Puberty.

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I often read mom blogs who are dealing with one, maybe two, children who are in their toddler years, and how difficult it can be.  I can’t help but chuckle at them because they have no clue what’s coming.  Hahaha!  I huff-and-puff about raising one child in the middle of puberty and two small kids who are in their terrible two’s, and I’m tellin’ ya here first, wrangling a three year old ain’t nothing compared to raising a teenager.  Teenagers are argumentative, emotional, sneaky, and are constantly seeking that line between independence and ticking off their parents.

(I told my friend once to imagine it and she told me she didn’t want to.  I can’t blame her.)

Anyway…

 

We heard the first sounds of puberty a couple of weeks ago, i.e., his voice is cracking. 

He is also changing in a lot of other ways, too.  His facial hair is darkening above his lip, he has hit a growth spurt and is nearly as tall as I am. He eats his weight in food every single day, often eating more than my grown husband!  Seriously, this kid creates mountains out of his mashed potatoes.  His foot is the same size as mine, and I wear an 8.  He is becoming a bit more self conscious about his appearance and his odor. (hallelujah!)  He is finally taking showers on his own accord.  He told me that he could smell himself and that it wasn’t pleasant.  Cracked me up.  He is also in that,– I must sleep for 16 straight hours,– sleeping phase.  Remember that?  I don’t think it ever left me. Ha!

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There are many things I’ve forgotten about, concerning puberty, and there are plenty of awkward conversations to look forward to in the near future.  But there is a bestselling book that has seemed to help him understand a little more about what his body is going through.  It’s a book that is really, really, really, easy for him to understand and makes him feel confident that everything he is experiencing is normal!  Plus, he can better understand all of our corny puberty jokes that we make him endure all the time. 

If you’re interested in the book, it’s called The Boy’s Body Book, and it’s for ages 9 and up.


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A Throw In Hibernation


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I recently brought my throw out of hibernation and have slowly, day by day, been knitting on it.  My hopes to have it completed by Fall were squashed due to so much other “busy work”.  Nevertheless, it is coming along, little by little.  I’ve messed up on a few stitches, but hopefully by the time the whole blanket is finished, an untrained eye won’t be able to tell.

My book of choice has been on my library waiting list for over a month, so when I received the email notice of its arrival for pickup, I jumped in the car and hightailed it to the library.  It’s called, Orange is the New Black.  If you haven’t at least heard of the show, then I think you may have been living underneath a rock for the last year or so. 

Right now, I’m only a few chapters in, but I have to say, I’m addicted to the story. 

I think that is all I have to say for today!  As usual, I’m linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along. ; )

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Authors Rally

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I mentioned in this post that I would be attending an author’s rally at my local library.  It was an event that gathered many of the local author’s in the area to let us show case our books to the public.  It was great for me to finally emerge from my house without the kids and meet with like minded writers.  They were all amazingly kind and talented.  In fact, the youngest author there was only THIRTEEN years old!!  Her dedication at such a tender age is inspiring.  Her name is Sydney Dreamweaver and her books can be found on Amazon.

Also attending the event was Amy Clipston!!  Some of you may have heard of her already.  Her books are top sellers in the Christian genre.  She is absolutely the sweetest person, too.  She has a book titled, Roadside Assistance, that I really wanted to buy from her that night, but I didn’t bring any cash with me.  Total.  Bummer.

If you’re a writer who is interested in publishing your children’s book, then you may want to check out, Auntie M Children’s Books Publishing company.  “Auntie M” is the mastermind behind this publishing company and she is also the author of, The Sophisticated Slug, shown above.  The illustration’s are amazing, and her message is uplifting and encouraging for her young audience.

The other two books shown are from author’s Philip R. Morrhouse, originally from New York, and Kevin Winchester, who teaches English at a local college.  I also met, Al Bigley, an illustrator and writer of comics.  He was nice enough to draw a picture for my son Nathan along with his autograph.  Nathan was absolutely beside himself when I gave it to him and gushed about it for two days straight.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I forgot.  I’m lame.  Ha!  Anyway, all of them have many books already published and I recommend checking into some of them if you have time! 

All in all, I really enjoyed attending this event.  I wish I had a chance to meet every author there that night, but there just wasn’t enough time for me to go around to each person.  Awe well.  Maybe next year?    

 

Reads & Knits

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I was caught in that situation again, where I place a hold on all of the books I want to read at the library, and then they all arrive at the same time.  I always feel rushed to read them when this happens.  One book is mine and I recently finished it.  Bubba is now reading it and finds it as enjoyable as I did.

 

Here is the list of the books:

The Dirty Life

French Kids Eat Everything

Jesus>ReligionFinished/great book to read

The White Queen 

I am almost finished with, The Dirty Life; I just started the, French Kids Eat Everything; I’m about a quarter of the way in on, The White Queen.

 

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As for my knits, I finally finished with The Big Easy.  I should have finished it a long time ago, however, I must live in the craftiest state in the U.S., because every time I trudged to the stores to find the needle sizes, they were always sold out.  It drove me nuts.  I finally ordered them online, and once they were in, I finished it that same day.  Easy peasy.  If you’re looking for a simple knit, I highly suggest this one.  My only complaint is that my son’s head is obviously much larger than an adult female because it sits much tighter on his head than mine.  I really thought it would be kind of slouchy on his head.  Oh well, he loves it and has worn it everyday since I finished it.  That’s all that really matters!

 

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Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.

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I finally started knitting Nathan’s hat for this winter.  He has been asking about it on a regular basis, which tells me that he anxiously waiting for me to finish.  I decided to go with the Big Easy pattern that Ginny used.  The pattern is exactly as the title describes it; easy.  It’s the type of pattern that I can work on while doing other things.  It doesn’t require as much concentration as some of the others I’ve knitted.  I can stop at anytime and be able to pick it up without questioning what stitch I am on. 
As the saying goes–So far, so good.
Currently I am reading Jefferson Bethke’s book, Jesus>Religion.  It is his first book that stems from his controversial video that made the news and spurred debates for weeks.  I’ve been a fan of his videos for over a year now, and if you’ve ever watched them, his book is written much of the same way.  He writes just as he speaks, making it a fast and understandable read.  He talks about homosexuality—since his mother is gay—and other debatable topics.  It has been a really good book, and if you’ve ever felt stuck on the hypocrisy within the American church, then you should pick up this book.  It has good insight, but many would still argue over its chosen topics. 
Then again, when has religion not spurred debates or cause a person to become defensive?  Any way, pick it up, even if you don’t have a belief. 😉

Linking up with the lovely Ginny, today for her weekly Yarn Along!

Breaking The Period Taboo

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That’s right.  I’m going there.

 

Aunt Flow.

Crimson Tide.

The Curse.

Period.

 

Call it what you will;  it is an inevitable rite of passage to womanhood.

It’s also a topic that as my friend and I once put it, the sort of thing that makes you plug yours ears and sing, la la la la la la, until the person stopped the torture.

 

I don’t know to many women in my life who have felt comfortable talking about the very thing that turns us into a woman, let alone tell their story of the first time they received their period, until I recently read a book appropriately titled, My Little Red Book.

 

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Until I read this, I didn’t realize that most stories of women’s transition in to womanhood was not as thrilling as they thought it would be.  Which is a relief, because the story of “my first” could have easily made it into this book.

 

So what exactly does this book have to say?

 

Here is the skinny:  It is a miscellany of stories of first periods written by women of all ages, of all backgrounds, and from all corners of the world. Some of the stories are hilarious, mortifying, stoic, and almost heroic. 

 

Things I didn’t realize:  That there have been many myths associated with periods.  In fact, one father told her daughter she could not work in the garden while on her period because it would kill the plants.  Scientists tried to prove this theory but failed.  Duh.   

 

Overall:  I think the author’s purpose for writing this book is hoping for a change in attitude and perception on how we talk about our periods, especially to our daughters.  I feel as though she hopes that it will bring mothers and daughters to the table and begin talking to each other, because lets face it;  Girls have a lot of questions, even if they don’t ask.

 

So I have to ask.  Are you bold enough to tell your first period story to a public audience?