Friday, July 18, 2014

Reading Rut

I do this just about every year - read several books in the first two or three months of the year and then NONE for the next three!  This year is no exception.  I read 8 books from January to April and haven't read anything since then!

I was trying to figure out why I haven't read anything else and I'm not really sure why.  It's not for a lack of books on my nook, kindle or ibooks apps.  I have a ton of books on those ipads.  Not to mention all of the actual hardcopy books I have here at the house.  I enjoyed the books I read, but I think sleep ruled out over reading at night and since Miranda still isn't sleeping through the night, sleep is very important!  And probably if I'm really honest - games on my ipad are easier to do before bed and don't require as much concentration.

I finally checked out some books a couple of  weeks ago at the library to see if that would boost my reading interest.  Having a deadline to return the books keeps me from ignoring them and I have actually read several times this past week, so I guess its working.  I've read one of the three I borrowed and have 4 weeks (with renewal next week) to read the other two.

I shall be near to you is about a woman who enlists in the Union Army to be with her husband during the civil war.  Finished it this morning - good book.
The other two books are books 2 & 3 in the Parasol Protectorate series.  These are books that I never thought I'd read (vampires, werewolves and alternate worlds), but they are quick reads and pretty entertaining.

My goal is to read another 25 books this year, so after I finish the 3 library books I will have 14 left for the year.  Maybe if I make a list, then that might be easier than trying to figure out what to read late and night and choosing to play on the iPad instead.  Here it goes - my list for the remainder of the year...


I guess I better get reading!  Oh wait, I have 3 girls to take care of  - maybe tonight I can read! ;)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Recap - Week 5

I love doing these summer recaps.  It's perfect for all of the miscellany we do that don't need an entire blog post.  I think I need to do it this way every summer!  Week 5 was the middle of June and summer was in full swing.  Our church playgroup meets every Tuesday and during this week we went to a friend's house to play.  Just like at our house there were somewhere around 15-20 kids, ages 10 months to 9 years.  At one point, Meredith called for me and when I went to see what she needed, she looked down at the baby near her and then back up at me.  When I asked her again what she needed she just pointed to the baby as if to say, "move her out of the way."  No words (and she can talk a lot), just eye movements! ;)  Miranda still hasn't been real active and getting in her way, so it should be interesting in the next few weeks as Miranda moves from room to room to get what she wants!

One of the days was National Eat your Veggies day, so my girls obliged!  Thankfully, they didn't ask why I didn't eat a vegetable!  I'm better about my vegetables, but really only if it's a salad and we didn't have any that day, so none for me thank you very much. ;)
We love to read books, but had not taken the time to read our board books lately, so one morning I decided we would read ALL of our board books.  We didn't make our goal, but we did read 33 books in 1 1/2 hours on the first day!
And then 58 books in 1 1/2 hours on the second day!
We still have the top shelf to read, but we'll get to it soon.  Brandon asked if Meredith paid attention the entire 1 1/2 hours and for the most part she did.  Both times we read in the morning during Miranda's nap and since board books are small and short, reading lots of them works for a 2 year old's attention span.  I will say that Meredith loves to look at books, though and I think she might have a longer attention span than some kids her age.  A lot of times when we would finish a book, she would ask to hold it so she could read it again and look at the pages more closely.  She would then most likely miss the next book, so she didn't technically look at all 33/58 books, but she heard all of them!  It wasn't on our bucket list for the summer, but I think I'll add it for next year because it's been fun to do and it doesn't require TV or ipads! ;)

We try to go swimming once a week and this week was no exception!
After swimming I had to work on VBS decorations so I set up a roll of paper and markers for the girls to color.  At one point they were "playing VBS" and pretending they were mommas working on VBS decorations!  We all spent about an hour (or more) each day coloring in the entry way! ;)

On Friday we went to a friend's birthday pool party! The girls had fun swimming and had some yummy food and cupcakes!

Currently, Meredith does not like boys.  As in any boy that is not a "daddy" or adult she will not go near.  At the party, she would freak out and start screaming when her friends' teenage brothers started swimming near her and she wouldn't throw her trash away when they were sitting near the trashcan.  They didn't do anything to scare her, she has just decided that boys are scary.  I'm okay with this decision and she can feel that way for the next 18-20 yeas! HA!

The last outing we had was a family dinner at Jason's Deli.  Miranda enjoyed sitting in the high chair and playing with her toys...with her feet!
After I took the picture I realized her sippy cup was below her leg and she couldn't get her foot down.  It's one of those chicken or the egg kind of situations - was her leg up because the cup was below it or was the cup below it because her leg was up.  Either way, it was cute!

We only have 6 weeks left of summer!  Why is time flying by so fast! ;)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Army Crawling

Miranda's been army crawling for a few weeks now!  I'm actually thankful she's a little more mobile.  She's also starting to venture more places other than where you put her down so that's cool too!  This morning I left her in her room while I was getting the big girls dressed and making smoothies.  I could hear her crying and noticed that it seemed like she was getting closer to the living room.  Sure enough, she was in the doorway between the bedroom hallway and living room.  She was NOT happy about being left in another room, but at least she knows how to find us!

When I first started saying army crawling, Meredith asked what it meant or why we called it that and this was Mackenzie's response.  "You know Meredith, she uses her arms to crawl.  'Arm'-y crawling."  It sounds like a perfectly good explanation to me! ;)

I pulled out my camera the other day and captured a little bit of her crawling as well as just sitting and playing!
A shoe, paper or remote control can make Miranda move super fast, but on this day, the horse worked just fine! ;)
Almost...
And...got it!

Yum...horse!
 Now to get her on her hands and knees!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Polka dots

I ordered some clothes for the girls for their birthday portraits, but they don't like them  Well, the big girls don't like their dresses.  Miranda had no problem wearing her outfit!






I LOVE this little outfit.  She might have to have some photos by herself!  I guess I'll save the big girls dresses and maybe she'll like them when she's bigger! ;)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Recap - Week 4

Our summer is staying pretty busy.  Of course most of our activities happen in the morning so our afternoons are restful.  This includes naps for the younger two, which in turn means a little bit of quiet. ;)

Brandon and I celebrated 13 years of marriage during this week (June 9).  We didn't do anything fancy or by ourselves, but still had a great day.  Brandon had taken the whole week off to build the playset, so all 5 of us went to the big girls' swim lessons, followed by a stop at the video game store to buy some new games.  Then we all went out to lunch and made it home before the afternoon thunderstorms.  We spent the rest of the day bowling, playing tennis and golfing...on the wii.  ;). As it turns out, Mackenzie is a pretty good video game bowler! Ha!  13 years brought us 3 little girls, so why not spend it with them doing things we all like to do?

The next day the girls and I met our play group at an indoor jump house.  Meredith struggled with it in the beginning because she was too scared to jump in the big houses with Mackenzie and Mackenzie was too old to jump in the toddler houses.  I forget sometimes that Meredith is only 2 and some of her coordination has still not developed yet, so some of the bigger climbing/slide jumpers were too much for her.  Eventually she figured everything out and had fun.

Every time Mackenzie went down the big slide she would scream and then get mad at me when I laughed.  Silly girl!

Granny and Papa came to visit us one day and we all had lunch together.  The girls love visitors, especially Granny & Papa! ;). We also celebrated National peanut butter cookie day.

I had big plans to bake the cookies myself, but for whatever reason, that day got away from me and in the end they ate store bought cookies that I happened to have in the pantry.  Whatever...we celebrated! ;)

We also went swimming and Miranda fell asleep on my shoulder while we were in the pool!  When I took her out to change her, she didn't even stir!  She was so sleepy she slept on the lawn chair for at least 30 minutes!
And on the last day of this week, we visited my parents house!  Fun, fun!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

"I want to take a picture!"

Mackenzie occasionally asks to take pictures with my camera.  A lot of times I say no (it's just too expensive), but sometimes I say yes. This past week was a yes and she did great!

Mackenzie took my first every photo with Miranda and she did it again 10 months later! ;)

Me and my two youngest!

After Mackenzie took pictures, Meredith wanted to join in the fun.  She didn't realize she needed to open one eye when taking pictures, so the first one was a little off! ;)
The next one, Mackenzie and I had to move into the frame because she moved the camera up as she was pressing the shutter button.
Again, Mackenzie took pictures...


And lastly, I took a "selfie" with my two oldest.  Not too bad for my "big" camera.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fourth of July

Yesterday we went to my grandparents' house to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Brandon wanted to teach the girls how to fish, so we got there early before it got too hot.  Fishing is a lesson in patience. ;) Luckily, there was a bench near by. ;)
Mackenzie really wanted to see a fish.
A squinty selfie with Meredith.

Waiting is so hard to do when you are 5 and 2.

Miranda had her breakfast outside.
Granny, Mackenzie, and Meredith went for a ride in the golf cart.  They are carrying their favorite "toys" from granny's house - candles with the fake lights.  They play with them every time!
Brandon convinced the girls that they didn't need to be scared of Granny and Papa's dog, Penny.  If you recall, they had only ever played with Penny while she was in her kennel or the oh heresies of the door.  This time they really had fun.  They were cautious when petting her and squealed a lot, but did great which her.

Miranda just enjoyed the craziness of the girls playing with Penny.  She even touched it a few times and seemed to really like her.
Penny was after a cookie that Brandon ate and was determined to find it! The girls thought this was hysterical.
And of course, Brandon wouldn't be Brandon if he didn't goof off with the girls and try to make Penny lick Meredith.
The weather was nice even in the heat of the day.  Sitting on the back patio reminded me of the times we used to spend outside at my great grandparents' in Arkansas.  The girls decided we needed to play "bible hour", so we were singing and reciting our favorite bible verses together.

We finally did catch a catfish after lunch.  Papa had put a line out in the morning and after lunch he and Brandon realized a fish was on the line.  A 25 pound fish!
Mackenzie looked at it, soda "something stinks" and walked away! ;)
All 3 girls fell asleep on the way home and once home we relaxed and watched the fireworks on TV.  At their ages, that's good enough for us. ;)
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