Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Thomas & Friends: Trouble On The Tracks

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In case you couldn't tell by previous reviews and Gabe's 1st birthday party theme, we are fans of Thomas & Friends over here in the Barndt household. 

Upon receiving the Thomas & Friends: Trouble On The Tracks DVD in the mail, Ethan was shouting, "Can we watch it!? Can we watch it!?" If Gabe could form sentences, I imagine he would be doing much of the same. 

So, one morning after breakfast, we popped it in. It was a nice, quiet (for me) start to our day.

This DVD features 5 never before seen episodes of our favorite trains, including: 

  • Thomas the Quarry Engine
  • Not So Slow Coaches
  • Flatbeds of Fear
  • Disappearing Diesels
  • Toad's Adventures

Never a dull moment with Thomas & Friends, it was all aboard for some fun, exciting escapades as Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and Toad encounter unexpected high-speed adventures.

If you're a fan of Thomas and his buddies, check this one out. As always, my boys were glued to the TV the moment they heard that familiar theme song...all the while, Gabe was playing on his riding Thomas. Thomas, Thomas, everywhere! ;-)

We received this DVD in exchange for an honest review, which you've just read here. We love Thomas, and loved this DVD!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Random Reads Twos-Day

Lately, I've been making more of an effort to find the time to read.

Growing up, I loved to read and write from a very young age. I started paper journaling when I was in 3rd grade, thanks to Mrs. Gazavi, who gave us our first notebooks and journaling assignments. I still have my journals, and I loved reading back over them from time to time.

I loved those book catalogs we brought home on Fridays in grade school. Occasionally, my dad and I would go to the local library, and I enjoyed checking out new books. I've always had a thirst for reading and writing.

Reading also relaxes me, which I have trouble doing on my own often times. Ever see that e-card about how a woman's mind is like having a browser open with a million different tabs? So true. Last night, I told Jarrod I was going to watch The Voice. I turned the TV on, went to get a snack while he put Ethan to bed, and when he came downstairs, I was scrubbing the stovetop. "I thought you were watching The Voice?" "I am." "It looks like you're cleaning." "I am."

So, back to reading...today I give you Random Reads Twos-Day. Haha. See what I did there? Hashtag tacky.

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Roughly two weeks ago, I bought Fifty Shades of Grey. The Kindle version, by choice, a year plus late to the party.

I don't even remember what prompted it. Something made me go, "Hmm, let's give it another whirl," but I don't remember what it was. I had a sample on my Kindle app on my iPhone back when the series was really big, and after my 2-3 free chapters were done, I thought, No way can I read this. The writing is awful. The story line...who does this guy think he is? No, thanks. Not interested.

But I'm reading it. In fact, I'm 17 chapters in, which is lightning speed in Laura world. 

If you read 2-3 chapters like I did and gave up, or maybe even 5 chapters and gave up, I'd try, try again. If you've never read a single word of it, quit your judging ;-) -- it might not be what you think. It's not what I expected it to be, really. Amazing? Nah, but still a good, quick read. 

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I'm just looking for a good parenting-related read. Do you have any recommendations on good reads for parents of young children? Bonus points if it's a Christian author or specifically about raising boys, but neither are necessary. I have a few on my B&N wish list, but would love to hear some, "I read this one, and it was great!" recommendations. Any come to mind?

What have you been reading lately? What's on your to-read list? Hook up with me on Goodreads!


Monday, April 21, 2014

An Easter Surprise


Happy belated Easter! I hope you had a beautiful day, whatever it consisted of. We celebrated our risen Savior and had a great message and time at church, and quickly headed home for another celebration. A surprise celebration...


My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary earlier this month and just returned from a week-long vacation. They were on their way over for Easter, which was true, but more so for their surprise party my brothers, their families and ours planned for them.

They were surprised, and it was just a beautiful day! We had good food, laughed a lot, had a big Easter egg hunt for the boys, my nieces and nephews, and then sat outside all afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and the kids playing and wearing themselves out. ;-) Couldn't have asked for more.

Have a great week!