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Archive for the month “June, 2011”

My little swimmers

So we’ve really taken advantage of the pools here at the apartment and I LOVE that our kids LOVE to swim!!

Here’s some pictures of our little swimmers

Owen is a natural!

She can now go ANYWHERE in the pool!

Booklist for 06.27.2011

In A People House by Dr. Seuss

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale

Who Am I? I picture book - for Owen

Just A Little Sick by Mercer Meyer

My Mom by Anthony Browne

Gimme Cracked Corn and I will Share by Kevin O'Malley

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck

Sick little gal

So Addyson has been sickly for the last 4 days and when we finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor only to find out that she wasn’t sick anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some pictures during her illness.

She was sick but still wanted to be fashionable

Brave little gal who got her finger pricked

Museum & Water Gardens

So even thought Justin & I lived here before there are still SO many things to do here in Fort Worth that we never did or even knew about. Justin planned an outing this weekend that was a blast and FREE!

We headed downtown to the Fort Worth Fire Station Museum. It was actually a Fort Worth history museum which was small but cool. We hopped back in the car to head to the other side of downtown to go to the Water Gardens. I wasn’t sure what this was but was up for it anyway. We loved it. I seriously wish I had found it sooner!

Our little Cowgirl at the Museum

A HUGE Buffalo head at the museum

Fort Worth used to be called Panther City

Entrance to the Water Gardens

The Active Water pool

It is HUGE

Justin and Addyson start down into the Active Water Pool

Owen watching Daddy and Addyson walking in the bottom

There they are!

Daddy and Owen down in the Active Water Pool

We're all heading back up to the top

Aerated Water Pool

Quiet Water Pool

Song of the Day!

I LOVE this song and I hope you do to! I can not wait until heaven because I think this is what worship just might be like!!!


Booklist for 06.20.11

Here’s the booklist for this week:

ABC Dinosaurs by Scott Hartman

Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems

The Big Honey Hunt by Stan & Jon Berenstain

Curious George Bigger and smaller

If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

Lively Elizabeth! by Mara Bergman



Theodore Boone – the abduction

by John Grisham

Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever.

When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone-who knows April better than anyone-has answers.

As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone’s trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Again another quick read (less than 24 hours) that I highly recommend for any/all readers over a 5th grade reading level!

Theodore Boone – kid lawyer

by John Grisham

Very quick read that I highly recommend for anyone over a 5th grade reading level! I read this is less than 3 days!

Here’s a quick synopsis:
With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high-profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it’s up to this amateur attorney to save the day.

I’ve already started the 2nd Theodore Boone book written by Grisham that came out last week (thanks to my Dad for the gift in the mail!!).

Heaven and Hell

So according to Wikipedia heaven is “a realm, either physical or transcendental in which people who have died continue to exist in an afterlife. Heaven is often described as the holiest place, accessible by people according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith or other virtues.” Addyson however is having a difficult time understanding that heaven is in fact a good place. I was explaining some song lyrics to her the other day in the car and needless to say she was VERY confused so as I continued to explain the more and more it became clear that she was developing a fear of this event/place. She doesn’t want to leave earth, her friends and family although she does understand that we will see our family/friends that have died once we get to heaven. It’s very confusing for her!

We’ve spent the last few days discussing heaven and when we’ll be going to heaven, who will be going to heaven and why we’ll be going. I was telling Justin about it yesterday on our lunch date and as they were reading their Bible Story the questions starting coming. It just so happened that they were reading about the crucifixion so it was the right time (according to J). As he began to try to answer her questions he also decided to tell her the other side of the story and introduced hell. WOW! That brought about a whole other slue of questions, fears, concerns, and thoughts from our little thinker! Justin did great and when I went in to giver her a kiss and hug before turning the light out. She whimpered to me that she didn’t want to go to “Ummmm….Bethlehem ?!?” Justin laughed and said “No Addy, not Bethlehem, Hell.” She didn’t want to go there or heaven so we talked some more and finally just ended the conversation explaining to her that we weren’t going anywhere without her and she just needed to go to sleep. She didn’t like that answer but knew she had worn out her question time before bed.

As Justin always does he depicted the truth without trying to sugar-coat anything so Addyson most likely got a description of hell similar to the one offered by Wikipedia, “a place of suffering and punishment in the afterlife. Religions with a linear divine history often depict Hell as endless. Religions with a cyclic history often depict Hell as an intermediary period between incarnations. Typically these traditions locate Hell under the Earth’s external surface and often include entrances to Hell from the land of the living.”

Needless to say I’m sure we’ll be answering these questions for years to come. In fact she awoke this morning with a “Mom, I’m so glad we didn’t have to go to heaven or that other place last night!”. I love my daughter and I told her yes, I was glad too but I was ready to go to heaven if it was God’s timing. This time she let it go…who knows when the next theological conversation will occur:).

Great site for DEALS

So I’ve mentioned this site before but I thought I’d write it up again ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE it and I’ve only purchased from it a few times but I love looking every day to see what new great deals they have.

Today they have kids Crocs on SALE!!!


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