The Mirror .
It was a strange book, but interesting. I probably wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, but it fulfilled the “read a book with a character that has your first name” on my 52 books in a year challenge. I had a lot of trouble finding a book with a character named Brandy!
The rain had put a damper on the porch building progress, but today it got underway again! And I LOVE it!
So, we did a thing last week. Actually something that has been in the works for awhile. Jake’s dad offered to sell him some family land, and we jumped on it! We closed a week ago. We are now the owners of a beautiful piece of property not far from our house, about 60 acres that we are dubbing “The Farm.” This weekend Jake and I took the kiddos over there on Friday night to watch the sunset and pray over the land.
Then we went out to eat and to Golly G’s to celebrate :).
Saturday Jake and the kids went out there while I was doing some photo shoots, and then I met them over there with some lunch.
Right now we don’t have any plans to build a house on it or anything. We are just going to use it to play, hunt, camp, hike, host my cross country team for runs, etc. We are excited to have it, though!
This week the posts started going in for the porch! We are using beams from an old tobacco barn :).
I’m still working on my “52 books in a year” challenge, and it’s going well! Here’s what I’ve checked off here lately:
-A book that became a film:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This one was a fun read. I’m going to read the other two in the series to fulfill the “trilogy” part of my checklist
Educated by Tara Westover
This was a memoir/biography, and it was a really captivating read.
-A book with an appealing cover:
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!
- A book set in the place you live today:
The Atomic City Girls by Denise Kiernan
This was set in Oak Ridge, TN, and was all about how women played a big part in the building of the first atomic bomb.
-This next one doesn’t fit into any of my remaining categories, I just wanted to read it, and it came available in my Kindle library, so I didn’t want to pass it up!
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
I had read her other book, The Glass Castle, earlier this year, and really liked it. This one was really good, too. In fact, I think I liked it better! It was also a really quick read-only took a few hours. 🙂
This weekend we took a VERY impromptu camping trip to Dale Hollow Dam. We had tossed the idea around of going earlier in the week, but by Thursday night had decided against it, because the rain chances were super high and it looked like it was just going to be a wash out. But then Friday, the forecast changed, and we booked a site in the middle of the day! We came home right away from school. I didn’t even tell the kids we were going camping until we got home. Jake had already hooked up the camper and packed the bikes, so we just threw in our clothes and some food and hit the road! We are so glad we changed our minds. It ended up being such an awesome weekend, and just what we all needed to recharge a bit after such a busy start of school.
Friday night we got to the campground and set up, then drove back into Celina for some Mexican food. We went to Dairy Queen after because Jack declared that it was a night for a great dessert, and we all agreed!
Saturday morning we slept late, had an easy breakfast, and then hit the road to Willow Grove to spend the day on our boat at the lake. It was a GREAT lake day. The kids wanted to go to the “cliffs” to jump since the water was lower than normal, so that’s where we headed first. They had a blast!
After the cliffs, we headed back over to Irons Creek and had a picnic lunch on Coon Island. Then the kids swam and explored while Jake and I sat and relaxed and read. It was a perfect day to be sitting outside in the shade. It wasn’t stifling hot, and there was a nice breeze.
About 5:00 we packed up the boat and let the kids do some kneeboarding. They knee-boarded for almost an hour and half! They were both SO proud one themselves, though, because they both figured out how to go back and forth over the wake! I love seeing them enjoy something so much. 🙂
After that we headed back to the boat and loaded it up and headed back to the campground, dropping the boat back off at the storage building on the way. We had chili waiting for us in the crockpot.
This morning we had another lazy morning, and I made omelets for breakfast. Then we rode bikes until it started raining. Josie, Jake and I relaxed under the awning while Jack ran around like a crazy person in the rain.
We packed up when there was a break in the rain, and headed home, stopping in Lafayette to eat.
It was a great trip with just the four of us, and I’m so glad we decided to go!
Forgot to post these earlier this week. Monday night Nana kept the kiddos so Jake and I could have a long-needed date night. It was great. First we hit up Goodwill so I could do some clothes shopping. 🙂 Then we headed over to LongHorn Steakhouse to use a gift card I’d been carrying around since May. After that we headed to the movie theater (where we used some more gift cards!) to watch the new Mission Impossible movie-it was SO good. We ended the night with our traditional date night Sonic milkshakes :).
Today after church we went back to Mom and Dad’s. We ate lunch together, and the kiddos went up on the hill with Daddy, Jake, Chad, and Uncle Bill to spend the day dove hunting. Mom and I went clearance shopping together at JC Penney’s. We hadn’t done that in forever, and it was a lot of fun! The kids had a blast hunting, too.
They found this dove in the bushes, and killed it themselves, with Josie’s B.B. gun, and Jack’s stick. They were very proud of themselves. 🙂
Just realized I never shared about the duck blind drawing. At the first of August, Jake, Jack and I all went to the duck blind drawing with Daddy, Mom, Uncle Bill, and Chad to help Daddy sell his duck calls. (Josie was at a sleepover). Daddy has been turning and selling his own duck calls for over a year now, and he’s gotten really good at it!
Josie drew this for Pappy
Jack had a good time, and he was a good salesman! He helped Grammy package up the calls.
We had a good time, and Daddy ended up selling over 80 calls!