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Meeting Shrek

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Every summer our local theater organization puts on a family musical with typically 7-9 showtimes. Last year they performed "Music Man." Last year was the first year I attended one of the showings. I took my mom and Rebecca to see it as one of my closest friends and Benjamin's Godparents were in it. I wasn't sure what to expect as it was a cast of community members and I remember shows growing up that were done by community theaters and they stunk. Well I was pleasantly surprised at how good the show was and the talent of people in our community.

Well this summer, they are performing "Shrek the Musical." On Saturday, there was a meet and greet with the Shrek cast, along with cookies, balloons and some performances of some of the songs that the cast sings. We took the kids down to meet Shrek and to see Benjamin's Godmother who is playing Princess Fiona.
Benjamin and Jacob did not want to get anywhere near Shrek, while Rebecca was skeptical but decided to…

What have I been up to?

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Well obviously not blogging! LOL

I have been up to a lot and been very busy actually. Let's see if I can remember everything that I have been doing...


Last Friday night, Rebecca was supposed to have her first tournament game.On our way there, I got a text that it was cancelled due to rain in the area. After coming home and feeding the kids, I decided to take the kids to our local "Relay for Life" event. I am part of a team that was participating. As I was heading there, I got a text from my hubby saying that he didn't want us to go as he had a bad feeling about us going..... Well we went and about 15 minutes after we got there we were caught in a torrential downpour of rain. The kids were soaked to the bone and crying and I was soaked. We were able to get back to the tent but we were all dripping wet. We stood under the tent for probably half an hour or so, until my mom offered to take us in her van back to our van. She was parked kind of close to the tent so I said …

Softball League Runner-ups

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Wednesday night was Rebecca's last regular season softball game. This weekend, they have their league tournament. Then softball will be over until the fall (not that I am ready for a break or anything...lol...) Bill got her signed up for fall ball tonight while at her game.

Back to her last game. Her team won by 21 runs.. final score was 32-11. It was great. Rebecca got a base hit which was nice. She is the second youngest on the team and there are times that it shows. But she loves softball and loves playing it and being with the other girls.



After the game, the league awarded the team their second place in the league trophy. Each team member also got a smaller trophy. Rebecca was ecstatic because she had never received a trophy before.

Thankfully, the rain and storms held off until after they were done with the game and the trophy presentation. The team was having a pizza party picnic after the game to celebrate, but the boys and I came home since there was a huge storm coming i…

thinkThin bars giveaway WINNER announced....

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The winner of the thinkThin bars giveaway is:   JordanJune 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM The salted caramel sounds fantastic!
CONGRATS JORDAN! YOU HAVE BEEN EMAILED!!
Thanks everyone for entering!

Had a lovely Father's Day.....

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After a very busy Saturday, yesterday was more laid back and relaxed. It was a very nice Father's Day. We went to church, where we were almost late...but didn't do to bad considering we didn't get up until 9:15 and church starts at 10. 
After mass, we decided to meet my dad and my brother at Bob Evans, and I said I would treat them to breakfast for Father's Day. Breakfast was yummy! I had blueberry pancakes, topped with strawberries and blueberries and whipped cream and a side of real bacon! YUM!!!!
After breakfast, we came back home and just relaxed around the house. The kids gave Bill his Father's Day present--- an over sized beach towel-- which he can use at our community pool if/when we go and maybe for a trip that we might be going on. Bill insisted that I take a nap, so I did. After I got up, we decided to go out for dinner and have a picnic. We ended up getting Wendy's and taking it to our local Children's Garden to enjoy a picnic.

It was a great rel…

Vacation Bible School and Graduation cakes

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This week we have been busy, busy, busy. Rebecca and Jacob attended our church's Vacation Bible School or as the school is now calling it "Catholic Kidz Kamp" Sunday night through Thursday night. Rebecca missed Wednesday night because of a softball game, but did the other nights (actually she skipped softball Thursday to go and be part of the end of the week performance). Most of the nights, Bill had to work so it was just Benjamin and I. We took advantage of it. We went to Walmart one night to take something back, Kmart one night to look for pjs and a swimsuit (which we found neither) and my mom stopped by one night.
Jacob did really well for it being his first dose of "school". He would leave me in the sign in line and find his group and sit down and wait for his name tag. I heard from a few of the volunteers that he did really well. :)
Last night, they had their end of the week performance, where they perform songs and dances that they have learned throughou…

What I have been up to...

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Time is flying by. The last couple weeks of May and these first couple weeks of June have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! I thought once school let out that things would slow down but not so much. Here are a few things that I have been up to...
Rebecca and Jacob are/were playing sports. Jacob's last soccer game was a couple of Saturdays ago. Rebecca has another week and a half of softball season before we get a break.

Look who has decided to finally start climbing steps. We were at my sister-in-laws house for a family reunion and Benjamin decided to just start climbing the steps by himself. When he isn't climbing steps, he has started having speech therapy sessions once a week. We are supposed to be working with him on signs, but honestly he is fighting us on it a lot and it is frustrating to me. 

We attended a family reunion at my sister in laws house. My brother in law comes to visit once a year from Indiana and we get everyone together. It was a fun evening. This was the first year…

Plain Faith by Irene and Ora Jay Eash (book review)

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Book Description: 


This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters. After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved? This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and…

Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos (book review)

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About the book:
Nathan Price is a college professor with crippling impairments, seeking escape from his prison of necessity. One day, in a package of seventeenth-century documents from Salem Village, he stumbles across a letter by his best friend, Jamie, who had disappeared six months before. The document is dated 1692‹the height of the Witch Trials. The only potential lead: a single mention of Carthage, a tiny town in the Wisconsin northern highland. The mystery catapults Nathan from Chicago to the Wisconsin wilderness. There, he meets Alanna, heir to an astonishing Mittel-European legacy of power and sacrifice. In her, and in the gentle townsfolk of Carthage, Nathan finds the refuge for which he has long yearned. But Simon, the town elder, is driven by demons of his own, and may well be entangled in Jamie¹s disappearance and that of several Carthaginians. As darkness stretches toward Alanna, Nathan may have no choice but to risk it allÅ  Moving from the grimness of Chicago¹s South …

thinkThin Bars (Review) and GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Recently I was contacted to see if I wanted to review the new thinkThin bars! Of course I said yes. Life has been crazy busy and it has been hard for me to find time to eat great meals, or even eat at all. I thought that these would be great to grab and go....And boy did they NOT disappoint!

From High Protein bars that are certified gluten-free to Crunch Mixed Nuts bars made from non-GMO ingredients, thinkThin believes in using high-quality ingredients that provide a good source of protein.thinkThin embraces Weight Wellness®, the balance of physical and emotional well being, and has been recognized by Fitness Magazine with a “Healthy Food Award.”

I received a box with lots of different varieties of thinkThin bars to try! In the box, I received...



These varieties included:


Lean and Protein: Cinnamon Bun White Chocolate, Chunky Chocolate Peanut, Chocolate Almond Brownie, Honey Drizzle Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel At only 150 calories, thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber bars deliver the p…

So behind....

I am so behind on posting on this here blog, it is not even funny. So much has been going on....

My sister graduated high school on Sunday. Tomorrow is the last day of 1st grade for Rebecca. I have a job interview on Thursday. Work has been crazy busy. Saturday was the last day of soccer for Jacob. Rebecca is keeping us busy playing softball. Bill's work schedule is super duper crazy. I am gearing up for Relay for Life. I have at least 3 books that I have read that I need to post reviews for. I have a product review and giveaway that I need to post. So many posts to do and so little time.

Hopefully, I will be able to get some of them written and posted this week. Life is crazy right now....

How is your life right now? Crazy? Calm? In between?