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Sunday, August 30, 2015

One Week Down

The first week of school is in the books!  And it seemed all went well with the boys.  My oldest is now in third, and the youngest is in first.

It was kind of an interesting week because they didn't start until Tuesday, then only had a half day.  They said it was kind of boring because they didn't do anything, but there wasn't any time!

The next few days went much better.  They seem incredibly excited and ready for the new year.  That makes me happy.  I hope they keep their enthusiasm and excitement for learning throughout their lives.

How was your first week of school?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Weekend Fun

The boys start school on Tuesday, and while our weekends will still be weekends, they'll be busy.  Wrestling starts in the next couple months, then the snow starts to fly.  We'll still be having fun, but it will be snowmobiling fun.

This weekend, we decided to try something different.  We played paintball.  The kids were thrilled that we were going to do this.  They couldn't wait to get out there and start shooting.  I was a bit more cautious about the sport.

I've never been before, and I was convinced after the first round the boys would be done.  Paintballs don't tickle when they hit you.  But, to be honest, depending on where they hit, they don't hurt that bad either.  I was hit in the arm and the shoulder and didn't realize it until we got home and I saw the marks--and yes, they leave marks.

The most important thing to remember is to dress appropriately.  It was recommended that we wear several layers of clothes, which we did, and they provide the face masks.  We also put the boys in their chest protectors, and I think that helped quite a bit.  We're all about being adventurous and fun, but we're also about safety.

The one I did feel was the one that hit me in the knee.  I thought for sure that was going to take me out, and it almost did.  I have pretty bad knees, so it wasn't pleasant.  However, I didn't give up.  Granted, I only played the first round, but I would have played more if that first shot wouldn't have hit me in the knee.

And I have to say that I'm incredibly proud of the boys.  I thought for sure this would be the first and last time we ever played, but they had a blast.  And they got shot multiple times.  They also shot other people multiple times.

When we got home, they showed of their marks with pride.  The oldest keeps talking about how we're going out there for his birthday.  All in all, it was an incredibly fun and exciting day, and I think we'll play paintball again.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer Is Coming to an End

This week marks the last week of freedom for the boys before school starts. If you ask me, they’ve had some great adventures this summer.

They spent a week at Camp Grandma and Grandpa and got to go the Museum of Natural Curiosity in Thanksgiving Point, Utah,  in addition to going back to see dinosaurs in Vernal.

And, of course, that was all in addition to having fun and hanging out with family.

They got to go camping—which didn’t actually work out because it was raining, but they stayed one night.

We went to Seattle, which was an absolutely amazing time! We got to go to the EMP Museum and see so many cool things, including costumes from Star Wars and creatures from sci fi, fantasy, and horror movies. We went to Vashon Island and trekked to the beach and hiked around the woods.

While they’ve been in daycare, they’ve had a chance to go to the State Fair in Cheyenne, the rec center, and various parks around town. They’ve also hung out with friends.

Phew! They’ve been busy!

Some days, they are really excited about going back to school, and others not so much. But it doesn’t matter because soon they won’t have a choice.

Have you had an exciting summer?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Slumber Party!

My boys love having slumber parties. And, really, what’s not to love? They get to play with their friends and stay up late. When I was a kid, I used to love slumber parties, too.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to slumber parties: being tired and grumpy the next morning because of staying up late. But this can be remedied! One of the other fantastic things about slumber parties is that kids get to sleep in the next morning!

I’ve tried to tell my youngest this, but he hasn’t quite figured it out yet. I think he’s so excited that his friend is there that he wants to spend as much time with him as possible, so he gets up super early. That makes it tough for everyone.

I’m sure he’ll figure it out one day, though. At least I hope he will. No one likes a crabby kid!

So, to recap, here are a few rules about slumber parties:
  • Stay up late
  • Eat lots of snacks (assuming it’s okay with the parents)
  • Sleep in late the next morning

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reviews for The Ifs Return

The Ifs Return book review blitz has almost come to an end, and I am thrilled with reader reactions!  As of this posting, I have received 15 reviews, most of them 4 and 5 stars.  You can check them out on Amazon.

I had so much fun writing this book, and my boys really enjoyed it.  I'm glad that others found it as fun and exciting as we did.

Thank you to everyone who read and reviewed my book.  I appreciate you taking the time to check out my work.  Thank you to Mother Daughter Book Reviews for setting up the blitz and helping me get reviewers.

If you haven't had a chance to read The Ifs Return, check it out!  See what all the excitement is about!  You can find it here.

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped! 

Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.