Monday, April 26, 2010

Ah Spring! What have we been up to?

Wow, there is nothing like spring! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and activities are flying. :) We had 4-H Communications day last Sunday and the kids did great! They both gave a speech and performed and Tori modeled some clothes. The kids had their spring concert last Tuesday night. Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Allison do such a great job teaching the kids! The kids are having fun with soccer and Uriah is excited to start baseball soon. Tori still loves trampoline and tumbling and was so excited when she took 3rd place at her first trampoline competition this spring.
Burt - well, he has been very busy with church work and Lions Club activities. He can't wait to start getting out on the golf course again soon and we are both looking forward to getting away on a family vacation this year!
Me - I'm enjoying all the kids' and church activities and I'm actually enjoying work. Sure it has its challenges, but I look forward to going every day and the days just fly by!
Tori and her 3rd place trophy in trampoline

Sumner-Fredericksburg Lucky Clovers at 4-H Communications Day
Great job everyone!
Tori playing "Ode to Joy" at Communications Day

Tori about to demonstrate how to make cake mix cookies

Uriah giving a speech about the Lightning War from WWII

Tori modeling her $3 outfit (including shoes!) for the 4-H $15 clothing challenge

Uriah, Jasper, Ethan & Avery at the spring concert

Uriah and his best friend Ethan during the spring concert
Thanks for the great pics Sandy!

5th Grade singing at spring concert

Kids' Easter dessert (adults got cheesecake)

Easter 2010

Review: The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note

One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2) One False Note by Gordon Korman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was a good book that really keeps you interested. I am reading the series with my 9 year old daughter. This book was hard to put down.

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Review: Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

Going Rogue: An American Life Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was a little hard to get through as the time frame kept jumping around which made it hard to follow. I really like Sarah Palin as a person, mom and leader and I think she really stands for what this country was founded on. I really think she got a bum deal from the political higher ups in the election race. I hope she continues to try to help this country get back on track.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

I received the book Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl (Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World) by N.D. Wilson for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers to review it. Instantly it took me back to my high school sociology class. We read some really neat things in that class that challenged how we viewed other people and the world around us. It was a really fun class and this is a really fun book. It's quirky and therefore not for everybody, but it's a great ride if you're willing to dive in.
Mr. Wilson compares the everyday mundane things most of us take for granted and puts them in perspective of God's wonderfully created world. It is very easy to read as a daily or weekly devotional as each chapter focuses on a different topic. My favorite part is in the chapter 'Talking Rocks':
"To exist in this poem is a greater gift than any finite creature can imagine. ...and to hear and feel and see and taste and smell the heavy poetry of God, that is enough."
Thank you Mr. Wilson, for reminding me how truly wonderful God's world is!

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