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The Fire Inspection.

Today was our fire inspection. Yesterday the fire inspector called me and left a voicemail. My first, immediate thought upon playing the voicemail was that I had just missed a call from Captain Holt. Captain Holt is from the TV show Brooklyn 99. Random YouTube Video of Captain Holt: I was kind of nervous/excited to see what this guy was actually like in person today. I was also extremely nervous we weren’t going to do something right and then fail the...

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Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Astronomy: A Science Review!

This week’s review is from Apologia Educational Ministries. Apologia sent us the Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition to check out. They included quite a few things in the package! We received: Student Text Notebooking Journal Jr. Notebooking Journal Audio CD The Notebooking Journal and Jr. Notebooking Journal are the same thing, but one is for younger children and the other is for older children. Since Ada is in first grade this year and Rosie is in fifth the two journals worked out...

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Ada’s Big Birthday Surprise!

I realized that I never posted the pictures and video of Ada’s big birthday trip! Her birthday was in April. I’m a little late. My parents took us to Newport Aquarium because they have a program where you can pay extra to meet the penguins up close. Ever since Ada was tiny she has loved penguins! It actually started when she was less than a year old and we went to the same aquarium with my parents. Ada saw a stuffed...

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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...