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8 Things: June 16th

Snagged this meme from Jen @ Our Daily Big Top – I’m pretty sure it has a couple of different questions making this sort of like brand new and not me killing time when I could be doing anything more productive…

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:

  1. Going to the beach – this weekend I hope.
  2. Having this baby already! A little over a month!
  3. My grandma coming to visit / help out with MM and the new baby for 2 weeks
  4. My dad and Marie coming to visit shortly after that…
  5. Dan’s parents coming to visit shortly after that (It’s like we’re famous or something)!
  6. The company picnic next month, the Saturday before my scheduled cesarean.
  7. Dan coming home tonight – it always feels long over due by the time he gets here. 🙂

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

  1. Did the laundry.
  2. Worked on the Top Secret Father’s Day gift.
  3. Got an adorable blanket and pillow for the baby from my friend Amanda @ Funkepunkemonke.
  4. Got a confirmation on my grandma’s flight dates for her trip here next month!
  5. Decided between steak, lobster or steak and lobster for the company picnic (I went with a little of both).
  6. Watched a Futurama 4-part episode marathon thingy on Comedy Central with the hubster.
  7. Made homemade chicken nuggets and onion rings for dinner. Would you believe my kid turned down the chicken nuggets? You know I really made them for him so I was a bit upset.
  8. Blogged, obviously.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

  1. Whistle.
  2. Lose weight just by thinking about it.
  3. Have babies just by thinking about it (the birth part, not the conception).
  4. Inherit a ridiculously large amount of money.
  5. See my toes when I’m standing…
  6. Get out off the couch without assistance or a lot of planning.
  7. Get up two flights of stairs without being completely winded.
  8. Are you noticing a trend? Basically, not be pregnant anymore (but I still want the kid)!

8 Shows I Watch:

  1. The Ellen Degeneres Show
  2. Everyday Italian
  3. 30 Minute Meals With Rachel Ray
  4. Iron Chef America
  5. Grey’s Anatomy
  6. Bones
  7. Fringe
  8. America’s Next Top Model

8 Favorite Fruits:

  1. Kiwi
  2. Strawberries
  3. Lemons and Limes (in stuff, not just on their own)
  4. Grapes
  5. Pineapple
  6. Watermelon
  7. Mandarin Oranges
  8. Apples

8 Places I’d Like To Travel To:

  1. The Grand Canyon
  2. Paris, France
  3. Rome (or anywhere in Italy)
  4. London, England
  5. Disney World
  6. Washington DC
  7. California
  8. Hawaii

8 Places I’ve Lived:

  1. Twice in, CA
  2. My Grandparents House, MA
  3. Several Places In, KY
  4. My Dad’s House, MA
  5. College, MA
  6. With My In-Laws, MA
  7. First Apartment, MA
  8. Current Apartment, WI

Your turn.

books & reading memes & carnivals

Kids’ Picks: Berenstain Bears By The Sea

MM is actually just starting to get into picking out his own bedtime stories. For awhile I’d pick the story and there’d be ones he enjoyed more than others but what we read was largely my call. Now he eagerly looks forward to picking out the story and sometimes surprises us by asking for an old favorite – a book we haven’t read in awhile – which is so cool to see that he’s really been paying attention and is starting to form favorites!

Lately it’s been all about The Berenstain Bears around here – we were given a huge pile of children’s books from Dan’s aunt, a lot of which were his as a child at some point, and of course I read a lot of the same books – we were both big Betenstain Bear fans for sure! But neither of us read any of the Step-Into-Reading editions which we’ve also acquired a couple of – and one of MM’s recent favorites is one of these books, called The Berenstain Bears By The Sea.

I love the catchy rhymes in this cute story of the Bear Family’s trip to the beach house. The bear cubs are of course anxious to get out the sea and start swimming, but mama and papa bear insist on getting the beach house ready for the stay, having a snack, and then of course waiting after they eat before swimming. It’s a short read with a good rhythm thanks to the rhyming text. Both Dan and I enjoy reading this one to him and sometimes MM likes to pretend to read it to himself, too. So cute.

I think he must be just as eager to hit the beach as we are, because MM has been asking for this book at naptime and bedtime non-stop lately! Luckily it’s one we both like, too!

What books are your kids reading right now?