Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winter Blues

I don't know about you, but I'm fighting a bit of the winter blues (as well as an oncoming cold). The only thing keeping the smile on my face these dreary, dark winter days?

My children. They are frickin' hysterical. (oh yes, I am one of THOSE mothers)

This is me attempting to cheer up:

1.The following is not a staged picture. It actually happened. Apparently signing "eat" to get food of her own was just too much effort...who needs a dog to lick your face when you have a hungry big sister?

2. On Saturday I was organizing some stuff in the kitchen and Daddy was watching the children staging a revolt. I was hastily called in and found them doing this....(Daddy seemed pretty pleased with himself for the organized activity...I'm SURE he taught Addison her fancy footwork piano moves)
3. a smile from this girl brightens the darkest of days...
4. which made her speech therapist my new favorite person when she brought bubbles for the long Monday morning session...
5. of course, good therapy has to be rewarded...

6. the sign over my kitchen sink helps break winter blues as well. (I feel a deep, thought provoking blog post from all the thinking I have done on this while I
wash dishes
rinse vegetables
scrub bottles
make more coffee)

There, I spent an entire blog post cracking myself up...problem solved...wait, you're still here?

In that case....

7. MAKING A DIFFERENCE in a little girl's life helps fight the winter blues like you wouldn't believe. Please check out this blog and help if you can!

What do you do to combat wintertime blues????

p.s. anyone have any good book recommendations? Just finished the 3 Hunger Games books (in 24 hours...could NOT put them down) and I'm looking for another good read...


  1. 3 books in 24 hours?
    those kids watching themselves?

  2. hubs was home for those 24 hours...

  3. Amy and Shaun walkers mom here. I really enjoy reading your blog. If you want a can't put down book read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Amy and I have recommended this book numerous times and have yet to find someone who didn't like it. Hope you do as well.

  4. I read your blog to beat the winter blues! It works for a while...thanks.

  5. I loved the Hunger Games - read all three in a week! I second the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - great read! Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is AMAZING! But beware. You'll get sucked in and each book (there are 7 and number 8 is in the works) is about 800 pages. So worth it though. Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series was great. I could go on and on and on. haha I posted a list of what I read last year on my blog if you want to check it out. :) I also finished your Dreams Change book last night and enjoyed it. Good job!

  6. I agree with Debbie about the Larsson books. Like The Hunger Games trilogy, they're worth the hype. They're also pretty bleak, though, so you might want to wait for warmer, longer days.

  7. have you read any Jodi Piccoult? I couldn't even begin to tell you which one to read since I love them all!!! :)

  8. I love the slightly blurry pic of Addison grinning with absolute joy at the bubbles. Thanks for posting. :)

    I just finished "The Help." It's amazing. Highly recommended. Working on "Kite Runner" now.

  9. Haha, I just love how Carter is looking at his sister in that one picture, he is in complete awe! And it cracks me up how Addison can get her leg way up there while continuing to play as though that is the most comfortable position in the world!

    The bubble pictures...Adorable :)

  10. This post and those pics helped my winter blahs!!! I LOVE the Addison's cheesy grin face and the bubble pics. What is with toddlers and bubbles???..OK they're pretty awesome...LOL. Love your kitchen sign, something I try to remind myself daily...

  11. What a great smile. :)
    I love that sign's quote!!

  12. I heart the Hunger Games as well. I'll be about 38 weeks preggo when the movie is released and have high hopes of dressing as Effie Trinket for the premiere :) I just finished the book The Marriage Plot. Its a thought provoker kinda book...

  13. Yes, The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society is a good read. I also liked WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA. It really helped me to relate to what is going on in China when I meet Chinese students. I also found BURY THE CHAINS by Adam Hochschild really good. It's about the end of slavery in the British Empire -- for a non-fiction book it moves quickly and is though provoking as well as inspiring when one realizes how God moved through and used His children to bring an end to slavery.

  14. If you like audio books Guernsey and the Dragon Tattoo books are both FABULOUS on audio. And Outlander is my favorite book ever!


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