News on Release of Minecraft for Xbox One!

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Oh my goodness. We got the Xbox One for Christmas last year and from that day forward, my kids have been stalking IGN, Twitter, all kinds of forums, an the sweet guys at our favorite GameStop location for any hint at a release date for Minecraft. It’s been a long wait and finally there is news! This morning, 4J Studios tweeted this:

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The Xbox One version will be released on “an unspecified date” in August.

Joy! The wait is almost over!

As a parent, I will state right now that after this long wait and the years of love my kids have put into this game, I will give them many, many guilt-free hours in front of the TV as they create new and wonderful things in their Minecraft worlds.

What’s extra awesome and (in my opinion) has made the wait worthwhile:

If you already bought the 360 version Minecraft from the Live Marketplace or on disc, you won’t be paying the full price of $19.99 when the Xbox One version is released. It will only cost you $4.99!

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Annnnd and annnnnddd if you have worlds saved in the 360 edition, you can import them into the Xbox One edition.

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I found this out at Epoch News. For more details on not only Xbox One version, but also PS3, PS Vita,and PS4, check out this article.

Oh, you want a pair of Minecraft shoes like the ones at the top of this post? Check out my tutorial on how to make them. Alex has long since outgrown his and I have a feeling we may be making another pair or three before the release in August to help pass the time and feed the excitement.

In the meantime, will you be giving your kids the news or are you going to let it be a surprise when the big day comes in August? Do you play Minecraft with your kids? I confess….I don’t. I love seeing what they build, but I’ve played it very little. I will admit, though, to the many, many hours I spend playing Titanfall, Call of Duty Ghosts, and Call of Duty Black Ops II Zombies. Titanfall is my #1 love, but I play COD with Alex every single night before bed.

Dreamy Photos of Elliott

Since big brother is camera-shy again these days, Elliott has had to be such a trooper while I snap photo after photo of her.

I made her this dress a month or two ago with the intention of doing kind of a dreamy-feeling little photo session with her.  It’s been hanging in her closet ever since.  Until today.

The dress is simply a variation of my halter top tutorial.  I used leftover quilt squares from when I made her rag quilt and pieced together the skirt.  Then I added folded layers of tulle over the bodice and a little tulle ruffle at the hem.

We in North Texas are in a terrible state of drought and most everywhere you look, it’s brown.  Dead and dying vegetation doesn’t make for pretty photo backgrounds, but I managed to find a pretty green spot for her to have a little tea party.  I turned her loose and she helped herself and her friend Squishy to some tea.

Not pictured: Squishy.

Also to be noted: Squishy is a large stuffed elephant.

 

 

 

This child of mine doesn’t stay put for long, though.  The tea party soon ended and she was all over the place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a sucker for these pretty little feet!  Long, thin, dainty and lovely.  They dance and they dance and they dance.  I love to think about all the places they’ll take her over the years.  Maybe one day they’ll be in pointe shoes.  And what will her first pair of heels look like?  What kind of shoes will she wear to her wedding?  I picture these feet grown and shoeless, pacing for hours in the middle of the night in circles around her dining room table, desperately trying to soothe a colicky baby.

Or were those my pacing feet?  And was she the baby only a few years ago?

Oh.  Oh, my baby girl.

Oh no.  Now I’m all verklempt.  Talk amongst yourselves.

Photography: The Kids In My Life

Photos.  I love ‘em.  I do.  I like to look at ‘em.  I like to take ‘em.  I especially enjoy taking photos of the kiddos in my life and just want to share some shots I’ve taken recently.

My Alex:

 

 

 

My Elliott:

 

 

 

 

My step-daughter Mazzy:

 

 

The three of them:

 

 

And some of my cousins’ kiddos:

Porter:

 

 

Porter’s little sister Molly:

 

 

Anna:

 

 

Cason:

 

 

Gavin:

 

 

And Gavin’s mommy, Kelly.  While she’s not a kid, being around her makes me feel like one.  She’s my cousin, but more like a sister.  We grew up as each others’ other neighbors way out in the country and spent just about every waking moment of our childhood together.  We’re 8 months apart (yeah, yeah–I’m the older one) and have been BFFs since we were bitty.  She’s rad and I love her.  Since I’ve been feeling extra sappy and extra bonded with her lately, I had to throw her in the mix, too.

 

 

So there you have it — my amateur photography and just part of my beautiful family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome, Sneaks!

Our neighbors’ cat recently had a litter of 5 kittens on a dark and stormy night.  I got to go over just long enough to witness the birth of the 4th kitten and, as you can imagine, I was instantly in love.   After 8 weeks, we felt like he was ready to leave his little kitty family and movie in with us.

Meet SneakAway, aka “Sneaks”.

My little model couldn’t stay awake for pictures.

I cannot handle the sweetness of itty bitty kitty paw pads!

And, oh!  The itty bitty kitty nose!

And floppy kitty paws slay me.

Turns our our sweet Ginger girl cannot resist him, either.  Ginger is almost 2 years old.  We adopted her from the Humane Society 11 months ago and she’s been nothing short of angelic ever since.  As you can see, she’s fully taking on the role of his Other Mommy.  He nurses.  She lets him.  They’re both getting emotional fulfillment out of the arrangement.  It’s good.

And they live happily ever after.

Meanwhile, Back on the Ranch…

Okay, this is the last Colorado post.  You can all breathe easy now.  Whew!

On our last day in the mountains, the kids and I went horseback riding at Triple B Ranch.

A) The ranch is lovely.

B)  The horses on the ranch are lovely.

C)  The people on the ranch are lovely.

Seriously, we were thrilled with every detail of our visit and ride at the ranch and I hope to go ride with them again sometime.  Good people, I tell ya.

As long as you’re over 48″ tall, you can do the trail ride, so while the older two kids and I met our horses, Elliott waited for her turn to ride around the arena.

First, I met my horse.  Her name is Misty and by the end of our ride, I was begging the wrangler to just let me ride her back home to Texas.  She was perfect, sweet, and beautiful and nearly lulled me to sleep in no time.

Then, Alex met his horse.  Her name was Cookie and she was pretty awesome, too.

And Mazzy rode Star.  Star was the sweetest little slowpoke!  She’d stop and rest and just take her time.  If I lived where she lived, I’d probably not be in too big of a hurry, either.

We got our instructions from Kelly, the best wrangler in the world.

And we headed out.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Elliott met and fell madly in love with her horse Lexie.  Note the pink leading rope (that is a leading rope, right?  My horse knowledge is beyond rusty.) that thrilled Elliott to no end.

She rode circles in the arena with the other best wrangler in the world and managed to discuss every topic under the sun–and maybe even more–with her while they rode.  Elliott and Lexie became the best of friends.  I think Elliott has a lot of cowgirl in her blood.

She had to give Lexie lots of love before saying her goodbyes.

We spent the rest of the afternoon getting lunch and doing touristy shopping in Manitou Springs before we headed home to the cabin to pack up and head out.

And that, my friends, is that.

Thanks for sharing our Colorado journey with me.