Friday, August 17, 2012

The Summer of 2012

so i made it the whole summer without blogging. sad i know. and even as i'm typing this i'm noticing blogger has changed the whole blog layout. i'm lost. more than usual!

this summer has been very quiet for us. caleb did get invited to go to the beach with his friend caden and then to charleston with konner but that's it for vacations. we are saving for a big trip to disney world in february and decided to stay home this summer to save for it. plus michael has had a HUGE kitchen remodel and he's been working his butt off all summer! (thank you Jesus!!) so we have done a whole lot of nothing. lots of video games. lots of reading. a monopoly marathon (which mikey beat the pants off caleb and i) and lots of dr. who for the boys. they are obsessed. i don't watch it so i have no idea why. we have spent time with friends and that's always awesome! hope and nick live around the corner and they have a pool and love to have mikey come swimming. he's gotten so good!! proud of him for sure.

one thing that i have done this summer is totally immerse myself in the french revolution. i've always loved marie antionette and reading about her made me want to dig deeper into everything that happened around her. her innocence and the opulence just intrigues me. thank goodness for the library! some of the books i have read this summer about her are...

Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Becoming Marie Antoinette: A Novel
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
Versailles: A Biography of a Palace
Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter
When the King Took Flight
Madame de Pompadour
Farewell, My Queen: A Novel
Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin

and these all stem from reading
The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B
and the 2 that follow. all about josephine bonaparte

i also have

Far from the Madding Crowd and
The Scarlet Pimpernel to read.
i'm sure i'll find more!

and caleb gets to read tale of two cities for school this year and i'm going to read it with him. i've never been a big non-fiction reader but i'm just loving this era.


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