half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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The Mantis. AAAAH!

The reaction people have to insects humors me and baffles me. My kids included! Henry and I are excited when a cool bug shows up. The girls? Horrified. And I don’t know why because we’ve lived in a cabin the woods surrounded by tons of bugs, they’ve grown up with me marveling over insects all the time. Why are they so terrified? It’s definitely not due to lack of exposure or the way they were raised! Rosie says that when she...

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FlipStir Puzzle Tyrannosaurus Rex from Enlivenze LLC: A Fun Review!

Have you ever heard of FlipStir puzzles from Enlivenze LLC? I hadn’t! This is a new twist on the age old puzzle. “Shake. Stir. Solve. It’s that easy!” These puzzles are fully enclosed in a plastic tube with a metal wand inserted in the top. Shake it up, use the metal wand to stir it around, then carefully piece the puzzle together inside the tube using the wand. We received the Tyrannosaurus Rex Level 1 puzzle from FlipStir to review.   Upon first...

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Birthday Party Fun!

Also from June: These are pictures from a friend’s birthday party for her two sons. They were turning five and three. The kids had SO MUCH FUN at this party. It was at a local farm that hosts parties. They had lots of animals to pet and play with, along with a pond for swimming. My friend’s daughter, sister of the birthday boys. Mama and baby peafowl! Or really peahen and babies, if we want to get technical. MY FAVORITES!! This...

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PRIDE 2016!!

Catch up from June, pictures I never posted! Pride Parade, because everyone deserves love and respect. (And who doesn’t enjoy a good parade?) One amongst us really enjoyed the parade and may or may not have had the absolute time of his life. It was so hot out. LOL Blue teeth! They kept throwing out handfuls of candy to the kids. They also tossed out hats, sunglasses, balls, retired children’s library books, and tons of other stuff. The drag queens gave...

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Ten.

One whole decade. That’s how old my baby is now. That’s how long I’ve been a mother. I was 19 and pregnant. I wish I could go back and tell the 19 year old me that it will all be ok in the end. The journey to “ok” definitely wasn’t an easy one, but we’re here now, safe and sound. Well, at least as “ok” as anyone ever is, I suppose. ;) I spent her entire pregnancy in a state of...

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Super Fun Water Balloon Fight!

A couple of weekends ago we went to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit with them and my cousins, who were here from out of state. Fun times were had by all. The kids keep asking when we can do that again! Ada was approaching with a water balloon… Victory daaaaaance! We also had the GoPro out. It was set in video mode, but also set to take pictures every five seconds. The results of those settings are so hit...

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Noises of Utter Frustration

The saga to score an Ohio driver’s license will never end, apparently. I am so frustrated! I am a reasonably intelligent person, but this is way too hard. Somewhere in the midst of moving 3x in three years my social security card disappeared. To get a new one I needed to go to the SS office with all the kids in tow because Kentucky does not participate in the online ordering program for some unknown reason. Instead of going to the...

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Beric the Briton: An Audio Drama Review from Heirloom Audio Productions!

This week’s review is another audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions titled Beric the Briton! The product consists of a two disc CD set, which is over two hours long. Also included are several high quality downloads of bonus materials including a study guide, which is arranged to match up with the tracks on the CD with comprehension and discussion questions, activities, and related Bible studies. There’s also an mp3 soundtrack from the audio drama included, and a printable poster with a quote from Julius....

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ABeCeDarian Interactive A Workbook: A Learn to Read Review!

This week’s review is an online program for children who are learning to read, primarily aimed towards 4-6 year olds. It’s called ABeCeDarian Interactive A Workbook from the ABeCeDarian Company.         What in the world is an Abecedarian, you may wonder? I found the answer in the teacher’s guide! I had never heard this word before. Fascinating, and a clever company name! a-be-ce-dar-i-an n. 1. One who teaches or studies the alphabet. 2. One who is just learning; a beginner. a•be•ce•dar•i•an...