Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sweet Pea is Three!

Three years ago today, in what has to be one of the quickest and easiest deliveries on record (OK, maybe not but for me it was!), our third little girl joined our family.
She was an easy going baby.
Not quite so easy going as a toddler. But boy, did she have style!
Now our Sweet Pea marches to the beat of a different drum on a regular basis.
And we wouldn't have her any other way.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Things Fen Would Rather Do

A list, in no particular order, of things Fen would rather do than take a much needed nap:

1. Cry indignantly because he can't believe Aunt Karen is so mean.
2. Try to get into the dog food. Try harder to get a bit in his mouth before being caught.
3. Knock all the books off the bottom of the bookshelf.
4. Get stuck under a kitchen chair.
5. Eat a jar of baby food. Get as messy as possible, being sure to wipe sleeve on face before Aunt Karen gets a wash cloth.
6. Drain a baby bottle whilst contorting as much as possible, upside down, sideways, feet in the air, etc.
7. Dump out the toy basket. Ignore all baby toys for something Sweet Pea should not have put in this basket.
8. Sit in the high chair and throw anything in reach to the floor. Laugh. Repeat.
9. Try to get Cousin Polly's attention while she's reading. ("Hey! Why aren't you looking at me?")
10. Be as cute as possible so Aunt Karen will just give up and lay down with me. Sleep soundly until she moves a single muscle.

(By the way, the above picture is not an actual baby bed. It belongs to the girls' dolls but we like putting Fen into things to take pictures of him. It's the only way to keep him from crawling out of the picture.)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Days

We remember not the summer
For it was long ago.
We remember not the summer
In this whirling blinding snow.
I will leave this frozen region,
I will travel farther south,
If you say one word against it
I will hit you in the mouth.

- Laura Ingalls during the "Long Winter"

The only trouble is: we'd have to go all the way to Rio to get away from the snow. I hear even our Texas friends are getting snow these days. 

At least the girls enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Books of 2010 - January

January kicked off a strong reading year for me. For a little bit I felt like I hadn't finished anything but as it turns out...I did.

1. A Fearsome Doubt. Fiction by Charles Todd. First book finished in the new year, no surprise here, a series mystery.

2. The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History. Non-fiction by Jack Sweetman. Obviously, research related.

3. The Duggars: 20 and Counting. Non-fiction by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar. First disclaimer: I have never seen their show, although I have read news stories about them. Second disclaimer: it sure is hard to take anyone named "Jim Bob" seriously. All that aside, this was an interesting read.

4. Juliet, N*ked. Fiction by Nick Hornby. Hornby excels at characterization but this book left me cold. I wanted the time I had spent on it back.

5. No Greater Ally. Non-fiction by Kenneth Koskodan. Read as research. This book was obviously a labor of love concerning the contribution (and cost) of Poland's people in WW2. Koskodan's research is admirable but his rhetorical overreach is less so.

6. Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Children's Book. Non-fiction, edited by Anita Silvey. A fun look at some famous folks (and not so famous) and their favorite books in childhood.

7. Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things. Non-fiction by Reader's Digest. Very interesting - I copied lots of tips out of this. I am now convinced there is nothing vinegar, baking soda and salt can't do.

8. The Ninth Daughter. Fiction by Barbara Hamilton. A new mystery series featuring Abigail Adams. Have I mentioned I love Abigail Adams? I could totally hear her saying some of the dialog in this book.

9. What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. Non-fiction by Danielle Crittenden. If I could give this book to every single woman I've ever met, I would. It's that good. Put this on your "must read" list.

10. The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers. Non-fiction by Thomas Fleming. Well researched and thoughtful, also includes a sensible take on some of the "scandals" concerning our founding fathers that still turn up in the news from time to time.

11. Feminine Appeal: 7 Virtues of a Godly Wife & Mother. Non-fiction by Carolyn Mahaney. I highly recommend this one! Practical and encouraging, almost like having a godly Titus 2 mentor to talk with.

12. There Goes the Bride. Fiction by M.C. Beaton. Series mystery. Agatha Raisin is still her same old self. Quick, fun, easy read.

13. Clara's Kitchen. Non-fiction by Clara Cannucciari. You may have seen the popular You Tube videos with this 90-something grandma. This book is part memoir, part cook book. Can't say I saved any of the recipes, but it was a fun little read.

14. The Baker's Daughter. Fiction by D.E. Stevenson. I love these vintage British fiction books.

15. Martin Chuzzlewit. Fiction by Charles Dickens. My first Dickens' finished in 2010. This seemed to go slowly at first but by the end I was really into it. You could probably cut a fourth of this out without missing it, but the characters are great. Once again, Dickens misleads us with the title. The hero is not Martin Chuzzlewit (elder or younger) but the truly good Thomas Pinch.

16. A Cold Treachery. Fiction by Charles Todd. Finished the month the way I started, with a series mystery. I think this might be the best one in the series that I've read so far.

Fiction: 7