Saturday, August 19, 2017

Maddox {A Few New Pictures}

When Matt was taking pictures of Mason for his recent update post, he snagged a few of Maddox, too! 

Look at that cutie!!

His best friend, his water bottle. :) 


Ready to do some work! 

Seriously, Dad?? Are you finished!? 

Friday, August 18, 2017

#FarmLife {In Pictures}

Matt picked up his camera one day when we were at the farm with intentions of taking lots of pictures. Well, that was a little derailed when this happened...It was, something. 

After we got the boys in bed, Matt headed out. Again, he was excited to get some farm animal pictures. 

Then, this Psycho Rooster attacked him. And that ended the fun. 

Farm Life was a bit crazy with that rooster but otherwise it was darn fun! 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios {A Book Review}

I just finished reading The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios and I must say, it was pretty interesting. 

Let me start out by saying, it was very much science based. There were bits of humor in the pages because it goes through day-to-day life and that gets a bit comical thinking about all of the things you do throughout a whole day. Aside from that, it is science. Kakalios divides the books into chapters that are related to different tasks: You Begin Your Day, You Drive Into the City, You take a Flight, etc. 

Several of the chapters would definitely not be an average day for me but for business men/women, it would be typical, I would think.  Within the chapters a brief synopsis of something you might do is described and then Kakalios goes into the details of the science behind each task. 

For example: "You get caught up in the podcast as it plays a vibrant segment of music. You imagine the virtuoso rhythmically plying the bow back and forth across the strings. The image of the bow suddenly reminds you that you still need to brush your teeth. Turning up the volume, you dash to the bathroom and remove your electric toothbrush from the plastic holder that serves as a batter recharger." 

Just believe this, the physics of the toothbrush is explained. It's just fun! I think if you enjoy science, this would definitely be a great book for you. I also think this would be a great coffee table book/bathroom book. It's divided into segments in each chapter so you could just read a bit here and there. 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books.**

Favorite Children's Books {3}

We haven't been reading a lot these last few weeks. It's just been a full month. But here are a few of our favorites of late. 

The book on the left, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, was a gift two christmases ago. The sequel just came out this year and it's just as funny. The illustrations are incredible and the rhyming is just icing on the cake. 

Mason is incredibly interested in construction vehicles of any kind right now so books like this one, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?,  is right up his alley. This book shows all kinds of construction vehicles and ask questions about where there sleep. It's great for construction loving boys. 

This one is along the same lines and with this one, we also like Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. 

This book is HILARIOUS!! One of the gnomes can't grow a beard which is obviously a big deal to a gnome. He tries various things to get a beard but in the end, he tries something different and realizes he is just as important as those with beads. Great for showing kids that being different is okay! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mason: {An Update}

It's time for another Mason update! I try to do them every 3 months and this is that time. It also means that my boy will be FOUR in less than 3 months now!

I feel like Mason has grown so much in the last few months. Here's what going on!

--Mason participated in a summer camp a couple of weeks ago and he had a blast. He made new friends, had fun and just enjoyed playing. 

--He LOVES reading! He will sit and read with me or Matt for nearly an hour if we can. He also enjoys Wednesday afternoon story time so much. 

--He is a jokester. He LOVES laughing and making others laugh. He gets the cutest little smirk on his face when he is teasing, too. 

--He LOVES to be outside playing. Especially with his Daddy. He's definitely a Daddy's boy. 

Mason loves church so much. He loves his small group, his large group and all of the songs he gets to sing. He loves to talk about Jesus and learn more from his devotionals at home. 

--He is still an excellent sleeper. 12ish hours at night and an afternoon nap 5-7 days a week. 

--I'm fairly certain he's going through a growth spurt because he is eating like a full grown man. 

--Mason loves his brother so much but sometimes, too much! 

--He's getting better and better at playing with others. He enjoys playing tag and hide and seek with new friends at the park. 

--He is NOT into taking pictures right now. He would rather have his hair pulled out, I think!! 

--He's demonstrating more and more courage lately in new situations. When we were on the farm, he was bravely facing new challenges and I am so proud of him for that. 

--He's doing so well in our homeschool preschool activities at home. He's learning to write letters and numbers which has been the toughest stuff so far. 

--He's enjoying coloring more and getting better at coloring in the lines. 

--His speech is really improving. He's working mostly on /k/ and /g/ and he's beginning to say them correctly spontaneously. HUGE win! 

--He's also learning so much about being kind, respectful and loving to others. We are learning about sin and what God wants us to go and not do. Such sweet times and hard, too. 

--He loves adventures! He is always excited to do something new and "go someplace I never been before." 

--Mason is SO excited about turning 4 and he's going to get a trip to the beach in his honor that weekend! 

--He's just such a joy to us. Days are exhausting as we teach and learn but we love him endlessly.