Thursday, October 8, 2015

Adventures in the Basement: A Glass Enclosed Shower....FINALLY!!

We have been making baby steps of progress on the basement - there are lots of little jobs that need to be finished but are not essential to using the space. It has been a while since I have posted anything about the basement so I thought I would share some of the projects and progress!

One project we have been working towards has been the glass for the shower - we have just been making due with what we call our "hillbilly glass shower" which was 2 clear plastic shower curtains and duct tape held up by a few copper pipes that Daniel whipped up. And it has been that way since March...of last year!  It worked fine, but we have been dreaming of (and saving for) a real glass enclosed shower with a door. And today was the day!

Here is a before picture, without the glass before the guys came today. 

And after with the glass! 

I know, kind of anti-climatic on the computer screen, right? I mean, it is glass, and the point is that you are not really supposed to notice it. You will just have to take my word for it that it is impressive. The 3 black strips will be gone on Saturday when the silicon has set - it's just tape to hold everything in place. There is a door on the right hand side and a valence is above it to let out steam - it we want to let the steam out. While we love doing projects ourselves, we felt that this was a project that we needed to pay a professional to do. And I'm so glad that we did! 

P.S. If you are a new-ish follower of Adventures of D and V, you can see more about our great basement finishing project by clicking {HERE} 

Adventures in Reading: The Methuselah Project

Who's ready for another WWII fiction book recommendation?
This time it is less of a 'chick flick book' as my husband would call it - when I was describing it to him, he decided he wanted to read it when I was done. 
It's called: 

Roger Greene is a pilot in WWII, fighting the Nazis from the air over Germany. When his plane is shot down and he is captured, he expected to be placed in a POW camp, but he was taken instead to a secret laboratory run by a Nazi scientist who was working for Hitler on something called the Methuselah Project. He became apart of the experiment and when Allied bombs destroy his prison and the kill the head scientist, Roger is the only Methuselah guinea pig to survive. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success, and now the Nazis want to know how to reproduce the treatment - which means Roger must remain a prisoner. Seventy years later, Roger hasn't aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. With no contact with the outside world, he spends his days reading and keeping himself as physically fit as possible from inside his prison in the basement. Will he ever escape and see the sky that he yearns to soar in once again? What will the world be like after 70 years? 

The premise of this book drew me in right away - WWII, Nazi scientists, air planes, a man that doesn't age, secrete societies, all very exciting! The book switched back and forth between Greene's story in the past and a present day story line that meet up together in the end of the book. This is the first Rick Barry novel that I have read and I found his writing very exciting and detailed. I could picture the plane crash and the prison room that Greene was held in. I could feel the excitement of possible escape. From page one the story line is filled with action, and while I felt like the middle lacked a little action, I was invested in the story and wanted to read on to find out how it ended. Would Roger ever make it back to the USA? What would he think about the changes in the world after living 70 years with no outside contact. No newspapers, no TV. The ending of the book was satisfying and I would be interested in reading another book about this character - to see what happened to him. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Adventures in Motherhood: Little Helping Hands and Spiders

Rebekah's newest thing is handing things to me. She does it all the time. Books, balls, and dolls. Sticks, dirt, and leaves. Anything she picks up, she wants to put it in my hand. This is especially true when she gets her little fingers wrapped around something she knows she is not supposed to have. I know this is happening because I hear her little mischievous giggle and then her little feet running towards me as she holds out her fist with a look in her eyes that says "Look what I have for you, Momma!".

This morning, we were finishing up breakfast and watching the morning news on the couch in the living room, and Rebekah was handing things to me. A book. A scarp of paper she found on the floor. A book. A finger puppet in the shape of a lion from her quiet book.A book. And then she came walking up to me with her fist closed tight around something that I could not see. I asked her what she had in her little hand, she giggled, and I held out my hand for her to give it to me...and she dropped into my open hand....a slightly squished, still kind of alive, SPIDER!!

I may have yelled a little. Maybe it was more like a scream. Even typing this now, I still feel like I need to shake the spider off of my hand and its been a few hours since I was holding it. (blahhhh! yuck! spider in my hand, spider in my hand, spider in my hand!!!) But Rebekah was so proud of that little treasure she had captured found for me.

What a silly girl!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Adventures in Reading: Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer

As a former teacher, I am constantly on the look out for resources to add to our home library. I like books that are both fun to read and have some kind of educational aspect to them. Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer does a good job at meeting this criteria. 

The story is told by Emma, and takes readers on a play date. Emma introduces the reader to her room, her toys, her best friend, and a new prayer she is learning to say. Emma goes through the prayer line by line - which I feel is very helpful in helping children understand what the prayer is about. The book ends with the whole prayer together. 

The book is a board book that is easy to hold and the pages are easy for small fingers to turn. The suggested age for the book is 2-4 years. While some of the vocabulary may be a bit over a 2 year old's head, I think the book does a good job of teaching about the Lord's Prayer. It would be an excellent resource for a Sunday School library. 

This book is the first book in the Heart Smart Series, designed to teach children about God and make Him personal to their lives. You can learn more about the series and this book HERE

I received this book complimentary for the purpose of an honest review. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA weeks 16 and 17

Well, I let you in on a little project that I've been working on around here...and today I realized that I never posted last week's CSA haul! So is what we got in our last 2 boxes...

Week 16: Apples, tomatoes, garlic, Brussels sprouts, peppers, onions, pears, broccoli, yellow squash, orange squash, potatoes, raspberries, and plums. 

Week 17: Spinach, corn, acorn squash, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, apple, onion, carrots, peppers, and a cucumber. 

I've said it before, and I will say it again, I'm not a squash girl...but I have been enjoying the challenge of preparing the squash we have been getting in our boxes. This week I think I will use our squash to try this stuffed squash recipe that I found on The Cozy Apron.

Only 3 CSA boxes left! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Adventures in Life: I'm Power Purging!

It has been a little quiet around here because I've been working on a new project.

The 4 years I was in college and the 3 years after college, I moved at least once every year. Moving forces you to purge. If you don't want something enough to pack it and move it to a new home, you get rid of it. Done and done. But after nearly 6 years of living in our house, we have accumulated 6 years of ...stuff. Stuff we don't use. Stuff we don't need. Stuff that just takes up space and makes the house feel cluttered.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine on Facebook posted that she was going to do a 30 day challenge and she was looking for friends to join her. (I totally thrive on accountability and competition, so I was IN!)The challenge is called the 30 Day Power Purge from Hannah Help Me blog. And it is exactly what it sounds like - 30 days of purging/cleaning/organizing your home. Bit. By. Bit. Turning a project that seems overwhelming and impossible, into daily tasks that are totally doable.


So, about 12 days ago we started. Each week is a different area of the home. And each day Hannah has a video with a challenge for the day. An area to purge and de-clutter. We started in the kitchen with the refrigerator. Then the pantry. Here is my pantry before and after picture. 

Next up - the junk drawer 

And the cabinets...

Now we are moving on to the living areas of the house. Things like toys, books, movies, and the office (read papers!!! I have a problem with keeping every single paper - but I'm starting to let go

So, you get the idea, right?! 

Anyway, that is what I have been working on during nap time. (Nap time is usually when I get some blogging done.) I just wanted to share the link to Hannah's blog, in case there were any of you who may want to do some fall purging too! 

Here is the link to Day 1 of the 30 Day Power Purge. Let me know if you do it!  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Adventures in Life: Daily Devotionals

Spending time with God each day, reading the Bible and praying, has always been an area that I have struggled with. I go in spurts. Sometimes it is a few weeks on and a few days off. There have been times in my life that it has been months off. It's not because I don't want to have a little bit of quiet time in my day to spend time with God. I do! I want the quiet time. But for whatever reason, the habit has been a difficult one for me to form. 

I am a work in progress!

One tool that I have been using this year is an app on my phone called She Reads Truth. I have been doing their read through the Bible in a year study - and I've done a pretty good job of keeping up for most of the year. I started in January and at the moment I am just a few days behind - but I fully intend on catching up and finishing this year. 

Even though it will still be a while before Rebekah can read on her own, I still want to be modeling for her reading the Bible every day. We just got a great new book to help us do that! It's called Read Me A Bible Story 365. This daily devotional book starts in Genesis and goes through the Bible, ending in the book of Acts. For each of the 365 days of the year, there is a kid friendly paragraph paraphrase of several verses from the Bible.
Here is the page from Tuesday. At the top you can see the date, the verses that the story comes from, and what I call the kid friendly story that the writer, Sally Ann Wright, came up with from the verses for the day. I really appreciate that the Biblical reference is included in each day, so that we can teach Rebekah that these are not just stories that someone made up, but the word of God. 

I am really looking forward to using this book for family devotional time! 

If you would like to win a free copy of Read Me A Bible Story 365 -  There are 3 different ways you can enter (and if you do all 3 you will have your name in the drawing 3 times!)

(1) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me if you have a daily quiet time, and if you do, what does it look like?


(2) Click over to our Adventures of D and V Facebook page and like or comment on the post about Read Me A Bible Story 365


(3) Visit my Instagram page and like or comment the picture I have posted about Read Me A Bible Story 365

The winner will be selected and contacted on Monday, September 21st. 

I was provided this book for free from Tommy Nelson Publishing in exchange for sharing my opinions. My opinions on blog are all my own true thoughts.