Cold Tangerines

Recently I participated in a book challenge on a blog that I read, Short Stop. Sarah said that it was a book that she couldn't put down and I wanted to read this book that she had described. What I found when I picked up the book for the first time was a breath of fresh air.

Cold Tangerines is a book that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. It does for your insides what curling up by a blazing fire with a cup of hot chocolate does for your outsides. I couldn't help but smile, laugh out loud and shed tears of joy at the collections of stories told by Shauna Niequist. The way she weaves her words together makes you feel like you're right there with her on an island vacation or in the City of Lights.

One of my favorite stories, the red tree, was a reminder to celebrate the occasion - not just party at the event. One example Niequist gave mentioned that having a baby shower should be to celebrate the journey of bringing a baby into the world and not just about the food and favors. Myself, as someone who loves planning parties and putting all the details in place, it was a wake up call that we all to often forget the "why" and make it about trying to have everything so perfect that we forget to have fun and celebrate the occasion.

Cold Tangerines is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It's a great book to read when you're feeling down or just want to read something happy and uplifting. Cold Tangerines is a book that will remain on my nightstand - unless it's on loan to someone who is in need of some Cold Tangerines.



SCATTERGORIES...it's harder than it looks!
*Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...
*they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up!
Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial.
1. What is your name: Rachel

2. Vehicle: Rolls-Royce

3. City: Rochester

4. Boy Name: Robert

5. Girl Name: Rebecca

6. Alcoholic Drink: Rum

7. Occupation: Radiologist

8. Something you wear: Red High Heals

9. Celebrity: Rachael Ray

10. Food: Rice

11. Something found in a bathroom: Rolaids

12. Reason for Being Late: Road closures

13. Cartoon Character: Rafiki

14. Something you shout: Run!

15. Animal: Racoon

16. Body Part: Rib

17. Word that describes you: Relaxed


Q&A With Dillon


Mean, Mean

If Dillon can say your name, you better look out. He started out saying "mean, mean, man" around a month ago and now it has progressed to "mean, mean, everything." Already this morning both Elmo and his string cheese were mean - and he's only been up for about fifteen minutes! His favorite "mean, mean" is "mean, mean, daddy," but that serves Jason right since he is the one who taught Dillon to say "mean, mean, man" in the first place!


He Is Risen!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day celebrating the Resurrection of our Saviour. To describe our Easter in one word, the word that comes to mind is, well, HOT! It was a whopping ninety-three degrees! Other than the weather factor, it was a great day.

We started our day going to church followed by an Easter egg hunt at Derek and Susan's. Next stop was home to pick up all the food we were bringing to Jason's parents minus the Easter eggs that were supposed to be hidden for Dillon. Thankfully he has great cousins who were more than willing to let Dillon help find their eggs. After the hunting, Dillon stripped down to his diaper and played in the sprinklers! I'm pretty sure that was the highlight of his day.

he read his new book the whole way to church

who needs Easter eggs when you know where grandma keeps the tennis balls?



Not only was today Saint Patrick's Day, but it was also my niece, Jordan's, tenth birthday. So, to celebrate both occasions, we had them all over for corned beef and cabbage boxtys and birthday cupcakes.



Dillon loves grapes - which he calls "bapes." I had washed some this afternoon and set them on the counter to dry for a bit. I guess that it was too much of a temptation for Dillon because he decided to help himself.



I've always said that he's a perfect blend of both Jason and I.


Signs Of Spring


Auto Pilot

Today I was driving to the bank - but I ended up at Target. I must shop there WAY too much - I didn't even realize that was where I was driving. (In my defense: the bank is across the street from Target)