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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Harry Potter – Sorcerer’s Stone

Okay, so I’ve officially joined the land of the living and read the first book of the Harry Potter series. I have to admit, I’m hooked! I’m heading out this afternoon to go get the 2nd book at the library. I have never read any of her (J.K. Rowling’s) books and it took me a whole 3 days to get through the first book (and that was with 2 kids & a hubby to take care of too). I can say that I am sorry for waiting but I am so excited to finally read them in order and quickly (without having to wait for the next book to come out). Also I’ve only seen the first 3 movies so I have no idea how most of the story lines will play out.

For those of you who might be out there like me and have not ever read these books, here is the official Overview:
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter.

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Booklists for 04.19.2012 & 04.26.2012


Okay so I was pretty much NOT interested in taking part in Pintrest until last week…I realized this could be a pretty cool tool for us to plan and prepare for our new home. If you’re not familiar with it check it out!

Battle of wills

So yesterday at the McKinney Church playground after school Owen and I had a battle (along with another little boy) of wills. Owen was upset with me for not letting him play with my keys (he’s set the alarm off many times) so he turned to stomp off and in his anger he punched the first thing that came along, a 4-year old little guy named Bourke. Bourke is a super sweet little guy who has an older brother in 1st grade, I think. Bourke is always nice to the little kids on the playground and is always has very good manners.

Well, Owen realized quickly what he had done and immediately began crying huge sad tears as Bourke stood straight up and looked down at Owen, which only made the tears get bigger and the wailing louder. I soon realized that Bourke was going to need an apology and Owen (who is usually very kind hearted and dishes out apologies willingly) was not in the mood to do so today. His tears and cries continued as Bourke continued to stand there. A few minutes later  Bourke’s mom tried to intervene but Bourke was standing his ground, waiting for his apology. Owen on the other hand was not prepared to calm down enough to do so…each time I would turn him around to face Bourke the crying and wailing would start all over again.  This went on for so long that all of the other big kids had made their way over to see what was keeping their friend Bourke from playing with them and Bourke firmly told them that this little boy had hit him and he would await an apology. This was not good news to Owen’s ears and again the crying started on a whole other level. Finally (about 20 minutes later) Owen calmed down enough to ask me if we could just go home and I replied, “No, not until you tell Bourke “I’m Sorry.””. He very quietly and strategically said and quick “I’m sorry” as Bourke was yelling a reply to a friend on the other side of the playground which only meant that he had to then say it again because Bourke had not heard him. Thankfully he was much more cooperative this go around.

In the end both Bourke’s mom and I learned just how important an apology is to little ones:). I was very impressed with Bourke’s demeanor and attitude. He was not angry or mean, he just wanted an apology for being hit by Owen for no reason at all. Thankfully he got it and all was good.

Oh the joys of being a mom to a strong-willed little dude!

A Good American

A Good American by Alex George

Official Book Overview:
An uplifting novel about the families we create and the places we call home.

It is 1904. When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America, the land of the new? Originally set to board a boat to New York, at the last minute, they take one destined for New Orleans instead (“What’s the difference? They’re both new”), and later find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.

Beatrice is populated with unforgettable characters: a jazz trumpeter from the Big Easy who cooks a mean gumbo, a teenage boy trapped in the body of a giant, a pretty schoolteacher who helps the young men in town learn about a lot more than just music, a minister who believes he has witnessed the Second Coming of Christ, and a malevolent, bicycle-riding dwarf.

A Good American is narrated by Frederick and Jette’s grandson, James, who, in telling his ancestors’ story, comes to realize he doesn’t know his own story at all. From bare-knuckle prizefighting and Prohibition to sweet barbershop harmonies, the Kennedy assassination, and beyond, James’s family is caught up in the sweep of history. Each new generation discovers afresh what it means to be an American. And, in the process, Frederick and Jette’s progeny sometimes discover more about themselves than they had bargained for.

Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family. It is a universal story about our search for home.


This was a great story!!! Lots of interesting twists but it is just a solid great story of America and how it has come to be.

Responsibility & Reward

Addy with her doll (and its puppy).

So for the last few weeks we’ve tried to begin to teach Addyson responsibility and respect through a weekly checklist. The first full week she didn’t do things that great but at the end of the week when she saw that she was not going to receive the reward promised to her due to the fact that she did not complete every item she began to understand it. I am happy to report that this past week she successfully completed her Responsibilites Chart receiving a Lala Loopsy Doll.

Potty training time…well almost

So this weekend Owen declared that he wanted to go poo-poo on the potty so for fun I set him on there after I’d cleaned up his very stinky dirty diaper. To my SHOCK, he started to grunt and HE POOPED! IN THE POTTY all on his own. I was so proud and he immediately wanted to tell Justin. Addyson was also very proud and suggested that we call all of the grandparents, which we did. We’re not quite ready to do the 3-day potty training boot camp I’m preparing myself for in late May (when he’s out of school for 2 weeks).

Getting ready...

Great job Devin!!

So this weekend we had the opportunity to watch “Uncle Devin” (my brother-in-law) compete at the United States Barista Championship in Portland, OR. This was Devin’s 2nd year to compete and he did great! He placed 4th in the United States Finals!! Way to go!!!

Here are some pictures I found online from his competition.

Getting ready for his presentation

Competition floor

Pouring for the judges

Looking calm and doing great

Laura and friends watching Devin

Great job Devin!

Good Luck Uncle Devin

So this weekend our own Devin Chapman (my brother-in-law) will be competing in the 2012 United States Barista Championship & Brewer’s Cup. This will be his second year to compete and we are SO proud of him!! Addyson recorded this message for him this weekend in preparation!

So just to give you a hint of what a big deal this is, here are some links to some of the interviews and features he has been a part of this year as the one to beat in both competitions!
The Announcement of the winner of the Nortwest Division

Six Friends claim the top 6 spots at the Regional Barista Competition

Coava is proud of their champ

Coava’s campion


Book list x2

Here’s a few weeks of combined book lists from the library:

Thirsty Thursday

Piggies in the Kitchen

Me I am!

Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever

Freckleface Strawberry

Elsie's Bird

Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully

Cows to the Rescue

My Many Colored Days

The Bear Detective

All Aboard!

Wacky Wednesday

Explore the Solar System

Robert the Rose Horse

The Kingfisher Book of Children's Poetry

Green Eggs and Ham

I can Read with my Eyes shut

Do Unto Otters

Amazing Dinosaurs

The Belly Book

Banyard Hullabaloo

I'll teach my dog 100 words

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