Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer Reading, Part 2

Back for a few more book recommendations!

Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen- All of this author's books could best be described as "whimsical."  They are light but still different enough to be intriguing and keep my interest.  I have since read her other books (The Girl Who Chased the Moon and The Sugar Queen) and enjoyed those too, but this one is definitely the best!  It looks like she has a new one out called The Peach Keeper.  I will be checking this one out soon!

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova- By far, this is one of the most compelling books I have ever read.  It is the story of a Alice, a fifty-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease.  Honestly, I never would have read this if my mom hadn't recommended it.  I was sucked in from the beginning.  The story is told directly from Alice's point of view, and the nuances into her mind gave me such a different perspective into a disease I had never really thought much about.  A must-read for sure!





Morning Glory, by LaVyrle Spencer- Secret confession time: growing up in the Hampton house, LaVyrle Spence was a household name.  As in, we were on a first-name basis.  As in, "Hey, what did you do with my LaVyrle?"  Or, "I left my LaVyrle upstairs. Could you run up and get it?" Or, "Oh no!  This is LaVyrle's last book... what are we going to read now???"  Yes, it is sad.  And yes, if you had to classify her books into a genre, they could only be put into the romance category.  (And the "classics" category- ha ha!)  But seriously, several of her books are some of the sweetest stories I have ever read, and not like those books with half-naked people on the cover or anything.  My mom and I have read Morning Glory probably ten and four times, respectively (or not respectively, for those of you who think that's pathetic).  It gets me every time.  Other "classics" by LaVyrle: Vows (my second fave), Then Came Heaven (I'm going to have to read this again just thinking about it!), and Years (oh my goodness, I want to cry just remembering it).
I have actually never seen it with this cover... it must be a re-release since the cover I remember looks much more like this: 

Ha ha!  Classic 80's!

Give them a read and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homecoming

I am sorry for my very extended absence!  Jonah and I have been back in town for a few days now, but we're still getting back in the swing of things (a.k.a. I've been doing laundry for three days).  I am so thankful for our little family to be together again, but we had such a wonderful time in Kentucky!  For those of you who are stay-at-home moms, you know that being "by yourself" (I know the baby is with you, but come on, you're not getting a lot of stimulating conversation there) can wear on you after a while.  The best part of being at home was having company all the time.  My mom was with me almost every minute of the day, and besides being my best friend and one of the funniest people I know, she is a super-woman with the baby.  She fed him, changed him, and sang to him for hours.  Every afternoon she would tell me to go spend some time at the pool while she would stay back with Jonah while he napped (I only took her up on it a few times... haha!).  

My dad really spoiled us, too!  He is an amazing cook, and catered (see what I did there??) to any dinner request I had.  He took Jonah on walks and let us take the golf cart for rides every day, which was Jonah's favorite thing.  I am so thankful for having such a supportive family.  My younger brother Tripp was home for the month of June in between acting jobs, so we got to spend two weeks together for the first time in years.  Jonah had so much fun with Uncle Tripp!




 
I have more to tell about our travels coming soon.  I promise I'll update more frequently now that we're home! 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Firsts on July 1st

Jonah turned six months old this week!  I cannot believe how fast it has gone by.  Today especially, I realized how big he is getting... he sat up by himself today and drank from a sippy cup for the first time!  We propped him up and he put his little arms out and used them to balance.  He just grinned and looked around like, "Look what I can do, Mom!"  And then I started crying.  Ha ha!  I should back up a little bit and explain that Jonah and I are visiting my family in Kentucky for a few weeks and we are having a great time, but I was so upset that Jay missed this milestone!  We will see Jay in about a week and a half and by then, Jonah will have perfected his new trick for his daddy.  We miss him soooo much!

Jonah is so much fun right now!  He has his daddy's laid-back personality still, and he is a very content baby.  In the past two weeks, he's started putting anything and everything in his mouth.  I'd been expecting him to start doing this for a couple of months now, but I think he is starting to teethe now and needs that comfort for his gums.  Jonah LOVES people.  He is content to stare at our faces for long periods of time, and he often reaches out to touch and inspect for himself.  It is precious!  He's also just discovered his toes.  He doesn't put them in his mouth, he just kind of holds on to them a lot in the stroller and carseat.  Also, he almost always crosses his feet at the ankles, which just cracks me up. 

He is definitely getting spoiled here in Kentucky!  He is being passed around all the time and we are running around visiting friends and family every day.  He's been a real trooper!  One of his favorite activities since we've been here is taking an evening golf cart ride.  He holds out his arms and squeals and laughs the whole time.  He's started grabbing the steering wheel now too! 

We've really been trying to stick to our schedule as much as possible, but it isn't always easy.  The biggest difficulty we've run in to is that Jonah has started waking up a few times during the night.  Most of the time I just go in after a while and comfort him, and I'll usually feed him once.  But this Mommy is getting EXHAUSTED!  It's been going on too long to be a growth spurt, and I've tried dropping his third nap but he gets so cranky and it doesn't seem to make a difference.  Any tips, Moms??

Jonah has officially been on a four-hour schedule for about a month now! I noticed he didn't seem to want/need to eat every three hours anymore, so I just tried to delay his feedings one day, and he had no problem! It's amazing how much difference just that one hour makes. A typical day: wake up at 8:30, nurse, eat cereal, play, nap around 9:45, wake up around 12:00, nurse at 12:30, play/run errands, nap at 2:00 or so, wake up around 4:15, nurse at 4:30, eat cereal, short nap from 6:30-7:00, hang out with the family/bath, nurse at 8:15, bed at 8:30 (and then wake up for no reason about 55 times during the night- ha ha!). My most precious times of day are getting Jonah up in the morning or getting him up from a nap. He is always just overjoyed to see me (or whoever else gets him)- it is the BEST feeling in the world! Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace through these blessings!

Showing us how he can sit up!


My big boy drinking from a cup!

Had to sneak this one in there- my good-lookin' husband!

Enjoying the golf cart

Good times with family and friends

Crossing those ankles!