Wednesday, July 30, 2014

the last week of summer vacation

We have had a busy week! The kiddos finished up swimming lessons last Wednesday night and we are SO proud of their progress!!!

Thursday afternoon, I took the kids to the library to see a marionette puppet show. It was of the Wizard of Oz and we loved it! B Boy even ended up being in the newspaper the next day!!! The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had a mobile aquarium set up outside that went to check out for a few minutes and then we headed to Bella Vista to visit a grocery store there that we like.

On Friday, we treated the kids to a fun day at the city pool to celebrate all that they had learned in swimming lessons. They had a really great time! We ate at one of their favorite restaurants and then we headed to a Naturals game! We had an awesome time and the fireworks after the game were fantastic!!!

Saturday was spent at home just hanging out. We did rent a couple of Redbox movies to watch. Tim and I watched Lone Survivor. It was such a hard movie to watch. It ended up being a really good movie.

Sunday was church and then I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening working on plans for the kiddos' birthday party. Things are coming together!

Monday the kids and I cleaned in the house and went through toys to donate. Tuesday, we went to the church to help sort and hang clothes for the clothing giveaway that our church holds for the community every year.

We also had open house to meet their teachers and see their classrooms! I felt so overstimulated the whole time we were there. There were people everywhere and it was new classrooms and things to sign up for, forms to fill out, supplies to organize, etc. B Boy was pretty unsure about things because he only had 1 student in his class this year from last year. He did recognize more kids from school in his class while we were there. He will be fine because he is a social little guy! C Girl was absolutely thrilled to get the teacher she wanted and to have one of her best friends from church in her class! She picked the seat next to her friend and I'm so happy that they have each other to be with all year!!!

I don't usually get too emotional about the start of school every year. I think I kind of push all of the sad thoughts to the back of my mind. It has been very hard this year realizing how big my kiddos are becoming. I cannot believe I have a 3rd grader! It is going to be a great year though!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Favorite Books of all time

This is just another list strictly for me to keep up with my book love <3 
These are my favorites of all time, so far :-)
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Sweet Valley series
  • John Grisham books
  • The Lord of the Rings series
  • Julie and Julia
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The DaVinci Code
  • The Thorn Birds
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Help
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • The Harry Potter series
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series
  • Twilight series
  • Hunger Games series
  • 50 shades series
  • Gone Girl
  • Anna and the French kiss
  • A hundred summers

Cannonball read books October 2009-October 2010

This list is purely for me to keep a log of the books I read. Nerdy, I know! These were from my cannonball read in 2009-10. I read 62 in all, so somewhere along the way, I failed to write down the last 3 books.
  1. The Lost Symbol
  2. American Wife
  3. The Blind Assassin
  4. Arguing with Idiots
  5. Revolutionary Road
  6. The Nanny Diaries
  7. The Last Song
  8. 1984
  9. True Compass
  10. Crazy Love
  11. The Time Traveler's Wife
  12. My Sister's Keeper
  13. When you reach me
  14. Lemony Snicket's A Series of unfortunate events: -The Bad Beginning
  15. -The Reptile Room
  16. -The Wide Window
  17. -The Miserable Mill
  18. -The Austere Academy
  19. -The Ersatz Elevator
  20. -The Vile Village
  21. -The Hostile Hospital
  22. -The Carnivorous Carnival
  23. -The Slippery Slope
  24. -The Grim Grotto
  25. -The Penultimate Peril
  26. -The End
  27. -The unauthorized autobiography
  28. The Kite Runner
  29. Catch-22
  30. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening 
  31. The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle
  32. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury
  33. The Vampire Diaries: The Dark Reunion
  34. Sweet Little Lies
  35. Staying True
  36. The Catcher in the Rye
  37. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall
  38. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha
  40. Moon Walk
  41. This Pen for Hire
  42. Sleeping with the laundry
  43. Little Bee
  44. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
  45. Ford County
  46. Dead until Dark
  47. Living Dead in Dallas
  48. Club Dead
  49. Dead to the world
  50. Dead as a door-nail
  51. Definitely dead
  52. Uncharted Territori
  53. All together dead
  54. From dead to worse
  55. Dead and Gone
  56. Dead in the family
  57. Sarah's key
  58. Lipstick Jungle
  59. Sizzling Sixteen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

weekend recap and some funny things

A few funny/memorable things first:

I bought C Girl God's Little Princess bedtime devotional for Easter. She was reading it one day and brought it to me to show me a section that she said described her. 
It said, Dear God, I'm not always patient, and I'm not always sweet. Sometimes I'm selfish and stomp both my feet. Lord, change my heart and fill it with love- the love that's from You, sent from heaven above. Amen.
The girl obviously knows how she behaves! After I quit laughing about it, I was just so thankful for this devotional. I love the prayer and that it is teaching her that only God can change our hearts when we ask Him to.

B Boy is super into Pokemon cards and begs everyday to go to Walmart so he can buy some. I'm putting him off right now telling him that he will probably get some for his birthday. He also wants a binder to organize them in! He is so funny with all his varying interests in things! He is obsessed with sports, reading, math, writing, and Legos.

There is a part in the movie Planes where El Chupacabra says, You make joke? You make joke? Very well... you leave me no choice! I swish my cape at you! You have been shamed.
We started going around saying it to each other to be funny. On one of our vacations this year while we were stuck in traffic, someone had said the phrase. Of course, Tim latched on to it and had to create a new character with a new phrase- "you give me multiple choices!" So then, it turned into a running comedy where he would come up with outrageously funny "multiple choices" of things he could do to someone!

Also- I never want to forget the sound of the garage door opening when Tim gets home and the kids immediately yelling, "Daddy's home!!!"
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We had a pretty nice weekend around here. Friday evening, we took the kids to Red Lobster and then to see How to train your dragon 2. It was such a good movie!
On Saturday, Tim went to the farmer's market to grab a few things and he got to stay a while to hear some good music.
When he got back, he took the kids to a mini-maker faire in Rogers. Afterwards, they tagged along for him to shop for some new clothes and then he took them to get frozen yogurt.
 I still had not been feeling well until Sunday so I was very glad to get out of the house and go to church!
I have been feeling like myself again this week and I am so, so glad!

I spent Monday running a ton of errands that I didn't get to while I was sick.
Yesterday, I cleaned and cleaned around the house and I still have a ton more to do today. I can't believe how a house can get when momma isn't doing her normal work!

Tonight is also the kiddos' last swim class! They have learned SO much!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sparacino family summer vacation Day 7 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

While in Colorado Springs, we knew we wanted to visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
It is the only mountainside zoo in America.
This zoo is seriously cool.
We have visited about 6 other zoos and this one is very high on the list!
The giraffe exhibit is outstanding!
From wikipedia:
Reticulated giraffes flourish at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's African Rift Valley exhibit and are the largest herd in the United States. The public is able to hand feed romaine lettuce for a fee to the giraffes at inside or outside enclosures. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo giraffe breeding program is the most prolific in the world with 199 births since 1954.
We spent most of the day at the zoo and had a great time! There were so many animals that we were able to view up close and a mountain lion that was awake and prowling around. We also fed birds, petted a baby wallaby, viewed Mexican gray wolves, and witnessed a momma and baby gorilla. The orangutans were so fun and interactive trying to kiss anyone who put their lips to the glass.
I took a lot of pictures and here are the highlights:
How regal are lions?!
Gorgeous views
throwing dirt on himself :-)
The beautiful Broadmoor hotel: