Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Jerry's 50th Birthday!

"In this life we will never truly be apart. For we grew to the same beat of our mother's heart."
Daphne Fandrich

July 20, 2020..... 50 amazing years.... how lucky I am to share 30 of them with Jerry. :-)

Since moving so far away from family and friends, we rarely get a lot of time with any of our family members. I mentioned to Jerry that this year he should take a trip away with his twin brother Garry and I'm so happy they were able to work out most of the details. I only wish they were able to spend more time together.

I took a couple photos at the house before they left. Can you tell which one is Jerry? LOL.


I love this photo of them by the statue we got in memorial for his younger brother Patrick. It has the perfect place on the pier by our pond.


Here they are ready to head out and have some relaxing fun ;-)


They were able to catch up with an old childhood friend Jimmy that was down there at the same time.


Jerry sent me some great pictures as I wanted to be able to document the time for him so they would have something to look back at for years to come. :-)

This was their first night at a seafood restaurant on the water, so beautiful.




This was on their way to a hunting trip.... luckily they didn't get anything, lol.... as I have never liked hunting but I know it is something they enjoy. 


He did have some visitors... a couple tree frogs! ;-)





Guess who caught the big fish? ;-)


I think truly the smiles say it all for the experience and the time together.


They spend as much time fishing and enjoying the water as they could before they had to head back.







They also made some time for fun, with go carts and exploring and some miniature golf!







Happy 50th birthday Jerry and Garry! 50 looks good on you both :-) You deserve everything wonderful life has to offer! Here's to many more years and celebrations!! Love you with all my heart Jerry!


"Life if well lived is long enough"  Seneca

"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that is who we spend it with"  Leo Christopher

 

                                                                         Blessings,

                                                                              Jill


Book Review! Riddles And Brain Teasers For Clever Kids.

One of the things I have really enjoyed about having my blog; is the opportunity to bring you all reviews of books and other items that can benefit your family. So when I was contacted about doing a review for this book I was happy to do so; especially with the educational subject matter :-)

As you all know I love to read, have always encouraged it with my children since I carried them and I enjoy seeing them continue to enjoy books today. I have always written notes for their lunches, along with funny jokes, riddles and fun facts. It has been a big hit for my girls growing up....as well as the other students they sit with at lunch and sometimes they even entertain their teachers with them.

I had some time to read through this book Riddles And Brain Teasers For Clever Kids by Joshua Shifrin, PhD and found it to be quite fun. Sharing the trivia with my family was fun and they enjoyed it too. The book offers more than 500 different riddles to enjoy, so including them in lunches or just notes at home is achievable.

The table of contents is laid out nicely so it's easy to find just what you are looking for whether it's easy riddles or mystery riddles, this book has you covered. Another feature that I like is the answers to the riddles are on the back of the page; then you don't have to search all through the book! :-)


Here is an example page of some of the riddles you can expect to find. It's a great way to keep kids engaged and their minds busy, especially with everything going on with the COVID-19 virus this year. We have always enjoyed learning new things and sometimes reading a riddle can lead to a whole other in depth discussion which makes for some great family time.

 


The book can be found on Amazon. It has 186 pages and is a nice easy read, especially for young siblings wanting to quiz each other. Also a perfect addition for a teacher in his/her classroom to start discussions and just have some fun.


                                                                               Blessings,

                                                                                     Jill


*I received the book for free in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.*

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Anniversary and a Birthday!!!


An update is pretty long overdue and a review like my prior post wasn't my plan for a recap of all that's been going on. I see there has been updates to blogger for editing so I'll be going over that as well, but I just wanted to take a moment and capture these 2 important days.

May 28th, 2020 Jerry and I celebrated 26 years of marriage and together for a total of 30 years! We've been through so much together and it it just keeps getting better. We've changed a little in looks over the years, but our love has only grown.




Another big day is May 29, 2020 and Hayley turned 19!!!!
My little girl is all grown up!

 

She is dating a very sweet young man named Emmanuel and he treats her so well, we're happy she has found him. She's working hard full time with Jerry at his work as she prepares to go back to college in August. Everything feels like one big whirlwind.

More to come soon!


Blessings,
Jill

Review of Projex Arcade Game



Hello and thank you for joining me today as I review this fun arcade game with my daughter Kathleen.
I received this video game for free to review and give my honest opinion and it's the perfect time with this quarantine to do so! Projex comes with all the items you see above and two people can play or a person can just play solo. It runs on 3 AAA batteries (not included) and does not include a power cord. I like the idea of being able to play it outside or inside without having to worry about plugging in a cord.


We initially tried it outside on our shed wall, but quickly realized it needs to be a darker area in order for the target to show up properly to play the game, so we moved inside and closed some blinds to check it out!


       In this picture Kathleen is intently getting the target focused on the wall before the game begins.


This is a picture of her holding the trigger as she is trying to follow the target and score points. Our cats were quite intriqued as it uses a blue and red lazer to project on the wall and connect with the targets, so they were playing along as well, lol. The triggers light up to let you know they are ready to go.


This is to give you an example of how it lights up and shows the different levels you can choose. It also will keep score for each player. I do recommend having a large blank wall area with not a lot of furniture or pictures in the way as it hinders the scoring. This game includes 5 different built in games that really help test your speed and skills. It starts off at a beginner's level and moved through advanced. We tried all the levels and it definitely gets more challenging.


It has 2 different slides you can plug in to play and you can blast ducks or  UFO's. Also the slides change your levels of difficulty. For example blue (targets) is easy, red (UFO's) is medium and white (ducks) is difficult. They also each have their own sound effects.


You can play this game alone, head to head or even have a choice to do a Co-Op where 2 players team up and combine the scores. It gives you the feel of participating in a tournament even with no one else needs to be around. You have the option to try and beat your own score! The triggers you need to pull back and reload after firing off about 6 shots. So it adds in the excitement of doing it quickly so you can score more points in the game.


Here is a view of the console and next to it is the 3 game levels you can choose in the different colors. Very easy to insert and remove. The triggers plug in easily either one or both at a time.


The targets move quickly but I was able to get a few shots on the wall to give you an idea of what they look like. This was a target that Kathleen hit with her trigger.



Our other cat was intently watching this UFO go by and at times they were also trying to catch it. So if you have any cats at home, it's plus for them too. ;-)


 The next couple photos just show how it has a LED lighting display and it lights up to choose levels, the scoring, etc. You will need a table for the projector and at least 5 feet away from the wall. The red button is the power button and you have 45 seconds to adjust the focus of the targets before getting started. Then you just press the red button again to select which game to play 1-5. The blue button selects the level at which you desire to play.


As you see here one of the targets is on the chair, but it didn't work when trying to shoot it as it needs to be a flat, plain surface.



Overall it was a fun game to play and Kathleen is already talking about playing it with her friends soon. This game retails for $49.99 and you can find it at both Target and Walmart. Enjoy!

Blessings,
Jill


*I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.*