Tuesday, November 30, 2010

If Bird Feeders are to Feed the Birds then...

On our way home from celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Portage, we made our way to see some good friends of our Jody and Chong in Baraboo. Last minute circumstances landed us spending the night at their home, and then heading out in the morning to my father-in-law's farm. I followed Joe along the back roads between Baraboo, and Reedsburg where along the way I spotted some old school Schoessow Feeder Wagons. (The ones with the press wood panels and that have Schoessow written across the side in white instead of S.I. Feeders.) Feeling the nostalgia of my childhood days I point and call out to the boys, "There's some Schoessow Feeders" Giovonnie asks, "What's a Schoessow Feeder?" I shoot a quizzical look over my shoulder at him, and say, "Those green wagons out there; that Grandpa and his brother’s business builds for farmers to put hay in for their animals..." Giovonnie responds with a giggle, "Oh, I thought they were to feed all the Schoessows!”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Winner of the CSN Giveaway is....

Comment # 75 = Smash Bravo Team !


Smash Bravo Team posted this:


Thanks to all of you who participated in my giveaway. I will notify the winner via email.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Haul-idays with Chroniclebooks

If you hadn't noticed I love books. I love to read, and love to read to my children. Chronicle books is offering a book giveaway up to $500 value to blogger, and their readers, so of course I had to enter. Wouldn't you love some of these books too? Here is a list of books that I'd like to add to my family's home library:

Lots of Dots

Creature ABC

I\'ll See You In the Morning

The Present

Swimming With Strangers

Small Town Odds

The Wishing Box

Lotta Jansdotter\'s Handmade Living


Any Bitter Thing


The Big Book of Potluck

Wookiee Cookies

The Star Wars Cookbook II

The Sock Monkey & Friends Kit


Lost and Found

Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar!


This giveaway is sponsored by Chronicle Books and is open only to residents of the US. You can read the full list of rules here, but basically it is one blogger will randomly be chosen and one winner will be picked from the comments left on their blog post about this event. Winners will be announced on December 13th. So, check out my list of books, if you'd like visit Chronicle Books for your holiday shopping ( click the link below  to receive 35% off  your purchase, and to enter the giveaway leave a commet here on my blog telling my a favorite book of yours. Also, remember to leave a way to contact you such as an email within your entry post (if you do not your entry will not count; it will be deleted.)

*Disclaimer: I received no products or compensation for this post. In exchange for this post, I have the possibility to win the books listed and so do one of my readers.

This Giveaway Is Now Closed - Chroniclebooks Has Posted a Winning Blog


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lov'n Me Some Books

I just thought I'd share a great deal for you book lovers. Click the link below and go to Chronicle Books to order  and get 35% off plus free ground shipping with the promo code Friends.

Friends and Family Sale

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Cute Freebie Music for MP3

This was to good not to share with you all.  Free VeggieTales Sing Christmas MP3 music.

The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Book Review: Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

When I received this book, Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan, for a book review I thought that the cover was simply beautiful, and the deckled edges of the pages that it bound were unique. I read the back and inside covers, and looked over the content of the book with a quick glance before started really reading the book.

I noticed that it carried many songs that I knew, and as soon as I would see a title, I could start humming, or singing the song. Not only did it hold religious song, but it also holds patriotic songs. Alongside the songs with the words and musical scripts, the book relates the stories of how the songs came to be, who wrote them, or had the songs first published and why. It was interesting to find out the background to some of the songs I knew.

Although, I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone I crossed paths with, I would highly recommend the book to anyone who wanted to have their own hymnal, someone who was musical inclined, as well as thought who love music or a sweetly written devotional as there is biblical scripture on every story page.

I review for BookSneeze
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, November 13, 2010

We Have a Winner for the Scentsy Candles Giveaway!

Thank you to all who participated in the Scentsy Candle Warmer Giveaway! The winner of the giveaway was chosen by the Random.org generator. Comment entry number 124, Earthly Mama from Green Reviews! Congratulations! Please check your email and respond within 48hrs to collect your prize or a new winner will be chosen.
Enjoy your prize!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

To My Husband ~ on Veterans Day

It almost seems like ages ago, when we first started dating and you went off to basic training, and then AIT. I remember the first time  I went to visit you at some church Christmas service after you went to basic, and I thought I'd never find you in that sea of green. Later, when you were in AIT, I'd come to see you on weekends, and you'd sneak off base. Or how 'bout when you had to do Iron Mikes all the way to the mess hall with one of your buddies when we got back to late from one of your leave times. After we were married, I can easily recall you getting up at the butt crack of dawn to shave and dress in your BDUs for drills on weekends, and you'd go for you two weeks in the summers. And even with all that I never really expected you to go off to war. I didn't truly believe it when you were on the phone with your unit as we were in the delivery room, me giving birth to Giovonnie. Holding a two week old baby while you said good bye set in a reality that you were going; I was thankful when you only served state side, and then came home. I think it prepared us for that time when you would serve over seas. I was sad to see you leave, yet proud you were willing to follow your heart to willing serve your country.  

We (Royce, Giovonnie, and I) missed you dearly, and when Christmas came around I was proud that Royce Lee thought of you and asked to hang you ID tags you gave him on our Christmas tree.

Dec. 2005

Joe and some battle buddies.

When you came home we were glad!

Home Coming Dec. 2006

Our lives were changed, and we found that we had to make some adjustments (and find in some ways  we still are).

It seems strange to think of you and some of our friends as veterans; it's almost as if you are all too young. When I hear the term veteran I often think of men who are our parents ages, or grandparents, and I have to remind myself that you are a veteran as well.

"Thank You for serving."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Won! I Have'ta brag...

Remeber when I blogged about by bloggy friends first giveaway?! Well, I can't believe it, but I must be having a winning stireak.
Fist a few months back I won a cool t-shirt from my cousin-in-laws/friends blog Journey of Grace when she did a t-shirt giveaway for the book Immanuel’s Veins written by Ted Dekker.

"Thank you," for the giveaway.
I love the t-shirt.
 (Sorry about the horribly streaky mirror.)

I've also won a copy of Scholastic's "Dear America" Series from Squeaky Clean Reads, which has told me my book is on it's way. Squeaky Clean Reads does tons of book giveaways if any of you are interested.

Now I've won the CSN gift code from the giveaway that *Keepin it Thrifty*  hosted! As I blogged for my giveaway for CSN, I did buy something for my husband for Christmas, which I will write a review on after we open our gifts at home. I'm so excited because my oldest son helped me pick it, and I know that he'll really like it and use it. :) I can't wait to give it to him, almost. lol

Thank you to all you. I'm so glad that I was able to win these products that you've offered, and thank you to those who have sponsored your giveaways. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

All Aboard, the CSN Giveaway Train!

This Giveaway is Now Closed.

I've been seeing CSN giveaways and reviews on a number of blogs, and here I am hopping on the the Giveaway Train! I'm so excited to say that I've been asked to hold a CSN giveaway for a $35.00 gift code. I recently was moving along the CSN site searching for a good Christmas gift for my hubby, I looked a barstool, or two. (Ok, so I really don't have a place in my home for something like this, but they are so cool.)
Come on what guy wouldn't love a barstool
that held both your drink  and pool stick,
or just a barstool with an eight ball for the
pool hall?
I could totally see Joe have something like this if he ever got his game room with a bar. However, I did find him something more practical, that I know he will like and use. However, do to having to up hold the tradition of Christmas gift secrecy you'll have to wait until after our family Christmas for the CNS review to learn what it is.

As for myself I'm crossing my fingers that I'd get some new stoneware dinnerware,

Of course I even took look around at some really great toys for my boys

Anyhow, so now that I'm on board, I'd like all of you to jump on with me, so take a look around CSN online store, then pop back here and enter into my giveaway.

Rules for Entry (open to the US and Canada only):

The CSN giveaway does not cover shipping, but many of the items already have free shipping anyway. Also this giveway will end Nov. 22, 2010 at 11:55pm. The winner will be chosen randomly at Random.org.

You must go to CSN online store look around and find something that you would like to purchase and come back here leaving a comment on what that item would be. You must also leave an email or another way to contact you.
Extra Entry:
You can earn  an extra entries (post a comment for each):
  • by becoming a public follower via GFC. (+1)
  • by posting about this giveaway on your blog (+ 2, leave two comments for this, make sure to leave a link.)
  • by grabbing my button and posting it to your blog (+ 2, leave two comments for this. Again make sure to leave a link and where to find the button on you blog.)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Est Ba-a-daee Ev-er."

Nov. 5, 2010 was my baby boy, Gannon's 2nd birthday! We spent the day watching his newly favorite show Go Diego Go on Netflix instant play and mommy baking a birthday cake and finishing his blanket that I was making for him while the big brothers were in school. Daddy came home from work sick (poor Daddy). I almost thought something was horribly wrong when he called saying he was on his way home, which he hasn't done in the 3 years he's worked there. He laughed and said he should have played it like he got fired, or something. Once we all were home the pizza was ordered and we held our party in the living room watching a movie on TV while we ate. Then it was time to open presents (because we were all to full for cake and ice cream).

Gannon would say, "Rip, rip, rip." while opening his gifts.

Daddy was the box opener when Gannon couldn't get the toys
out of the box. Gannon would hold the box out toward Daddy
saying, "It's stuck, stuck! Hurry, help, Daddy."

Happy to get his birthday gifts.

Birthday Cake Time

Ok, so the cake was suppose to be Diego, but I didn't do such a
great job. However, Gannon knew it who it was, and wouldn't
blow out his candle.

I also gave it a strawberry preserve filling,which was yummy on a white cake
with homemade butter cream frosting,
Eating cake.

Skip the fork, fingers are faster.

Royce put Gannon's blanket I made on his
bed then we took Gannon to go see it. In a mild voice
Gannon said, "its the est ba-a-daee ev-er."...
(Its the best birthday ever.
Something he's heard his brothers say)
...then he hugged his new Diego blanket.


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