Tag: The 99’s
This week’s Throwback Thursday features my gals. Bren, Ken and Cher. Brenna, Makenna and Cheridan were 5 years old in this picture. This was before they started Kindergarten. This picture was taken at the elementary school’s family fun night. A night where the school puts on carnival for the families and there are games, activities, food trucks and all that other goodness. This night was a fun one. The kids had a great time, we ate kettle corn and Asian tacos. These three lovelies are seniors in high school and will be graduating in the next few months. I’m so sad that they’re not this little anymore. I miss them at this age. Gah.
This week’s Throwback Thursday post features the #1 person in my life. My kid. She’s growing up faster and faster with each passing day and soon, she’ll be 18. When I say soon, I mean in a manner of months. In exactly one month from tomorrow, Brenna will turn 18. I can’t even… In my head, she’ll always be this small little girl with the silly facial expressions and heart of gold:
Wasn’t she adorable?
This week’s Throwback Thursday goes to my niece Makenna and she’s going to be super pissed when she finds out that I posted this. A couple of years ago, I was at Ken’s house helping her Mom (my sister) pack up their house because they were moving to an apartment across town. I came upon a box with old school stuff from when Meghan and Makenna were in elementary school. There were old journals, art projects and all manner of school related junk in this box. I started sorting through them and came across one of Kenna’s journals from Kindergarten (she’s a senior in high school now) and one of her entries was this: LMAO LMAO LMAO! My sister was not at all amused when she saw this. Kenna doesn’t even remember why she wrote this but she had a good laugh at it.
My niece Meghan tore one ACL during her sophomore year and the other ACL during her senior year in high school, playing basketball. She has flat feet and has struggled with her feet for most of her life. That didn’t stop her from playing basketball. Meghan is passionate about basketball the same way that I am passionate about books. She missed a lot of family time because she was in the gym or at some camp, playing. When high school started, she was ready. She prepared to make Varsity and start her freshman year and was able to check both of those off her bucket list. She’s a damn good player. She’s a stand out player that all the coaches she’s played against have prepared for because she had nights like this more than once. Two ACL breaks didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of playing college basketball. After she got hurt the second time, a lot of the colleges that were interested in her disappeared but instead of letting that get her down, she went the community college route and got Co Player of the Year for her conference as a freshman. She’s doing really well and is preparing for her sophomore year of college. My nephew Kaleo is no stranger to injuries. He was born with clubbed feet and lived with his own fair share of feet problems. He made national headlines when (at age 13) he decided to amputate both of his feet for a chance at a pain free life. He’s almost 16 now and he’s got his driver’s license and he’s still the same, fun loving, loud mouth crazy kid. I don’t think there’s anyone funnier than Kaleo in our family because he stays cracking jokes. When he’s in town for the summer, you will hear every single adult yell, “SHUT UP KALEO!” more than once because not only does he crack jokes all the time, he also talks really loud. He’s our family jokester. I was scrolling through Facebook the other day when I came across this: LOL! Zero damns given. That’s our Kaleo…responding to Meghan’s post from 3 years ago and being a complete savage too. P.S. Kaleo’s comment is supposed to say, “AYE YOU NEXT WITH YOUR BROKE ACLS” LMAO!
Brenna came home for the weekend to play in a co-ed basketball tournament (for fun) that we committed to and then forgot about. Here’s our team picture from that. We didn’t do too bad. We went 2-1 (we were short a guy in the first game so we lost that one) and our MVP of the tournament would have gone to Mister Take 100 shots in a game, Jonathan Hong (bottom left). It was really good to have Brenna home for the weekend. I miss her heaps when she’s away but we need breaks from each other. It’s always just the two of us and we can definitely get sick of each other so we need the break. This tournament was a good one for the girls because they were finally able to play with each other instead of against each other. Heads up family, North (Bren & Cher) will play against Redondo (Kenna) on January 3rd so mark your calendars and save the date! One more piece of news before I move onto the books is…SETH GOT HIS MISSION CALL! He’ll be serving in the Mexico City mission and he reports for his mission on 11/15 which is exactly 8 days before his brother RJ comes home. Four years will have passed before they’re able to see each other again. Seth hurt my heart when he teared up reading his report date but I know that he’ll do amazing things for Mexico City. They’re lucky to get him for two years. Love that kid! The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2 ) by Jill Shalvis.
Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane | 2.75 out of 5
The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Leo Trevi from Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen.
Ruthless by Lexi Blake
Torch by Karen Erickson
I’ve been so focused on other things, including my review pile that I haven’t looked at what’s out that I need to buy. That will probably change next week…maybe.
Just One Week by Alice Gaines
Four Letter Words (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels
There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?
If she has her way . . . Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . . He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking. Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . . Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . . Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .I didn’t get any reading done this weekend except to finish my re-read of The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen for my book club meeting today so my plan is to start this book after book club tonight. Wish me luck on that.
She tasted like his.This guy was everything in this book. I had some frustration with Georgia and with her father but never with Leo. Leo was everything that I love in a romance novel hero and he was my absolute favorite thing about this book. The way that he loved Georgia (and how absolute he was in his feelings) made me melt at every turn and seeing what he went through, what he continued to struggle with when he finally got to the NHL made me love him all the more. He was such a freaking great hero and I loved the hell out of him.