May 2014 books

In May I read 26 books! Yep, May was a pretty good month for book reading and even I was impressed by how many books I was able to read!

May Books:

  • Alpha – Jasinda Wilder
  • Once Bitten, Twice Burned – Cynthia Eden
  • Deathwatch – Dana Marton
  • Never Too Late – Amara Royce
  • Now or Never – A.J. Bennett
  • Floor Time – Liz Crowe
  • UnRaveled – K. Bromberg
  • Lifehacks – Scott Britton
  • The Other Sister – Leanne Davis
  • Hearts in Motion – Edie Ramer
  • Hot Pursuit – Lynn Raye Harris
  • Marry Me, Cowboy  Lilian Darcy
  • Impossible – Julia Sykes
  • My Sweet Valentine – Jill Sanders
  • Renegade (Elite Ops) – Lora Leigh
  • Remember Me – Danice Allen
  • The Perfect Gentleman – Danice Allen
  • The Atlantis World – A.G. Riddle
  • Friends Wanting Benefits – Luke Young
  • Sweet Water – Christina Baker Kline
  • Friends with Partial Benefits – Luke Young
  • Fashionably Dead – Robyn Peterman
  • The Dungeon – Cherise Sinclair
  • Beloved – Corinne Michaels
  • Crash – Vanessa Waltz
  • Liberty Begins – Leigh James

Summary

Unlike most months I didn’t read a LOT of one specific author, I seemed to bounce around between a number of different authors. The only major stand outs for the month was the last Atlantis book in the A.G. Riddle trilogy, and Once Bitten, Twice Burned by Cynthia Eden (this was the 2nd book in the Phoenix series).

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

Strawberries for Daddy

Saturday morning Reagan and I headed out to the Richland Farmer’s Market. The main reason for going was to buy brats for my Dad for Father’s Day (they have a vendor who sells the most amazing frozen brats), but while we were there we also found a vendor selling strawberry plants! James doesn’t actually eat strawberries very much, but he’s been obsessed with the fact that our garden doesn’t have any strawberry plants. With this in mind, Reagan and I picked out an entire flat of strawberry plants to give Daddy for Father’s Day!

Fresh strawberries from the vendor we bought our strawberry plants from!

Fresh strawberries from the vendor we bought our strawberry plants from!

Daddy was pretty surprised when we got them home and went out to the garden later that afternoon to plant the strawberries and build a fence around them!

Finishing up the fence! We have to keep the rabbits out!

Finishing up the fence! We have to keep the rabbits out!

Reagan checking out the strawberry plants!

Reagan checking out the strawberry plants!

After Reagan and I checked out the new strawberry patch, we also walked around the yard to visit the baby birds and play in the pool a little bit!

It's getting pretty crowded in there!

It’s getting pretty crowded in there!

Playing in the pool!

Splashing in the pool!

While Reagan played around the pool, I walked around and took a few pictures of the summer time view of the pool area; just something to look back at in the middle of winter!

View of the pool looking towards the house.

View of the pool looking towards the house.

View from up by the house. See the naked baby on the diving board? ;-)

View from up by the house. See the naked baby on the diving board? 😉

Better view from the house to the pool.

Better view looking down on the pool.

Herb garden along the side of the house!

Herb garden along the side of the house!

Splashing in the pool

Friday when I got home for work Reagan and I headed outside to do some splashing in the pool!!

Reagan and Mommy splashing in the pool!!

Reagan and Mommy splashing in the pool!!

Playing in the water!

Playing in the water!

After splashing and playing around in the pool we went to check on the baby birds! They’ve gotten pretty big, barely fitting in their nest, and were all hungry for worms!! I have to admit I’m pretty surprised that all four have survived to get this big!

All four baby birds wanting some yummy worms!

All four baby birds wanting some yummy worms!

 

Home with Daddy

Reagan and Daddy had a fun day together drawing on the dry-erase board and going through Reagan’s different colored ponytail holders!

Coloring on the dry erase board!

Coloring on the dry erase board!

Look! It's a PINK dry erase marker!!

Look! It’s a PINK dry erase marker!!

See "mommy" on the couch? :-)

See “mommy” on the couch? 🙂

Sorting her ponytail holders!

Sorting her ponytail holders!

Yay! This is fun!

Yay! This is fun!

Reagan and Daddy definitely have fun together!!

 

Sleeping in

James isn’t a morning person and neither is Reagan. Because of this they both seem to enjoy Friday mornings. James doesn’t work on Friday so they can both sleep in as late as they want while I’m up getting ready!

Love these two!!

Love these two!!

 

Calm down

Reagan has been having temper tantrums for a while, but lately they have been especially bad. This afternoon I go the following e-mail from James:

Reagan had a huge temper tantrum, I just left her in bed [our bed that she can get in and out of on her own] and said come get daddy when she had calmed down. She got quiet so I went to check on her. That’s when she told me, “Daddy me calm down.”

I have to admit I was pretty impressed with James’ ability to stay calm and to get Reagan to calm down on her own. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come in regards to working with Reagan to learn how to deal with her emotions in a healthy way.

 

Playing around

Wednesday I was outside doing some weeding (and mulching) and Reagan found a tire tube to throw around and play with.

Running around with the tube!

Running around with the tube!

Throwing it at Mommy!

Throwing it at Mommy!

Reagan had a lot of fun throwing the tube, but kept asking us to throw it up into the tree. I’m not sure what her obsession was with the tube going up in the tree, but she was quite insistent!

Hey, look up there!

Hey! Throw it up there!

More planting

Tuesday evening I went out to plant some watermelon, pepper, and tomato seedlings.

Reagan helping me plant!

Reagan helping me plant!

Seedlings are in the ground!

Seedlings are in the ground!

Afterwards we went to check on the baby birds and then for a tractor ride out to the pond!

Baby birds are growing up fast!

Baby birds are growing up fast!

Driving the tractor with Daddy!

Driving the tractor with Daddy!

Hanging out with Mommy!

Hanging out with Mommy!

When we got back inside Reagan played with her new pony tail holders (they were all different colors!) and got an evening snack.

Going through all her new pony tail holders!

Going through all her new pony tail holders!

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

Cucumbers dipped in Greek yogurt.

Cucumbers dipped in Greek yogurt

 

Twenty-nine months

Little Miss Reagan Kay is twenty-nine months old!! Our little girl is growing up and becoming quite independent!

Twenty-nine months old!

Twenty-nine months old!

Reagan loves being outside, playing in the dirt, animals, splashing in the water, “helping” people (especially Daddy!), playing on the playground, doing art projects, making messes, and getting into everything!!

She has what I like to call leadership skills (aka, she’s pretty bossy and likes getting her way), but can also be quite silly!

Reagan is the light of our lives and I can’t imagine life without her!

Hanging out on Daddy's tractor!

Our little farm girl hanging out on Daddy’s tractor!

Big difference

While walking around outside this afternoon I started thinking about how different things look now compared to winter. When I went back inside I looked up some pictures from this winter and found the following comparison from our picture archives.

January 27th to May 27th! Pretty big difference!

January 27th to May 27th! Pretty big difference!