June books

In June I read 8 books. Not as good as some months, but considering that this time period covered the start of the summer semester and our 11 day trip out to Utah and back for the Canvas conference, I don’t think I did too bad!

June Books:

Summary

Inferno was a typical Dan Brown book. It kept you on your toes, but the ending was ultimately a little strange and I didn’t love the book the way I loved Angels and Daemons. A Very Special Delivery and Holding on were both ok, but nothing to write home about or even to tell Mom about. Temporary Arrangement was a 20 page prequel to another book, but I didn’t realize it and was left pretty disappointed… until I realized there was an entire follow up book… until I realized I’d need to pay for said follow up book. Rapture reminded me exactly why I stopped reading JR Ward books. Strange strange strange and not even “that” good of a read. Mrs. Lincoln a Life was a good solid read (that I actually read as a “real” book, not a Kindle book) and discussed in my book group this month. Overall impression, Mrs. Lincoln was possibly crazy, but man she had a lot to deal with in her life and anyone might have gone crazy after all that! Prepare for Impact was a quick, but thought provoking read that made you want to go out and take over the world or at least be a better teacher/educator! Run the Risk was way better than I thought it would be. Mom bought it a while ago and I could never get past the first few pages. Then Mom went ahead and bought the second book in the series, so I felt like I “had” to go back and read the first book and I’m glad I did. It was a good solid book and not your “typical” romance novel.

So, an interesting line up of books for this month… let’s see what I’ll read next month… 😉

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

Blackberries

Sunday the weather wasn’t the best, but Reagan was determined to get outside so later in the afternoon we went for a little walk.

Taking a walk outside

Taking a walk outside

Playing with her dragonfly hair clip!

Playing with her dragonfly hair clip!

We walked right to the (closed-up) barn and Reagan let me know she wanted to go on a tractor or wagon ride. I was just telling her she needed Daddy for that when James came outside to join us… and to take us on a wagon ride!

Our first stop… the blackberry patch!

Blackberries!!

Blackberries!!

Reagan loves blackberries and seemed to also enjoy picking them! fresh off the bush!! She didn’t hesitate at all in cramming her freshly picked berries in her mouth!

Reagan picking some blackberries!

Reagan picking some blackberries!

Tasting the blackberries!

Tasting the blackberries!

Hmm... I think I like blackberries!

Hmm… I think I like blackberries!

Yet, once she saw that we were picking them, she decided that she wanted to sit on the lawnmower while we picked berries and gave them all to her to eat!! Reagan is a little girl who definitely knows what she wants!!

Relaxing on Daddy's tractor eating some blackberries!!

Relaxing on Daddy’s tractor eating some blackberries!!

Adventurous

Saturday evening Reagan showed off her adventurous spirit by climbing up and into her water table for the first time!

Our adventurous little girl!

Our adventurous little girl ready to climb!!!

It was pretty cute to watch her methodically go through each step of getting up and then into the water table. The funny thing though was that once she was in, she didn’t stand up or try to do something crazy, she just eased herself right back out like she hadn’t done anything special!

Climbing into the water table!!

Climbing into the water table!!

Quick family visit

Saturday morning we got a chance to visit with James’ sister and brother-in-law. They were visiting from Tennessee and had also brought their two oldest grandsons with them!!

Reagan with Uncle Tom!

Reagan with Uncle Tom!

Reagan had a good time getting to know her Aunt and Uncle, but really enjoyed wrestling (jumping on) Daddy to the ground with her cousins! The boys started it and we were pretty surprised that Reagan just jumped right in with the gang up on Daddy/Uncle James!!

James getting attacked by Reagan and his nephews!

James getting attacked by Reagan and his nephews!

More attacking!!

More attacking!!

The kids were vicious and didn’t hold anything back, and James took it pretty well, but will definitely be sore tomorrow morning!!!

It was good to see everyone and Reagan seemed especially happy to spend some time with her extended family!

Reagan with her Grandpa Gene!

Reagan with her Grandpa Gene!

Hanging out in the kitchen!

Hanging out in the kitchen!

The weather had been raining, but once it cleared up, we went outside to enjoy the fresh air and to let the kids burn off some energy!!

Swinging with Daddy!

Swinging with Daddy!

Playing outside!

Playing outside!

Taking a ride on Grandpa's shoulders!

Taking a ride on Grandpa’s shoulders!

It was a nice to see everyone and we were happy that Reagan got a chance to play and spend time with her cousins (and everyone else!).

Reagan playing with Eli!

Reagan playing with Eli!

Fun with Daddy

James has Friday’s off in the summer, so when I went to work, James and Reagan got on the tractor to do some mowing!!

Love the matching hats and ear protection!

Love the matching hats and ear protection!

Later in the day, Reagan showed off her climbing abilities by standing up on the seat attached to her desk!

Being adventurous like her Daddy!

Being adventurous like her Daddy!

And by the time I got home that afternoon, she was relaxing in bed! What a big busy girl we have!

Lounging on the bed and relaxing.

Lounging on the bed and relaxing.

Around the yard at the end of June

So Reagan really is obsessed with riding on the tractor or lawn mower. This evening she heard James start the tractor up without her (he was going to pick up some big branches, which is hard to do with her) and she freaked out! She wanted outside NOW and make sure I knew exactly what she wanted. Thus, we got our outside stuff on and out we went to see what Daddy was doing.

On the tractor with Daddy!!

On the tractor with Daddy!!

After dumping the tree limbs, we rode out to the pond and then Reagan and Daddy started mowing and Mommy went for a brief walk (by herself!) around the yard!

Out to the pond

Out to the pond

Mowing the lawn with Daddy

Mowing the lawn with Daddy

Walking back to the house from the pond.

Walking back to the house from the pond.

Closer to the house!

Closer to the house!

As I walked around the yard I saw that there were a lot of blackberries on our bushes and that our peaches and apples are doing pretty good as well! Otherwise, I just enjoyed the walk and then went inside to start supper.

Blackberries out behind the barn!

Blackberries out behind the barn!

Peach from the peach tree in the front yard!

Peach from the peach tree in the front yard!

Apple from our apple tree in the front yard!

Apple from our apple tree in the front yard!

Eighteen month update

Reagan Kay is EIGHTEEN months old and has grown and changed so much in the last month! She is much more aware of what’s going on around her and definitely understands most if not everything you say to her!!

Playing on a park bench!

Playing on a park bench!

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

  • Climbing: Reagan is a climbing enthusiast and especially loves climbing on the tractor (or lawn mower) and large rocks (from while we were out in Utah).
  • Snuggling: What a little snuggler we have. Reagan has gotten even more snugly if that’s possible and loves to give big hugs and kisses to Mommy, Daddy, and her favorite little cousin, Owen!!
  • Body parts: Reagan has the body parts pretty much nailed and is now openly showing off how much she knows!
  • Books: Goodnight iPad is currently Reagan’s favorite book and she’ll have us read it to her again and again and again…
  • Talking: Reagan is being a lot more vocal, both with babbling and actual words. She says Dadda, Momma, Grandma, puppy dog, popcorn, and Momma milk pretty frequently, but also says other random words here and there as well!
  • First sentence: Reagan surprised us all while we were in Utah by saying her first sentence. I was asking her if she was ready to brush her teeth and she sadly said “No brush” very very clearly!!
  • Helping: Reagan is a big help and wants to be involved with anything you’re doing, especially if it’s Daddy and he’s working in the garage or out in the shed!
  • Playing: Reagan is definitely much more into her stuffed animals and baby doll this month, but will pretty much play with anything she finds or can pull out of a drawer!!
  • Outdoors: Our little girl definitely loves the outdoors and riding on the tractor and/or lawnmower. I’d definitely say that’s one of her favorite things right now!
Ready to ride on Daddy's tractor!

Ready to ride on Daddy’s tractor!

  • Attached: Reagan is still pretty attached to Mommy, but surprised everyone with her willingness to go to almost anyone who would take her to go see Baby Owen sleeping! She also seems to go to anyone on a tractor or lawnmower who is willing to give her a ride! 😉
  • Getting into things: Nothing is safe or sacred around the house (or anywhere else!). Reagan has gotten excellent at opening drawers and randomly pulling things out, even if she can’t see what she’s getting into (like reaching her hand in a drawer and pulling out some scissors!). She’s also gotten good about moving her step stool around to a cabinet or drawer in the kitchen so she can pull things out of it!
Pulling all the kitchen towels out of the drawer!

Pulling all the kitchen towels out of the drawer!

  • Nursing: Reagan is still nursing in the morning when she wakes up, during the day on and off (if we’re together; otherwise she just eats solids), to sleep at night, and on-and-off during the night. So, pretty much she’s still nursing all the time and showing no indication of weaning anytime soon!
  • Solid Food:Chicken nuggets are Reagan’s current favorite food, but she is also still eating pretty good overall and enjoys the fresh summer fruit like watermelon and cantaloupe.
  • Sleeping: Reagan’s sleep hasn’t been too bad this month. She has been sleeping for much longer amounts at night and has even pulled a few 4:30pm – 7:00am stretches (still nursing on and off during this time).
  • Favorite things: Riding on the lawnmower or tractor, puppy dogs, baby Owen, and chicken nuggets (any type).
  • Surprises: This month Reagan shocked us by knowing who “Kona” and “James” are (aka Mommy and Daddy). We were with my Mom and she offhandedly asked Reagan who Kona was and Reagan pointed to me (!!). She then asked who James was and Reagan pointed to James (aka Daddy!!). We’ve never worked on this with her and had absolutely no clue she knew our actual names!! What a smart big girl!!

Reagan is an amazing little girl and it’s hard to believe another month has passed! We can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Loving the wind!

Loving the wind!

Tractor time

Tuesday evening after the rain, Reagan was able to get a little tractor time in with Daddy! Baby girl really does love riding the tractor!!

Riding on the tractor with Daddy!!

Riding on the tractor with Daddy!!

Daddy teaching Reagan how to empty the bucket!

Daddy teaching Reagan how to empty the bucket!

Fun on the tractor!

Fun on the tractor!

Utah trip recap

We left Decatur on Thursday, June 13th and got back to Argenta on Sunday, June 23rd.  In those 11 days we drove 3083 miles, visited six states (three new states for Reagan!), visited with family in Missouri and Wyoming, dipped Reagan’s feet in the Great Salt Lake, saw MC Hammer perform (also Reagan’s first concert!), and learned a lot during and made some great connections at the conference we attended (the whole reason for the trip!).

Approximate route for our Utah trip!

Approximate route for our Utah trip!

Daily run-down of what we did each day: