My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it. Couldn’t put it down. I’ve only read one other book by Jodi Picoult and I have to say, she has this way of really making you stop and think about what you would do, what’s right, what’s wrong…and this book REALLY makes you think. Especially being a mother myself, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would do if I were in the same situation.

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About My Sisters Keeper

Here is a synopsis of the book from Jodi Picoult’s website:

“Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister – and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?”

I won’t give the ending away, but if I was ever stunned by a book, it was this one. I totally was not expecting it. Pick it up, reserve it at the library, you won’t regret it!

Zack’s First Field Trip!

The way field trips work at Zachary’s preschool (and maybe this is how all preschool’s work…I don’t know) is that any child that goes, they have to have a parent or adult with them. That eases my mind some since the thought of letting my kid be out in the “real world” with people I don’t know all that well…doesn’t really work for me.

Today we went to the Plymouth Apple Orchard. It was so fun. The kids (and parents!) learned how apples grow. Zack, being the kind of kid who likes to know how everything works, was very interested to learn how an apple grows. He went over and over the process with me on the way home. Such a smart kid! After learning how the apples grow, we got to take a wagon ride out to the orchard where the kids got to pick one apple each.

Finally, the best part…we went into the barn and had cider and donuts! I have never seen so many donuts disappear so quickly! Those kids inhaled those donuts! After donuts we took the children outside and they ran and ran and ran. There are a lot of different animals to see and feed and Zack had a blast feeding the goats. We were at the same orchard a couple of weeks ago and he would not feed the goats at all. He would just throw a hand full of grass in their face once they opened their mouth to eat. This time he actually let them eat from his hand!!!

Would you believe, I forgot my camera??? 🙁 I was so bummed when it dawned on me that I didn’t have it. His first school trip and I forget it. Oh well.

Wordless Wednesday – 10/1/08

UN-Tasty Tuesday

Normally I post a yummy recipe that I like to make or will be making. However, I feel the need to post this PSA for all you moms that sometimes get roped into buying popsicles for your kids.

So this week, instead of that yummy recipe, I am posting something that you just HAVE to stay away from in the grocery store. And that would be, Fear Factor Push Pops. Not only do those things stain like no other popsicle stains, but they are impossible to push up, which leads to huge messes. They don’t taste all that well either.

Tune in next week where we will get back to the regularly scheduled posting 😉

Product Review: Sesame Street Kid K’Nex

One of the highlights of my day is getting the mail. The best mail days are the days when there are no bills (of course), but one thing that makes it even better is when there is a nice big box waiting on my porch, waiting for me to open it. Today was one of those mail days.

Waiting for me to open was the new Sesame Street Bert & Ernie Kid K’Nex Building Set! I was so excited to open this. I knew my son and daughter would have a blast building characters from their favorite show. And boy was I right! I barely had the box open before they were trying to tear into it, shouting “Ernie mommy, Ernie!”.

I was pleased to see that this set is for ages 2yrs to 5 yrs old. My daughter, who will be two in October, had no problem manipulating the different rods and parts to build various things. They didn’t always look like Bert and Ernie, but hey at almost 2, she did pretty good! Now my son (4yrs old), was able to follow the directions that came in the box and build Bert and Ernie perfectly.

A little info from their site (

BENEFITS of Sesame Street Building Sets:

  • Physical Development: Building Bert and Ernie with K’NEX supports the development of hand-eye coordination.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Playing with Bert & Ernie either alone or with friends encourages imaginative play.
  • Language Development: Talking about K’NEX creations with family & friends enhances your child’s language skills.
  • Cognitive Development: Building with K’NEX and learning about colors can encourage thinking and problem-solving skills.

You can order the following sets from their website:

  • Elmo Building Set
  • Ernie Building Set
  • Cookie Monster Building Set
  • Oscar Building Set
  • Super Grover Building Set
  • Abby Cadabby Building Set
  • Elmo and his Piano Building Set
  • Elmo Pet Vet Building Set
  • Elmo Sunny Days Building Set
  • Bert & Ernie Building Set
  • Cookie Monster & Hooper’s Store Building Set

Probably one of my most FAVORITE parts of this entire toy is the fact that it comes with three cards to help encourage thinking skills. There is a red card, blue card, and yellow card. On one side it asks you to build something (like a balloon) and has information about balloons and helium that fills most balloons. On the other side of the card it has one of the colors and has you (the parent) ask the child to find other colors that are the same as the color on that card.

I am very glad that K’NEX came out with a Sesame Street version of their popular toy. Sesame Street was my favorite as a child and I am glad that I am able to share that with my children (even if Mr. Snuffalufagus is no longer Big Bird’s imaginary friend)!!