book review: Leaving Time

Leaving Time
by Jodi Picoult

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes her entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who'd originally investigated Alice's case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions. They'll have to face even harder answers.
As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, "Leaving Time" is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

While reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It only took me a few days because I had to sleep haha! This book was definitely different from Picoult's other books, I love her books so much and this one was no different. 
The storylines blending together brought the story to live and I really liked how the endings blended right to the end. The writing was well done and left you with just enough detail for the reader's mind to wander into different scenarios. The ending was definitely not what I was expecting at all, but it was intriguing. I kept re-reading parts of the book to compare it and see how the ending came about. 
I would definitely recommend!!

Linking up with Heather!

weekend traveling

In April, my friend, Emily, and I took a road trip to visit our other friends. I love our road trips, we take at least two to three trips a year to keep in touch. We all went to Baylor together and it is fun to relive those fun four years. 

Once we got into town, we met the other two girls for dinner then hung out at their house. The next we got up and went shopping in a local small town. I love some fun antique shopping with my girls.

That night we went out to dinner with a whole bunch of Jac's friends to surprise her for her birthday. She was really surprised and the dinner was a ton of fun!!

A few weekends after that, our little family took a road trip to visit my best friend and her family. We had a jam packed weekend planned and I was really excited. The first night we went our to dinner, Seth was being a crazy toddler but we got through it.

The next day Paul helped Dave, my best friend's husband, with moving his office and Jenny and I took the kids on a walk then to a park with a train. Seth was in heaven on that train!

Later in the day, after the kids napped, we went to a local children's museum. They had a blast! We had dinner and the boys went out to watch the boxing match. Jenny and I were able to have girl time and just chat!

Our Easter

So I know I am really behind on my posting but I figured I could work on catching up. I have been doing a lot of editing and photography so when I am on my computer, that is what I do. So here goes my Easter post...

Our Easter started with a visit to the Easter Bunny. Seth was okay with him last year, but not so much this year. He might look like he is smiling in the picture but he wasn't at all!

Our next adventure was dying Easter eggs. That was definitely an adventure with a toddler who doesn't understand the word gentle yet haha! Also our colors did not work so well. Anyone have any good egg dying tips or kits you buy??
Anyways, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

Over the Easter weekend, our little one was busy with three different Easter egg hunts. First was one that a local put on in a park.

Then we had Sunday morning at our house.

And his Easter basket...

Then Sunday afternoon at my parent's house. He has this Easter egg hunting things down now!

It wouldn't be Easter without some good ol' family pictures. And one with his new cousin who was born in January.

book review: LA Candy Series

LA Candy Series
by Lauren Conrad

L.A. Candy: Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts moves to L.A. for a life-changing internship, inviting her BFF Scarlett Harp to join her on her SoCal adventure; but before the two girls have settled into their apartment, they’re asked to star in a reality series known as L.A. Candy and are thrust into fame, VIP treatment, and new friends – but sometimes these things come with a very high price tag attached.
Sweet Little Lies: An L.A. Candy Novel: It has taken some time, but girl-next-door-turned-reality-star Jane Roberts and her BFF Scarlett Harp are finally beginning to settle into their lives of celebrity…until racy photos of Jane are leaked to the tabloids. Looking for a shoulder to cry on, and finding that Scarlett is too mixed up in her own scandal involving an off-limits L.A. Candy crew member to help, Jane turns to co-star (and fame hungry) Madison Parker – only to find that Madison may not be as sweet and supportive as she pretends to be.

Sugar and Spice: An L.A. Candy Novel: L.A. Candy star Jane Roberts has had her brush with backstabbing frenemies, and is ready to start fresh – starting with her no boys, and no drama rule; therefore, while the tabloids are trying to stir up trouble between she and her co-star Madison Parker, she’s focusing on herself. That is, until her high school sweetheart, Caleb, and her L.A. crush, Braden, both show up on her doorstep looking for love. Jane feels as if her life is spiraling out of control; until she finally figures out the true definition of reality.

For quite some time I have been wanting to read this series, I finally got around to it! It definitely brought me back to my high school or college days on teenage drama novels. And Laguna Beach/The O.C. time of my life!! 

Lauren Conrad wrote a really good book and the drama kept coming. Each chapter left you in a hook for the next chapter. They were all really easy reads, which got me through the series really fast. One of the characters really got on my nerves and she was the focus of the next series so I decided to next to continue with her books. Some people might really like the character but I think I am a little old for it haha!

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annual Texas Bluebonnet pictures...

Every year, we take pictures in the bluebonnets. I did it as a kid and now we take the pictures with Seth. Can't wait to reflect on all the years so see how he grows each year. Here was last year's pictures. I know I featured some of these on his 18 month post but I had to do a separate post because they are just too cute!!

So these might not be the best photos, not in focus, or best composition but he is just too cute and I couldn't leave some of these out. I love our little boy so much!