Monday, July 28, 2014

Heaven is for Real? (Movie & Book)

Last night my husband and I watched "Heaven Is For Real" together. I had heard about the book before. But honestly I had no interest in reading something that deep...

I have my faith, but I have never considered myself a "religious" person. So this post is not intended to describe my views, or impress any on you. It is however my thoughts and feelings about the movie, with an invitation to you to join me...



Have you seen it? Cause WOW after watching this movie, I was left with goose bumps and a sort of unsettled feeling. Not in a scary or negative way...but more of the way you feel when are learning something for the first time and are unsure and not quite as confident as you would like to be.

It raised a lot of questions. What is it like? Is more of a personal perception or more definitive like visiting Central Park in New York (everyone sees the same things). I also feel like there are questions simmering under the surface that I haven't realized I want to ask yet.

These are all questions that I don't actually expect answers to. But it made me think beyond "yes there is a heaven". I now want to read the book! I know, as an avid reader, any movie based on a book never quite does the book justice. There are just some things you can put on paper, that you cant put on the silver screen.

So my questions to you are...Have you seen the movie? Did it affect you? Have you read the book? What did you think? Did it inspire something in you or did you relate to anything?




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday at the gun club

We spent the morning at the gun club with John and the guys.

The girls really enjoyed the time outside, and Kalynn even caught a dragonfly! It was fun watching the guys brush up on their skills...rooting them on as the went.

Sometimes it's all about getting out and spending time doing not much at all.

Summer Science: Raising Tadpoles

Earlier in the summer, the girls Nanna came out to visit from Colorado, and bought the girls a swimming pool. We have LOVED having the pool this year. Spending time in the pool every afternoon with the kids has been an absolute joy.

Recently, we have had some trouble with Kalynn and "storms", so when the rain clouds move through each afternoon she has wanted to hunker down indoors. So, between the clouds and the actual rain, we haven't been able to swim for a couple of weeks.

A few days ago, we went to check on the pool to see what kind of cleaning was needed (we could tell it had become quite green) and discovered some new little friends...









There were hundreds of tadpoles swimming around in our little pool. There was absolutely NO way I was going to put myself or my kids in there with a bunch of tadpoles ...it would be my luck one would end up down someones suit..or Maddie would try to eat them...and well...that's just GROSS beyond words!

Kalynn wanted to keep them...naming them as they swam around. I decided to compromise. I mean, what better science project then to grow our very own frogs! So we got a container, and cleaned it out really good. Then, we caught some tadpoles and some algae and brought them indoors where we could observe them.

















 



We also had to do a little research. We googled several sites on how to care for our tadpoles, and found Frog Safe to be the most helpful.

Then, came the question of what to do with the remaining tadpoles...

I had decided to just drain the pool and let nature take its course (I know...I'm cruel) but my 6 year old had a complete meltdown about my "Killing the frogs"...and how I "wouldn't kill Maddie" would I?! Bleeding hearts unite! So...I agreed to help her capture the remaining tadpoles and perform a rescue mission with her.

The next morning, we spent 2 hours scooping tadpoles out of the pool, One by painstaking one, and putting them in another plastic container. Then, we took them to her Pi-Pa's house and dumped them (gently) into the family lake.





Gotta love those good hearted babes. And the exciting moments of metamorphosis coming our way!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wednesday Date Night

Living in the southern country definitely has its benefits! Since school is out for the summer, we have thoroughly enjoyed the cooler, late nights...We have had late night swims in the pond, floaties and all. Bonfires with roasted marshmallows, and even movie nights when the rain has kept us in.






We call them "Date Nights". Its a small group of really close friends. All with kids ranging from 16 to our little Maddie at 8 months. We picked Wednesday night, because it works with the guys "Off Day"...since they don't get regular weekends.

The Wives usually decide on a theme the week before. We have done pizza, Italian, Mexican pig-out, and good old country style cooking. We divide it up potluck style, complete with desert and disposable dishes. Then we eat amazing food and head outdoors for a night of fun!




Lately, Badminton has been the big thing. We have all sorts of outdoor games set up to play. Frisbee, corn-hole, and ladders, but everyone likes to play badminton. We play tournament style. Rotating with the team that looses. Sometimes, even the kids play...usually during "break times"...the guys really get into the
competition of it all.









We even set up a "Slip N Slide" for the kids last week! They spent all night sliding down the sheeting. They came out covered in bubbles and later...the Dads decided to have a go! Unfortunately it was too dark by then, and I couldn't get any pictures.






















It is such a wonderful way to enjoy friends and get the kids together. I will be sad when school starts up again. Our nights will be cut shorter, and "Date Night" will fade out, at least...until next summer.



Do you have anything special that you do?? Id love to hear about it!