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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Toddlers & Turtles at Dickerson Park Zoo

It was a momentous occasion when Maggie decided she was ready for Zoo School this summer!  She is a quiet little girl, bashful and hides behind me when we meet people she doesn't know so stepping out a bit and doing something new was a big deal!  That morning Maggie said, "I'm so excited!!" 

This class was called Toddlers & Turtles.  We learned all about turtles, visited with a large turtle, had a turtle snack and did some turtle crafts.  It was a lot of fun.  The class is short, only 1 hour.  I stay with her the whole time.  It worked out great that Kayley was in her own zoo class at the time so it was just me and Maggie. 





The zoo is small but they offer a pretty awesome array of classes for the kids.  You can learn more about the programs at Dickerson Park Zoo by visiting their website.  We have enjoyed all the teachers we've met so far (We miss Ms. Drummond terribly, Kayley is too old and Maggie still too small for her classes) and both girls LOVE going to the classes (Ms. Sleight and Ms. Ives are awesome too!)

  In the older classes the kids always take a field trip into the zoo.  In the past Kayley has fed the hippo watermelon & fed crackers to the giraffes, they always hit the petting zoo and on hot days, they stop and play in the misters on their way through.  
They do several take-home crafts and always finish up with a snack!
Best yet?  Homeschoolers!  It counts as science & art!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kayley at 7 - A Choose Your Own Adventure Birthday

It's hard to believe that Kayley turned 7 this year.  She is growing up into such an interesting young lady.  She is funny and bright.  Energetic and articulate.  Happy and enthusiastic.  This year for her birthday she wanted a re-visit of the "progressive" scavenger hunt birthday we had for her last year.  Recall we had envelopes and each place we went Kayley received another "clue" and she had to guess where we were going.  Well, this year I decided to do a little different take on that and wrote Kayley her very own "Choose Your Own Adventure" book....  I was so excited to come up with a unique birthday party alternative!
I've attached each chapter if you were curious to see how I did this. (You will probably need to click on the pictures to make it large enough to read.)


 
 

 

Here are some fun pictures from the Adventure that Kayley chose.  
It was a fun birthday for all of us!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Choose Your Own Adventure Birthday was a lot of fun!  
Happy Birthday Kayley!  
We love you and we are so glad to be a part of your adventure story!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Mark of a Giant: 7 People Who Changed the World {Deseret Book Review}

Throughout the course of history, civilization has been blessed by strong-minded men and women who have impacted our world in extraordinary ways. Their imprint upon humanity is beyond dispute. And many would contend that they were no less than the result of Divine Providence—a gift of God to the human race. Who are these individuals? What is it about these few that make them different? Were they merely in the right place at the right time? Or were they somehow chosen? The Mark of a Giant examines the lives and contributions of seven men and women who changed the world: Abraham of Ur, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa.
Deseret Book offered me the chance to review The Mark of a Giant: 7 People Who Change the World by Ted Stewart.  (This is the same fellow who wrote the popular book The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World.)  In this book Ted Steward takes the lives of 7 people:    Father Abraham, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa.  These strong minded men and women are the ones Stewart refers to "giants" people who have made contributions to society that left it altered in some way.  He takes a close look at each person and demonstrated how they changed the course of history.  Of course the list is way too short, it is nearly impossible to just narrow down just 7 people but this list is inspiring.  Stewart examines the character traits that each shares that marked them as giants by showing how human history was changed by their actions.  He first tells you what the world was like when that person was born then shares how the world was changed because he or she was in it.  His hope is that by sharing these stories others will be inspired to "make their mark upon the world."

I really enjoyed this book!  It is an inspiring read that left me interested to hear more.  I wonder if there will be a "7 more people who changed the world" book?   ;)
 
If you are interested in purchasing your own copy it can currently be found on DeseretBook.com in hardcover for $25.19, or as a Deseret Bookshelf eBook for $13.99.   You can also buy the Bookshelf/Hardback combo for $30.18.  (Prices subject to change without notice).

Disclaimer:  Thanks so much to Deseret Book for providing me with a copy of this book for review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lately...

We are finally getting moved in and somewhat settled!  Our house is very slowly coming together, getting cleaned up, and comfortable.  Whew!  We desperately, desperately miss our routine!  Things will be getting to a new normal over the next couple of weeks as we start back into our chores and homeschooling.  But, before we can get too busy with those things we will have Kayley's birthday to celebrate (can you BELIEVE she is turning 7 this year??). 

To share some of what we've been up to lately I will just throw a bunch of pictures at you.  ;)

Kayley moved up from Beginner I at Swim Lesson into Beginner II.

And Dave taught her how to mow the lawn (ok, not really).

Its been terribly hot and the girls cooled off by sitting in the water table.

Kayley has lost 2 teeth!

Maggie has become very opinionated saying such things as "I'm so mad!" and crossing her arms and glaring at you.  She would be annoyed to know that I find it somewhat adorable and have a very hard time keeping a serious face when she does it.

And when she wants something she uses this coy look that melts your heart...

We are all doing really well and will hopefully be back to normal really soon!  
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Angels: Agents of Light, Love and Power {A Deseret Book Review}

Do you believe in Angels?  I do.

Stories are told around the world of persons who have received help or comfort from someone they couldn't see—an angel or spirit who guided them or in some other way gave them assistance from beyond the veil.
But just who are these angels? Are they even real?
Although angels are a vital part of Latter-day Saint history and doctrine, their roles and purposes are often misunderstood. In this inspiring volume, author Donald W. Parry discusses in a clear and understandable way what we can learn from the scriptures and from modern prophets and apostles about angels and their missions.
When just the thought of someone watching out for us can give us hope in challenging times, to realize that angels minister light, love, and power to us, whether we are aware of them or not, gives us unparalleled understanding, comfort, and peace.

In this new book Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power by Donald W. Parry we learn about the role that angels play among us.  He answers any and every question you can think of about angels from an Latter-day Saint perspective!

He goes into depth explaining and answering questions like:
1.  What an angel is (a heavenly messenger)
2.  What an angel is not (for example, angels do not have wings, contrary to what people imagine)
3.  How many angels are there?
4.  What do they wear?  What do they look like?
5.  What kind of role do they play in my life?
6.  What types of angels are there?  (Everything from the guardian angel to God's Destroying angels)

Angels may be seen or unseen, but angels are there.  They may manifest in many different ways and while we often we feel like we are walking alone, they are there

Drawing on testimony of the prophets and apostles this book is filled with quotes from Latter-day leaders discussing the ministry of angels.    Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has said,  "In times of special need, He sent angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, reassure them that Heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near."  That is a comforting thought and one that Donald W. Parry focuses on throughout the book.  We learn that some of the angels we read about or hear about are unique (angels with trumpets, or angels swords, etc) and hopefully none of us will ever need to be protected by angels in a lions den or fiery furnace, but angels are here.  They are here right now!  Visits from angels are not only instances that happened long ago and they are not unique to Biblical times.  They are for today.  You can have a better idea of what the ministering of angels looks like as you read through this book!  Anyone can receive angelic communication, if it is Heavenly Fathers will, and maybe you already have and didn't recognize it for what it was.  It has left me wondering if I have, I'll admit! 

I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too!  Right now there is a 2 day sale on the Deseret Bookshelf eBook version where you can buy Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power for only $11.99!  Hurry quick, this offer won't last long!  Retail price is $25.99!


Rather have the hardcover?  It is currently $23.39 and can be purchased at DeseretBook.com!  Thanks for stopping by!

Disclaimer:  Thank you so much to Deseret Book for providing me with a free copy of Angels to review and share with you!  All opinions expressed herein are my very own.
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