Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 10 Posts from 2015

As the year comes to an end I thought I would share with you the top 10 posts from 2015!
It's hard to believe that 2016 is almost here...the years are flying by.

So without much further ado, here are the top 10 posts from 2015.....

Number 10
It's a tie!


Number 9

Number 8

Number 7

Number 6

Number 5

Number 4

Number 3

Number 2

and now for
Number 1
the most popular post from 2015

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthors

"For today in the city of David, a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord."

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favors rest."

Merry Christmas

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Traveling Thursday~ Yorktown Victory Center

Recently, we were lucky enough to visit the Yorktown Victory Center in Yorktown, VA. The Yorktown Victory Center is being transformed into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museum will hopefully be completed in 2016 and will be amazing when finished. If you've never been, I would suggest a trip to the much history to see and explore.

We visited the Yorktown Visitor Center on the day we arrived in the historic triangle area of  Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestowne. When we arrived in the area we ate a quick meal at a local restaurant and then walked along the beach. The beach had been flooded the day before from a hurricane that had come through the area earlier. The water was choppy and it was very windy!

The kids enjoyed dipping their toes in the water and collecting a ton of seashells. They even found a baby turtle that had washed up during the store. Sadly, his shell had been badly damaged.

After our stroll along the beach, we headed over to the Yorktown Victory Center. It is a wonderful hands on learning center for children and adults! First you'll enter the facility that is still being worked on. I have to say once the museum is completed it will be amazing. It already has some wonderful exhibits about the American Revolution. Uniforms to try on, swords to lift and hold, and various artifacts to see are just a few of the things you'll find in the museum.
After visiting the museum, we headed out into the living history museum. Here we got to visit a 1780's farm and an army encampment. The site had reenactments, actors strolling about, and a lot of fun hands on activities for the kids to participate in.

The kids could enlist in the army and make a decent wage. They had an opportunity to help fire the cannon. It's really loud! Of course a real cannon ball wasn't shot out. I doubt the neighbors would have liked that very much.

They were able to see how life was like for a young man in the army.

Walking around the farm provided us with an up close view of how life was very different back then. So much was done by hand. We definitely have it a lot easier now!

As we left for the day, we were treated to the wonderful sound of drums. We think the local high school has a drum and fife group. We could hear the music drift down the hills as they marched through the town. 
It would it be so beautiful to sit on your porch, watch the waves roll in, and hear the sound of beating drums. Peaceful!
It was a wonderful reminder of why America and freedom are so important. Our fore fathers fought and died for our freedom. We should never take that for granted.
God Bless America!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Present Ideas for Preteen Girls

Last week, I shared some Christmas present ideas for a young bird lover. I figured I would share a few of the ideas I found for Therese. It was strange this year, Michael was easier to shop for.....nature stuff, science projects, and Legos! Super easy. Therese was a little harder this year. She teetering between the world of a little girl and a young lady. The ages of 10-12 can be a difficult time. They want to grow up but then they don't. Leaving childhood behind can be a little scary.
So I tried to find a few fun ideas for her this year.

1. American Girl Craft Projects


There are so many to choose from that every young girl will find one she loves!

2. String Art


3. A Diary or Journal 

4. Fashion Plates Deluxe Kit & Accessories


5. Sanssouci

6. Lego Elves

7. Music Maker Lap Harp

8. American Girl School Set

9. Our Generation Kitchen Set for Dolls

10. Jewelry Making Kit

11. Cat Earring Holder

12. Cinderella DVD

13. Have Courage and Be Kind Necklace

14. Paris Poster

15. American Girl~ Mary Ellen

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