Thursday Things

It’s Thursday already! This week has been crazy. Getting used to our new schedule has been rough, and it’s going to be changed again in a couple weeks when our co-op for homeschool starts again. Ryan is super close to getting his license and I think that will make things so much easier. So, that makes this weeks Thursday Things all the better as it has me thinking of all the good things that I liked about this past week…

Thursday Things good weather

Our weather turned a little bit this last week. There were some cooler days with hints of fall. Leaves falling, even acorns! Superstition says that the earlier the acorns start falling, the harder the winter.. But online it says it is just how the tree is growing. Hmm, I guess we will see! Either way, I have been enjoying the cooler weather. 😉

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Ok, these are super cheap chips….but they have such a great flavor! We have tried yellow, white…it doesn’t matter. The flavor is just so good. 🙂 We have been buying quite a few bags, and since they are only $2, we can get a couple extra.. haha!

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I think I may have posted some other blueberry before, but no…this one beats them. The other ones are too much for me, this one just has a great flavor. I am sad that it is a limited edition, but it seems like most of the drinks that Jeffy and I like end up being that way…

amazon book rental

Amazon book rental. I am so happy about this, lol. We had been looking online for what books Ryan needed for his classes. We got all that was listed. Well…apparently they listed one class wrong and we didn’t realize we needed four books for that one class. And another class needed two was only available at the college bookstore. So…amazon book rental saved us quite a bit of money. We usually don’t mind getting new books but we usually spread them out as they can get pretty expensive. So when we found out we needed all of these books, we decided that book rental is the way to go. I even paid extra to overnight one important book and it wasn’t that much extra at all! Love it…

I have been enjoying The Head and the Heart lately. This is one song that plays frequently on my phone. At home we used to all listen to different music, but lately we have all been enjoying the same music and it has been nice, especially on long drives. 😉

So, that’s my Thursday Things for this week! Let me know what has made you have liked about this week! 🙂



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Where I’ve been…

It’s been kind of quiet around here.. There have been a few things that have kept me from the computer lately..   Just wanted to put it out there that I am back and caught up with everything now, in case you wondered, lol. Y’know, in case it was keeping you up at night, wondering where I’ve been… lol.

Some of the things that occurred happened close together so it was just a little overwhelming.

We had one of our cats die.. She was around 18 years old as we got her shortly after we got married and before Ryan was born. She hadn’t been right for a little while but really went downhill over a weekend. We had called our farm vet to come to the house but she couldn’t come until a Wednesday…well, Little Kitten couldn’t make it that long. It was sad, but we are all feeling better that she is not having a hard time anymore.
Little KittenI also hit my head on a shelf. I hit it so hard and in just the right place that I couldn’t help but fall backwards onto the ground. Thankful that the dogs moved out of the way, although I know Puppy was pretty close to me. I was there on the ground just holding my head and felt the stickiness of blood. Ugh. But the way it hurt, I figured it was inevitable.

I couldn’t look at it very well in the mirror so I had to interrupt Jeffy who was just about to take a shower. He looked at it and thought it would be ok. It definitely hurt though! Thankfully it didn’t continue to bleed. But I had a heck of a headache for a couple days!

There has been just an overall sense of busyness lately. Jeffy is doing a lot for work, we are finishing up our stuff to be licensed for fostering… We were all just a little overwhelmed. So, we made a last minute decision to head to the beach with Jeffy. We had never been to Atlantic Beach before and the hotel was right on the beach, so we thought it would be a good couple of days to relax.

Well, the hotel was completely booked.. So as we called to upgrade our room to something that would fit us all a little better, we were turned down.. We had to make a room with two queen beds fit five of us. Ha! We bought a twin air mattress, and that worked for Lauren. Ryan preferred to sleep on the floor the first night on a couple blankets. The next night Kyle got the floor…we had attempted to get a blow up raft, but it just wasn’t big enough.

Atlantic BeachWe did have a great breakfast one morning, the next morning we just had McDonald’s since it was close and we had to pack everything up. Jeffy and I had nightly responsibilities, so the kids hung out at the room during that time. We went to the beach at night because the day time was so so hot. It was a beautiful time to go! The sun was just thinking about setting when we got there and we got to watch it get dark. The Atlantic water is so much warmer than the Pacific, so it was like wading through bath water…it was a great night.
Jeff and Jen at Atlantic BeachFor some reason I woke up at 3am the next day. It was pretty brutal. But, it allowed me to be awake to watch the sunrise! I have been wanting to do that since we moved here! We were off on an angle but I was still able to see the sun rise over some buildings. It was very pretty and quiet.
Atlantic Beach SunriseSo, it was an odd trip as it was kind of relaxing and kind of not…. But it was still nice to get away.. 🙂 We definitely need to do that more often. There are so many different areas to see around here.

So, that’s a little bit into where we have been lately. Getting back to normal around here again… 🙂

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FlipStir Puzzles {Review}

A few weeks back I got this puzzle in the mail. I thought it would be something fun to try. Little did I know how tricky it would end up being…haha! This puzzle is the FlipStir puzzle of the Solar System from Enlivenze LLC. How hard could it be, right? It’s the Solar System! Well, check this out.. This is what I saw when I pulled it out of the box.

FlipStir puzzleI was definitely intrigued just by looking at it. And of course when I brought it inside all of the kids were intrigued as well! They all thought it was going to be pretty easy.. Here is what it looks like out of the packaging. As you can see they were in a hurry to get it open!

FlipStir puzzleIt was half way done already so I was excited to finish it. But in order to get the full effect I mixed it all up. With the kids watching I started to work on it. Now, this is a level two puzzle. You can kind of see those wavy lines in the picture above. The level one puzzles have straight puzzle pieces which would be a little easier. There are only ten pieces in this solar system puzzle (and all of the puzzles) and they go in planet order. After a little bit, I was almost done with the puzzle! Except for two pieces that were flipped upside down. I used the wand that is inside with the pieces and tried to maneuver those last two pieces. It took me a little longer than I expected, but I finally did it!

FlipStir puzzleBut look. It’s upside down. What!?! Yes, I was going to have to do it again…haha! I waited a while, had the kids play with it for a few weeks. I didn’t want it to get the best of me.. So I started over and am glad to report I finally did it right side up!

FlipStir puzzleSo, with as many times as I sat there working on the puzzle, I can imagine that it would definitely help a child learn the order of the planets. It also helps with patience because working only with gravity and that little wand sometimes takes a little longer than you think it will to put all of the pieces together in the right order!

It is something that you can throw in a bag to keep a child busy sometimes, or keep it in the car. The puzzles are geared to children 7 and up. I mentioned that this was a level 2 puzzle, there are two others, the Statue of Liberty as well as the Periodic Table. The Periodic Table one is limited edition. I am thinking about getting this one for my teens! I don’t think there really is an age limit as to who would enjoy it because it could be used for all ages!

The level one puzzles include rainbow pencils and a dinosaur puzzle. The level one puzzle pieces are cut straight across and are a little easier..but honestly, I kind of like the waviness of the level two pieces!

If you want to see what other people had to say about the puzzles they tried, feel free to click on the link below! 🙂

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I Love You Just Because {Review and giveaway}

Those of you that stay up to date on my blog know that we are going through the process to become foster parents. I think we are thisclose to being licensed. One more meeting before everything is finalized and then sent off. Anyway, this makes this book that I am going to mention all the better! It is called I Love You Just Because by Donna Keith.


This is a 20 page board book that is great for young hands. The sweet bears that are illustrated through the book are sure to be a favorite as well. Basically, it is a story of a family of bears. Two adults and three kids. The theme of the story is that the parents love the bears just because they are God’s gifts for whom they prayed. One bear looks like the parents, while the other two are different. One is a polar bear and one a panda bear.

Throughout the book it talks about their differences…the way they look, the difference in their sizes, what they like to eat…but the same theme is still there. The parents love them just because they are who they are. On each section there is also a bible verse that plays in with what is going along with the story. I thought that was a great touch too!

Donna Keith has two previous books – I Love You All the Same and I Love You Even When – and they have the same sweet bear family as in this book.

It is definitely a little foreign to me to be looking at books made for little ones again, but I am definitely a fan of this one. I am going to look for the other two books as well! You can get this book on Amazon for around $8 I think, last time I checked. You can also enter to win one of your own! Just enter in the box below, it is easy peasy! 🙂

I Love You Just Because {Review and giveaway}
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CTCMath Homeschool Membership {Review}

If you have been following along with our homeschool stuff you will know that we are doing a lot  with reading, writing and math this year. You know, the basics! I have been curious as to what else is out there for math as the kids were getting restless with the books we have been using. Online has been an interesting thing this year so far for the kids, so I was excited to try out Homeschool Membership from CTCMath.

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One thing that I automatically liked about this program was that you could use all the grades that they have, at any time. So, for example, we were able to start out with a little review of an earlier grade and then go full blast in another grade. And when that actually wasn’t challenging enough we could dapple in other grades! It really worked out well for us!

As you log in after setting up your account, you are basically at your dashboard. This is your home screen. All of the information is right there. Students are listed on the right and the latest tasks are listed on the left. Under the students section, the parents are listed. ctcmath home screenIt is a very simple format, but for me, after first logging in, I wasn’t quite sure what to do next. There weren’t any real directions. I played around and ended up figuring it out pretty easily.

In the students section on the right there, you can add more students with the little plus sign with a child in the white circle. And if you wanted to add new tasks you can just use the plus sign on the latest tasks section. The other button next to that is where you go to manage your tasks. On the new task screen, it will look like this:

ctcmath new task

You can click on when the task(s) start and stop and other information…I tried it a few different ways. I started out doing it so that it assigned one day and was due the next. Well, for us that was a little cumbersome, so I changed it to where I would load all of the tasks on a Sunday night and have it due the following Friday night. It worked out so much better!

You can see at the bottom you can add lessons or diagnostic tests. I started out by doing mostly diagnostic tests and then filled in with lessons once I figured out where they should be. You can then add the recipients that you want for that task. Again, at the beginning I had everyone kind of staggered as to different tasks, and then towards the end decided that it would be just as good to have them all on the same task.

ctcmath lesson exampleYou can switch to student view from your dashboard, which is what I did here to be able to see this lesson. This particular lesson starts out with a video. Now..I have to be honest…the best thing about the videos is the narrator as it is an Australian man and I have always loved that accent…ha! Anyway, once you get past that, he does a great job in explaining the lesson and showing exactly what needs to be done and the reasoning. All of the videos were pretty short and easy to follow.

This lesson also had questions that you could fill in as well as a worksheet option that you could print out. My kids all did their work on their own computers and for some reason the wifi printing isn’t the greatest from their computers…so what I had them do was do the work on a separate piece of paper and take note of the answers that way. It had the same effect. If they did both the questions and the worksheet, or just one or the other, the grades would be noted and could be viewed in the progress report.

Everything is quite thorough and it really makes sure you know the work before going on. It has been a favorite of the kids and I was surprised because none of them are very fond of math. I think they get that from me. 😛 But sometimes maybe I don’t explain things the way that they would want them to be explained, so hearing it explained as well as seeing the problem be done at the same time makes this a great combination.

The Homeschool Membership is available for one student or as a family plan for two or more students! The single plan is $11.97 monthly or $78.80 for the year. The family plan is $15.97 monthly or $118.80 for the year. There is also a six month choice.

If you feel like you want to check out what other families thought of CTCMath, feel free to click the banner below! 🙂

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What I read in July

Sooo, how is your Goodreads challenge coming along? I am surprisingly 14 books ahead of schedule…but I don’t know how the rest of the year is going to go, so maybe that’s a good thing… I took a break from the library a bit this month and decided to read some books that I had at home. I have so many that are just sitting here waiting to be read! Have you read any great books lately? Here is what I read in July!


Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline – Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

Two months pass and Christine is happily pregnant. but one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders-and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor.

Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced, with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?

What I thought: This is one of my favorite authors but I was kind of disappointed in this book.. I hate to say it.. It had a good story line but for some reason it didn’t do it for me…


Shrill by Lindy West – Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss–and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

What I thought: Well.. I laughed a bit. It seemed like a lot of the book was repetitious in a way? I didn’t agree with her on a lot of things, but that really doesn’t matter in a book. It was ok…


My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

What I thought: This was a different book for me. It was interesting and then a little weird.. It was good..but it wasn’t a favorite.


Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam – This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.

As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.

Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Lauren—beautiful, independent, and unpredictable—is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents’ worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about it herself. Each woman envies—and is horrified by—particular aspects of the other’s life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.

Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, they’ve been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection—or just force of habit—that keeps them together?

With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult lives—and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.

What I thought: It is kind of odd reading a book about female relationships written by a man. He did a pretty good job though. The story was basically like I was eavesdropping in their lives. It just kept going. Life just went on. There really wasn’t a big aha moment or anything…It was ok…


Misty of Chincoteague  by Marguerite Henry – On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her–that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can’t live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next “Pony Penning Day” does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

What I thought: This was my first time reading this story and I think it was done well! I really don’t have any complaints.


Love That Boy by Ron Fournier – Tyler and I inch toward the Green Room, in line with blow-dried TV anchors and stuffy columnists. He’s practicing his handshake and hello: “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President.” When the couple in front of us steps forward for their picture, my teenager with sky-blue eyes and a soft heart looks up at me and says, “I hope I don’t let you down, Dad.”
What kind of father raises a son to worry about embarrassing his dad? I want to tell Tyler not to worry, that he’d never let me down. That there’s nothing wrong with being different. That I actually am proud of what makes him special. But we are next in line to meet the president of the United States in a room filled with fellow strivers, and all I can think about is the real possibility that Tyler might embarrass himself. Or, God forbid, me.

LOVE THAT BOY is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.

What I thought: What an interesting book. I think every parent should read it, honestly.. It made me think about parenting a little differently…


Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

What I thought: I thought this was a great story. So many people going into the intricacies of it and it is just a story. Granted there are a lot of generalizations, but I think the story was told well. I loved it and it was a quick read for me..

Well, that’s what I read in July, did you read anything great lately?? 🙂

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I don’t know what to say

I don’t know what to say.

I have friends going through things, lots of things..

I see it on facebook, in emails and other online communication.

Some friends have gotten hurt by the one that promised to love them forever, did the unthinkable to them and/or their children.

I don’t know what to say.

Some friends have lost loved ones, some family, some friends, some people that just came into their lives again after a long separation.

I don’t know what to say.

Some friends have had surgeries and have been in the hospital longer than they thought they would be after something so routine.

I don’t know what to say.

Some friends have lost babies, it doesn’t matter their age, they will always be babies.

I don’t know what to say.

Some friends are just having a hard time dealing with the things that life is throwing at them… things that may not be a big deal but added to all of the other things… they are overwhelmed.

I don’t know what to say.

I am not the greatest with conversation. My brain goes too fast and gets tangled up in its own little bowl of spaghetti and thoughts get tangled and mixed and cut apart from my mental fork.

I care about all of these people and I want them to know. I pray for them, I send good thoughts their way,

I do whatever it is that I possibly can…

I just don’t know what to say.

I don't know what to say

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Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree {Review}

The last couple weeks Lauren has been playing around with a new app on the iPad from Star Toaster called Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree. It’s not really a book…and it’s not really a game… It’s kind of both!

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How does that work you ask? Well, let me tell you… It is a book that you can read on the app like normal. But all the while you are trying to accrue enough stars so that you can help take care of the Orphs. You know, orphans… Speaking of that, as you read there are certain highlighted words. Some let you know what the word means, some let you know if it is say, a simile or something else…
Orphs of the Woodlands at TangletreeSo, in this example, we clicked on Orphs and it gave the explanation on what they are. Each word that is underlined is associated with a different color. So the light blue colors are definitions and they also give synonyms to help you understand. Purple is Character and that usually gives one character and what it means with an example. Green is Science and it covers quite a few things, I remember a weasel being one thing! Darker blue is Vocabulary and it will let you know the word and if it is a homonym or other such thing.

So, as you are reading and clicking on these words, you can come to a section where you need to purchase something to keep the Orphs alive. It starts out simple and then things cost more and more. Stars are the currency in the land, so you exchange stars for the different things that you need throughout the game. You end up at Stumptown where everything happens, the screen looks like this..

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review

You can see the different houses. As you click on each house you will see another screen that shows you a couple choices: Job Training and Help Wanted.

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review
You click on the Job Training section and do everything that it asks, it could be reading about flying squirrels or learning about rainbows. Then you can click on the coordinating Help Wanted squares. Those are usually multiple choice questions or something similar. Once you do what that asks, you are then able to earn your stars! As you go through the story you will continuously need new things! Orphs of the WoodlandsAt this point, Lauren was working towards getting a stove, you can see that it costs 100 gold stars! She had to do quite a few jobs in order to earn that amount! As you read you will keep learning, not just about the story, but all of the other extra things as well!

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You can check on the progress your child is making too! This shows an example of what you might see. Notice all of the different categories!
Orphs of the WoodlandsAt the end, you get a nice little congratulations video for finishing. There are going to be updates added, so you will be able to keep going with the app. At this point they ask for your email address so they can notify you of upcoming additions to the app.

Now, the app is suggested for ages 9-11. I could see younger kids using this as well. Lauren is turning 13 next week and while some of it seemed beneath her age, she did enjoy learning different things, especially about the animals. She finished the whole story pretty quickly without me asking her to, so that says something. 🙂 But I definitely see how this can help children, with reading, with learning grammar and other things…it is great for only $1.99…

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20 years?!?

Friday afternoon we had a visit from our social worker. She wanted to talk about the relationship that Jeffy and I have. I thought it was fitting because today is our 20th anniversary. 20 years?!? I know, right? The time has gone so fast and I still feel like that 22 year old sometimes..haha!

We have been through so many things in those 20 years. And well, if you count them, the seven years previous! You can imagine, since we started dating when I was 15.. Through everything we have been through, we never wanted to be apart from each other.

I started making this little video and well, our internet went out. I didn’t get to finish it, clean it up or anything…heck, I barely even was able to upload it! Here I sit at a McDonald’s as I am out running errands hoping that it uploads before my battery runs out. 😛 They do have outlets though, if I am desperate. (Thankfully)

But if you wanted to check out a little of our life in this video, go ahead! Just don’t pay attention to my silly voice and the bad editing because I just couldn’t do much without internet at our house. (Of course when we call they say they will come out sometime by the end of the month…hooray…) Even when we do have internet out download speeds are like…1.19? Gotta love Century Link in the country…

Anyway, while I am still surprised that Jeffy and I have been married for 20 years, I am looking forward to the next 20, God willing. There are changes on the horizon, some we have put voice to and some that are just now barely even thoughts. I know we will have ups as well as downs, because that’s just how we roll…I am looking forward to it all though.

I was going to include some pictures and make this a pretty post, but I left the cd at home that had the pictures on it. And well, my battery is going dead and someone just sat at the table with the outlet. I also have to go do more errands.

So, like the life that Jeffy and I lead, here is a crazy mixed up video of our first 20 years…lol. I don’t even know if this post made sense, but whatever…hahahaha…


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Beric The Briton {Review}

A few months ago I was excited to try out Heirloom Audio Productions audio story of The Dragon and the Raven. It was all new to me, this audio story type thing…and we loved it! So, I was even happier to be able to check out another story, Beric The Briton.

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We are all getting quite fond of these stories. And honestly after the books that we have been and still are reading out loud, they are just happy to not hear my voice for a short break..ha!

Beric the Briton is a great tale of Rome and England and what happens during the time that they finally meet each other in battle. The characters are so convincing in this story that if you close your eyes you can’t help but be taken by your imagination to that time period!

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions Review
I had no idea what the lion on the cover was about until we got into the second disk, then it all came together! I don’t want to spoil anything though, so I won’t talk too much about it. Beric and his friend Boduoc are the main characters of this story. There is a short introduction to them and then boom, the action begins!

There are wolf fights and then an even bigger fight when the Romans come and then a shipwreck and, well…see, it has all kinds of action! But in the down time you also get to meet quite a few other characters which become important in other ways. Throughout the story you get a feel of what kind of characters they are…Beric is quite an honorable man and he proves it!

These stories are full of action, but they are also full of history that is exciting as well as good values and morals. It is such a well rounded product and I have noticed that now that this is my second time trying these audio adventures. When I read that each story was 2+ hours I was actually very surprised. They did not seem that long at all! Make sure you go to the Beric the Briton website and see the trailer and behind the scenes video trailer!

study buide beric the britonAs part of the package we got, we got quite a few bonuses! The study guide is my absolute favorite! We would listen to one section at a time and then do the study guide for that section. Each section is only a few minutes long, I think they range anywhere from around two minutes to around ten minutes. So the study guide helped reiterate some of the things that they learned in that short time.

There are three different sections in each days study guide section:

1. The Listening Well has questions that you can ask about what your child remembers about what they heard. Even if there was only two minutes of the story that day, sometimes there was a lot to remember!
2. The Thinking Further section are more in depth questions, to get them thinking more. It puts a more personal spin on each question. It also suggests questions that involve getting out your Bible and comparing different things throughout the story.
3. The last section are words that were mentioned in that days story section and wants you to look up the definition. Our last audio adventure we listened to it seemed the words were a little harder than this time, or maybe these words were just more a part of our vocabulary. They are still great words to know and understand what they mean though!

Also included on some of the pages are little extras. There is some information on the diets of the people back then, a recipe for cake and some comparisons of different gladiators. Now, since we love unit study type things, we really took our time through this. We researched four of the five gladiators listed, basically put them all in a hat and picked one that way, and then I also had everyone draw the gladiator that they chose. I am getting more and more impressed with their drawings!

Beric the Briton gladiatorsAlso included in the bonuses is an mp3 set of the disks in case you wanted to listen to them that way, an e-book, the soundtrack, a printable cast poster, an inspirational quote poster that is also printable, live the adventure letter and the behind the scenes video. That is a lot of extra stuff!

We really enjoy dragging these out as long as we can.. I know there are people out there that sit down and listen to them all in one sitting and that is fine too! I love how you can do it however you want! If you want to read what others thought of their time with Beric the Briton, feel free to click the banner below!

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions Review

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