Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life's Ride

Sometimes life is just all smiles...

Sometimes it is a bit of a ride...

Sometimes it can be downright scary and freeze you in fear...

Sometimes you can pick up bad habits along the way....
(like sticking out your tongue when you concentrate just like your mother)

Sometimes life requires us to slow down and really contemplate what is going on...

And sometimes you just get sick of your mom taking your picture...

But life is ride, so enjoy it.

The good, the bad and those just kind of boring moments in between.  Just never forget that you are loved and what the final destination is.

That is the ride of life.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drone Games: A Book Review and Giveaway

Have you ever read one of those books that you know is fiction but it seems like it could so easily be real?   That is how I felt when I read Drone Games by Joel Narlock.  I was given a copy to review.

Technology can definitely be a double-edged sword; when a new bird like flying drone, meant for exploration of Mars, ends up in the wrong hands, things turn deadly.

This fast paced suspenseful book about domestic terrorism plays out so detailed and with such realistic detail that it seems like it could have or could truly happen. The book jumps between the thoughts/actions of the terrorists and those working for homeland security and the government trying to stop them.  

It was eerily fascinating to read and I liked how the mindset and thinking of terrorists was shared. The author either has a lot of background dealing in domestic terrorism or did a lot of research as it all seemed so realistic and accurate.  Yet, even with this realism and attention to detail, the book is not so overwhelmed by the details that is slows down the story or became to much for me to read and comprehend.  The story moves very quickly and I definitely found myself pulling for the good guys, wanting them to succeed

The book is definitely setting itself up for a sequel and I definitely will want to read the next book.
If you enjoy authors like Brown or Clancy or shows like "24",  I think you will really enjoy this book. 

You can buy your own copy of Drone Games at the following locations:
Cedar Fort//Amazon//Barnes And Nobel//

You can also read more about the book and the author Joel Narlock on his website.

And today I have a copy of the book to give away to one of you, call it an early birthday present from me.  Enter using the rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway will end November 2nd, with winner being announced on the 3rd.  Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Drone Games to review, all feelings and opinions are my own and truthful.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Five: Towers of Ice Cream

With no school Monday this week flew by but I am still glad it is Friday!  Join me for Friday 5, share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.

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5 Thoughts

1. This week Ryder had a field trip to the pumpkin patch with his preschool class.  They began by going into the petting zoo.  He stood there, his fingers flexing open and closed, he wanted to pet those animals, but he just wasn't sure if he dared.  After a minute or two and watching the other kids in his class, he was soon petting everything and trying to pet the duck which just liked to run away.

2. Lucas for a while was not sure if he even wanted to dress up for Halloween, he did and then he didn't.  Now we are back onto him wanting to so I need to hurry and get him a costume; he wants to be a police officer.

3. Yesterday I started a load of laundry first thing in the morning very shortly after I woke up, that way I would be able to get a good jump and stay on top of laundry.  I put that load into the dryer at 8:00 at night... so much for my early start.

4. It is finally getting cooler here, though it is still in the low 80's- but I am totally pretending like it is fall here and busted out my new boots yesterday.  I love tall boots.  I can't really decide if I am a fan of the ankle boots which are in this season.  I think it will be one of those things I think looks good on other people but not on me.

5. I had another photo shoot this weekend and two more coming up in the next two weeks, two little baby shoots coming up (not newborns though), so excited and busy!

5 Pictures

Alex's soccer team- three red-heads on her team! 
Family night treat- we do it right!
Common Core math drives me buggy!
After reading a stack of library books to him I just couldn't keep my eyes open and told him I needed a nap, when I woke up I found him like this, I guess he needed a nap too
Sneak peak from my session this weekend-cute kids!
What is your Friday 5 this week?  Link up below!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Always a Winner

Ryder likes winning... a lot.

If we are playing a guessing game, he will wait until he hears what everyone else says before making his guess.  If it is a trivia type game he will just simply refuse to answer rather than being wrong.  Game playing can get interesting and he and I have had many talks about how it is just fun to play and you really shouldn't cry when you lose.

The other day as Alex and Lucas did their homework, Alex informed Ryder that he would win since he was on her team and she was going to finish her homework first (a twenty-minute bathroom break by Lucas put him way behind-- but that is a whole other post).

Ryder with a twinkle in his eyes said "I am actually on the team of the person who finishes last, that is the team that is going to win."
He may look innocent but he is on top of his game
Alex baffled replied, "but I thought you were on my team?   I am going to finish first, so I will be the winner."

Ryder: "No, Lucas' team, the team that finishes last is the winning team as he is going to give me a toy."

Apparently Lucas likes winning too..... and isn't above bribery.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: Old School Blogging

I am linking up with some Old School Blogging today with Elaine and this time's co-host Krystyn of Really Are you Serious. #OSBlog

This time it is all about favorites.

1. Sit down restaurant: I love going out to eat so this could be about any- but let's go really high end and say, Flemmings- super fancy, amazing service and food but definitely a very rare occurrence as it is extremely expensive. 

2. Cookie- sugar cookies with yummy frosting, though No Bake Cookies are a close second

3. Bath Product Scent- um I really have hardly any sense of smell, so I honestly don't really think about this, so something more neutral, not too flowery as since I can't smell very well I wouldn't realize if it was too much.

4. TV Shows: Person of Interest, Marvel's Agent of Shield, Downton Abbey,  and my guilty pleasure Scandal.  

5. Flower/plant-any sort of flowering tree, I love it when they are in bloom. 

6. Bad-for-me-snack- crackers and cream cheese, or really any kind of cheese, I love cheese.  

7. Magazines- I don't get any, I used to get Reader's Digest and loved that. I do like looking through People at the doctor's office

8. Hobby: Photography (though it's a business too), reading, writing, tole-painting (painting on wood)

9. Holiday: Christmas, I love decorating for Christmas and our three Christmas trees, and I love the excitement of the kids, the spirit of Christmas, and of most importantly celebrating our Savior's birth

10. Girls Night Out Activity- a crafting night, where we all get together and bring projects we are working on, eat snacks and visit and talk. 

11. Date Night- Dinner and a movie is definitely our most common date night, but really I am up for anything as I always have fun with my husband as he really is my best friend.  We have had a lot of fun hitting up Knotts or Six Flags just the two of us. 
Date night about to go on Superman
Join in with some Old School Blogging and would love to know what your favorite holiday is?