Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Clarice's first trip to the beach

We had a lot of fun at Hilton Head Island this past weekend.  The kids did so great on the made me feel guilty for being so worried.  


we stayed at Coral Sands Resort

It isn't easy taking beach pictures...

I got to meet up with my friend Sherry!
Glasses Twinsies!  :)

Grammy bought Clarice a pair of sunglasses and in this picture she looks like she is ready to join a band...
 And she didn't want her picture taken which made it even more funny!

We even attended a Time-Share session so we were able to get free dinner coupons!  
It would be nice to go back during the off season soon.  I also made a video of our trip here. 



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mini Readathon next weekend?

Hey there friends!  Do we want to have a Mini Readathon on Saturday July 21 through Sunday July 22?  I say "mini" because quite a few of us have small children running around and will only get so much reading done.  Maybe I've been watching too much BookTube, but I thought it would be fun.
This is a picture of me reading Bring Me A Bowl of Ice Cream with it's highly anticipated sequel coming out next year...Bring Me Another Bowl of Ice Cream.    ;)

Some of the books on my TBR (to be read) are...

I know four books sounds ambitious...especially for me since I'm lucky if I can read four books in a month.  It will still be fun to load up on lots of yummy snacks and enjoy reading!

Just let me know if anyone is interested.  I'll try to do a recap post on that following Monday listing each book, how many pages, and what I thought of it.    :)



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

recent pictures

Clarice got to spend the night with her grandparents recently.  She was so excited about packing her bag.  She looks like a sweet little old lady in this picture!

We have been watching the Polar Express movie...a lot.  Lance even likes to use the hole puncher and say, "tickets please!"

Our town has an amazing new book store.  This is a picture of the children's section.

Clarice got to attend a preschool party last Friday night.  Matt and Lance and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

I checked this one out from the library.  Her voice is very pleasant, but I was hoping for a pat on the hand and instead got a kick in the pants.  Think Jen Hatmaker with less humor and a lot less Jesus. 
I wish I could find a women's book that will tell me I'm doing a great job and just to go take a!

I listen to stuff like this so one day I can answer questions at Thursday  night trivia...

Clarice has a balance bike with no brakes.  We are going to buy her a bike with training wheels (and brakes) on the next payday. 

Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Review: Brightly Burning

I recently came across the book Brightly Burning on the library website, and I am so glad I did especially since I haven't heard about it anywhere else.  With a nod to Bronte's Jane Eyre, Alexa Donne has written a romantic and suspenseful novel that will captivate young adult readers.  

The main character Stella Ainsley is just barely getting by working on the ship the Stalwart.  When an opportunity to transfer over to the Rochester comes up, she knows it is her only way out of poverty.  

It doesn't take long to discover strange things happening around her...even an eerie laugh she hears on her very first night there.  Motivating factors to stay onboard include great food and forgetting about water rations.  It also helps when the handsome Captain Hugo arrives on ship.  Is there something more going on this strange craft orbiting the moon?  Why are people taking bets for how long Stella will last?

I really enjoyed this book.  My only problem was in the last fifty pages things were getting wrapped up and I was thinking....NO!  There is a second book here (at least)!!  This is one of the very few books I've read where I was really disappointed that it didn't turn into a trilogy.  This book could have easily.  Oh well.  Hope you enjoy it if you check it out!


Thursday, June 21, 2018

VBS 2018...Game On!

In all honesty, I wasn't really looking forward to VBS this year.  I've worked with nice people over the last few years, but some of them just go a little overboard with the decorations and crafts.  But this year I was paired with a lady named Brenda Sue who used to be our church secretary a long time ago.  She is so sweet and so easy-going.  I just love her!  Working with her was so fun and I looked forward to coming to work each day this week. 

And of course the kids had a lot of fun too!

Brenda Sue and I were in charge of Preschool Missions.  I've never actually been on a mission!  It was so sweet to read a Bible story each day, show a short video, and then play a game.  On one of the videos we watched was about a missionary named Jeff (I think) in West Baltimore.  He created a group called 10:12 Sports.  I was just reading from the notebook they gave us, but Brenda Sue also set a Bible on the table to show the kids our Missions Play Book.   On the last day (today)  I turned in the Bible to 2 Samuel 10:12 to see the verse they were talking about.  I couldn't believe my eyes when the page was turned up (look at the bottom of the page).  I asked Brenda Sue if she did that...she didn't!

Y'all...I'm serious!  God will stop at nothing to show us His love...His comfort...His encouragement!  Isn't that amazing?

Here is the full verse:
Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God.  The Lord will do what is good in his sight.   ~ 2 Samuel 10:12


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

So thankful for the dads in my life

If I were to attempt to write a Proverb, it would be...Look for the good.

At Father's Day (sorry this is a few days late)  I am reminded to look for the good and be thankful for all the dads in my life.  As a five year old girl, I was abandoned by my father.  My mom and my brother and I moved on in life and became sweet, successful, kind, and sincere people.  I will forever be thankful to my level-headed and intelligent mother who provided for us, kept us safe, and was a mother and father to us. 

As an adult and now a mother, I am so thankful for my husband who is an amazing father to our two children.  There just aren't enough words to describe how kind, patient, and good he is.  (He probably doesn't even end sentences with prepositions!)  But seriously, how someone can get off work, walk into a cold kitchen with no dinner in sight, and still be so cheerful...I just don't get it.  He provides for us.  He cooks for us.  He reads stories to the kids.  He takes them to parks...for the hot sun!  I just don't know how he does it.  He is the very definition of a "good father."

It also doesn't take long to look for the other dads in my life.  My older brother, who has always looked out for me and been there when I needed to talk.  My father-in-law who has lived the example of integrity and loyalty.  My good friend who gave Clarice her name.  My Sunday School teacher who provides stability and instruction.  And lastly, my Uncle Michael who year after year, sent us kids Christmas and Birthday cards.  I'm just so thankful!

So, Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.  Go grill something, and have a great day!




Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stone Mountain Park

We ventured out of the house yesterday and went to Stone Mountain Park.  Matt and the kids got to ride the train, and we all had fun walking around and then going to the small beach area.

 One little darling in our group has very sensitive skin...

I also made a video on YouTube.



Clarice's first trip to the beach

We had a lot of fun at Hilton Head Island this past weekend.  The kids did so great on the made me feel guilty for being so worr...