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Sunday, June 10, 2012

TSS: All Is Quiet on the Southwestern Front

Outside my window:  It's a bright, beautiful morning.  Yesterday, we discovered a cute little (well, not little) quail family in the backyard and watching them has kept us smiling.  There are two adults and seven (SEVEN!) babies.  It's fun to watch the babies toddle all over the place, although they gave us a scare yesterday when they decided to jump into the pool.  To our surprise, they glided around in the water for a little bit, then hopped right back out!  No harm done.

I am listening to:  The glorious sound of silence.  With three of my four kids gone, the house has been quiet all week.  Almost too quiet.   

I am reading:  I'm scheduled to review An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd in July, so I'm trying to read the first three books in the series before then.  I finished A Duty to the Dead the other day and am now working on An Impartial Witness.  If you haven't read this series about a forthright WWI nurse who can't stop getting entangled in the lives of the patients she tends, you should.  I'm really enjoying it.    

I am going to read:  I'm going to finish An Impartial Witness and probably move right on to A Bitter Truth.  Although, I just got an ARC of Crewel by Gennifer Albin, so I *might* have to read that one first.  We'll see.  

On the blog this week:  I (well, will be picking the winner in my giveaway of I Believe in Jesus Too by Mark S. Nielsen on June 13th.  Lots of my IRL friends have entered, so I'm excited to see who will win the book.  If you haven't entered yet, do it now!

Around the Book Blogosphere:  I didn't officially sign up for Armchair BEA this year, but I enjoyed reading lots of posts about it.  I still dream of attending BEA for real.  Maybe next year?  Better start saving my pennies ... 

I am thinking:  I need to go wake up my 13 year old.  He's been at Scout camp all week and now he's flying off to Utah to join his grandparents and two of his siblings in Happy Valley.  This is the first time he's ever flown alone—I'm nervous for him, but he's been cool as a cucumber.  He'll be fine, I know he will be, I just can't stop worrying.  I'm a mom, it's what I do.  

I am grateful for:  My in-laws.  They graciously volunteered to have my three oldest stay with them in Utah for about three weeks.  It will be a nice break for me, I just worry (see, there I go again) about how my mother and father-in-law will survive all the excitement.   

Around the house:  Like I said, it's been pretty quiet.  The husband and I have had only one kid at home all week.  It's weird.  She's three, though, and very busy with swimming lessons, dance class, princess movies, etc.  She misses her siblings, but she also seems to be doing just fine having all of her parents' attention to herself.

In the kitchen:  Not much going on there.  It's too hot to turn on the oven.  I'm also trying really hard to stick to my Weight Watchers eating plan, so I've been dining on lots of fruits, veggies and chicken.  My blood sugar has been excellent ever since I (re)started WW—I'm trying to keep that in mind when the chocolate/ice cream/Mt. Dew cravings strike. 

High of the Week:  Listening to my husband and son talk about all the fun they had at their respective Scout camps.  Also, taking the 3-year-old to Olive Garden.  She was hilarious!  Wiggly, but really funny.  

Low of the Week:  So, I got Poopendous by Artie Bennett in the mail the other day.  My daughter was so excited to see a children's book ("Is it for me?" she kept asking) that she insisted I read it to her right away.  Guess what our new gotta-read-it-before-every-nap-and-night-night book is?  Yep.  Poopendous.  

(I know that's not much of a low, but, really, it's been a good week, so I had to work hard to come up with something to fit the category.)

Family Matters:  We're planning our upcoming road trip.  First, we'll stop in Utah to retrieve our kids, then we'll head to Washington State to see my parents and then, after a week or so, we'll head back to Provo for the 4th of July.  Eventually, we'll wander back to Arizona, possibly via Nevada.  At any rate, I haven't been "home" in about four years, so I'm excited to visit the Motherland.  

The coming week:  Not a whole lot is going on.  Basically, my busy three-year-old and I will be keeping each other entertained while the husband works.  I foresee lots of swimming, baby bird-watching, reading about poop, and watching movies. 

Words of Wisdom:  Have a great week, everybody!


  1. Ah, I do recall summers with four kids, and how grateful when some of them could go somewhere! lol

    Enjoy the quiet.

    I now have quite a lot of quiet time (bliss!)...unless the grandkids descend. Usually I can work it so I don't have more than two at a time.


    1. I know grandparents love their grandchildren, but keeping up with young children can be a tough job. Here's hoping my kids take it easy on their poor grandparents!

  2. Sounds like a nice week was had by all and a nice one upcoming for you, Susan. I bet your folks are enjoying your kids tremendously. Hope you all have a great roadtrip.

    I saw Charles and Carolin Todd on our last trip to AZ at the Poisoned Pen. Such a nice event and I really liked hearing about their writing and research. I still have not started any of their books, but they are on my radar. Hopefully, this summer. AN UNMARKED GRAVE sounds so good that I may not be able to wait to read it - horrors of skipping over books 1-3! LOL

    Good to hear that WW is going well for you. I am rejoining again this week and plan to spend my summer trying to get my eating habits in a better place. I've done pretty good on exercise, but that alone is not helping on the scale. :-)

    1. The books seem to work well as standalones, so it might not actually be necessary to read them in order. I just can't seem to read books in a series out of order—no matter how much I sometimes want to!

      Good luck with WW. It's a good program and it definitely works when I stick to it. When I don't, well, that's a whole 'nother story!

  3. Sounds like you have a fun summer ahead of you. I'm so shocked to read about the quails. They're all over around here but I've never seen them swim in our pool! Weird.

    1. I know! Isn't that crazy? My son and I both freaked out when we saw them playing around by the pool. He was halfway out the door, ready to fish the babies out with a net, when they hopped out on their own. We were both amazed and very relieved!

  4. We have fond memories of a quail family that lived near us in Provo. Two overwhelmed parents had fifteen adorable chicks running around with them. There's something about Happy Valley...

    1. I've always suspected that there's something in the water in Utah Valley that makes babies pop out everywhere! I love the quail families—they're so cute toddling around together.

  5. I've been following the A Duty to the Dead readalong over at Book Club Girl...have decided to make it my book club choice in July...glad to hear you are enjoying the series.

  6. Love the post! The road trip sounds so fun. Keep us updated! Send a postcard! :) And three kids gone for three weeks? Wow... lucky you!


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