Tuesday, August 4, 2015

word man

Another thing that will be on our list every year is the Summer Reading Program at the library.  The boys love checking out books, writing them down and getting their prizes.  This year they were super hero themed bags.  Pretty cool and handy!

There are also weekly activities that alternate between a story time and a guest performer.  Honestly the story time lady kind of sucks.  The books she picks are usually long and not great for a read a loud.  Kathleen Kelly she is most definitely NOT!  (sidenote:  I seriously wish I could be Kathleen Kelly when I grow up.  It's a dream that will probably never be realized.) However they are usually really good performers and we've seen some wonderful ones in the past.  

The last one of the year was not the best and most experienced, but his story won my heart so we stayed for every second.  It's a local man who was at a fundraiser and heard someone speaking about the word gap in lower socioeconomic communities.  

This excerpt was taken from an article posted on NPR in 2013

"In the early 1990s, a team of researchers decided to follow about 40 volunteer families — some poor, some middle class, some rich — during the first three years of their new children's lives. Every month, the researchers recorded an hour of sound from the families' homes. Later in the lab, the team listened back and painstakingly tallied up the total number of words spoken in each household.
What they found came to be known as the "word gap."
It turned out, by the age of 3, children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers."
You could argue that there are a lot of other criteria that might enter the picture besides just money but it doesn't really matter to me what the extra reasons could be that go into it, what matters is that its a real thing and upon hearing about it this man decided not to just sit and do nothing.  He decided instead to make himself a super hero called Word Man who goes around to libraries, preschools, day cares and other areas with lower income children and tell them stories to help close that word gap. 

 His heart for this purpose shone through all of his words and his dedication and ambition will be an encouragement to me as I continue to seek God's will for my next steps in my journey onward.  The fact that Logan came home singing his theme song was just icing on the cake for me.






bye magnolia

There was a magnolia tree by our pool that unfortunately needed to go.  The roots were pushing up the cement on the side and leaves fell in the pool constantly.  We have two others in our yard so I was too disappointed this one had to go.  Now that it's gone it actually looks a lot better without it.  Much more open and ready for a fun and colorful flowerbed!  

A friend from church is one of those guys who is pretty fantastic at everything and cutting down trees just happens to be one of them.  After being given a quote from a tree service he deemed it too expensive and said he'd be over one night the next week to take care of it.  All it cost us was a little sweat and a shared dinner of chicken enchiladas.  

On a side note these were the best enchiladas I've ever had.  Like ever.  I got the recipe from Shauna Niequist's book Bread and Wine.  The only thing I changed was using flour tortillas instead of corn.  Try it!


Enchiladas Verdes with Chicken

corn tortillas
cooked chicken, shredded or diced
sour cream
green enchilada sauce (Las Palmas is best)
diced green chilies
shredded cheese
Mix green sauce with chilies and sour cream (3-4 parts sauce to 1 part sour cream, sauce should be green)  Pass corn tortillas through a skillet of simmering chicken broth, then layer in a 9×13 pan.  After tortillas, add a layer of chicken, a layer of sauce, and a layer of cheese.  Repeat, so that there are two full layers.  Finish with a layer of tortillas and a layer of cheese.  Cook at 350 degrees until warmed though and the cheese is melted, about 30-35 minutes.  Let sit at least 15 minutes before cutting.  Top with chopped cilantro.





giant bubbles

Giant bubbles has been on our list a few years in a row but this was the first time we've actually done them.  It was Awesome!!  Unfortunately the fun only lasted about 15 minutes because two of them ran into each other while trying to pop a bubble and knocked over the whole bucket of bubble solution.  The directions had said to let it sit for at least an hour so an immediate refill was not happening.  I want to try again soon though because we were finally kind of getting the hang of it before the spill :)





Monday, August 3, 2015

moooo

4/5ths of the May family experienced their first Cow Appreciation Day.  Connor was at VBS with a friend.  We weren't planning on going because it had been one of those long and trying summertime days for this mama but a fun time was much needed so we printed out our cow pieces and headed to the Chick fil a.  There was a ridiculous amount of people cows herded into the little restaurant but we stuck it through and enjoyed a yummy free dinner!

We will definitely do it again but maybe next time dinner will be at 4 o'clock!






scoops

A visit to Scoops will ALWAYS be on the list!




zoo day

We spent the last couple weeks of our summer doing some major damage to our summer fun list.  I love that the boys all still love going to the zoo.  One day we will trade in our membership there to a different place they'll enjoy more as they get bigger but that's still a couple years off I hope!

Each time we go we experience and learn different things.  

On this trip...

*Logan was super into the African animals because he finally watched The Lion King.
*the three brother lions were all taking a nap.  Two were in the cave and one was on top of the rock.  The one on top woke up, walked down to the cave, laid on top of both of his brothers and then fell back asleep.
*we saw people feeding the giraffes and saw one really close up.  His face was very bumpy.
*We went into the Scaly Slimy Spectacular and it was fantastic!  The alligators were our favorite.
*Micah is tall enough to ride the train by himself which is good because his younger brothers wanted to ride the carousel instead.  Boo for me because Mama loves the train!
*the splash pad feels AMAZING after walking around the zoo for four hours in 95 degree temps.




























Sunday, August 2, 2015

sunday song

Letting these oh so familiar words sink into my soul this afternoon to remind me that even in the familiar my song to the Lord should be new everyday as he renews everyday and is worthy of all our praise.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. 
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, 
God in three persons, blessed Trinity! 

 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, 
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, 
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be. 

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, 
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see, 
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, 
perfect in power, in love and purity. 

 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea. 
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, 
God in three persons, blessed Trinity. 


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