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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is THE best book I have ever read in my life. Although that’s pretty much a sum of the way I feel about this book, I guess I’ll just have to explain further: A group of four children is gathered to go on a top secret, life threatening mission. Each of these witty characters contribute to the story, making the plot very dynamic. Information is constantly twisting and turning around the plot, and the nonstop adventure makes this a book you just can’t put down. I have just started the sequel, and so far it is proving to be just as great! 10 Stars and 5 thumbs up for this series!

– Middle Child

P.S. This book can easily be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

How are you doing? Did you and Jared make it to school on time. It must have been hard today with the rain and gray skies. Our house had a near complete system breakdown. None of my kids at home went to school. They claimed illness and while that may be partially true, I think it was more about unfinished homework and social stress. I feel like my strategies have not been working. Instead of making them feel empowered in making their own decisions, they feel bad about themselves for not having taken care of what they need to. Luckily, Diego and I are talking about it and working together to help the kids. Like I told him, I can’t be the heavy anymore. With this approach everything is going to hell in a hand basket. The irony is that their dad and I are in the same situation. We have important work to do that we just can’t get started on. I’m not sure why this is happening to all of us. The stars? idk.

The new medicine I’m taking seems to be working better. I don’t feel energetic but at least it doesn’t feel like wading through mud to accomplish a task. I guess at some point it makes more sense to stop trying to figure everything out. I don’t know why everything is the way it is (especially the difficult stuff). Things to be grateful for on the other hand is that everyone in my family is healthy and generally happy. Diego and I are getting along much better. We live in a safe neighborhood and my work is going well. I have good friends and find myself enjoying moments with friends and family a lot more. I hope you are having a great day. Miss you. B

Hey girl. I don’t know what to tell you. I I’ve been feeling like falling over at my desk all morning. Lunch will you was cool today. I liked sitting at the bar and seeing all the calorie info on the menus. Totally scary. I just took some Excedrin and a bit of Ritalin and I’m feeling much better. Someone just commented on my son’s post and it’s thrilling for me. I can’t tell you exactly why. He’s such a good writer. I know we all are but something about his writing is connecting with people out there.

Anyway, I’m glad you’re finally doing e-Harmony. The profiles you’ve been sending me to see are so funny. Some of the guys look really interesting but others seem like they don’t have a clue. Could you believe that one guy said one of his role models was Hitler? Clueless. Who is he trying to attract anyway. Make sure to take me up on my babysitting offer. Also, I don’t know what you will think of this but I kinda implied to Cynthia that you are on e-harmony. I did it (I’m thinking please, please forgive me) because she is doing it too and I thought you guys would enjoy talking about it. As you know, my sister found some guy that way that she is in love with now. Thank god it’s mutual. Middle-child and I keep pestering her to give us some dates. When is the baby and when is the marriage. We want some practical facts. I’m not sure what else to tell you.

I haven’t been too depressed lately but I did get mad at Diego yesterday and ended up falling asleep in the kids room. I felt kind of immature about it but i was mad. He dissed my using our special signal to stop talking about a topic if I was getting too uncomfortable. I felt bad cuz he made fun of me and because I thought the symbol was kind of sacred (but not in a religious kind of way). Whatever, it all comes out in the wash. The worst part is I ended up switching beds last night about three times and I’m exhausted today. At least that’s my excuse.

In terms of more complaining, my first-time-manacured nails are getting chipped. I’m not sure what to do cuz the smell of the polish remover is totally gross and toxic. I’m afraid my daughter is poisoning herself whenever she uses it. I think that’s all I have for now. I’ll write later. Take care, MB

Hello. I was forced to right this blog by my mother. Well, not really forced, just I could only have a mini donut if I wrote this blog. So here it is. It is 6:30 in the 28 of april, and I had just made some frozen pancakes for breakfast. I woke up early so I could do some homework that I hadn’t finished the day before, and I am CRAVING some mini donuts. So, I ask my mother “Can I have a mini donut, I already ate some pancakes?” and then she says ” Have some protein and then you can have a mini donut,”. I then suddenly ask “Can you get a cup of chocolate milk for me?”, she then tells me “Who do you think I am?” so I then go over to the kitchen and pour myself a glass of chocolate milk. I drink slowly because my throat was kind of soar that day. I come back to my mother and ask her about that mini donut. She then says “How about this, you make a blog and then you can have a mini donut. I agree to that compromise, and even I am writing this blog I still haven’t got my mini donut. I have just been informed, while writing this blog, that if this blog is good enough, I get two mini donuts. So, that is how this blog got meant to be. Meiergreen

Hello, there. In this post I am going to talk about my predicament. Now, before I tell you what my predicament is you will need to know some things about me. I am obsessed with video games. My two favorites are Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 and Team Fortress 2. My predicament is that my family has one TV. I know that some people don’t have even one TV and I probably sound like a spoiled brat, but like I said before, I am obsessed with video games. Thank god my parents like what they like or I would be rotting in a corner. The reason its good is because my mom likes to watch Battlestar Galactica which I like but not as much as video games. My dad likes to watch basketball which I like but not as much as video games. The reason that this is a big problem is what my sister likes. She likes to watch everything that I don’t. She likes to watch Oprah, What NoT To Wear, Gilmore Girls, and Totally Spies. If you can’t tell I’m saying that I do not like those shows. Even if you do. I don’t. I like The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Office, Friends, and Smallville. Luckily, I have come up with a plan to help my little problem. I am going to teach my family how to play my video games. The problem with my plan is that I don’t know if they like my games or not. I have more hope for my parents because my sister doesn’t like the nature of the games. My parents on the other hand are willing to learn how to play, just don’t have the time. I am hoping that later today (which is Sunday, May 2, 2010) I can teach my father to play my games. Anyway that pretty sums up my problem, so live long and prosper. OH DEAR GOD I’m becoming a treckie!!!

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