Back to the Classics Challenge 2017
Book with a An Award Winning Classic – To Kill A Mockingbird
All I can say is, “How did I go this long in my life without reading this classic!” To Kill a Mockingbird was nothing short of wonderful!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, was recommended by my husband. It is on our Ambleside Online schedule for year 5 as well, so it was both a free read for me and a preread in preparation for the kids.
Since having kids, reading has been one of the many things I wish I had more time to do in my day-to-day. This past year, I happened upon the Back to the Classics Challenge on Books and Chocolate. Because it was too late to try and be a part of the action in 2016, I decided the next year, 2017, would be my year to start the challenge.
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – Favorite Personality Trait
A few weeks ago we put the spotlight on things about me. This week I will narrow it down to one trait I love about myself – Faith.
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – Someone Who Inspires Me
I’ve been very lucky to have an abundance of people in my lives that have inspired and still inspire me in so many different ways. I definitely would not be who I am today without the inspirations my family and friends have been for me.
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – 5 Things I Like About Me
So there you go. 5 traits I love about myself. What about you, what are your favorite traits about yourself?
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – Oh summer, the heat, the sun, the flowers and fun.
With kiddos the summer is probably the busiest but most laid back time of year. How does that happen? Well you make no plans, but then you are constantly doing something whether it’s the pool, bikes, etc.. We are constantly busy. No sitting inside being lazy, it’s go. go. go! That’s kind of the beauty of summer, though so I am definitely not complaining.
There are many things I love about summer. Here are just a few.
What’s not to love about fresh produce, especially when you get to be involved in the process. We love attending the farmer’s market on Wednesday morning near our home. It’s a treat for the kids to get to see all the produce and pick what they want. They love helping to pay the vendors and carry the items. And the vendors are amazing with the kids as well. Stickers, conversation and fun are had at most of the booths, it’s great how involved they are with the younger generation. U-Pick farms are a fun day trip as well. We love picking strawberries, blueberries and apples and have plans to pick other items as they get into season. Luckily in KC we have quite a bit to choose from!
Spending time at the pool is a must during the summer for us. The kids will swim all. day. long. if you let them. They are basically raisins by the end of the day. It wears them out but they have a blast. Plus mommy gets to relax a bit as well. We are very blessed to have a private pool at my parents and a neighborhood pool by our house. They are both wonderful for different reasons. At my parents, the kids get the pool to themselves, I am more likely to get in, and you get the comfort of a home while you are there. Plus hanging out with family is always a great bonus! At our neighborhood pool, there is a lifeguard which means mommy can sit back a relax a bit more knowing there are extra eyes on my kiddos. Plus the kids love the slide and zero entry area. We definitely get our fair share of pool time during the summer.
There is something about just spending time outside, even if you are sweating. The sunshine and smell of the outdoors is a pick me up on even the hardest of days. The kids love pretending, going to the park and playing games outside. And the porch are a lovely way to begin and end a day.
There is nothing like a grilled meal. I am not sure what exactly it is, but everything just seems to taste better when it’s cooked on the grill. Add a few friends and the meal is even more delightful.
There are so many other things I love about summer. It can be sweltering hot, but a lot of great memories are made while sweating with your friends and family.
Your turn: What’s your favorite thing about summer?
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – friends.
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – the city where I live, Kansas City, MO.
Born and raised here in Kansas City. Now I’m raising my own kids here in the Heart of America.
This week’s challenge in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge involves something someone gave to me.
I love to give gifts but being on the receiving end can be wonderful as well especially thoughtful gifts, in particular those being passed down from family. There is nothing quite like a family heirloom.
Just this past Mother’s Day, while we were spending countless hours the NICU with Sugar Plum, I received a very thoughtful, family heirloom, that brought tears to my eyes.
My mother-in-law gave me the most simple gift, a plaque for our walls. This was nothing special, except that she was passing it on to us; after years of hanging in her own home.
The sentiment was perfect. The plaque was exactly what I needed to receive at the rough patch in our lives.
The plaque does not match anything on our homes but it will have a prominent spot in our house because it means so much to us.
Sometimes, the most simple gift can touch the heart of others and mean more than you ever imagined.