Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Smooth Sailing? More Like White Water Rapids!

Why is it that nothing will happen (picture worthy) for days or even weeks at a time and then all of a sudden, there's not enough room for all the pictures in a single blog? It seems like that's always how May is for me (and December.)
The week was pretty smooth sailing until Layla's birthday on Friday. (Should we blame that? No.) Seryn woke up Friday morning with a suspicious rash. When she first woke up, I suspected chicken pox, but the more the day wore on, and after some collaboration, we decided she's allergic to amoxicillin. It's just funny because she only had a dose or two left. But the poor thing broke out in terrible hives! And this is only her stomach!

This is me, effectively wasting a Saturday morning on the Wii. But hey, we're working out! And it's great Mommy daughter time! Behold: the Warrior pose!
And the Palm Tree pose. (I think.)

For those of you who haven't heard, we FINALLY sold our house!!! YAY! No, we don't have anywhere to go yet, but we're working on it. We're supposed to be gone by June 22, so we'll see what happens. In the mean time, we've started packing. And Layla discovered some of the computer games. She is VERY good at them!!! And she loves them. This is Layla and Seryn playing Dora the Explorer.

Then today, while Lylli was in school, Layla decided to teach Seryn how to ride the tri-cycle.

Unfortunately for Layla, Seryn LOVES it and can peddle by herself!!! Which means, Layla actually has to ride her own bike!!!

And yes, Layla really can ride a two wheeler bike with no training wheels and has been able to for a month or so now. But then, Lylli now has to ride her bike too. Such a rough life!

And lastly, but certainly not least... Tonight Lylli had her very first piano recital! She was terribly nervous all day and invited one of her good friends and then was devastated when he couldn't go. But she did a great job!! I think that's the best I've heard her! She made only one mistake at the VERY end of her second song and was the only piano student to have her songs memorized!!!! We are so very proud of her! Thanks Mom for teaching her. She loves it!
Ach! I haven't even posted birthday pictures yet! I'll have to do that in the next post.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Behinder I get...

... I won't finish that. My 'behinder' is big enough!
So, I have a ton to catch up to do! This month, along with my book signing, we had Shane's grandmother's birthday (70-something: no one is quite sure what.) We also had Layla's track day and her graduation program. She loved preschool so much it has been very sad for her to be done. I, however, have enjoyed the break thus far (probably because I haven't done a darn thing!) So, since I was instructed to upload lots of pictures, and because it takes forever on e-blogger, I have posted several slide shows. I hope you enjoy them!
I have also received some fun kissing stories on my other blog. If you still want to win a free copy of my book, comment to enter the contest. Also, some friends and I have put together another contest. A different book or prize will be given away every day next month. I have the full list of details on my blog. http://rachelrager.blogspot.com/ Also, (yes, I'm promoting myself just a little...I have a hard time with it, so oblige me this once) also, if you think By Love or By Sea was good enough to receive a nomination for a Whitney Award, please go to the link on the sidebar and nominate me. Thanks for all your love and support! I'll be writing again in a week or so (hopefully) with birthday updates!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Book Signing

Thanks to everyone who came to my book signing! And thanks to Mom and Dad for hosting it and helping out so much. And thanks to Dad, Dean, Michelle, and Mike for taking the girls swimming! I had a good and memorable experience. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible for me!

Thanks, Alicia, for the beautiful cover art!

And don't forget to leave me a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari or wherever you go!
Also, on the side bar, I have included a spot where anyone can nominate "By Love or By Sea" for the 2009 Whitney Award. If you feel so inclined, feel free to nominate me. Thanks.
I have also posted a new excerpt from a book I'm working on!