Thursday, November 28, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List–Puppy Kisses, Thanksgiving Fun and Food


I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving!!

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141. Little boys that love to play fetch with cute dogs!

142. Pound puppies on Netflix – Sammy loves it!

143. Perler beads for Sammy to turn into ornaments

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144. Comfy new sofa

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145. Thanksgiving day parade

146. Hot coffee on cold mornings

147. First snow of the year (even if it didn’t stick)

148. I never thought I would say this –> pretty fake Christmas tree

149. A handmade felt nativity set

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150. A Thanksgiving meal just the 3 of us

151. A wonderful husband that helps me with so many things

152. Great books to read while sipping coffee under a blanket

153. Baptisms (terrible picture – but Nicia got baptized last Sunday)

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154. Holiday traditions of unwrapping a book (or two) each day until Christmas

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155. Fenced in backyard for the dogs to play in

156. Toy rotation that engages Sammy for an even longer time

157. Puppy kisses on toes

158. Christmas carols on the radio until Christmas!

159. Legos – enough said

160. Backup glasses and ordering replacement glasses online for a fraction of the price!!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fall Fun List–Final Update

Well we finished over half of our list.  I would say that was a pretty great way to celebrate this fall!  I am in the works of creating our Christmas fun list!! Here is the final list and what we completed!  

Fall Fun List:

1. Apple Picking


2. Visit our local pumpkin patch and take pictures (I will post the good ones soon, this is the only one I got with my phone)

3. Smores over the fire pit

4. Leaf Rubbing

5. Make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

6. Decorate a pumpkin – minion pumpkin (We finished the yellow one!  The puppies ate the purple one.. yes you read that right!!!)

7. Decorate the house for fall

8. Fill our bird feeder

9. Candy corn fraction art

10. Make a few spider pops for friends

11. Take pictures in a pile of leaves

12. Read our apple books

13. Read our pumpkin books

14. Read our thanksgiving books

15. Make this thanksgiving craft

16. Make this cute Jack-o-lantern quesadilla

17. Make Frozen boo-nana pops

18. Make this cute Indian corn craft

19. Make marshmallow pops

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20. Make Pumpkin spice playdough(I ran out of red food coloring so it was yellow pumpkin spice playdough)

21. Candy corn footprint craft

22. Make a leaf turkey for Thanksgiving 

23. Make Dutch Apple Cake

24. Watch the That’s How a Pumpkin Grows video

25.Make pumpkin bread

26. Make handprint turkey craft

27. Make pumpkin moon sand

28. Make pumpkin gak

29. Make apple scented cloud dough

30. Complete a corn maze

Thursday, November 21, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List–Popcorn, Insurance, School Fun

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131. Popcorn for snack time – it’s yummy, cheap, and fast

132. Putting up our outside Christmas lights last weekend while it was warm

133. Fake Christmas trees so I don’t have to worry about the puppies chewing on it (like they would a real tree)

134. Health insurance that covers 100% of everything after our deductible (jut a few of the first bills we have seen from Sammy’s hospital stay)

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135. Snuggly puppies that like to cuddly (or use you to get on the sofa *winks*)

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136. Antibiotics that kick in quickly and cure nasty sinus infections

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137. Fun activities from Little Passports (oragami boat)

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138. Get well flowers from my guys

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139. Netflix and the amazing entertainment and learning we gain from it!

140. Fun science lessons

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday–Kitty Pile

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Two weeks ago we went to Atlanta for Tim’s training.  Sammy and I got to tag along on the trip!  We stayed with his sister and brother-in-law that lives there.  Sammy’s favorite part is that she does animal rescue work and had lots of kitties while we were there!  Here is 4 out of the 5 litter mates! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

September Droid Dump

Now that I am using Instagram so much I haven’t done as good of a job of sharing my cell phone pictures!  Since not all of you follow me on Instagram here is what happened in the September pictures!

Morning beach snuggles on the couch:

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My beach reading material – review coming next week!

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A night at the beach (a family getting photos taken and a helicopter flying around):

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Sammy and his flat friends on a very windy beach:

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My best friend Katie hates the sand.. so I buried her in it *winks*:

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September in Myrtle Beach (that spec is Sammy):

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The wind was whipping this day and it was apparent by the waves.  North Myrtle is usually pretty calm!

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Riding the train up to the top of the putt putt mountain:

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My boys behind bars.. Sammy was cracking me up pouting behind them:

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Legos at the beach:

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My first PSL of the season.. it felt kinda wrong to be drinking it at the beach.  I think I will wait until I get back next year to have one:

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Krazy Kolorz ice cream cone on our last night at the beach:

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Still totally cracks me up:

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Sammy and Flat Noelle reading a book together at the library:

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Joel and Marky were checking out the toys:

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My lapdog.. she is a big one but oh so sweet!

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Sammy after he earned his Awana vest:

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My parents went on an amazing trip to Yellowstone and brought Sammy back this super cute sweatshirt!  They also brought him his new favorite book, “Who Pooped in the Park?”

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Tim rocking out at church (on bass in the back of the photo):

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It’s Redskins season so the frowning clown has made his appearance on top of my school bookshelf:

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The day of the lost teeth (number 1 (he had already lost the top one):

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Number 2 of the day (other bottom one):

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Number 3 (the other top tooth).. yes all in one day! We celebrated with Chick-Fil-A.  He is now down 2 more with only 2 partial adult teeth in on the bottom!

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Tim’s parent’s dog was cracking me up.  She looks like a Jedi:

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Crazy hat night at Awana = Daddy’s beach hat:

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I am going to work on getting caught up on a few other things these next few weeks!  I am feeling better to only be behind on one month of cell phone pictures!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Catching Fire Prize Pack [A Giveaway]

I don’t go see many movies at the theater.. I love to be able to pause a movie and grab a snack or go to the bathroom!  Also, being a one income family doesn’t allow us to splurge on many movies!  However, there are several movies that justify the cost of tickets to be seen on the big screen.  One of those movies is Catching Fire!  I have read all of the books and I can’t wait for the Catching Fire movie to come out on Friday! I saw the first movie when it came out to theater and it did not disappoint!!

I have watched the Catching Fire trailer so many times that I know this movie is going to be great!

I received a super awesome Catching Fire prize pack with all sorts of Catching Fire goodies!  I have been putting the screen cleaner to great use!  It sticks on your phone case and you pull it off and clean the screen really quickly!  I also used it to clean my laptop screen that was full of puppy nose print and 6 year old finger prints! 

Tim is sporting the official movie T-shirt and a smirk of amusement at my request for his picture:

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I have the opportunity to give away one prize pack to you guys as well!  You have a chance to win:

- One (1) movie poster

- One (1) official movie T-shirt with Mockingjay logo

- Two (2) wristbands 

- One (1) iPhone cleaner

- One (1) iPhone dot

To enter the giveaway please use the rafflecopter widget below:

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I received a prize pack in order to post this on my blog.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Answers Book for Kids Volume 5&6 [A Review]

This month, Master Books sent us The Answers Book for Kids volume 5 and volume 6. Volume 5 is comprised of 20 questions from kids on Space and Astronomy and Volume 6 contains 22 questions from kids on Babel and the Ice Age.

Sammy really loved these books!  He likes that they are questions that he would ask!  Sammy is really into space right now, so we have been tackling a couple of questions each day out of this book.  We went on vacation last week.  I forgot to take the book with us and Sammy was asking where it was!

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Sammy and I studied about Babel and the Ice Age last year in history.  This book would have been super helpful in answering a few questions that came up during that study.  Like “How did animals make it to America after the flood?” and “Is the tower of Babel still here?”.

These books are very colorful throughout!  There is a question on one page and an answer on the next with lots of eye catching graphics!

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There are other books in this series that answer questions on Creation and the Fall, Dinosaurs and the  Flood of Noah, God and the Bible, and Sin, Salvation, and Christian Life.

The age recommendation for this series is 6-12.  I completely agree about the age range.  Sammy is 6.5 (he would want me to point that out) and some of these questions are way over his head.  However, there are plenty of them in this book that are on his level.

Are you thinking “that’s great but my kids are teenagers” or “I’m the one with questions?”  Good news!  Master Books has you covered with that too!  They have a Teens series and one for everyone else.

Do your kids ask lots of questions?  Do you not always have time to do the research to find the answer? Then check out the Book and a Treat Facebook Party on Tuesday, November 19th at 9pm EST.  


Book Facts:

  • 48 pages (both books)
  • hardback
  • 6” X6” in size
  • 7.99 for volume 5 or volume 6
  • Or you can buy the download of the books for 5.99!
  • Age recommendation is 6-12


As a moms of master books reviewer, I received a copy of the above books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not changed for this review. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Picking

We made our yearly trip to our local pumpkin patch at the beginning of October.  Since our friends that usually join us are in London we took their flat versions with us!!


Sammy and his buddies with The Great Pumpkin:


I need to make a collage of these from all the years we have gone.  I remember when he had to use a little step stool and pull himself up so he could get his picture taken as the great pumpkin!


We had fun picking out the perfect pumpkins from the patch


The sun was right I your face at this picture spot.  But I love seeing it all decorated that I couldn’t not include it!