Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thankful Thursday


Brrr!  It has been cold here today.  No inclement weather, just cold!  It got down to 19 last night I think.  I'm thankful to be inside where it is warm.

Today I am thankful for...

~ time away on a quick overnight trip with my husband and that he felt better.  We drove through Palo Duro Canyon as we were heading home.



~ that my big boy got to show his steer at county, he won 1st place in his class and Caleb won senior showmanship.  I'm so proud of his hard work and thankful that he has had this opportunity and the support of so many that help him.

~ my little guy getting to spend the night at my Mom's and the fun they had.

~ working on a quilt block and how it turned out.  I was intimidated to try when I saw the pictures posted on FB.  I looked in my fabric stash and found some to use.  I am so glad I tried and proud of myself.  It was fun to do with the step by step instructions and video.  There is a line off that bugs me, but I think i'll make it worse if I try to fix it so I'm leaving it for now.  



~ soup from our neighbor.  She made chicken tortilla soup and asked if I'd like some.  It was good and something I don't make!  Nice treat. I am appreciative of how she shares "extras" with us.

~ as I said above it is cold here today.  I'm thankful to be inside where it is warm and for all the things that keep my cozy....fuzzy sweater, socks, houseshoes, robe, blanket, heat.  

Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. It's National Popcorn Day-my favorite! Are you a fan? Sweet or salty? A good or great movie you've seen recently (at home or in a theater, either one)? 
I love popcorn!  As a child I remember on Saturday nights some times my Mom would melt marshmallows to drizzle over it.  We have a shop here too that sales flavored popcorn.  I got a bag for Christmas...it was sweet with a coating and cookies pieces mixed in.
I don't watch many movies.  

2. What's something you didn't realize was going to take so much of your time as an adult? 
Coming up with a variety of meals...Somedays I think back to college and how nice it was to just walk to the Bean (our cafeteria) and go to one of the lines to pick something to eat.

3. Your favorite yellow something? 
roses

4. Why do you write? 
On my blog....to share memories and also reviews of books I enjoy.
Notes/cards....to encourage others with some "cheer mail."

5. Share a favorite memory associated with snow.

We don't get a lot of snow here so when we do it is special!  When Caleb was in kindergarten the school called for us to pick up kids early because of the snow. 
More recently we would go over to our neighbor's house and watch the boys play together in the snow.  They have moved so I thought when we have snow this year I will miss doing that.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Are Covid cases high where you live?  Our school closed last week Thursday and Friday.  We had a holiday on Monday and went back on Tuesday.  


Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Thankful Thursday



~  Facetiming with my husband while he stays apart from us.  We are thankful we have the camper by the house that he can stay in.  He has a cough and we don't think he has covid but are trying to be safe and not spread germs.  So I'm thankful we can Facetime each other.  

~ my big boy working so hard with his steer.  I'm just so proud of him and the hours he has put in with this.  He has found something new he loves and I can't put into words how thankful I am he has that opportunity and the help he's been given.

~ that my little guy is a "rock star reader" at his school.  He achieved this on Monday, he was excited about it.  We are proud of our little book loving boy! 

~ a call from my sweet friend.  It was one of those "out of the blue" calls and I appreciated that so much.

~ unexpected longer weekend.....It's nice to have the boys home but sad for the reason...The school made the decision to close Thursday and Friday this week due to high absent rates due to Covid and other sickness among both teachers and students.  Praying we can get healthy and over this.  Other local schools have also closed.

~  the canvas I ordered arrived and it's so perfect!  I don't post pictures of my kids on my blog or I would post it.  It is exactly as I wanted....the size and everything about it.  

Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Thursday, January 6, 2022

New Year Thankful Thursday



Happy New Year! 

Hope your new year is off to a good start.   I made a new graphic for my TT posts for this year! 

This week I am thankful for...
~ working on a new budget my husband.  New job = new pay = new budget! 

~ my big boy’s love of hunting, his knowledge about it, and the time he’s been able to hunt this year. 

~ my little boy telling me he didn't want to go back to school because he wouldn't get to go to Aldi with me.  He likes to help me when we shop there and we've been going on Tuesdays.  I told him we'd go on Tuesday before he starts school on Wednesday.  I loved his smile.  And his surprise when I said "let's buy a dog sweater" from the Christmas discount rack.  

~ my fabric stash to go to for fun projects. And time to work on fun things.  I started this one this week, cuttting the squares. Then we started seeing them today.  


~ all the things we have to keep us warm....blankets, fuzzy socks, heaters, my robe, warm pajamas, heated vehicles. 

~ supper with our small group. 

Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Thursday, December 30, 2021

End of Year Thankful Thursday



Posting late! Oh well!

As we end this year, this week I am thankful for...

~ enjoying lunch with my husband and boys and they got to see Daddy's new office.  

~ my big boy working hard during his break.  He has two men he's been doing work for at their ranches. Also he's helped with supper.

~ watching a new show with my little guy.  We found "Different Strokes," and he's enjoyed watching it.

~ the dog Samson we got this year in June.  We all love him.  

~ our health.  We've had some minor things but I'm thankful we've been healthy this year.

~ holiday treats!  I love eating the special cookies and other goodies this time of year.  


Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Monday, December 27, 2021

Board Book: The Snuggle Is Real


About the book:
Struggles, meet snuggles. This little animal-filled board book celebrates the power of snuggles and empathy to smooth out a rough day.

Some days, things just don’t go your way–you spill your milk, you break your favorite toy, your little brother looks at you cross-eyed. One of the best ways to cope is to remember that you’re loved, no matter what. The relatable struggles of the adorably pitiful animals in The Snuggle Is Real are no match for a hug or snuggle from someone they trust. Share this irresistibly sweet board book with a special kid in your life, and show them that while the struggles in our days are very real, so is the power of love and affection to make those troubles fade.

My thoughts:
We all have rough days. I think this book will show little kids it is okay to have a hard day and that we all face struggles.  Sometimes we just need to know that someone cares and get a hug.  This book is a good way for parents to connect with their child and talk about feelings in a safe way.

This book is a board book so I think toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the pictures.  Toddlers probably won't understand all the words but can relate to the ideas of the troubles illustrated for the various animals.

Click here for more information.

I received a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group for my honest review.  Thank you.


Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Board Book: Alphabet Love


About the book:
Tell little ones just how much you love them with Alphabet Love—a heart-shaped board book that introduces children to the alphabet and celebrates everyday moments of love.
 
"C is for cuddle, wrapped up so tight. D is for dancing, twirling all night."
 
If you are looking for an alphabet book to give you the warm fuzzies, look no further. This sturdy board book highlights all the little moments that toddlers share with their loved ones throughout the day, from blowing bubbles, to exploring outside, to reading a book before bed. With cheerful, rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations, Alphabet Love makes it easy and fun to learn the ABCs.
 
My thoughts:
I always love finding new ABC books.  This is a cute one appropriate for Valentine's Day (or anytime!).  I like that each letter is printed in big font on each page, perfect for little ones learning their letters. I also like that the book is in the shape of a heart making it fun for children to hold.

I read this with my little boy who is 6.  It was below his interest level but still a cute book to read.  It is appropriate for toddlers/preschool aged.  They will enjoy the variety of animals, there is a different animal on each page.  

I received a copy of this book from Hachette book group for my honest review.  Thank you!

Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany