The Wonderful World of Vacation

We had a wonderful  vacation last week in Minneapolis. God gave us great weather and a sweet time together as a family. Seeing how Isaac and Hudson were enjoying themselves made everything even more fun. They are four and two, and just perfect ages for a family vacation. Old enough to be able to enjoy things and be apart of all the activities, but young enough to still have awe and wonder at all the new things…and so cute, too!

We went to The Mall of America, The Minneapolis Zoo, The Children’s Museum, biked around Minnehaha Park, did a little shopping, ate LOTS of delicious food, and did quite a bit of swimming at the hotel pool. And of course, had our beds made and rooms cleaned while we were out doing all this fun stuff! That was great! 🙂

 

Isaac and Hudson LOVED Lego Land at the mall. They have a neat play area there where the kids (and dads…lots of dads:) could build with lego’s and even race lego vehicles that they had made. The boys also had fun using some of their spending money there, too!

We also visited the aquarium at the mall. Very neat. Isaac especially liked the turtles and sharks.

The boys’ favorite animal at the Zoo was the bear. He was really showing off that day and kept swimming right by the glass for the kids.

Friday we went to the Children’s Museum. That was a neat place! There were all sorts of hands on activities for the kids and the boys loved it.

This was Isaac’s favorite ride, The Pepsi Orange Streak roller coaster. I could not believe how brave he was! I never though he would like something like that, but he rode it four times! Three times with Adam and once with me. I held on very tight while I was on that ride…but Isaac wasn’t timid in the least. He had a blast on it!

 

Both boys loved this race car ride…they rode it quite a few times!

One of the highlights for me was biking around Minnehaha Park in this surrey.

 

And there was lots of swimming!

 

And plenty of good food! Eating out every day was a special treat for us. I’d say my top three favorite places of the week were Famous Dave’s, The RainForest Cafe and The Cheescake Factory. YUM!

At the end of the week when explaining to Isaac that it was time to go home to Wisconsin he was quite sad. I told him, “We have to get back to real life, buddy.” And he said, “So this is fake life?” 🙂 I told him it was “vacation life.” 🙂

I am so thankful that the Lord gave us this sweet time together and allowed us such a wonderful week. We will be talking about this trip for a long time to come.

If you would like to see more vacation photo’s you can check them out here on facebook.

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The Long Awaited Week is Finally Here…

Today we are leaving for a week long vacation! We are heading to Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is a little over 3 hours from us. We are really looking forward to this week together away from the normal pace of life…time to just have fun and be together. The boys are excited about going to the Mall of America and visiting Lego Land. I’m excited to not cook or clean for a whole week! 🙂  I”m sure I will have plenty of pictures to post when we return!

March and April Book Reviews

“The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half” by Stephanie Nelson

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you already know that I love couponing, finding ways to be frugal, and snagging a great deal! This book was really fun for me to read as it was all about those things. Since I already do most of the things she talked about it this book, I wasn’t able to “cut my grocery bill in half”, but I was able to come away with a few  ideas and ways to help in my quest for frugality. There is always room to improvement, and that was my reasoning for reading this book. And I am glad I did.

This would be a great book for someone who is wanting to learn about couponing or has just started on the frugal journey. She puts alot of helpful information and thoughts in one place.

I am glad to now have this book on my shelf and hope to be able to lend it out often.

“Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood”

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism

When I put this book on my reading list I was not aware of what I had ahead of me. This was quite a hefty book to get through, all 422 pages of it! Certainly it was well worth the time and effort. This was an excellent read. I admit to growing weary in a few of the more technical and weighty chapters, and even skimming  through portions here and there. Even the editors themsleves say it is a book more for reference than for reading cover to cover. But reading it cover to cover was certainly a great benefit. I would say the goal of this book was to refute, from Scripture, feminism in it’s many forms, as well as lay out a biblical pattern for women in the family and church. I believe it accomplishes that goal. I now have a greater appreciation for and understanding of  the wonderful plan God has given for manhood and womanhood in the Scriptures.

We borrowed this copy from friends, but I fully intend to purchase it for our shelf. You should too.

“Praise Her in the Gates: The Calling of Christian Motherhood” by Nancy Wilson

Praise Her in the Gates: The Calling of Christian Motherhood

This is the first book that I have ready by Nancy Wilson, and I eagerly look forward to reading more from her. This book was great. She lays out the great and noble tasks and responsibilites of a mother in a practical and straightforward way. As a mother of two boys I especially appreciated her chapter “Respecting Sons”.

With less than a hundred pages of reading this is a quick and easy read with big benefit.

The Pursuit of Motherhood

“Few women realize what a great service they are doing for mankind and for the kingdom of Christ when they provide a shelter for the family and good mothering – the foundation on which all else is built. A mother builds something far more magnificent than any cathedral – the dwelling place for an immortal soul (both her child’s fleshly tabernacle and his earthly abode). No professional pursuit so uniquely combines the most menial tasks with the most meaningful opportunities.”

–  Dorthy Patterson from “Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood”