Saturday, September 29, 2012

Music Together (Schoolhouse Crew Review)


The first time I listened to our new Music Together CD, I immediately flashed back about three years (and all the way across the country).

When Lauren was in the hospital waiting for her heart transplant, one of the most normal parts of our week was music therapy -- either a private session for just Lauren or the group preschool music class that the music therapist offered for all of the patients on the cardiac floor.

Interesting side note: When I started looking at the Music Together website, I noticed a familiar face talking about Music Together in Therapy -- Lauren's beloved music therapist from her days at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

I know how much Lauren loved the music when she was three years old, and I wondered how she'd react when she received the new CD as a six year old. I put the Family Favorites CD into a portable DVD player so that Lauren could hear the music, and she immediately grabbed the Songbook for Teachers.

The songs that Music Together has collected in its Family Favorites collection are just as popular with Lauren now that she's six as they were when she was three.

One thing I've always loved about the Music Together songs is the way they allow all children to participate and contribute. The "Hello song" greets each person by name and then the "Goodbye, So Long, Farewell" song at the end also includes names. Many of the songs are flexible enough to add in additional verses with different variations. One afternoon, we were singing a song that we changed to be "Screech! Screech! Addison in the car, you better watch out today!" We frequently change the "Stick Tune" from "let's all click our sticks today" to clap our hands or tap our toes or whatever. Most of the songs are intended to be used with simple rhythm instruments, and Lauren has a blast performing at home with some inexpensive instruments I bought. We also love putting the CD in the car so that we can sing along while we're driving across town.

From a teacher standpoint, I find lots of educational opportunities in these materials. I know the benefits of any type of music instruction, but I can see specific skills developed while singing along with the songs. Several of the songs repeat a specific letter sound throughout. One of the catchiest tunes in the collection is "Biddy Biddy," which is also sung using words to practice the /d/ sound and the /l/ sound. It would be a perfect fun way for a child to practice specific speech sounds that are difficult to pronounce correctly. Now that Lauren's learning to read, I see her getting lots of great reading practice as she tries to follow along in the sheet music from the Teacher Workbook.

Basic Information:
PhotobucketThe CD includes 19 of the best-loved Music Together songs. Samples of all of the songs can be found on the "Family Favorites" CD page.  The CD costs $14.95. Alternatively, you can download individual tracks for $.99 each or the entire album for $9.99.

The Songbook for Teachers contains 112 pages of music and teaching suggestions for each of the songs on the Family Favorites CD and costs $29.95.

The Music Together Family Favorites CD and Songbook Combo is available for a special price of $39.95 (a $5 discount). If you use the coupon code "Schoolhouse" at checkout on the Music Together online store, you can save an additional $2 on your purchase.

My bottom line:
The Music Together Family Favorites CD is definitely one of Lauren's favorites, and I cannot think of a better way to let a young child experience music than to use the Music Together materials.

Disclaimer: I received a Family Favorites Songbook and CD set as a member of the 2012 TOS Homeschool Review Crew, and I received no other compensation. In return, I agreed to give an honest review of the materials and how they worked for my homeschool family.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Simple Living -- not just a dream

For the past few weeks, we've all been counting down the days until we could move from our temporary apartment into our new house. The kids are looking forward to having a little more privacy, and we're all ready to move away from the dog that lives upstairs (and uses our patio as his bathroom).

When I dream of moving into our house, I don't necessarily dream about having all of our stuff out of storage. There's been something nice about having less things around that we have to take care of. I must've done a good job of packing when we left Arkansas. We have enough games to play, we have access to plenty of books at the library if we finish reading  the dozens of school books that I brought with us, and we even have basic camping and hiking supplies.

I do dream about moving into our house and being able to put everything away nicely. Over the past few weeks, though, I've been thinking seriously about exactly what I'm going to put away. I've learned that we can live comfortably with a lot less stuff than I once thought I could. I have a feeling that I may be making a lot of trips to Goodwill when I start unpacking boxes and deciding what I really want to keep.

Last Spring, I read Lorille Lippencott's book 321 Stop -- stop running and start living. I related to her statement in the introduction, "There is only so much I can hold up and I wanted to hold up so much more. I just couldn't keep living the way I was living, something had to change. My life wasn't bad; it was normal." She then started cutting back. Perhaps most importantly, she started thinking. That's where I am. I'm trying to figure out what I really want to do, what our family really wants to do, and what really matters to us.

Earlier this week, the companion book Simple Living -- 30 days to less stuff & more life was released. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I've read it through at least three or four times since I downloaded my prerelease copy. The concept is that you take a specific area of your life each day and make a small change. At the end of the thirty day challenge, you'll be well on your way to a more simple, less overwhelming pattern of living. Some of the days are easy -- it didn't take me too long to clear off all the horizontal surfaces in my kitchen. Similarly, it won't take me long at all to clear off the visual clutter decorating the outside of my refrigerator. Other days require me to take an inventory of activities in my life or to reestablish some better routines.

Did I find Simple Living challenging? Yes.

Did I find it doable? Yes.

Do I think it'll change my life for the better? Absolutely.

In the first chapter of Simple Living, I was asked to write down my dream. There's no time like the present. I'd like my house to be lived in, but organized. I don't expect perfection, but I'm really, really tired of hunting for things that have gotten misplaced. I want my schedule to be comfortably full. We're an on-the-go family, but I don't want to be a frazzled family. I like having free time on the weekends to plan family outings and not spend Saturday playing catch-up from a crazy week.

I'm ready to start making my life look more like my dreams. Lorilee Lippincott's books (and her Loving Simple Living blog) will be my cheerleader along the way.

For a few more days, Simple Living: 30 days to less stuff & more life is available for just 99 cents. Don't pass up this fabulous deal. I think it'll make a difference in your life; I know it already has in mine.

Simple Living is available for Kindle here or as a regular pdf file here.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Simple Living, and I received no other compensation. In return, I agreed to give an honest review.

D is for Diabetes

For this week's Blogging through the Alphabet post, diabetes comes to mind. I rarely talk about my diabetes, and I'm not sharing about it this week because I want to draw attention to myself.

I'm sharing because as much as I try to pretend that it's not a big part of my life, it is. I'm sharing because I hope that someone will better understand a friend or a loved one.

My stream-of-consciousness take on diabetes:

I have adult-onset, type 1 diabetes.

No, I don't fit the standard profile for a diabetic. That stereotype (overweight, sedentary) is for type 2 diabetics and isn't even very helpful/useful in that case.

Easy explanation of types of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease of high blood sugars, but the underlying causes of the high blood sugar are vastly different. Type 1 diabetes is a problem with the pancreas. For children diagnosed with diabetes, the pancreas just up and quits. No more insulin. For adult-onset diabetes, my pancreas is just broken -- it kind of limps along in terms of producing insulin. Sometimes it'll spit out a bit of insulin, but often it doesn't. Type 2 diabetes is a problem using insulin (insulin resistance). The pancreas produces a normal amount of insulin, but the body decides that it needs even more insulin than it once did.

My purse always has snacks in it -- fruit snacks, allergy-friendly granola bars, a half a package of Starburst, etc.

I'll never carry a small purse. In addition to the snacks, I have my glucose meter, my glucagon emergency injection kit, and a tube of glucose tablets.

my super-cute purse; even though it usually weighs a ton
I stick my finger to check my blood sugar at least six times a day, usually it's more like 8 to 10 times.

I am always finding little test strips lying around, on the table, in the bathroom, fallen on the floorboard of the van, in the bottom of my purse, and so on.

I was super excited when I finally figured out a system to help me remember to rotate which finger is the next victim.

If I get a bit too hot, I struggle to figure out if my blood sugar is dropping too low. Living in Arizona doesn't help with trying to figure out if it is hot or if I just feel like it is.

The other night I spent my thirty second rest break during kickboxing checking my blood sugar. I then tried to choke down a glucose tablet while jogging around the room.

I once thought that glucose tablets tastes like giant sweet tarts.

I count carbs, but not because I'm trying to lose weight. Carbs equals insulin, and I can't do the insulin math without knowing how much I'm eating.

I limit my carbs. I can increase my insulin to cover a higher carb meal, but I usually pay for it. I either underdose and feel icky because my blood sugar is too high, or I give myself too much insulin and then suffer from a nasty low blood sugar spell.

I can play dress up and go to a military ball with my insulin pump hidden under my formal, but I still have to look at the buffet line and figure out what I can eat without taking the chance that I'll pass out in front of everybody.

Sometimes it doesn't matter if something is sugar free or not. Starchy vegetables or fruit can drive the carb count up as much as a small cookie does.

I grumble because the only vegetable that all three of my kids will eat willingly is high in carbs. (Lima beans for those that are curious.)

I love my insulin pump. I told my doctor last year that I wanted a pump for Christmas.

I'm sometimes self-conscious about the way I always have the pump on my waist. It looks a bit like a pager, but I don't know many other stay-at-home-moms that wear a pager 24/7.

Sometimes I'd like to wear a dress without having to worry about whether or not my pump garter will stay in place.

There's nearly always a scribbled note on my bathroom mirror reminding me what day to change my insulin pump site. Changing my pump site (i.e. injecting a new catheter under the skin) is not a favorite thing to do.

My stomach looks a bit like a pin cushion from previous insertion sites.

Sometimes it's a lot to think about. Even when my I have my blood sugars under control, diabetes controls my actions.

I may have diabetes, but I try not to let diabetes keep me from enjoying life.

I'm excited about what comes to mind to share as I blog through the Alphabet with my friend Marcy at Ben and Me. Please stop back each week to see what I'm sharing, and click the banner below if you'd like to see what other bloggers have on their minds.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

God is still bigger than a cup of coffee

A few weeks ago, I heard a story at church about a spilled cup of coffee. It reminded me of a spilled coffee instance in my own life, probably about four years ago. As I remember this story, I am reminded of the way God loves me, takes care of me, and provides the strength I need to keep going, even when my cup of coffee spills in the parking lot.

Tim was out of town one weekend in October about four years ago. Lauren was 2 years old, toddling around the house despite having her right arm in a cast. That Sunday morning I was quite proud of myself -- I had all three kids ready to go to church (on time) and was even wearing a pair of cute heels with my dress. As I gathered the last of our bags to walk out the door, Lauren started down the steps. Somehow she missed the last step or two, and I couldn't get there fast enough to catch her.

I could tell immediately that she had injured her left arm. (It's hard to catch yourself when you fall down stairs, especially if you're out of balance because of a full arm cast.) I called friends that lived a few blocks away and asked if they'd take Brennan and Addison to church with them while I took Lauren to the Emergency Room on the other side of town. A few hours later, I saw the x-rays showing just how badly Lauren's left arm was broken.

Unfortunately, Lauren's broken arm wasn't an easy fix. She needed surgery to push the bones back into alignment prior to getting a cast. The broken bones weren't a big problem and even the surgery wasn't a big deal. Anesthesia was. At that time, her heart and lung problems meant that she needed special anesthesia precautions and observation afterwards. We drove back home to pack our overnight bags and then headed off to Philadelphia (three hours away). We trusted the cardiac anesthesia team at CHoP and the Cardiac ICU team that would be watching over her after the surgery.

It must've been late Sunday evening when Lauren and I finally settled into a hospital room on the cardiac floor, and she had surgery the next morning. The orthopedic surgeon straightened the bones in her left arm and put on a bright pink cast. Thankfully, he felt that the other arm was healed sufficiently to remove the cast. She did wear a brace to protect it for a few more weeks.

Because of her unstable heart condition, she required a precautionary overnight stay in the ICU following any procedure. The ICU was particularly crowded at that time, and the only bed they could find was in one of the "pods" -- a large room set up with four beds, normally only used for the tiniest babies.

Bright and early the next morning, Lauren's cardiologist called to get the discharge papers finalized. They needed her ICU bed for other patients and she was discharged before 8 am. (That's nothing less than a hospital miracle in itself.)

We headed home. In the previous few days, I had spent hours in the Emergency Room in Washington DC, driven to Philadelphia, spent one night trying to rest on the couch in Lauren's hospital room while she refused to get into the crib, wheeled her into surgery, spent another night napping on a couch in the family lounge (no room beside her bed in the ICU), and then getting in the car to drive three hours home.

I stopped about halfway through Maryland. I unloaded Lauren (with one arm in a splint and the other in a cast) and carried her into the rest area to get a cup of coffee from Starbucks. I held my warm cup of caffeine and led Lauren back to the car, confident that we could make it home safely. While I was trying to fasten her in the car, though, a gust of wind blew over my skinny vanilla soy latte. I cried. I was tired, and I hadn't even taken the first sip yet.

I didn't go back into Starbucks to get another drink. I just couldn't bring myself to unbuckle Lauren and go back inside.  I continued the rest of the way home to Virginia relying on God to give me the strength I needed.

I remember that weekend and many other times in Lauren's young life when God provided strength, encouragement, and most of all hope.

Somehow as the years have passed, I've forgotten those lessons. Sometimes I think I need to rely on my own strength to juggle doctors' appointments, homeschool curriculum choices, meal planning, and cleaning the bathrooms.

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The God that provided the strength that I needed for a long drive without my cup of coffee is the same God that will gives me strength to get up tomorrow morning and teach my children.

One of these days I will remember better. I will remember that God always provides and that I never have to rely on my own strength.

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I'm linking this post with the Blogging Through the Alphabet Series at Ben and Me -- C is for Coffee. I know that many people expected me to post "C is for Cristi" this week, but I share enough little things about myself. Tonight I chose to share my heart.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Cry From Egypt (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

The other day, Addison and I were discussing historical fiction books. I don't know if there's an official delineation amongst historical fiction works, but we've divided them into two categories. We first talked about stories that focus on the story and are also set in a particular time. On the other end of the spectrum are the historical fiction books that focus on bringing historical events to life. These books don't just take place during a particular historical period; the books tell the story of the time. The details are fictionalized, but the events stay true to the historical record. I'd put A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer in the latter category -- a book that brings history to life.

Hope Auer is a homeschool graduate with a passion for history and a love for telling stories. What once started as a simple writing assignment during a study of Ancient Egypt is now an outstanding book bringing the lives of the Israelite slaves in Egypt to life. A Cry for Egypt tells the story of a young Israelite girl living in Goshen when Moses and Aaron approach Pharaoh asking for the Israelites' freedom.

Throughout the story we walk beside Jarah as she works gathering straw to make bricks, washes clothes in the Nile, and befriends a young Egyptian girl. I could feel the exhaustion and desperation of the Hebrew slaves as they struggled to meet the demands of the overseers, and I could feel their hope as they saw the miracles Moses worked. The book stays true to the events recorded in Exodus, but the story I've heard so many times takes on a new meaning when I imagine what it must have been like to be living there during such a turbulent time.  I read the story as a read-aloud with Brennan, and eventually I got to a point where I was so drawn into the story that I read ahead on my own to see how the book ended.

Not only was A Cry From Egypt a great story, it was also a great example of a excellent writing skills. When I was reading, I often stopped to point out instances when the author chose strong verbs or descriptive adjectives to bring the story to life. We noticed how the characters rarely just said something. Instead they "replied cooly, though with evident pride," "commanded," or "sighed despondently."

A Cry From Egypt is written at a level suitable for middle school or older students, but I think adults would also enjoy this deeper look at the Exodus story. I highly recommend it for all families -- families that enjoy engaging read-alouds, students wanting to take a closer look at the story of the Israelites' redemption from Egyptian bondage, or homeschoolers looking to add a greater depth of understanding to their Biblical history studies.

A Cry From Egypt is been published by Great Waters Press, the same company that published the award winning book Raising Real Men and more recently Children in Church. You can purchase an advance reader copy of the book for $12.50 by visiting the A Cry From Egypt website.

If you'd like to read more about either A Cry From Egypt or Children in Church, you can find other reviews on the Schoolhouse Crew blog (click the banner below to go directly to this review).

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of A Cry From Egypt as a member of the 2012 TOS Homeschool Review Crew, and I received no other compensation. In return, I agreed to give an honest review of the materials and how they worked for my homeschool family.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Think Back Thursday -- Back to School

Since we've now finished six weeks' worth of schoolwork for this year, I guess it's high time that I got around to sharing the snapshots I took on the first day of school.

We were still living in the TLFs (Temporary Living Facilities) on base when we started school. About mid-morning, we went outside to explore the very hot playground nearby.

First Grader
Sixth Grader
High School Freshman

I suppose that the pictures I took last month count for Think Back Thursday, but I went ahead and dug out some older pictures too.

Addison's first day of Kindergarten
One of Addison's first days of homeschooling (first grade)
Brennan preschool, Addison second grade
2010 -- the year I couldn't get any decent pictures
I'm linking my Back to School pictures with others at Debbie's Think-Back-Thursday meme. If you haven't already shared Back to School pictures this year, please join us. Next week, we'll be sharing pictures of something relaxing or peaceful. I think I'm going to hunt for some of those.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Goal Planning -- Accomplishments

Last week I chose not to post any goals because I wanted to look at what I did do and not just ways in which I did (or did not) meet a specific set of goals. Here's just a few things that I remember doing in the past week:

1. I took the kids to the pool everyday. My favorite moment was when I took the time to put on a pair of goggles and swim underwater to see Lauren swimming laps. She's getting to be a good swimmer, even if her "stroke" is a bit out of the ordinary.

2. I took Addison shopping for some new clothes. It was just a couple of new shirts, but it was good girl time. The three girls enjoyed a dinner at Five Guys afterwards.

3. I pinned Addison's formal choir dress so that I can start hemming it.

4. I made time for Bible reading nearly every day this week. I'm now reading the assignments for September. Woo hoo!

5. It's 100 days until Christmas, and I've already ordered a few gifts.

6. I finally remembered to order some vanilla beans so that I can start new bottles of extract.

7. I've been actively unsubscribing to various email subscriptions so that I can take control of my inbox. I also read/deleted/filed well over 1000 emails that had been stuffed in my inbox, many dating back to earlier this summer. There's only 49 emails in my inbox right now. Imagine that, they all fit on one gmail screen. I never thought I'd see this day.

8. I finished reading A Cry from Egypt by Hope Auer. I'm reading it aloud with Brennan, but I wanted to finish the whole thing before I wrote my review (coming later this week).

9. I also read Living Simple, a practical 30-day handbook based on Lorilee Lippincott's book 321 Stop -- stop running and start living. I'm now going back through Living Simple and rereading 321 Stop.

10. I ran errands all over Tucson last weekend without relying on the GPS (because I had let the boys take it with them on their rappelling trip).

11. I made homemade granola for Tim and Brennan to take with them on the weekend camping trip with the Boy Scouts.

12. I have a new idea for menu planning, perhaps my most dreaded job these days. If it ends up working for me and my picky family, I'll be sure to share.

13. I baked chocolate chip cookies from scratch and without using a mixer (because we don't have one right now).

14. Kickboxing tonight!

I still don't know how I feel about setting weekly goals. I struggle with setting goals that aren't just the same thing over and over again. That said, I am going to post goals for this week.

1. Finish hemming Addison's dress. I do NOT want to be stressing about it a day or two before formal pictures at the end of the month.

2. Finish the baby blanket that I've been crocheting. It only needs a few more rounds of trim, but I'd much rather start a new project.

3. Continue with daily Bible reading, a day or two at a time. I'd love to be caught up by the end of the month.

4. Make time for reading books. I often spend my free time hopping from blog to blog (and Facebook), and I never get around to reading the books that I really want to read.

5. Finish meal planning, both a menu for next week and the plan I'm hoping will work for the long run.

6. Start looking at pictures and pick out favorites to go on the calendar we make for Christmas gifts.

I'm linking my rambling Goal Planning Monday post with others at Real Life Unscripted. Feel free to click the button above to join us!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Family Time Fitness (Schoolhouse Crew Review)


Many moons ago, I was a young college graduate, desperate to find a teaching job. I found one at a local private school, a job teaching elementary P.E. among other subjects. When my parents found out, they laughed. You see, I'm not very all. I just don't do well with sports that require hitting, catching, or kicking a ball. Not athletic does not mean that I don't care about fitness, though. Family Time Fitness has created a homeschool Physical Education program that's nearly perfect for non-athletic parents like me.

The Fitness for Homeschool Core 1 Curriculum includes 260 lessons for Kindergarten through eighth graders. Each lesson includes a full 30-45 minute workout consisting of warmup activities, aerobic or game-play exercises, and then a few cool-down stretches. These activities are suitable for either indoor or outdoor classes. We were able to do them with four of us exercising in our fairly small living room. Additionally, each lesson gives a suggestion for an outdoor activity that would extend the exercise period. I found the lessons to be appropriately varied. The individual activities repeat, but they are combined in different ways and aren't repeated so frequently that my children complain about doing the same thing over and over again. The lessons are meant to be used in order because many of the activities in later lessons build on skills developed earlier in the program.

I was initially impressed with the program because it was truly designed to be easy for a homeschooling parent. I downloaded the complete set of lessons and found them nicely organized into blocks of 20 lessons so that I didn't have to juggle a huge file on my nook (or try to print hundreds of pages). The authors also took the time to create one page summaries for each lesson and to arrange them for easier printing. Typically, I read through the detailed description of the entire lesson prior to gathering the kids. For any activity that wasn't completely clear from the description, I watched the corresponding you-tube video so that I could correctly demonstrate the exercise during our PE time.

Warm-up exercises -- Carpet Angels
Aerobic activity -- Addison and I are jumping back and forth across a jump rope lying on the floor
Monster Walk
Cool down stretches

As I started implementing the Family Time Fitness curriculum, I continued to be impressed. I honestly did not expect to find a program this intense. This program is not merely a few active games to play with my children -- it is a solid collection of challenging workouts. I had a few moments to spare before I left for an appointment one afternoon and decided to try the first day's exercises with my kids. I got so sweaty during our 30 minute workout that I changed clothes before I left the house. I wished that I could have taken a shower too.

My sweatiest athlete
All in all, Family Time Fitness is a great curriculum whether you need a PE credit for a transcript or just need to get your couch potatoes into a healthy routine. Beware:  It doesn't start gradually, though. The day after that first workout, I realized just how hard I had worked the day before. Brennan and I both saw the instructions to do 60 frog squats and didn't think very much about it. We both walked a little gingerly around the house the next day (or two) because our legs were so sore. Apparently, we both worked different leg muscles doing frog squats than the ones we use running or swimming. If you need to start a little slower, you can easily decrease the number of exercises to suit. Either way, once you're partway into the program, you'll be thrilled with the results!

The Core 1 Physical Education Curriculum costs $57. Additionally, it may require a few small purchases in order to complete all of the activities. We bought two hula hoops, two jump ropes, and a playground ball in order to do the exercises.

Disclaimer: I received Fitness for Homeschool Core 1 program as a member of the 2012 TOS Homeschool Review Crew, and I received no other compensation. In return, I agreed to give an honest review of the materials and how they worked for my homeschool family.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Think Back Thursday -- Close Ups

This week's Think Back Thursday challenge was to find (or take) pictures that used the close-up setting on the camera. I know that I have some rose pictures around here somewhere, but I thought it would be more fun to experiment with my camera some more.

The flower and captus pictures were taken a few weekends ago when we went hiking in Sabino Canyon.

This entire cactus was only about the eight or ten inches tall. I spotted the bright peppers as we walked along the path.

Not a close up, but it sets the stage for the close-up of a prickly pear fruit that I took today.

The inside of the prickly pear fruit

I'm linking my close-up pictures with others at Debbie's Think-Back-Thursday meme. She shared some absolutely gorgeous flower pictures today, and we'd love to have more people link up to join us in the photo sharing fun. Next week's theme is Back to School pictures.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

B is for Brennan

 Last week's alphabet post was about Addison so naturally this week's post is about Brennan.

Instead of just coming up with a random list of things he likes to do (that's so last week), we worked together to create the world's most awesome list of favorite things.

Forty-Nine Favorite Things

Favorite color: gray or blue or red or lime green

Favorite number: 7

Favorite food: Sunshine Chicken or Fried Chicken

Favorite restaurant: Pei Wei

Favorite drink at Sonic: Cherry Vanilla Coke

Favorite snack: popcorn

Favorite dessert: Death by Chocolate

Favorite fruit: pomegranate

Favorite vegetable: okra

Favorite cookies: Chocolate Chip

Favorite soft drink: root beer

Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate Fudge (Blue Bell, of course)

Favorite candy: Nerds

Favorite meal to fix by himself: Kielbasa Hoagies

Favorite sport (to play): baseball

Favorite sport (to watch): football

Favorite team: Oklahoma Sooners

Favorite athlete: Landry Jones

Favorite Olympic sport: swimming

Favorite place to go on vacation: Disney World

Favorite place to go camping: Assateague Island

Favorite thing to do when you're camping: geocaching or hiking

Favorite activity at Camp Wamava: Australian Pursuit

Favorite TV show: Jesse

Favorite Wii game: Super Mario Bros

Favorite movie: The Hunger Games

Favorite Disney movie: The Lion King

Favorite book series: Harry Potter or The Mysterious Benedict Society (it's a close tie)

Favorite Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Favorite author: Andrew Clements

Favorite school subject: recess (because we've gone swimming nearly every day this school year)

Favorite season: Fall

Favorite car: Corvette

Favorite thing to do on a rainy afternoon: play on his iPod

Favorite iPod app: Minecraft

Favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon: swim

Favorite thing to do on a cloudy afternoon: swim (even if it's only 72*)

Favorite swimming stroke: breaststroke

Favorite camping trip: either Boy Scout Camp or their overnight hike

Favorite thing about Boy Scouts: the activities (like rappelling next weekend)

Favorite merit badge he's earned so far: Wilderness Survival

using Lauren as a CPR dummy

Favorite t-shirt: the gray one that says "It's not bragging when you're this good" or the red one that says "Blood Sweat Sooners"

Favorite store: REI or the Apple store

Favorite website: Amazon

Favorite songs: "Jukebox Hero" by Foreigner and "Smack" by Three Doors Down

Favorite board game: Say Anything

Favorite card game: Nerts

Favorite book of the Bible: Matthew

Favorite LTC (Leadership Training for Christ) event: drama

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