Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Now That My Kids Are in School

Everyone keeps asking me what I do with all my time now that all of my kids are in school.  Yes for three glorious hours a day- five days a week, I am totally kid free.  So what do I do?

1. I eat whatever junk and snacks I want all morning long.

2. I watch HGTV, while pretending to fold laundry and eating chocolate.  Yes, it sometimes occasionally means I have to rewash clothes when I get chocolate on them.

3. I play games on my iPad, lots and lots of games.

4. I run through the stores skipping and laughing as I am shopping all by myself!

5. When shopping lots of things magically jump into my cart.  When you have time to browse, well it's dangerous.

6. I crank up the music as loud as I can and dance.

Okay so those all might have been completely false slightly exaggerated, okay maybe only some of them are true.

To be honest, even being almost a month into the school year, the mornings just fly by and I feel like I don't have any time to just sit around and enjoy the quiet.  Not to mention that I have volunteered to spend some of that free time at the school, with the children I am supposed to be getting a break from.

Crazy right?

Actually, it's not. I love being a mom.  I love being involved in my kids lives and being able to see a bit more inside of their worlds at the school.  I even kind of miss them when they are gone...

though I do like the extra chocolate I can eat.
My three crazy kids-- who would have thought I would miss them.
What stage of life are you in? Are your kids all gone at school, still home, just have fur babies?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Throne of David: A Must Read

I love reading!  I like all kinds of books, usually I am not too harsh of a critique either.  If it entertains me, doesn't completely gross me out or offend me, and has compelling characters I am usually a fan.   But it is rare and more far between when I find a book that I have a truly hard time putting down.

This was the case with The Throne of David by Ann Farnsworth.  I was given a copy of this book to review.

The Book:
The book begins when a mysterious letter is delivered to the Prince of Wales 32 years after it was posted. Hinting of a secret royal marriage, the letter raises the specter of an unknown heir to the British throne and sets in motion a desperate race for the truth. The search sets David Lord, an American accountant, against the unlimited resources of the Royal Protection Service (the SO14) who do whatever it takes to protect the King of England.
Critical to settling the issues spawned by the letter is locating the coronation stone, one of the holiest artifacts of the Hebrew nation and a companion to the Ark of the Covenant, of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ fame. The coronation stone legend originates in ancient Israel and travels, over time, to Ireland, Scotland and London. The revered stone is currently on display in Edinburgh castle.
Or is it?
Mounting evidence indicates that the genuine coronation stone disappeared before it ever reached Westminster Abbey. The sacred stone Mr. Lord uncovers could prove the downfall of the House of Windsor or validate their divine right to rule through the ancient Throne of David.
My Review: 
  Right from the beginning this story drew me in.  There is mystery and intrigue and a wonder of what truly happened.  This book truly does feel like the Raiders of the Lost Ark at times, with it's historical and religious history that ties into their search for a treasure or the truth.  I am not a history or religious scholar, but it all felt very authentic and added greatly to the story.
   There is murder, romance, mystery, suspense and even faith throughout this story.  It really is very compelling and great read.  There was also some great twists that I did not expect.  I highly recommend this book.   Even with all of the action and suspense the book is still what I classify as a clean book.

You can purchase the book at the following:
  Barnes and Nobel//Amazon 

Find Out More About the Book and the Author at:
 Author's Website//Facebook//Twitter//

Have you read any good books lately?  I am looking for a new good book to read.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Best of the Blogosphere: Week 34

Hello again! We're happy to see you at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party! We're all busy now that school's back in session. How about you?
My favorite post this week came from Stephanie of the Vintage Modern Wife. She share this easy and adorable waterfall braid tutorial, that I think I could even tackle.

Definitely check out her blog, as she truly is a rock-star mom who has more strength and courage then I could ever imagine.

Your favorites this week? Everyone loves a story about a new baby so it was hands down the #1 post! The others? You'll just have to read on and see. 
Introducing Miss Ivie- Lou Lou Girls

Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake- Only Taste Matters

Summer Corn Chowder
Summer Corn Chowder- A Cowboy's Life

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Five: Angels, Girls Night and a Desk

Friday! Friday!  Which means Friday 5! #Friday5  Just share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures and boom, easy fun post!

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5 Thoughts

1. It was a busy weekend, Alex had as soccer tournament and then we went straight from that to the Angels Baseball game.  It was Eric's work summer party.  Eric participated in the hot dog eating contest and did not actually win, a 13 year-old girl did.  But she also had a two hot-dog handicap.

2. Soccer season is now in full swing since Ryder's practices have begun.  Four days a week I am running kids to soccer... plus scouts... plus chorus which Alex joined again.  So yeah, life is a bit busy.

3. Had a much needed girls night last night.  We just hung out and all talked way too late into the night, it was fun!

4. It is going to happen, my craft room that is!  Yesterday I ran to the thrift stores and I found a great desk for only $30!  I had to do some crazy maneuvering to get it out of the car all by myself when I got home.  I am so excited to paint it and just get the whole craft room put together.

5. It has been really hot again all week, triple digits.  I am over it!  I sometimes wonder how I survived living in Arizona where triple digits were an all too common thing.

5 Pictures
The Habit Burger
Dinner on our date night--so so good! 
Angels Baseball Game
My family at the Angels game
Soccer practice.... where I spend a lot of my time
One of my favorite lunches now-- there are so many different good kinds, I added the avocado 
Moving a desk
What I had to do to get the desk out

What is your Friday Five?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Art of Manipulation

Life is full of lessons.  There are always those little moments, those fleeting times that a lesson can be learned.  When you are a parent, your goal is to take advantage of those perfect times.

The other day Alex asked if I could get her tea-set down.  Ryder overheard and asked Alex if he could play with her.

"Well," she began, "you might be able to, but first I have to invite some other guests first.  Like my doll."  she said pulling her doll from her shelf.

"There are still more cups." he pleaded innocently.

"And some of my stuffed animals might want to go." she quickly added.

This continued on for several minutes, and finally Ryder left.  Ryder is no dummy, he knew where this was going, he had experienced it before.

Instead, he came downstairs to play a game of baseball with his Dad.

"Alex," I called up to her, recognizing this teaching moment.  I reminded her that she should be grateful she has a brother who still wants to play tea party with her (Lucas wouldn't be caught dead doing that now) and that she usually is always wanting him to play with her.  I told her it was fine if she didn't want to play with him, but she just needed to tell him she wanted to play by herself, rather than the little mind games.   I told her it is better to just be honest and straight forward with people.

Alex returned to her room.

"Oh, who should I have come to my tea party?" she said rather loudly.  "It is just so hard to decide!  Ryder do you know who I should have come?" she almost pleaded.

I don't think my eyes could have rolled any further back into my head at this point.

"Oh who should come?" she said again and again.

Did she not just listen to a thing I said, was she really playing this game right then.  Part of my talk had sunk in, she obviously now wanted Ryder to play, but not humble enough to admit her mistake and just ask him to play.

After she called down several times Ryder responded "your stuffed animals should have a contest then you will know which one to invite."

At this point it was all I could do to constrain myself from busting out laughing.  I just wanted to run over and kiss him; his completely innocent comment shut down his sister's manipulative tirade.

"But it would be too hard to play both of my stuffed animals in a contest." she said still trying to dig her way out of this one.  "Couldn't you come just be one?"

Eventually he did end up having a tea party with Alex and they had a great time.

I wonder what my next teaching moment will be... and if it will even sink in.
Her royal majesty...