Monday, November 20, 2023

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

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What's new with Ashleigh?

I can't believe it's nearly Thanksgiving! Where has the time flown? I swear, in my head it's still August.

This year, we are going to Mr. Steven's brother's house in Rhode Island. It's about a 2-hour drive for the entire family, so it makes sense. My sister-in-law sent out an invite that we were all welcome after 11, with dinner at 2 followed by football.

But that doesn't work for me. It interferes with one of my Thanksgiving traditions: watching the Thanksgiving Day parade. While the floats are interesting, I've always loved the watching the Broadway numbers. I've passed this tradition to my children, who are excited to see Snoopy, the Pokemon ball, the dancers, the Paw Patrol float, and, of course, Santa.

Mr. Stevens, however, has another tradition. He's participating in a 5K to benefit a local homeless shelter. (I applaud his effort. I just have no interest in joining him.) The course goes right by our street, so I may send the kids down the road to cheer for him. I'll be too busy making some last-minute foods to bring with us to the dinner.

But all that has me thinking:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

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Dreamland Part 1

Dreamland Part 1
The Fabric of Dreams

A world of imagination. A child of prophecy. With evil on the horizon, can he save a wondrous land?

For as long as he can remember, Eric has always had vivid dreams. When the lines start to blur between sleep and reality, he and his parents begin a desperate hunt for answers. But after he slips into a coma, Eric enters an amazing enchanted dimension where he’s forced to fulfil an ancient destiny and defeat a nightmarish enemy.

Discovering he possesses incredible powers, Eric begins a punishing training schedule with an eccentric queen to ready himself for battle against his dangerous foe. Faced with aliens, dinosaurs, and vicious gargoyles, this young hero must master his gift quickly if he’s to defend the realm from a terrible fate.

Can Eric destroy the coming doom and rescue a kingdom of magic?

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The Determiner

The Determiner

Henry will do anything to save his father. Even if it means keeping secrets. Big ones.

Thirteen-year-old Henry Miller knows he's not typical. And it's not just because he's the president's son. When a mysterious assassin attacks him after school, Henry uncovers a strange power: the world slows down while he speeds up--stronger and faster than his short, stout body has ever been. Trouble is, Henry can't seem to talk about it. Literally. Or make this new strength happen at will. If he could, he might be able to help some people, and to be seen as his own person instead of just a politician's kid.

Instead, he's stuck navigating the daunting world of White House ushers and antiques, maids and security. As if that's not enough, there's his fancy new school with its formidable principal and the senator's snotty daughter. In the midst of it all, Henry feels a little lost and a lot useless.

Until he and his best friend Lucy uncover a plot to assassinate his father.

But the closer Henry gets to finding the assassin, the more he begins to wonder if it's really the president at stake. Or is his father just a pawn in a game where they need to find the king?

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