Tuesday, October 31, 2017

monthly recap vol. 49 ~ October 2017

Happy Halloween, ya'll!

October, oh, October.  This has been an interesting month.  I would describe it best as "overwhelming."  I do love the changing seasons (although here, our leaves don't really fully change until people are singing Christmas carols).  The kids had to dress up already for a Trunk or Treat event at our in-laws' church.  After reading Percy Jackson in its entirety, Molly wanted to be Annabeth Chase for Halloween. So Annabeth Chase, it is!  We did a DIY of this look and this

Having six kids is enough to qualify for a loud, boisterous, busy-busy-busy life.  The overwhelm is mostly from the added stress of preparing for Halloween, keeping things clean (as usual), and keeping kids obedient as the weather changes.  Here in TN, we have highs in the (sometimes upper) 80's the first half of the month, and the second half of October is usually mid-70's with sometimes lows in the 40's. A few (a handful, really) of days we have highs in the upper 50's or in the 60's.

Stephen finally finished a project that has been on his docket for some time! Finishing the fence! I'm thrilled! He had to take two days off from work, the first day pre-treating it (pressure washing every square inch) and then applying Thomson's Water seal. The weather was PERFECT. :0) ~ He bought a sprayer and a long brush. The seal claimed "clear," but I love the finished color. It looks like stain, so I don't have any idea why it's called clear. But anyway, I love it!

Stephen has a saying, the 2x4 rule, "Costs twice as much, takes four times as long as you think!"
So, so, so, so TRUE. (!!!) After he did the math, he had to go back and buy another {huge!} container of seal. Point taken. :)

Conrad is a really sweet baby. He was baptized earlier this month.  He gets comments everywhere we go. It is bittersweet. He has just started solid foods.  As he is probably our last baby everything feels uber-special and like something we just can't afford to take for granted!

Stephen is teaching him how to talk (already, as per usual with all of our kids!) and I am teaching him to be a (someday) gentleman!  #manners  On the right (in the photo above) is pictured Stephen's out-of-this-world barbecue chicken. YUM/Slurp!


This was my book stack for this month. Two of these books were for my kids. :0)  I was definitely on a YA kick this month.  I am trying to read as much as I can as this year winds down! Pressure is definitely *on.*

tea with Agave nectar

I have upped the ante on my Reading Challenge, and I'm proud to say I think I might meet my goal for the year! Hey 2017, not so shabby after all! #we'llsee

So, for October, I finished Bridget Jones' Baby, (funny funny) The Giver, (love) The Unexpected Everything (liked it pretty well, but it *definitely* felt like YA fiction to me), We Were Liars (loved this and it made the crossover from YA to adult-pertinence quite well), The Fault in Our Stars (read about it on goodreads--I agree!), and Summer Island. (good!)

After hearing a bit of buzz about Kinsella from her recent book My Not So Perfect Life, I decided to check out one of her older books from the library, The Undomestic Goddess. This was from 2005, but I have to say, I really enjoyed it! I've read too many books that don't have a satisfying ending to know that her style is something special.  She can write and wrap up a plot well, but if that were not significant enough, she is also really, really funny. Humor like this is also hard to come by! So all in all, I give this book 5 stars!

I can safely admit to a lot of light reading this month. It was a fun month of library visits, though!! Although I'm working through my list for November, I have plans to get slightly more serious about many things, namely reading less YA and more grown-up fiction and perhaps a classic or two (or one....).

Here's that reading challenge link again!

~Funny things they say~

Annabel: Let me in! Let me in! (Wanting to go outside)

Annabel: Can I watch PG Masks?

Little Girl at our parish: {talking to her little brother} Do you know the story of Noah's ark?  The animals boarded a big ship, and they sailed to a new land!

Annabel: {tears off diaper, poops on floor} Mommy, that's Dog Poop.

Annabel: Let me out! Let me out! (Wanting to go inside)

Stephen: We used to listen to this song when we dated. {talking about me}
Madeleine: (deadpan, serious face... looking at me and Stephen) You dated?

Madeleine: Dove Cameron is Liv and Maddie and Mal from Descendants.
Tacy: I know... she's famous!
Madeleine: (deadpan, serious face) She is?

Me: Molly, it looks like your hair has gotten curlier!
Molly: I am fine with that, as I am *not* bald.

Stephen: Are you eating some food?
Annabel: Nope, it's just french fries.


I have been ashamed to admit that I've enjoyed the country station a little bit (ok a lot) recently. I really like Kelsea Ballerini right now. She has some good lyrics, and her sound is a bit more polished and a little less twangy than a lot of stars at the moment.  If you want to listen to one good song, I recommend "High School" (I also like Yeah Boy and the lyrics of Peter Pan).  Watch the video right here.  

As for my kids, they are literally *obsessed* with Descendants 1 &2, and the song The Space Between might be my favorite thing to come out of Disney for a while. (maybe since Frozen?)  I know... high stakes. :0)


Stephen and I watched Spartacus (yes the oldie!) and Arrival on two different date nights.  Both very good! I would recommend the latter if you're looking for a good recent flick -- it makes excellent date night material.


Finances in Marriage @ Into Your Will

Trump Impresses the Media (or tries to...) @ CNN

Does anyone want to start a book club and read this book?  Raise your hand, and you'll be my BFF! (actually to be perfectly frank, Stephen is my BFF so ... slot taken!)  But maybe we could still do lunch.

linking up with Leigh Kramer as per usual for the What I'm Into monthly recap link up.


Michele Morin said...

"Having six kids . . ." -> You forgot the word "adorable"in this sentence.
So glad you manage to maintain a reading life. I have only four, and when they were all young, it was challenging, but I think reading may have been one of the things that kept me going.

Linda Stoll said...

ah ... the chicken, the books, the pumpkins, the kiddos.

what a month it's been for you!

good morning from over at Leigh's place!


Kendra @ KendraNicole.net said...

I am feeling the Halloween overwhelm with one child, I seriously can't imagine six! Way to go mama! The Giver is one of my all time favorites. I didn't care for We Were Liars but liked Fault in Our Stars a lot. I'm looking forward to reading Green's latest book.

Emma Hughes said...

Great recap :) Love the quotes from your kids - so funny! Love an easy month of reading - sometimes your brain just needs a break from thinking too hard!

Tacy said...

@Michele-- thank you! that is so sweet.

@ Linda thanks so much for the comment. :>)

@Kendra--- I think it would definitely appeal to a certain class of people.

@ Emma thanks! I agree. This month was *definitely* one where I need some light and easy reading.