Kona’s 2013 book list!

For 2013 I read 142 books!!

Wow! That’s an average of a little over 11 books a month; including April (lowest month) with only 6 books and December (highest month) with 18 books!

And what can I tell from looking over the list of all the books I read this year? (1) I read a lot of series; I get hooked and then must read everything from that author, (2) I read a lot of vampire/sci-fi books; way more than I realized, especially since it’s not really my preferred genre, (3) I read a lot of young adult books – see #2 and the whole sci-fi thing, (4) I read a lot of romance novels of all types, (5) My favorite books were some of the ones for my book group, yet, in general I normally don’t read a lot of *those* types of books because they require too much thinking and analyzing. When I read I just want to relax and let my mind go.

Overall it’s been a good exercise to keep track of every book I’ve read this year and I’m impressed that I was actually able to do it! Go me! Now to see if I can do it for another year!

January books:

February Books:

March Books:

April Books:

May Books:

June Books:

July Books:

August Books:

September Books:

October Books:

November Books:

December Books:

New Years Eve 2013

New Years Eve 2013 wasn’t really one for the books. We started the day by heading to James’ Dad and Alice’s for lunch because James’ brother and family were in town and we wanted to see them before they left again!

The best part (at least for Reagan) was that she got her birthday present from her Grandpa and Grandma Jones! It was a doll house made by her Grandpa!

Look it's a doll house!

Look it’s a doll house!

Checking out the working doors and windows!

Checking out the working doors and windows!

And what’s even better than a homemade doll house? A doll house with a toy Elmo inside of it!! Reagan was super excited when her Grandpa took the roof off the doll house and she saw the Elmo doll!

Look it's Elmo inside!!

Look it’s Elmo inside!!

We then spent the afternoon having fun with family. Reagan fit right in coloring and snuggling up with her family and James spent some time outside shooting hoops with his niece Rachel!

Coloring with Aunt LaWanda and Judah!

Coloring with Aunt LaWanda and Judah!

Hanging out with Uncle Jerry and Judah!

Hanging out with Uncle Jerry and Judah!

Overall it was a good way to spend the last day of 2013! And at least Reagan and I were in bed and sleeping before 9pm! So much for ringing in the new year, but after all the sickness that’s being going around I think we needed the sleep!

Happy New Year from the Joneses!

Happy New Year from the Joneses!

December books

In December I read 18 books! Yep, December was definitely a good month for book reading!

December Books:

Summary

I once again got on a series kick and finished off the Hopeless books (Hoover), Muses of Mayfair (Ramsey), and two of the Pembroke Palace books (MacLean), and the Divergent series (Roth). Add in a few stand alone books here and there (Timebound was the best by far) and overall it was a pretty good month of reading.

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

Back to Kewanee

Sunday we (mostly me) still felt pretty crummy and the weather was bitterly cold. Thus, instead of doing all the fun stuff we had planned, like going snow tubing and back to the aquarium, we instead drove back to Kewanee for the day. We got there early in the afternoon and pretty much crashed. Well, except for Reagan who noticed her birthday cake sitting on the table!

Check out my cake!

Check out my cake!

My Mom had made Reagan a chocolate birthday cake with pink frosting and sprinkles!! Yes, sprinkles!! Reagan was pretty excited about her cake, so we went ahead and lit the candles, sang happy birthday, and blew the candles out!

Grandma lighting the candles!

Grandma lighting the candles!

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!

Mommy helping to blow the candles out!

Mommy helping to blow the candles out!

The cake was pretty yummy, but I think Reagan liked the ice cream even more than the cake! She definitely has a taste for sweets just like her Mommy and Grandma! 🙂

Time to eat cake and ice cream!

Time to eat cake and ice cream!

Lazy day

Friday night was a rough night. Reagan had a fever and was tossing and turning all night. This meant that Mommy didn’t get any (much much needed) sleep and Daddy didn’t get much either. Luckily Reagan was feeling a little bit better by late morning so we finally made it out of the hotel for a late breakfast/early lunch and then a very very brief pit stop at the local museum and aquarium.

At the aquarium

At the aquarium

Unfortunately Reagan was beyond tired and wanted her milk and a nap, so we only spent about 30 minutes at the aquarium before heading back to the hotel. Back at the hotel we all ended up taking a nap and not doing much of anything the rest of the day. Mommy still felt tired and crappy, Reagan was cranky, and Daddy wasn’t feeling that great and was dealing with his cranky ladies! What a day!

Luckily we started to feel a little bit better later that night and ended up going down to the water park one last time.

View of the little kid area of the water park

View of the little kid area of the water park

Reagan had a good time and got more adventurous. We ended up going around the lazy river a few times, played on the bigger water toys, and even went down the big slide once!!

Reagan isn't too sure about the lazy river...

Reagan isn’t too sure about the lazy river…

 

Two year update

It is incredibly hard to believe that Reagan is TWO years old! She has changed so much in the last two years and is definitely right on track with her developmental milestones!

Here are some movement milestones that Reagan has achieved:

  • Walking (since before her first birthday)
  • Carry toys while walking
  • Running
  • Stand on tiptoes
  • Kick a ball
  • Climbs up and down from furniture
  • Walks up and down stairs while holding onto support
  • Throws ball overhand

Here are some hand and finger skills that Reagan has achieved:

  • Scribbles (a lot)
  • Turns over container to pour out contents
  • Builds block towers
  • Is definitely right handed

Here are some language milestones that Reagan has achieved:

  • Points to object or picture when it’s named
  • Recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts
  • Uses some simple phrases
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Repeats words overheard

Here are some cognitive milestones that Reagan has achieved:

  • Finds objects even when hidden under two or three covers
  • Has started to sort by color
  • Can do some make-believe play

Here are some social and emotional milestones that Reagan has achieved:

  • Imitates others
  • Demonstrates increasing independence (oh yeah!)
  • Increasing awareness of herself as separate from others
  • Increasingly enthusiastic about company of other children
  • Does things after being told not to do them
  • Starts to play chase games with other children

Overall while Reagan has definitely met all of her developmental milestones for age two, I’d say the only area Reagan may not be quite as well developed is with her language. She has been talking a lot more lately, but still doesn’t necessarily seem to say a lot. Yet, she knows a lot of words and knows what things are, so I guess the rest will come. Just seems like Reagan is being a little like her Daddy and doing it on her own schedule/terms! 🙂

Reagan’s second birthday

We had high expectations for Reagan’s birthday and while we didn’t quite reach our lofty goals, I think Reagan still had a good day!

Playing and having fun

Playing and having fun

Unfortunately, Mommy was still pretty sick and dragging, so it took us a while to get out of the hotel and to breakfast. On the way to breakfast (actually a early lunch), we stopped by a Cupcakery and let Reagan pick out her birthday cupcakes. Reagan went right for the chocolate mint one with no hesitation. We were good though and didn’t let her have her cupcake until after breakfast/lunch.

Time to eat!

Time to eat!

Yummy birthday cupcake!

Yummy birthday cupcake!

We then spent the rest of the afternoon pretty much napping and relaxing. No, not that fun, but we must have all needed it, especially Reagan for as long as she slept. After we got up we hung out in the hotel, ordered dinner in, and generally were just bums.

Technology overdrive!

Reagan playing with both of Mommy’s iPhone’s!!

Hanging out the the drawer!

Playing in the dresser drawer at the hotel.

Finally we got up the energy to head down to the water park. It was nice and warm in the water park area and the water was a decent temperature as well! Reagan seemed to have a really good time and so did Mommy and Daddy!

Getting ready to go down the slide!

Getting ready to go down the slide!

Reagan and Mommy in the hot tub!

Reagan and Mommy in the hot tub!

Fun in the water!

Fun in the water!

After playing in the water we came back to the hotel room and opened presents. Well, one present. Reagan hasn’t been to into presents, so even though we had more than one present for her, we only brought the one with us for her to open.

Opening her present!

Opening her present!

Mommy and baby animals!

Mommy and baby animals!

Reagan got Mommy and baby animals and seemed to really like them a lot. She definitely got which ones were the Mommy’s and which were the babies and seemed to like the difference between them. Overall even though we didn’t do too much, I still think we had a pretty good day!

Twenty-four month update

Reagan is TWENTY-FOUR Months Old!!!

Checking out the Christmas tree!

Such a big girl!

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

  • Books: If you give a Mouse a Cookie has been Reagan’s favorite book this month. Her Grandma Davis got her hooked on it… and eating cookies!
  • Talking: Reagan is talking more and more and is finally starting repeat or say words that we ask her to say. Overall I’d say we understand just about everything she says.
  • Understanding: Reagan understands pretty much everything we say unless it has to do with time. Like give Mommy five minutes or we’re going to see Grandma tomorrow. Right now time has no meaning, but otherwise, Reagan does great with understanding what we’re talking about!
  • Helping: Our little girl is quite the helper! In fact, it’s one of the quickest ways to get her busy doing something else (aka as a distraction); just ask her if she wants to *help* Mommy or Daddy do something and she’s normally all over it!
Putting sausage in the pan!

Putting sausage in the pan!

  • Playing: Reagan has been playing a lot more with her alphabet puzzle, Sequence card game (aka *chips* as Reagan calls it), letter cards, dominoes, and her crayons and markers.
  • Outdoors: We haven’t spent that much time outdoors lately, but when we do Reagan absolutely loves it!
I think she's having fun!

Sledding with Baby Deer!

  • Getting into things: Reagan is quite the handful and has an eye for knowing what things she probably shouldn’t be in… and then going right for it!
  • 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 a pretty good eater. Her favorite foods seem to be noodles (any type), rice (any type), yogurt, cereal and milk, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, just to name a few!
  • Sleeping: Reagan is still sleeping pretty good. No real night wakes-ups, but still dream nursing on and off (but not nearly as much) during the night.
  • Favorite things: Baby deer, coloring, playing in the water, playing chips (sequence), books, and her letter cards and puzzle.

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