Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Wish we had warmer weather, a little bit of sun, a nice BBQ. I don't know of any Memorial day parades in this side of the state.....But wishing a happy Memorial day anyway.

A picture Millie made yesterday.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happenings in May

Well it is that time of year again. Millie graduated from pre-school last week and she definitely is excited about starting Kindergarten in the fall. Wow!

We had 2 great years at Alpine Co-op here in Snoqualmie. I will really miss being so involved in her school year and being able to work in the class 4 times a month.

Next step-Kindergarten!!

We found this dress last week at Costco and Millie has been wearing it A LOT since then. I was working in the kitchen and when I came around the corner, I found Millie in her dress, her cowboy hat and riding on her pony. So of course, we had to take some cute pictures for Mike to see!

Another day, (but the same dress!) we are outside playing with bubbles.


Pre-school Picnic at Centennial Fields

Millie enjoying a picnic at the park with her pre-school friends. Every year the school celebrates the last day with a picnic. (Unfortunately this is the 2nd year of chilly, rainy weather at our picnic.)

But the kids just bundled up and got to play a bit in between rain showers. They always have fun when they get together to play!

Even though we live right down the road, Millie and I had frozen fingers and toes on our wet, chilly ride home.

Despite the slow start to Spring we are still giving our garden a go. Here is our lettuce growing in pots this year to avoid being eaten by our large slug community here.

Flowers are in bloom.

Our shade and herb garden is growing too!

Keeping our garden warm under tarps this year.

The sun is coming out! Yeah

Millie is having fun on her swing! We are so happy on those very rare days this spring when we get some sun.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Commissioning ceremony

Earlier this month, Millie and I headed over to Spokane to watch Michael (Mike's son) get commissioned into the Army at Gonzaga University. He also graduated from school that weekend with a degree in Political Science. Michael will soon be heading off to Massachusetts as a part-time member of the National Guard.

Michael with Millie (his step sister) and JT (his step brother.)

All the kids posing at the reception.

One last picture of us together!

A beautiful rainbow back home in Snoqualmie. Congratulations Michael and wishing you best of luck on this new chapter of your life!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nick of Time by Tim Downs

This was a fun book to read. I don't think you can go wrong with a good crime thriller/mystery. I believe that this is the sixth book in what is know as the "bug man series." It is called this due to the main characters job as a forensic entomologist. Nick studies bugs that are attracted to human remains. His work helps to solve crimes.

In this story, Nick is getting married to Alena. Alena is a dog trainer who he first met when her dogs helped locate a dead body. These two eccentric characters seem to be a perfect match for each other. However, a mere four days before the nuptials-Nick finds himself driving to Philadelphia for the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. Being among a group of forensic professionals consulting on cold cases will surely allow him to feel useful and normal.

The story takes a twist when Nick finds himself caught up in a murder case involving a good friend. Nick continues his travels to the Poconos all the while becoming more and more distracted with solving his friends murder. So Alena decides to track him down to find out if he really is pursuing a killer or is he running away from something else.

I was immediately drawn to the characters of Nick and Alena. I loved the sarcastic humor and banter that was found through out the story. It made for a fun, lighthearted read that kept me guessing who the bad guys were and if Nick would ever make it down the aisle in time. I did find the ending a bit far fetched. I don't believe for a minute this would ever happen in real life. But I guess that is what makes reading fun. I was also really surprised by the final few pages. The ending is not what I think will happen. I know that there will be more in this series and I would not hesitate to read more about Nick and Alena. They are both two characters that made the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.