Friday, September 20, 2019

family "hike"

C said our family "hike" wasn't a hike or a climb, but a walk, but let me tell you, it felt like a hike.  Maybe I should exercise more.

After church on Sunday we took a Chipotle picnic (is there any other way to picnic?) to Rising Park. Then we "hiked" Mt. Pleasant.

We see you, Columbus!

Family picture

With Dex bringing up the rear. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It's no wonder he struggled to go down for his morning nap.

Yes, Dex is still taking two naps.  We tried to get him to quit the morning nap (on a Sunday no less) and he wasn't ready. When he doesn't get two naps, no one is happy.  So we're still enjoying him taking a morning and afternoon nap (especially when the big kids are at school). He struggled to go down on Wednesday and I couldn't figure it out, but looking back I think I know the reason...

Friday, September 13, 2019

My Favorite Books This Summer

I'm in a wee bit of a reading slump because I just finished one of my favorite books in a long time. I've got a handful of books with potential on hold at the library, but while I wait, here's what I really loved this summer.

Where the Crawdads Sing
I loved loved loved this book and while I wish I would've read it earlier, I'm also glad I didn't because it was so enjoyable I didn't want it to end. I initially wasn't interested because I don't do murder books, but this book is so much more.  I also didn't read it while I was at the beach, because I love the marsh and thought it'd be a good post-beach "settling back in to reality, but missing the southern coast" book.  And guess what? It was.

Burn Down the Ground 
I read Educated at the end of Spring and enjoyed it (especially the second and third part) and was recommend this by my mom as a similar book.  I loved this so much more than educated for so many reasons.  C and I have an agreement that we'll each read one book selected for us to read by the other. A book we normally wouldn't read and also a book that the other really enjoyed.  This is the book that I'm choosing for him (it was a tie between this and Where the Crawdads Sing, but he decided to go ahead and read that one on his own...he too is a lover of the south and the marsh).

Eevie Drake Starts Over
I picked this up because I love baseball. It's a little For the Love of the Game, but also very different. This is also along the lines of what I normally read, not complete romance, but a little bit.

Little Fires Everywhere
I read this over the 4th of July and couldn't put it down. While it's a novel, I kept wiki-ing different things about the history of Shaker Heights (I love the Cleveland connection).

Other books I enjoyed include The Hightide Club (my first Mary Kay Andrews book), The Unhoneymooners (more along the lines of what I read the most), and The Flatshare. I'm thinking based on my favorite reads this summer I'm officially a big girl reader now...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

not the first post I was planning on instead I tell you I have a bullet journal and am watching Succession

The people have spoken (all five of you) on my instastory poll and requested the blog come back. So here we are.

I plan to share the top three or four (I thought it was four but I can't remember what number four was) books from this summer tomorrow or Thursday. I've written it in my bullet journal (since Monday) so it'll get done. 

Yes, I started a bullet journal. So far I've been decent on keeping it up, but I also started simple.  A monthly calendar (that I drew whopper-jawed thanks to my inability to count); weekly meal plan that can be moved around with post its; weekly goals, prayers, and inspiration; and daily to dos (always exercise, read, and devotions with sections for daily to do lists and gratitude.

It's going to be 90 here all this week. The pool is closed and our baby pool has a hole in it (I think) so we'll be running through the sprinkler.

We've stared watching Succession on HBO. I liken it to Arrested Development but with really rich people. It's getting dark so I'm not wanting to binge it, but I am enjoying it.

That's it for now. Wanted to leave you with an uninteresting post so you know the next can only be better.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

summer reading list

I'm trying to push myself a bit this summer (the rest of the year, really) and read books that I don't normally read (anything that isn't chick-lit), beacuase as it turns out, I like a lot of types of books. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to get all crazy and read fantasy books (no thank you, Twilight), but I like grown up novels and true stories (I'm told we call those "non-fiction").

So far I've read 21 books this year and of those some were for grown ups (and really good):

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Little Fires Everywhere

And in my current reading pile:

Where the Crawdads Sing
The Last Mrs. Parrish
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Burn Down the Ground
Evvie Drake Starts Over
The Flatshare

Please submit suggestions!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

just keep swimming, just keep swimming

We spent 9+ hours at the pool this weekend (6 trips, 2+ hours each time) because Monkey is making great strides in the water.  Friday night she swam down to the five foot (grabbing my hand when she needed breaks) and by lunch on Saturday she was jumping in and swimming to the ladder.  She's also jumping into the deep end (12 feet deep) if someone is in there with her. No diving board yet, but I know it's just around the corner.

How's GMac doing, you ask? He still thinks if he gets his face wet he's drowning, but he is getting in the water and playing, just not getting his face wet.