Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY Tic Tac Toe

Brody loves painting so we decided to paint some rocks to use for our own tic tac toe game. They are perfect to bring inside and play during the cold winter months but we also love playing with them outside when it's warm.

I don't think there is any need to explain how we made our tic tac toe rocks other than we used acrylic paint and outside we use chalk to draw the tic tac toe board and inside we took an old tray and put washi tape on it for the board.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Results Are In

We got our results back from our twin DNA testing. Sadie and Samantha are identical twins!

I am actually kind of shocked about this. Because the girls had their own amniotic sacs and placentas I was told they were more than likely fraternal twins. This means the twins separated very early!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reading List

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

I really enjoyed this book! It was engaging and had great characters.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
 The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.

I really wanted to like this book but I found it to be crude with no merit. I felt like it was far fetched and the idea of the book was much better than the actual writing. 

Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

This true story is amazing! The book, not so much. The stories of the people who worked at and for the Canteen during the second World War were interesting but I found the book fell short of what it could have been. 

What have you been reading?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rhodes Hearty Breakfast Bake

Today I am over at the Rhodes Blog showing you how to make this Hearty Breakfast Bake. Head over there to check it out. While you are there check out some of the other amazing Rhodes recipes. I am dying to make the Cinnamon and Sugar Pull Apart Loaf and of course the Baked Reuben Braid is a favorite of mine.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Brody Got Glasses! And A Little About Amblyopia

Sadie and Sammy wanted Brody's glasses so we gave them sunglasses instead.

We recently found out that Brody has Amblyopia. It basically means that one of his eyes is strong (20/20 vision) and the other eye is not (20/100 vision). The eye with poor vision then "turns off" and becomes amblyopic, more commonly called lazy eye. This kind of lazy eye is actually hard to recognize because with both eyes open Brody didn't even realize the one eye was blurry. Also, his eyes are not crossed or misaligned.That is why it is SO important to have your kids eyes checked regularly at their annual wellness visits.

How do you fix Amblyopia?
The good news is, that we caught this early! If we would have found this out a few years down the road there wouldn't be a whole lot we could do to fix this problem. Because Brody is so young his ophthalmologist believes we can get Brody's amblyopic eye to 20/25. He will start out by wearing glasses to help strengthen the weak eye and then will most likely have to wear an eye patch over the strong eye to also help strengthen the weak eye.

Brody was so excited to get glasses and he even thinks wearing an eye patch will be cool. He will only have to wear it a few hours a day but he wants to make sure it's during school so the other kids can see. Funny kid!

Amblyopia can be inherited so if you have any relation that has it make sure to have your children checked, even if it is a distant relation. The visual system is usually fully developed by nine years old and usually can not be changed so make sure your kids are getting a visual screening at their annual wellness visits.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays from my family to yours! Hopefully you can read our card, it was a little blurry when it uploaded.