1. The end of elementary school.
I am going to go ahead and call that a fave although it is a touch bittersweet. I am excited to see what the future has in store for the boy next year in middle school. And Little still has a few years, so we aren't saying goodbye completely to the elementary school yet. Although this is the last year that they will ever be in the same school and that does make me sad. The picture above is from last week's sixth grade field day, he was the last man standing in his class' cone sweep game -- watching everyone crowd around him and cheer was so much fun.
2. Take Your Child To Work Day
Little has watched her brother go to Take Your Child To Work Day with The Engineer for years and was so excited to finally be old enough to go!
3. Rose gold MacBooks
4. Swear on this Life
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
My verdict? Best Carlino book yet and that is really saying something. I could not put it down. It fired on all cylinders -- well-drawn characters, an intriguing, unique story and perfect pacing. You can tell when a lot of care has gone into a book and Carlino knocked it out of the park. I just can't say enough good things about this book, put it on your TBR (to be read) list right now. It won't be released until Aug. 9, but is worth the wait.
5. And last but never least: My Momma
Happy Mother's Day also to Grammy Karen and The Nana. Our kids are so blessed to have three super grandmothers.
Happy weekend! I am excited that this is the first Saturday that I have not had to work in three weeks. I am not going to know what to do with myself. Probably yard work.