I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it! I was especially impressed how they captured the friendship and love between two non-human characters, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Apparently it struck a chord with a lot of fans, and those with artistic talents have been sharing amazing fan art depicting their friendship, so absolutely sweet and heartwarming. Image from Catcoconut at DeviantArt.
I know, it sounds like a instruction guide for trouble, but it’s actually a fabulous historical book: The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum. I love learning about history within the context of a story, and this book explained the beginnings of forensic science in New York City alongside Prohibition, political corruption, and the many murders by poisoning happening at the time. The structure is similar to one of my favorite books of all time, The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larsen. It was full of science and history, right up my alley. It’s one the best books I’ve read this summer (see the rest on my Books I’ve Read 2014 Pinterest board).
Our summer is finally winding down, just one week of vacation left before they head off to (gasp!) 3rd and 6th grade. Last week, we spent a week in a cabin in upstate New York with no TV and internet (horror!). They were amazing on the long roadtrip both ways, then were so much fun during our week of board games, reading, museum visiting and Niagara Falls exploring. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying having so much time with them to connect, talk, cuddle and play. This weekend we’re doing something crazy–we’re heading to the Cartoon Cereal Party at Alamo Drafthouse. It’s two hours of ’80′s-era cartoons from our childhood along with all-you-can-eat sugar cereal. The kids think we’re nuts for doing this, but my husband and I think it sounds like a blast. We keep turning to each other and saying, “they’re just so much fun to be with.” we so appreciate our kids’ senses of humor and how they like to try new things along with their geeky parents.
Hope you have something fun planned with your family this weekend! I’ve linked this post up to MomAdvice.
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