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Monday, 18 April 2011
I Love Stories Like This
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: General

First of all, I know it's in Chinese, but I think you'll get the idea Smile. Second of all, get the tissues ready. Oh, and by the way, he won!


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Thursday, 14 April 2011
Truth Be Told...
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General

You might think that this is one of my "I've got a secret" posts. Well, it kind of is.

A few weeks ago a group of us dads was invited by Mom Central Blogging to take part in a blog tour promoting the new television movie "Truth Be Told". Truth be told is a family movie, and we love family movies, so I jumped at the chance to participate.

Now, here's the secret part. I'm old enough to remember days before cable television. No, I'm not old enough to remember days before T.V., but I do recall times when we only got two clear stations on the old "Boob Tube". We did get a third, but it was usually too fuzzy to watch. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed getting together as a family to watch shows like "The Waltons", "Mary Tyler Moore". "Carol Burnette" and "Apples Way".

That tradition has carried over to my young family today. Unfortunately, T.V. has changed and there aren't quite as many family shows to view. Most of our living room time is clicking through the channels trying to find a suitable show to watch with young children. Most of the time we end up turning it off completely.

There just doesn't seem to be many good, family, movies anymore. Well, P&G and WalMart are aiming to change all of that. They are producing a series of films for what they are calling "Family Movie Night". The first one is going to be shown this Saturday on your local FOX station at 8/7c (check you local listings).

"Truth Be Told" is about Colorado's top romance expert (Candace Cameron Bure) who doesn't always follow her own advice. You see, this romance expert isn't married. In fact, she doesn't even have a boy friend. When she is approached by a wealthy eccentric rancher (Ronny Cox) about a new television show, she jumps at the chance. The only problem...he thinks she's married! Not wanting to ruin the opportunity, she convinces an old high school friend and recent widower (David James Elliot) to accompany her (along with his cheeky two children) on a visit to ranch of her soon to be boss. As you can imagine, hilarious events are about to happen. Can she keep up appearances? Tune in Saturday to find out!

I was able to preview this move and loved what I saw. I can't wait to watch it on our big screen this Saturday (the preview was on my computer). So, get the popcorn and soda's ready and join me! Remember, it's this Saturday, April 16 at 8/7c on FOX. To find out more about this movie and "Family Movie Nights", by clicking on this website - http://www.familymovienight.com/about-family-movie-night/ or you can click here - www.facebook.com/familymovienight to get to their Facebook Page. Have fun and save me some pretzels!

 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a movie kit to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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Posted by tink38570 at 9:42 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 14 April 2011 10:51 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
The Key to the Kingdom - John Allen's Review
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Book Reviews


About a month ago, I reviewed The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon for First Wild Card blog tours. Unfortunately, it was at the same time as Joshua's illness where we had to rush him to the emergency room with breathing problems and I couldn't write the review I really wanted to write.

Well, Joshua is all better now, and now is the time for the review. But...with a twist. I'm not the one who wrote the review, my 14 year old son, John Allen, did. John Allen became very intrigued with The Key to the Kingdom when I was reading it. I liked it so much that I would relay different things about the book as I was devouring it. Of course I tried not to give away any secrets in case another member of the family would want to read it. Well, I soon found that on the rare occasion that I had to lay the book down, it was never in the same location when I wanted to pick it back up again. It was always someplace in the vicinity of John Allen...usually in his hands! I almost had to fight him over it.

Being the good homeschooling father that I am, I decided to turn it into a learning experience and had him write a book review of his own. I must say that I was pretty impressed. He asked me to help him tweak it a little, but it was really an excellent review on its own. So, without further adieu, here's John Allen's review of The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon.

The Key to the Kingdom is probably one of the two or three best books I’ve ever read. This book (like many of my other favorite books) is filled with adventure, romance, mystery, action, and probably the biggest twist in the history of books thrown in there. It also has something most other books don’t have, Disney magic. The Key to the Kingdom is the dream book for any Disney fan (and even for people who aren’t fans of Disney). While reading it, you learn many secrets about Walt Disney and Walt Disney World. This novel takes you on a wild adventure through Walt Disney World, as you meet friends and foes it grabs your soul making you want to read more and more each chapter.

Dr. Grayson Hawkes, the pastor of Celebration Community Church, is invited to a place he never even knew existed by a good friend of his, Disney Imagineer, Farren Rales. Little did he know that his life was about to be changed forever. That night Farren Rales gives him something he says to be The Key to the Kingdom, and tells him to “do what Walt did”. Then he disappears in the middle of the night. I really encourage parents and their kids to read this book as you take a journey to a place where dreams really do come true.

By John Allen Tinkel

You can order The Key to the Kingdom on Amazon or at your local bookseller. You can also purchase it on the novel's official website - http://keytothekingdombook.com/index.shtml . Happy Reading!


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Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2011 10:05 PM CDT
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Sadness, Sickness, and Selebration!
Mood:  hug me
Topic: Family

Yes, I know how to spell celebration. I just wanted my title to look good.


It truly has been a week of sadness, sickness and celebration though. It all began last Wednesday night. While out with some friends, Sarah got a call from another friend about a terrible accident that had happened in our small town. Five youths from the church that we used to attend were on there way to evening service when the drive lost control of his truck and crashed into a tree. In an instant five families were changed. Two families are with out their son and daughter tonight. One family has a daughter that will be hospitalized for some time and have a long road to recovery. Two other families have children to hug, but those children will have emotional scars for the rest of their lives. We knew four of the five teens. We are friends with their families. We hurt with them.

John Allen put it best the other night when he and I were talking about the accident. He told me he knew why God allowed the accident to happen. When I asked him why, he said so that more people would be saved through the testimonies of these young people. He said that if he ever had to die so that even one person would be saved it would be worth it. Sometimes I wonder if my kids are really "getting it". I thank the Lord that in this case John Allen did "get it".


Then, on Friday, I took Joshua and Jacob to therapy in Cookeville. Soon after Jacob went back his therapist came back out to the waiting room to tell me that he was sick in the restroom. Sure enough he was white as a ghost. He slept much of the day.

That night John Allen caught the bug and had to miss a big shooting match on Saturday. I was upset because he missed it. I was wondering if he was just nervous and that is why he was ill. Until the next day.

That's when Sarah got sick with the exact same symptoms. So, I had to swallow crow and apologize to John Allen for doubting him. Ah well, even fathers have to learn from their mistakes sometimes.


On a lighter note! We are blessed with two boys that are very good at shooting. Both are on a competitive BB gun team. Since John Allen is older, he is obviously the better shooter. He's expected to make the national team this year and perhaps win the state match.

Although, Joshua is probably a much better shooter than John Allen was at this age, he seems to get caught in the shadow of his older brother. Well, because John Allen was sick and couldn't compete, Joshua was out of the shadow and able to shine. And shine he did! Although he still doesn't have the score to qualify him for the shoot off (top eight overall), he was able to make the top five in the prone and sitting positions and...get this...he WON the GOLD MEDAL in the sitting position!

Really, he only had one really bad shot in the standing position and one bad shot in the kneeling position. Otherwise he could have been in the top five in each of them as well. It's the fifth component of the score that really drags him down...the dreaded test.

Each competitor has to take a test on the rules and other gun safety items. Sometimes the questions can get tricky. It might be a two part question with the first part true, but the second part false. In that case, the shooter should mark false on this fifty question true/false test. Joshua often doesn't listen to the complete question or gets mixed up and ends up marking the wrong answer. If we could get him to slow down and listen, I know he could score higher on the test. Well, in two weeks it's the state match. Prayerfully John Allen will be able to compete, and we can practice some test questions with Joshua. Who knows what might happen?

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Sunday, 10 April 2011
Science Weekly - Another I've Got A Secret Post
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


Now, I'm pretty sure that I've never revealed this secret before so this one will be totally new to all of you. Here goes:

I was never much good in science!

Math I was pretty good at - I guess math is considered a science - but I wasn't overly good in things like Earth Science, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, etc. Oh, I liked them all right, I guess. I had an excellent Biology teacher. Dr. Tubbs was awesome and I liked dissecting, so I guess that was probably my best year. I got okay grades because I volunteered for extra credit experiments a lot but I really didn't understand what I was doing a lot of the time.

It's really not been until my adult life that I have gotten more interested in science. That has it's pros and cons when it comes to homeschooling. I know that it is important and want my kids to succeed, but since I wasn't really interested when I was younger, I don't know what to look for in a good science curriculum. I found something that worked great with John Allen, but wasn't a good fit for Joshua. So I've stumbled around pulling things from here and there and using this or that unit study/lapbook. So, when I was chosen to review Science Weekly, I was excited to try something and see if it was a good fit for him. I wasn't disappointed.

The people from Science Weekly generously sent us a whole set of all of the levels of mail-outs for one issue including the teachers addition that covers all levels. That's one thing that I like about this every other week newspaper. Every level talks about the same thing but the older the grade the more advanced the subject matter is. So, if you want to order multiple subscriptions for your different aged kids in grades K-6 then they will all be studying the same thing. But, that's only one thing I like about this great newspaper.

Another thing I love is the very easy to understand way that the authors explain things. The other day I had read over the level that I wanted to use with Joshua but I hadn't shown it to him yet. It talked about fractions. While we were riding in the car I decided to begin to explain to him about fractions using the same language that was used in Science Weekly. Joshua had never studied fractions until now, but understood the concept almost immediately just by what I was explaining to him. Later on when I showed him the Science Weekly newspaper it reinforced what we had been talking about even more. I was amazed.

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Each issue of Science Weekly, no matter what level, has the front page, main explanation section, and also has a math section, vocabulary section, weekly lab section (using simple things found around the house) and a "Writing in Science" section. Each section, although titled the same, is geared to the different level learner. There are also two or three sections that are exclusive to that different age group. For example, Joshua's level had a "Challenge" section and a "Bring it Home" section that was geared toward his grade.

The Teaching Notes section is separate from the regular newspaper and has all of the teaching notes, instructions, and answer keys to all of the levels. Everything is well laid out and easy to follow.

A couple of small caveats. Science Weekly is mainly used in classrooms, so the language is classroom language, especially in the Teacher Helps. It will say things like, "We suggest you do this after recess" or something like that. It sometimes can get a little humorous when your child reads that his teacher will provide him with supplies for this experiment and to share with his classmates. Homeschooler's, however, are used to that. Another thing - although I didn't see much talk of evolution in anything that I read online or in any of the materials that were sent to me, Science Weekly does not tout itself as a Christian company, so I can't promise that it would never show up. However, when and if it does, it would be a great opportunity to discuss what you believe with your children.

Okay, you may be thinking that it's called Science Weekly, but only comes about every other week. Well, that is true, but the Science Weekly website has a lot of really neat things that will keep your child busy during the off weeks as well. There are six free science coloring books that you can print out and use, and there are also five interactive Science Weekly issues where you can complete the activities directly on the computer, or print out to use if you would like. There's even a free trial issue that you can print to see what this fantastic four page newspaper is all about.

So, what are you waiting for? Get on the site by clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above and begin boning up on your science  - I mean your kid's science - I mean have your kids get on to bone up on their science - oh you know what I mean! And while your on the site, don't forget to order your subscription(s). The cost is only $19.95 for each single subscriptions. Your kids will love you for it.

Other members of the TOS Homeschool Crew reviewed Science Weekly and you can find out what they had to say by clicking here. Happy Home Educating!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was sent free copies of every level of Science Weekly along with the Teacher Notes in order to try out and review on my blog.

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Updated: Sunday, 10 April 2011 10:18 PM CDT
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