Nooooo! It can’t be the end of April already! Spring is flying by too quickly for our family. We have only one more month before my Beloved will be deployed again. It’s time to find out if the cars will need an oil change while he’s gone, make plans to keep the kids and myself busy this summer, start planning cookie care packages, and so much more.
Even though the end of a month takes us closer to deployment, I am excited to once more be linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer for her What I’m Into link party!
My birthday was this month, and I had a wonderful time celebrating with my family! I made my very first Pavlova as my birthday dessert, and even though it cracked in the oven, it was scrumptious!
After we finished eating our meal of carnitas tacos and Pavlova, my family gave me the gift of a lifetime! I opened up my card, and it revealed my birthday surprise. *happy Snoopy dance!*
I can’t wait to share it with you soon, but for now I’ll show you the room that will be getting a big makeover because of it!
My Beloved took me to my very first Air Force Ball this month! I had a wonderful time dressing up with him, experiencing all of the history and tradition, and meeting his co-workers.
Are y’all on Instagram? I have loved joining up with the #stylemeapril challenge, where they give you outfit challenges for each day of the month. It’s so much fun – and you can play along, too! It sure helps me to get out of my pajama fashion rut! I just saw the #stylememay challenges for this coming month, and I’m excited to jump in again! I hope that you’ll join in the fun with me!
BTW…All of my clothes are easy, kid-proof, and bargains!
“Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything, but lay offa my blue suede shoes!”
~ To Be a Friend is Fatal, by Kirk W. Johnson – What I read of it was very good, but we are getting too close to deployment for me to go to bed reading about body armor and mortar shells. I kept it on my GoodReads list so I can come back to it once my Beloved is back home again.
~ What Matters in Jane Austen, by John Mullen – This book is for the hard-core Austenite! Chapters on why age and weather matter in Jane Austen’s books, it goes deep into trivia that had never before crossed my mind. A little on the dry side, I mostly browsed my way through it, but it was still a fun read.
~ Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell – Wow. Just wow. My first Rainbow Rowell book, her characters left a deep impression on my heart.
~ Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery – As I mentioned last month, I want to focus on re-reading favorite books throughout the year. For April, I chose to revisit everyone’s favorite “Anne-Girl.” It was like reconnecting with an old friend. Reading it as a grown up made me notice things differently about the story than I ever had before.
~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer – I listened to this sweet story on my road trip a couple of weeks ago. Listening to this story was such a delight, and I would highly recommend it – reading or listening!
~ Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan – This was another audio book that I listened to on a road trip this past weekend. Hilarious and so much fun to listen to the author read his own work. I laughed out loud so many times as he perfectly described marriage, parenthood, and family.
~ The Duke’s Obsession, by Frances Fowlkes – This book is written by my friend! I am so proud of her, and of the hard work that she has put into her writing over the years. Rejoicing with her in May as her first book is released!
~ Foreskin’s Lament, by Shalom Auslander – A recommendation from my friend Jeri, this is a memoir that I can’t wait read!
~ The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester – I found this book at a local thrift store, but it’s been on my radar for quite a while.
~ I haven’t yet chosen a classic to re-read this month. I still want to focus on re-reading an old favorite each month, but I think that I’ll start with the top three that I listed, and decide on a title to revisit very soon. Do you have any suggestions for me? What are your favorite books to re-read?
~ Veronica Mars. I’m *thiiiiiiiiss close* to finishing the third season, and I’m excited to finally watch the movie!
~ Scandal. Holy guacamole! Did you catch the season finale?!
~ The Blacklist. Big Bang Theory. Parks & Rec. These make for wonderful long-distance dates with my Beloved!
What have you been into this month? Have you read a fantastic book lately? Been glued to a TV show or a new movie? Have I talked you into joining me in the #styleme challenges yet? Be sure to check out all of the wonderful What I’m Into and What I Wore Wednesday links! I’m going to fix a cup of tea and read through them this week. So many good ideas!
Let’s make May a fabulous month!
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