Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bubba Bites

Lately, David has been what I like tell people is "spirited".  What it actually is, is a little snotty and something we are working on.  Be that as it may, it's often hilarious :) .

To me, over a breakfast of yogurt and granola

LD:  Mom, Can I tell you why this breakfast is lame?
UK:  No, David, and that's rude.  Why don't you say something nice about it instead?
LD:  Because it's lame.
UK:  It's time to stop talking now.
LD:  Sorry, Mom.

To Tot, while playing.

LD:  Taylor, I think you are the best sister in the world.
T:  That is so sweet, Bubba!
LD:  I think we should get married.
T:  Um, Dude.  The president won't ALLOW us to get married.  And that's gross anyways.
LD:  Well, fine then.  I'm not buying you a unicorn. 


Monday, November 07, 2011

Tot Speak

Taylor and I were cleaning the house last Friday.  She was really working hard and I was rather impressed.

UK:  Thanks, Tot!  You are really working hard today!

T:  It's okay, Mom.  You don't need to thank me. 

UK:  (awwwww)

T:  I'm just doing it for the money.


I fell through the springs in the trampoline this weekend (ouch!!) and Little David wanted to help me inside.  

UK:  Thanks, Bubba.
LD:  You can call me Tony Stark. 
UK:  Who??
LD:  (cue disgusted sigh)  Ugh, Tony Stark.  Iron Man, Mom.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Mission: Completed

Since Dave is now on his way home, I feel okay sharing with the Internets At Large that he has been on a business trip since early Tuesday morning.  That means a grand total of FOUR SOLID DAYS away while I'm doing the solo wrangle with four kids.  

One of the downsides to Dave working from home is that I am accustomed to him being able to pop in whenever I really need a hand with the kids.  I try not to pull that string much because, well, he is actually working a job, but it's nice to have the option.  When he is gone, I become SO MUCH MORE AWARE of how nice it is to have that option! 

The trip began on a ... shaky note with me awakening after a handful of hours of (bad) sleep as Nolan decided to have a chit chat with me every hour during the night.  Sweet, but laws child, I am much more conversational in the afternoon.  So I got out of bed to find 1 kid had peed the bed, 1 dog had peed the carpet, and the same dog had chewed up a DIRTY diaper she got a hold of.   It was a gross morning. 

But we rallied.

I determined that I wasn't going to mope around all week, like I normally do when Dave is gone, subsisting on delivery pizza and Chick-fil-a.   I made sure to actually engage with them and play board games and jump on the trampoline and say "Yes" more than I said a default "No" and cook some actual food.  Funny enough, the kids responded very well to NonMopey Mom. 

There was still a healthy dose of bickering and insanity, but I can firmly state that this was the best Dave Gone Week we've had.  It still would have been better with him home, but I didn't cry at all and made Pumpkin Waffles.


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

What We've Been Up To:

1. The Kids: Funny enough, there are MORE of them now!

On September 15th, Taylor's 7th birthday, we welcomed Nolan Ryan Harvey Chapman to the family. Yes, he is named after the Nolan Ryan (Texas Rangers pitcher) and the Harvey McCullough (my grandfather :) ) and yes, it is a mouthful. However, now I can't imagine him being called anything else. It fits him just right, although I have been known to call him Roley Poley Noley now and again because of his delightful chubbiness. I've always wanted a baby with rolls, but mine have always been so tiny! Well, not Nolan. He is a roll and a half and I LOVE IT.

The big kids have transitioned to him just wonderfully. They all adore him, even Allie, who is careful to be "Gento" (gentle) with him. Taylor is the biggest help, she loves her "Birthday Mate", as she calls him, and always wants to pick him up if he cries and change his diaper and mother him. I had no idea an older child could be so helpful. She is wonderful. David doesn't really seem to notice Nolan that much, except for every now and then he runs up to me while I'm holding him and say "I just need a quick snuggle with my baby brother." Love it.

Transitioning from 3 to 4 has been... different than I expected. It hasn't been as hard as going from 1 to 2, but it hasn't been as easy as going from 2 to 3. I think that with Taylor and David I was learning who I was as a parent and with Allie I already knew that and adding one more to the mix wasn't that hard. With Nolan, I know how I parent and babies and nursing and lack of sleep don't make me nervous, so that isn't hard. Now I feel like I'm learning that there is just less down time with more kids.

You are always juggling as a parent, but it seems that with each child/activity you add to your life you are obtaining a higher level of skill. When I finally got used to juggling two kids, adding that third one to the mix really wasn't that hard. Adding homeschooling to the mix was a little harder, and adding Nolan to that is a little harder as well. It's not any of the individual components, it's the whole. I guess I expected to have a harder time with one thing or the other, not with maintaining the level of attention required to keep everything moving along.

So, really, the difficulty in transition hasn't come from any resentment towards Nolan himself, just with learning how to make sure that everything gets done that needs to get done. And there are a lot more "needs" than "shoulds" now.

Thankfully, there is a LOT of grace involved in this and there is a quick learning curve. It will never cease to amaze me how once the baby is here you can not believe that you ever thought your family could be complete without him. Our family without Nolan? Ridiculous.

2. Dave & I: As always, we are the best of pals.

In fabulous news, Dave recently got a promotion! He is now Vice President of Sales at his company and I couldn't be more proud. He works very, very hard and never lets anything stay undone and I am so pleased that his bosses recognized that. Everyone should have a Dave in their life.

However, with me taking care of a wee little nursling and Dave feeling more responsibility at work, it's been very difficult to find time together. I know we felt the same way after having Allie, so I know that we will find our groove again soon, but in the mean time we are working on ways to keep our Pal-ness at the level we enjoy. We have our weekly Stay At Home Date Night, we are looking into getting weekly babysitting for an hour or so to have a "Real" coffee date, and we are setting aside time each weekend to plan together for the week ahead so we are always on the same page.

The date night is something we started when Little David was born and we have never stopped. Lately, though, we've been lax on the kids going to bed early and zoning out on our phones too much and not really making it a real "Date". So, the phones/computer have been going down and we've been focusing on the "Date" part better.

The Coffee Date is something new we are trying. We're are looking at getting a girl from church to come and watch all four kids for an hour while we run to Starbucks once a week and hang out. Just a mid-week pick up, if you will. I'm not quite ready to leave Nolan for longer than that, so this works out great.

Our Planning Night is a life-saver. Seriously. Each weekend we set aside some time while the kids are playing or sleeping and we go over all the things we need to actually talk about. Money, travel plans, holidays, honey-do's, school things, etc. Anything that we need to sit and discuss we set aside for this day. Dave catches me up on money stuff, I catch him up on school stuff and things that we need to be thinking about. We talk about any upcoming plans for the week and by the end of it we are on the same page and there isn't any "Wait, we're doing what next weekend? But I thought we were supposed to do such-and-such." I like to think of it as a Household Business Date :)

3. School: Doubt-filled and Fabulous

I love homeschooling. Love it. But there are so very many times that I doubt if what we are doing is the best thing. Thankfully, Dave is always there to give me an unbiased opinion. He is no where near as emotionally invested in homeschooling as I am and I know that if it becomes a stumbling block for our family, he will be the one to point it out. He is only interested in the quality of education they are receiving, my enjoyment of teaching, and the happiness of each child. So, when we've had a rough day and I think that Tot will NEVER learn to spell correctly and David will NEVER want to sit down and learn anything for more than 5 minutes, Dave just lets me vent. And then reminds me that the kids are all happy, they are all crazy smart, and that when I just relax, I love teaching. So, mental note: Relax and Enjoy Teaching, Unsinkable.

In summation, things are good. Busy and sometimes overwhelming, but good. And we all know that all I need to handly Busy and Overwhelming is a little DDP. And friend, I buy that in bulk.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Unsinkable Returns

Well my Readers, I am back. Back from the Private Blog Posting World.

I finally had my baby, finally got a little mental space, and am feeling back on my feet again.

I love writing and story-telling and picture sharing, but for awhile there it was feeling like one more thing I just wasn't getting to and one more thing I wasn't sure how I wanted to handle. See, when you would Google my name (um, no of course I never googled myself.... ), up on google images would pop pictures of my kids and that just felt...icky. I know that people can see them on Facebook all the time, but I have some measure of control over that. I have pretty strict privacy settings (as strict as you can, anyway) and they won't just pop up to any old person. So because I couldn't figure out how to write more and still get anything done and because I couldn't figure out how public I wanted my kids to be, I just took the blog down. And as time went by, the images of the kids no longer showed up and I felt like their privacy was a little more respected.

As it stands, I'm not sure how I want to move forward. I love having this journal of my thoughts and the funny things that the kids do. And I really like having the pictures of the kids to look back at. But Taylor is getting older (2nd Grade!) and becoming more aware of the internet and how it's used and I don't want her feeling like her Mom tells the world every little thing about her. Which I do. But probably shouldn't :). She needs to be able to draw a line and I need to be able to respect that. Ugh, but the kid is just SO DARN FUNNY. I mean really, as she's gotten older her escapades have only gotten more intricate.

So, there you have it. I'm going to stay picture-free on here until I figure out how I want to do this, but I will probably make up for that by over-sharing in many other areas.

Speaking of which - I'll be back tomorrow with a wee little update on how we are rolling these days as a family of six. Until then I remain, ever yours, ever Unsinkable :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thankful For

26. The cool weather arriving tomorrow.
27. Noisy Nolan
28. The kids playing loudly but nicely together in their room
29. The working washing machine!
30. My run yesterday
31. Starting to feel like myself again
32. Christmas in 59 days!
33. The new OS that David put on my phone
34. My cozy socks
35. School going well
36. Taylor enjoying reading
37. My amazingly comfortable couch
38. My awesome bedroom - spacious and private
39. Dave's well-deserved promotion
40. The idea of a trip to Indiana
41. Our new routine
42. A coffee date tomorrow!
43. Getting to see my family at Thanksgiving soon
44. Planning fun Thanksgiving activities
45. Buying a cute outfit for Thanksgiving!
46. The cute things from etsy in my house that make me smile when I see them
47. Getting to be by myself at least four times a week.
48. The hot cocoa I'm drinking right now
49. A fridge full of DDP
50. My wedding rings. Love them.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thankful For

1. The great weather outside.
2. Sleeping Nolan
3. Happy Allie
4. Jumping Taylor
5. Running David
6. Quiet in the house
7. Plans to be worked on
8. Ice cold water to drink
9. Baby weight moving off
10. A fun weekend ahead
11. Good curriculum
12. Fun experiments
13. Progress being made
14. Flexibility
15. Sibling fun
16. Each day being new
17. Allie running and growling
18. A shiny laptop
19. Family coming to visit
20. Healthy happy kids
21. Library & Slushy Day
22. Staying in pajamas till lunch
23. Reasoning
24. Out loud reading
25. Teaching to read

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, August 08, 2011


I already feel better.

I took time to wake up this morning. Set my alarm pretty early and then just woke up slowly. I sipped on the water by my bed, didn't talk, and let Dave shower in peace. I didn't look at my phone and I slowly stretched out my hugely pregnant body. Ahhhhhh.

I've noticed that it's taking me longer to get my head on in the mornings lately. I wake up quite foggy and more than a little grumpy. That's not usual for me, so I've been unsure how to proceed. All I know is that waiting until the kids wake me up at full speed is NOT the way to go. And I learned this morning that waking up at an exact time doesn't really matter, so long as I can take my time and shake off the funk before the day begins.

I shuffled slowly into the kitchen and turned on the coffee (God Bless You, Keurig). While it heated up I opened all the curtains and got a low light going. Sip by sip, I start waking up. I read some from Mere Christianity, planned meals and chores for the day. All at a snails pace. Sip, sip, sip.

Finally, my eyes are open. The kids start getting up one by one.

Well timed.

Sunday, August 07, 2011


From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the doors the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration: “Do the next thing.”

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all results, do the next thing.

Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Wall Has Been Hit.

I am so tired. Not so much physically, although I certainly am that as well, but more mentally. The waiting is starting to get to me. I can feel my patience slipping away, my default attitude becoming cranky, and my general demeanor being negative. I don't like it one bit.

I know that this is completely and totally normal in the last few weeks of pregnancy, so I'm not worried about it. But neither do I want to just sit here and be miserable for 7 weeks. No one needs that around.

So like I do with everything, I've made a plan. A plan to get ready for my little man. And what rhymes with man? Jam. Not really, but I have made a plan.

I need to have something to look forward to that isn't 7 weeks away. So, I've made each day a mini-event. It will give me something small to look forward to each day so I will myself into a better general mood :)

Monday - Date Night! Dave and I order out and we watch Eureka and Warehouse 13. Perfection.

Tuesday - Bath & Wine Night. Hot bath with good smelling bubbles, a small glass of wine, and a magazine for me to browse. Pure relaxation.

Wednesday - Baby Day. This is not so much a "Day" I made up because things already happen on Wednesdays. This is the day my week changes, the day that What I Wore Wednesday happens, and the day I usually have Dr Appts. I already look forward to Wednesdays :)

Thursday - Big Fat Dessert Night. On this night, I will have a ridiculously huge dessert and it will be legendary.

Friday - Buy Something Cute Day! The title is pretty self explanatory. I will buy something cute on this day only for me. It might be a candle, another magazine, a scarf, a necklace, shoes, make up, etc. Just something that will make me smile and get me through the day.

Saturday - Family Day. Again, I already look forward to Saturdays. Donuts, co-op, getting the house back in shape, and lots of family time. I love Saturdays.

Sunday - Rest & Plan Day. I take a big fat nap and then I get ready for the week ahead. You know, this day still needs some work....

So there you go - my strategy for making it until Nolan gets here while having a smile on my face :)

Friday, July 29, 2011


Just clicked "Buy" on our new carseat, stroller, and pack n play for Nolan :)

It seems silly to get brand new big things for our last baby, but the rest of our stuff is almost 7 years old and is either expired or completely worn out. Regardless, I'm SO excited to set it all up when it arrives next week!! SQUEE!

He'll be here in 7 weeks and 5 days (ish)


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Can I Just Say

That I took the kids to a birthday party today by myself, and for the first time ever I was able to let them free range all around the park while I sat and talked with the grown ups.

It was beautiful.

David & Taylor ran around with their friends, stayed where they were supposed to, and no one got upset or argued. Allie sat with me (Sat! With Me!) and ate fruit and smiled at everyone.

No chasing. No spanking. No yelling. No hunt and gathering. No rescuing from heights or dangers. No bathroom visits.

Just a lovely, sunny, and fun birthday party where my kids were polite and well behaved.

I have waiting almost 7 years for this and it was as glorious as I thought it would be.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What I Am Loving Right Now

1. When Gator sits beside me on the couch and lays her head on my arm. We just sit there watching Blues Clues and I love the way her skin feels on mine and her little duck down hair.

2. David's missing teeth. It makes him look mischievous. Which he is.

3. Annie. Our little Annie-Pants is the greatest dog. She just sits there and sleeps and looks cute. And then gets excited when she sees Dave or when Allie gives her snacks. I love how she and Allie sit and the dog food bowl and share. It's disgusting, but so so cute and funny.

4. Everything about Taylor. She is funny and so smart and is just growing up so very fast. And I mentioned funny, right? The kid is stinking hilarious.

5. My bedroom. It's perfectly plain and peaceful. Everything about it screams to me to take the best nap of my life. And I do. Every single day.

6. These rockin' velour maternity pants I'm wearing. Laws, but they are comfortable.

7. School. The kids are doing so well and I'm enjoying teaching them. T is really rocking her spelling, that has been the surprise fan favorite.

8. More time with Dave. We seem to be realizing that in just 10 weeks we will be thrown into that newborn phase where I am tied down nursing and he is running ragged with the other kids and there won't be as much time for the two of us. So right now we are soaking up every single second we can where it's just us. Bakiestar Icecreamica, yo.

9. How Allie looks in a cloth diaper and giant white tshirt.

10. How all three kids are just wonderful and in the most fun stages. They are getting so big and I am just overwhelmed with how happy I am with them right now.

Monday, July 11, 2011

First Day of School 2011-2012

My sweet Tot starts 2nd Grade today! Wow!

David is officially in Kindergarten now. Holy Cow.

And my Wee Little Gator is no longer quite so Wee. She is starting Early Childhood Development, with a minor in General Destruction.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


It's a fun and full season in my my life right now. There are rarely uninterrupted moments and there is always a long list to do. Thankfully, that list is full of things like "Water Guns in Back Yard" "Bake Cookies" "Math with Taylor" and "Wash A's Diapers". The mundane and the fun.

I really haven't had much to say lately. Honestly, with the kids talking more and more and my having friends that are in the same boat as I am, I haven't had many words left over for the blog. And not being able to produce a fully formed and hilarious post really bothers me, so I just haven't posted anything. The blog isn't private because something went wrong, I just have been going back and forth between taking it all down and removing one non-necessary thing from my life, and still wanting the day-to-day journal like I kept with the older kids. I do love looking back at the snapshots of our life when T was still little :)

Until then, I'm just going to dip back on here in private and maybe I'll open it back up again some time. I'll go with a short story from each kid:

T: Her hair is down to the middle of her back and each day she acts more and more like a very big kid. Currently, she and David are arguing over who is going to teach the new baby what. T wants to teach him to "Love Unicorns and Hate Poop".

D: David has lost a tooth, grown a foot, still sucks his thumb and wants to teach the baby to "Hate Unicorns and Love Poop".

A: Allie is currently wearing a giant A&M tshirt, some froggy pj's, cleats, and a toboggan and mittens. Nope, now she has on dress up heels. That girl is nothing but fancy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy 9th Anniversary, DDawwgg!

***Definitely backdating this, but there you go :) *** Happy Anniversary, DDawwgg! I love you more than anything :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tot Speak

During school today...

T: Mom, you're not getting fat because you ate too much, you're getting fat because you're borning a baby.

UK: (sigh) Thanks, Tot.

T: I know, I know. I used the "F" word (insert finger quotes here), and it wasn't appropriate.

UK: Something like that.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Anee is a Frte.

This is actually supposed to say "Annie is a fart." because Annie took off her name tag and rabies tag. I'm not sure why this was so offensive to Taylor, but it made her pretty mad.

Regardless, Tot was quite proud of herself because she remembered to both capitalize and punctuate her slander of the dog. Apparently, "Fart" is a proper noun.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fetus Friday 2: I'm Back, Baby!

First of all, I have never been more excited about anything, than I am about this new graphic. In fact, that is probably why I am starting these Fetus Fridays up so soon. Frankly, there isn't much to report other than life continuing on as usual - the first few weeks (for me at least) are relatively uneventful, but now that I have this stinking hilarious Fetus Friday Graphic, it was pretty much the point of no return for The Pregnant Unsinkable. You know I can't resist a picture that is both funny and of questionable taste.

Anyway, on to the show!

Week: 5

Weight Gain: Meh, nothing other than the usual fluctuation due to water and copious amounts of Oreos. Dude I could have eaten a HORSE yesterday. I had Chick Fil A for lunch and when I was finished I sat there and thought that a second meal wasn't out of the question.

Aches & Pains: It's early days yet (obviously) but so far so good. I've only been sick a few times and those have been after fairly explainable events like taking my horse sized Super Mom vitamin on a more empty than not stomach. I'm crossing my fingers that I'm not as sick as I was with Allie, but if the pattern holds I will only be more sick. I was not sick with Tot, a little sick with David, and hugely sick with Allie. Not looking good for the Baby Noodle. Other than that, just the tell-tale signs of pregnancy - I can feel my joints loosening up and my right hip has occasional sharp shooting pain down my leg. Again, par for the course right now. I haven't hit that first trimester wall of exhaustion but I see it coming in the near future.

Cravings: Again, meh, mostly sugar but that's nothing new. And, of course, sheer volume. I am SO HUNGRY.

Totally Cool Developments: Dude, I AM PREGNANT! That is the best development of them all. I can't begin to explain how happy I am about this. This will be our last, unless God intervenes with a gigantic surprise sometime later in our lives, and I am trying to soak up every moment. I swear I stared at that pregnancy test for five minutes straight before I ran into our bedroom and jumped on a very sleeping Dave while yelling "I'M PREGNANT! I'M PREGNANT!!!" I am so thankful that I've had three healthy pregnancies and three healthy children and I pray this one is the same. I am so very, very thankful and aware of how big a blessing these little people are.

Belly Shot: You have Dave to thank for this first and "Official" Five Week pic. He is my picture taker and thought we needed to utilize the white board for maximum effect. Obviously, there isn't much of a belly, but DUDE, my stomach muscles must have seen that positive test and immediately went into vacation mode because I've got zero muscle tone. Hello Maternity Pants.

Do forgive the cheesy grin and the odd hand placement.

For the record, that is my tank top, not my bra.
Also, that is the most comfortable skirt on the planet.

Hope you enjoyed the first Edition of Fetus Friday 2!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week Two: Maybe Next Time

Week Two:

Title: Maybe Next Time

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Pages: 352

Amazon.com Summary:

Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything.

When Andie meets the two children she quickly realizes things are much worse than she feared. The place is a mess, the children, Carter and Alice, aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. What’s worse, Andie’s fiancé thinks this is all a plan by North to get Andie back, and he may be right. Andie’s dreams have been haunted by North since she arrived at the old house. And that’s not the only haunting.

What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an annoyed medium, her Tarot-card reading mother, an avenging ex-mother-inlaw, and, of course, her jealous fiancé. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get more complicated, North shows up on the doorstep making her wonder if maybe this time things could be different between them.

If Andie can just get rid of all the guests and ghosts, she’s pretty sure she can save the kids, and herself, from the past. But fate might just have another thing in mind… "


So, obviously this isn't The Year of Living Biblically. While I have high hopes of reading mostly books that have stout literary value, let's be honest, sometimes you just want a good mindless read. Enter Maybe Next Time and my mind being a little too excited about babies to read anything too deep.

First of all, I really like this author. While she generally includes more ... adult... content than I would prefer in a book, she writes such great characters and incredibly funny dialog. The books are funny in a way that a conversation with a friend you've known forever is funny and she doesn't explain her jokes. There is nothing more irritating to me than when someone is writing a character that quotes moves or songs and then endlessly has that character immediately say where the quote is from. Unless you are Michael Scott, no one does that in real life. No one says "Man, I was having the worst day. Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. That's from Ghostbusters, by the way." Seriously, that is my worst book pet peeve. That and writing "for" when you really want to say "because". Crusie writes modern dialogue in a way that doesn't make you think that she thinks you are an idiot.

I digress.

So, Crusie's specialty seems to be characters that are particularly zany but not in an annoying way. She really fleshes out each person well and you don't feel like you are reading a Nora Roberts book or a Harlequin novel. I absolutely loved the mom and mother-in-law in this book and the medium. All were very funny in their own right and no one was too over the top or one note. And the fact that the entire book is about ghosts and a haunted house makes it even better.

That being said, Crusie can lay the s-e-x stuff on thick sometimes. This particular book only had one scene that was easily skipped through and the rest of the book was good enough that flipping through that page or two wasn't a deal breaker. That really is the case with most of her books (except Welcome to Temptation, which while hilarious, has much much more *adult* content, even if it's funny).

I read this in the course of a single night and couldn't put it down, it was so fun. It is by no means a book that will stretch your mind or make you think about anything, really, but it's a great beach read or cold night read or my brain is fried because I'm so stoked that I'm pregnant read.

The Unsinkable's Final Rating:
I recommend this book to readers who are cool with flipping past a sex scene or two and who really, really like to laugh and who think ghosts are funny.

Up Next:
The Year of Living Biblically. No no, I mean it this time. And maybe another Crusie book I got at the library just in case my brain is still on Baby Baking mode :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Homeschool Friday: In Which We Begin Anew

Also, one day I'll figure out how to make my pictures less grainy :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And Baby Makes 6

Yep - there is ANOTHER Unsinkable Baby on the way!!!

We are completely, totally stoked and can't wait for September. Until then, you know what we get to do again, right?


Weekly (ish) Fetal Updates will totally be a part of the blog again, I'm happy to say. And I'm going to do my best to find that creepy wiggling baby counter again, too.

It's a pretty great day to be Unsinkable!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Week One: Ella Minnow Pea

Week One

Ella Minnow Pea

Author: Mark Dunn

Pages: 224


"Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere." from Amazon


After initially thinking that I wanted to do a super long review on each book that I read during this challenge, I'm going to decline that route and make this short, sweet, and to the point.

I loved this book. I realized while reading it that not only did I love it because of the format (I'm a fan of most epistolary novels anyway, just because I hate to dig through boring back story and the letter format makes it seem more genuine), I loved this because the entire book just seemed so . . . clever. There are authors that write such beautiful prose but the total work is still a bore. There are also authors that write compelling stories, but their writing is abysmal (i.e. Twilight). Mark Dunn seems to have accomplished both lovely word-smithing (that's probably not a word) and good story-crafting (also not a word).

While this wasn't one of those books that you simply can't put down, it was a truly fun read and I really, really liked the process of each letter dropping out of the novel. By the end of the book, while you are still wrapped up in the story, most of you is sitting there in awe of how the author is still telling a coherent and engaging tale without using three quarters of the alphabet.

The Unsinkable's Final Rating: I heartily recommend this book for anyone that enjoys clever literary devices and light political satire.

Next Up: The Year of Living Biblically

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sick Gator

Is there anything more pitiful than a sick baby?

Especially a sick baby who can only lick, not eat, Nilla Wafers?

Or one who expends all her energy getting on to the couch and can now just lie there?

Nope, there's not.

Poor Gator.