Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday

We are in our first week of school. It has been an adjustment for us all....Titus missing his brother, Caleb's early mornings/long days, Daddy taking Caleb to football practice early in the morning, me making sure we get everything done in the evenings so we have smooth (early) mornings.  :)  He has to be at the field at 6:25.  He has done great so far as we get into the swing of things.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband's helpfulness in our new schedule and being willing to take Caleb in the mornings.

~ my big boy enjoying his first week of 7th grade and sharing details about his day, classes, teachers, and classmates with me.  He has a good schedule.

~ having fun taking my baby boy to the library story time.  I loved seeing him take it all in!  He was up dancing by the last song so I think he will be more involved as he gets used to it and what they do. It was so fun and just how I'd imagined/hoped it would be with the songs, books, interactions, etc.

~ visiting with my neighbor/friend today.

~ browsing at Goodwill while I waited to pick up Caleb.

~ and finally our dog Sammie.....she would not stop barking this morning.  I went out and she ran to the porch and when I went back in she went back to her barking.  She was by the side of the house without a direct window so I couldn't see why she was barking.  She's done this before when she caught a bird or mouse.  I put my shoes and went off the porch  She acted weird when I tried to get off the porch, ran around me, then went back to the porch by Titus.  I had a hoe and started looking around.  Then I saw a snake on the side of the fence.  I got back to the porch and thanked the dog.  I went inside, called my husband and animal control.  They were able to come get the snake.  It was a rat snake.  This is the 3rd one we've had in our backyard in the nearly 6 years we've lived here.  I could not believe the man came and picked it up with bare hands!  I saw him take it to his truck and put it in a little bucket.  I was thankful for the dog warning us about it as Titus and I had been going out in the mornings to play with her this week.  It would have really scared me if I'd come upon that in the yard without warning!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday

The end of our summer vacation is here.  Caleb will start school on Monday.  I've enjoyed him being home so much, and I just know I'm going to miss him so much during the day.

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband loving me so well.  He always knows just what I need.

~ my big boy picking up his schedule, and it looks like a good order for his day as well as the classes he wanted for the most part.

~ my smiling baby boy and all the silly things he does.  He is so funny copying us in actions and words.  He's such a joy!

~ some cooler temperatures.  What a blessing to have some days lower than 100 degrees!

~ books in the mail for me to read/review.  I got some fun ones this week, and I'm excited to read them!

~ many happy memories of our summer together with my boys.  I'm gonna miss this!

Have a day of blessings!

Book: Pumpkin Patch Blessings

We've had a week of cooler temperatures here in Texas, and it makes me look forward to the days of fall.  This cute little book will help you and your little one prepare for fall.

Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn and illustrated by Jacqueline East is a sweet board book for youngsters to learn about the blessings we can find around us during the fall season.  Blessings like colorful, crunchy leaves, roasted corn, hay rides, scarecrows, and pumpkins growing in the field.

I enjoyed this book and think it would be appropriate for toddlers and preschool aged children.  I like that this book shows many of the things we see in the fall season and helps the child be thankful for these things.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday! I was going to type this post this afternoon and then Titus woke from his nap so I'm attempting to do it quickly now.

This week I am thankful for....
~ that we could go with my husband as he traveled for business.   I'm glad we could be with him.

~ my 11 year old boy!  Tomorrow he will be 12!! I was writing the letter of memories from the past year, and he's just such a wonderful boy.  I'm so, so blessed to be his Mom.

~ fun times traveling with our 1 year old (who is 16 months tomorrow).  He has done great.  It is so fun to see him in new places and to see his excitement about things.  He's a blessing and a joy!

~ trying new places to eat!  We've had some good food this week....and snacks!

~ being able to walk around to nearby places and not get lost.  I knew I wasn't going to drive anywhere but I've felt comfortable walking to the nearby mall with the boys.

~ cold water on hot days.  It is so refreshing to have my ice water.  My husband gave me a Yeti cup for our anniversary, and I've enjoyed it.

Have a day of blessings!

Book: God Made You Just Right

About the book:
A bright and cheerful reminder that God made each of us special and unique.

 Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: You're brilliantly created and there is no one else like you! With easy-to-understand descriptions and simple, rhyming text, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way in a manner that even the youngest child will understand. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text and enhance the appeal of the book. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts:
What a cute little board book this is!  I like the rhyming text and how both physical attributes and personality traits are mentioned.  I thought the illustrations were great as well.  There is a boy on the front but in the book the pages alternate between both boys and girls so it is appropriate for either.  We are all uniquely created by God!  This would make a nice gift for a baby shower or for a special child in your life.

You can visit the author's website here.

I was provided with a copy of this book as part of the First Look blog tour. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lazy Crafternoon

About the book:

Spend a lazy crafternoon with your friends. From pretty school supplies to colorful tech accessories to perfect party decor, Lazy Crafternoon guides tween crafters through simple steps to create amazing projects.
For ages 9-13.
*Step-by-step instructions and images of complex steps makes crafting easy
*Over 50 fast, fun crafts to create & share

My thoughts:

This is a fun book of ideas for a preteen/teen to enjoy creating with friends.  There are a variety of projects here.  I liked that the materials that are used for these projects are not too expensive, and they are easy to obtain if the crafter does not already have them on hand.  It has good pictures of finished projects along with the directions.  The directions are fairly simple to follow; I will say that for some projects I had to go back and reread a couple of times to understand fully what I would need to do.

I recommend this book for preteen or  young teens who enjoy crafting with their friends and family.

I received this book from Capstone via NetGalley, and these opinions are mine.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Different Beautiful

I have shared in previous posts about this book because I was part of the launch team.  Today I want to share my official review of this wonderful book!  There is just so much I love about this book! 

All through the book I kept reading and finding little nuggets that made me stop and think. Brenna's story is beautifully written and will definitely touch your heart. The message of this book is extremely relevant for our time. These are the words that can bring change if people would apply them. I felt like I learned so much from this book!  It is one I want to reread and see what I can gain from it the second time around. 

It was easy to read, and there were so many times I would stop and reread a passage to try to soak it in. I also found that the information was very informative to me as a parent and how to handle situations with my own children regarding our differences and the beauty of each of us. 

This book definitely touched my heart, and I'm so glad for the opportunity to read it. I enjoyed Westlake's writing style and would love to see more books from her in the future. 

Please consider buying it! I'm sure you will be blessed to read it. You can visit the author's blog here. I have been reading her blog for several  years now and always enjoy her stories about her family.

I was given a copy of the book as part of the launch team, and the review opinions are my honest feelings. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!