Monday, September 30, 2013

Camp Memories

This is an activity we didn't get to post during the Camp Doll Diaries, but had fun creating.

Key: Melody, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie

Picking up at the arrival of the camp portrait...

Camp was fun, wasn't it?
Yep! I hope we go again next year.
Do you remember the garden?
How could I forget?

Earlier During Camp

We need to prepare the garden soil.
Do you think this is deep enough?
 It's great. Now there is enough space for the new plant and soil.
These parsley plants are cute! I bet Lulu, Nutmeg, and Razzi would love this!
(I know Flash and Digger do.)
All planted! Now we water and watch it grow.

Final Night at Camp

We need to harvest our parsley!
Let's go get it!
And feed the bunnies!
Did you know that parsley is a natural breath freshener?

Back at the Cabin

There goes another wild cat!
Save the parsley!
See the bunnies do like it.
Even the invader bunnies!
That was a fun night before, we packed up to come home. 
Un-decorating the cabin and packing was kind of sad.
But we are happy to be home now...
and doing other fun things!

Have a great day and night! 

PS. You can still do the camp crafts, just click Camp Doll Diaries. when the page comes up scroll and page through the posts to choose the crafts and activities you want to do. Just remember all the giveaways and spotlights are over.


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Library Book Review #4

Library Book Review #4: Just Grace


The teacher goofed. She should have called all the Graces by their initials, and then the Grace telling the story wouldn’t have started complaining right away. She seems like she wants to be seen as a good girl, but all the whining and complaining she does gets in the way. I’m kind of sorry I picked this book.
Like Emily the Strange, this journal book had really fun chapter headers, photos, and drawings. 


Did not like the main character. It seems the only nice thing about her is that she likes cats and tries to help people when they feel bad. She wants to be a hero, even an unlikely hero, but she thinks about herself almost all the time.


Wow! My thoughts don’t sound like this. She is definitely a glass half empty person. Doesn’t seem to like anyone but Mimi, Jordan, Augustine Dupre (why does she say her full name all the time?), and Mr. Crinkles.


So this whining is annoying; almost made me not want to finish the book. But I pushed through to the end. What did I learn? When you have a million different things going through your head you miss obvious clues. If Grace were as generous as her name then she would have remembered that Augustine left her window open for Mr. Crinkles. Can’t say any more…don’t want spoilers. In the end it was an okay story, but I won’t recommend it to my friends and I won’t read it again.


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I really had to force myself to continue reading this one. This is a journal style story seen specifically through the eyes of Grace and she does a lot of whining at the beginning and throughout the book, but the beginning was the worst.

The author really knows how to channel her inner child and think and speak and write in that pattern. A completely different take on "stream of consciousness."

As I noted above, Grace whines about what she can't do, doesn't like, doesn't learn, etc. In addition, Grace is sneaky. Had she gone to her parents with her plan all would have been better.

There are a couple redeeming situations throughout the book.
1. Grace tries to help a neighbor.
2. Grace does eventually open her eyes to see another side of Sammy.

Other than that, Grace really sounds like a whiny, selfish brat the whole way through the book. Thankfully this was a short book and didn't take a lot of time. I read the first 20+ pages one night and the rest the following day.

[I don't remember being this judgmental when I was in elementary or middle school.]

As journal style books go, I did like the doodles, pictures, and headers in this one. However, I prefer Emily the Strange's prattling to Grace's whining.

Happy Reading! 

Please know that the opinions expressed in the above reviews are purely our own. If you do not agree with our reviews, that is a-okay. We all like things a little differently. If you liked or loved the book, please feel free to share why by leaving a comment. Remember to be polite and respectful with your words and tone. You may help us to see something we missed.


Friday, September 27, 2013

New Dog Review

The new members of our pet family are happy in their new home. They fit right in.

Before they joined the family...

Okay, we didn't rescue these two little pups from a thrift store or flea market, we got them new. But all of our live furry family members were rescues. Well, they found us.

Meatloaf and his Pet Travel Carrier Set came from Costco. Lena is an Our Generation pup. Here they are still snug in their packaging.
Open the correct end of Meatloaf's carrier for reusing the box. 
Then Meatloaf's platform slides out of the box. The bowls are under molded plastic, the bed and placemat are in plastic sleeves, and all are taped to the cardboard. Meatloaf is held in place by string. While the bottom of Lena's box opens to reveal zip tie anchors.
Lena is pretty easy to remove from her box. Just snip the zip ties, pull the leash apart at the middle, and gently tug her loose. 
Her leash comes apart in the middle of the lead and at the collar so you can play with her with or without the lead.
Meatloaf releases with a few snips, but getting his gear loose is a bit more difficult...if you want to save the packaging. The book comes out very easily. 
The bowls are the worst part. This is everything out of the box.
The inside of the carrier.
The carrier is really big without the platform inside. It is a nice, sturdy box. I think the end tabs will wear quickly, but I probably won't use the box as a carrier.

You can get a chocolate shih tzu puppy at Target in the Our Generation section for $2.99. There are several breeds to choose from. Meatloaf and three other pets might be found at your local Costco for $22.49.


PS. Posting twice today because we won't get another chance to post until Monday. Have a great weekend.

Pet Adoptions

Rescue Rather Than Purchase

Hey you two! Look what we brought home!
Where did you get them?
Do you remember we applied at Animals in Distress? They called to say we were approved.
Is that Meatloaf?
Who's the tiny one?
That's Lena.
She's cute. What kind of dog is she?
A chocolate shih tzu.
They are so cuddly and lovable!
I wonder if the rest of our furry friends will like them?

The big sniff

Looks like they have the sniff of approval.

That's good. I'd hate to have to take them back.

Mail's In

Hey, we got something in the mail while you were out.
Cool! Open it!
Our camp cabin poster!
Neat! Brings back some great memories.
Like our last night at camp!

(Tune in next week for camp flash back.)

Have a great day!