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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.
Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.
Dangerous Illusions is the first title in Irene Hannon's new Code of Honor Series. And once again, Hannon delivers. The plot twists were certainly things I did not see coming. Her characters are interesting, have depth and leave you wanting to know even more about them. I felt so bad for Trish and all that was happening to her and then got mad once the truth st…
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Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering is the second book in the Drew Farthingering Mystery series that I have read. And I do enjoy this series. It is such a nice cozy mystery, a lovely change of pace for me as a reader. Yes, there is death under mysterious circumstances and such, but overall …

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Storybook Character Day 2017

It is Storybook Character Day time again. Joash had his last week and Mataya had hers today. 
Joash, since he is really into Egypt really wanted to be a pharaoh. I managed to find a headdress at Value Village. We made the beard and the scepter things they used. Joash is trying to look very serious in this picture.
Mataya wanted to be a bunny, so we found a storybook on our shelf with a bunny in it. I found the ears at Value Village, too and we made the tail that we taped to her shirt. And she found a nice carrot from our garden.

The kids each had a fun day!

Joash's 7th Birthday

We had a great time celebrating Joash's 7th birthday. This year, he requested a cake that had a pyramid that looked like it was made out of Lego. He even made a model for me to use while I decorated the cake. 
Joash and his gifts. Lego is still a favorite thing and he got his first Lego Technic set for this birthday, which was a big hit. He also really wanted a Nerf gun, so that was a gift as well.
He also invited his best friend over during one of the PD days this week, and they had a great time.

Gideon 18 Months

M(om): Gideon! You are 18 month old! That is  1 1/2 years!

G: It is pretty exciting, Mom.

M: What have you been up too?

G:Well, the thing that seems to make you the most excited is I have given walking a chance. And over all it works pretty good, but sometime crawling is still better.
 M: It has been so fun to see to walk and how all the sudden one day you just decided to do it. What do you like to do with your days?

G: I really like to drive anything around. Trucks, tractors, cars...anything with wheels. I also like to look at books and I trying to climb on the table.

M: Yeah, that isn't my favorite activity of yours. Any new words?
G: I am starting to say things a bit more clearly. I can say what's this, light, up and I baa for sheep and moo for a cow.

M: I am looking forward to hearing more and more words from you in the coming months. Your thoughts on food?

G: I love to eat. Last night you gave me carrots and meatballs and it was do yummy to eat. I also really like rice, …

Joash 7 Year Interview

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