Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday

This has been a good week it feels like to me.  I have been successful at getting some things completed which is always nice.  We did have a storm come through on Tuesday evening.  It was not as bad as they had predicted; however, it was scheduled to hit at 7:00 p.m. which was also the time for the band concert.  The concert was cancelled and will be rescheduled.  Caleb was disappointed as he had really been looking forward to playing.

Here is my thankful list for this week.

~ random note of appreciation from my sweet husband.  Also I am thankful for our talks at night before bed.

~ a funny situation with my big boy this week that is still funny to think about.  One night he came to my bed because he couldn't sleep, and I was not asleep yet but laying with my eyes closed and talking to my husband.  I opened my eyes, and he was standing there at my bedside.  I think I said what are you doing and jumped! He said he'd made a psssst noise and patted me.  It really scared me to see him there!  I went back to his bedroom with him and he went to sleep, but I kept laughing about it.

~  fun grocery shopping trips with my little helper boy. It is fun for me to talk to him as we are shopping and notice the things he notices like the balloons and workers moving around carts.

~ beginning to work on my next photo book from Shutterfly. I was very pleased with the first one.  I am getting the pictures uploaded as I have time so they will all be there when I'm able to work on it.  It is fun to see how it all comes together. We all love looking through the first book I made.

~ great encouragement in my day through audio books. I have one I listen to in the house while folding laundry and such.  Then I have another in the car to listen to while I drive to get Caleb and to errands.  I'm so glad I gave audio books a try all those years ago! I listen to both fiction and non fiction.

~ sleep! Titus was restless for a couple nights, but he has slept better the past couple of nights so I was glad to get some more sleep too and a nap one day.

Have a day of blessings!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Inventors of Lego Toys

A new book that just came out this month is The Inventors of Lego Toys by Erin Hagar with art by Paige Garrison.

In this 48 page book readers will learn about how Legos came to be the favorite toy for millions that they are today. The facts are written in an easy to understand way with plenty of pictures throughout as well.

I was impressed with this's format, illustrations, the information presented.  This is a great nonfiction read for children in the intermediate grades (3rd--5th).  You are sure to learn a thing or two at least by reading this book!

This book was sent to me by the publisher DuoPress for my honest review. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Best Part of Daddy's Day

I want to tell you about a children's book called The Best Part of Daddy's Day by Claire Alexander today.

Little Bertie wishes he could go to work with his Daddy, but he has to go to school instead.  Bertie wants to be just like his Dad, and when he is on the playground, he thinks he sees his Dad up in the crane.  After school Bertie shares about his day.  Not all of it was good.  Daddy tells him about his day, including the things that went wrong for him.  They both agree their favorite part of the day is when they are together.

This would be a sweet book for your child to read with his/her Daddy and would be good for Father's Day.  I know youngsters will enjoy these pictures of the dogs and machinery at Daddy's workplace in this sweet book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Little Bee Books, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday

We have had a rainy week. We've seen flooded areas in the ditches and some low roadways but really nothing compared to the Houston area.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband's words of encouragement and validation.  He blesses me so much every day, and I'm glad to be his wife.

~ my healthy, growing big boy.  I noticed again this morning how tall he is....almost as tall as his Momma for sure.  And this week he brought home a list of class choices for next year when he is a 7th grader. 7th?!?  How can that be possible!

~ my sweet learning baby boy.  This week I about cried as we were doing laundry and he stood by me and kissed me.  It was so sweet and touched me.  Also I love seeing him learn new things.  I told him this week to say his prayers and he bowed his head. He also knows several animal sounds now.

~ getting plants and and vegetables from the FFA plant sale.  I hope we can grow them successfully!

~ having a fun night with my boys this week at an event called Taste of Abilene. We had never been and all had a great time!  Yummy food!

~ that my Mom was okay and is healing after injuring her finger over the weekend.  Her first broken bone in her life.  It looks quite painful from the pictures she sent me.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Trains, Boats, and Planes

Trains, Boats, and Planes by Peter Curry is a colorfully illustrated board book that features trains, boats, and planes. A couple different types are listed for each.

This would be a good book for toddlers to introduce them to these different types of transportation and expose them to the vocabulary of the names of the vehicles.  The book is very simplistic without any text except for the names of the various vehicles. (On a side note I wasn't sure why there was a period following the name labels on each page since it was only a word and not a sentence.)

The illustrations add to the appeal of this book.

I received this book from the publisher for my honest review. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thankful Thursday

It's time for me to post my list of things I'm thankful for from the past week. I enjoy doing this every week.

Here is my list for this week:

~ the memories my husband shared with me that he remembered from the day Titus was born.  He remembered things I did not, I enjoyed sharing that with him.

~ the excitement my big boy had on his brother's birthday. He could not wait to get him up on Tuesday morning and was just so excited for him.  It was very sweet!

~ celebrating our ONE year old boy!  We had a great day together on his actual birthday.

~ a good check-up for our boy this week.  He is growing as he should be and healthy for which we are thankful.  He was upset with the shots but calmed down fairly quickly.

~ having such a nice birthday party last weekend for Titus.  He was so cute eating his cake and opening his gifts.

~ successful trips to the grocery store. I have tried a new day/time to go to the store the past two weeks, and I really like doing it a little differently than I had been.

There are many other things I could add of course but I limit myself to six each week!  Thanks for stopping by.

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

For my baby boy...

To my sweet Titus,

I'll never forget  how surprised I was when my water broke early Sunday morning.  I couldn't believe this was really happening!  That wasn't our plan. Our plan was for you to be born on Thursday. I had a list of things in my mind that would happen before Thursday....our last supper as a family of 3, my last snack day with Caleb, a final baby bump picture before going to the hospital,making a definite decision for your name if you were a boy.

But it didn't happen according to our plans. You have been a surprise from the beginning really....from finding out I was pregnant after the doctor had told us a couple of months before that if we wanted more children I'd need to see a the day you decided to "bust out early" (as Caleb said).

My heart is just so full of love for you. The year has gone so fast since that Sunday morning when all your family gathered to welcome you. I remember how my heart felt when the doctor held you up and I saw your cute little pouty lip for the first time.

The year has been amazing.  We have loved watching you grow bigger physically and learn new things. I loved the newborn days of holding you and just watching you, and I love these days now as you have turned into a little toddler. It's so fun to see you explore and discover new things every day.

 I'm so blessed to be your Mommy.  I'm thankful God gave us you!  You bring so much joy to us all. It has been fun to see you interact with your brother and see how much you love each other. I love the joy and contentment I see in your Daddy's face when he's holding you. I have honestly learned so much from you already.

God's plan and His timing were perfect in every way. I could never have imagined it all this way, and I can see that He knew best!  I thank Him for giving us you, sweet boy.

Happy first birthday!

(That's your name for me, I love it!)

Have a day of blessings!