Ting's Mom

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

{Almost} Day at the Zoo

Anyone who's been reading my blog for a while knows that every year my kids go on a class field trip to the zoo. And you also know that every year I go along with them. So you are probably thinking to yourself that this is going to be a repeat of the same post from previous years.

You. Are. Wrong.

My kids and I loaded into the church van with Lollie (my mother-in-law) and six other kindergarten and first-graders from their school and headed off for our annual day at the zoo. We were under a 100% chance of rain, and Lollie wasn't feeling too great, but we went anyway.

day at the zoo

We arrived at the zoo and immediately headed to the boat ride. This is a fun little cruise through the zoo lagoon where we get to see some unusual animals and learn all about them. It sprinkled on us a bit, but not too bad.

zoo boat ride

Then we headed to the education building where we always get up close and personal with a few animals and get to pet them. I was impressed because even Bug was all about petting these animals this year. The kids enjoyed it, but they were ready to get out and roam the zoo.

petting at the zoo

A quick stop by the petting zoo, and then it was lunch time!!

feeding time at the zoo

By this point in our day, Lollie was feeling worse than miserable. She told me she was going to sit in the van and I could take the kids to roam around the zoo. That was our plan for about five minutes, and then Lollie decided she was Sick. Sick. Sick.

We loaded up the kids and I told my phone to find us the nearest urgent care clinic. We found it and dropped Lollie off. And immediately my van load of kids needed to potty - of course. So we found the RiteAid across the street. I threatened them all within and inch of their life to be on their best behavior, and we headed inside - all my little ducklings walking straight in a row! The clerk was kind enough to let us use the "employees only" restroom, so I couldn't help but snap a picture of our field trip the RiteAid storage room.

kids at zoo

We loaded back on the van, drove around in circles for a couple million years, and then parked and played the L.O.N.G.E.S.T. game of '123 Be Quite' known to man. Apparently everyone has different rules for this game and we spent more time fighting than actually being quite. But, oh well!

kids in van

We finally got Lollie back in the van and learned that she was instructed to get to a hospital ASAP. She wanted to come back to her hometown hospital, so we sped back (safely of course) home. I had all the parents meet us at the hospital while Lollie checked into the hospital.

That was on Monday. She stayed in the hospital all week, and had her gallbladder taken out on Thursday. Thankfully, Lollie is back home now and doing very well. And we all have a field trip we won't soon forget!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

God Bless my Boo Boo

I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy blogger with Thomas Nelson publishers. That means they send me stuff (for my kids) and then I blog about it. No further compensation is received, and all opinions are my own.

It took exactly three years and two weeks for it to happen, but it finally happened...

Bug got one of those crying-bleeding-losing-all-control kind of boo boos. Seriously, I'm surprised that it has taken this long. That kid jumps, runs, bounces, and climbs all over the place. He frequently falls down or runs into things, but this is the first time he's ever had a boo boo that actually bled.

And he freaked out!

But it just so happened that my Tommy Mommy book this month turned out the be the perfect book for my little man.

kid with book

In God Bless My Boo Boo, the smallest of animals have boo boos of all kinds - bruises, colds, skinned knees, tooth aches - and their mommies are there to comfort them.

But in addition of having their mommies by their side, the little critters are also reminded that God is by their side.  God is always there and willing to help us get through anything - all we have to do is ask. Little kids are reminded to always pray to God when they have trouble and he will be there to comfort them.

boo boo quote

What a sweet message for our sweet babies to learn for those sad times in their lives!

You can purchase God Bless My Boo Boo from Thomas Nelson, or request it wherever you typically purchase books for your kids. And don't forget to keep up with Tommy Nelson on Twitter and Facebook to see all the great things they have rolling out.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A New Kind of Streaming {gMovies Giveaway}

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

It seems like these days everyone is streaming their entertainment. In fact, we ditched cable three years ago and love being able to watch what we want, when we want through streaming services. We subscribe to the most popular streaming service, and our kids love being able to watch "their" shows on the tablet that we let them use.

Well, today I want to tell you about a whole new streaming service that is available out there. It's called gMovies, and it is unlimited streaming of faith-based movies and television shows. It is operated by UP TV, and includes over 300 titles that are suitable for families and kids because they are faith based.

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Since we received a six month trial subscription, I downloaded the app onto the kids' tablet, and then got everything set up on my laptop as well. My kids have watched several episodes of The Sugar Creek Gang, and loved it. Ting said she's putting Davey and Goliath next on her list. I have also enjoyed several movies in the gMovies selection, and look forward to checking out more.

Once our trial is over, the subscription is only $4.99 a month to continue the service.

So guess what? I've got some good news, and I've even got some great news.

Right now, every reader of my blog can get a free two week trial of gMovies. Just click on this link to head over to gMovies. Once you are there you will create an account and click on watch now. Then put this code into the promotion code box, and click on check: FREETRIAL46

But even bigger news is that one winner will receive a SIX MONTH trial for gMovies. So use the widget below to get entered, and good luck to everyone!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Musings

Life is so monotonous right now. But warm weather is coming, the pollen is slowly washing away, and life is so close to getting busy again. But in the meantime...

The kids planted the garden this year. My grandpa has managed the garden for many years, but claimed he was giving it up this year. He prepped it at the end of last season so that it would be easy to get it started this year. We took the kids to Atwoods and let them pick out some seed packets, and then they planted them early last week. We've got carrots, green beans, pumpkins, and watermelon planted.

kids planting a garden

My grandpa came by Saturday and planted some tomatoes and peppers, and he and Ting added two strawberry plants. If anything grows, I'll be impressed.

Last week we also ordered Ting's robe, hat, and diploma for kindergarten graduation. What?

Ting is getting ready to start her first season of volleyball. Her team has had a couple practices, and Hubby has been working with her in the yard. She's actually pretty good, and she really enjoys herself. We all got out in the yard over the weekend and practiced together. I've told my husband several times that I never played volleyball growing up - I proved it this weekend!

ting plays volleyball

Easter! I never posted Easter pics, did I? Well, here you go.

easter pictures

This weekend I also made my first night cream using my essential oils. I've heard lots of stories about possible results, but I want to see for myself. I took some "before" pics, so we shall see,

When this posts, I'll be on my way to the zoo. It is supposed to storm, but we are taking to the annual class trip to the zoo - rain or shine. I'm sure to have some great stories about that for next week.

Have a great week everyone. I promise things are going to get more exciting here on the blog again real soon.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Adventures of Pajama Girl {giveaway}

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

I love fun dreams! I remember when Ting first started having dreams and she would get so freaked out by them. She would wake up crying and upset about the "movie" she saw while she was asleep. But then she got older and her dreams became cool for her. She frequently wakes up in the mornings and tells me about the dream she had that night.

Not only does this book take the fun concept of dreams, it also uses that dream to teach a very important lesson - don't steal. When the Cupcake Queen is so upset about all the sprinkles being stolen, Pajama Girl sets out to find them. They discover that the sprinkles were stolen by someone who was upset about not getting to lead the parade. 

Not only do kids learn that stealing is bad, they also get to learn about forgiveness. Not only does the Cupcake Queen show great forgiveness, she also does something nice for the girl who stole the sprinkles. That's a lesson everyone could stand to learn over and over.

pajama girl

The Book:
A cute, illustrated story about a girl's imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie's cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

The Author:
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana - the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders. When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes a la Pajama Girl with her two girls.
pajama girl

The Giveaway:
One of my readers will win their own copy of The Adventures of Pajama Girl. Just use the widget below to get entered. The giveaway will end on April 14, and the winner will be notified via email.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bug's Birthday Party {Photo Dump}

Bug turned three on Saturday, so we were able to have his party on his actual birthday. He had been asking for a Mickey Mouse party for a few months, and what Bug wants - mommy makes happen!

We had the party at our church and invited all our family and some of Bug's friends. I ordered most of the supplies from Walmart, and then made a few things on my own. I got all my inspiration from Pinterest - trust me, there's no real creativity in my brain, ha!

Also, a lady from our church made the cake. Isn't it cute? The best part - it was egg-free, so Bug was able to enjoy it despite his allergies.

We all had a great time, and Bug said he party was "real fun.". That's code for awesome in three year-old speak.

So, now for a picture dump!!

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

And Then He Turned Three

Today I woke up with a three year-old boy. It seems so hard to imagine that Bug has been in our lives for three years now. He came into this world as a beautiful little boy that stole my heart the moment I first saw him.

baby boy

Today he is a blond haired, blue eyed, live wire. He literally jumps out of bed each morning and goes wide open until the moment he runs and dives into bed at night. He runs, jumps, rolls, and climbs everywhere he goes, and I'm not sure he every goes more than 30 seconds without making a sound. But he's my favorite little boy in the whole wide world, and it makes me so happy that God chose me to be his mommy.

So, what is going on in three year-old Bug world?

He's 3' 2" tall, and still weighs 33 lbs. He hasn't actually gained any weight since he was nine months old, he just keeps getting taller and taller. He wears a size 3T in shirts and shorts, but needs a 4T in pants for the length. However, we have to cinch the waist of all his shorts and pants - he can actually still wear an 18 month in the waist. He wears a size 9 shoes, and loves, loves, loves his "boots like daddy."

He loves Mickey Mouse, and expects Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to be on the TV every morning when he wakes up (we're having a Mickey Mouse party today). He also loves the Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, and Hot Wheels. He has recently become interested in Paw Patrol.

three year old boy

Each morning he eats Poptarts and a glass of chocolate milk. His favorite food is pancakes, and we have even found an egg-free pancake recipe he likes. He also likes chicken nuggets and fried fish.

His favorite color is blue, and we have successfully taught him to like the Texas Longhorns.

He has recently entered the "terrible three's" and has become quite a handful at times, but he is still the sweetest little boy I've ever known. At night he crawls up with his daddy and they talk about who-knows-what, and it just melts my heart every time.

He has really started growing up on us in recent weeks and has been seeking a little more independence with routine things around the house. He likes to try to dress himself, and is so proud that he can buckle his own car seat.

I consider myself the luckiest girl on earth to get to be his mommy, and I'm looking forward to see what this next year brings us.

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