Wrapping up the Week

Friday is here! August keeps going by fast and I’m in denial that Fall will be coming. We’ve been having a fun week and here’s what has been keeping us busy.

1. I finally updated my library card so Asher and I have been checking out more books. The way he says library is pretty cute too. 

2. We went to the fair to see some friends play in their band. We hit up seeing all the animals and got French fries too. 

3. Paddle boarding was cancelled due to threatening stormy weather. Whomp whomp. But we did get a run/walk in this week that was about 5 miles! 

4. The house is crazy clean and organized due to a house showing. It won’t last long. 

5. My bookshelf is overflowing! I am excited to review Uninvited, a fun prayer coloring journal, It’s Not Fair, and to keep reading Hinds Feet in High Places. I love getting fun mail in the form of books! 


Lounging while watching the band play! 

Minecraft 


Working with kids has meant that I have heard a lot about Minecraft!  Kids love to create things and Minecraft gives them this opportunity along with a whole host of ways to connect with others and to learn while they create. Personally, I have watched some kids play the game but I haven’t played myself. I can’t say that I have much of a desire to play beyond wanting to be able to know more to be able to better connect with the kids who love the game. 

All of that long introduction to say that I was excited to see someone took advantage of what has become so popular among young kids!  I love the idea of helping make the Bible fun and easy to read for kids. The NIrV version is really similar to the NIV but with some word changes to help younger readers. 

This Bible includes 24 pages related to Minecraft. I like that the pages gave prompts for how to connect biblical stories to things that you can do in the game. I could see some kids finding that fun. I wish they had included some more ideas and unique connections. There really were not many pages in comparison to how many pages of the Bible there are. 

Also, I would have loved to see the Dictionary in the back be a little longer to help young readers. I could also see some commentary being helpful. 

This seems like a great Bible to get kids who are really into Minecraft also into the Bible but there is not a lot of Minecraft content so I imagine this would be best for a child who has parents to help encourage reading the Bible. 

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Punny Game


I was excited to see Punderdome as an option to review since I have some family members who love funny games! I thought this would be a great one to try out. 
The box is a nice size and there are a fair amount of cards. I imagine that eventually you would get tired of the same cards but at least there are a lot of different combinations for the game. Two mystery envelopes, some mystery envelope prize paper, and some extra scratch paper are included as well beyond the rules. 
The game is fairly simple and really as much fun as those who are with you. If you and your group are good at coming up with puns and enjoy laughing then I would bet that this would be a fun game for you!  
The one thing I didn’t like about the setup of the game is that you need at least three people. I wish they had made a two player variant as well. That is really my only complaint about the game. 
All in all, a fun game if you like puns and jokes!
Disclosure: I received this for free from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own. 

The Look and Tell Bible

I wanted to like this book and the cover seemed fun for a little boy but inside was really busy. I like the concept of using pictures for words and then having the pictures on the opposite page but I would have preferred to have a few less pictures.  This would have made reading a little easier. Some of the pictures were great for little kids to be able to guess and know what the word is but others were harder. I would have liked to keep with the easier ones especially for younger ages. 

Once again, I wish kids books would use a different word than “Bible” or would indicate that these are only selected parts of the Bible. The authors did a good job at picking fun stories for kids in their limited number of pages and they kept the book a nice size for younger readers. 

All in all, not my favorite kids Bible book but this one had a fun approach and would be something a little different for early readers to try. 


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Weekend Recap

Our weekends have been full this summer which is entirely fun and at the same time we all could use a do nothing weekend. Thankfully, they have been mostly full of things we enjoy! 

Asher has officially joined us in our love for popcorn. We ate some earlier in the week and he found a stray piece the next morning and he was asking for more popcorn. So, clearly, we made more and did a little movie night with him. Recently, he enjoyed watching part of Robin Hood and Kung Fu Panda. Mainly, he likes to name the animals and then shut the tv off after 20-30 minutes since he’s ready to play again. 

On Saturday, he got to hang out with “bopa Burke” and grandma and do all sorts of fun things like ride in the golf cart to take the trash down and play with all the fun cars. Not to mention eating all the food. For only being there an hour while I went to prayer at church, he finds a lot to do! 

We all then snuck in a 4 mile run! I would have rather gone when it wasn’t so hot but we made it and it’s the farthest we’ve gone this summer! 

On Sunday, we headed to get French fries and wander through Art in the Park. I didn’t see anything I had to have but its fun getting crafty ideas!  And the French fries were really the main reason. 

Kids Camp started that night and so we headed there! Hard to believe Asher could be going to Kids Camp in 5 years…uh what?! I’m speaking later this week and always enjoy seeing how the kids have settled in by then! 

Now, it’s Monday morning and finally a new budget!  So we have grocery shopping to do, dog food (and hopefully dog medicine since I guess Boaz’s allergies are back) to pick up, and lots of playing! 

Friday Faves

  1. I’ve been having fun listening the Bethel Music album Have it All on Spotify (thanks to my brother for having room on his Spotify premium account!). Spirit Move by Kalley Heiligenthal is especially fun for a Friday afternoon driving. 
  2. Asher has been having fun drumming and watching Ryan learn guitar. I’ll be so curious if/what Asher will want to play. He asks for music all the time. I love watching him get excited about playing or listening! 
  3. I’ve been having a blast being back on a running plan even if it is totally stretching me already!  We are planning on doing a 10 miler in Stillwater in September! The heat is kind of miserable but the running is good! 
  4. Reading lots of books. I’ve got Wild and Free up on my list and a fiction one titled Hood. 
  5. Sleeping in….Asher has been so cute and will get out of his bed around when Ryan goes to work and then will want to come in bed with me for another hour or two before getting up. I’m usually able to sleep some more or get some reading done before starting the day. 

There’s a few favorites from lately! What are you loving lately? 

Lately

Somehow summer seems to fill up fast with all sorts of fun things. We’ve had our fill of doing VBS at church (we did a super fun Lego/builder theme this year), vacation in Glacier National Park and Banff, birthday celebrating for Asher, and now we are heading into kids camp, a few Minnesota traveling weekends, and starting to train for a 10 mile race!  

We are thinking of doing the Stillwater Log Race in September so our 10 week training plan starts this week! We went to Stillwater back for our first anniversary so going in the summer sounds fun. Plus, after running Grandmas marathon I’ve decided I love running by water. 

Boaz has also hit his “Don’t mind me I’m just going to wander a little farther” streak. He’s always on the hunt for birds of any type and still out runs us any day. He’s totally still cuddly and wants all the attention. 

Asher has been talking up a storm and recognizing letters. He’s been rocking his balance bike and his big wheels trike. He’s a big fan of going outside which I love and thankfully we’ve had awesome weather. He just got a big bed and is out of his Nuna. Now I’m on the hunt for cute boy bedding. We also spend lots of time playing cars and watching the cars go by on the highway. 

We’ve been making cannoli cake, quesadillas, ricotta stuffed shells, pizza bagels, and of course cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. 

And I am still missing the mountains and the gorgeous water from our vacation. 

Here’s a few pictures from recently…