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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

Dolphins at Daybreak

Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!


for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be dinner?


I really enjoyed reading this one with all the sea life and descriptions of life under the ocean!

Midnight on the Moon

Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House #8)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Three . . . two . . . one . . . BLAST OFF!

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie off to the moon—and the future. Their mission? To find the last “M” thing that will free Morgan from the spell. Can they do it before the air in their oxygen tank runs out? Will the mysterious moon man help them? And why is Peanut the mouse acting so strange?

Summer trip #1

So I’m VERY late posting this but… the kids and I took a quick trip up to Missouri to see my mom in her element at Camp Barnabas a few weeks ago. The trip up there was great. The kids traveled SO well.

We started the drive with Chik-fil-A breakfast and Cars movie as it poured down rain for the first TWO and a HALF hours of driving. We were almost into Oklahoma before it let up. The kids did great on the trip to DeeDee’s Camp :).

We arrived and got a quick tour before we went into ‘town’ to eat at Mazzio’s (haven’t eaten at a Mazzio’s since the last time I visited mom at camp almost 7 years ago). Then headed back to see the lightening bugs before bedtime.

The next morning we woke up and Addyson got started on DeeDee’s garden. She LOVES to plant things and this was a great activity for them to do together. Uncle Isaac arrived for the day to visit and the kids loved it!

The rest of the weekend is kind of a blur of camp related activities as that week’s camp volunteers arrived and then the next afternoon the campers did as well. We got to swim in the big pool and go down the water slides (which both kids loved). We go to play in the amazing tree house (see pictures below) and the kids got to experience a few of the activities with the campers on the last night that we were there. We had a blast!

Sunday morning we woke up and packed up the car to head to Fayetteville to see MawMaw and PawPaw. The kids were very excited and didn’t like the little trip there but once we got there and got out to play at their house for a bit they were happy!

It was so good to see our family and to have fun with everyone!!

DeeDee and Owen heading down to the Creek

Owen watering the plants

“Gear Isaac” and the kids…that’s what Owen calls him 🙂

Amazing views at camp

Addyson did not squish this one but let it walk all over her…she is such a nature lover!

more of the bug

Amazing tree house at camp

Heading down from the tree house on the trail – the kids loved being outside all day

Swinging on the playground at camp

Incredible ADA accessible playground at camp

The beauty of the Ozarks!

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Official overview:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


Okay, so I found this book on a blog link promising a list of books for readers who were in Hunger Games withdraw and it has lived up to its promise. I read this book in 1 and 1/2 days and immediately went out to get the 2nd book in the trilogy. It’s definitely not as overall great as the Hunger Games in my opinion but is still amazing! It is a very similar storyline to the Hunger Games but it is also written in a different style than Suzanne Collins.

Read these books…they would be a great summer vacation read!

Sunset of the Sabertooth

Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House #7)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

The Ice Age is very cool
. . . for two kids in bathing suits! Jack and Annie nearly freeze when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of cave people and woolly mammoths. But nothing can stop them from having another wild adventure—not even a saber-toothed tiger!


Addyson and I went to see this movie this weekend and while it was a bit scary it was very good. The visual aspect of this movie is incredible. Go see it!


Official Movie Info:

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. — (C) Disney


To learn more about the movie, click here.

Afternoon on the Amazon

Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House #6)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Vampire bats and killer ants?

That’s what Jack and Annie are about to run into when the Magic Tree House whisks them away to the Amazon River. It’s not long before they get hopelessly lost. Will they be able to find their way back to the tree house? Or are Jack and Annie stuck forever in the rain forest?


Vampire bats, killer ants, humongous crocodiles…wow this is was a great story. I am blown away with each book!

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

Official Overview:
A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life–until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

This powerful tale of heartbreak and hope is sure to haunt readers long after they finish the last page.

A 2012 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

This is a great story written from a somewhat different perspective of WWII. This is definitely worthy of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award!

Night of the Ninjas

Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House #5)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Have you ever met a real live ninja?

Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Japan, where they find themselves in the cave of a ninja master. Will they learn the secrets of the ninja? Or will the evil samurai warriors get them first?


Ninjas…my little gal loved i!

Fun times at the Central Library downtown

I LOVE the downtown library here in Fort Worth and our kids do too! They have an amazing Children’s area and it makes for a great indoor playtime (also teaching them to love the library and to read)!

Both kiddos love the costumes that they can put on and play in at the library. Owen is saying, “Howdy Cowboy!”

Both kiddos…you can see the HUGE bear in the background too…it’s always sitting in that window.

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