Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian--Sherman Alexie

Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the "poor-ass" Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation. Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience, and he doesn't pull many punches as he levels his eye at stereotypes both warranted and inapt. A few of the plotlines fade to gray by the end, but this ultimately affirms the incredible power of best friends to hurt and heal in equal measure. Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here. Chipman, Ian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

This book was March's book for book club. It was good, I liked it. It defintaly portrays a modern day 14 year old indian boy, with a bleak outlook on life. It is written in true definition of an teenage indian boys mind too. I would suggest reading it, it is a good read just to have something different to mix things up.

So Sorry!!

For my lack of posting lately. I've been super busy, plus when I do try to post the computer won't upload my pictures, so I get frustrated and kick it and turn the computer off. (Ok so I don't really kick it, I don't have that kind of balance to get my leg up that high!)

But here is some new things in my life.

My sister is married. Yep still getting use to the idea. Although I am totally happy for her and Cole and excited for him to join our family. Although I'm sure after he's met us all he may be having second thoughts.

Other news, Page is seriously teething. I don't know why she has to do it all at once, but she does. She got her first six teeth alltogether, the  next two together, and now all the rest, molars included, so thats what eight teeth coming through at once. Ya she is not happy, I feel for her.

Other then that, I'm still pioneering it and have no water. Let me tell you, I'm glad I have heat. Also I wish it would hurry up and just warm up, so the mud will dry out. Seriously you have to have 4wd to get into and out of my house right now. A mile of slippery sticky mud, no fun.

Hope all is going well your way! And hopefully I can get some pics uploaded somday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Really are you serious

On Friday I had yet anothers doctors appointment. (You know I've seen that guy a lot in the last three and half years.) I love him really I do. I also LOVE the fact that he treats me, koda, and the girls. I don't have to deal with a bunch of different doctors SO NICE!

Anyways, so he blew me away on Friday. Told me that I have gained to much weight in the past month and I should watch what I eat and maybe try excerising a little although he knows thats hard with two little kids and it being winter time. All I could think didn't say anything the last two pregnancies. Seriously. I hardley gain anything the first five months then month six hits and WHAM I'm pregnant, way pregnant. Another thing, I gain alot of weight during my pregnancies and all of it the last three has been proven twice now and going on a third time.

Well so then he measures me and is like, oh well thats probably why you've gained so much you've really jumped in measurments. (REALLY??? I'm shocked!) Then he says, your probably going to be all right, cause you are naturally thin and seem to lose the weight quickly. (NEWSFLASH). Okay really I thought it was odd. He also always tells me that I have such easy pregnancies and he's happy I'm an easy paitent. OH how I hope he doesn't jinx me.

So Happy Valentines Day!!! Ok really I think its a dumb holiday.....NEWSFLASH! I need some chocolate now.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thoughts from Me

Have to say I'm so happy Koda is home for a few days. When he works to much...he's not a very happy person, same thing happens when there is a lack of sleep or food too. Good thing I know this huh.

I can't believe Page is turing into a little girl. Its bittersweet. Oh well guess I will have a baby in about 3 months to baby.

Again 3 months verses 12 weeks. Funny how 12 weeks sounds so much shorter to me.

Really wanting some water. This traveling elsewhere to shower every other night sucks. I also miss being able to wash the kids off with actual water after they eat, instead of just wiping them off with wet wipes and such.

Got my family album book. LOVE IT!!!

Hate this depression crap that overcomes me with this pregnancy. HATE IT!! Has anybody else experienced it? Please tell me it leaves once the baby is here.

Trying to decide whether to pay our mortgage off on our farm (can do within the next five years) or save all that money for a downpayment for the house we are going to have to build in (hopefully we can wait) five years. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2010 Family Album

Click here to view this photo book larger

Our Busy Life

Life has been going at warp speed it seems for us lately. Here's a brief summary of everyone in the household.


  • Walking everywhere
  • Still getting bumps on her head
  • Likes nursery, especially if mom stays
  • Wants to help with everything
  • Starting to dress herself
  • Throwing more and more fits
  • Wants to play all the time with cousins
  • Behaves some weeks in church
  • Been working on finance's and taxes
  • Working on family 2010 photo book (hopefully its done today)
  • Running everywhere, wishing for water
  • Belly is growing so much bigger everyday
  • Works
  • Eats
  • Sleeps
  • Works
Yep thats us. Isn't it cold outside? BRRRR...

Book Review: The Thorn

This book is Feburary's book for the library book club. I enjoyed it and I wish the other books in the series were out so I can read them, but they aren't.

Here's my synopious, It's amish, It's about a slower lifestyle verses the worlds lifestyle, and about relationships with friends, sisters, parents, and romantic interests. It was slow to get into, but once you got into it and the flow of it, it went quite quickly.

About the book:
Lancaster County, with its rolling meadows and secret byways, may seem idyllic, but it is not without its thorns. THE ROSE TRILOGY is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church, and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives. Rose Kauffman, a spirited young woman, has a close friendship with the bishop's foster son. Nick dresses Plain and works hard but stirs up plenty of trouble too. Rose's sister cautions her against becoming too involved, but Rose is being courted by a good, Amish fellow, so dismisses the warnings. Meanwhile, Rose keeps house for an English widower but is startled when he forbids her to ever go upstairs. What is the man hiding? Rose's older sister, Hen, knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man. Unable to abandon her Amish ways, Hen is soon separated from her very modern husband. Mattie, their young daughter, must visit her father regularly, but Hen demands she wear Amish attire--and speak Pennsylvania Dutch, despite her husband's wishes. Will Hen be able to reestablish her place among the People she abandoned? And will she be able to convince Rose to steer clear of rogue neighbor Nick?
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