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2011: The (half) Year of the “Read and Feed” January 26, 2012

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Waaaay back in 2009, I stumbled across a blogger who published a list of books she read during the year.  I remember thinking it was a fun idea, so I kept a list in 2010, didn’t get around to publishing it in January, or February, or March, and then felt too embarrassed to post it past that point.


I kept a list in 2011, too.  Surprisingly, even with all the marathon nursing sessions of this summer, I only read five more books than in 2010.  (A male librarian commented on the size of my check-out stack this week, and then giggled like a 12-year-old boy when I explained “read and feed”.  They love me at the library, I tell ya…)


Since it’s still January, and since my friend Katie says that once you have a baby, two weeks late is the new on time (YAY!  My new mantra!), I am going to post my 2011 book list.



The Suttons Go to School February 16, 2011

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I took the kids to a PTA-sponsored reading activity this morning, where they gave out donuts and juice and a (very) few prizes for those (very few) kids who were reading.


Alex (11) had a student council meeting to direct, so he grabbed a donut and a cup of milk and headed for the library.


Kendra (10) grabbed a donut and started reading immediately. (She was the only child of mine who “earned” a reading prize. Naturally.)


Hannah (7) found us a space of floor about two inches away from a group of her classmates. She opened a book to make it look like she was participating, but spent 20 minutes chatting with her friends. Then she spent the next 10 minutes asking me if she could go say hello to this friend in that corner, and that friend up on the stage, and this friend’s parent out in the hallway, and a teacher she saw walk into the office. After 30 minutes of “reading”, she was still on page 1 of her Fancy Nancy book.


Anthony (5) munched his donut while listening intently to the story I was reading, and occasionally looked around in awe at all the students. (There is hope for this kid after all. Maybe I WON’T be getting phone calls every day after school from his teacher next year!)


My niece Abbie (3) laid on the ground and made dust angels. Then she rolled around like a bug, while we tried to rescue drinks and backpacks and other people from her flailing. When I made her come and sit in my lap, she took great pleasure in standing up and jumping backwards onto my stomach, which neither myself nor the baby appreciated in the slightest little bit. Then she painted herself with donut glaze, which required a trip to the bathroom and half a roll of paper towels to clean up.


When we got back from the sink, Anthony had finished looking at the book I was reading him, Kendra looked up in confusion and said, “Did you leave? I didn’t even notice! Where did you go?”, and Hannah waved at me from across the gym, where she was chatting up the moms at the food table, and probably telling them things like “My mom’s baby is now as long as a carrot, and it’s growing this little hair so thick white stuff can stick to its skin.” (Because everyone who is not in my immediate family is dying to know these things, obviously, and she takes her job as informant VERRRRRY seriously.)


Alex’s meeting was a short one, so he made his way back to the gym, where he managed to snag an extra donut. He came and stood in our general vicinity, trying to walk that fine line of pretending his family doesn’t exist without hurting his mom’s feelings. He was saved by the bell, and I managed to make fleeting eye contact before he was out the door. The book he brought never even made it out of his backpack.


Kendra sighed, picked up her napkin and empty cup, and was out the door with a quick goodbye. Her nose was still in her book.


Hannah ran over to me and said, “But I didn’t even have enough time to eat my donut! Or read even one page! They should really make these things longer!” (At which point I rolled my eyes so hard, I think they orbited the earth.) I hope she was able to take a few bites of donut before school started, but she made her way out the door in a cluster of her friends, so I highly doubt it. I mean, who can take the time to eat when it’s been TWO WHOLE MINUTES since you last talked to your BFF’s?


Anthony helped me pick up some abandoned cups and napkins, while Abbie ran in circles around the gym.


We were home by 9:05 AM, and yet? I feel like I’ve put in a full day’s work.


I prefer my reading with a side of relaxation, thank you very much, with peace and quiet for dessert.


My kind of Saturday February 28, 2009

     I had hoped to end my fifth month of NaBloPoMo with a bang, but unfortunately, the day was a slow one (nice, but slow) and I have nothing interesting to post.


*woke up

*made pancakes

*built furniture out of popsicle sticks for Kendra’s Tinkerbell doll

*got some good glue-gun burns

*did some laundry

*fell asleep on the couch while the kids played video games (and Anthony put himself down for his OWN nap!)

*finished a book (Pushing Up Daisies, by Rosemary Harris…  LOVED it!)

*looked at Hannah’s dress pattern, read the instructions, stressed, and then put it all away for another day

*spent a brief time online

*did a little cleaning

*ate pizza for dinner

*helped kids set up their sleeping bags for a sibling sleepover


     Tomorrow I’ll continue my nice, relaxing, un-interesting weekend in a similar way.  (No church due to Stake Conference.  Well, *technically* church, but we plan to take the week off…  Sssshhhh!)  Pajamas, movies, good food, tasty treats, and lots of family togetherness.  It will be nice to have Kenny home– we haven’t seen him too much this week.


     I know that February is a short month, but come on…  can you believe it’s already March? 



Book Baby February 25, 2009

Filed under: books,Hannah,motherhood — Kemi @ 2:51 pm
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     I took Hannah and Anthony to story time at the Tyler library today.  They had a great time listening to “bee” stories, singing “bee” songs, and making paper flowers and buzzing bees to decorate the children’s room at the library.


     As we searched the shelves for the perfect stories to bring home (insert dramatic hand-to-forehead gesture here), I realized that I had forgotten to get Hannah her own library card when she turned five.  I was beating myself up for not remembering, you know, because Alex and Kendra both got theirs within days of their fifth birthdays, and she smiled at me and said, “It’s okay, Mommy.  We’ll just get it today and I’ll be soooooo happy!”


     (I LOVE that girl.)


     We did, and she was, and she proudly wrote her name on the back of her card.  I even let her check out five books of her own, and she insisted on carrying them to the van.


     It was such a nice morning, topped off by lunch and some story-reading before naps. 


     I am really loving my simple-life makeover.  (Or is it make-under?)  I feel happier and so much more content, and the house is starting to shape up as well.  There is still so much to do, but I’m taking it slowly.  It’s amazing what fun things you discover when you take the time to look for them.


     Like libraries. 


     And daughters. 


     And the Dumb Bunnies.  (I had forgotten about them!)




Totally Unmotivated… October 3, 2008

Filed under: books,The Looney Bin — Kemi @ 2:57 pm
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     Today is Friday.  I was up at 4:30 AM with my niece.  I got my kids off to school.  I got into a nice fight with my sister’s ex when he came to get Abbie.  (He told me to “get bent” as he walked away.  Classy, no?  He’s a MODEL of manners and decorum.)




     I did three loads of laundry, watched part of Leatherheads with Kenny, and finally, about a half hour ago, made it into the shower and some real clothes that aren’t in the pajama family.


     Normally I would call it a day and pretend the goldfish Anthony dumped out and rolled over with his cars could be ignored for a bit.  I would go take a nap and try to sleep off this three-day headache that JUSTthrobWON’TthrobLEAVE.  I would ignore the stacks of clean laundry on the couch and hope that Anthony would, too, instead of sweeping them into a heap on the floor, not unlike a pile of autumn leaves.  (Oh yes, there’s jumping.  And joy.  And wrinkled, smudged clothing that was clean before all the jumping.  And joy.)


     The problem is, I am hosting a book club at my house tonight, and my living room looks like four kids live here.  And their rooms threw up all the way down the hall and into the communal living space. 


     Last time I hosted a book club, it was an epic fail.  Is it bad of me to hope the same for tonight?  I’d love it if NO ONE showed up.  This month, I’d welcome it.


     Because here I sit, completely unmotivated to pick things up, while my head throbthrobthrobs and my eyelids feel heavy.  I am not even motivated by embarrassment, which usually has me cleaning and dusting in a frenzy. 


     Perhaps if I leave it the way it is, crumbs and clothes and all the rest, when I open my door to the book club, they will run away in terror.


     Oooh, I could get motivated enough to do that…


Breaking Dawn August 9, 2008

     I finished the book today…


     …the fourth and final book in the Twilight  vampire saga, all 754 pages of it.


     I had several reactions while reading the book, (more…)


Ten Good Things July 7, 2008

     Today was a good day, as far as days go.  I thought I’d write about ten good things that happened.  I know it’s not very interesting, or even exciting, but they were meaningful to me.


1.  I did laundry because I WANTED to, not because I HAD to.  There was no smelly pile of stuff to sneak in, no car seat covers to launder, no blankets to soak…  it was heavenly.  It was also a very welcomed break.


2.  Kenny took the kids to PetSmart this morning, and then to the park.  I had 90 minutes of uninterrupted time that I could spend doing as I wished.  I did a little blog reading, stripped our bed, put the sheets in the washer (see #1…  totally my choice!), flipped the mattress, ate some breakfast and played with the dogs for a bit.  I haven’t had time to myself in weeks.  Maybe even months.