Wednesday, January 12, 2011

An Artistic Streak

We are a very creative household!  We love to craft, paint, sing, dance, write, act, and create and we are very talented in our own ways.

Here, Billa is channeling her inner Picasso and painting a very lovely abstract piece that ended up being my mom's birthday present:

She loves to paint and gives all the colors equal love!

Billa got a little crazy with her markers the other day as you can see.  Fortunately, it wasn't anything a little soap couldn't handle!


Sugar Pop, this is why I love you!

Artfully yours,

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 100+ Reading Challenge

I love reading.  I am voracious about it.  There's a rule in our house that I'm not allowed to read fictional books until the weekend, because otherwise, I'll stay up all night to read them.  I read pretty fast, too.  I finished the last Harry Potter book in under 8 hours and 15 minutes (that's including potty and snack breaks).  So I am beyond stoked to participate in a reading challenge for this year!  Reading 100 books is going to be easy for me, so I've decided to step it up a notch by choosing to read books in other genres.  This ties in nicely with my resolution this year to really challenge myself as a writer.  I'm not sure yet how I'm going to list my books, but I'll start with a sidebar that lists the books I've read and then do a monthly post that includes a summary overview of everything I've read.  If you like to read, feel free to join too!

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.  What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky at the Overstuffed Bookshelf, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

Happy reading!


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