Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Break

After months of construction and stress, Z and I hopped a plane to Florida for a five-day beach vacay with my parents, my sister, and her boys. We spent most days on the beach. October really is the perfect time to go to the beach. Unfortunately, the one day we decide to take the kids to Disney, it was over 90 degrees. Just my luck. LOL

We took the kids to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Basically, you pay a set price (less than general admission) to let your kids trick-or-treat at Disney from 7-midnight (they will let you in starting at 4, but that isn't advertised). It was a little much for my soon-to-be two-year old, but nevertheless, she enjoyed it. Mama, on the other hand, was exhausted. I think we'll wait a few years before we try it again. :)

Here are a few pix from the week:

Early morning on the beach.
Always picking on her younger, but bigger cousin. LOL
Sunset photo shoot. She wouldn't sit still. :)

My cute lil priss!
Visiting our Florida cousins at Disney.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
All dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat at Disney!


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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Book Review: A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell



A Soul to Steal (The Sanheim Chronicles, #1)A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With Halloween just around the corner, everyone needs a good scare and I have just the book for you. Rob Blackwell introduces us to Lord Halloween, a serial killer in A Soul to Steal, who terrifies a small Virginia town. So much so, that Halloween is cancelled for several years. Now, he plans his return and the entire town is his target.

This book kept me up at night. I had to stop reading before 8:00 so I wouldn't have nightmares. As the book progressed, Blackwell threw in a few twists and turns. By the end, I was holding my breath, waiting for that last page.

No, it wasn't perfect (but what is?) and there were some things that I felt could've been explained a little better or with a little more detail, but overall a really fun and scary read.

Perfect for this time of year!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We are family

Hello, friends. :)

My cousin recently started blogging. If you are interested in children's ministry and the Orange movement, I suggest you check out her blog. Her name is Leslie and you can find her at http://lesliegalema.blogspot.com.

Happy reading!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Girl Power: Books to inspire your daughter's inner super hero

As a child, I loved fairy tales. In fact, I still do. However, the fairy tales of my youth don't exactly portray the type of role models I'd like my daughter to have. Oh, Prince Charming, please save me from the horrible, mean witch!

I want my daughter to grow up with the knowledge that she can save her own butt if it needs saving. Girls (and boys, for that matter) need the appropriate skills to function in today's society. Working in higher education, you would be surprised at the number of young adults who do not have these skills. They have a sense of entitlement. "So what? I failed that class. I'll just ask the professor for an extension. If I don't get one, Mom will call the president."
Do you have any idea how many times Mommy and Daddy call the president for their child? It's unbelievable. No accountability. This is what parents have been teaching their children. STOP IT!

I don't want to be that parent. I want my daughter to know she doesn't have to let the man save the day. She doesn't have to be a stay-at-home mom and have dinner ready every night (unless she wants to, of course).

When life gets her down, I want her to have the strength to keep pushing through whatever is in her way. I want her to not shut down when she's faced with stressful situations. I want her to have the resilience to bounce back after a fall, and I want her to truly understand that she is the one that is ultimately held accountable for her actions.

So, what do we do as parents? We can start by keeping the fairy tales  of yesteryear to a minimum. We also must practice what we preach. Otherwise, how will they ever learn? And we can read them books with positive role models. Here are a few to inspire your daughter's inner super hero.


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