2011 classics challenge, books & reading

Eleven Classics in 2011: February Check-in

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Another month has come and gone, so I’m checking in with the progress of my little self-imposed reading challenge. Can you believe it’s almost March already?

I am disappointed to report that I didn’t read any classics this month. Review books simply overwhelmed me, along with my book club pick for the month, there was no time. So as much as I’d like to get back to reading Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen after I finish my current read, I’ve decided to commit myself to reading a classic next, probably in a couple of days. The question is – what classic to read next? I honestly cannot make up my mind.

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Here are the classics that I read in January for anyone interested, it was a glorious month of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery!

Have you read any classics this month?


Daybook: February 28th

Would anybody care for a baby smoothie?


Outside my window: It’s a fairly pretty day, sunny with a high of 32 predicted. Tomorrow we have a predicted high of 39 and this makes me probably a little too giddy. I cannot believe that February is nearly over, March beginning tomorrow and then before we know it, it will be Spring, April, my son will turn 5 years old and *knock on wood* we’ll be buying our first house! I cannot wait!

coloring with the kiddos

This weekend: was fairly low key, a lot of lounging around the apartment coloring and playing with toys, though we did go to a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese for one of the little girls across the hall. Those girls are such little sweeties and it was nice to see them again, as it’s been a crazy couple weeks and we’ve had less play dates lately than usual. I’m hoping this week we’ll get back into the swing of things with stomach bugs well out of the way!

these shoes were made for walking, and that's just what I'll do!We also: finally went for a walk yesterday before dinner. It was glorious and while I wouldn’t call it warm weather, it was finally bearable and the breeze and fresh air felt wonderful, along with the great feeling of finally getting a workout in my favorite way – good old fashioned walking. We walked about 1.5 miles and plan to continue to do so daily, barring any horrific weather.

I’m reading: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee and starting to like it a lot more. After the initial shock of realization about the tragedy described in the book (one character is suffering from the death of her son 5 years before the book begins) I decided that I really needed to finish the book so that I could get to the “happy ending” and I have to say it gets easier to read about as you go and the story is worth it. I’m about 2/3rds through and enjoying it a lot.

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One last pictures to share before I go: I now have two kids interested in photography. This cute toy camera has been getting a lot of bumps and bangs and love thumps from both children lately. Soon I’ll be posting 365 pictures by them!

the budding photographer

family fun, motherhood, photography

Cause for Celebration.

To infinity and beyond!

It’s been a long, long, winding, hair pulling road, this potty training business. We started too soon and life obstacles made a long race much longer. There were small successes and big ones and then just for good measure, a few backslides into lazy. I’m not even sure I want to say we are out of the woods yet, but this week MM achieved a small goal we’d set for him a couple of weeks ago when said backslide began. Three #2s in a row, no accidents. Even more impressive? He managed this feat in spite of the stomach bug from hell.

To celebrate we finally cashed in some gift cards my mom sent for Christmas at Walmart. MM painstakingly picked out Buzz Lightyear after a lot of humming and hawing, along with that awesome set of crayons that I mentioned in my Aloha Friday post. He’s been making due with dollar store crayons for a couple of months now and the *only* thing I liked about those crayons was the fact that they came in a plastic case. A cheap plastic case that didn’t let the crayons stand up quite straight. The crappy crayons. It was time for an upgrade, but I fell in love with the idea of plastic crayon cases and shelled out 15 big ones to get the world’s most awesome crayon set.

These crayons are so awesome that even the little temporary cover that came with them was quickly doubled as  hat, providing even more entertainment.

the cool cat in the hat

You know I like randomly re-purposing stuff. And silliness. And taking silly pictures of my kids re-purposing stuff.

Of course while we were at the store we had to pick up BB’s present, too. Even though she doesn’t poop in the potty, we figured she’s been doing a pretty good job being a baby toddler, plus we really like buying her stuff.

her first doll house

Especially awesome stuff like her very first doll house that is actually age appropriate and not me completely jumping the gun.

Doll Baby and Doll Daddy talk to each other from adjoining rooms

Can we talk about her hair for a minute?

the adorable, it kills me

Seriously. These gorgeous long, blond locks make me swoon like a love sick school girl. They are actually long enough to put into pig tails now and this time she didn’t even scream at me.

a view from behind

She didn’t really pay much attention to me either, but you know, I’m used to that.

setting the table

Speaking of doll houses (sorry, I’m not very good at segues, clearly) MM is pretty smitten with this new toy, too. I’m a big advocate for letting boys and girls play with toys from both “typical gender” themes. He is free to play with dolls and drink from the occasional pink cup. If she wants a BB Gun, well, I’d probably say no to both kids, but I suppose a nerf gun is okay. And the day she refuses to wear dresses, pig tails or anything pink, I have to say I won’t be surprised. That’s why I’m getting it all in now while I can.

a very efficient dinner

And in case you didn’t notice, why yes Doll Baby is sitting on the potty at the dinner table. There are only two chairs, so clearly improvisations had to be made.


Or maybe this whole stomach bug really is taking over our lives.

aloha friday

Aloha Friday: Coloring Corner

We recently got our (almost 5 year old) son, MM, a really awesome set of crayons. I wanted something with a plastic case instead of cardboard so it would hold up better, and it had to be Crayola – I think we can all agree, this is a must – and I have to say I’m pretty thrilled with what we got.

pick a color, any color!

He’s been in coloring heaven ever since, loving his beautiful new crayons in every color he can imagine.

So my Aloha Friday question this week is:

What is your favorite color?

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Living in the Moment.

Welcome to our playhouse. on 365 Project

Sometimes I’m distracted by the future. I start a lot of statements with the word “when” – “When we have a house, I will do [this] more.” “When the kids are older we should do [this].” That kind of thing.

I also like to get caught up in new projects. Like this adorable idea from Artful Parent to make an Under the Table Playhouse. I love this idea. I covet her creativity. I want to do this. But let’s be realistic. It took me months after buying the fabric to getting around to making Dolly, and I swore like a sailor most of the time I was making her. I love projects but I’m not always terrific at follow through. So I might make this playhouse for my kids, but I might not. And if I do, it might not be anytime soon.

In the meantime, I took some advice from my mom and grabbed a bed sheet, some blankets, books and a flashlight – and I made the heart of this project come alive in minutes. And the kids of course ate up the whole idea and have been running in and out of the tent / fort  / playhouse ever since. And I spent / sewed nothing and didn’t even swear once. Jean @ Artful Parent even comments that “…We’re always draping sheets and tablecloths over tables and chairs to create forts and playhouses.” Even her fit of creative genius stemmed from simple play, from enjoying the ordinary days and the extraordinary ones. It’s just a little lesson I seem to force myself into learning a lot.