Mini Jeff Corwin

Our 8 year old has loved animals since before he could talk.

He loves animal books, animal figures, the zoo, the aquarium, and animal shows.

His favorite to watch is Jeff Corwin on Netflix.

He combines humor and information and Andrew just can’t get enough of him.

So for his birthday present from us, Andrew got to meet Jeff Corwin at the Fort Worth Science Museum a few weeks before his birthday.


Andrew screamed with excitement when he found out.

My husband drove Andrew to the event and they made a night of it, finishing up at Dairy Queen.


Another gift from us was Jeff Corwin’s new book, 100 Heartbeats, which Andrew was able to have him sign.



I was so excited to give this experience to Andrew and couldn’t wait to find out how it had gone.

When I asked how the talk was, Andrew made sure to point out to me that Jeff Corwin’s  parents let him have snakes and other reptiles when he was growing up.

I told him I would make our dog a lizard costume and he could try and feed her lettuce.

He wasn’t impressed.

Thank You Teachers!

Teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there.

And if you think it’s not, you are probably sending your kids to school fed, clothing them appropriately, providing them with school supplies, and helping them with homework when they get home.

Believe me when I say teachers are doing more than teaching math, science, social studies, and reading.

They are working on behavior skills, teaching to all learners, thinking about and maybe even meeting with their students on the weekend, encouraging those who are struggling, discussing morals and life issues with their kids, advocating for their students, and  helping their students in other countless ways.

Jen Hatmaker’s post on thanking teachers is spot on and I loved it.

Consider writing a note of gratitude, surprising a teacher with a treat, or sending in extra paper and pencils.

Whatever you do, just say thanks to a teacher.

Bangs Gone Wrong

I’m only showing you this so I can get some love.


I admit it’s a shameless ploy for someone to tell me, “You don’t look that bad.”

It’s been about 4 months since my last haircut so I really was in desperate need of one.

I went to a very reputable salon and had a very nice girl do my hair since my regular hairdresser was not available.

I explained to the girl that I wanted my bangs cut at eyebrow length.

I’m fairly sure that in Hairdressing 101 one of the first lessons is cut the bangs in small increments.

Apparently, my hair dresser missed that day.


I know, get it out, laugh, I’ll wait.


What’s a girl to do besides just pull her hair back with a pin and wait a good 4 to 6 weeks?


And that’s what I’m choosing to do.

And pin my miniscule bangs back because in this case, nothing is better than something.


I see plenty of hat wearing in my future.

A Dog, A Girl, and a Leash

“Sophie, come here. I need to put your leash on.”


“Sophie! Come here. We are going for a walk. I want to put your leash on you.”


“Sophie, come here. 5! 4! 3! 2! 1! Sophie I counted. Come here.”


“Mom, I’m getting frustrated. I’m trying to put her leash on but she keeps walking away.”


“Sophie, you need to listen to me right now.”


 “Sit Sophie sit.”



Three Good Reads

Here are a few more books that I have enjoyed lately…

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

5 stars


 From Amazon: It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of her family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how both she and her mother became plural wives.

Yet soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love, family, and faith.

I was initially unsure about this book but am so glad I decided to read it. The story switches back and forth each chapter from the 1800’s with Ann Eliza to the present day story with Jordan. I found the information about polygamy, both past and current, fascinating and unsettling. I would definitely recommend this book.

Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See

4 stars


From Amazon: In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America.

Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are—Shanghai girls.

At times a very hard read but well worth it. If you enjoyed reading Dreams of Joy or Memoirs of a Geisha you will enjoy this book.

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A. J. Jacobs

4 stars


From – Caley Anderson – You may know A.J. Jacobs as the man who attempted to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from cover-to-cover. Or you may have been introduced to him when he spent a year trying to follow the Bible as literally as possible. He returns once again with another seemingly impossible task–that of becoming the healthiest man alive. As with his earlier books, Jacobs brings his quick wit, self-deprecating humor, and journalistic eye to the experiment. He leaves no health stone unturned: from literally running his errands and wearing noise-cancelling headphones for hours a day to rigging a desk that he can work at while walking on the treadmill (there are instructions at the end for those interested), Jacobs chronicles the good, bad, and ugly of trying to attain “perfect” health. Jacobs’ writing is breezy, informational, and entertaining, and he manages to achieve the near impossible–discussing issues of health without sounding preachy. –Caley Anderson

I loved A.J. Jacobs previous books – The Know It All (he spends an entire year reading the Encyclopedia Britannica) and The Year of Living Biblically (he lives by the Bible for a year) – since they are both filled with ridiculous humor and sarcasm.  This book is also a year in his life, this time his attempt to get healthy. Although entertaining I  feel his other two books listed above are much better though with Jacobs humor and writing style I always know I’m in for a good book when I pick one up.

 Have you read any good books lately?

Zombie Style

My kids think I am the biggest buzz kill ever.

If they had their way they would watch tv and play video games constantly.

But…insert evil witch cackle…they don’t have their way.

I believe kids need time to be bored.

There, I said it.


I think being bored leads to creativity.

If technology is always an option, kids never have to imagine, pretend, and create.

The other day after they had been turned away from the computer I walked downstairs 20 minutes later to find my kids like this…


And this…


And this…


Apparently they were playing “Attack of the Zombie.”

See, creativity at it’s best.

The dog may  have been questioning them, but me?

Nope? Proud momma.

Can’t wait to see what they dream up today.

(Just a little “Happy Birthday” shout out to my little zombie Andrew!)