Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Goals for the Week of September 1, 2014


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and boy did that happen last week. I had so many plans but like I said life happens and things don't exactly go as planned.

Here is what I wanted to get done last week.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
Well it seems like I only got one thing done that I wanted to get done last week. So I am going to put last week's goals back on the list again.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
Well I am hoping to get this all done this week plus some since we have a busy week outside of the normal things.

How is your week looking? What are your goals for this week?

Traveling The Natchez Trace Parkway - The Gordon House


At mile marker 407.7, you will find the Gorden House historic site. This is the site of an early 1800's trading post and ferry.


The Gorden family home dates from 1818.

The Gorden House.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Snap Decision by Nathan Whitaker - A Review


Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

Snap Decision is about 2 friends Tripp and Chase. They are best friends, next door neighbors and football players. They seem to do everything together, till Tripp makes the Varsity football team. Chase is still on JV, but eventually Chase gets called up to Varsity and Tripp and Chase are back together.

Things are going very well till Tripp gets tackled, get's knocked out and has a concussion. When he comes to, he doesn't know why Chase is on the Varsity team. Tripp says he is fine but Chase knows otherwise. Should Chase say anything or let Tripp go back in the game since he appears to be fine now? Chase tells what happened, but will their friendship survive?

Karen Says:

I thought this book would be great for my football loving son, since he loves to read books about sports. He is a little young for this book, I thought. He is only 9. I decided this book would make a great read aloud book for me and him to read.

I really liked this book even though I thought it was a little to drawn out. It has a great message in it.

I also liked how at the end their is some discussion questions to answer. Their is also several pages on Understanding  Concussion, that has information on concussions.

I would definitely recommend this book for any sport loving teenager.

Samantha Sanderson on the Scene by Robin Caroll - A Review


Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

Samantha Sanderson "is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader." She is also a writer on the school newspaper. She has high hopes of one day  becoming an award-winning journalist just like her mother.

In this book Samantha takes on bullying. Someone she knows is being bullied and writes a series of articles for the school paper. In the process Samantha tries to figure out who is bullying Nikki. Will she figure out who is behind the bullying of Nikki? You have to read the book to find out.

Karen Says:

I read this book out loud to my kids and we enjoyed reading it. I like that it is a mystery and that the story line keeps you on your toes. This book kept our attention and we just wanted to keep on reading. I would definitely recommend this book for any girls from the tween years up.

I was a little concerned when I saw this was the second book in the series and wondered if we were picking up the story mid stream. But this was not the case. This book stood alone and made perfect sense on it's own. I hope they keep on writing more books in this series.

If you are looking for a good book for your daughter, I would definitely recommend this one.

Traveling The Natchez Trace Parkway - Tobacco Farm and Old Trace



At mile marker 401.4 along the Natchez Trace, you can see an old Tobacco Farm. You can also take a dirt road and travel on the original Natchez Trace. 

At this stop, you can see how they grow and dry tobacco. It was pretty interesting as this was something we don't see every day.

This stop is one of the two places where you can travel on the old Natchez Trace by vehicle. This 2 mile drive was rougher than the other one. I think it would have been more fun if we weren't in a rental car so that we didn't have to worry about something happening to our rental.

The small field where they grow tobacco.

The barn.

Tobacco growing in the barn.

Looking out the barn.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Traveling The Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis


Did you know that Meriwether Lewis (from the Lewis and Clark expedition) died along the Natchez Trace?

At mile marker 385.9, you can see the grave site of the famous explorer Meriwether Lewis. He died here in 1809.

Meriwether Lewis monument and gravesite.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of August 25, 2014


This past week was a busy one around here. We deep cleaned most of the house and got rid of a bunch of stuff. We were wanting to have a yard sale this  past weekend, but we decided to put if off so that we could get some more stuff for the sale. All in all we had a busy week here.

Here is what I got done this past week:
  1. I want to write 2 blog posts for the Mickey Mom's website. One for this month and one for next month.( I wrote 1 blog post)
  2. Get rid of 1 bag of stuff each day this week. Be it in the form of garbage or stuff to sell or give away. (I got several more bags and boxes out of the house this past week.)
  3. Work on deep cleaning the house. Hopefully getting 4 areas done. (the living room, the kitchen/dinning room, the main bathroom, the hallway where we have our bookshelves and books. Our hallway is about 5 feet wide.)
  4. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.

This next week I want to take it a little easier than last week, but at the same time I want to get some stuff done.

Here is what I want to accomplish this week:
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
As you can see I have an easier week, which I am grateful to have  since we had a grueling week last week and on top of that I was sick.

What is your goals for this week?


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