Before I start..........I have to say Congratulations to the sweet Michelle over at Big Blueberry Eyes. Guess what???? The wait is over, little Lucas Tyler was born at 12:25am....I'm SO SO thrilled for Michelle, Joe and Kayla. Go on over and congratulate them :)
Come on let's head to my library together.
I don't think I have to explain my love for books or my weekend library trips, I mean really, if there's a library around I'm THERE. When I walk into mine now, the ladies smile and know my name....but then I wonder, are they smiling because they're happy to see me or because they're thinking "Oh good Lord, she's going to check out half the library again......quick hide the books"
Either way, I don't care, because the minute those doors open you get that library smell. You know what I'm talking about don't you? The book scent, you can literally smell the pages of every book on every shelf and it makes me giddy.....who needs drugs when you can have a good book? I personally think that they're as addictive!
So first let's drive there, it's a beautiful day outside, sunny, only a few very thin clouds splattered across the sky, it looks like whoever was in charge of setting up the clouds in the sky this morning, had to leave in a hurry LOL
When we first got to the base back in July of 2007, this overpass was under construction, the point is to connect the two sides of the base and not have the military families go through multiple gates in and out and in and out. It gets a little frustrating when you have to keep pulling out your ID card.......but it also gives quick access to the troops from the working side of the base to the housing area.
So on the 25th of January 2008, the bridge was opened and dedicated to Maj. Troy Gilbert, a Luke pilot who was killed in Iraq the same month construction began on the overpass in November 2006.
Curt and the kids don't like going over this bridge, something about the height and too curvy or whatever, I don't know, I don't pay attention to silly things like that, I just drive LOL
As soon as we come down on the other side, we continue ahead to the library, but on our left you will see the Base Chapel and the Airplane Park, where you find the static displays of Jets that used to fly.
And here we are at the Base Library. Oooohhhhhh Aaahhhhhhh, I get all excited just looking at it.
Here we are, now this is looking in from the entrance, to our right is the check out desk and ahead......well ahead is nothing but goodness, I'm seriously, just good wonderful books.
My first stop was the Children's room, the kids LOVE it in here.
The first thing Nicholas does is usually go on over to the ladybug and the other bean bags and lounge out, give him a book and he's a happy camper.
For him today, I picked out:
Miss Spider's Dashing Through the Snow
A Blue's Clues Holiday
Next time I'll be getting these:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Now we're moving to the Young Adult Section to get Jasmine some books.....
She LOVES this room and especially the shelf right in front of us, see it's filled with American Girl Books and she's absolutely addicted to them. After reading all of her Felicity books she is now moving to Molly......so I got her the first three in the series.
Meet Molly - Book 1
Molly Learns a Lesson - Book 2
Molly's Surprise - Book 3
So now that the kids are taken care of it's time for mommy and boy oh boy am I happy LOL
I love my children dearly and would do anything for them, if I have an idea of which books I'm getting and have the list with me, I take the kids with. But on days like today, where I just wanted to browse and see what I could find, what would get my attention, I prefer going alone and since Curt would rather stay at home with the kids, it works out just fine for me.
Here we are at the main reading room and you see those big brown leather chairs???
I tell you, they are the MOST comfortable chairs EVER. I try not to sit on there too long because if I do, I'm guaranteed to fall asleep with a dozen books surrounding me. I'm sure someone would find it hilarious and who knows my picture would probably appear in the base newspaper LOL
Without question one of my favorite sections to look through is this one.....the cookbooks!
I run my fingers through the spines of the books, I pull one out and browse through it, I put it back, I pull out another, I smell the pages (ok maybe this makes me weird but I can't help it).
You may wonder how I pick a book, by it's cover. I know, I know, what's the saying:
Never judge a book by it's cover
But that's what I do, what first catches my eye are the covers and I often will surpass any that don't appeal to me, anything that is too boring or not colorful and catchy. I like cute graphics on the front, or a yellow or pink cover, maybe a romantic couple in a beautiful landscape......ohhhhh landscapes. Anything with an old victorian house is sure to make it into my hands.
This time though, I didn't get any cookbooks, I stuck to one my newest favorite authors....Phillipa Gregory.
Earthly Joys - Phillipa Gregory
The Constant Princess - Phillipa Gregory
The Favored Child - Phillipa Gregory
Anne Boleyn - Norah Lofts
After reading "The Boleyn Inheritance" I've become so fascinated with King Henry VIII, his court, his wives, the whole shebang. So I'm looking for books that teach me more about it. Anne Boleyn was his second wife, the one that he sent to be beheaded on charges of adultery and incest so I picked up her biography and can't wait to read it.
Here's a few more links if you're interested:
History of the Monarchy
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Anne of Boleyn
Hever Castle was given to Anne of Cleves in1540 in her divorce from Henry VIII. Anne owned the Castle until her death in 1557.
So there we go, we have our books and we're ready to head back home.