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February In Review

Monday, February 29, 2016

So, today is Leap Day. February 29, an odd day that only occurs once every 4 years! And that means that tomorrow is the first day of March. February was a good month in that it was not so cold like February usually is! Here are some of the highlights of February.

Family Activities:

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  • I watched most of Season 3 of Chicago Fire and Season 2 of Chicago PD.

Happy Leap Day and March everyone!

What I’ve Been Reading #114–Featuring Two From Isaac’s House

Friday, February 26, 2016



When I was offered a chance to read Two From Isaac’s House, I was excited to read that part of the story takes place in Israel. To my disappointment, it takes awhile for the characters to get to Israel! However, I found myself enjoying the setting of the book even up until that point.

“From author Normandie Fischer comes a new romantic suspense that takes the reader from the hills of Italy to the Jordanian desert and from there to an Israel on the brink of war with Hamas. Rina Lynne has never traveled far from Morehead City, North Carolina. So when she inherits her father’s secret stash, she's ready to kick up her heels and go adventuring before she settles down to marry her long-time fiancĂ©. First stop, Italy. Enter Tony (aka Anton), an engineering geek conned into helping his Israeli cousins as a sort-of spy. From the moment he meets Rina, he’s distracted, which is not a good idea when there's already been murder and theft. And from the moment Rina meets Tony, she’s fascinated, which is also not a good idea. He's an Arab-American, and she's half-Jewish. And engaged. And then there are all those bodies dropping around them, each linked to the gathering storm in the Middle East.”

Rina proved to be a brave woman who had never traveled and was engaged to a man she knew her whole life, but when she came into a sum of money, she takes off on her own to see the world. Caught up in a web of killers and terrorists, Rina finds herself developing feelings for Tony, a man who is definitely not her fiancĂ©.  Tony is in quite deeply with a group who has him spying as a double agent and eventually he is forcibly taken from Italy without Rina knowing. Coincidentally, they both end up in Israel, and after a series of close misses, they find each other again. Together, they are even stronger than they each are on their own, and the conclusion to the story is quite suspenseful.

What have you been reading lately?

Fun In Kansas City–Valley Park

Thursday, February 25, 2016

We were introduced to this super fun park by our friends who had their son’s birthday party there. It’s small and can get crowded, but it has to be one of the best parks in the area! Valley Park is located in Grandview, MO.


We will definitely be back again!

Science Fair

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last week our school had its annual Science Fair. Grades Kindergarten-3rd grade do their experiments as a class, 4th graders work with partners, and 5th graders make their own presentations. All of the kids were excited to show me what they had learned!

Gabbie’s experiment was about magnets:

The kids were allowed to dress as scientists, hence Simon’s “lab coat”!

Zachary’s class project and his research:


Simon’s class experiment and his research:

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After we viewed the experiments, we were treated to more science fun from the upper school kids.


The Science Fair was fun for all 3 kids!