I loved reading all of your kind thoughts and results pertaining to the Read to Me mission. I'm glad that even if you didn't meet your goals, that you made an effort, and plan on continuing in that vein. I did give out some prizes, as promised and the winners are. . .
Baseballs and Bows has been sent From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books for the number of posts and book reviews and suggestions throughout the mission.
I drew The Wooden Porch for the $10 gift certificate to amazon.com
As sort of a random bonus, I decided to send Appliejuice my National Geographic book on Mozart, since she committed to read some biographies to her kids and reported that they were enjoying them.
How are you doing with your reading? I'm doing well with Amanda, and okay with Kyle, but I am noticing a bit of personal resistance creeping in, so I need to remember how quick and easy it really is to read to him in at least two chunks a day.
Speaking of updates. . . all of you really jumped right in to encourage me about taking up the 21 day challenge, in my case not to yell. I'm doing pretty well! I have had slip ups when I've allowed myself to get frustrated, but I have controlled the loud talking sort of yelling by getting up and walking upstairs or downstairs to talk to the children instead of yelling and physically going over to Kyle if he needs some instruction (or correction). Baby steps, baby steps. If you're trying not to yell or complain, how are you doing??
I'm finally updating what are supposed to my rotating links, but have been over there on the sidebar for a while. I honor of my bloggiversary, I am posting those bloggers who have been in it with me since the beginning. Maybe not the very beginning, but they each started blogging within a few months of me, and I sort of associate my blogging journey with them. Katrina and Katherine and Dianne are already on my permanent blogroll, but in addition to them, we have
Code Yellow Mom
Frog and Toad are Still Friends
This One's for the Girls (Michelle took a long break, and I sort of lost track of her, but she's good stuff)
Here and Now (same thing--Laura didn't really take a long break, but she had a baby, and well . . . .)
Introducing. . . .Deliciously Clean Reads is a site that Emily started earlier this month. She says in her intro post:
The last few books I have started, I have not been able to finish due to pages full of swearing/sex scenes. It is extremely frustrating to get halfway through a page-turner and find that your conscience will not let you continue. I wish there was a rating system for books similar to movies. Then, I would know not to pick up R-rated books. Few Pg-13s would make my to-be-read list, to be honest.It's true. For me there is so much that I want to read that if I get into a book that is a bit off-putting for me, it just seems like a waste of time. Reading a book isn't just like watching a two hour movie. It takes time, and it takes effort (I can't read and do something else, so I am choosing that book over anything else).
There are only a few reviews up right now, but if you are interested in this, please go over and leave her a comment and tell her so! You can find out how you can contribute new reviews or reviews from your archives. There are some fantastic links on the sidebar from great kids' lit bloggers and other sources including clean Young Adult and early teen reads. There are some really talented people writing for children, tweens and teens, so check them out for your own personal reading, or as recommendations for your own children.
I am in for the 30 Day Organizational Challenge. I even have my little project all picked out. Click the banner for more details and sign up April 3!
Thanks to Lauren S. for alerting me to the newest contest at 5 Minutes for Mom. They are giving away a free Dyson slim vacuum. Oh my heart is palpitating at this thought! Pick me, pick me!