California In Pictures

Thursday, September 28, 2017

This past September, my family took our silver Airstream trailer on a journey through northern California. Seriously, it was one of the most epic trips EVER. Here are the pictures to prove it. =)
 Writing in the Redwood forest
Hiking into Fern Canyon
Kara's Cupcakes at the Oxbow Public Market 
Napa Bookmine at the Oxbow Public Market 
On the pitcher's mound of AT&T Park, home of the San Fransisco Giants
Chocolate ice cream at Ghirardelli in San Fransisco
 The Golden Gate Bridge 
Bodega Bay, California
 Grapes at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate milkshake at In-N-Out Burger
Our Airstream at our campground in Bend, Oregon
Coffee bike in Bend, Oregon

 Have you been to California? Do you like traveling? Camping? What is one of your favorite summer trips you've been on?  DON'T YOU LOVE GHIRARDELLI? What was your favorite picture? Let's chat in the comments! 

Books and Boxers

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wow, it has been FOREVER since I've posted. Where have I been? Well.... I'll fill you in next week, during my monthly highlights post, but before I fill you in on my favorite reads starring dogs, I will tell you that my family has a new puppy. *screams and throws confetti* 
His name is Bryzzo (Go Cubs), and I am OBSESSED with his tiny little paws and his absolutely adorable face.  *hugs Bryzzo* Look at him. Tell me that you're not already in love with this little guy. I mean sure, he tried to eat my purse and has a thing against my little brother's remote controlled cars, but he is just so sweet and cuddly and PERFECT. *sighs*
You all may remember Wrigley, my family's ten year old boxer, from some of my past blog posts. Sadly, he recently passed away. =( We all miss him SO much around here. Life isn't the same without him waking us up or chasing his favorite red ball, but Bryzzo has been keeping us on our toes!
Now that you've been filled in on the four-legged friends of Notebooks and Novels, let's get to the bookish part of this post, shall we? =) 
And Now, For The Books...
The Shiloh Series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Shiloh series has had a special spot on my bookshelf ever since my Mom read all three books to my sisters and me when we were little. To this day, I still love the books, and I still hold Shiloh to be one of the best dogs ever in the world of fictional pooches. I mean, c'mon, look at his cute little beagle FACE. Even Dara Lynn couldn't turn her nose up at that! 
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
Ginger Pye is another book my Mom read to my sisters and me. Can you tell that she's one of the reasons I love to read so much? =) But anyways, who doesn't want a dog that tracks you down with one of your PENCILS? I need a dog like that to help me remember where I put all of my pencils, which I seem to constantly lose.... *hides face* 
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie is most definitely my favorite book out of all these that I've listed so far. Ever since I read it, I was in love with Opal and her dog Winn-Dixie who followed her everywhere in her small Southern town as they ate Littimus lozenges. I personally wish that my librarian let Bryzzo in, but he would most likely eat all of the books.... Trust me, I know from experience. *puts books on a high shelf away from dog* 
A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin
This is, in my opinion, the saddest book out of my lineup, but don't let that scare you! There is (thankfully) a happy ending, so I was able to read it. Yes, I'm that kid who boycotted Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows because of the endings. Thanks, Mom, for warning me and therefore saving me from wasting boxes of Kleenexes. A Dog's Life is such a fun read because it's told from a dog's viewpoint-like A Dog's Purpose, which I have yet to read. BUT I SAW THE MOVIE. And, er, cried through it too. 

 What are some of YOUR favorite books with dogs in them? Tell me, so Bryzzo and I can get reading! Have you read any of the books I've included in my line-up? If so, be sure to enter the poll I've added on my sidebar and vote for your favorite! Do you have a dog? If so, what breed is it? Grab your favorite pooch and let's swap puppy stories in the comments and chat!

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