Monday, July 21, 2014

Two of a Kind

I already shared this on facebook a while back but I thought it was cute enough to share again on the blog. :-)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Inspired by "How to Train Your Dragon"

The kids and I were invited to see "How To Train Your Dragon 2" with some friends a few weeks back.  We thought it sounded like fun, but hadn't seen the first movie yet.  I searched Redbox and #1 happened to be at one near where Rich works, so he picked it up for us on his way home.  It was fun to be able to see the first one before going to the theater and seeing #2.  (We had no idea what we'd been missing out on!  Such cute movies!!)
Every once in a while movies...or TV shows...or anything that Blake finds interesting/exciting...inspires him to get creative.  Many times he likes to draw and other times he'll get his Legos out, destroy the living room, and make some pretty cool things!
This is what he made:

And, our favorite, Toothless!

 I was impressed with the creativity of the little guy...especially when it was all from memory, no pictures to go by and limited Legos. :-)

We were also informed by our friends that the movies were inspired by books!  (This HTTYD stuff was really all new to us.)  Anyway, we found the first of the books at the library, the following week, and were completely entertained reading it as well!  While the movies are completely different, you can definitely see where certain ideas in the movie came from the book.  The book was so fun, we'd totally be reading the rest if the library had them!  I'm sure I'll be seeking out deals on them on amazon in the near future. :-)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Morgan's Dance Performances 2014

Morgan had a nice dance season this year.  She chose to do lyrical, which is a dance style she has never done before, and liked it enough to want to do it again!
Her group of 8 has been practicing since last September.  They danced to "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus and performed at a Mother-Daughter Luncheon, the recital and at a local park during an arts & crafts show.
This happens to be at the local park with only 3 of the 8 girls.  (She's in blue in the middle.) Unfortunately all the girls only showed up for the recital, making the dance in the park, and at the luncheon, quite complicated.  They were to dance in pairs through most of the routine and none of the girls here had their partner.  They did quite well under the circumstances though.  We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant day either!
We took the summer off from dance classes, but will be back at it when school starts up again.  Morgan never tires of dance class and is already excited to be dancing again in 6-7 weeks! :-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Newest Additions to the Farm Family

The number of critters around here keeps growing!  While these are the newest additions, they've all been around for about a month now.  It's hard to believe it's been that long already!
These little chicks hatched on Father's Day and was a neat surprise for Rich when he went to the barn in the morning.  They hatched about a month later than we expected them to since the hen started nesting a long time before that.  Actually, a second hen started nesting in the time the first one was and I really don't know which of the two hatched them out since they both became their moms.
 Within about two days of them hatching, one of them didn't make it, but the other has been thriving with the help of the two hens.  It's been so neat watching them look after the one little chick.  I've seen them attack the cattle for getting too close.  I've seen them find a piece of food and call the chick over to eat it. And the neatest thing of all is how they roost at night together...see the white hen's wing over the other hen?  That picture was taken on one of the last nights that the three of them roosted in the straw together.  The chick is now old enough that it roosts on it's own.
Four days after the chicks hatched, two newborn TWIN calves came to live with us.  We don't typically take twins because they just don't usually do well and these calves were no exception to that!  (Cattle prices are super high right now and these two were much more reasonable...but we've paid for it in time spent on them!!)  We fought to keep the white one alive from the very beginning, but with several doses of antibiotics, vitamins and electrolytes I think we're finally on the right track with him.
Now, I'd say his brother was no trouble at all...but he has been the exact opposite from the white one and has been very annoying!  I think he took all the black from the white one and, while he was at it, stole all his energy too.  You can even tell from the picture he didn't even hold still long enough for me to get a decent shot!  LOL!
Despite the troubles each of them have given us, we have grown to really care for them.  I think they'll be the hardest, of all the cattle that we've had, to send to the meat processor in 18 (or so) months.

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Persecuted" Book Review and GIVEAWAY!! (7/27)

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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.
About The Book:
The Question Is Not IF Attempts Will Be Made to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When
The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther's endorsement as critical. But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option--putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation's freedoms.
About The Author:
Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. He's also the author of Offworld and The Dominion Trilogy . Robin and his wife and children live in North Carolina. Visit Robin's

Buzz about the film:
"Bringing the battle of FREE SPEECH to light." FoxNews

"House of Cards for the religious sect." - POLITICO

"A big thumbs-up." - American Family Association

Take a peek at the trailer:

My Review:
I absolutely love reading suspenseful books!  They draw me in and I don't want to stop reading until I know how it ends.  I'm pretty sure I had Persecuted done within 24 hours, or less, of starting it and I can't say that of most books I've read.  It's a real page-turner!

Not only is the storyline gripping, but I enjoyed how John Luther's past was revealed, as well as the past of the other characters, a little at a time, throughout the book.  On top of that, I liked how the chapters were quite short, so I could just pick up and read for 5-10 minutes and then go about doing household chores.

After reading Persecuted, I am very excited to see the movie!  Unfortunately, it isn't in my area, but I know I will be buying a copy when it is out on DVD.  I highly recommend picking up a copy of Persecuted and/or seeing the movie yourself!  You will not be disappointed!!

The movie will be out this Friday, July 18th!  Stop by the website and see if it's in a theater near you!

Buy It!
Persecuted, in paperback, can be purchased for $15.99.  It is also available as a hardcover and e-book.  All can be found through the site.

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