..picking peaches in the orchard..

Today I didn’t have a camera with me, but it would have been fun if I had. We went to a peach orchard and picked peaches right off the tree. I’ve never done anything like that, but I was always wanting to and now we have. It was just me and the girls as the Enginerd is doing his engineering thing being a work day and all. Perhaps I might break free of this hermitage after all! LOL 😉 All around we had fun, but it was great to get together with some local moms from the church where our membership is at. Perhaps there is hope for a social life there after all. OrangeBlossom was in the Boba carrier and AppleBlossom was running free, well eventually she was running. She was mostly timid, but she did get to climb a tree! All around great memories I’m sure. Next time. . .

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Mama’s thoughts on a Tuesday morning…

I do not like waking up early. It is not that I’m not a morning person, I can totally get up and go. It’s that if I wake up earlier than my body is ready to I’m starving. I mean starving! Like I’m going to die feeling if I do not eat immediately. I cannot stand the way that makes me feel. *shudder* So… if I skip waking up early and sleep a bit longer I wake up just fine and sometimes do not even need breakfast (although I promise I try to be a good little girl and eat my most important meal of the day). What’s up with that anyway? Probably an insulin rush or something with metabolism I’m sure. Oh well. Lately I have been completely dreading getting on my computer. First off, either Pinterest or other blogs are going to suck me in and distract me. . .

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VeggieTales®: The Penniless Princess: God’s Little Girl

In this Veggie-version of the children’s book A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Larry the Cucumber stars as Captain Crew and helps to teach an important lesson about knowing your own true worth to his young daughter, Sarah, even if only through his spirit.

Sweet Sarah has everything a little girl could want. But when life takes a turn and she goes from riches to rags, will she realize that her true worth lies not in what she has, but what she has in her heart?

Find out in this inspiring new story from VeggieTales® that reminds kids it’s who they are inside that really counts. This inspiring tale is sure to warm the hearts of children everywhere!

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Marley: Firehouse Dog (I Can Read!)

Marley is ready for a sizzling adventure that’s just right for beginning readers! When Marley and his family are out for a walk around town, they are delighted by an unexpected invitation to tour the fire station! But Marley has to stay behind…or at least that’s what his family says. Before long, Marley has chewed through his leash and is taking his own tour of the firehouse. From the kitchen to the garage, Marley is hot on the trail for some mischief!

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Seed by Seed by Esmé Raji Codell

Educator, librarian, and best-selling author Esm? Raji Codell and Newbery Medalist and award-winning artist Lynne Rae Perkins present a compelling picture book about the life of Johnny Appleseed. Sure to be a classroom and seasonal favorite.

Why should we remember Johnny Appleseed today-more than two hundred years after he was born-and call him a hero? Why are the life and lessons of John Appleseed relevant to kids now? This extraordinary picture book answers these questions and more and challenges readers to follow the five footsteps John Chapman left behind: 1. Use what you have 2. Share what you have 3. Respect nature 4. Try to make peace where there is war 5. You can reach your destination by taking small steps. An insightful and friendly text, stunning mixed-media illustrations that combine wood, paper, paint, and fabric, and a winning mixture of information and inspiration make for a stellar picture book for all ages. Includes suggestions for celebrating John Chapman’s birthday (September 26), apple craft ideas, and a recipe.

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Baby Blanket Music: Soothing Lullaby arrangements of songs made famous by Lady Gaga

Even the “Littlest” Monsters everywhere can now enjoy the newest addition to the Baby Blanket Music collection: Soothing Lullaby Arrangements of Songs Made Famous by Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga has proven to be one of today’s hottest stars. Incredibly musical, always theatrical and undeniably relevant, she has quickly captured the attention of the entire globe. Gaga’s catchy songs, provocative music videos and outspoken convictions have made way for a legion of dedicated fans. Baby Blanket Music’s album features instrumental arrangements of hits such as Just Dance, Poker Face, Bad Romance and The Edge of Glory.

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Cars Galore by Peter Stein

Buckle up for an exuberant ride humming with energetic rhymes and whimsical, retro art from a masterful team.

Black car, green car,
nice car, mean car.
Near car, far car.
Whoa! Bizarre car!

Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Stein’s bouncing verse, Bob Staake’s high-powered artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all fans of things that go, as well as aficionados of the illustrator’s signature style.

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Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert Book and CD

Listen along while reading in this unabridged book-and-CD edition of the favorite Fancy Nancy I Can Read.

When Nancy picks flowers for Ms. Glass’s surprise party, she is overjoyed-until she discovers an unpleasant surprise of her own! How could Nancy, practically a poison ivy expert, come down with something so unfancy?

In this hilarious new addition to the Fancy Nancy I Can Read series, Nancy realizes that even experts can always learn something new. With her boundless spirit and dynamic flair, Nancy is sure to leave young readers itching for more!

This book-and-CD set includes an unabridged audio recording of the book, so early readers can follow the text while they listen to the story.

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The Family Illustrated Bible

The Family Illustrated Bible engages every age in the beautiful truths of God’s Word. Children will find each biblical account is easy to read. Adults will enjoy its beauty while leading their family in devotions. This is an excellent resource to establish the family’s foundation on the Bible. Once in the home and hands of inquiring minds, this Bible will not be ignored. The Family Illustrated Bible was designed by Sally Tagholm, an award-winning author who has written numerous children’s books on history and animals.

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Big Book of History from Master Books {Review}

A Big look at history for young learners Ages 7 to 12 The Big Book of History is the perfect way to engage your child in an adventurous trip through time – from the first Day of Creation to present day Discover: The birthdates of conquerors, kings, inventors, scientists, and famous men of God. Wars and wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. The 969-year-old man who shared the true history of the world with Noah. The first ancient inventions and discoveries of chocolate, yo-yos, batteries, movies, and more Did you know… Thomas Edison is known for inventing a working light bulb, but do you know he also invented the first talking dolls and helped to create an early and commercially-successful form of movies? He also started the first movie studio, and probably the most unique. It was built so that the whole building could be turned in a circle during the day to get the most sunlight…

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Monkey Play by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Step into Reading)

Monkey Plays is an energetic companion to Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses.

One by one, monkeys add to the jungle fun—swinging from palm trees, hiding in an Indian market, and playing from sundown to sun-up!

This playful Step 1 features a rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and bright illustrations.

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Awesome Adventures: Races, Chases & Fun

Awesome Adventures: Races, Chases & Fun Vol. 2 DVD Genre: Children/Family/Animated Television Show DVD Recommended Ages: 2-5 Duration: Approx. 62 minutes Release: March 12th, 2012 Publisher: Hit Entertainment Limited Zoom into action-packed fun with six rip-roaring adventures featuring preschool favorites Thomas & Friends™, Fireman Sam™ and Bob the Builder™.  Always driving home lessons in friendship, loyalty, responsibility and teamwork, this trio takes the checkered flag every time! Racing engines, run-away go-carts, and monster chases lead to thrills, spills and rescues! Thomas and Hiro discover there’s no need for speed when trying to be a Really Useful Engine; Fireman Sam is rescue-ready when Norman and James forget to put safety first; Bob the Builder’s Machine Team keep their eyes open to big adventure and big fun, putting the TEAM in teamwork and getting the job done. Get set and go with your favorite, fast friends in these six exciting adventures! We. . .

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“Not” Back to School: Curriculum Week PK3

I know last year I was loving to look at all of the “Not” Back to School blog posts and maybe even the year before that. I love the idea of planning and figuring out what all we are going to attempt. Last year was just fun and randomness for education. This year is going to be similar but with a little more effort on more often and a little more structure. After all, my baby is three. 😉 Now this year I participate!   There are so many options! If you find me in some forums, right now you’ll see my signature line say something like this: Margaret of Georgia, now in TN – Enginerd’s wife and Mama www.CreativeMadnessMama.com “You can never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me.” -C.S. Lewis ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ @CherryBlossomMJ AppleBlossom (gorgeous green eyed girl) – SL p3/4,. . .

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