Saturday, September 29, 2012

Twitterpated Sky

I have some pictures of swallows and a cool video of them swooping around our doorway.  I've been meaning to post these  since July, when I took them! I miss the swallows at our door.


Oh, and if you missed the memo 
earlier this week, I'm on Twitter now! 
(Seemed to fit today's theme). 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall into Reading

I used to be a voracious reader...hey, I used to be an English major*, so it comes with the territory. Since kids I've done much less reading. But I still get a chance to read now and then, so I thought I'd go ahead an participate in the Fall Into Reading Challenge over at Callapidderdays, since its a very easy challenge without much pressure or rules.

Most of the books are actually books I just need to FINISH, as I've already started them but got way-layed along the way. One is one I would like to read again, with my oldest son. Only one is one I haven't started yet.

1.  The Gospels, In Order
I've actually read these before...but last Christmas I decided to try to read the four Gospels in order, using the Gospel Harmony list I found here.  I meant to try to finish it between New Years and Easter (ha ha) and am just now at Jesus' entry into Jerusalem with on a young donkey (ie Palm Sunday).  It's been interesting putting the various stories in order, and reading the overlapping stories of the four Gospels side by side.   I REALLY want to finish this up before Christmas.

2.  One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

 This is a book a friend gave me...its beautiful and deep and needs to be taken in small doses.  I'm so grateful for this gift...and though I may or not finish it by Christmas I hope to keep wading into it's deep waters.

 3. To the Hilt by Dick Francis

Years ago my dad gave me a bunch of Dick Francis books...he said he thought I'd like them.  I was into other things at the time and never popped one open.   Until, that is, my Dad's Parkinsons progressed to the point where he couldn't focus enough to read (he'd always been an avid reader).   So, I went out looking for books on tape for him, and started to read some of the books he'd given me so we could talk about them together.  The whole books on take thing didn't turn out the way I'd hoped...don't know if he ever used them.  But Dad was right, I did like Dick Francis.  I've finished two (Bonecrack and For Kicks), so this will be my third.  I'm half way through already. 

4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is the only book on the list I hadn't started.  My 9 year old so brought this 500+ page book home from his school library not long before school ended last year, and wasn't able to finish it before school ended, so asked if he could buy it.  We did, and I told him I would like to read it after he did.  Well, summer came and he lost interest a little...he probably has less than 100 pages to go.  When he finishes I'm giving it a go.  I'm thinking I may not finish this before December though.

5.  The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien

I've read this one before...but my children haven't.  I want to read it with them BEFORE we go see the movie that is coming out in December.  (Well, with my oldest two at this for later with my youngest).

So, there it is, the books I hope to read this fall.  :-)

*Oh, and side note:  Yes, I was an English Major.  No, my grammar does not always reflect it.  Sorry folks, but my grammar reflects the fact that I'm a mom who really shouldn't be taking the time to blog as much as she does.  I don't always usually do the proper self-editing, so Texifornia is not a typo free zone. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Texifornia is Tweeting

I've broken down and gotten a twitter account on Texifornia.  You Can find me on Twitter at

I was actually tickled that Texifornia and Texifornian were already taken.  Might have to follow them!

And thanks to U Stand Out for the cool free Twitter button!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Book Drive at HEB

Have some new or gently used kids books your children have outgrown?  HEB is collecting books for children in need as part of their read3 campaign to encourage parents to read to their children 3 times a week.  If you are lucky enough to have an HEB in your area, you can drop them off at bins found at your local HEB.  There's also some fun coloring pages and other freebies on the site.  Click here to learn more.

Ah, just one more reason why I love HEB!