Easter 2013

Easter Sunday we did an Easter egg hunt at home with Reagan. It wasn’t much of a hunt, but she seemed to get the idea of what was going on and was actually able to look and find a few eggs with minimal assistance from Daddy!!

Hunting for Easter Eggs!

Hunting for Easter Eggs!

Look, I found one!

Look, I found one!

Looking for more eggs!

Looking for more eggs!

Reagan with her Easter basket!

Reagan with her Easter basket!

Mini cupcakes for Easter!

Mini cupcakes for Easter!

After our Easter egg hunt at home, we went to Grandpa Gene & Grandma Alice’s house for Easter dinner. It was a large gathering with lots of food, kids, and talking.

Daddy and Reagan

Daddy and Reagan

Reagan and Grandma Alice

Reagan and Grandma Alice

After dinner we had an Easter egg hunt for the kids and Reagan (with Daddy’s help) did pretty good and was able to find one of the eggs!!

Easter egg hunt at Grandpa & Grandma's!

Easter egg hunt at Grandpa & Grandma’s!

Reagan (and Daddy) found an egg!

Reagan (and Daddy) found an egg!

Reagan was pretty happy with her egg!

Reagan was pretty happy with her egg!

Overall it was a pretty good day and I think Reagan had a good time and definitely got worn out!!

Reagan and Mommy

Reagan and Mommy

March books

March was pretty busy, but I was able to read 17 books this month!

March Books:

Summary

This month I was pretty eclectic in my reading. I started by finishing the second Addison Holmes book and the last “Last Year” book. Both were pretty good and well worth reading. I then read a few books that were ok, but luckily were free! I then got hooked the the Kincaid Brides series which was really good (the first one was free and got me hooked to buy the other two). After that I read some more so-so books, the hardest to read was the Myrtle Clover Mystery. It was just a slow almost painful read, but I had to finish it because I wanted to know “who’d done it!” Luckily I then read the Three Sisters, which was an excellent book and a very good read. This was followed by two more really good books (The Coach House and Daughters). The last book this month was a short (short) story that was a good read, but way too brief.

Overall a pretty good month of reading! Can’t wait to see what I find for next month! 🙂

Check out the other books I’ve read so far this year:

Burning some energy

Daddy was busy working and Reagan had a lot of energy to burn so we went outside to go on a walk around the yard.

Time to go on a walk!

Time to go on a walk!

Checking out the little bit of snow that was still on the ground.

Checking out the little bit of snow that was still on the ground.

Having fun outside with Mommy!!

Having fun outside with Mommy!!

Playing with sticks!

Playing with sticks!

Reagan had a good time checking out everything and playing in the little bit of snow that was still left in the yard and with all the sticks!!!

Made it back home!

Made it back home!

Along with keeping busy and having a good time, I also think Reagan got pretty worn out! 😉

Wow, it was a long walk!!

Wow, it was a long walk!!

Mission accomplished! Baby girl is exhausted!

Mission accomplished! Baby girl is exhausted!

Miller park zoo

Saturday James surprised us by taking us out for breakfast in Bloomington and then going to the Miller Park Zoo. It was a pretty nice day out, but luckily the zoo wasn’t too busy for us to have a good time and see the animals!

Looking at the insects!!

Looking at the insects!!

Looking at the fish

Looking at the fish

Reagan loved the meerkats

Reagan loved the meerkats

Walking around the zoo!

Walking around the zoo!

Fun with Mommy!

Fun with Mommy!

After we finished with the zoo, we went next door to the park. The splash pad wasn’t open yet, but the playground was hopping and Reagan had a fun time climbing on things and swinging!

Swinging, swinging!!

Swinging, swinging!!

When we were done with the zoo James suggested I call my Grandparents to see if they were around and if we could stop by. I made the call and we were lucky enough that they were home and happy to have us stop by! Reagan was so worn out she fell asleep on the quick drive from the zoo/park to Grandpa and Grandma Jones’ house, and even slept through us getting her out of the car and into their house! Fortunately she didn’t sleep for too long and was then more than ready to start playing with her Great-Grandpa and Grandpa!

Getting the toys out with Grandma!

Getting the toys out with Grandma!

Fun with Grandpa!

Fun with Grandpa!

After we were done playing at Grandma & Grandpa’s, we went to Myers to do a little shopping. We had a good time browsing around and even found some of the storage containers we had been looking at online! They were decently priced, so we went ahead and got some to replace our old outdated ones!

New food storage containers!

New food storage containers!

And even more new kitchen stuff and cookware!

And even more new kitchen stuff and cookware!

It was a very full and fun day, and by the time we got done at Myers and headed home we were all exhausted and ready for a nap!!

Lemon cool whip cookies

For my friend Michelle’s birthday I tried out a new recipe for Lemon Cool Whip cookies. They seemed really simple and easy to make (which is important with Reagan attached to me at the hip), but also quite lemony, which I love!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 8 oz container of cool whip
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 cups of powdered sugar
Getting ready for the oven!

Getting ready for the oven!

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease cookie sheet
  • Beat eggs and cool whip together until smooth and then add cake mix – will be very sticky!
  • Drop teaspoon sized (or slightly larger) clumps into the powdered sugar and roll to coat (if you chill the dough first it might roll easier)
  • Cook for 12-14 minutes or until the edges start to brown

This was a quick and simple recipe that made some seriously yummy cookies. The cool part is that you can substitute the lemon cake mix with just about any other cake mix for a different type of cookie!!

Yummy!!

Yummy!!

Fifteen month update

Reagan Kay is fifteen months old and busy soaking up everything around her. She is constantly learning new things and curious about everything!!

Fifteen months old!

Fifteen months old!

Here is some of what Reagan has been up to this month:

  • Walking: Reagan is a walking machine and loves cruising around and getting into things?
  • Climbing: Reagan is starting to climb a lot more and is much more sure of herself and her balance!
  • Snuggling: Reagan has really become more of a snuggle bug this month and likes to get up on our laps and cuddle up to us!
  • Body parts: We’re still working on the parts of the body and Reagan seems to know more than she’ll show. When you’re talking with her she seems to know the different parts, but if you ask her to show you a specific body part she acts silly and won’t do it.
  • Books: Reagan is still enjoying her books, but wants to go through bits and pieces of a lot of then rather than focus on one.
  • Talking: Reagan is saying more words and babbles all the time, but still doesn’t say many real words (or at least ones that we understand!).
  • Helping: Reagan still likes to help a lot and is getting better at helping with the laundry and dishes; handing us things to put away or putting things in for us.
  • Playing: Reagan has been enjoying some of her real toys more lately, but still seems to spend the most time with regular things from around the house and especially anything of Mommy or Daddy’s.
  • Outdoors: Reagan is starting to really enjoy the outdoors and exploring everything. The weather was a little crazy with a late March snowstorm, but even the snow was something new and fun to check out!
  • Attached: Reagan is still pretty attached to Mommy and pretty much wants to be with her all the time!
  • Getting into things: Busy busy busy. Reagan is a busy girl and wants to check everything out and get into everything!
  • Nursing: Reagan is still nursing quite a bit and not showing indication of weaning anytime soon. If anything, she seems more aware of her Momma milk and better able to communicate her desire for it!
  • Solid Food: Reagan is still eating solids pretty well and her new favorite is popcorn! She absolutely loves popcorn and it’s even one of the few words she says regularly!
  • Sleeping: Sleep was much better this month and baby girl regularly sleeps anywhere from 10-12 hours a night. Granted this is 10-12 hours with nursing on and off at least every 2-3 hours if not more, but at least she isn’t fully waking up and I can mostly stay asleep during this time.
Happy baby girl!

Happy baby girl!

Overall our baby girl is an amazing little lady. Her general attitude is of smiles and happiness, which makes her a joy to be around! It’s hard to believe another month has passed and we can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Mister woodchuck

More than a few time we’ve noticed an animal going from the back of the barn across the yard to the creek. Even with binoculars it was hard to tell exactly what it was, but today James got some pictures so we could correctly identify him!!

Checking things out!

Checking things out!

Walking around!

Walking around!

And the conclusion? We have a woodchuck living in our small shed next to our barn!

Fifteen month check up

We scheduled Reagan’s 15 month check-up on a Tuesday so James could be there and this would have worked out perfectly except the snow had drift over parts of the driveway and there was no way I could get my car out!! I had to go to work after Reagan’s appointment, so we were going to take two cars. James left first and before I could get past the bridge, he had turned around to warn me that my car was not going to make it out of the driveway. We went back to the garage and decided the best thing for us to do was for me to take Reagan to the doctor in James’ car while James got the tractor out and plowed the drive and then met us at the doctor in my car!! What a crazy morning, but we still made it to the doctors on time!

Reagan chilling out while waiting for the doctor.

Reagan chilling out while waiting for the doctor.

Overall the appointment was pretty uneventful. They went through the normal stuff of how is she doing (g00d), do you have any concerns (no), and the doctor even got on the floor and played with her a little bit to see what she could do physically. The only real concern was that Reagan had water in her ear again. Because of this, the doctor said he wanted to see her back in a month just to make sure it had cleared up.

Below is Reagan’s length and weight growth since birth:

Length

  • 31 1/2 inches (15 months)
  • 29 3/4 inch (13 months)
  • 29 1/8 inch (9 months)
  • 27  3/4 inches (6 months)
  • 26 inches (4 months)
  • 24 5/8 inches (2 months)
  • 20 5/8 inches (birth)

Weight

  • 24 lbs 2.6 oz (15 months)
  • 23 lbs 9.4 oz (13 months)
  • 22 lbs 3.4 oz (9 months)
  • 20 lbs 0.64 oz (6 months)
  • 18 lbs 4 oz (4 months)
  • 13 lbs 13.8 oz (2 months)
  • 7lbs 8 oz (birth)

We talked to the doctor a little more about Reagan’s verbal ability. She knows what pretty much everything is and can point it out, will say a lot of different words, but will not say them on demand or regularly. We also got a couple of shots and then were out the door just as Daddy showed up!! He had plowed the drive and made it just in time to switch cars with Mommy!

Popcorn

Reagan has always liked popcorn, but I never realized how much she really really liked popcorn! I made some tonight and Reagan ate so much we had to pop more! For the second batch Reagan was eating a lot of it, but graciously decided to share some with Daddy.

Reagan eating her popcorn

Reagan eating her popcorn

Reagan feeding Daddy some popcorn!

Reagan feeding Daddy some popcorn!

Being silly together

Being silly together