Thursday, July 7, 2011

3rd Quarter Book Goal

These are the books from my 2nd quarter reading goal.  I did pretty well, if I say so myself.  There are a few that I didn't get to so those I'll carry over to this quarter. 

The books I'm carrying over are:
It Starts At Home
Shepherding a Child's Heart
Totally Desperate Mom

Reshaping it all and The Power of a Positive Mom are the books I'm using in my devotions so those are a work in progress.

With three books carrying over, that leaves me 9 more to add to my list.  I don't have a big picture of the books because I 've decided to order the books from the library.  If it is a book I really love, I'll purchase it to have on my shelf.
1. Ministry of Motherhood - I started this book but had to return it to the library.  I loved what I read and plan on purchasing this one.
2. Before Five in a Row/Five in Row - these are both curriculum books that I have reserved from the library already.  I've heard a lot about this concept and just want to read the books to get the over view.
3. RE-Church: Healing Your Way back to the People of God - just really interested in this book.
4. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
5. The Happiness Project - this book comes highly recommended by several friends - I've been told I MUST Buy this book
6. If God Is Good by K. Bruner
7. Have a New You by Friday
8. Just Give me Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz
9. Financial Peace Jr by Dave Ramsey. 

This goal stretches from July 1- September 30, 2011. 

I'll post my progress as well as my very simple reviews every Wednesday :-)  (I know, you just can't wait, can you? ha!)

Tot Time - The Week I worked on plans for week 1

Before I share with you what I did this past week towards my goal of working more with my kids this fall, I wanted to share a few links with you that I've found this week OR that I follow but that posted specific ideas this week. 

First up is another one of my favorite blogs, Musings Of Me. On her site you will find lots of "tot packs" that she has created.  Just recently posted a Vacation pack that you can download for free.
Over at A Little Tipsy, she is hosting a "Make a Memory" summer series.  Each Monday, someone different shares how they do something specific to make a memory in the summer.  This week is pretty creative - it is centered around family movie night.  The kids have the chance to earn "concession money" aka Monopoly Money to spend at the family concession stand before the movie.  It really is such a creative way to make special Movie nights . . well, special!
I found this one by chance, but it is such a cute idea, I wanted to add it.  Check out the full pack over at My Shae Noel.

Even though I'm following a little bit of a specific "curriculum" I love these bonus ideas that I can throw in as a family event or use on busy weeks - tot packs are perfect for that - to keep my kids entertained!

One last thing I wanted to share.  I am a James Patterson fan - I really enjoy his books; he is a great author.  He actually has a new book out that I want to pick up from the library soon!  While he was being interviewed for his latest book, he started talking about his son who did not like to read.  In order to encourage him to read, he told him he had to read for one hour (I think??) a day.  By the end of a month, his son loved books.  Well, he has a website out there called Read Kiddo Read.   This site has different categories based on age group.  He offers lots of ideas - I really love this as I'm always looking for new ideas for books.  Feel free to check it out and see what he suggests. 

So now, on to what I did this week!  My original goal was to plan weeks 1-4 but as I dug in, I realize that was a little overly zealous!  So, instead, I figure if I can get one week planned and anything made/cute out/printed for that week.  I'll be good.  I don't plan on starting a set plan until the last week in August so that gives me about 8 weeks to get 8 weeks ahead :-)  I really don't have anything to post specifically this week but will next week. 

I realize that with summer, most of us are planning - and planning is always good!!