Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What? Another horse show? :)

What did we do this past weekend?  Well, we went to another horse show and ran the concessions.  As Kevin likes to say, "we ain't making a plug nickel."  But, we are getting to spend time with family. :)  Concessions can be a brutal business of hit and miss.  Maybe after two more weeks we can come out ahead...of course, I'm going to need my "chef" to stop lounging around and cook! LOL!
 This weekend was all about my mom and dad riding because Autumn was going to her FIRST PROM!!!  Where has time gone?  How is she old enough for that?  Ahhhh!!!  In case you wonder if she loves horses or boys more, she was hoping the horse show would get rained out so she could make the make-up show and get to do both! ha!

Newport Hillbilly Horse Show - April 26, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dragon's Egg by Sarah L. Thomson

Ok, this was my "elementary level" pick for the month of April.  The cover has intrigued me for months now.  And, I truly enjoyed the book.  Fast paced.  Lots of adventure.  Easy read.  I will definitely recommend it to my 3rd - 5th graders. :)

Summary from
It is a rare talent, and only she can care for the Inn's herd. She feeds them, gathers their eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of legend, even though hardly anyone believes they still exist. Dragons are small farm animals, not huge fire-breathing monsters. Everyone knows that.

Until one day changes everything.

A Knight of the Order of Defenders arrives at the Inn. Signs of the mythical dragons have led him there, he says. Then a simple errand takes Mella through the forest, where she stumbles across a dragon's egg and faces the true, terrifying dragon guarding it. On the spot, Mella vows to get the egg safely to the fabled Hatching Grounds. She must leave her home for the first time, and she finds an unlikely companion in the Defender's squire, Roger.

For Mella and Roger, this one day is the beginning of an adventure. Where will it take them?

Thursday, April 24, 2014


 I need to get last weekend recorded because somehow it is already almost THIS weekend!  Not that I'm complaining but I'm not sure where this week went!! 
We spent Saturday doing concessions in Newport at the horse show.  My niece wasn't supposed to be able to come, but she surprised us and showed up and got to ride in two events.  :)  My mom got to ride in several events.  I managed to get pictures of one of them.  It's hard to "work" and try to watch for family riding. 

 This is Uncle Bubba trying to "scope out" the boy that follows my niece everywhere she goes at the horse shows. :)
 I love that we are getting to do the concessions and spend some family time together.  It'll be a bonus if we make a little money too! :)
Hillbilly Horse Show - Newport - 4/19/14

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo


I had to read this before I went to see the movie.  I recommend it as a good hearted, light read.  The writing style isn't anything noteworthy, but the story sure makes you stop and think.  There isn't a doubt in my mind that little boy saw Jesus and visited heaven.  For more information, check out this website:

When four-year-old Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the following months—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Librarian Day!

If you didn't know - it's National Library Week and  Librarian Appreciation Day!  I had a great day with flowers, cards, smiling kids, hand-made notes & cards, a favorite lunch delivered to my office AND a Barnes and Noble gift card!  I had my toes done after school & spent my B&N card, so I am one happy librarian! :)
 From one of my 4th graders:
And another favorite said:
Roses are red, 
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet 
and so are you! 

Love my job!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A morning with Bubba Bear...

 If I sit here with this piece of Momma's landscaping in my mouth, maybe someone will get up and chase me!  Or maybe I'll just play tug-of-war with my brother and get it all over the carpet.

 Wait!  What is that?  Is it a bumblebee?  Maybe it will play with me!
 I'm gonna catch it!
Ok, so it stung me! Maybe this time I will sneak up on it!! 
 How about I just bark at it REALLY, REALLY loud over and over? (Did I mention Momma has something called a migraine this morning?  I don't what that is, but she keeps getting mad at me!)
 Now, I've got you corner!  Sucker!
Bubblebee died.  No one wants to play, so finally after HOURS of annoying EVERYONE around, I cave and give them what they want.  I crash!  On my brother's head!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I won't say too much about this one since it is the final book in a trilogy.  It was my least favorite of the three though and I'm still processing the ending.  Not sure how I feel about it yet.  I do recommend the Divergent series especially if you like this type of book.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and

Monday, April 7, 2014

First Camping Trip of this season :)

We looked at our calendar over Spring Break and realized real quick if we didn't go camping the first weekend in April, we may not get to go again until end of May or June!!  So, we planned on going to Lake Sylvia, but right before we pulled out of the driveway, I decided I wanted to go to DeGray Lake to Shouse Ford and my Big Bear indulged my whim. :)  
For this trip, we took "the originals", aka Stella & Rex, and we left Bubba Bear to board at the vet.  He had a swollen eye and was due for his heartworm shot anyway.  Plus, he loves it there!!
So, away we go!  And, just for my BFF, I post the picture many 31 Bags does it take to go camping?!? LOL!
Big Bear got to finally put together and use his Christmas present he got with Bass Pro Shop gift cards from my mom and his sister.  He was one happy camper! (And, yes, Big Bear LOVES overalls!) :)

A little Arkansas beauty...our sunset view...
One of my favorite parts of camping = camping breakfasts!
Poor Stella just could NOT comprehend that when I was casting my fishing line, it WAS NOT a game of fetch!!  I got so tickled at her!
Me and Rex - this trip he got to stay off leash and we only lost him once!  Totally our fault. We got distracted and he slipped past us and took off, but it was within the first few hours of being there and it was when we realized he would come back when called (unless chasing a squirrel).  So he got a little more freedom this trip.
My fishing buddies...if you look close, you can see Stella on the other side of me intently watching my fishing line in case she needs to "fetch it up". HA!
Big Bear's new outdoor kitchen!! whoop!

Momma's lap dog! :)
Dinner for TWO??? :)
Another fav part of camping...relaxing!!!
Shouse Ford site 77
April 4th-6th

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This is the second book in the Divergent trilogy.  I admit that I read Divergent a long time ago and then realized the whole series hadn't been released so I put this one on hold until the third one came out.  About that same time, they announced Divergent would be a movie, so I waited to watch Divergent rather than re-read it and then pick the series back up.  Now, I don't like it as well as I did The Maze Runner or Hunger Games trilogies, BUT I do think it is good and worth reading.  I would give Maze Runner and Hunger Games 5 out of 5 and this one 4 out of 5 so far.  I am about 200 pages into the third book, so I will let you know overall feelings when I'm totally done.  I also thought they did a good job with the Divergent movie.  And I liked that Kevin saw it with me so I could talk to him about Insurgent as I was reading it! :)  The ending on this book kind of threw me.  I had to reread it three times, but the way it ended means you HAVE to read the third one! 

Summary from
 One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Last day of Spring Break :(

For Christmas, we bought one of these garden bricks for the border of my Mom's flowerbed that she had been wanting done.  We put a note in with it that said in the spring, we would buy the rest and install her flowerbed border.  So, that was how we spent our Sunday.  Only it didn't take that long when you only have one layer, so we ended up helping with a few other projects too.  ;)

 (a little mulch and a few hostas and done!)
Small side bed:
We took a little time to explore the country.  You can't help appreciate the beauty everywhere when you are out in the country.

Stella running along beside the 4-wheeler when I got on with Kevin. She had a big time going with us.  We left the two boys at home.  She waded through big ditches, got in the pond, and just ran around enjoying the freedom.  The great thing about Stella (and the reason she got to go) is that we never have to worry about her running off.  She isn't going to ever go very far from us.  She's a good girl. :)
My dream is to one day live in the country and enjoy beauty like this every single day.  My parents land is absolutely gorgeous!