Wednesday, June 9, 2010

An announcement and a Question.

First things first!
I had a giveaway!
It was so much fun!
That random number selector widget thingy picked a number between 1 and 106!
(Seriously, 106 comments! Love that! So much!)
The winning comment number was...............15.

Congrats to Jen from Denton Sanitorium!
You'll be sporting a new "Life is Good" ball cap this summer! I think it was the melon colored one, right? Your choice!

And now for the cap I'll be case you are wondering!
Funny thing is.....this was a present from my husband.
All wrapped up in a Life is Good gift bag with Life is Good tissue paper!
He chose it for me! 
The truth is....I love them all! 
Thanks to all who played along!

And now I have a question. 
This summer, my boys and I want to read a book together.
We started "Treasure Island", however about 5 chapters in, my boys decided that it might be a bit too scary.
They asked if we could choose something else.
So, I was wondering...
Have you got any ideas for a good summer read for a Mom and 2 boys?
An adventure, maybe....not too scary...not too long...but long enough.
Any all...please!
Thanks and Happy Wednesday!


  1. I'm reading "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my younger kids this summer (I've read it probably 5 times now but my younger ones don't remember it :o). The ones really listening and enjoying it are 12, 9, 7 and 5. Not sure how old your kids are, but it's such a great read. Blessings!

  2. I just discovered your blog last night in a blog wander. I read quite a bit of it and "think" I have the right age group with this:

    Try Summer of the Monkeys by (can't remember first name) Rawls.

    Of course that one above (Farmer Boy) is also a huge favorite. Don't know why I didn't think of it first.

    I'll be thinking of more. This is up my alley.

  3. My boys loved the Chronicals of Narnia. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a great one to start with, and my favorite. They also offer great openers for spiritual discussions. . .

  4. Love your blog! Have your boys read the Fabel Haven series? They are wonderful! Have a great summer!

  5. How old are your boys?

  6. I have 4 boys ages 10-15 who are avid readers, I am sure I have some great suggestions :) but I'm not sure how old your boys are? If they haven't read Harry Potter that was fun to read with my kids. My boys even enjoyed the other Little House on the Prairie books-we started with the first one and read through about 4 I think before it got old. Peter and the Starcatchers is great. Just thought of this--my 10 year old LOVES the "Seekers" series by Erin Hunter. Not too scary, but adventurous. It's about 3 bears that are orphaned and have to make their way together, each is a different species of bear. There is a similar series out by the same author about cats called "Seekers". If your boys are younger the Magic Tree House books are winners! Two young children travel through time on different adventures, they are fairly short, but all 5 of my kids (even the girl) loved these books, they are about 2nd grade reading level I think. That's all off the top of my head, Post how old your boys are and I'll ask my boys for specific suggestions.

  7. I was actually wondering the same thing so I am glad that you asked it (about the book thing!)! I have friends that have read the Harry Potter's series but I am not a fan of that series so that is a big no in my house! I am going to look up some of the books that your readers suggested! Thanks!

    And congreats to the winner and great choice on your it!

  8. Thank you all for these great suggestions!
    I really should have mentioned my boys are almost 8 and 11. We have read Magic Treehouse and we have seen several of the Narnia movies.
    I am looking forward to checking into these books....of course, I'd love any other suggestions anyone may have!
    Thanks so much!

  9. Okay, 8 and 11. Here's my two suggestions. My first and most favorite are the Five Ancestors series. My son David, 11, started reading them and I skimmed through them, but got hooked. It starts with Tiger and then goes on. They are not long like Fablehaven (my second choice), but they are awesome chapter book. Hmmmm how to describe?????There's mystery, Suspense, Kung Fu, and Drama, but all very age appropriate. I loved them. We have them all, so I would be happy to loan them to you. I would like to get them back after you read them though. They aren't very costly, so maybe you would like to buy them for yourself to keep as well. Your choice. The first in the series starts with Tiger, then Monkey, Snake, Crane, Eagle, Mouse and Dragon. It goes through a series of events from each person's perspective. They are not hard to follow along with and something boys would be really captivated by. If you want to get them from the library, the author's name is Jeff Stone. He's a really nice man. Met him at my kiddos school.
    I have not read the Fablehaven books myself, but my daughter read them and she said they were awesome and that boys in your age range would like them.
    Hope that helps.

  10. My Lily is 10 and she and her dad are progressing through the Percy Jackson books. She loves it and loves spending time with her dad.

    And may I add here: I WON!!!! I too have a great baseball cap collection, and I will be proud to add a melon "Life is Good" cap in a place of honor!
    Happy day for me!

  11. Is the 8 year old reading the book independently also? An absolute favorite adventure book is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I don't know a child who didn't like it.

  12. Not sure of the ages of your two boys but mine are 5 and 2. 2 year old is too little for the attention span of chapter books but my five year old and I have read Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little recently. Also did James and the Giant Peach which had its odd moments but good overall.