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Family Weekend + A Book Review

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of visiting my brother, sister-in-law, and niece (and for those following along, yes, we made good on our promise to spend the night šŸ™‚ ).

Kim, my sister-in-law, is getting ready to have our nephew any day now. We thought it would be nice to make a bunch of freezer meals for them for after the baby is born. That way, they don’t have to worry about cooking while taking care of a toddler and new baby all at the same time. We had fun making the meals and even more fun delivering them last weekend.

There was a daddy-daughter dance for Celia and Michael, and Kim and I even took Celia to have her hair done for the occasion:
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We laughed at their cats, especially the mountain lion that is Grayson:

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And Celia was willing to model the Burton Bear Cowl I made for her:

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We even went to Lego Brickland and saw some pretty amazing Lego creations, which I forgot to take pictures of. All-in-all, it was a fantastic weekend, and secretly, neither William nor I wanted to go home. We will have to make a habit of visiting, and next time, there will be a little nephew to spoil too šŸ™‚

And, now totally unrelated, I have started reading again. Honestly, I don’t know why I ever quit, but reading seems to go in fits and spurts for me, despite the fact that I love it and tend to get lost in books. I mostly love mysteries and thrillers, especially if they have a bit of history mixed in as well. Recently, I devoured a new book called The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe.

The story is set in two different time periods – 1991 and the late 1600s, and it goes back and forth between the stories. The heroine, Connie, is a grad student of Colonial studies at Harvard. She finds out that she needs to clean out her grandmother’s house, who has been gone for 20 years. In the house, she finds a scrap of paper in an old family Bible, with “Deliverance Dane” written on it. It turns out Deliverance Dane is a person from the 1600s…a woman convicted of being a witch during the Salem witch trials. The book goes back and forth between her story and Connie’s as well as Connie’s quest to learn more about Deliverance. There’s a bit of mystery, some history, a bit of romance, and a tiny splash of evil. It was kind of a predictable story/outcome, but I still couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend it.

Now, I’m reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, set in World War II, my favorite historical time period. So far, I like it. Will report back when I’m done!

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