We’ve made it to the last Sunday of 2008! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing holiday season with your families.
The last week has been a blur for us. Christmas was a wild rumpus of paper and squeals. Suffice it to say that the girls were very happy with their gifts! We’ve been eating too much and lazing around being slothful, then laughing at ourselves and vowing to do better as we discover our BMIs on the Wii Fit.
My kids got Wave Skateboards this year from their grandparents. They are different from regular skateboards in that they have 2 wheels rather than 4, and the board itself isn’t stationery- the two sides move independently of each other, so riding it requires a different motion than a normal skateboard. Watching my kids learn how to use them has been hysterical, but they’re already getting the hang of it.
Our family went to see Wicked at the Pantages Theater in LA the day after Christmas and it was spectacular! This was the “big” gift this year and the kids were so surprised. They were enthralled by the amazing singing, costumes, and sets, and by the splendor of the old art deco theater. We’ve been listening to the Wicked cd for a year so they knew all the songs. I even caught myself singing “I know about Pop uU lar” last night.
No one thought to get me a book for Christmas this year, which I found kind of shocking. Maybe they noticed the giant stack of unread books on the mantel, or the teetering pile on my nightstand. Ah, well.. I did receive two Borders giftcards though, and have already used them up!
A lot of us book bloggers are giving some thought to our favorite books of the year. I’m still working on that list, but I do have another list of books I’m most excited about reading in the coming year. Some are new and some have been out for quite a while, but here they are:
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Boy on the Bus by Deborah Schupack
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet
Honolulu by Alan Brennert (March 2009)
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (May 2009)
What do you most look forward to reading in the coming year? Is there anything I MUST add to my list?
I hope you’ve all had a wonderfully blessed year and are looking forward to bigger and better things in 2009. We are living in exciting times here in America and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. My wish for the world is peace and love, and lots of books- with plenty of time to read them!