The Whimsical Mama

<3 Such is the life of a stay at home mommy and Army wife (:

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 29 June – 5 July 2014 July 5, 2014

I’ve been quiet this week cause we’ve been on vacation and I made sure I had everything set up before we left. Staying at my hubby’s family’s beach cottage and there’s no wi-fi. Great to unplug for a bit, but also a bit inconvenient when it comes to blogging life. Hopefully everything I planned on reading gets read this week! Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July holiday if you’re a reader from the US! Don’t forget the giveaways I have going on! My Not So Super Sweet Life ebook by Rachel Harris giveaway, Infinite ARC by Jodi Meadows giveaway, and one starts tomorrow for an ebook copy of The Prince or The Guard by Kiera Cass! (:

Planned Beach Reads/Completed:

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris (ARC)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski(ARC)

Seamonster by Amalie Howard


Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (yes, we’re still working on it!)

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (paperback & audiobook) 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (audiobook)


Read to the Kiddos: (Didn’t really keep track and haven’t decided what books we’re taking)

Pete the Cat Too Cool for School

Ladybug Girl Says Good Night

New to my shelf:

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (YALLFEST prep, clearance sale!)

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare (clearance sale!)

Pete the Cat Too Cool For School by James Dean (trip bribery!)

Ladybug Girl Says Good Night by David Soman & Jacky Davis (trip bribery!)

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

From the library:

as usual, more audiobooks! (:

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore


From Angie’s giveaway (Thank you soooo much!):

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (ARC) 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

Percy Jackson & the Olympians 1-5 by Rick Riordan

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak 

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson 

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Of Triton by Anna Banks (signed!)


Happy Father’s Day! June 15, 2014

Happy Father’s Day to all the incredible men in my life and my children’s lives. My daddy, who has been there from day one! You’re an amazing dad and a great Papaw! My stepdad, Larry, who cared for me like I was his own and has stepped up to the role of Skipper for Punk and Bug. David who just recently came into our lives through his relationship with my mom. Punk and Bug love you so much already! My incredible husband, Tim. You are the best husband and father I could ever hope for our lives. Thank you for everything you do and we can’t wait until you come home! My father-in-law, Tim, who is a great man and Pa. Punk’s DYING to go fishing with his Pa! My Grandad, while we don’t always see eye to eye has always been one of the strongest presences in my life and I love him dearly. My step-grandfather, Larry, a loving and caring man who loves us like we were his blood! My grandfathers-in-law, two incredibly loving and special men. My step-great-grandfather, Pa Clark, such a sweet and loving man. And remembering today, my Papaw Wilson, who I didn’t get to know well, but enjoyed the time we did have and my Grandaddy Clark who was one of the best men I’ve ever known and named my son after. I have been blessed with great men in my life. Punk certainly has a lot of male role models in his life and I am so thankful for that. Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a Dad. I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Now for a bit of bookishness on this Father’s Day! Some of my favourite literary dads/father figures!

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

Remus Lupin, Harry Potter

Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter

Luke Garroway, The Mortal Instruments

Charles Force, Blue Bloods

Sirius Black, Harry Potter

Andy Kincain, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Sir, Snow Like Ashes



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