Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Happy Pi Day 2018

Happy Pi Day

The kids and I went to the Texas Museum of Science & Technology this morning to celebrate Pi Day.  It was fun to walk through the butterfly maze, make Pi bracelets and see a few planetarium shows.  And of course we had pie - strawberry and chocolate were the choices this year.  

 Chocolate Pie

Strawberry Pie

Hope you and yours were able to celebrate.

Monday, March 12, 2018

And Now There Are Two

C is on the Angels and F is on the Tiger Sharks

F has been waiting a long time to play baseball.  He has grown up watching C play and has been asking to play since he was about 2.  Now that he is 4 he can play T-ball.  So right now, C is playing 10U (kid pitch) and F has just started with 4U T-ball.  Baseball season can be crazy with practices any given night of the week and games every weekend and sometimes weeknights but my boys sure do love to play.  Enjoy a few photos of this season so far.

G wanted to get in on it so I'm thinking he might be a ball player too.

F running the bases

Enjoy the video below of F's 1st ever at bat.  He happened to be the first batter of the game.  I thought he did great!

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Wrinkle In Time Releases in Theaters Today, March 9th

If you haven't heard, A Wrinkle In Time arrives in theaters today, March 9th!  This was one of my absolute favorite books growing up so I am excited to see how the movie compares.  I'm a little nervous to see what adaptations are made but hopefully the heart of this book (and series) is conveyed.  I remember being blown away by the concept of a tesseract so it will be fun to see how it is portrayed on the big screen.

Synopsis of Wrinkle In Time:  From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time," an epic adventure based on Madeleine L'Engle's timeless classic that takes and audience across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil, and ultimately, the triumph of love.  The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Storm Reid as "Meg Murry."

Check out the trailer below.


Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Grace Hill Media for selecting me to participate in this campaign.  By sharing this information with you I will receive a $25 Fandango gift card to see this film.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CNN's POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History Premieres Sunday, March 11

I want to share with you about the upcoming television docu-series POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History which takes a closer look at early Christianity and what it means to be Pope.  This series explores some of the most impactful moments in history including schisms within the Catholic Church, the creation, commission, and cost of some of the world's most iconic and beloved religious works of art during the Renaissance, and the Reformation that paved the way for reflection and reform.  POPE:  The Most Powerful Man in History premieres Sunday, March 11 at 10 pm ET/PT on CNN.

Check out the trailer of CNN's latest docu-series, POPE.

I also want to share with you the Roman Holiday contest (in support of this series) in which a winner will be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Rome.  The winner will experience a Roman Holiday and a rare private tour of the Vatican.  This contest begins March 8 and will end on April 15th.  Winner receives: airfare and five nights of hotel accomodations for two in Rome, a $500 gift card, a private tour of the Vatican (which is home to some of the greatest works of art).  You can check out more about this contest and enter here.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Grace Hill Media for selecting me to participate in this campaign.  By sharing this information with you I will receive two $25 Life Way gift cards, one to keep and one to gift someone for Easter.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sony Pictures The STAR Movie Out on DVD

Remember my post on The Star?  It released in theaters in November 2017 and it is now available on DVD and BLU-RAY format.
In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small and brave donkey named Bo longs for a life beyond his village mill.  After finding the courage to break free Bo teams up with Ruth, a loveable lost sheep, and Dave, a dove with big aspirations, in a journey of a lifetime.  The friends follow the Star and become heroes in one of the greatest stories ever told.
The Star is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including the "Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends," a dance along to "Life is Good" by A Great Big World, plus a collection of fun lyric videos that will have you singing along to the inspiring music from The Star.  Families can enjoy crafting and baking with "how-to" videos "Star Mason Jar Votives" and "Sweet and Sparkly Stars." and they can go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life.  In "Faith All Year Round," renowned pastor and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin delivers a fun and engaging children's sermon discussing the themes of the film and keeping the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day.
The Star has a run time of approximately 86 minutes and is rated PG for some thematic elements.
Would you like to buy your own copy of The Star?  You can purchase it here.
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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for choosing me to be a part of this campaign.  As part of this campaign I will receive either the soundtrack or DVD of The Star.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Last Sunday A, B, D and I were able to watch the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform at the Long Center.  They were amazing!

Heading into the Long Center

Waiting for the doors to open, we loved the view outside

The Golden Dragons are a premiere Chinese acrobatic touring group throughout the United States and abroad.  Their show includes award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques that present a show of skill and beauty.  The was an hour of performances, a 15 minute intermission and another 45-50 minutes of performances.  At intermission B was reflecting on how quickly the show went by because it was so fascinating to watch.

"It felt like only a few minutes, not an hour."  she said.  I kept finding myself muttering "Amazing and they're crazy!"  I loved watching the tumblers.  The Long Center has snacks and drinks available for purchase prior to the performance and during intermission.  Snacks need to be consumed before entering the seating area but it is fine to bring your drinks in with you.

I wasn't able to get good photos during the performance due to the lighting and the fact that I was so enthralled watching the performance but I took a few photos from their website to share with you.  The pure strength that these performers have is truly a wonder.  They made skills look easy and effortless.

These 2 guys were amazing to watch.  Their strength and flexibility was jaw dropping.

 I loved watching all the juggling incorporated throughout the show.  These fans were some of the items that were juggled using the performers' feet.

See what I mean about flexibility.

If the Golden Dragon Acrobats are performing near you I would highly recommend seeing their show.  You won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and The Long Center for allowing me to participate in this campaign. I was provided 4 tickets to enjoy the Golden Dragon Acrobats for review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Timberdoodle's Draw The USA Review

Draw The USA

I love being a Timberdoodle Blogger!  I have a fun homeschool resource from Timberdoodle that I want to share with you, Draw The USA by Kristin J. Draeger.  This book is an easy step-by-step approach to drawing the USA.  I love that it is both geography and art.  Most of my children have a good idea of the shape of the United States and some states but I love that this gives them an easy way to break down the entire United States or more accurately build and draw the entire United States.  A, B, C and D all worked through this book (8th grade, 6th grade, 5th grade and 3rd grade).

Getting started

C beginning his map

A looks so serious

Smile photo break

The kids liked starting with a few states and then building on their neighbors until they worked through the entire United States.

D's map

We worked through this book in one day and I thought my kids did a great job.  I love how easy the steps were so that you can work through this book at your own pace and on your own timeline - a day, a week, a month, 5 minutes here or there.  This is also a great book to rework through and continue practicing as it's a nonconsumable resource.  You can continue to work through Draw The USA until you can draw it from memory!  It's a great way to learn all the states and abbreviations as well.

D's finished USA map

C's finished USA map

B's finished USA map

 And A's finished USA map

Draw The USA is part of Timberdoodle's 5th grade curriculum kit.  You can check it out and read more about Draw The USA on Timberdoodle's website.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  Timberdoodle sent my family the Draw The USA for a discounted price in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.