Daddy got Munchkin a new pack and some hiking boots for her birthday, so we thought it would be a good idea to try them out by heading over to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve after church on Sunday.
According to Munchkin, the boots are much better than her old ones even with them not being completely broken in yet.
Unfortunately, the pack ended up not working out, but it’s better to find that out on a shorter hike than a long hike.
We’re back to looking for a pack that will work for our girl.
We enjoyed hiking in an area with some green as most of our normal landscape is desert.
It was rather hot in the sun, but the shade provided some cooling relief.
The marsh area was home to lots of lizards, birds, and bees.
One area along the trail was home to a very cool hollowed out tree.
It was a fun day on the trail, enjoying nature and our family time.
Special thanks to the New Leaf Publishing Group for providing a sample of this book through Moms of Master Books to help facilitate the writing of this review.
Illustrated Family Bible Stories Book Description:
Illustrated Family Bible Stories is an exciting introduction to the world of the Bible to be enjoyed by both children and adults. This unique collection features events from both the Old and New Testament, retold in a lively style and brought to life by dramatic illustrations.
Hardcover: 256 pages
The Illustrated Family Bible Stories book is filled with beautiful images that bring the Bible to life for readers both young and old. This book contains a table of contents that lists all of the Bible stories contained within the book for easy reference. It then gives a brief introduction to the Bible including a listing of all of the books of the Bible. The two main sections in this book are (just as in the Bible) the Old and the New Testament. Each of these sections begins with an overview before diving into the scriptures.
My daughter thought the illustrations were quite nice, but she commented that some of the females lacked feminine features which caused them to look a bit masculine. She appreciated the fact that the illustrations were not cartoonish. She liked that in addition to the Bible stories there were also little tidbits of history and/or information which help readers get a better understanding of the time period. The maps help with understanding the location of the events being discussed. She also liked that the book had a built-in ribbon bookmark.
The scripture passage is listed under the title for the story, so families can read the actual passage in the Bible. The book concludes with a Bible reference section that gives more background information about Biblical times, a very basic look into some key people in the Bible, and a little “test your knowledge” review section.
While reading directly from scripture is always best, this Illustrated Family Bible Stories provides a way to help bring the Bible to life with visual imagery and background information to enhance a reader’s understanding of Biblical times.
Where did all the time go? It’s hard to believe that my baby girl is already 15.
Since she enjoys painting pottery, I thought it would be fun to start our day by heading over to a local art studio that we wanted to visit.
Daddy was at work, so Munchkin and I had fun painting pottery together.
We finished up shortly before I received a call from Daddy letting me know he was ready to meet up for lunch.
We headed over to Joshua Tree National Park for a picnic lunch.
Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to take an impromptu hike at Barker Dam Trail.
We wrapped up our day with her requested baked gluten free mac ‘n cheese and had a movie night. It was a fun way to celebrate her birthday.
Munchkin has really stepped up recently and started not only training her horse, Dixie, but also working with Phantom when Daddy or I can’t work with him. She’s always been great with Dixie, but seeing the transformation with Phantom has been fun to watch. She’s really playful with him which he loves as he’s an inquisitive and playful horse.
Of course, there is one issue with Munchkin working with Phantom. Dixie gets a bit jealous that she’s not receiving all of Munchkin’s attention which means she tends to follow them all over the arena trying to get Munchkin’s attention.
Now that Munchkin has been working with Phantom more, he also wants her attention and to be trained when she’s working with Dixie. It’s rather funny to watch him “pout” when she’s training Dixie. He truly loves to be worked and given challenges. Now, that doesn’t mean that he isn’t stubborn or that he doesn’t test you during training, but he does enjoy the process. He’s even started to lower his head when asked which is an amazing accomplishment in and of itself given his personality.
Both Phantom and Dixie have filled out nicely since we’ve brought them home. Their change in feed as well as their exercise and training has really helped with that. We’re looking forward to seeing how much more they fill out when we start riding them again. If all goes as planned, we’ll be starting their training with saddles on their backs soon.
It will be interesting to see how things go when we make that transition to saddles. They are both doing so much better with respect and listening, so it should be a more pleasant experience when we start with the in-the-saddle training. Because we aren’t training every day, the entire process is taking a bit longer, but we all think it’s going to be worth it in the end. Both horses have great personalities, so they are fun to be around.
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