September 17, 2013

She Reads// Summer Reading

I feel like maybe my outstretched jazz hands didn't help me catch more air?


School's started and I didn't have to turn the air on in the car at all today so Summer's OVER! 
Here's what I read over the past hot, hot months: 

If I Stay (What a refreshingly good read! It was dark yet light, funny but also heartwrenching, sappy but still romantic; I really liked it. Toph read it too and liked it as well.)

Lord Of the Flies (This wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting but ohmygosh never again. I say not nearly as bad because it was really short ...)

Harry Potter 1 & 2 (We actually listened to these on a road trip and I usually don't count listening to a book but since I've read them before, I'm counting it this time. And hello Mr. JIM DALE. So good.)

Bossypants (AhahahahahHAa!!! Now here I think listening would be even better than reading because you kinda hear Tina's voice the whole time you're reading it anyway.)

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (Loved it even more than Bossypants! Mindy, I'll hang out with you!!!)

Eleanor and Park (My least favorite read of the summer. It gave me the skeeves but I HAD to finish it so there's that.)

Dad is Fat (Another fast, funny read but not nearly as funny as I'd hoped or expected.)

The Book Of Mormon (Actually ... I started it in the winter but I finally finished it again this summer!)

Watership Down (I JUST finished this one so I'm still pretty hung up on it. I read it because it's one of Topher's favorites and he's been mentioning it forever. I love that we can talk about it together now, book club! Overall it was a bit longer than I anticipated and I went into it not excepting to like it because it seemed super weird. That said, it was really good! It wrapped up well and I grew to love those stinking rabbits. Team Fiver forever!!)

Onward and upward to my fall book list.
(Fallfallfall! I love fall.)

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September 10, 2013

welp. here we go.

 I've only mentioned it (accompanied with the sobbing emoji) on every single social media outlet today ... Mountains out of everything with a side of nostalgia, please.

He got to choose his outfit and the locale for our first day of school! pictures. Nicely done all around.

He wanted Everly in the pictures too because he loves her! Like 98% of the time. There have been requests to, "Put her back where she was before she was born!" but only when he's really tired or if she looks at his Legos.

And of course I wanted a picture with my big boy. I think we look a lot alike but my mom doesn't believe me.

 He's really into this power grip thing right now. Darth B.

The thing is, Bronson's a really good kid. He can be tantrumy, whiny and annoying but his very core essence is good (I'm obviously partial to him but a few other people have confirmed it too so I feel like it's fact). I don't want school to ruin that.

The idea of sending Bronson out into a world that's not heavily monitored by me makes me unsettled. I've considered home school (I was home schooled off and on, holler) but all of my reasons for wanting to do it are fear based. We live in a great school district education + safety wise but I'm still scared of Bronson getting hurt, being bullied, hearing crap from the other kids, and being exposed to stuff way too young. He's been so pumped to go to school because he loves new toys and they have a playground (very important factors) so we're kind of using this year as a trial run.

Rational me is all, "Calm down Meredith, two day a week preschool isn't going to turn him into a bullied drug dealer." Duh. BUT THIS IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS!!!!! Just kidding. Kind of.
Anyway, he started today. And I get to go pick him up in 54 minutes and ask him all kinds of questions because I want to know everything.

It has been nice to have a silent house this morning (Everly's been napping) and I could get used to working out sans commentary, but I miss my little sidekick. 

The other day Bronson said, "I love myself because I'm a good self." I want him to remember that forever. He IS a good self and he knows what's right. I hope we can always talk pretty openly about what's going on in his life because that's my job. I'm fully invested here.

 Bronson manned the remote for these last three: