Day 14

Day 14: How you hope your future will be

We9-6-2015 (59)ll, this could be a bit obvious… I want my family to be happy and healthy and good. I hope in the future I can look back and know that I was a good mom and wife. I guess every day I am working towards that. I have no idea what my future will be, but as long as these guys are still in it, I’m sure it’s9-6-2015 (1) a pretty good one.

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Real Marriage

Iimage recently finished ‘Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together’ by Mark and Grace Driscoll. I really enjoyed it! I like their writing style, and a lot of it was very relatable. They have some great stories.
It helped me take a look at how I treat my husband and my marriage. Of course, there are some things I can definitely work on, and it is nice to know that I am not alone with these struggles.
I definitely recommend for young couples, Christian or non, it brings up a lot of issues that can be skirted around in similar books.

Day 12 and 13

Day 12: your turn-on’s and turn-off’s
Well… that is really nobody’s business but me and Hubby, so we’re going to skip that one!
Day 13: Your views on drugs and alcohol
Hmm, interesting. Well, for starters, I don’t have a problem with alcohol. I drink occasionally. Mostly socially, but Hubby and I experiment with different cocktails and wines (after the kiddos are in bed). I don’t have a problem with people who abstain. I have a friend who is aware of alcoholism in his family so he doesn’t even try. I respect that, and I would never make someone drink who really doesn’t want to.
Drugs. Just say no. But seriously, pretty much all of them have far too many risks for me to even consider trying. Not even counting the physical, emotional, and addictive toll… the fact that most are not even legal is enough to keep me from trying. I know marijuana is legal in some states now, but I still don’t think I would try it. I have heard of medicinal marijuana doing wonders for children with epilepsy, and I think that’s wonderful! I am not aware of ramifications of that yet, so I don’t know that I have an informed decision.

Well, that’s just my opinion. Do you agree with me? Think I’m crazy? Let me know!

Day 11

Day 11: If you had 1,000,000 dollars, how would you spend it.
Well, let’s assume that this is after taxes are taken out, hmm? I would tithe 10 per cent. Well, at least I hope I would, it’s what I should do! I’m not exactly sure where, but it would be fun to figure it out! Then I would pay off all of Hubby’s and my debts. We are working towards it now, and that would be really nice! I would buy us a house. Not a crazy expensive house, but something we could just pay cash for. Something we could live in for a very long time. I would invest as much of it as I could in a stable comfortable investment. Start up some savings for the kids, finish a college degree, go to Ireland… I may be over estimating how much I could do with a million dollars, since it seems like so much.
Anyway, that’s what I would do. What would be the first thing you would do?

Reading Challenge- the Conclusion

I did it! I finished the Reading Challenge! And with plenty of time to spare!

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It is a little hard to read, but I’ll write it out for you as well!

  • A book you’ve been meaning to read- ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel
  • A book published this year- ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee
  • A book in a genre you don’t typically read- ‘Ender’s Game’ Quartet by Orson Scott Card
  • A book from your childhood- ‘Little House’ series by Laura Ingalls
  • A book your mom loves- ‘Sir Gibbie’ by George MacDonald
  • A book that was originally written in a different language- ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank
  • A book that “everyone has read”- ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand and ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir
  • A book you chose because of the cover- ‘Finding Paris’ by Joy Preble
  • A book by a favorite author- ‘Screwtape Letters’ by CS Lewis
  • A book recommended by someone with great taste- ‘What If?’ by Randall Munroe and the Space Trilogy by CS Lewis
  • A book you should have read in high school- ‘Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens
  • A book that’s currently on the bestseller list- ‘Yes, Please!’ by Amy Poehler

And there you have it! I am so proud of myself! I haven’t done a reading challenge since the library reading lists when I was a kid! I really enjoyed having a reason to get out of my reading rut! I hope you all enjoyed reading the reviews, and decide to read the books I recommend! If you haven’t already!

Happy Mondays 10/5

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Morning! Time to start off this beautiful week!

  1. Starting off last week with a birthday, complete with presents, a trip to the park with a sister-in-law and some cousins, and a steak dinner… makes me happy!
  2. Getting to see Maze Runner: Scorch Trials with Hubby last Tuesday (which was incredible!)… makes me happy!
  3. Going out to dinner with a dear friend while Hubby watched the kiddos… makes me happy!
  4. Attending Hubby’s brother’s annual Fall Film Festival… makes me happy!
  5. Getting to spend yesterday meeting one of my mom’s cousins and gathering information about the family history… makes me happy!

It has been a pretty full week! Hubby made sure I had an amazing birthday week, and I loved every second of it! What will make you happy this Monday?

Brave Birthday Party

Scout turned one and we decided to celebrate with a Brave party!

I sent out a Facebook invite with this picture –>Lys' birthday as the background. I even found this website that translates anything you type into Scottish slang. It’s so fun! I may just talk like that all the time now… Fair warning friends and family!

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Here’s the birthday girl in the little tutu I made her! No sew
and only took me about an hour to put together… sounds like the perfect craft to me! Poor Scout, I foresee many tutus in her future!

We had t9-19-2015 (15) - Copyhe party at my parents house in the mountains. It was a perfect backdrop for a Scottish celebration! Complete with an archery range my parents made out of a log section and a castle that we built onto their deck! We had bows from the Dollar store with little suction cup arrows, perfect for Scout’s two older boy cousins! They took turns and got pretty good by the time they were done! I don’t think I hit the target once…

castleWe had little crown decorating stations inside the castle that some of the older kids took advantage of, and even a working drawbridge that they really enjoyed pulling up to shut us out!

Jem just loved the castle!

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Here’s the food table! I really had fun decorating this. Mom and I got a large piece of plaid fabric for the tablecloth, and my dad cut out some more log sections for food display!9-19-2015 (23)9-19-2015 (22)

We built a mini castle for the table top and I made the little banner for the birthday girl. We had bear-shaped sandwiches (Mordu sandwiches), Mac and cheese (Macintosh and cheese), fruit on an arrow (Skewered fruit), frosted sugar cookies (Triplet cakes), veggies (Angus treats), blueberries (Nightshade [not poisonous]), and blue punch (Witch’s Brew).

9-19-2015 (30)Her other Nana brought the cake, which little Princess Scout dug into… she didn’t eat a whole lot, she just enjoyed smooshing it with her fingers!

I don’t have a picture of the favor bags, but they had some Teddy Grahams, gummi bears, and Brave stickers inside!

All in all, I believe it was a very successful party, and I can’t wait to continue the tradition of themed birthday parties for as long as the kiddos want them!

Party picture