Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" {TOS Review}

Drive Thru History
Visiting the Holy Lands is on my bucket list! Although it's not something that I am going to be able to pull off for quite a few years. I am glad that I have been able to enjoy some of the highlights thanks to Drive Thru History® and one of their latest DVD series  Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels".
Drive Thru History The Gospels

To say we have loved these DVDs is an understatement. We have spent many hours watching them. Our favorite time is Sunday afternoon. Especially over the last month or so in preparation for Easter. We haven't always had Internet because of the move but having these and our DVD player or laptop handy has meant that we have always had something interesting to watch.

Drive Thru History The Gospels

If you have not seen any of the Drive Thru History DVDs you are seriously missing out. My kids have been watching the Drive Thru History - American History and so were really excited to get to watch this new series. The set comes as three DVDs and is comprised of eighteen, thirty minute episodes. This adds up to 9 hours of material and believe me it's worth watching!

Drive Thru History The Gospels


Dave Stotts presents the material in the DVDs and is in effect your tour guide in each of the videos we have seen. He is very charismatic and easy to listen too. Although these videos are really designed for about grade 5 and above Captain has no problem watching and really learns a lot of information. In fact I don't think that anyone could dislike these DVDs. I love how the information is presented. It's actually very entertaining and every time we sit down to watch an episode we end up watching a lot more!


You may think that this DVD would be overly religious but it isn't. I really think that anyone interested in the time period would find this informative. It doesn't seem to be biased just very interesting to someone who has a belief in Jesus Christ no matter what their affiliation. The topics covered are history, archaeology (which my husband found very interesting), geography and art. My husband actually said this video was the next best thing to being there and seeing everything for yourself. Which is actually something he would love to be able to do someday. You visit (with David Stotts and his faithful land-rover) over 50 sites in Israel and Palestine and it really piqued my husbands interest! One of the moments in the video my kids found hilarious is when David is driving quite a distance and he cooks ribs on the car radiator while driving. I really think Jam would like to try this one day!

The DVDs I received came in a really nice box set. In the middle of the DVDs is a book. The introduction page starts off by talking about the content of the episodes. It explains that it is based on the accounts mentioned in the four gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the life and times of Jesus Christ. The episodes do a really good job of presenting the material in a timeline of when events happened which I really liked - it made things a lot less confusing. The book also gives an overview of each episode which is really handy for reference. I know that I will be pulling these out to refer to as my kids study the New Testament in their LDS Seminary classes. It always makes things more real when you can 'see' where things took place. There are also discussion questions and reading suggestions for each episode. I love this as then you can read along in your own version of the bible. Personally we use the King James Version. There is also a lot of art work in the booklet, a lot of which is shown in the episodes but it's nice to be able to refer back to the booklet too. It also shows the name of the painting and who painted it and when. In each chapter there is also a section called 'side road' this section gives some interesting information that gives some extra background on the topic being discussed - fun information!

We really loved these DVDs and will definitely watch other Drive thru History's in the future!

The company is very active on social media - FacebookYouTube and Instagram

Check out the link below to see what other crew members thought of the DVDs.

The Gospels {Drive Thru History® Reviews}

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Planet 316 - Daily Bible Jigsaw {TOS Review}

Planet 316

Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316
One of the last things I do at night before setting the alarm is complete my Daily Bible Jigsaw puzzle. It's a free app but to facilitate my review I was given some extra coins that you can purchase or earn as you complete puzzles. The game is produced by Planet 316 and if you check out their website you can see that they have a lot of fun games available in different platforms.

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

I have the app loaded onto my android phone and linked to my Facebook account. However you can play it directly on Facebook, or on a IOS phone if you download it from the apple app store. Linking the app to my Facebook has been fun as I can see all my Facebook friends that have the app and you can see how fast they complete the puzzle of the day!

With extra coins it's possible to re-do puzzles if you want to increase your speed and rank higher among your friends.

The app is always played on landscape view on my phone and their is a monthly calendar that you fill in as you complete each daily puzzle. You don't want to miss a day otherwise your picture isn't completed correctly. On the odd occasion I missed a day (I have been moving across the country after all) I went back and paid the couple of coins to play it. However, in April I think I only missed on day!!


After completing the puzzle if you have your account linked to facebook you also have the option of sharing the finished picture/quote on your timeline!

It's really easy to do. You click on the share button and it brings you to your facebook page where you can just post it or add a comment before you share. I love sharing them and I think I have shared every puzzle I have done.


Although it costs you 'coins' to redo the daily puzzle there are other bonus puzzles you can play for free. There are quite a few of them and some are really challenging.

One thing I found out after completing a few puzzles is that you can pause it. For days I would say 'Don't interrupt me for a minute I'm doing my puzzle' funny thing is although I have found out I can pause the puzzle I haven't told my kids yet...they still give me a couple of minutes peace if they notice I'm doing a puzzle - shhhh don't tell them!

When completing the puzzles you have some tools that you can use to help you. If you see in the picture below. Each one will cost you a couple of coins. However, sometimes they are free. There was a whole weekend where I could use the 'rotate' button for free. I have used all the buttons but my regular two are edges and rotate. The edges button removes all the inside pieces so all you see is the edges. If you use the 'rotate' button it moves the pieces to the correct angle to go into the puzzle. This is really useful if you are doing one of the complicated free puzzles where it's hard to see the difference between each piece and whether it's upside down or not!

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316
This game is really relaxing and uplifting and doesn't stress me out which is why I like completing it at night. It's become my habit to do one puzzle in bed. My husband even laughs and asks me if I've done my puzzle yet!

You can find them on social media - Facebook and Twitter

Check out what others thought of this app by clicking on the link below.

Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}



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Those crazy things you lose when you move!

Moving has been such a joy - NOT! Even though we haven't had to pack and drive our belongings across the country it's still been crazy. No we didn't sell everything we possessed, but we did have someone come and pack us, load it all in a HUGE truck - so big it couldn't fit down our street in the house we moved out of - and then someone drive it 10 hours across the country and unload us at the other end.

There are some stresses that come with this type of move! Not the same ones as you get if you take weeks packing everything you own into boxes and loading it with the help of your friends that work for pizza and then driving it yourself - but stresses just the same!

For example over the last week we have been searching for a printer cable and ink. I mean everywhere...I am convinced that I have opened every last box. Where would you have packed them, I ask... with the printers right? Well that's what I would have thought too but NO I have all the printers and even a box of toner and black ink. However, can I find the cable and colored ink NO!! The main problem is the cable is from our black and white printer - the one that takes the toner and the colored ink is for the other printer that although is full (brand-new cartridge) of black ink doesn't work if one other cartridge is empty! Even if you want to print in black and white. So Amazon it is...I guess I can wait 2 days to print. I know to most people that may seem crazy - I mean who prints more that once or twice a week. Well I know you other homeschool Mom's can feel my pain. I mean surely it can't just be me that run's their printer more often than their hair dryer! (I kid you not - I mean who has time to dry their hair every morning lol).

So here I am making do - waiting for Amazon. I hope they deliver soon...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Let the painting begin!

Hubby hates to paint, but he's really good at it. Funny how that happens right! After a full morning of teaching Jam how to properly tape off a room so you don't get paint on the wrong surfaces :)
Jam got his first lesson. They worked on the ceiling of out new formal sitting room together.
I can't wait for the blue wall to disappear, but I have to remember there is an order to everything.
At least the ugly granite shelf is gone.

Jam was amazed on how long it takes to put the painters tape and plastic down everywhere. It was good thinking to keep the movers out of this room. We actually sold our old sofa and chair before the move and moved our recliners to the basement. Which actually looks semi-organized. Which is great because it gives us somewhere to crash at the end of the day.



So what did I do today you might ask...well for the last few days I've been busy putting the shared living space together. Especially the kitchen - man that took FOREVER!!! After I had finished I decided to look around and see how the kids had done. Jam and Boo's rooms were awesome! Everything away and in a new home. Boo needed some extra shelves etc but she's super excited that her room is HUGE!!! I don't think it makes up for all the friends she is missing terribly. It's only her second time moving but let me tell you... moving at 14 and 16 is WAY harder than when they were 10 and 12 :( plus last time was only an hour away from where they were born...and an hour away from Grandma and Grandpa. Ten hours...man that is HUGE for all of us but especially them. They had such a tight group of friends on their swim team that will never be duplicated I'm sure. BUT we are here and so hopefully they will make some new great friends while keeping in touch with their old ones. You can never have too many friends right!

So as we are slowly adding our touch to this new house, I'll keep you updated with pictures and things along the way.

Now back to my afternoon! Captain is not quite as good as the older two organizing a room. It took me a few minutes to remember he was only little still as I stood gazing at his 'finished' room. I think what had actually happened was he opened the boxes and dumped the contents of them all over this floor and then proceeded to clear a space by throwing it all under his desk and in his walk-in closet!

So after what felt like eternity and coming to the realization that kid has way too much 'junk' in his room but not being quite in the right mind frame to tackle all that...I made it presentable. I hung up all his clothes, gave him a cool bookshelf (Okay a converted shallow plastic tote) to put his thousands of coloring books and notebooks that are filled with his stories and doodles. I could honestly say it was passable. 

Then I headed to the kitchen to pick/de-bone 12 rotisserie chickens I bought on clearance at Walmart to stick in the freezer - YEAH my freezer isn't completely empty now :)

Whatever you did today - I hope you had a good one!

Monday, April 10, 2017

This is getting real...

Wow so this is it. We are down to the last few days. Our things are going into the truck today!

CompuScholar, Inc - Digital Savvy {TOS Review}

CompuScholar, Inc.
Jam was really excited when he saw the selection of course available to review from CompuScholar, Inc. He looked through all the courses that the crew were offered to review and decided that he wanted to start with Digital Savvy
CompuScholar, Inc. provides courses for homeschoolers and Public/Private Schools. So if you are looking for something to help teaching computing skills you are in the right place, no matter how your child learns. Chris and Andrea Yust have created courses that teach professional programming languages in fun ways! They have co-written more than eight introductory computer programming text books targeted at kids and teens. There goal is to make computer science education available to all.
I remember when I was in school computer science was still in the beginning stages. My school thought it was at the fore front of technology offering a small programming course. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take it as I wasn't in the 'highest' math class for my age group. I did have a friend in the class and can remember her talking about 'code' and things that made no sense to me. They would have made perfect sense to my husband, but that's why his works in the technology field and I teach English. It takes all types to make the world go round - right! 
We are quite computer savvy here (I'm good as long as I'm using programs other people have written). It's so important to learn good computing skills. Jam is a lifeguard so for now he doesn't need to use a computer at work. However, for every other aspect of life you need to send and received digital information. At church he was the secretary of his age group and had to send and receive agenda items, make google docs and use other types of computer software. On his long road to becoming an Eagle Scout he had to made spread sheets, slide shows, and power point presentations.
CompuScholar, Inc. Digital Savvy
So how does Digital Savvy work...well I had to go and speak with Jam as he's completely self sufficient when it comes to his school work nowadays (well mostly). He is really enjoying this program and since he's a high school student and the recommended age is 6th - 12th grade I'm glad to report that he's not finding it difficult. However, he is finding it interesting and learning new things which is the whole point - so I'm glad!
CompuScholar, Inc.
The course that Jam is taking is basically the 'starter' course on the website. Which is the whole reason he wanted this one. It is perfect to set a firm foundation of computer skills to be built upon by the other technology courses. 
The topics covered are:
Hardware, Software, and Operating Systems
Managing Files and Folders
Basic Networking
Online safety and computer security
Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
Creating simple databases
Image editing
Using social media and email communications
Introductory website design
Simple computer programming concepts
Exploration of computing careers
Checkout this informational video!

The video of course talks about parents maybe not understanding computer science. In our case it's just to allow the kids to have more of a hands on control of their studies. Jam likes to be able to work on his own schedule rather than waiting for Dad to come home to teach him. Using this program has allowed him to do that, but still have Dad around as a resource if he has a question or he wants to delve deeper into a particular topic.
Jam explained how the program works - 
You log into your account and click on your next lesson. The lessons are broken down into three parts.
1. The Video - This normally lasts about five minutes. It gives you the lesson material in a fun way. 
2. The Lesson text -  This is basically a review of what you have watched in the video. 
3. The Test - This has around 10 questions and you have 3 attempts.
At the end of each chapter there is an assignment to complete.
The program keeps track of all grades and quiz results. However Jam said it doesn't keep track of which lesson you are on, so you have to keep track or check back to the last test you took to know where to start.
Jam has found this course very interesting and will definitely finish it!
The website even has a recommend course title for Jam's transcript to make it easier for me! Some states have actual titles and course names and then a generic one for every other State! 
Check out the company on social media then read more reviews by clicking on the link below.
Facebook, and Twitter
 
Digital Savvy, Web Design & Java Programming {CompuScholar,Inc Reviews}
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Memoria Press First Form Greek {TOS Review}

Memoria Press

I really love being able to offer my children a mixture of education styles. Although we are not exclusively classical I have used Memoria Press for Latin and other studies in the past. I was really excited to receive their First Form Greek Complete Set to review.

First Form Greek Complete Set
Grades 7-12

Captain is using the First Form Latin series and really likes it. Boo was ecstatic when she heard that we were being sent this course for her to start Greek. She has studied Latin for a few years and felt ready for the challenge.

I received;

Teacher Key - This gives all the answers to the student workbook. They are laid out in the same way as the student text - just smaller so it's really easy to follow. It makes grading super easy/

Teacher Manual - This contains lesson overviews, games and review activities to use with the student and a really simple to follow plan for each day. There are even little check boxes that can be used to mark off a assignment when your student has completed it.

Student Workbook - This book is thicker than all the other books and contains all worksheets etc... for the student to complete. Each unit is broken down into five lessons so you can complete a unit in a week if used daily. At the end of each 5 lessons there is a unit review test.

Each lesson has a variety of the following topics;

Word Study and Grammar
Greek Saying
Vocabulary
Cognates
Conjuations
Declensions
Form Drills
Translations

Student Text - All of the information that the student needs to complete the assignments in the workbook are found in this text. Including information about grammar forms and lessons, vocabulary, and elementary syntax as well as a Greek saying.

First Form Greek DVD - with lessons 1-26 Elizabeth Pierce explains the contents of each lesson and really helps the child understand the topics covered in the lesson.
First Form Greek Instructional DVD (5 discs of 8 hours of instruction - 10-20 minutes of instruction)

The Instructional DVDs are in the same format as the Latin DVDs. They include oral drills and lots of online examples and drills to help the student learn the new vocabulary.

First Form Greek CD - This CD helps with pronunciation. The student can listen to this during the week to help with vocabulary, Greek sayings, and Grammar forms.



After a few years of Spanish and Latin Boo was very surprised how hard Greek was.

The first lesson in Unit 1 covers the Greek Alphabet. It took Boo quite a while to go over the Greek alphabet. The first lesson encourages the student to learn by heart the upper and lower case letters, the English name of the letter, the sound symbol, and the sound word. Memoria Press actually list their course The Greek Alphabet as a prerequisite for this course as well as a couple of years of Latin. Like I mentioned earlier Boo has studied Latin for about four years and she definitely recommends taking the extra time to use the Greek Alphabet book first! We spent a lot of time going through the first lesson. However, with hindsight I think it would just have been easier to do the Alphabet course.

The good thing about the language courses produced by Memoria Press is that they are designed for parents to use with or without prior knowledge of the language. If you take the time to use the teacher guide and teacher key you can teach your child Greek. In fact you will be surprised how quickly you can pick it up yourself! Now although all the information is there in the teacher manuals there is a reason the teacher manuals are there. Boo is seriously self motivated and a lot of her work is done by herself. This course is not really like that. However, if you pace it right and work through the information then it can be done. I would recommend making sure you work alongside your child with this course. Another great way to do this would be in a group. Maybe a small home school coop. I know Boo likes doing things in a group, especially languages.

Boo didn't get as far as she thought through these lessons but she really enjoys the challenge. I would recommend allowing your student to set the pace, especially if you choose not to work through the alphabet book first.

We have really enjoyed dabbling our toes in Greek. Boo really likes that with Memoria Press she knows exactly what is expected of her. The lessons are broken into days and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. She also loves the DVD lessons. She often watches them more than once. It leads through all the lesson material and of course because it's a DVD it can be repeated as often as needed. Unlike me it has endless patience!

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We love Memoria Press here and the crew have all reviewed some excellent programs. Some of them have already made it to my wish list! So make sure you check out the other reviews by clicking on the link below.

First Form Greek, Iliad/Odyssey and American History {Memoria Press Reviews}


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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Contacts

For those of you that have been around awhile you know that Captain has had a few issues with his eyes.

Eye therapy, glasses, more eye therapy etc for the last few years.

We went for an eye check up a couple of weeks ago and his doctor said she would like to see him in contacts. WHAT!!! he's too young I thought. However, she really felt that we may see some improvement in his vision, bit definitely he would be able to SEE better.

He was so excited and really was a great sport. He can't put them.in himself yet, but he's a champ at taking them out!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time for Chocolate Party! Ritter Sport Sponsored by Tryazon!

I was SO excited to be chosen for a Tryazon Party. It was called 'Time for Chocolate' and was full of Ritter Sport Chocolate.

I have been sharing chocolate like crazy for the last couple of weeks to those friends who couldn't attend my party last Saturday and it's been a blast!

My hubby has been the biggest convert to this chocolate. He's really fussy when it comes to chocolate and likes it imported from England!! There is normally only one kind of chocolate he would eat bought in the US (not giving the name) but honestly he has a new favorite. Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate Marzipan has now made it to the top of his list. However, he will I promise eat ANY flavor of Ritter!

Jam loved milk chocolate and butter biscuit
Lava Girl loved the milk chocolate and coconut
Captain loved milk chocolate strawberry creme




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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Radio Station Field Trip

We went on a fun trip yesterday! Our local home school group organized a fun trip to our local radio station.

The kids really loved it. Jam couldn't make it as he was lifeguarding. But we were able to bring some of our friends from out of town with us.

The station actually is a home to four stations and it was fun seeing how everything worked!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Experiments and fun Balloon colors!

When Jam asked me to grab some balloons for an experiment I found some really cute ones. Captain thought we had colored them somehow and it was part of the experiment result. I think he was a little disappointed to hear I had bought them like that!

As for the experiment - it went perfectly!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What do you do with all your kids art?

We are moving, so it's that time to clear out the piles of artwork my kids have created and of course they want you to keep every single piece.

That can't happen. Imagine with 3 kids and almost a drawing/painting a day for years. Nope not going to happen.

I'm not sure how you solve this dilemma, I mean you can't just throw them away, and the Christmas tree is SO full Captain is the only one who makes an ornament each year.

We take pictures, yep the artwork gets to stay around for a while, so everyone can look at the real deal. However, after an undisclosed amount of time they have to go. So I take a photo and load it onto a drive. This drive is attached to our screen saver on the TV. So not only do we get random family photos, we also get random art work. Everyone always loves it when theirs pops up!

How do you save yours?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Creative Freewriting Adventure - Home School Adventure Co. {TOS Review}

Home School Adventure Company

Boo was thrilled with one of our latest reviews. She has been working on her creative writing skills using Home School Adventure Co's Creative Freewriting Adventure. She's been using it along side their Creative Freewriting Adventure Coloring book and loving every minute!

What Boo loved the most about this is that it allows her to be creative without having to start from scratch. The program is designed to help the student have fun and that's just what Boo has said about it. Boo loves to write but sometimes gets frustrated when she has to rewrite the same piece over and over to improve it. By the end of the assignment she's emotionally done with the piece and all the initial enjoyment is gone. With this program we have taken that away - In fact I haven't even graded or marked these papers in anyway. I hope that's the way it was intended to be used as that's what I got from the instructions. In my mind it said to me 'bring back the joy in writing'!

Creative Freewriting Adenture

Three times a week Boo has sat down to write. Her only preparation is gathering her supplies. She prefers to use her laptop but a student could do this in a notebook too. Or if you printed out the whole book there are spaces left specifically so you can keep everything together. When she has read the 'idea' she tells everyone (especially Captain) not to disturb her for 15 minutes. Funny though sometimes those 15 mandatory minutes turns into an hour or more depending how those creative juices flow!

She loves to read me her finished piece and even told one of her latest stories to the children she babysat last week, they begged her for the next chapter...so she may have to write more.

Each 'lesson' starts with information. The student will learn about Thales, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Democritus and many more. This is when an idea for a story is proposed, an idea put forward and a scenario started. Boo loves the way this is done. It really helped her get excited about an idea and then add ones of her own to complete the assignment. They are given some background and dialogue ideas as well as some ideas to incorporate your senses (or the readers) into the writing.

Since we also were able to use the Creative Freewriting Adventure Coloring Book Edition  Boo would color the page after she had completed the assignment. She loved that she could sit and color and still say she was doing her school work! This book is not needed as well as the original writing edition as it has the complete writing program in it as well it just has a coloring page that goes along with each chapter. So if your student loves to draw it's a great addition. Boo loves to color and has quite the collection of the current trendy coloring books for older kids and adults! So this was something she enjoyed. If you child doesn't like to color then you could just use the straight writing book.



I think the author Stacy Farrell is really onto something with these books. I have seen my daughter's love for writing grow each time she completes an assignment! The crew have reviewed a variety of items this time round - make sure to click on the link below to read more!

Resources with a Biblical Worldview{Home School Adventure Co. Reviews}

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blogging through the Alphabet - H is for House Hunting

Hubby and I recently drove ten hours to house hunt. It's not the first time we have looked for a new house. However, it's the first time we did on a deadline. We had a week...yes a week in a new city ten hours away from everything and everyone we love to find a house.

It's a strange thing when you have a deadline, it makes even regularly stressful things more stressful.

To make things worse the housing market in the area we are moving too is rocking...well I say that to mean that it was definitely a sellers market. Houses are selling within days if not hours of a house being listed. Believe me it's frustrating when you know that the houses you are looking at a week before you can go and look will more than likely be sold by the time you can get there to look. That's what happened to us. The day we were there to look all but 2 of the houses we had scheduled to see were sold!!! It was crazy.

Then we had a huge blessing. I'm not going into details now but it's enough to say right now that we left earlier than we had initially planned with a house and completed inspections and valuations!!!

We have a house - in a crazy market - at the right price - with the right number of bedrooms - AND WE LOVE IT!!!

Even with 'a little snow' which turned out to be 6-8 inches we got things done!

This makes the upheaval of moving and leaving all we love a LITTLE easier.

Keep tuned to learn more about this move...


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SkyZone Fun

I was able tag along to a church activity the other day and take Captain to SkyZone. It's such a fun place to take a child that never seems to run out of energy! 

He had such a blast. I mean seriously who wouldn't! It's a building full of trampolines, basketball with trampolines, and dodge ball with trampolines. I mean seriously did you read trampolines.

We don't have one at home, to be honest I have family that are nurses and have worked in ER. Listening to them turned me completely off having a trampoline in our yard!

However, SkyZone we loved for an hour of crazy jumping! I wasn't told to write this and I haven't received any compensation - we payed for our tickets :) BUT if you ever get the chance to go to one with a child who seems to have undying energy it will be fun.

Please excuse my blurry pictures. Remember where it was taken and who I was with - A child with energy and a trampoline.