Thursday, February 23, 2012

Who's next?

Adele got one last October... Hannah is getting one this month...

Can anyone guess who the next flower twirly skirt is for???


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel in my living room

We had several very sweet and good natured guests rhos weekend.

Here is Aunt Karla being Clarabel, Dawna being Annie, and Larry starring as Thomas! Really, how cute is that!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dad's Book Club: The Hunger Games

I have to admit that the reason I picked up this book was just because it's a popular thing. Also, because I wanted to buy an e-book from Amazon and read it on my iPad, and this seemed as good a choice as any. However, I have to admit that I honestly really enjoyed reading it (actually reading the whole series) despite its fadish-ness (if that's even a word).

The premise is a little disturbing--kids having to fight each other to the death?!? Yuck. As a mom, not my favorite thing to read about. I was glad it was a book at some points so I could just gloss over a paragraph or two, skip a few gory details, and just figure out who died. I'm still not sure I'll be able to handle the movie... I mean... ew.

It took me a good 40 pages to adjust to Collins's writing style. She likes to use fragments. A lot. Without warning. Doesn't always flow so well. Read the first few chapters twice, then go on.

The first book is definitely geared towards an adolescent audience, with the classic appeal to teenagers of an "adults-can't-handle-it-so-now-I-have-to-save-the-day" attitude. Katniss, the 12-year-old, is the one that could save her family from starving, not her mom or aunts or uncles or any other adults, for they are not trustworthy. You can't really blame her for this attitude. Most of the adults she comes in contact with are sniveling, deceitful, and even bloodthirsty.

It's not a problem for Katniss to have this attitude; it's actually very natural... but since the story is written from her point of view, a reader must take it into account when evaluating the other characters. Remember, Katniss is young. Katniss doesn't always know what Katniss is doing. Katniss is still growing up. Just keep that in the back of your mind as you read, and don't be to quick to judge the other characters just because Katniss does.

As the series progressed, I was very impressed at the way Collins handled some rather difficult topics. The one that stuck out the most to me was her attempt to answer the question: "How can a person return to normal life after facing war?" (or something along those lines) I liked her answer. As I read it, it's something like this: Well, you can't really return to normal life after experiencing warfare. But that doesn't mean you're doomed. You need support, you need productive things to do, and you need something to look forward to. Then, you will probably be ok.

True, it's not the happiest of endings, but more importantly, I think it's honest, and even hopeful. And I like that.


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I never thought I would say this...

As a mom, I've occasionally found myself shouting things that I never, in my life, would have thought I would say...

In context, it's a very serious situation.

Out of context, it's just hilarious...

Yesterday, it was this: