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A “ME” Day! :-)

First, My wonderful stylist Jody Muniz at 89 Hair Design in Albuquerque took care of me . . .

Before:

And, After!

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Then, a trip to Happy Nails in Albuquerque!

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The light color is what it looks like if my hands are warm, and the dark is when my hands are cold. Neat, huh?

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Birthday Party!

I give my kids fake names on this blog having to do with their interests or personalities. Recently, we had a little party for “The Batman’s” 24th birthday. Now, as long as I can remember, ever since he discovered Batman as a very little boy, He’s been Batman crazy. He even carries around little Batman figures for different things . . . one for reading, one for watching TV, one for sleeping, and one to just carry in his pocket wherever he goes. 🙂 Well, a new friend of ours who happens to be a member of Heroes Alliance NM, and who portrays Batman as a member of this group, had planned to come for Alex’s party as a favor. Unfortunately, at the last minute he ended up stuck going to work at his “secret identity” job because a lot of people called off that day. 😦 However, being the great guy he is, he sent some replacement heroes, who were kind enough to come!

So, the birthday party!

Eating pizza with Tony Stark and Wonder Woman . . .

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And with Hal Jordan and his lady friend Tasha . . .

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After pizza, Hal Jordan had to leave, but look! The Green Lantern showed up!

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We’ve decided that Wonder Woman truly is a brave woman. When all the boys asked if she would have a mock battle with them, she agreed! They gave her a sword, and she let them shoot her with Nerf guns!

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Here is the birthday cake . . .

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And our Batman, blowing out the candles!

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One good pic of all the kids with our special heroes . . .

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Now, the really cool thing in addition to this is that Batman came by about a week later, in his “secret identity” to bring our Batman an autographed photo.

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He accidentally left his sunglasses behind, so when he came back for them the next day, he brought a Batman book for our Batman. What a guy! 🙂

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Inauguration Day is Tomorrow . . .

And I know how very divided our country is right now. And I understand, too. However, here’s the thing . . . It’s a done deal. It’s time to think about some things.

  • We live in one of the most free places in the entire world when it comes to politics and voting.
  • I don’t recall ever in my adult life hearing that 100% of eligible voters participated in their right (and privilege!) to vote and take part in choosing our leaders.
  • Every single election, whether local, state or national, is important, and every single time I hear people complaining, who as it turned out, didn’t even exercise their right to vote! Don’t vote? Don’t complain!

I want you to know, I was greatly disappointed when President Obama won. Both times. Not because of his color, I have two African/American boys. No, it was because my views and beliefs were totally opposed to his. But do you know what we did anyway? My children and I took the day off and we watched both inaugurations. And we watched all of the coverage. Why? Because it was a historical event. EVERY inauguration is a historical event, and I envy those who live where they can actually see it in person.

Our new President-elect was not my first choice, but he is the one who most closely follows the beliefs I hold, and I think it’s important now to support and pray for him, as we should for all of our leaders. We should pray that he WILL be a good president, regardless of our misgivings, whatever they may be.

I saw something on Facebook recently that summed it up for me:

To hope that the president fails is like hoping the pilot of your plane fails while you and a lot of other people are on the plane.” It’s stupid. I’m sorry, but it is.

Once again, my children and I will watch the inauguration tomorrow. We will also be using a free one day unit study from a company called Homechool Legacy, a company I have previously reviewed products for as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew. This study is called Inauguration Mini Study, and you can download it today here, free. I promise you, you will be happy you did.

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What I’m Recovering From . . .

So, last month I was hit by a car . . .

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And I’ve been spending the bulk of my time recovering on the couch. In fact, I only this past Friday was able to handle going upstairs to sleep in my own bed! Hopefully back to normal soon!

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(Not Quite) Wordless Wednesday!

Working on an order of cards for our beautiful hair stylist Jody Muniz, with help from “The Artist” and “The Puzzler,” during my recovery from a major crash a couple weeks ago (more on that in a future post).

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And tomorrow, ASSEMBLY! 🙂

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Commissioned: My Review

My kids love to play games, and were very disappointed when we let go of all of ours during our moving sale before going across the country to our new home. To be fair, I gave up a lot of stuff too. After all, when the moving truck company values your life at fifty-seven cents per pound, you get ruthless pretty fast! Every since, I’ve been slowly rebuilding our supply of games, but now I am concentrating on (as much as possible, anyway) educational (but fun!) games, and games that are faith-based. This brings me to the game we have been reviewing! We received the game Commissioned for the purpose of this review.

This game was provided to us by its designers from Chara Games, which is a start-up company devoted to publishing high quality, fun board games and card games with Christian themes for teens and up.

Chara is the Biblical Greek name for unshakeable joy. To read more about the Chara team, check them out here.

Commissioned is Chara’s first game, funded on Kickstarter. Here, you can see a short video of the official “unboxing” of the very first game after production.

I thought it was so fun to watch how excited they were to see the completed version after all of their hard work!

Commissioned made of very high quality, sturdy materials! The elder staff feels and looks like actual wood, and although I really cannot tell what the apostle pieces, the missionary pieces, or the church member pieces are made of, they are thick and sturdy. The two-sided board (which side you use is dependent upon which game scenario you play) is thick and sturdy, as are all of the punch out tokens. All of the cards used in play are very nice, not cheaply made at all. They feel like they are coated with a protective surface, to me.

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Full disclosure, I think this game would be pretty difficult for even adults without some real help in learning how to play it. Well guess what? Chara Games has given us exactly that! Here is a how to play video, produced by Chara Games!

My kids really like this game so far, mostly “The Artist.” I do feel that as they become more comfortable with it and learn more, the others will find it easier to play, as well.

Setting up our Commissioned game for three players:

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Some other things I really like, besides the quality of the board, the playing pieces and the cards, is the full color, approximately 10″ x 10″ 12 page instruction book, and the 10″ x 10″ 12 page Commissioned Theme Appendix. Within this index, there is a lot of the New Testament history, with the Bible verses to correspond.

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Because the creators of Commissioned understand that religious themes can be difficult, given that there are so many doctrines being taught within different denominations, they have chosen to present the material we learn in this game from a historical viewpoint, rather than a doctrinal viewpoint. The scenarios in the game cover the first 150 years of church history, and the theme index (did I mention how much I like that it was included?) explores church history even more deeply for those players who are interested.

You can keep informed about Chara Games on Facebook and Twitter.

The second game coming out from Chara Games is a card game called 3 Seeds.

We received one of the very first run of fourteen games for review, and I will be posting a full review very soon! 🙂

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