Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas.

I hope Santa brings you what you asked for and a little bit more.

merry christmas penguins decorations

Merry Christmas!

WWW Wednesdays – December 19, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

If you participate in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and you would like to see my contribution to this week’s theme Delicate, hop on to my photography website.

Again, my WWW Wednesdays update is one day late because it’s been a hectic week so far. I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping and I’ve started wrapping up some presents, but I haven’t sent most of my Christmas cards yet. Yikes!

My bookshelf

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry– What I’m currently reading 
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, which similarly to her book The Giver, which I read recently, describes a futuristic world. I’m two thirds through and I really like it.

– What I recently finished reading
A Wanted Man by Lee Child. This is the first time I’ve read a Jack Reacher novel. I believe this is the 19th book in the series, so it’s never too late to start! I understand a number of Jack Reacher fans were disappointed but having nothing to compare it to, I liked this book. It was entertaining, it kept me wanting to turn the pages, and it had some twists and turns (some of them predictible, others not so much). The ending left me scractching my head a bit but otherwise I enjoyed reading this story. I definitely want to read the first Jack Reacher novel and see where it all started from. Now, how Tom Cruise managed to be cast to play 6 foot 5 inch tall Reacher, I’m not sure, but I hope he’s planning to buy a pair of stilts!

– What I think I’ll read next
I have two more books by Lois Lowry to finish The Giver Series, so I can’t wait!

My kids’ bookshelf

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear What they’re currently reading
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. Who doesn’t love this book? I think I borrow it from the library twice a year and we keep it for about a month.

By the way, to continue with my previous post on my little artists, here’s what my four-year old drew for his book report on this story. This is his rendering of one of the pages inside the book, when the mouse is about to pick the red, ripe strawberry. What a cute little mouse!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear - child drawing

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear – child drawing

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! by Don and Audrey Wood. Until last week, I had no idea this book even existed. What a pity! It’s very sweet and perfect to read around the holidays. It’s going on our list of Christmas books to read every year from now on.

Anatole by Eve Titus– What they recently finished reading
Anatole and Anatole and the Cat by Eve Titus. My six-year old and I love these books! Anatole is a French mouse who decides to stop stealing people’s scraps and instead earn an honest living by tasting the cheese in a cheese factory and leaving notes about its quality. The factory owner soon praises Anatole but his exquisite taste and suggestions but when he asks to meet him, Anatole decides to remain anonymous. Can you blame him? In Anatole and the Cat, poor Anatole’s position at the factory is compromised when a cat starts to roam around at night and Anatole can’t leave accurate notes.

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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Win a free copy of my 2013 photo calendar!

I’m skipping my WWW Wednesdays update today because I’m still reading The Book Thief. Yes, I’m really enjoying it and no, it’s not hard to read. I just haven’t found enough time to go through it as fast as I’d like.

But don’t despair, I have two other posts for you today. The first one is below. The second one, I’m still working on, but I have two words for you: FOOD ART. Are you excited yet?

In the meantime, I’d like to share a contest I’m running on my nature photography website and invite you to participate.

Like Milka Pejovic Photography on FacebookYou can win a free copy of my 2013 photo calendar (view all the photos) by helping me spread the word about my Facebook page.

Here’s how you enter my contest:

1) Like my nature photography Facebook page if you haven’t done so yet.
2) Share my Facebook page with your friends and ask them to like it.
3) The person who provides the most Like referrals wins the calendar (one free copy).
4) If I don’t know of any referrals, I will pick one lucky winner out of my Facebook page fans, so you could still win just by liking my page.
5) You can keep this calendar for yourself or give it to someone else for the new year. Heck, you could give it to a friend you referred!

This contest starts today and ends on December 19, 2012.

Important Notes:
– Facebook doesn’t tell me who you referred to like my page so you will need to send me a message through Facebook and give me the names of these people so I can double check.
– This free calendar was designed and printed in the USA so it includes all US holidays. It will probably make more sense for someone in the US to win this calendar, but anyone is welcome to enter the contest.

Good luck and thank you for participating!

The yummiest turkey you’ll ever eat – no cooking required

I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you have plenty to be thankful for this year, no matter how good or bad things have been for you in 2012. I’ll share a few things I’m thankful for in this year full of small and big, fun and painful challenges:

– My kids: I’m grateful for their love, their determination, their brightness, their inquisitiveness and their creativity.

– My health: after a couple of health scares, I seem to be OK. Fingers crossed.

– My family and friends: I’m grateful to be surrounded with people who have nothing but love, help and support to offer me. I have formed close relationships with a few friends this past year and I feel so lucky and blessed to have met such wonderful women.

– The blogosphere: I’m grateful to have met so many interesting people I would never have had the opportunity to meet in person. I’ve also found lots of support in the blogosphere during my trying experiences and the launch of my new enterprise (my photography website) this year.

What are you thankful for this year?

And now, I invite you to have a little fun on your Thanksgiving day by making the yummiest turkey you’ll ever eat. The best part? You won’t have to cook it for hours! My son did this in his class last week and his brother and I helped a bit to finish it. All you need is a red apple, toothpicks, raisins, cranberries, marshmallows (1 big one, several little ones) and a gummy worm. If you’re looking for Thanksgiving craft activities to keep little kids entertained, this is a great one to try. I present you turkey art!

Thanksgiving craft - make a turkey with an apple

Thanksgiving craft – make a turkey with an apple

Happy Turkey Day!