Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's Just Another Stylin' Sunday

I haven't done one of these in a LONG time but I couldn't pass up these pictures from last Sunday. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw one of them. I love Sadie's face but watching Sammy's face progression cracked me up.  Church can be hard!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Play Traffic Cones

 Earlier this year we received some orange traffic cones from Oriental Trading Company. Brody thinks they are about the coolest things ever! We love to use them for obstacle courses in the back yard.

And of course Brody also uses them to create parking spaces for his cars, bikes and toy tractor. But the orange cones are also great for games, sports practices, blocking off areas at parties, athletic events and other pretend play. We like to set them up on the driveway and make lanes of traffic for Brody's bike.

What would you use the cones for?

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinions or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Co and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Baby Clothes From Rae Gun

Awhile ago a won a giveaway, 12 months of Rae Gun and want to share some of the cute clothes I won.
Rae Gun sells darling baby and children's clothing. I love the retro look of her ruffle diaper covers and one piece outfits.
  I can't wait for Sadie and Samantha to fit in some more of the outfits we won! Rae Gun also has some awesome Halloween costumes. Stop by her shop and check them out!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Time Brody Met David Freese

Last night was kind of a big deal for Brody (and my niece Kelli). They got to meet David Freese!
If you are a Cardinals fan you already know who David Freese is. Simply put, he was the 2011 World Series MVP. Read more about him here.

 Freese was traded to the Angels this year and was rehabbing an injury in Salt Lake with the Salt Lake Bees (the Angels Triple A team) which means we got to see him play!

Before the games Kelli, Brody and my sister Julie headed down close to the field to watch him warm up. That's when they got to meet him. He took pictures with them and signed Brody's ball. What a nice guy!

Later in the game Brody was yelling his name while he was on the field and he even turned and gave a little wave with his glove.

What baseball player would you love to meet?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Little Passports

A few weeks ago I decided to sign Brody up for the Little Passports subscriptions. I figured he loves mail and this will be a great way for him to use his imagination, have fun and learn at the same time.

Little Passports is a monthly subscription where children receive a little suitcase filled with geographical activities and toys designed to help kids learn about the world in a fun way!

Our first package was a darling suitcase (that Brody can't stop playing with) filled with a play passport, a world map, boarding pass, stickers, and a little story about Sam and Sofia and how they start their exciting adventures.

When I ordered this for Brody I thought it would be great for a little summer learning. So far he is really excited about it and loves to look at the map and have me show him all the places I have traveled. I will keep you updated on what we think as we receive more packages from Little Passports

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Five and a Half

How did this little boy of mine get to be five and a half years old? I am pretty sure that time speeds up once you have children.

Brody is my little buddy and loves to shop at Target with me. He is an awesome big brother and loves to help me with his sisters. He loves playing outside and loves playing on his T-Ball team.

He loves school and is learning how to read. He loves practices writing words but doesn't love when i  make him read his books to me.

Brody can be stubborn. He wants to be the boss of the family and frequently tells me so. He is a little know it all and is constantly informing me of the ways of the world.

He is learning all the players on the Cardinals baseball team. Matt Holliday is his favorite.

He loves snuggling with me, especially while we watch movies. He is really sweet!

He loves chocolate ice cream and pizza is still his favorite food.

Brody is really excited to start kindergarten in fall.

See more of Brody's age project here. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reading List

Little Princes by Conor Grennan
In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan embarked on a yearlong journey around the globe, beginning with a three-month stint volunteering at an orphanage in civil war–torn Nepal. But a shocking truth would forever change his life: these rambunctious, resilient children were not orphans at all but had been taken from their families by child traffickers who falsely promised to keep them safe from war before abandoning them in the teeming chaos of Kathmandu. For Conor, what started as a footloose ramble became a dangerous, dedicated mission to unite youngsters he had grown to love with the parents they had been stolen from—a breathtaking adventure, as Conor risked everything in the treacherous Nepalese mountains to bring the children home.

I can't tell you how much I loved this book! What makes it eve better is it's a true story! 

My Story by Elizabeth Smart, Christ Stewart
On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

I have read both negative and positive reviews of this book. Did I think it was perfectly written? Not really but the book isn't about the writing. The book gives a very clear picture of what Elizabeth Smart went through and the strength she had to get through it. Read it!

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

I really enjoyed this book. In reading about the state-mandated sterilizations it made me think a lot about the freedom we should have over our own bodies.