Skip to main content

The Kings English Signing

Oh, boy am I behind. I guess that happens when you go on a two week vacation with 5 children and no husband and also release your first book. Today I spent all day doing laundry, balancing the budget, buying groceries, and returning tardy library books. What fun, what fun! But I sure want to thank all my friends and family for supporting me and coming out to last weeks signing at the Kings English.


This is my good friend Karin. Karin was my friend during my middle school years - enough said! - and also trailed me the entire winter I slipped and fell around campus while sporting a knee length cast for two broken toes. All our kids are similar ages and we really need to get them together and force them to be friends as well.

unnamed


These girls also came to the Kings English... and yet somehow I have no photo from the bookstore!!! These are the girls I danced with, or in Annie's case, saw the original Star Wars re-released with. We had one more of us at the bookstore (Jenni!) so I'm totally bugged that we didn't get a photo there. Our kids definitely outnumber us, but we had a great time trying to escape the bees. I'm so thankful for these girls - who show up for me time, and time again.


IMG_4162

College roommates!! These girls may know a little too much about my preference for staying home and reading a book to getting out and socializing. It was so great to see them, and they have been such a support to me. My first signed book went to Kyle - I totally messed up my signature, and had to resign it. I think she's still my friend ;)





FullSizeRender


And then I also got to see these lovely ladies (minus Kim and Julie) who were in my first ever writing group. Without their help and support I would still be writing notes to myself on my computer and hoping they made one bit of sense. It was so good to see everyone in one room again. Now that Gaylene's back to Utah, I just need to find a way to get myself back that direction so we can get together yet again! I'm so thankful for all their support. And also, check out that cute shirt Bree is wearing (2nd from the right) because she's the one who's opened a boutique shop and you too could wear such cuteness by visiting shopavenuebe


IMG_4178


Lastly, I had the wonderful support of Justin's cousins, sisters, parents, and grandparents. I have not the foggiest idea why this picture is so.... foggy... but there you go. My family had all met together the week before for Ellie's birthday and my cousin's daughter's baby blessing... so they'd supported me tons and tons before the signing. (Also the Andersen's are not a photo kind of family.) But I spent these entire two weeks being loved and taken care of and congratulated. What great family I'm so blessed to have!





IMG_4181



This crew knows how to end a night right and we all enjoyed more than our fair share of pie. Mmmmmm. Ellie and Meg say thanks to Grandma Paula and Grandpa Mark for the sugar love!


IMG_4185


IMG_4186


IMG_4183



These girls were happy they were the oldest two and got to join us for a late night. What wonderful girls they are!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Le Guin Writing Exercises #5 - Chastity with Adverbs and Adjectives

August has been my month of painting. We are changing our kitchen, and my job has been to make our oak cabinets into grey cabinets. Every afternoon, in the time I normally use for writing, I paint. the color is Dorian Gray ... so at least I'm keeping the literary mode. I told myself I would paint for all of August, and then, no matter how far I'd gotten, I'd be done. Let me just say, painting is not nearly as fulfilling as writing. Perhaps it helped the Karate Kid out, but I am ready to be done! I'm glad I bought a paint sprayer, or I would have had to give up on the project entirely! Today, I administered my last coat of paint to drawers and cabinets. Alas, my kitchen is not done being painted (trim and cabinet backs elude me) but I cannot start another project that will be finished in one day, so I am done. All the other fixes will have to be finished in leftover moments, not in my precious afternoon hours. Which means today I had time to wri

Le Guin Writing Exercises #3 - Sentence Length

*I have been reading Ursula Le Guin's book Steering the Craft and completing the exercises here to give myself some accountability. Ursula Le Guin's Third Exercise - Sentence Length Practice In this exercise, the writer is asked to write one paragraph with many small sentences (no longer than seven words, no sentence fragments), and one paragraph made up entirely of one sentence. Different versions of the exercise are offered including: 1. Using the same topic for both pieces. 2. Using different topics for each piece. 3. Using topics meant to be fast paced for both short and long sentences and seeing what changes. 4. Using topics meant to be slow paced for both short and long sentences and seeing what changes. I plan on using the same topic. The topic I will use is from @anndeecandy's Instagram account giving memoir prompts. I will turn my memoir prompt into a fiction prompt and use it for this exercise. This particular prompt asks the writer to address the ide

Strawberries and Violets

Last year, almost at the end of summer, I finally bought a dead-looking bunch of strawberry plants. My daughter had been begging for us to plant strawberries, and it had taken me that long to make the purchase. Truthfully, it only happened because a leftover slab of strawberries pretty much walked its way into my cart while I went to buy something else. Still, promise kept, strawberries bought. We planted the strawberries and, since we live in Idaho, it was still cool enough for them to grow. We got about three strawberries and all took turns taking a bite. Then we waited excitedly for the next year, when there would be more strawberries. When spring came we were happy to note that the strawberries had spread out and begun growing even more plants. Little white flowers dotted the greenery, all of them promising a bountiful harvest. We had neighbors with awesome strawberry patches, and felt we were well on our way to acquiring our own. And then, something happened. If that s