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Day 3 and Day 4 Potty Training

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With Miles, he is stubborn. He has so much will power that it's a good thing but hard when you want him to do something for his own good. Potty Training is going to take awhile for him to master.

Day 3: 
   Another day of not wanting to sit on the potty. Though, we were able to get him sitting on the potty to go number 2. But he held it and went into his diaper after he got off. *sigh* It's a good thing he's cute...

Day 4: 
Another day of no potty. I am glad it's the weekend and his daddy will be home. Today was a bad day for Miles. It seems to be a common thing this winter break. That will be another post. We didn't even try to get him to sit on the potty because he was having a bad day. Also he has a physical at the doctors to go to.

Here is to hoping for some success on Day 5 and Day 6.

Day 1 and Day 2 of Potty Training

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So I decided to brave the trenches and start potty training Miles. There is several autistic individuals who are not potty trained even into adulthood. It can cause sensory issues with kids with autism. But we are doing it to see if we can accomplish and only have one child in diapers. So I am going to write about it and how we are doing. I won't have pictures so you can rest reassure of that.

THE PLAN: So the plan is at this moment is to have Miles wear his potty watch. He likes it and it lights up. We will have it set on 30 minutes. So every 30 minutes it will go off and Miles and I will head into the bathroom. Miles for awhile will still wear a diaper but at times I will have him wear underwear underneath his diaper if he will handle it okay. So he can feel the wet when he has an accident. If Miles sits on the potty for a minute or longer he is able to get a sip of soda (Non-caffeine) as a reward. If Miles pees in the potty he gets a cup of soda. If Miles poops in the potty he …

Book Review: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

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The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale - the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating --has a lot of people in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has ever seen and, just possibly, the best one ever. Check it out in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

This book was so funny and my kids learned a really good lesson from it. They learned to not judge others and how they will act. They loved each mistake the Herdmans did during the Christmas Pageant. It was nice to see that in the end they had a good pageant even if it wasn't correct. We loved the pictures in this book and recommend it to everyone.



Book Review: Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

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Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark...bu have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now's your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they're celebrating Christmas - the snowman way! This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle. Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect.

My kids loved watching the snowmen come alive and have Christmas. They enjoyed how the snowmen were different in each picture and were alive in them. We loved reading how they changed some of the Christmas traditions to fit how the snowmen have to stay cold. It was a great read and we recommend it.


Book Review: Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek

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It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell? By day, Michael Popek works in his family's used bookstore. By night, he's the voyeuristic force behind www.forgottenbookmarks.com, where he shares the weird objects he has found among the stacks at his store. Forgotten Bookmarks is a scrapbook of Popek's most interesting finds. 

I tried really hard to get into this book. I was really interested in the concept and thought some of the pictures he found were really neat. i wanted to know if he went searching for some of the people in the pictures. I wanted to know more about the people and why t…

Book Review: A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel

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A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Check it out in "A Bad Kitty Christmas" by Nick Bruel.

My three kids loved this book but I feel like they over did it on the alphabet three different times at least. Some of the letters it felt like was forced into the text to make it work. I really liked how they were teaching Bad Kitty the true meaning of Christmas because it helps teach children that Christmas isn't about just gift giving. The pictures were great how it had two stories going at once. I recommend this to teach about the true meaning of Christmas.


Recipe: Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

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Chicken and dumplings take forever to make. So I went on a mission to make an easy form of Chicken and dumplings. My husband and my mom both love this meal so much my husband wants it every week. So here is the recipe.

Ingredients

3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled and shredded2 cups of chicken stock1 stick of butter2 cups Bisquick or self-rising flour2 cups milk1 can cream of chicken soup3 t. wylers chicken granules or 3 bouillon cubes1/2 t. dried sage1/2 t. garlic powderpepper & salt, as desiredDirections Preheat oven 350 degrees FIn a 9x13 or larger casserole dish, melt 1 stick of butter. Spread shredded chicken over butter. Sprinkle black pepper, sage, and garlic powder over the chicken. *If you want to make as a potpie add frozen vegetables now* ****DO NOT MIX LAYERS***In a small bowl, mix milk and bisquick. Slowly pour over chickenIn medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of chicken stock, *works well when it's warm*, chicken gruneles and soup. Once blended, slowly p…

My Week in a Nutshell

Sunday: Stayed up late to watch the Chiefs vs. Broncos game. It was an incredible game and ended up ending way late.

Monday: Kids didn't want to get up and I didn't want to get up. Got Miles to school and walked Ginny to school. Mason is super clingy. Got an email at 2:00pm from Ginny's teacher and found out my beautiful little girl decided to slap someone at lunch. Picked Ginny up from school and had to talk to her. Found out that Ginny peed her pants a little bit at lunch and a girl made fun of her. So Ginny smacked her.

Tuesday: Miles decided to have an 30 minute meltdown at school. He was on edge that whole day...tried to keep him happy.

Wednesday: Miles had a 40 minute meltdown at school and locked himself in the classroom bathroom. Was in a very cuddly mood the whole afternoon but kept fighting with Mason. Dinner was late getting on the table.

Thursday: Miles had a 40 minute meltdown at school and didn't want other kids to touch toys. He did the same when he came…

Book Review: Through the Eyes of Hope: Love More, Worry Less, and See God in the Midst of Your Adversity

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I was asked by the author and publishing to give my honest review. Lacy Buchanan fairy tale started like everyone else. She met the love of her life and they were married. Then came a baby in a baby carriage. But things were not like they seem. Lacey Buchanan's son Christian was born with a medical condition that is so unique, it's one of only fifty known cases in the world. This story has captured hearts of hundred of thousands. In "Through the Eyes of Hope", Lacey Buchanan tells story of trusting God in the face of adversity. You will be moved and inspired to hold on to God's promises when things go wrong and find joy in midst of any storm. 

I have been following Lacey and Christian since her little boy was a baby. I saw her famous video, "Mother's Inspirational Video of Blind Baby Boy - Lacey and Christian Buchanan." I fell in love with the strength of Lacey as she conquered each challenge. As you all know, I am a mother of a amazing boy who has h…

Book Review: Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

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Karma Wilson has wrote another Bear book called, "Bear Stays Up For Christmas." In this book, Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up - - by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents.

My kids love Karma Wilson's books especially in the Bear series. They are so clever and teach kids different aspects. In this book the bear finds out that giving is the best present of all. The pictures that Jane Chapman created for this book tell the story. She gave each of the animals personality that makes my kids giggle. Also the fur on the animals are so real looking you want to touch it. We loved this amazing Christmas story and recommend it.

Book Review: The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

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"The Knight at Dawn" by Mary Pope Osborne is the second book of the Magic Tree House series. In this book Jack and Annie go on an adventure to the Middle Ages. They go to the Great Gall of a castle where there is a feast under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guest.

This book was a little slower then the other books of this series. My kids loved this story and how action packed it was. Jack and Annie were a little flat characters but it's hard to remember this is for young readers. In this book it leaves you hanging of who created the Magic Tree House and why did they make it. As a parent I liked that it talks about different aspects of the Middle Ages and what people wore during that time. My son got a kick out how boys wore skirts back then. I recommend reading this book.

Other Books from Magic Tree House Series

Dinosaurs Before Dark Thanksgiving on Thursday

Book Review: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

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Jack and Annie's very first fantasy adventure in "Dinosaurs Before Dark" by Mary Pope Osborne. Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark...or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?

This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series and it did not disappoint. My three kids love hearing about Jack and Annie's adventures. In this book you meet the characters for the first time and come to see the familiar relationship between a brother and sister in Annie and Jack. The magic is being created and the journey starts. My three kids loved this book and the amazing pictures throughout the book. They really enjoyed the journey that Jack and Annie took them on. They learned with Jack about the dinosaurs. I recommend reading this book.

Other Books in the Magic Tree House Series

Thanksgiving on ThursdayKnights at Dawn

Recipe: Double Decker Pumpkin Pie

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I hate pie crust with a passion ever since I was a little girl. My mom found this pie and I fell in love with it since then. It's the one pie that I have to have for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now here I am to share this recipe with you.

Ingredients

2 Graham Cracker pie crust4 ounces cream cheese, softened1 cup plus 1 Tbs cold milk8 ounces Cool Whip, thawedOne 16-ounce can pure (unsweetened) pumpkinTwo small package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling1 tbs pumpkin pie spice Directions 1. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, 1 tbs milk and sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip. Spread half of mixture in each pie tin.  2. In a second bowl, mix pumpkin, pudding mix, and spice with remaining 1 c. milk. Beat with wire whisk until well blended (mixture will be thick). Spread over cream cheese layer in each pie.  3. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until well set. Serve slices with remaining whipped topping.

Book Review: See Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, "See Me" by Nicholas Sparks, reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us...and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

I usually love Nicholas Sparks books and usually fall in love with the characters throughout the books. This book, was not the case. I could not at all get in this book at all. It was slow and it felt like it was dragging through out. The characters felt extremely flat. I do not recommend this book.


Book Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she's imagined, there's one she never dreamed of that she'd run into Rider Stark. It doesn't take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she's not the only one grappling with the scars from the past. Read more in "The Problem with Forever" by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I fell in love with the book and it's many twist and turns. I was cheering for Mallory to gain her voice an…

Book Review: Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliot

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Laura Malone Elliot and Lynn Munsinger have created another holiday story about the lovable characters from "A String of Hearts." Perfect for a teacher's classroom or a child's home bookshelf, "Thanksgiving Day Thanks" tells the story of Sam trying to figure out what he's thankful for. Sam also works on a special project to share at the Thanksgiving feast - his own version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!


We have all been there where we can't figure out everything that we are thankful for. It's even worse for a child because some of the things they think are not important such as toys. I really liked this story because it goes through the character Sam trying to find out what he is thankful for also what he can bring to the feast. He tries very hard to make it perfect but ends up failing in the end. Though his friends help him become successful.


Book Review: 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

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The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home, and all their Thanksgiving dinners become vegetarian this year. The turkeys' lives are saved!

So, we all have heard the the book 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and it's a classic book. Well, now there is one for Thanksgiving. My kids were laughing at this book of all the kids going on the field trip. They felt with the characters when they found out what happens to the Turkeys. My daughter laughed and laughed when she saw that each of the students stuck the turkey's under their shirts. It was such a cute fun story that we all enjoyed as a family. The illustrat…

Book Review: Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell

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In "Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit" by Norman Bridwell, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discover how much they have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.


Who doesn't love Clifford. I had the pleasure of growing up with Clifford books and now I am able to share these books with my kids. I was not disappointed in Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit. The pictures are still amazing and colorful. Clifford is still a bright red dog and that kids love as well as his owner. The text was amazing and the pictures matched the words to help children see what is going on. I recommend others to read Clifford to their kids.


Book Review: Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean

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James Dean added another Pete the Cat book in his collection called, "Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving."

My kids love the Pete the Cat books and this was one that they enjoyed as well. The book is so colorful like his other books. If your kids like rhymes you would love this book. It has a sing song quality to it and you can't help but sing with it as you read it. I really enjoy that it has the first Thanksgiving facts that can help the kids make the connections. It also shows the kids how Pete the cat was nervous to play a part in a play. I recommend this book to anyone.



Recipes: Breakfast Stromboli

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We really enjoyed this for breakfast on Sunday. My mom was about to leave for the Mayo Clinic and we wanted to make sure she was full before she left. This is a great breakfast to have on the weekend especially if you are going to busy during the day.

Ingredients

10 strips Bacon1 12-ounce package pork breakfast sausage2 1/2 cups potato tots, frozen5 eggs, large1 all-purpose flour1 1/2lbs pizza dough, store-bought 2 cups American cheese, grated2 cups Cheddar, grated white Directions  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the potato tots on the sheet. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 25 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool. Lower the oven to 400 degrees F.  2. Meanwhile, heat the sausage in a large nonskillet over medium heat and cook, stirring to break p the sausage, until browned and no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to paper towels with slotted spoon to drain; discard any remaining fat.…

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

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Ingredients 

Devil's food cake mix Chocolate chip cookie dough instant pudding mixmilk chocolate frosting Directions 1. Bake the cake mix as directed.  2. While cake is still warm poke holes throughout the top of the cake.  3. Make the pudding as directed, but pour on top of the cake before set. Set in fridge for two hours.  4. Melt the frosting and pour on top of the cake and pudding. Set in fridge for two hours.  5. put a layer of mini chocolate chip on top.  6. Enjoy!

Book Review: Crafts for Thanksgiving by Kathy Ross

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I got "Crafts for Thanksgiving" by Kathy Ross to give me ideas of what I can do with my kids for thanksgiving. In this book it offers twenty simple Thanksgiving and autumn crafts specially designed for very young children. Indian corn kernels are used to create an attractive kitchen magnet, and a pumpkin becomes a festive centerpiece for the Thanksgiving meal. Colorful step-by-step illustrations help turn inexpensive and readily available materials into easy-to-make gifts, decorations, table items, and wall hangings that will add a youngster's special touch to the holiday season.

I really enjoyed the pictures in this book and how simple it made the crafts. The crafts though would be hard for preschoolers and younger. This book had in depth directions for each crafts for it to enjoy. I really like how they showed you can use some of the crafts as a way for decorations. I recommend at least looking at the book for ideas.


Book Review: Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

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"Thanksgiving on Thursday" by Mary Pope Osborne is the twenty-seventh book in the Magic Tree House series. It's a time for giving thanks, when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?

This is the first book that we have read of the Magic Tree house series. I have to say I really like how these books incorporate history facts with fiction. It helped me talk to my three kids about why the Pilgrims are a certain way. Especially on how they talk. My kids really enjoyed learning while we read this book each night. We are going to get another Magic Tree house and read more about Jack and Annie's adventures. I recommend reading this to your kids and who knows the adults might learn some things as well.

Other Books in…

Book Review: Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids by Anne K. Fishel

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"Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids" by Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D. is a non-fiction book. This book makes a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table. Chock full of stories, new research, recipes, and friendly advice. Mealtime is a place to unwind and reconnect, far from the pressures of school and work. As the author notes, family therapy can be helpful, but regular dinner is transformative.

I was really hoping to like this book. But, it's such a slow book and it repeats a lot of the information over and over again. I believe the author was trying to make it a larger book then it should have really been. I really like the concept and it's one of the reasons why my family has dinner together every night. It's very important and I think we all need to keep making sure…

Book Review: LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign by Mark Teague

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"LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign" by Mark Teague is the third book in the best selling, award winning Dear Mrs. LaRue series. In this book, Ike finds his civil liberties at risk when Hugo Bugwort, the hard line mayoral candidate, promises to crack down on free-roaming, fun-loving dogs. As the anti-dog rhetoric escalates, Ike is compelled to join the political fray and run for mayor himself. Bugwort rethinks his pooch-policies when Ike selflessly helps rescue him after he collapses at a campaign rally. Told through letters to Mrs. LaRue and local newspaper accounts.

I really wanted to like this book but really couldn't get into it. I really enjoyed the illustrations and how it shows the election process is. I didn't like how it was written though letters. I thought this story could be written differently. My kids were done with the book after the first page because they thought it was boring.


Book Review: Buddy for President by Hans Wilhelm

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"Buddy for President" by Hans Wilhelm is a great book to read for the election. Vote for Buddy! Buddy is the best dog in the whole world. He loves the outdoors, he believes in sharing and helping others, and he's a natural-born leader. That's why his boy, Hunter, thinks Buddy should be our next president! Author and illustrator Hans Wilhelm's accessible text and humorous illustrations introduce young readers to the presidential campaign and election.

This book is perfect for young readers to see some of the process and why we have elections. My kids loved the pictures and the funny turn of the events of who Buddy is running against. The colors are amazing and gorgeous. It's a great book for the kids to read. Recommend this for kindergarten and up.


Book Review: Election Day by Marc Tyler Nobleman

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"Election Day" by Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses and provides history on Election Day held in the United States.


This book was really informative about the election process. I just wish it was easier to read for the age. It had a lot of good points such as how to register to vote. But it was boring through the whole thing. I loved the pictures they choose about each step. I recommend this to older elementary kids.


Book Review: Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton

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"Vote for Me!" by Ben Clanton is a timely satire of American politics, but it's a story readers of all nationalities and ages will recognize. Comical, retro illustrations are completely winning, and the dueling duo's insult-laden exchanges promise to have readers laughing out loud.

This book is so funny and really fit the world we live in right now with the election in a few weeks. The pictures were simple so that you can focus on the the characters of the book. My three kids love the text of the book and the whole meaning around it. We talked about bullying and how it's not the right thing to do even if you want things to be your way. We also talked about the election that is about taking place and about the commercials we have been seeing how they are talking bad about other people. I recommend this for all ages.

IEP Meeting

So, it's very important to me that Miles comes with me to his IEP meetings. Because he will have IEP meetings for all of his school life. I want him to be able to advocate in the end. Also, it's always good to bring some treats to IEP so this meeting I made some pumpkin cookies to share. Other things to do is paper with some questions that you need to ask or concerns. I also have a binder that I keep every medical and school things in that I bring everywhere with Miles. I also keep my communication record that I have with his teacher and any test results. Also medication list that Miles has taken and any notes from sitters. 
So Here is Miles Goals for a Year
Service Provider: OT
When given a 3-5 inch circle and square with a bold cutting line, Miles will be able to cut on the cutting line with 3 or less errors on 2 of 3 trails on 1 data day by October 30th, 2017. 
When given a model of a square and upper or lower case letters of his first name, Miles will be able to hold the p…

Book Review: There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Turkey! by Lucille Colandro

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"There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!" by Lucille Colandro is part of an amazing group of books. The old lady is at it again, and this time she's swallowing a turkey. You won't believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty! 
My kids love these books because they are so funny to see what the old lady swallows. We love the illustrations that Jared D. Lee creates. They are so colorful and expressive. The books has tons of rhymes on each page and creates a sing song quality. I recommend this book to elementary age and preschool age kids. 



Book Review: Wait For You by J. Lynn

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"Wait for You" by J. Lynn is in the Wait for You Saga. Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at that Halloween party five years ago. An even that forever changed her life. What she never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the future she's building for herself. Cameron Hamilton is six feet, three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes. He has the remarkable ability to make Avery want things she believed had been stolen from her. Getting involved with him was dangerous. Yet simmering tension that sparks between them and brings out the side of her she never knew existed. Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls, she forced to face a past she wants to be buried and acknowledge that someone is refusing her to let go of that night. What if the truth comes out? 
Avery is an amazing character as is Cameron. They are…

Book Review: The Duck Says by Troy Wilson

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The Duck Says by Troy Wilson is about a duck who wants to say other things then quack. He goes through different things such as the duck pretending to be a pirate.

This book is so much fun with preschoolers. It was so much fun to see the duck in different situations and how he is unique. The illustrations are amazing, Mike Boldt worked hard on the illustrations telling the story. There is a part where the duck steps on a rake and hits himself in the face. It was so much fun. My kids really enjoyed the book and thought it was so much fun to say all the different things the duck can say.




Book Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Arementrout

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Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the fifth book in the Lux series. Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy them all. Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything. War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same.

This book is so action packed that it leaves you on the edge of your seat through most of the book. It really had you wondering what side Dameon and his family was on through the whole beginning of the book. This book was the perfect ending to the L…

Book Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the fourth book in the Lux series. In "Origin", Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he's facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Burning down the whole world to save her? Exposing his alien race to the world? All Katy can do is survive. Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don't seem entirely crazy, but the group's goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Together Dameon and Katy can face anything.

Ahh...Jennifer L. Armentrout is amazing writer. I love love this book out of the series. The characters of this book are so well rounded it feels like they are actually people. I love reading about Dameon, Katy, Dee, and a few new characters. I love how the books have evolved from…

Up on Deck Books

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My Mom

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My mom was born on November 4th, 1962 in Michigan.  She was the oldest child of three and she has two younger sisters. My mom grew up on a dairy farm so she had to start chores at a young age. Though she did have lots of fun on the farm. She can tell you all about how she used to poop skee using cows and lots of poop. My mom was the black sheep of her family and married young.

Her and her husband tried for years to get pregnant with no luck. Finally, they decided to become foster parents. At one point they had eight kids in the house and most of them were toddlers. My mom was fostering a sibling group of three. A boy and two girls. When she found out that they were going to spit the siblings up my mom and her husband decided to adopt the trio. They were 5 years old, 4 years old, and 3 years old. She still was trying to have one of her own as well as foster child. When the youngest was seven years old my mom found out she was pregnant with me. 
My mom can tell you that the day her wat…

Recipe: Boston Creme Pie Cake

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Yesterday was my husband, Stephen, birthday. He turned 29 years old and I wanted to make him something for his birthday. My husband was born in the Boston area and he loves Boston creme pie. We usually buy already made Boston creme pie cakes from Walmart, Hyvee, or Price Chopper but this year I decided to try to make my own for his birthday. I love it and as does my whole family so here is the recipe.

Ingredients 1 box of yellow cake w/ingredients 1 family size instant vanilla pudding w/ingredients 1 can of milk chocolate frosting
1. Make the yellow cake mix as directed on the box and bake it. 2. Before the cake cool down use a spoon and create holes through out the cake all the way to the bottom of the cake. Make the wholes be really close together.  3. Make the vanilla pudding as directed on the box. Pour the vanilla pudding mixture on top of the cake. Set in the fridge for an hour.  4. Take foil off of frosting can and put in the microwave for thirty seconds or until liquid. Pour f…