I absolutely love weekends. Jon is home from work and we try to fill our family time with all kinds of fun family adventures. My kids have sleepovers in each other’s rooms every Friday and Saturday night. Nobody loves going out for breakfast more than I do and we usually try to squeeze that in at least once each weekend. I always get a bit sad when Sunday night rolls around knowing that it will be another week until the 4 of us can have another weekend together filled with fun.
All of this to say that it makes me even more sad that I have been sick for the past 2 weekends and have not left my house once either weekend. Last weekend, I was convinced that I had food poisoning only to realize a few days later when my daughter got it…and then my husband got it…that it was something a bit more dramatic than food poisoning. Throughout it all, my son had a miserable cold…which BOTH my husband and I caught over this past weekend. We were miserable! At one point he was laying on one couch, I was laying on the other, and we had a box of Kleenex on the table in between us. I think this was the first time we have been sick like that at the exact same time since we have become parents and it was HARD! Omg.
I am usually a very happy and optimistic person (I chose the word “happy” as part of my blog domain afterall!) but this winter has been BRUTAL for our family. Between breaking my elbow, our house being damaged from the polar vortex, and the overall amount of sickness we have had…I am so ready for spring. Winter is my all time favorite season but this one has been ROUGH. I’m already looking forward to next winter so that we can have a do over.
My Instagram post from yesterday:
At least I’ve been reading (I’m loving On The Come Up so far)! Also, our family has been enjoying marathons of children’s baking competitions and America’s Got Talent. Reality TV is my absolute favorite and I’ll take it in any format that I can, although I really wish my children were old enough to watch The Bachelor with me 🙂
Next weekend the 4 of us WILL go out for breakfast. And we will be healthy. And it will be lovely.
Today’s book review is a book I finished last week in between our weekends of sickness doom. It was a wonderful book, one which I highly recommend.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.
Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.
As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage, a family, and friendships forever.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
Every parent should read this book. It doesn’t matter how old your children are, the hard truths that are discussed in this book are ones that every parent needs to be made aware of. This book absolutely terrified me…because it was so REAL. What happened to this family can happen to any family, anywhere at anytime. Beyond frightening.
This book made me THINK. It made me cry. It made me smile. It made me want to hug my daughter over and over. Although I didn’t necessarily agree with all of the choices that these parents made, I can recognize and appreciate that everything they did was out of unconditional love for their family. Beautiful.
I truly think there are certain books which should be required reading for all parents. This book would be high on the syllabus.
Did you read this book? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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