November books

In November I read 10 books, which seems amazing given the time spent getting ready for the holidays and actually celebrating the holidays!

November Books:

Summary

I started the month with my Reading group book (We Band of Angels), which was a true story about the first US women prisoners of war during WWII. This was a pretty good book, but did seem to go on and on. The next three books were a series that I can’t decide if I really liked that much or not (“Your Love” books). They obviously were ok or else I wouldn’t have gotten all three, but in general the female character kind of annoyed me and the story line was kind of blah by the end. Music of the Heart was actually a pretty good book and I looked at some of the other books from this author, but they didn’t sound nearly as good. Atlantis Plague was the second book in a series and while it was well written and kept you on your toes, I hope this is the last in the series; the author is still undecided.  The Galway and Lakes books were ok, but hardly worth remembering. Meant for Love was part of a long standing series and actually much better than some of the more recent books in the series. And last, I finally read Divergent. After hearing so much about it, I went ahead and got it and it didn’t disappoint!

Overall a good month of reading and I’m looking forward to reading the last two books in the Divergent series!

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

Thanksgiving Weekend

For Thanksgiving we drove up to Kewanee. My brother and his family were there from Wyoming, so we made a weekend out of it!

Playing with the markers and crayons!

Playing with the markers and crayons!

Reagan had to be like Baby Owen and drink milk from a bottle

Reagan had to be like Baby Owen and drink milk from a bottle

Someone got into the suckers...

Someone got impatient for Thanksgiving dinner!

Ty, Austin, and Baby Owen!

Ty, Austin, and Baby Owen!

Out for a walk!

Out for a walk!

Someone's been enjoying the Thanksgiving desserts!!

Enjoying the Thanksgiving desserts!!

Since we aren’t going to see my brother and his family for Christmas, we went ahead and exchanged gifts. In addition, they also gave Reagan her birthday gifts early; and totally spoiled her rotten!!

Time to open gifts!

Time to open gifts!

Helping Daddy unwrap gifts!

Helping Daddy unwrap gifts!

Showing Mommy one of her presents

Showing Mommy one of her presents

It was good to see everyone and I think my Mom especially liked spending time with her Grandbabies!

Grandma reading to her two grandbabies!

Grandma reading to her two grandbabies!

Reagan and Owen

Reagan and Owen

Oh yeah, they're going to be trouble when they get older!

Oh yeah, they’re going to be trouble when they get older!

Reagan of course was a big help while we were there and was especially helpful making breakfast!

Teaching Reagan early how to make bacon!

Teaching Reagan early how to make bacon in the oven!

Now time for pancakes!

Now time for pancakes!

Overall it was a good weekend and we definitely kept busy with the little ones! They are so much fun at these ages (23 and 13 months), and I can’t wait to see what fun they have when they’re older!

Playing in the leaves!

Playing in the leaves!

Bath time!

Bath time!

Twenty-three month update

Little Miss Reagan Kay is Twenty-Three Months Old!!

What a happy baby!

What a happy baby!

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

  • Books: Put Me in the Zoo and Silly Sally have been Reagan’s favorite books this month and we’ve read them again and again and again!
  • Talking: Reagan is talking even more than ever and this month started saying “Oh no” (while putting her hands on her cheeks when something falls or something is wrong. She says it very dramatically and it is ridiculously cute!
  • Understanding: Reagan is a sponge and while she might not say everything, she definitely understands everything we say and reacts accordingly! We’ve been working with her more on her letters and colors, and she is doing really well with them!
  • Helping: Helping is one of Reagan’s favorite things and she is quick to help us with anything we might be doing. Her favorite things to help with are anything that involves tools, the outside, water, or cooking! If it involves picking up her toys or changing her diaper (or getting her dressed) she doesn’t like to help quite so much.
Laying the brick back in place! It was the ultimate life size puzzle!

Laying the brick back in place! It was the ultimate life size puzzle!

  • Playing: Reagan has been coloring a lot (markers and crayons) and also loves to get her letter and 3 letter word cards out and go through them.
And playing cards!

Playing with her letter cards!

  • Outdoors:  The outdoors is still one of Reagan’s favorite things and she really does love being outside!!
  • Getting into things: Reagan is an absolute pro at getting into things. She is super quick, can open just about everything (including every door in the house), and loves to make huge messes.
Yep! This is fun!!

Yep! This is fun!!

  • Nursing: Reagan is still enjoying her momma milk in the morning when we wake up, throughout the day if I’m home, and nurses to sleep (and throughout the night).
  • Solid Food: Reagan is still a pretty good eater, but definitely has her days where she doesn’t eat a lot of solids and then makes up for it by nursing a lot.
  • Sleeping: Reagan is still sleeping pretty good. No night wake-ups, but still dream nursing on and off (but not as much) during the night.
  • Favorite things: Baby, coloring, tools, playing in the sink, emptying drawers, making messes, and reading books, and her letter cards!

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!

Love this picture!

Our pretty baby girl is growing up!

Visit with Gene and Alice

Friday after work we headed over to Gene and Alice’s for dinner and so they could spend some time with Reagan. Dinner was amazing (as usual) and Reagan warmed right up and had a good time playing and being silly with her Grandparents!

Reading with Grandma Alice!

Reading the toy ads with Grandma Alice!

Watching Grandpa be funny!

Watching Grandpa be funny!

Dr. Reagan checking Mommy's ears!

Dr. Reagan checking Mommy’s ears!

Flipping!

Flipping!

And around she goes!

And around she goes!

Cows milk

Up until recently (like the last month or so) Reagan has never drank cow’s milk. It’s not that we keep it from her, but she gets Momma milk (aka breastmilk) straight from the tap and water in her sippy cup and that’s pretty much it. She’s never really even shown interest in other things to drink like juice (she takes a sip and is normally done) or cows milk. Yet, she was eating a graham cracker the other day and James asked her if she wanted a glass of milk to go with it. She said yes and ever since will have a glass of milk here and there. Strange, but our little girl is growing up and making her own choices about what she likes and wants!

What a big glass of milk!

What a big glass of milk!

Wow that was good!

That hit the spot!

Almost

Remember the story about the amazing hideous kitchen mat that I bought because Reagan wouldn’t leave the store without it? At the time I joked about it not lasting that long anyway because I’d make sure a big jar of tomato sauce got spilled on it. Well, it wasn’t me, but it almost happened! Reagan was climbing around and knocked a brand new jar of spaghetti sauce off the counter and wow did it make a mess! Yet, it managed to mostly miss my most favorite kitchen mat… 😉

It was *this* close to landing right on my beloved kitchen mat! ;-)

It was *this* close to landing right on my beloved kitchen mat! 😉

Reading the map

James and Reagan both seem to enjoy reading and looking at maps. Last week while I was at a conference in Springfield, James took the opportunity to show Reagan where Mommy was and where some other importance places are (Argenta, Decatur, Bethany, Bloomington, Peoria, & Kewanee).

Showing Daddy where Springfield is on the map!

Showing Daddy where Springfield is on the map!

Looking for places on the map is fun!!

Looking for places on the map is fun!!

Showing Daddy where Peoria is!

Showing Daddy where Peoria is!

Busted

I’m not sure where Reagan found all these fruit snacks (between couch cushions?), but she knew shew as busted when I stumbled on her snacking away on them!

Reagan with her huge pile of fruit snacks!

Reagan with her huge pile of fruit snacks!

Helping Painting

As mentioned before, Reagan is quite the little helper, especially when it comes to helping Daddy do stuff outside (and that involves some type of adult tools). Today James was trying to finish up some painting out in the barn and Reagan jumped right in to help!

Time to paint!

Time to paint!

Look at that focus!

Look at that focus!

Reagan loves helping Daddy!

Reagan loves helping Daddy!