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Monday, February 8, 2016

Favorite Kid Books {Mommy Monday}

I had a lot of fun linking up with Mommy Monday's last week, so I'm back! This week the prompt is our child's current favorite books.

For those new to the blog, this seems like a good time to tell you about Ting's Mom Books, my book blog. Over on the book blog, I review Christian fiction and non-fiction books, as well as children's books. You can find my kid books on Wednesdays for 'Wee Read Wednesday', and adults books on Mondays and Thursdays. I also have special announcements and interviews on Saturdays.

But back to the prompt at hand...

Favorite Kid Books {Mommy Monday}

Books are a big part of our house. I grew up with my nose in a book, but lost interest somewhere in the mandated reading of high school and college. It took 12 years, but I finally regained my interest in books and I cannot seem to put them down these days.

My wish is to pass on my love of reading to my kids. There is something magical about being able to lose yourself in a good book, and I hope my kids can find that magic. I take every opportunity to add books to their shelves and introduce them to as many characters as possible.

Before I sat down to write this post, I asked each of my kids what their favorite book is. They both thought about it for a while, and both spent a few minutes studying their book collection.

Ting said she can't pick a favorite. She said she has so many books that she loves so much and she just can't decide which would be her favorite. I love her answer. Her shelves are currently full of chapter books series such as Junie B Jones, Rainbow Fairies, American Girls, and more.

Bug said he loves his dinosaur books. He is referring to the How Do Dinosaurs? series from Scholastic. We have several of these at our house, and always enjoy reading them. They use fun stories of dinosaurs to teach kids valuable life lessons.

What are your kids reading these days? And don't forget to head over to my book blog to check out what I'm reading throughout the year.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on 5 {February}

Can you believe it is already February? I feel like January went by in the blink of an eye. This year seriously needs to slow down. But since we are here on February 5th, I have my five random things to tell you about.

five on 5

The printer at our house died when Ting was just a baby, and we never never replaced it. Honestly, we have been fine without one. But recently the kids have wanted me to print things for them, and I have had a few instances where a printer would have been nice. So we started shopping. We found a great deal on a three-in-one wireless so we picked it up. I feel pretty techy in the grand scheme of things, but I am in awe of the wireless print concept. I can stand in my kitchen and print something from my phone. Amazing!

I also discovered Spotify this month. I know - I have basically been living under a rock. But seriously, I thought Spotify was only playlists that you had to create yourself, and my brain prefers someone else do that work for me, so I have always used Pandora. But I gave Spotify a try last month. Amazing! I signed up for the premium so I can download songs to my phone. I have basically abandoned the radio in my van, and I am in love with a million different playlist. I may have created a music monster here.

I mentioned in a previous post of my desire to do more Bible studies this year. I pretty much dived in head first on this task. I have several I am working through right now. One as an online study, and the others on my own. I'm doing the Becoming More study through Proverbs 31 Ministries. I am also working through one on contentment (my word of the year), and one our pastor handed out the first Sunday of the year.

I am still addicted to podcasts. I listen to them a lot when I am in the car alone on my morning and afternoon commute. I am constantly finding new ones. My favorites right now include The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, The BigBoo Cast, Mud Stories with Jackie Watkins, God Centered Mom, and The Popcast. What are your favorites?

A quick glance at my new planner and I see several exciting weekends in the next several months. The one I am counting down the days for? My two besties and I have planned a weekend away this month. I. Am. So. Excited.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Game Night

A few months ago Ting declared we would begin having Family Game Night. I am not sure where she learned about it, but it sounded like a great idea. Santa and family got on board and loaded the kids up with games for Christmas.

We have had a few game nights, and Hubby always manages to win. This weekend Hubby was working out of town, but we decided to have game night without him.

One of my favorite board games is Monopoly, so I was pretty excited that Santa brought the junior version this year. I had been itching to play it, but was a little worried how it would go with Bug still being fairly young for it.

monopoly jr game night

We got it out and got all the pieces sorted. I explained the concept and the rules to the kids, and off we went.

The first time to play Bug and I played on a team together. It did not take me long to realize Bug did not need my help. Apparently he is learning a lot of stuff in school because he had the concept down easily, and he had no problems with keeping his money counted correctly. I was pretty impressed.

The second time we played (Monopoly Jr goes pretty quickly), we all played on our own. I bought Boardwalk!!

Hubby was not here to beat us all, but Bug took his place. Bug clearly won both games. Ting ran out of money first both times.

The kids said they loved Monopoly. I think it will be a regular in our rotation.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Weekend

Did y'all have a great weekend?

Arkansas was amazing over the weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day. It was 73 degrees without a single cloud in the sky. It was one of those days that made you want to be productive and get outside a little.

Our weekend started out with Game Night on Friday night. Come back to the blog Thursday to read all about that.

Saturday morning we slept in until 8am and got our day started. Hubby worked out of town so I took the kids to my grandparents while I ran some errands. It was such a pretty day I thought they would enjoy spending time outside with family rather than following me around Walmart.

I did head to Walmart and was able to knock out my list pretty quickly. I even bought Valentine's Day gifts for the kids, and picked up everything they need for their school party week after next.

I came home and discovered the mailman had left a few exciting things in the mail box. My "one word" bracelet arrived, along with a book I have been expecting for a launch team I am on. I also received my replacement Jawbone tracker (mine decided to stop pairing with my phone so they sent a new one).

After I put all the groceries away I decided to do a little shopping with my birthday money. I told the kids and Hubby I wanted a new purse. so they gave me money for it for my birthday. I headed to a local store and found several options. I finally landed on this beautiful bag from the Jessica Simpson line.

the weekend jessica simpson bag

I got to the cashier and discovered it was on sale. Plus I had a store coupon. I ended up getting the purse for almost half off. THEN, when my receipt printed I got a coupon for 40% a pair of shoes. I headed to the shoe department and found a cute pair of Polo deck shoes that were also on sale. With my coupon, I ended up paying just $16 for them!!

I picked up the kids and we headed to Payless for Bug a pair of shoes. I am constantly amazed how quickly little boys go through shoes - not growing out of them, just so rough on them. He picked up a pair of Paw Patrol shoes that light up. His day was made.

We came home and had some down time (aka, everyone go to their rooms and spend some time alone). Then had supper and headed to bed.

It was a great weekend.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Raising the Next Generation {Mommy Monday}

Now that I have returned to my roots of blogging, I thought it would be fun to get involved with a few link ups. When I first started blogging I really enjoyed participating in link ups that were relevant to what I was blogging about, so here we go again.

Today I am linking up with the brand new Mommy Monday link up. This will be a weekly link up (although I may or may not link up each week) and you can find more about it here on the Sweet Tiny Blessings blog.

The prompt for this week is Parenting Goals for 2016. I feel like most of my parenting goals are more of the life-long variety. But if I am just focusing on 2016, I would say my biggest goal is to get Bug potty trained. I cannot imagine my life without diapers in it. It will be so exciting!

But long term, I feel my goals are simple - yet probably the most challenging.

mommy monday linkup parenting goals

These two are my life. God gave me the greatest gift in the world when he let me become their mommy. I know when He gave them to me, He also gave me a huge responsibility. These kids are the future of our world, the next generation. So what it is I really want to accomplish as their parent?

I want to raise them to love Jesus. The world we live in is working overtime to kick God out of everything. The world is discriminating against the Christian community, and God is getting pushed on the back burner of our world. Teaching these kids to love God and to live for Him no matter what may be the biggest challenge we face. But I know God is on my side, and we just have to keep pushing through.

I want these kids to love each other. A sibling bond is indescribable, and I lost my brother way before I was ready. I want my kids to appreciate each other, to support each other, and to realize the special bond they have.

Above all, I want these kids to know I love them more than I will ever be able to tell them. I want them to know I support them, and I have their back. I want them to know they can come to me with whatever they are facing and know I will talk them through it. I want them to learn to love by watching their parents love each other, and I want them to find spouses as amazing as the one God gave me. I want them to be amazing parents, despite the mistakes I will make. And I want them to be happy.

And they should probably know their mommy cried while she was writing this post - where did that come from?!?!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

This Little Piggy

Sunday morning started out boring enough. We woke up. We ate our Pop Tarts. We started getting ready for church. Or at least that is what I thought was going on.

I was in my room looking for that perfect shirt when I heard water running in the bathroom.

"Who's in the bathroom, and what are you doing?"

"I'm washing my hands," came Bug's little voice.

A three year old washing his hands? This called for investigation.

He was washing his hands all right. Except he had them in a fist and would not open them. Then I caught a bit of something pink on his thumb. It wasn't washing off. I turned off the water and helped him dry his hands. Then I made him lay them out flat for me.

kid with pink nail polish

Yep. While I thought my perfect kids were in their rooms getting dressed for church, someone was painting his nails with sister's nail polish.

I feel like this picture should probably be saved for someone's senior video!!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

She Likes to Move It, Move It

We moved into our house almost 11 years ago. All of the furniture is exactly where we put it when we moved in - except for the couches; they were replaced by new couches, in the exact same spot. I'm very content with my furniture never moving.

Ting? Not so much.

It started a few months ago. I went in her bedroom and a few things had been rearranged. A few weeks later, more change. Weeks after that, even more change.

The week before Christmas she did a major change. She moved her furniture (furniture, people!). With the exception of her bed and a huge bookcase, everything was moved. She said she needed a change.

Saturday morning she told me she needed to go do something in her room and for me not to look. Well, that's a sure way to get me peeking into bedrooms!

I found this...

kid room

Yep, she rearranged again. She said she wanted a desk to set her new laptop on. Of course that meant moving everything else around as well. But she did a great job.

She created a work space complete with laptop, pencils, drawing paper, and a calendar. Wow! She even made everything flow much more natural than I would have done it.

So moving stuff around... that's a sign of creativity, right? She sure didn't get it from me.

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