book. I have seen the movie (long movie) but I wish that I hadn't. It is spoiling the book for me. I am very imaginative when I read a novel and having seen the movie prior to reading the book is not letting me have that imagination take place. Plus it has ruined the climax and end of the storyline. But I really like the book and I am very glad that I am reading it. Even though the movie has taken some of the run out of reading the novel, it definitely is not taking away from the great story.
- Great Expectations
- Charlotte's Web
- Gone With the Wind
- Les Miserables
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- The Hobbit
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- A Mid-Summer Night's Dream
- The Taming of the Shrew
- The Hunt for Red October
- The Scarlet Letter
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
I have already read these but it was a long time ago and I would like to read them again:
- To Kill A Mockingbird
- Of Mice and Men
- Romeo and Juliet
- Animal Farm
I am also up for any suggestions. So if you have a good novel that you think I might like to read leave me a comment please.
July 18, 2009
- Height: 27 inches
- Weight: 16 pounds 12 ounces
- She is continuing to work on her walking skills.
- She can wave "bye bye".
- When asked,"How big is Makenna?" she will raise her hands over her head in response.
She is at such a fun stage and it seems like she is learning something new everyday.
July 15, 2009
We had fun spending time with my grandma. I think she enjoyed the company and getting to meet Jacob.
July 10, 2009
July 8, 2009
-Allison and Makenna spent a little over a week in Texas visiting Allison’s sister’s family. While I was proud of how much work I got done in their absence, I missed them being here even more.
-Makenna stands on her own for quite awhile now. She also will sometimes “kiss” on command. It’s so much fun to watch her learn so much.
-I’m quite tired of hearing about Michael Jackson. I’m equally as tired of hearing how people are tired of hearing about Michael Jackson.
-On a positive MJ subject, he used to be quite normal. Allison and I enjoyed watching a couple Jackson 5 videos on Youtube. One video got even better once I noticed some increasingly super sweet dancing by a guy in the audience beginning around 2 minutes and really going to town around 2:30.
-I guess the U.S.Soccer team won a big match the other day. In a related story, people everywhere were shocked to learn the U.S. has a soccer team.
-With the swearing in of MN senator Al Franken and past governership of Jesse Ventura, I wonder if any of Iowa’s two or three minor celebrities are considering a run. Tom Arnold for house speaker maybe?
-I saw Transformers 2 last week. While being pleasantly surprised by the first one last year, I was expecting too much I guess. It could have been so much better. Really, do robots need to swear?
-Yesterday a big storm developed mid afternoon. It was fun seeing all the workers on my jobsite scramble to get their work done. I think I even saw one guy running.
With all the changes this country sees, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking maybe our founding fathers ideals aren't necessarily relevant as much anymore. Then I read a quote like the following and again realize they are smarter than way more of the general public. From Thomas Jefferson, to his daughter Martha:
"But I know nothing more important to inculcate into the minds of young people than the wisdom, the honor, and the blessed comfort of living within their income, to calculate in good time how much less pain will cost them the plainest stile of living which keeps them out of debt, than after a few years of splendor above their income, to have their property taken away for debt when they have a family growing up to maintain and provide for."
If only the colleges taught like this in the freshman orientation classes.
July 7, 2009
July 6, 2009
Oh and he has been VERY busy around the house while we where gone. I will let him fill you faithful blog readers in on all that he got accomplished.
July 3, 2009
Tonight we went out for supper with Jason's best friend's parents. They are very close to Jason and Erin and are pretty much like another set of parents to them. The food was great and it was good to spend some time with people who are so important to my sister and Jason. Of course Makenna put on the charm and had quite a few people ooh and awe over her.
July 2, 2009
And you watch 6 movies, play Wii with your brother-in-law so many times you loose track, finish at least 1 novel, and watch countless episodes of home improvement shows on Direct TV because back in Iowa you only get 5 channels.
Yep, I sure am enjoying my time here in Texas!
July 1, 2009
Jacob did really well. He did miss his mommy a lot though.