#blogtober day 16th! How do you costume?

Every year is a challenge for us to figure out what we want to be for Halloween. We always do a themed costume for the whole family! Last year the kids were Pokemon while my husband and I were Ash and Misty! It was super fun! Here is our costumes from last year! Halloween

This year we are the Super Mario characters!  I am super excited and I always put a ton of work into our costumes , it is so much cheaper for us to make them than buy them! Costumes are so expensive!!  My kids love to see the costumes come from nothing and they are excited to tell everyone they helped make their costumes!

It is quite the experience and sometimes challenging but definitely worth it! I will post pictures on Halloween of our costumes!

What do you do for Halloween?!?

I want to know! Are you crafty? Do you have a family theme? (Even if it is not a family costume, I’d love to hear about your costumes!!) What are you going as this year?!??!

~~Happy Haunting~~

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#blogtober day 15 If I have to watch that movie one more time I’m gonna….

So I love my kiddos more than anything in this world but when they latch on to a favorite show/movie, they will watch the crap out of it. Here lately it has been Captain Underpants. Cute movie the first couple times I seen it or heard it from the other room…. Then it was also cute when they asked me to buy the music from the movie on Amazon.

Super cute when they sang the I Love Saturdays song the first time….. Now that song is permanently stuck in my head (singing the song in my head as I type)….. I could quote the entire movie and unfortunately my husband has taken on the persona of Professor P… because well he’s a teacher and he’s a tad crazy. (one of the many reasons I married him!)

We just bought the Emoji Movie and watched it for the first time this weekend, again cute movie but I feel it will be on repeat for the next few weeks. I love it when new movies come out that they like, it gives me a reprieve from whatever their current fascination is lol!!!

What movies do your kiddos love to watch repeatedly?!?? Is it just me or does it drive you crazy sometimes!!!

#blogtober day 14! Did I just break my foot?!?

So today was a fantastic day! I went out with my mother-in-law and had drinks, lunch and a fantastic pedicure! Then we did some shopping and rounded off the day with pizza and my kiddos.

So when we got back home after being gone all day…. there was a rooster out of the damn coop! The hens tend to get out all the time.. they are super sneaky little creatures… Anyways the two roosters we have never get out! Like ever! So we were definitely surprised to see him out. He is lovingly called Raymond….he is a Rhode Island Red and he reminds of Raymond Reddington from the Blacklist!!

This rooster does not want to go in for anything. Here my husband and I are running around in the dark with flashlights cursing Raymond. Their is a storm due to hit our house in about 10 minutes give or take a few lol. So of course we were not happy! My husband the aloof guy he is has forgotten to pick up his weights that are sitting in our yard. I mean the big giant bar and heavy weights! I did not see said weights while I was chasing Raymond through the yard and ran right into the bar 😦 I screamed, Raymond crowed and my husband laughed as he caught Raymond by the feet and lovingly threw him back in the coop.

I am pretty sure that I broke a bone in the top of my foot…I don’t know I could be wrong.. I am quite a baby when it comes to pain lol. Long story short it hurts like the dickens and I have a massive bruise…. Moral of the story: leave the stupid rooster to fend for himself, or get rid of my husbands weights since he leaves them outside before an impending rainstorm…. Hmmm maybe I’ll just get rid of the rooster…or the husband lol! Just kidding! 🙂

Hope you all have a happy Saturday! 🙂

#blogtober It’s Friday the 13th!

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It’s Friday the 13th and honestly I didn’t even realize it! We didn’t have school today and my kids were being crazies loving their day off, and lets be honest, I am terrible with dates! All day Wednesday I thought it was Thursday… I blame it on the mommy brain.

So in the spirit of Friday the 13th, I thought it would be fun to tell a little ghost story (true story!). Growing up we lived in a very small town (500 people). We lived in a house that was half an old school house. It was brought in town to be added on to an existing house (confusing I know!) But anyways it was to make this house bigger. It was a pretty awesome house. There were the really old heavy charcoal chalk boards and our laundry room had a gym floor!

But this house was haunted! I don’t know why but most every night as I was growing up I would see young children playing in our living room ( I could see this room from my bedroom). It honestly never bothered me seeing them. I would talk to my family about it and they had seen and heard things also! Spooky right!? Well we moved out when I was in 6th grade to live on our family farm and the people who moved into that house called my mom one day and asked her if we had ever seen/heard anything weird! So it wasn’t just our family!! We weren’t crazy lol! They never bothered us and it’s always a fun story to tell!

Fast forward several years and I am a senior in high school. My parents have divorced by this time and my mom and I are living in a different house. We get bored one night and decide to look in the attic of this house (there had once been a fire and we were bored and curious). So we peeked up into the attic and found some crazy stuff! A model-T tire, some old porcelain dishes, a bunch of old insurance fliers and some other random stuff. We thought it was so cool, we love history stuff so it was neat to find this stuff. So we decided we had enough (it was well after midnight!).

I headed to bed and was laying there trying to get comfy.. All at once I felt something in the room with me… You know the feeling where you feel like someone is watching you and you get goosebumps or your hair stands up on the back of your neck?!? Yea well at the end of my bed was a scary ghost! It was a man in a business suit looking angry at me! I screamed and ran to my mom’s room! It scared the living shit out of me! I had never been so scared in my life! We promptly put everything back in that attic where we had found it and needless to say I slept in my mom’s room that night! The weird thing is I never seen that ghost again!

So I blame it on the fact that we messed with the stuff in the attic and it pissed off a ghost lol!

 

Tell me your ghost stories! I love to hear about them!!! 🙂 🙂

#blogtober day 12! Favorite Halloween Movies!

I love everything about Halloween! We have a tradition of watching all of our favorite Halloween movies every year! Here are some of our favorites!!!

 

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ( great book too!)
  3. Corpse Bride
  4. Casper
  5. Halloweentown
  6. Coraline
  7. Hotel Transylvania #1 and #2
  8. Frankenweenie (the cartoon one)
  9. Scared Shrekless
  10. Mickey’s House of Mouse Villains
  11. Room on the Broom
  12. Alvin and the Chipmunks Frankenstein

What are your Favorites?!?! We would love to know!

#blogtober day 11!! Courtesy of my Husband

October 11, 2017

Mid-October can mean only one thing…

FOOTBALL SEASON IS WELL UNDERWAY!!!!!

Chances are if you are not a football fan, you know more than one person that is.  All around the United States there are games going on at every level of competition, every single week.  In your community, there are little-leaguers running around like crazy every Saturday morning with proud dad’s and worried mom’s looking on.

On Friday nights, we get to go see those kids keep playing on a brighter stage. High school football still brings out those dedicated parents, but also brings out other football fans that come out in droves to support these boys and their hopes of moving on to the next level.

Big time football fans will usually split here into one of two categories: collegiate or professional.  To the untrained eye, football is football. How can watching a college team be any different than watching an NFL team? Many view collegiate teams as the purest form of the sport. These athletes go out every Saturday and play because they love it. It is illegal for these players to receive any form of compensation, other than a college scholarship. To an extent this is true, for most of these student-athletes their time at whatever school they attend will be their last time playing football.

For a select few however…

The National Football League awaits.

Elite college players are selected in a draft format by the 32 professional teams that make up the NFL.  I enjoy watching my University of Oklahoma Sooners play when I can, but its my Kansas City Chiefs that I cannot go without. I am a professional fan at heart, always will be. The NFL has the highest level competition available, and every Sunday almost all the games played are exciting to watch because each team is talented enough to win.

I firmly believe that football has eclipsed baseball as America’s pastime.  If you don’t believe me, go check out your local high school’s game this Friday night. It’ll be worth it!

“See Me” ~Nicholas Sparks~ Review

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Synopsis:

See me just as I see you . . .

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

Author:

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.

Review:

Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school! I’m sure that can be said by almost every girl in the world lol! But then I got bored with his writing, it was the same story over and over again. The damsel in distress gets saved by the knight in shining armor and there are rainbows and unicorns celebrating their love. Ok so maybe not quite that cutesy but you get my point. It’s the same story every book.

I tried reading his book “Two by Two”, I could not get into it! I literally could not get past the first 20 pages. I had just had it with his writing, don’t get me wrong I LOVE his books…I have LOVED all of his books until “Two by Two”. His new books are always released around my birthday and it’s a tradition for my hubby to get it for me as a present! So when “See Me” came out I was reluctant to read it and didn’t end up getting it until just recently. It is fantastic!

So to get down to it, this is one of the best books that Nicholas Sparks has ever written! I have read every single book and this one is by far my favorite, because it is different! It is exciting, it is not the typical romance novel. There is kidnapping, a bad boy with tattoos and a love that changes two people for the better. Yes it is a love story but it is so different from the normal books he puts out. It will throw you topsy-turvy and you will not know what hits you!

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I could not believe how amazing it was and I couldn’t read it fast enough! I highly recommend this book to everyone! It is definitely a read again type of book=in my library forever!!!! 🙂

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“Rewordable: The Uniquely Fragmented Word Game”~ Review!

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·    The Kickstarter-funded, uniquely fragmented word game
·    Carefully crafted to make it easy to form longer, more common words
·    Intuitive and fun for 2-8 players of all skill levels (ages 8 and up)
·    Includes 120 cards, 16 tokens, and nifty fold-out rules and poster
·    Variable deck with a fresh linguistic experience every game

Every letter counts in a game of Rewordable. Each of the 120 cards has been selected for optimal word crafting. Build a new word and be rewarded. Or add to other players’ words to steal their points. Create the largest lexicon of words by the end of the game to become the Rewordable champion.

Includes:
·    120 cards with one-, two-, and three-letter sequences, selected through linguistic research, computational analysis, and extensive playtesting
·    16 tokens add different goals, strategies, and rewards to every game
·    Nifty fold-out rules with easy to follow how-to-play diagrams

 

Review:

This is my first game to review!!! It was fun! This game is definitely a challenge when you first try to play it! I literally read the instructions at least 3 times through. BUT once we started to play it started to get a little easier. The second time around we were pros and fully understood how to play!!

It’s a fun word game that keeps you on your toes! A lot of fun, unfortunately not for my kids though! So my hubby and I have been playing it! I think it is too much information for little ones to understand and it is also time consuming lol! Overall fun and a nice change from playing scrabble!!

If you are looking for a new game to play check this one out!

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“Fear and Faith” ~Trillia J. Newbell~ Review

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Synopsis:

We will never be short on fears.

Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone—the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith.

Trillia is no stranger to fear. She has known its harsh grip on her life, but she has also known the gentle hand of God, a peace and a faith from the One who conquers fears.

In Fear and Faith, Trillia will encourage you as she reflects on Scripture and her own story. She will show you Jesus, who was tempted like you in every way. She will show you the character of God and how it inspires faith. And she will show you real women who have walked the road of fear—or are still walking it—and how they have found security in the Lord to be their strength. Whatever your fear, you are not alone, nor are you without hope. You have the One who can replace your fear with faith

Author:

Trillia is a wife, mom, and writer who loves Jesus. You can read her regular writings on faith and family in, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as well as on Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is the author of, Enjoy (releases December 2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity.

Review:

A great book! This is a book that could benefit anyone! We all have our own fears and it can inhibit us from living our lives. Trillia outlines several common fears throughout the book. She makes this book relatable and easy to read. Worth the read!

Chapter 8 was one of my favorites. It really gets down to the heart of the issue. We are told to “trust God” whenever things go wrong or we have a specific fear, but what does that truly mean? This chapter is chocked full of goodness. It is an explanation of why we should trust God and why we should face our fears with his help. I really enjoyed this section and her perspective on fear and faith!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with any type of fear or even if you’re not, it’s still a great read! I struggle with numerous fears especially when it involves my children, I have a fear of change and I have a hard time not being in control of things but I’m trying to work on that!! This book was a good read and it’s nice to know I am not the only one with fears!  Check it out! You will not be disappointed!

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“Saving Grace” ~Aubrey Wynne~ On Sale now! Only .99!!

 Saving Grace, on sale for only .99!

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Chloe Hicks’ life consisted of an egocentric ex-husband, a pile of bills, and an equine business in foreclosure until a fire destroys the stable and a beloved ranch horse. She escapes the accusing eyes of her hometown, only to find another type of haunting. Jackson Hahn, sexy local historian, tells her of
 a legend of a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. Their stories are eerily similar. 

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A troubled soul meets a shattered heart…