Our Morning Devotional has taken a turn for the best.  We have ironed out the wrinkles and have developed a Routine that works!  Our mornings now consist of magic!
Picture courtesy of Jennifer Polivka
Picture-Mosaic Rock Art by Jennifer Polivka
 
I spent many a Summer with my grandparents growing up.  And I can remember one special tradition my grandparents began for me was that of celebrating my "unbirthday".  As Neologistic a tradition it may have been it has sparked the beginnings of a new tradition we do with our children:  Half Birthdays - or unbirthdays to some.I'm thinking you may remember being 7 (or perhaps as young as 3) and claiming your mark on being at the halfway point yourself.  Meaning you were older than that of the other kids your age at only 7 years old.  You were in fact, 7 AND a half!  And that, my friend, was a BIG deal.

Well, just like when we were 7...or any age thereat...when that 6 month mark rolled around, it meant something.  And with our children it means a little something more.  It means some special one-on-one time with either parent of their choosing...a celebration of sorts.  And tonight marked the night of celebrating Dagyn's 1/2 Birthday!  7 and a HALF, that is to all you 7 year olds out there.

We started off getting dinner at Sonic  Not a regular thing at our house - eating out that is.  So that is special in and of itself.

Once our tummies were full, we headed over to the $2 Theatre for a showing of the 3rd Chronicles of Narnia movie.  Such a good movie...it has inspired me to read the books to the kids soon.

When the movie got out we hit the Double-Decker Carousel inside the mall.
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After Dagyn tamed the Dragon on the DD Carousel...
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There was a quick wish at the fountain to hope for great things
as she finishes the year off right and then we headed home.
But not before we topped things off with an Oreo Shake...
Mmm, Yummy!
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In closing, I shall leave you with the Mad Hatter & March Hare as they sing, A Very Merry Unbirthday. 

Oh, and to all of you out there...a Very Merry Unbirthday to you! 
Yes, you!
 

Cowboy Night!
Dinner, A Movie & a Recipe

What Cowboy Dinner would be complete without some Cowboy Beans, Cowboy Salad, some good ol' Cowboy Cornbread and a Cowboy Flick?
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Tonight we thought we'd rustle up some good ol' grub.  So Cookie (Chris) made up sum of his Cowboy Beans and his pretty lil' missy put together this here Cowboy Salad, finished off by some six-shooter Cornbread.
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Cowboy Salad Recipe:

Ingredients:
(The original recipe called for much smaller amounts of the ingredients.  But, with our rather large Cowboy Posse, I ended up beefing things up a bit.  I also added cilantro.  I suppose you could opt not to put in the cilantro...but, I think that's what made this recipe taste so good.)

1 Head of Chopped Cabbage
5 Seeded & Chopped Green Chilies (I used canned whole chilies)
1/2 of a Large Sweet Onion, Chopped
1 can Diced Tomatoes, Drained
Chopped Cilantro (I used a handful)
Vinegar to Taste (I used Rice Wine Vinegar but I suppose any would do)
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a large salad bowl.  Add vinegar, salt & pepper.  Refrigerate.  Will keep for several days.

And there you have it cowpokes...easy peasy.  Serve with some Cowboy Beans and some Cowboy (six-shooter) Cornbread and you have a meal fit for any Rowdy Rustler or Gun Slinger.

Enjoy Cowboys!  It's time for some John Wayne on the movie picture show. G'night Y'all!
 
I came across this great book list for children (and adults alike) on a blog that is amazing!  Karen is definitely a "like-minded" gal and her blog, The Tale of Our Quest, is chuck full of wonderful things.  I read it often to gain inspiration.  You should go check it out...just as soon as you read over these Good Books that we plan on adding to our list of reads...

 
Here are a few Christmas-time shots of the family put into a slide show that I forgot to post (amongst numerous other posts waiting in cue).