Showing posts from June, 2016

25 Books That Make Great Family Read-Alouds

I am a big believer in parents reading to and with their children, even in their teen years. Sharing great stories together is a quality way to spend family time and grow parent-child and sibling bonds. I made a list of most of the books we have read together in our family for the past three years. Some of these were read as mother-son or mother-daughter reads while others were family reads.

When selecting books to read with my children, I've just chosen what I thought would appeal to them at the time. What we like to do is read the book and then watch the movie, if there is one. The following are books that I think would suit multiple ages at the same time, but always use your own parental judgement as you know your kids best: 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo (Skip the movie version. Not worth it.)*
Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers (The Disney movie is quite different from the book.)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Bever…

Thoughtful Tuesday

Ah, summertime! I know it's here because it's EXTREMELY HOT in Tucson. I'm talking, way past the 90's and more like 109 most days. Sigh. It's way too hot to get outside for more than a few minutes at a time during the day, (such as climbing in and out of the car on the way to the grocery store and back), so that means we are spending a lot of time inside where it's air conditioned. Kind of sad since we love being outdoors so much, but who wants to melt in this kind of heat? Lucky for us, we will be spending July and August in Utah (at least, Marissa, Marcus and I will. Poor David has to suffer it out here).

Two weekends ago, we braved the heat and spent half the day touring Sabino Canyon for the first time. That was fun, although, blazing HOT! Have I mentioned how hot it is here?

So, for the next couple of weeks, before we take our road trip back to Utah, to move Marissa back home (in preparation for her move to Rexburg, Idaho in early September so she can be …