Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

I am sat in my living room, snuggled up with Little J watching Mary Poppins. It is Little J's first time watching this classic. I love sharing things like this with my children it makes old things new again. Don't you love good, clean, fun entertainment. It is true that some things can really span generations. My five year old is laughing and giggling just as I did when I watched it for the first time.
My parents are over and we went for a walk this afternoon enjoying the unseasonably warm day. Jam found a whole shell of a snapping turtle. It was a perfect way to spend the last day of the year. I find my parents very inspiring, I caught them holding hands during our walk...Love it.



Whatever you are doing this evening, I hope you are spending time with those you love.
Happy New Year - from my home to yours!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Best Friends - 22 years

My husband and I went on our first date on my 16th birthday. We got engaged on my 20th birthday and married six months later.

We have been through a lot together, happy and sad; Samuel our stillborn son, the death of our beautiful Heather, a miscarriage, and our three beautiful children who bring us happiness every day .

I look forward to many more years together.

Happy Anniversary












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Friday, December 27, 2013

Random 5 December 27

 Merry Christmas

1. I have taken a little time of this week from the blog, school and online media. I feel a little out of touch today. However it has been wonderful. I can't wait till New Year for another little holiday.

2. I have to share this awesome review of the year that I have printed out this pin for myself. It's a really cool New Year's Resolution form that is really simple. I love the kids one here. I recently found this blog (where the printables are found.

Thirty Handmade Days

3. I decided to finish my Random 5 by picking some of my favorite pictures of my phone. These are the gifts we gave for my Young Women at Church. The theme for the year is “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32) aren't they cute.



4. Do you remember this game... Little J found it in the closet and he challenged Dad to quite a few games. It's an action picture so please excuse the blurriness.


5. My husband had to come and rescue me on Christmas Eve because I got a flat tire. Luckily he was able to bring our car pump and then we could drive it to get it fixed (so we didn't have to change it ourselves.)




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Friday, December 20, 2013

Random Five Friday December 19

FIVE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

1. Dad was given an opportunity to ring a bell this morning, he volunteered to collect change for The Salvation Army. The kids thought it was great. Little J had great fun putting all of my change into the bucket.


2. My friend dropped my a cute gift today. Don't you just love cookie mix in a jar. My pictures not brilliant but it was really cute, and I had to share.




3. This week we finally got the kids back in their own rooms. Dad started to build the wall that created the room last Saturday. Jam moved in Monday night. Monday lunchtime Dad and I had a brilliant idea for Boo's new bed (as the double bed was moved into Jam's room). Dad built the frame with Boo's help in 2 hours. The space under her bed is now the beautiful home to her American Girl Dolls.


4. I am SO excited to see my Mom and Dad tomorrow. They have been working away since the summer, and they are coming home for Christmas. Little J has been counting down the days of their return, instead of Christmas. He really is SO cute.

5. I received something fun in the mail today. I am excited to try it Fysiko Eyelash Serum I was told it takes about 4-6 weeks to see any results...watch this space.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

A Big Year for Lily and A Surprise for Lily - Review

This last year my daughter made a new friend Lily Lapp. We were asked to review the first two books in the the series, you can read our review here.

Boo drove me crazy wanting to read the next two books in the series. I had planned to buy one for her birthday and one for Christmas, however I was offered both books to review. Needless to say we were both thrilled.

Boo is eleven just the same age as Lily in the last book so it was easy for her to relate so I will turn the time over to her;

I love the Life of Lily series it has been one of my favorite. In the story Lily's cousin moved away, I know what it is like to have your cousin move away. My cousin moved twice each time further away, but I get to see her more than Lily saw her cousin, which was once a year. I also know what it's like having all brothers. I have an older brother and a younger brother. I wanted a little sister, but wouldn't trade my little brother for anything. I have read all of the Little house on the Prairie books, and Lily reminds me a little of Laura in those books. I love learning how different people live. I live near an Amish community and sometimes when I see the young girls I imagine that they are Lily, and what their life is like.  I really hope that there will be more books in this series, I would like to read about Lily's teenage years; dating, marriage, and children. It would also be a great movie.

I like these books because I firmly believe that we can learn compassion and understanding from learning about other lifestyles. As Boo said above, we live near an Amish community. I go to my favorite Amish country store 'Lilac Lane' on a regular basis and so my children are exposed to the Amish a lot. This book has helped Boo understand more about how they live and why.

These books were written by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Lily Lapp books were inspired by Mary Ann's Amish childhood. She grew up in Pennsylvania, Old Order Amish, raised by two wonderful parents and had five little brothers. Most of the stories (not all) happened in real life. When I told Boo this it made her love the books even more! Mary Ann is no longer Amish and blogs over at A Joyful Chaos.
Suzanne's Grandfather was raised plain, which is where her interest in the Amish began. You can contact her at www.suzannewoodsfisher,com.

I have requested these books at my local library, as I thing more girls should read these cute stories.








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Random Five - December Friday the 13th

Random Five - Friday the 13th

1. I'm not superstitious so the fact it is Friday the 13th doesn't bother me at all.

2. The kids made Gingerbread Graham Cracker Houses today. This year everyone worked on their own - even Little J so some of them turned out better than others.


 They made a huge mess, and the houses...well like I said they had fun.

2. For once I am prepared in advance. thanks to my awesome secretary I have the Christmas presents for the Young Women in my ward (the name of a specific church area in the LDS church) made and wrapped. I am SO excited.


3. Dad has been working on Jam's new room. Last Saturday the wall went up and this morning he put the first coat of paint on. Hopefully next week I will be showing you the inside of his new room. Jam has been so patient. We moved from a small 4 bedroom house to a larger 3 bedroom. Luckily there was space to make Jam a bedroom. It's been nearly 6 months and I am ready to have the boys in their own room, and I know Jam is too.



4. I downloaded Funnix Math (It's free until Dec 20). Little J is really enjoying it.


5. It's been raining here all day. We are supposed to get a wintery mix as the temperature drops. Hopefully it won't snow too much as we have our Church Christmas Program tomorrow night.




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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Enid Blyton books edited or removed from schools

I grew up reading and being read too. My Mom used to read me the classics written by Enid Blyton. I spent my childhood reading about Felicity and her adventures at Malory Towers, The Secret Seven, Famous Five, and by far my favorite The Magic Faraway Tree.


I feel very sad that such classic books are being edited and made 'politically correct'. I read that schools in England are having to take some of these classics of their shelves to become eligible for a 'race quality awards'. You can read the article I found here.
When I read books to my children that contain terms or vocabulary that we don't use anymore. I feel it is my job to explain it to them. I don't think it's right for others to make that decision for me.

What do you think...

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Poetry Sunday - Stopping by Woods in a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost

When I was in school my Mom signed me up for a 'Speech and Drama' class. I think that she wanted to rid me of my Yorkshire accent. Which unfortunately didn't work that well, until we moved to the US. Now I have a Yorkshire/US drawl when I am in England people think I sound American and here people always ask me where I am from. When I say the name of my town, they look at me weird and then say...no before that.

Anyway on of the poems I had to memorize in class was 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost.

We had our first snowfall today so I thought I would share;

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Random Five Friday December 6th

Random Five Friday 

December 6th

1. The kids and I went on a spur of the moment field trip today. Our local university has a rock climbing wall. They recently purchased small climbing harnesses - Little J approved!


 2. I work with the Young Women of my church. Wednesday I gave some of the girls a hot-gun and some baubles and asked them to make something that looked like a tree, as a centerpiece.  This is what they made - pretty good right.


3. It's a tradition here to put up our Christmas tree December 1st. It was fun, this year the kids did all the work, except for the star (You can't tell well from the picture but Little J needed a little help from Daddy).


4. I made Weight Watcher's Chilli for dinner tonight. It's one of our favorites.


5. We went for another one of our walks Saturday. Dad even packed up Turkey sandwiches and included some of our favorite sparkling apple juice. The kids thought that was awesome. Little J found a rock he said looked like a 'Continent' he insisted on carrying it all the way home.


It's been a fun week.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

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Gathering Threads - Litfuse Book Review

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