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The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
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Cathedral Cats by Richard Surman
Civil Wars by David Moats
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Day of Reckoning by Jack Higgins
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Doctor Who: The Myth Makers by Donald Cotton
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
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The Last Girls by Lee Smith
The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Doghouse by Horace J Elias
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madelene L'Engle
Whispers by Dean Koontz
Wild Crimes by Dana Stabenow
A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Miscellaneous:
Almost Ready for Harriet
Blankets Back on the Bed
A Busy Month of Guests
A Crib for Harriet
An Early Birthday Party
Getting Ready for Harriet
Good News for Sean's School
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No More Non-Stress Tests
One Last Ultrasound
That Darned Sock
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Comments for One More Trip Around the Sun

Castle in the AirOne More Trip Around the Sun: 08/18/06

Sean's birthday is actually on Sunday but this is the last day of preschool before it closes for a two-week summer vacation. That mean's today is Sean's school birthday party! When a child has a birthday they are asked to walk around a sun that is in the center of the room while the teacher reads a little story about their life so far. I wrote the report for Sean but he got final approval on the five pictures we used, one for each day of his birthday from his actual birth to each year up to now. Meanwhile, Ian had his first try at making cupcakes.

For the cupcakes we were asked to get sugar free ones because the kids are also having a going away party for Charlie. His mom has been transferred to a different state for her job so the family is moving next week. I'm going to miss Charlie. He's a really nice boy.

If anyone is interested in Ian's modified cupcake recipe, here it is:

Sugar free orange honey cupcakes

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup orange honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix butter, honey and vanilla together into a separate bowl. Add eggs one at a time to honey mixture. Then add milk. Fold in flour mixture.

Spoon one large dollop into 18 cupcake spots. Bake at 350° F for 25 minutes.

The kids at school will be decorating their cupcakes so we didn't frost them. I'm sure any type of frosting will taste good. Ian and I tried a cupcake each last night and they were lovely. The cupcake had a faint hint of orange to it.