- Complications by Atul Gawande
- Insider by Olivia Cunning (NOTE: This is the first book of the Exodus End. The band featured has made a cameo in her previous series - book list is here.)
- Opening Up by Lauren Dane (NOTE: This is the first book in her Ink and Chrome series. You can find more information here.)
- Unraveled by Lorelei James (NOTE: This is the third book in the Mastered series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is the first book in the Cedar Ridge series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Kiss Me by Susan Mallery (NOTE: This is part of the Fool's Gold series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Holding Holly and Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh (NOTE: This is part of the Love and Football series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Master of Freedom by Cherise Sinclair (NOTE: This is part of the Mountain Masters and Dark Haven series. The order of which can be found here.)
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Little Miss and I watched Alexander which was an adorable, silly family movie. Then, Husband saw the first movie in years in the theater. He put his money where his mouth is and followed his girl, Amy Schumer, to her big screen debut. It was a pretty hilarious movie. I'd see it again just to catch the jokes we missed from laughing so hard. It's a bit naughty for those who don't like those types of films though. Friends and I saw Magic Mike XXL, and it is a movie you need to see with girlfriends. It was fun and silly and everything you'd expect.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Little Miss has always had questions about, well, everything. So, following up baby talk with periods seemed natural. Luckily, she hasn't bridged the gap between the cycle and birth and asked about that yet. She is totally disgusted by the entire menstruation process. She is also really angry that it seems that girls have to deal with this and boys do not. I'm hoping that she forgets about it for awhile. Otherwise, she'll waste these next few years being an angry emotional stress ball. If I have to deal with all those emotions, there better be hormones attached to them and not just because the world is unjust. She should start to work fighting gender inequality some other way. I don't think she'll win a battle over Mother Nature.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Little Miss took a few days to travel with her cousin and my parents. Captain was pretty good without her and loves the attention. However, he did spend time looking at her bed and playing with her things. He was extremely excited when she returned though. For convenience, we put him into bed a few minutes before her. He screamed his head off for 10 minutes. He'd stop crying whenever she came into the bedroom and then start up whenever she left. As soon as I tucked her in and left, he was more than content with his big sister in his sights and stopped crying in the middle of a sob and fell asleep. Vacation should be interesting. They're sleeping in separate bedrooms. I don't know if there's a cure for Little Brother Syndrome, but he has an aggressive case of it.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The next day, Husband played golf with a friend's husband while Captain, my friend and I went to her pool. It was really nice, and the pool was beautiful. Little Miss was in Florida with my family. We had a lovely dinner at my friend's house before heading home.
The third weekend, I met friends for Thai and then we went to see a movie. After, I got to pick up Little Miss after a week away. It was nice to have her home, and everyone was thrilled to see her - but no one more so than Captain!
The fourth weekend, we mostly just ran some errands - Target, the library, the grocery store. It was busy and hot, but Little Miss loves to just drive around and be helpful.
Towards the end of the month, I took some time off. I took a half day and brought Little Miss to work with me. She loves coming to work. She watched a movie and mostly hung out and write me little notes. My parents met me at my office after lunch. Then, we all went to The National Building Museum which I've never been to before. There is a "beach" exhibit currently which is basically a giant ball pit. It was insane. It's been many years since I've been in a ball pit, and it was much easier as a kid from what I remember. Little Miss made a friend, and had a blast though. We had dinner and then headed home.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Little Miss has been writing in a journal all summer. The teacher gave her some suggested topics. One topic was If I were the President, I would... This is what she wrote:
Make sure everyone can go to a good and safe school. Make sure everyone can go everywhere. Give moms and dads more time off to be with their kid. Make sure everybody does the right stuff. Make sure everyone has food. Give kids Monday off.I've really enjoyed the writing assignments because it's really given us insight to what she thinks about. I'm feeling much better about taking a day off to do some sightseeing with just my Little Miss next week now.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Last night, Little Miss said she wished she and Captain were the same age because she wanted to know what it was like to be a baby. I explained that you forget what it's like to be a baby because memory and language isn't developed enough. I could tell her what it was like for me when she was a baby, but no one can really know what it was like for her as a baby. She then rambles and said she wanted to adopt a baby. I gently told her that that's a great idea, but we are a two-child household and all done. She corrected me and said, "No. I want to adopt when I'm older because I don't want stitches."
Ah. I told her that was still a good idea, and she can do what she chooses. I then told her that you don't have to get stitches if you have a baby. That was only one way babies are born. So, of course, she asked what the other way was. So, I told her. Her eyes got very big. Then, she pretended to throw up. A second passed. Another. She then says, "But how does a baby fit?" I told her that the passage stretches to accommodate a baby when it's time.
Then, the eye rolling and (fake) gagging really went into high gear.
I'm glad that I didn't have to explain how they got there in the first place. And also glad that I don't have to worry about grandkids for awhile.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Seriously, feeding children is the bane of my existence. I hate it. I'm thrilled that Captain is not a picky eater. I'm thankful that he doesn't throw his food like his sister. However, I forgot how messy self-feeding is. Last week, I gave him shrimp salsa for dinner (recipe posted last week). I picked out the onions and gave him the tomato, shrimp and avocado. I also microwaved some frozen corn up for him. I fussed around while he sat in his chair eating.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Little Miss has been gone for a little over a week. She went to Florida with my family. Captain missed her greatly. He had trouble sleeping and just wasn't quite himself. His face lit up when she walked in the room. However, he has enjoyed getting Daddy time. Normally, Little Miss is a Daddy's Girl so Captain is stuck with me. He's been enjoying uninterrupted Daddy time and space. He was not happy to share the lap. However, he loved having Little Miss read to him before bed again and have her walk him around and play with him. They play so well together and so quietly. They'll just sit on the floor and talk, and she'll "teach" him things. I wonder how close they'll be when they're older with the age and gender difference, but they have a strong foundation at least.
Friday, July 17, 2015
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Suddenly One Summer by Julie James (NOTE: Julie James has many recurring characters, but she writes so you can pick up her books at any point. There is a cameo by a character from a previous book, but this one stands alone more than others.)
- The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Little Miss is in Disney this week with my family (Parents, Sister, Nephew, Aunt, Uncle, and one cousin and his girlfriend). It seems like she's having a blast. We certainly miss her - and no one more than her brother. We get her back this weekend.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- Inside Out
- Captain America: Winter Soldier
- A Million Ways to Die in the West
- Edge of Tomorrow
Monday, July 13, 2015
This shrimp salsa was super tasty! I did add avocado and you could probably add black beans. I'd add a little more salt than I did, but the cilantro made the whole dish. Unless you hate cilantro, then obviously don't add it.
Skinny Shrimp Salsa
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: a little over 1/2 cup • Old Points: 2 pt • Points+: 2 pts Calories: 74.9 • Fat: 0.9 g • Protein: 12.5 g • Carb: 4.4 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Sugar: 0.2 g Sodium: 278.2 mg
- 16 oz cooked peeled shrimp
- diced fine 4 vine ripe tomatoes
- diced fine 6 tbsp red onion
- finely diced 3 tbsp jalapenos, diced fine (more or less to taste)
- 2 tbsp minced cilantro
- 2 limes, juice of (or more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
I let it sit overnight, and it made a big difference. I didn't add jalapenos because I'm a baby. I kind of really eyeballed it. It did make a lot. We fed 4 adults and a baby/toddler and had a LOT leftover.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The second week in June was fun! A friend and I saw Mumford & Sons and had a blast. On Friday, the In-Laws, Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law, the nephews and the four of us went for Asian food. The food was plentiful. We did not give the baby sushi, but he liked edamame and tempura. The next night, we went out with our friends. Husband went golfing with the boys. A friend, Sister and I went to a brunch that was fantastic. Then, we met Sister-in-Law at the movies. After, we met up with the boys for happy hour and kept hopping from there. It was a lot of fun. On Sunday, we went to my parents' pool.
In the last weekend, we went to Sister's house on Saturday to celebrate my dad's birthday. The kids baked brownies. I went to the mall to pick up Little Miss's flower girl dress for Sister's wedding next year. Then, we all just had an enjoyable evening. On Sunday, I met friends for lunch and some girl time.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Who needs sleep?
Captain has been waking up at around 2AM for the last few nights. He generally wakes up at 11PM, but he's in bed again shortly after. Lately, he's shifted that to 2AM. Last night, he was up at 2AM and then around 3:30AM. He ate a little at 2AM and then napped with me and then woke up again to eat. Husband came in to watch him for a second shift. So. Tired.
Also, Men, don't go around telling women they look tired. They will snap and kill you. WE ALWAYS LOOK BEAUTIFUL! A vendor came to visit yesterday and told me I looked tired. No kidding. Now get out.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I slept funny all night and my neck and shoulder are killing me. Little Miss looks up at me and says, sweetly, "Mommy, I'm sorry your neck hurts."
I thanked her.
Then, she says, "But my stomach hurts which is worse."
Monday, June 15, 2015
Little Miss and I were talking. She just came home from a sleepover with the inlaws and three little cousins (almost 5 years old and 2 1-year-olds). She mentioned that she wasn't sure she wanted kids. They were a lot of work. I said I understood. It's her choice. I asked if she wanted to get married. She said no. I asked if she wanted to have a boyfriend or girlfriend. She said, "Well, there is someone who already said we're going to get married."
Now, we're talking. So, I push a little more but still stay conversational. She goes on to say that it's the same little boy last year who said they were going to get married. However, there's been a constant boy who is pushing for a date when they turn 18. She kind of thinks they're both a little silly (as well she should). I asked her what she thought. She said, "Well, I like them, but I don't like LOVE them, you know?"
Ugh. She's so grown up.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Little Miss. She is becoming so mouthy and hyper. She either wants to lose herself in YouTube or ignore adults. We've been cracking down lately because we can't handle the attitude.
Lately, she's been also mentioning that she's fat. Of course, we tell her she is not. She can see that clothes hang off her body and never fit her waist. Her eating has become a little more difficult than usual, but then she'll turn it around sometimes. She eats a decent lunch, but it's mostly fruits and vegetables. I worry that it's not filling her up, but she seems to be good. I pack her a lot. Her lunch today was cucumber, grapes, crackers, pretzels, and a peach. I threw in a granola bar, too. She'll buy her lunch occasionally. Last week was chicken and waffles which is crazy to this northern girl, but Little Miss loved it.
Little Miss still loves her brother. She entertains him, calms him, and reads to him every night until he falls asleep. It helps get her reading in and helps him fall asleep so it's win-win. They eat dinner together. He's a much better eater. Last night, he was going through plate after plate after plate of food and, when Husband sat down, Captain let him know he was still hungry. Husband said, "How are you out of food already?" Little Miss looked at him and said, "He's insane, Bro!"
I can't even.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Facebook has this little exercise right now. I sat down to go through it all with Little Miss tonight. It was eye-opening, but she does know me pretty well.
P.S. Theres a blank copy in the comment section!
I love you.
When you're away from the us (the kids).
When you tickle me.
You looked a lot like me now.
4 1/2 feet (sadly, not too off)
Sleep (also, not too far off)
You hang out.
Being a boss in Virginia.
Remember when we were coming home from school with Christopher and we got a letter from St. Jude's asking us for something. You do that.
You care about me.
Snow White - your face and you have the same hair
We do fun things - play games.
I'm half Korean and you're Korean.
I'm half Polish, and you're not.
You say it everyday.
He is nice.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
- No Limits by Lori Foster (NOTE: This is part of the Ultimate series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Hold Me by Susan Mallery (NOTE: This is part of the Fool's Gold series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Texting Under the Influence by Cara Lockwood
- Holding Strong by Lori Foster (NOTE: This is part of the Ultimate series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Back to You by Lauren Dane (NOTE: This is part of the Hurley Boys series. The order of which can be found here.)
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Let's see. We had a ridiculously busy May. The first weekend, we had our annual Kentucky Derby party which involved crazy cleaning and cooking. We had chicken parm, pasta, egg rolls, salads, a wide range of foods. Then, some stayed for the fight. It was a lot of fun. The next day, I met a friends for lunch which was always fun.
The third weekend in May, I took the kids to the park. Little Miss met up with a friend there by chance and had a blast. Captain did not like the slide and couldn't really do much as he's not quite walking yet. Also, we got eaten up by mosquitoes which was unfortunate.
On Sunday, Little Miss had a playdate in the morning. So, I dropped her off before taking Captain to The Taste of Arlington. It was very hot, but he was a trooper. I gave him doughnuts and a lot of other tastes. I would have given him chili, but that was scalding hot so I was a good mama instead. Later, I picked up Little Miss, dropped Captain at home and took her to Taste of Arlington in the evening so she could play games and try some food. Lots of good food. I refused to stand in long lines which is why I like to go when it opens, but there were some great restaurants there. I felt the variety was better than in the past, but the lines are still obnoxious after 2PM.
The fourth week of the month, we hung out at Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's pool with the In-laws. It was great. The weather was a bit cool, but the kids went in the pool anyway. We ate a lot and chatted. On Sunday, we went wedding dress shopping with Sister. We were all very successful. She chose a dress. The attendants chose dresses, and we have an idea of what to do for Little Miss. On Monday, we hit the driving range before going to my parents' pool. Captain walked around the baby pool for a long time, fighting sleep. Little Miss had a good time, but I think she missed someone to play with.
The last weekend in May, Little Miss and I woke early to clean up the school's courtyard. Every bug seemed to get a taste of me. After, we wanted to go to the pool, but we were too tired (read that as I was too tired). So, I took a nap and chose to do nothing instead.
On Sunday, Little Miss woke up sick so she stayed on the couch with Husband while she recovered. I took Captain to my parents' house so he could see my grandparents. They were tickled by him - as they should be. It was an exhausting month. June seems busy but not nearly as busy.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Month of sequels, I guess. I did not like 22 Jump Street as much as the first one. I didn't like Pitch Perfect 2 as much as the first one. I thought Avengers was good, maybe only marginally less than the first one. It was darker, not as much fun as the first one, but it was still good. I think it was definitely above Little Miss's attention span and maturity level even if she loves Scarlet Witch.
Friday, May 22, 2015
The baby is still refusing to walk as a main mode of transportation though he has demonstrated that he has the ability, just not the desire. That's fine. Little Miss walked at 14-15 months.
That out of the way, I've been working with him on using a cup for 6 months now. He never holds his bottle so it's been a challenge to get him to hold a cup. He'll drink from a sippy cup if I hold it for him, but I'm not going to hold his cup for him. I had a hard spout and a flexible spout. He greeted with the same level of enthusiasm - none. He got pretty good at throwing the cups, too. So, a week ago, a friend suggested these cups. I purchased, and they delivered yesterday. This morning, I gave him some water, and he picked up the cup and drank. Just like that! It'll take awhile before I'll take him off the bottle completely only because it's day one with the cup. I'll keep his milk in a bottle until he starts to really intake liquids from the cup and then make the switch.
He's great at eating any and all food. He's just bad at figuring out when to chew and swallow so, with meats in particular, he chokes and vomits which is lovely. My thought is that's the only way he's going to learn to shove less food in his mouth. In the meantime, we're limiting how much food is on his tray so he can't overstuff. There's not much food he won't eat though he loves Cheerios (as do all kids). Shortly, I'll be able to cook him up some toddler food, but I don't think he's there yet. I do roast him veggies and give those to him. He likes the sweet potatoes and black bean mix, but he just really enjoys any food that we're eating. Makes him feel like a big boy and so proud of himself.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Little Miss, Captain, and I were walking home yesterday. Little Miss is literally poking her brother. He hates it. He's pushing her away and fussing. So, I tell her to stop. He's telling her he doesn't like it. She says, "But I'm the big sister. I'm supposed to bug him." I told her, as a big sister, I understood, but as the mom, I have to tell her to stop.
And that began an entire evening where she acted like my sole purpose was to ruin her life.
Husband often asks how the two of us will be when she turns a teenager. I told him it won't be a problem. One of us won't last that long.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
On his actual birthday, as tradition dictates, I got him an overpriced cupcake. He was hesitant to eat it at first until Husband put a piece of frosting in his mouth. After that, he inhaled the entire thing. He was done very quickly. While he was eating, he also went to work on the other end and was a giant stinky mess at the end. Husband chose the diaper end, and I chose to clean up the high chair. It took us both about 20 minutes to get everything and everyone back to their original shape.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
To be honest, I have a little of Maleficient left, but I plan on watching it tonight. I'm glad we rented Muppets Most Wanted. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as fun as the previous. Slow movie month, but it's the beginning of a very busy Spring. Hopefully, with a few good ones in May, I can pick that up. I have a few on DVR waiting to be watched, too.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
- Still the One by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is part of the Animal Magnetism series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Love After All by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Hope series. The order of which can be found here.)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Hard Knocks by Lori Foster (NOTE: This is part of the Ultimate series. The order of which can be found here.)