Wednesday, November 5, 2014


*** meant to past back in July, when I had a husband and when this moment happened*** 

Who doesn't love kisses? My sweet B let her sister put lipstick on and then she puckered up. 

Following this, she begged to come to my house, just to see my husband. 

I'm sitting on their couch and me and here mom are talking about my two Bo's and little Bo's birthday. She heard the mention of Bo, ran outside and jumped in my car saying "I go your house. I see Boa (she adds a little "a" sound to the end of his name, super adorbs). We finally got her out has when I did leave she threw a fit at my car again. All just to see Bo. I had to promise she can see him this weekend so that I could leave. 

Another year for her

Happy 7th birthday to my Austynn. She has turned into such a beautiful young girl. Her heart is pure gold and she's not afraid of anything (except roaches). She was finally tall enough to ride almost every ride at the fair last month, which had been her wish for years. She went on Every one that she was able to. I was scared for her. 

She plays soccer and is pretty good at it too!! She learned how to do cartwheels and does them ever moment she can. Even on the soccer field she's running and doing cartwheels instead of always chasing after the ball. What a goober!! Her 7th birthday was at the skating rink. It was a blast! Plus it was her first party that she actually had classmates and teammates come to; it didn't JUST have family. 

(She also got a mini iPad for her bday from her Nina). 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tell No One

Dr. David Beck met his wife when they were 7 and inseparable.  They celebrated each of their 12 wedding anniversaries at the very same place they met, his grandfather’s campsite.  On their 13thanniversary, they continued the ritual, but this time, something happened.  Beck heard Elizabeth scream, and then he gets hit on his head and almost drowning.  Waking up in the hospital to the news that his wife is dead is not anything a man wants to hear about his wife.  Especially when he got injured trying to save her and still did not succeed.

8 years later, David Beck still goes on dates but cannot let go of his late wife, Elizabeth.  While working one day, Beck receives an email in code, but he deciphers it and determines that Elizabeth may be alive!  At this moment, Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope. 

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret–and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

I recently read my first book my Harlan Coben, and it was pretty great.  I decided to seek out another. I enjoy the murder/mystery books.  Honestly, I didn’t find this one as captivating.  It had so many twists and plots and part of the story that no one would add up in the real world. It was just hard to believe some of this would actually happen.  But, overall I did enjoy it still, and will find a 3rd book to read by Coben.  I rated this a 3 out of 5. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Missing You

NYPD Detective Kat Donnavan hasn't really dated since her fiancĂ©, Jeff, dumped her 18 years ago; 2 years after her father was murdered and she was consumed to solve his murder. Her friend, Stacy, signed her up for a year's subscription for a dating site. Who does Kat first stumble across?! A picture of her former fiancĂ©. 

Brandon Phelps is a teenager who believes his mom has been kidnapped, despite her texts, emails and calls confirming she is ok. Brandon contacts Kat to help find his mother, since he discovered she was going away on a weekend trip with her new online friend, Jake. Jake and Jeff are the same person.


Titus is a business man  who is out to earn money the easy way, by kidnapping rich people and torturing them. 

Can Kat handle the death of the man who confessed to her father's murder, flashbacks from her old relationship, and tracking down the whereabouts of Brandon's mother?? 

This is my first Harlan Coben book to read, but it definitely will not be the last. I'm a slow reader and it usually takes me more than a week to finish a book. Missing You took me 2 days. That could be record-breaking for me

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom

After reading this quick read, I thought I would give my quick review of it. 

Paige and her four girlfriends, who also happen to be neighbors, have a long friendship behind them. One day, they get the news that one of their girlfriends, Karen, died in a freak accident, alone. 

Paige decides to do some of her own investigation after Karen confided a dark secret to her only days before the accident. The local cops know that they have an open and shut case. Ruled: accident. Paige isn't so sure. 

Paige is determined to track down her best friend's killer.

This book is a very easy read, but also very boring. Paige is an extremely self-involved mother of 2 who does not take anyone else's feelings into consideration. She is strong and hard-headed. There are parts where I feel like I'm watching an episode of Desperate Housewives with the secrets and can plotting amongst some of the friends. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I may be WAY behind in meeting my 101 in 1001 goals, but it doesn't mean I have to stop because my time is up. I can cross off one more on my list: 
3. Volunteer for one organization

If you know me, you know that I’m kind of all over the place. My mind is constantly thinking and planning on something.  I plan my weekly menus. I plan our bi-weekly budget. I plan our weekend min-trips. I plan our big trips (we have yet to take one, but I have plenty planned and always planning more, for when that day comes…). I plan our future with the kids.  I plan my extra-curricular activities. I plan my books to read. I just PLAN.  I’m not sure what has happened to make this a more recent OCD that I have. The planning really only started a few years ago.  I even have an organized calendar that catalogs our bills and goals and a lot of other stuff (I just might do a ‘how to’ blog on that lol). 

I realized in recent weeks how much more I really want this have a foster home, and one day adopt. – I have become a C.A.S.A. volunteer this year. CASA is a volunteer-based program where basically when a child(ren) are removed from their home due to CPS getting involved, after lawyers and CPS discuss with a judge the next steps for the parent(s) and children that have been removed, the judge will appoint CASA to take over the child(rens) case.  CASA then appoints one of their volunteers. Last week, I went to meet a child that was removed from her home several years ago and is still in the CPS system, and absolutely fell in love with this beautiful 11 year old girl, and begged my CASA director to give her case to me.  She was secretly hoping I would want this case because she needed to get rid of some of her heavy workload anyway.  Of course, I instantly want to kidnap this girl and bring her to my home and just show her all the love she hasn't even getting from a family. 

  No mother should do what they do to cause CPS to remove their child from their home and then end up in a confusing adult-run system. 
I’m really excited to take on this case, and my husband already is prepared to watch my heart break eventually for this child. We don’t know the outcome, but I know I can’t keep her and that’s already heart-breaking. I am there for her to lead her and mentor her and speak for her to the judge on what’s in her best interest. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Debating on rating this a 2. Loved delirium and couldn't wait to pick this book up to see what happens next. This book did not peak my interest and seemed to drag on. Parts of it did not even make sense and I'm still very confused. I can see that the 3rd book will have a very rough, confusing love-triangle going on.
Lena lef her world to join the wilds with her love, Alex, only to have him killed before they made it. now, she must learn to adapt to the life of the wilds without the one person who convinced her of the deleria and to leave all she has ever known.  Eventually, Lena learns to trust those around her and adapt. 
After going on a mission that even she doesn't know what all it entails, she falls for Josh.  They have to fight for their lives and make it to a safe place outside. 
Lena learns that her mom helped rescue her, but she hasn't seen her mom since she was told she killed herself after the deleria took over her body.  She knows she's alive, but to see her... wow.  and not to realize who she was until she is long gone again?
Lena promises she won't leave Josh, and then she hears a voice behind her. Alex. 
I'm not sure I really enjoyed this as much as the first one. It didn't grab my attention and I found parts confusing. And Alex is back? but he died.  Maybe he was only injured and just held captive, but why didn't they just kill him since they know he wasn't cured?  Guess I'll read the 3rd book and find out what happens next.