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Day: May 2, 2017

Celebrating Bretton’s 4th Birthday

Celebrating Bretton’s 4th Birthday

My son had been anticipating his birthday for at least two months before it actually happened. LOL.  We celebrated with his Obachan and G-pa at their place, pizza followed by cake and ice cream.  He got a few great book sets that come with little action figures.  He didn’t have a chance to blow out his birthday candles because his little brother beat him to it!

boy blowing out his birthday candles

boy blowing out his birthday candles

The following day, 4-21, was his actual birthday.  I took the day off because we had an appt for his early childhood screening.  The screening didn’t go so well but that isn’t the focus of this post.  When we got home we hung out for awhile reading books, opened up presents (he got the entire playset from Kong: Skull Island)  and then we took him to lunch at Tokyo Sushi.  This is one of our favorites places and my two kids together can eat for just $4.  Can’t beat that! They brought B his own little birthday treat

Later that afternoon after the kids had taken their naps, we headed out to the Mall of America.  We had some visitors from out-of-town staying at the Marriot that is attached to the Mall, so we met up with them and hung out for a bit before walking all over the mall.  The kids love these coin-operated “rides”

Then we went to the Sea Life Adventures aquarium (formerly known as Underwater Adventures).  The sharks and the Jelly fish were both a huge hit!


This aquarium featured a tunnel that led to a bubble within.  The kids could go through the tunnel and pop up inside the tank.  They loved that!!

Bashy is checking out the stingrays

After the aquarium we went to Nickelodeon World and took the boys on some rides.  I went on all of them with them so I didn’t get any pictures.  We had a great time!  Late that night after the Mall officially closed, we made our way to Cowboy Jack’s to meet our friends for late-night happy hour/dinner.  Only a few restaurants and bars at the MOA are still open after 9pm but we lucked out with half-priced appetizers!

We called it a night and the boys fell fast asleep on the car ride home.  What a fun day! I hope Bretton remembers it 🙂


Book Challenge by Erin 6.0

Book Challenge by Erin 6.0

Despite being busy working full-time, mom to two young boys, running a side business, and just living life, I also make time whenever possible to read.  I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 30 books this year.  That equates to 2 1/2 books every month.  So far I am slightly ahead of schedule.  I found this fun Book Challenge by Erin 6.0 early in April this year and even though I missed the first three months of time to intentionally partake (Jan 1-April 30, 2017), I jumped in anyway.  I used only books that have been read in 2017, but was able to make several of them count for the different categories 😉  I got 140 points of a possible 200

Here is the link to Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Wrap-UP

5 points:  Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages. Thirteen Reasons Why. Very good! Different than the series in many ways.

·         10 points:  Read a book that starts with the letter “W”.

·         10 points:  Read a book with six words in the title.
So many numbers of words in titles but none of them had 6. Bummer!


·         15 points:  Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover.

·         20 points:  Read a book with a homonym in the title
Didn’t get this one
·         20 points:  Read a book by your favorite author.  I absolutely loved The Nightengale and have read several others by Kristin Hannah.  Chose this one for the challenge.
·        25 points:  Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live.  I found a list that has books grouped by the State they are set within.  The Shoemaker’s Wife was on the list for Minnesota and was also on my TBR list, so I gave it go. Loved it!! Historical fiction.  It also took place in Italy and then later the Iron Range of MN.

·         30 points:   Read a “Rory Gilmore” book.  The character of Rory from the Gilmore Girls was shown reading over 300 different books throughout the series. 
I’ve read 59 of the books on this list but didn’t read any since Jan 1st.
·         30 points:   Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.) This is a ROMANCE novel, which I did not realize until I started reading it.  I have no problem with romance novels, but it’s been YEARS since I’ve read one.  I prefer books with depth and substance.  This wasn’t the type of romance that had me quivering with passion or anything, it was actually quite boring but I had time to kill and limited ebooks to read when I got sick with the Flu back in March.
·         35 points:   Read a book with time travel.  This was one of the most interesting books I read so far this year!! The characters use a machine to travel to parallel universes, with a feel very much like time-travel.  I loved it! And I am not at all a sci-fi girl.
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