Friday, November 9, 2018

"Mommy, do you believe in aliens?"

He gave her that alarming smile, extended his hand said...

"Mommy, do you believe in aliens?"

"What? Go back to bed!" I said, slightly exasperated. Why must we go through this every night? Pondering the existence of aliens, remembering that one thing he meant to do earlier, inquiring about detailed plans for he next day; this boy does not like settling down and going to sleep!

Some day I know that I will miss these late night visits. I regret that he doesn't come into my room to ask inane questions. His questions are always accompanied by one last hug and snuggle. That's the part I'll really miss.

Watching your kids grow up is hard! There are moments that you can't wait to get through, and there are moments when you see glimpses of the adults they will be when they leave you. One day you're tearing your hair out over things; and the next you're fondly remembering combing hair and wiping faces.

We're at a good stage with the kids right now. They've been getting along and playing well together. It's a welcome change from the difficulties we had the past two years. I"m enjoying parenting right now. It's not all sunshine and flowers. I don't think it's ever all sunshine and flowers, but we are definitely breathing easier right now.

In this stage, the kids are all reading interesting books that I can read along with them and discuss. They are learning fun stuff in school and able to explain it in complex ways. They are going out with friends and participating in interesting activities. It's a fun stage!

We are also dealing with the entrance to middle school and the entrance to high school. That obviously causes some strife because those are all new things to get used to, but the kids seem to be mostly handling it well. Miraculously, so am I!

There's lots of change at our house with new schools, new activities, and new maturity. There's also lots of settling down. That's how life seems to be: a bit of both all the time.


Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 9 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado 
The Bergham Chronicles
The Blogging 911
Cognitive Script
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Part Time Working Hockey Mom
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
Climaxed

My subject is “He gave her that alarming smile, extended his hand said... ”. It was submitted by https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Paint Pour Pumpkin

I love watching paint pouring videos. The process is mesmerizing and the results always turn out so cool! I've wanted to do one for a while, but I was a bit nervous because I had seen a few fails that made me wonder how difficult they actually were.

It turns out they are pretty simple, as long as you follow the directions.

First you'll need your supplies:

  • acrylic paint in the colors of your choice
  • something to paint (in this case, fake pumpkins from the craft store)
  • pouring medium (found with the acrylic paint at the craft store)
  • cups and stir sticks
  • a place you can get messy or a tarp or box to get messy on
We had a bunch of random acrylic paint lying around, so that's what we used. I added the pouring medium directly to the bottles, since they were less than half full already. You'll want the mixture to be 50/50 paint and pouring medium. Tip it around after mixing. Does it flow easily? Then it's good. If not, add some more pouring medium. We shook them up good and then squirted them into a cup. We did all this outside so the mess wouldn't be too bad, but we kept things inside a box lid as an additional precaution.


Once Henry had added the colors the way he wanted, he simply poured it over the top of our pumpkin. Watching and listening to his delight was honestly the best part of the whole project for me. He was absolutely delighted with how it turned out!



We left the pumpkin on the porch for a day or so to dry. Now it's sitting on the steps with my mums for a bit of decoration!

Our Blog With Friends theme for October is Spooky and Fun. Check out these other projects!

Karen of Baking in a Tornado has a Spider in his Spider Web Cake Project

Lydia of Cluttered Genius has a DIY Canvas Art {frighteningly easy!}

Dawn from Spatulas On Parade made a Cat PoopProject 





Friday, October 5, 2018

Zombies Don't Scare Me!

"Can you hear anything from in there?" Ken whispered.

"I think I heard a groan, but I'm not sure!" I replied.

"What should we do? I'm not sure we should just leave the door shut all day."

"I don't want to open the door! It's not safe!! Who knows what we'll find!"

"This is ridiculous. I'm going in. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of."

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"AaaaaaaaahhhH!"

"WHAT!! What happened!?!" I cried!

"I...I fell on something. There's something sticky here on the floor. Shhh! Do you hear that!?!"

"I do. I think....I think...Yep. She's awake!"

"Good morning, Frances. It's time to get out of bed."

*GRRRRRRROOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!*

"Nope, sorry, sister. It's time to get up. You've go to get ready for school. Your alarm has been going off for 20 minutes. The boys are already in the car. I'm leaving in 5 minutes; with or without you. Let's move it!"

"Can you help me out here, I think my leg is stuck in a laundry pile!" Ken replied.



Your “Secret Subject” is: Tell us your detailed plan for surviving the zombie apocalypse. It was submitted by: https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com. Only thing is...zombies don't scare me. I have a teenaged daughter!!! But if you really do need a plan, the CDC has you covered.

PS Happy 15th birthday to my favorite zombie daughter!!!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Bergham Chronicles
The Blogging 911
Cognitive Script
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Climaxed

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Spirit of God Illustrated Bible

I received this book  for free in exchange for an honest review.
I think we do a pretty good job of covering God the Father and God the Son, but God the Spirit gets a little bit hazy sometimes. Last week in Sunday School my class talked about faith. Faith is believing in things you cannot see or touch. It's a hard one for third graders to grasp. It's hard for their 40-year old teachers to grasp too.

I was asked to review this new illustrated bible and the theme really hit home with me. These stories are focused on God's Spirit with us throughout time. God's Spirit was there at Creation, God's Spirit was there with all the prophets. God's Spirit accompanied Jesus in His mission on earth.

These are familiar stories with a different perspective. They will help make the Spirit visible throughout Bible history, and hopefully that makes the Spirit a little easier to see in your life today.


Author Bio: Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

Illustrator Bio: Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.

You can learn more about the Spirit of God Illustrated Bible at this landing page. You can purchase there as well. Have a blessed day!!
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