January 2014 books

In January I read 14 books! Yep, January was a pretty good month for book reading!

January Books:

  • Rush (The Breathless Trilogy) – Maya Banks
  • Fever (The Breathless Trilogy) – Maya Banks
  • Burn (The Breathless Trilogy) – Maya Banks
  • Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey  – Candice Millard
  • River Road – Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Naked in Death – JD Robb
  • Glory in Death – JD Robb
  • Immortal in Death – JD Robb
  • Rapture in Death – JD Robb
  • Dream a Little Dream – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Kindred in Death – JD Robb
  • Fantasy in Death – JD Robb
  • When the Rogue Returns – Sabrina Jeffries

Summary

So I *kind of* got caught up with re-reading some of the In Death books by JD Robb. I haven’t kept up with the series for the last few years because the books were going downhill, but the first part of the series is still pretty amazing and well worth a re-read! I also read “Wild” for our book group this month and that was a pretty good book. Definitely one that made you think! The River of Doubt was one came highly suggested and it was a long and deep read, but very informative and fascinating.

Check out the other books I’ve read:

Sunrise

Looking out our front door at the amazing sunrise this morning! The beauty of nature is amazing!

January sunrise!

January sunrise!

Busy day with Daddy

Tuesday Reagan and James were busy at home having fun playing with play dough, cooking, and playing with toys!

Fun with play dough!

Fun with play dough!

Helping Daddy make cherry delight!

Helping Daddy make cherry delight!

Eating cherry delight!

Eating cherry delight!

Daddy and Reagan being silly after Reagan's bath!

Daddy and Reagan being silly after Reagan’s bath!

It’s not cold

Today is supposed to be one of the coldest days this winter and this is what James wore to work!

It's a Hawaiian shirt type of day!

It’s a Hawaiian shirt type of day!

In sticking with James’ normal mind over matter when it comes to wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts year around (yes, even in the winter), he decided to sport one of his Hawaiian shirts! I guess in his mind it was beautiful and tropical out!

 

Twenty-five months

Reagan is twenty-five months old today and is busy, busy, busy!! She loves doing art projects (coloring and play dough), helping to cook, playing in the sink, watching Daniel Tiger, and in general making messes!!

Sitting on her step-stool eating yogurt!

Sitting on her step-stool eating yogurt!

She is talking more and more and her vocabulary is improving almost every day! We never know what she might say next and it’s exciting to see her mental and verbal development. Our baby girl is growing up and I’m not sure I’m ready!

 

Play dough mommy

Reagan has really gotten into playing with play dough recently… or, at least telling Daddy (and sometimes Mommy) what to make with the play dough! Today she had James make a Mommy out of play dough and then proceed to play with it! Too cute!!

Reagan playing with her play dough Mommy!

Reagan playing with her play dough Mommy!

 

Winter fun

Sunday the weather was finally nice enough that we were able to go outside and enjoy the fresh air!

Mommy and Reagan walking around!

Mommy and Reagan walking around!

There wasn’t a lot of snow left on the ground, but Daddy went ahead and got the tractor out so he could take Reagan around on the sled!

Look, here comes Daddy and the tractor!

Look, here comes Daddy and the tractor!

Reagan excited about driving the tractor!

Reagan excited about driving the tractor!

Riding around on the sled!

Riding around on the sled!

After riding on the sled we put the tractor up and walked to the bridge to check it out! This is the first time I’ve seen it frozen completely over!

Walking to the bridge!

Walking to the bridge!

Looking over the bridge at the frozen creek!

Looking over the bridge at the frozen creek!

Frozen creek! I think this is the first time I've seen it frozen like this!

Frozen creek! I think this is the first time I’ve seen it frozen like this!

Daddy and Reagan!

Daddy and Reagan!

After such a harsh January weather wise, it was really good to get outside and walk around!

Lazy day with Daddy

Thursday James and Reagan had fun relaxing and making hats for Reagan’s giraffes!

Reagan chilling on the back of the sofa!

Reagan chilling on the back of the sofa!

Giraffes with hats!

Giraffes with hats!

Making a difference

College teachers normally don’t get to see or hear about the lasting impact they’ve had on their students because in most cases they only have them for one or possibly two courses. Because of this, it’s really cool (and pretty nice) when a professor does hear back from a student! Below is an email James got from a former (who reminded him it was 20 years ago) student. **All names and identifying information removed.**

James, I am not sure if you remember me. My maiden name was A.H. I married M.L. (he is also a former student of yours) 13 years ago. I had you for College Algebra 20 years ago this coming fall. I just want to thank you for being such a wonderful professor. I am now taking a statistics class at X College. X is the community college that M.L. teaches government at now. I was googling some of the terms from my class to get some help and I kept running across your web-page for your students. You are apparently still the excellent teacher you were 20 years ago. I am back in the classroom after being a stay at home mom for the last 12 years. Much to my dismay, I needed to take a statistics class. However, with your teachings in my background I feel confident I will do well.

Sincerely,
A.H.

James of course doesn’t say much about his feelings and what it meant for him to get an email like this, but on his behalf I’ll say this was a nice pat on the back for a much deserving educator!

Snow day fun

Tuesday the College was closed (yes, again!)  due to extremely cold weather so I got to stay home and have fun with James and Reagan! The house was already clean from having Monday off (Martin Luther King Jr Day), so I was able to get a lasagna and beef stew made and clean out my cupboards!!

My regular food cupboards weren’t too bad, but the ones with my baking supplies were awful! Looking at the expiration dates you could tell when I quit baking… bedrest with Reagan… and that I hadn’t started back up after she was born. Very sad, but hopefully now that Reagan is getting older I’ll have the time to start baking again!

All the food that was (extremely) expired and needed to get thrown out. Wow what an unfortunate waste. :-(

All the food that was (extremely) expired and needed to get thrown out. Wow what an unfortunate waste. 🙁

Reagan helping to throw stuff away!

Reagan helping to throw stuff away!

Daddy showed Reagan how to not only throw away stuff, but how to *empty* it out into the trash!

Daddy showed Reagan how to not only throw away stuff, but how to *empty* it out into the trash!

I think looking at all the baking supplies got James thinking about baking because he decided to make chocolate chip cookies with Reagan!

Measuring out the ingredients!

Measuring out the ingredients!

Reagan helping with the measuring cups!

Reagan helping with the measuring cups!

Stirring!

Stirring!

Adding some more ingredients into the mixture!

Adding some more ingredients into the mixture!

Trying out a spoonful of dough (or just chocolate chips!)

Trying out a spoonful of dough (or just chocolate chips!)

Cookies are ready to go into the oven!

Cookies are ready to go into the oven!

Reagan checking to see when the cookies will be done!

Reagan checking to see when the cookies will be done!

Reagan enjoying the fruits (or in this case cookies and milk) of her labor!

Reagan enjoying the fruits (or in this case cookies and milk) of her labor!

What a great way to spend an extra day off from work!! We really have enjoyed the four day weekends we’ve gotten so far this year!!