Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Fink Girls Book Club

I read a blog post this week which challenged readers to think about reading what has really touched their lives. It was very thought-provoking but I didn't have anything fantastic to repost. As we know, I tend to read magazines more than books or other texts. That may be changing! Kelsey proposed the other night that she and I start our own book club.

Here's how it started: When shuffling through the mail the other night, I noticed my yearly newsletter from an author who is dear to my heart, Elizabeth Berg. I was introduced to her years by my mentor (I need to write about her some day!) I own several of Elizabeth's books and have one that she signed a few years ago when she was in town. Elizabeth sends out a yearly newsletter, usually around the same time as the publication of a new book. She talks about the new book, shares a new recipe and tells an anecdote about her family. I sat right down to read the newsletter and Kelsey asked what I was reading. I told her all about it and she asked about the book. It is about the relationship between a mother and a daughter. (I ordered it today and will let you know more about it!) SO, Kelsey said, "We are a mother and a daughter. We should read books together!" What a great idea! When I get back from my work trip, we are going to chose a book to read together. She suggested we read 5 chapters at a time and then chat about what we read. I hope I can keep up! I found out recently that she goes to the school library every day to check out new books. I love that girl :)

Any title suggestions for our mother-daughter book club?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Busy Week for Kelsey!

Kelsey had a busy week this week! She started the week off with her Spring Music Concert:She had softball practice in the middle of the week. No pictures yet - plenty to come later!

Finally, her basketball season ended on Saturday. They had a great season and fantastic coaches again this year. Next year, she will play in the fall and will be on an all-girls team. Way to go, Kelsaroo!

My Little Prodigy

I think it's safe to say that I like to take self-portraits. Well, I don't know if I like them but if I am ever going to get into a picture, I feel like I need to take them myself. Here are a few from the weekend.

My little Muffin has decided that she also likes to take self-portraits. Here are a few of her works of art :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Backwards Day?

The girls have spring pictures at school today. These are more casual pictures and you can bring props. Well, it must be backwards day too because Kelsey chose to wear a dress and Kaitlyn is wearing jeans and a T-shirt! For those of you who know my girls, that is the complete opposite of who they are! I can't wait to see these ...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kaitlyn's Thoughts on Her Mom

I have been spending tons of time with Kaitlyn since her surgery. So today, she took a quiz about me. Here are her answers:

1. What is something mom always says to you?
“I love you”

2. What makes mom happy?
“When I eat my dinner all gone.”

3. What makes mom sad?
“When I tell her I do not love her”

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
“She tickles me!”

5. What was your mom like as a child?
“She had long hair.”

6. How old is your mom?

7. How tall is your mom?
“5 8”

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
“Watch TV”

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

11. What is your mom really good at?

12. What is your mom not very good at?

13. What does your mom do for her job?
“Teaches teachers”

14. What is your mom's favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
“She loves me.”

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
“Super mom”

17. What do you and your mom do together?
“Stay home.”

18. How are you and your mom the same?
“We love us.”

19. How are you and your mom different?
“We are not the same size.”

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
“She loves me, I just know!”

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
“Tanning place”

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Week in Review

I have had several blog posts in my head all week and this is the first time I had sat down to type them. So we will have one big mess of a post.

Sunday, they girls and I went to the NKOTB concert. I won tickets on the radio and it was Kaitlyn's turn to go since I took Kelsey to REO in the fall. Wellm two days before the concert, my friend Annie called and said she had an extra set of tickets - she was already going. Annie said her mom was going to use one of the tickets and said Kelsey could use the other. So we all got to go see. NKOTB. I wasn't a fan back in the day, but I have to say, it was a great concert!Tuesday, Kaitlyn got her tonsils and adenoids out. She has had strep nonstop since January. In fact, her tonsils were infected when they took them out. Kaitlyn did a great job! She hated the IV and asked the nurse what she had to do to get it out. Once that happened, she wanted to go home and asked again what she needed to do to go home. When she found out she was discharged, she got out of that hospital gown so fast! She is doing well and I have learned to stay on top of her meds. The hospital had a stuffed animal on her gurney when we got there. It was super cute :)

Before we knew Kaitlyn was going to have surgery, Dave and I planned a trip to Memphis. We were going to take the girls to his mom's Thursday night and leave for Memphis super early Friday morning. We were going to stay right on Beale Street at the Peabody and be back in timie for Easter dinner. Well, that trip was cancelled :( I think now instead Dave is coming with my to DC in June. All of these trips can now be possible because my mother-in-law retired last week. Her party was a week ago Friday. We had a great time! Slim Skinny and the Bunkhouse Bunkaroo played.Tonight, the girls and I colored Easter eggs. Most years, we host a BBQ and egg coloring party the day before Easter. We have a lot of friends come, we eat drink and dye. Kaitlyn was disappointed that it was only going to be the 3 of us tonight. I will add pics once they are uploaded.

Tomorrow, the in-laws are coming for Easter. We typically go up there but I'm not ready to put Kaitlyn in a car for a 65 minute drive yet.

I am sure there was more I wanted to say for this week. But that's all I've got.