Friday, March 9, 2018

Tea Time ~ Scholarships and Spring Training ~ 3/9/18

Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things about my life lately...

~The Hubby and I spent Saturday morning sorting through and cleaning our bedroom and Family room.  Things accumulate so quickly!  We cleared the tops of our dressers, changed the bedding and I swept the floors.  Now to do it all again tomorrow :)

~We had another Family Movie Night and rented the movie "Coco" from the Redbox.  I wasn't really all that into it but the family liked it well enough.  It seemed very similar to "The Book of Life" for me to get into it.  Now, I do really want to see "Ferdinand"!  It looks so good :)

~The girls are learning how to cook.  Slowly but surely, one-at-a-time, I'm teaching them how to make different meals.  Kaylee is now proficient at making Ham Pot Pie.  She isn't to the point of making homemade noodles, but for now bow-tie noodles will do :)

~Laken decided that she wants to learn to crochet!  We had our first lesson this week.  We started with how to hold the yarn and I tell you when I tried to show her, I really had to think about it.  I'm so used to just picking it up and holding it that when I tried to explain to her it was harder than I thought!  Next, we went on to a simple chain.  She spent a few happy hours making chain after chain :)

~Kaylee brought home some scholarship papers.  I can't believe everything is coming up so quickly!  Now, she will have to take the time to sit down and write the essays that are required to be considered for the scholarships that she qualifies for.  My baby girl is growing up!

~I watched the PIRATES play yesterday!  And they won!  Whoohooo!  That means it is Spring Training time.  That means that it is almost SPRING!

~Speaking of SPRING:  Don't forget to SPRING the clocks forward Saturday night before you go to bed!  I'm so excited to be getting longer evenings.  Now if the weather would just cooperate...

How was your week?
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Review ~ Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey ~ 3/8/18

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

My Thoughts:
 Dani Pettrey's first series, Alaskan Courage, was amazing!  If this book is any indication of the Chesapeake Valor series, it is going to be just as amazing!
 I loved that the book starts out at the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania.   Being from Southern Pennsylvania, this is a place that I've visited many times.  The first time I visited was for a Fifth Grade Field Trip :)
There were a lot of characters to meet and get to know in this book.  Unlike other series that I've read, pretty much all the main characters for the series were met and learned about in the first book.  Therefore, I would definitely recommend reading this book first.
You won't want to miss it!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Movie Review ~ Wonder ~ 3/7/18

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Rated:  PG
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

My Thoughts:
This is one of the very best movies I have seen in a long, long time!
My brother and SIL had taken my nephew and Laken to see it at the theater.  When it came to the Redbox, Laken was so excited to rent it.  I knew that it had gotten good reviews and Laken really liked it, so I was excited to see it.
We settled in with our M&M's and Dr. Pepper and I was mesmerized!
There were so many heart-warming, touching scenes that I can't even start to pick a favorite but one does stick out to me as a Mom:  It was on Auggie's first day at "school" and her first day of not home-schooling him.  The family saw him off to school and then the Mom (Julia Roberts) went home by herself and sat in their home-school room.  Oh, my heart!
I enjoyed how the movie featured the lives of the different characters.  It gave a different perspective and answered a lot of questions.
You should definitely watch this movie with your family!
So good!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ Cold Shot ~ 3/6/18

My teaser for this week is from:


 Fog wafted over the silent hilltop, dancing in eerie waves amidst the centuries-old trees, the weathered trunks the sole markers of the lost graves littering the grounds surrounding them.

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3/5/18

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The weather outside is::::

It was SO windy a few days ago.  I actually had a dream that there was a tornado!  The temps haven't been too bad, hovering around 35*F.  We're supposed to get some snow over the next few days though.

On my breakfast plate:

Granola Bar
As I look around the house::::
~We're down to three boxes left to sort through and put away!  So exciting.  I can't stand the clutter.

~Trim is going up!

On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Menu/Grocery List
Happening this week::::
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, groceries, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Laundry, Schedule, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, RTW
Friday...  Weigh-in, RTW, Family Dinner, Bills
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Date Night, Spring Clocks Forward!
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::


I loved Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series.  This is the first book of her new series Chesapeake Valor and takes place in Gettysburg.  As a Pennsylvania girl, I am finding it fascinating!
On the TV::::


GAC Top 20 Countdown


Listening to:

You've GOT to watch this video!

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Ham Pot Pie, Green Beans, Apples
Tuesday - Steak, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Peaches
Wednesday - Potato Soup, Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Chicken, Augratin Potatoes, Broccoli, Oranges
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

For some reason, my camera won't load the pictures I've taken onto my computer :(

This week, I worked on the Ravelry BAMCAL 2018 February Block from Helen Shrimpton called Star Crossed.

I like how the pattern looks, I just wish I would have placed my colors a tiny bit differently.

Sorry for not having a picture!

Picture From the Camera

 Nothing new this week due to camera malfunctions.

Bible Verse/Devotional


Friday, March 2, 2018

Tea Time ~ Mammograms and Dr. Seuss ~ 3/2/18

Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things about my life lately...

~It is officially my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!  I love turning the calendar over to March.  This is a big year for me.  4-0 !!!  I'm excited!  To celebrate, I got a manicure with my favorite turquoise polish :)

~I got the result of my annual mammogram in the mail.  I'm glad to say that I'm good to go for another year!  Everything looks good :)

~I also received the results of my annual bloodwork.  Everything came back good except for my Vitamin D.  Even though I take 2,000 units a day, I just can't seem to get my numbers to come up.  My doctor is prescribing and additional 50,000 units per week.  Hopefully that will do the trick...

~The Subaru once again has low beams!  Both low beams blew out within days of each other.  The thing with our Subaru is that it isn't a simple bulb change.  Basically, the whole front has to be taken apart to get to the bulb.  I called the little garage we go to and they were able to schedule us to bring the car in on Monday afternoon.  I'm glad to not have to give people high beams anymore!

~Saturday evening we had a Family Movie Night!  We stopped by the Redbox and rented "Wonder" and "Daddy's Home 2".  "Wonder" was wonderful!  "Daddy's Home 2" was hilarious!  Hopefully, I'll write up a Movie Review for each soon.  We had a nice time together complete with M&M's.  The Dollar General was all out of Twizzlers!  Can you believe that???

~Mom and Laken made Chocolate Chip Cookies Tuesday evening.  Yummmmm....

~We had a Senior Parent Meeting last evening.  I can't believe Kaylee is graduating.  In a way, I can't wait for it to be over.  We were handed a whole list of things that are going on in the next few months.  It is a little bit overwhelming.  Senior pictures, senior trip, baccalaureate, due dates, etc.  So much!  It is no wonder Kaylee is feeling overwhelmed also.

~It is Dr. Seuss Week for Laken.  She's had fun participating in the themes for the days.  Her favorite so far was Thursday.  They were to dress as what they want to be when they grow up.  Laken wants to own a bakery, so her costume consisted of an apron and the Chocolate Chip Cookies mentioned above!

How was your week?
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Review ~ Thin Ice by Irene Hannon ~ 3/1/18

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

My Thoughts:
This book sucked me in and kept me there until the very end!
I remember liking Irene Hannon's writing and this one solidified that for me.  This is the second book of the "Men of Valor" series.  I haven't read the first book YET, but didn't find that it hindered my enjoyment of Thin Ice.
I really enjoyed getting to know Lance and Christy.  Even though it seemed a bit "love at first sighty", the romance wasn't cheesy as they were adamant about keeping their relationship professional until the case was closed.
I had no idea how this book was going to end or who the culprit was until the author revealed it.
Very enjoyable read!  I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the first and third books of the series and reading more about the McGregor brothers.

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