Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Five: Knotts and Waves

I can't believe another week has passed by, time really does fly!  It is Friday though, so it is time for Friday Five (#Friday5)  Come share 5 Thoughts and 5 Pictures from the week.  Oh and also, don't forget since it is the end of the month, you can also join in 10 Things to Smile About this Month.

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5 Thoughts

1. Eric and I finished watching Prison break last week.  We had never seen it but this summer started watching the entire series on Netflix.  Totally loved it, but now almost feel lost like what should we watch now that it is over?  Though football is starting today and soon our fall shows will start, so I think we will survive.

2. Saturday we went to Knotts Berry Farm for Eric's work party, and while we had a great time, I think everyone felt ready to go home.  I think we are still a little over it after going 14 times or so the previous year when we had passes.

3. If you ever need to get a hold of me- don't even bother on Tuesdays.  Tuesdays are my crazy days of helping in the classroom, homework, scouts and now soccer.  I've given up on getting anything done on a Tuesday.

4. Today Ryder and I were playing a little game of basketball with his small mini indoor hoop. I was blocking him, with my arms out, legs spread apart. After he realized he couldn't get around me, he just ducked and went right under my legs.  He was quite proud of himself for that one.

5. The waves are crazy here in California right now, thanks to a hurricane way off shore, watching the videos of them is just crazy. I know I could barely handle the big waves we had a couple of weeks ago, I cannot imagine trying to go on waves like these ones.

5 Pictures
Riding one of the small coasters in Camp Snoopy
They did like trying out the new rides that have been installed since we had passes
My bean bag blanket stand in action, pre-photo shoot 
My studio (i.e. living room) post newborn photo shoot
Ryder with all his animals in bed
Join me in sharing your Friday 5.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'll Be With You

In my church we have a program called Visiting Teaching, two women are assigned to teach and visit with a few other women every month.  The program is wonderful as not only does someone come and share a spiritual message every month, but the hope and design of the program is to help the women be there for each other, so that someone will know if you ever have a need or problem.   I know I have called my visiting teachers many times, including one time when my car battery died and they have come to my rescue.

This week my visiting teachers came by to visit me.  They are both moms like me, one with a few kids (only two not in school now though) and one has just one baby boy.  I actually did newborn shots of each of their youngest boys over a year ago now.

Before they came, I told Ryder some friends were coming over.  When they arrived he was greatly disappointed to see the friends were 1-year-old boys.  However, there was also a little girl who is around three.

I suggested to Ryder that he take her upstairs and show her the toys in the playroom.  She shook her head no, feeling a little shy and not wanting to go.

Ryder then said "Did you know I have a new toy microphone.  I got it for my birthday, it plays music, you might like that."

She again shook her head no.

"It's okay." I assured him, "she is probably just a little shy and wants to stay by her mom."

He then replied, while reaching out his hand "It's okay, I'll be with you."

It was the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Sadly, she did not take him up on the offer; they did however go outside and play together for a little while.

I so often think of Ryder as my baby, just ask him, I still call him "my baby" to which he of course replies, "I am not a baby, babies' are less than 1!"  but at other times he seems so big.  Oh motherhood.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ten Things to Smile About This Month

It's the last Tuesday of the month so time for 10 Things to Smile About this month. (#10Things) This is a great way to look back, even after those hard months, and realize that there was something to smile about.  If you don't have your list ready for today, don't worry, the linky will be open for two weeks!

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10 Things to Smile About in August

1. School started! This can be a happy and sad thing, but my kids love their teachers and are happy about it, so it is definitely worth smiling about.

2. Our Yes Day!  Which happened right at the beginning of the month before school started.

3. Rain!!  Now we just need lots more.

4. Discovering a new book store- a Goodwill one, so many awesome books for so cheap! Oh and I got to enjoy it all by myself while all of my kids were in school!

5. Date night with sushi!

6. Having a babysitter we adore- who we used a ton this month!  Sadly she is moving away to college next week, we will miss her.

7. Beach Day!

8. Date night with my husband!  It was another company night at Six Flags, this is the third time we have gone to this and by far the most empty it has ever been, we literally walked on every ride but one (which we waited 10 minutes for).  In 3 1/2 hours we went on 12 rides.
Hot and sweaty and wind blown (from the rides) but having a blast!
9. Having a fun day at Knotts Berry Farm with the family- it was a my husband's company party, so our tickets were free-score!  It was a fun day, though it left us all exhausted.  Oh and this was the day after Eric and I went to Six Flags- yes we are crazy.

10. Photographing this little guy just yesterday, he made me work for those sleepy pictures, but I love it in the end.

What made you smile this month?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Romance, Mystery and Murder- a Book Review of Willow Springs

Want a fun fiction novel in a historical type setting?  One full of romance, mystery, and even murder?   Then Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele might be the perfect book for you.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Crissa Engleson is trying to make a new start in a new small town in rural Utah in the 1800's. The town is usually quiet mining town, except for when the miners come into town and stir up trouble. Crissa, an immigrant from Sweden, has been taken in by the Inn keepers family and is enjoying working in the Inn's restaurant. 

When she first sees Drake Adams it is love at first sight. But can the son of the richest man in the area really love a poor immigrant and if he does, will Crissa's dark past catch up with her, or will she have to run again?

This is a quick pace book with twists and turns and a plot that keeps getting thicker and more intriguing. When you begin the book it feels like it is going to be so cliche and almost simple, but as the twists keep coming the plot sucks you in more and more.

While the book does take place in Utah, there are very minimal references to the LDS religion and it is not a book about someone's faith or religious beliefs. The book does deal with some darker subjects, murder, death, rape, etc. but does so in a way free of vulgar language or graphic imagery. I really enjoyed the book and after writing up this review almost want to read it again!

You can find Willow Springs at the following:
Cedar Fort-Paperback//Cedar Fort e-book//Amazon

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday 5

Friday 5 Time! (#Friday5)  Join me every Friday for an easy way to end the week by recapping with 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.

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5 Things 
1. This past weekend Lucas took his turn getting sick, fever stuffy and throw up.  Thankfully, he is old enough now he can make it to the toilet.  Never fun, he even missed a day of school already; last year he had perfect attendance.

2. Before Lucas got sick, he did on Saturday night, we enjoyed a day at the beach. The waves were bigger than I have ever seen them.

3.  I serve in my church on the Public Relations committee.  As part of my calling I also work closely with our cities service council.  Last night I attended  (and took pictures at-I take pictures at lots of city events now) a Pastors Round Table.  It was a dinner and meeting for all of the pastors of all of the churches and city leaders.  There was over 30 pastors that attended, the Mayor and several city council members.  It was so awesome to see everyone come together, despite different beliefs and different doctrines, all unite together to try and figure out how we can all work together to help serve in our city and make it stay a wonderful place that it is.

4. It rained!  In fact it totally poured for several hours.  It was wonderful, now we just need many many more days like that.

5.  I found a new store yesterday it was a Goodwill book store-- so a goodwill store but only books.  Yeah, very dangerous for me.  Let's just say the kids all got a lot of "new" books yesterday.

5 Pictures
Eating lunch in some shade at the beach-notice Lucas, he was starting to not feel good
Sunday- totally sick
Soccer season has begun- just Alex playing this time
The clouds right before the rain
Book heaven
What made your 5 this week?  Oh and make sure to come back this Tuesday for 10 Things to Smile About this month.  Your Friday 5 list can be a great jumping off point for that list!