May 2017 Recap

May was an amazing reading month – I read so much, and most of the books I finished were ones I really enjoyed.

I didn’t get a lot done in the way of blogging – I was hoping to get posts written ahead before we left on vacation, but it didn’t happen. Then I intentionally left my computer at home and conceded that the blog was going to be put on a brief hiatus. ๐Ÿ˜‰

May 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 24
Books Read This Year: 76

Things That Happened
  • Book club – My Antonia for my in-person book club and Hannah Coulter in the Facebook group.
  • We went on vacation to Florida! We went to Legoland, Disney, and Animal Kingdom. We also had days spent at the pool in between the amusement parks.
  • We wrapped up the “official” school year, although we’ll be doing some light things for the summer.
What’s Cooking

    Lots of quick-and-easy meals, as we’ve been busy with baseball & softball. I keep thinking I should make myself a belated birthday cake, but so far I haven’t bothered. We were in Florida for my actual birthday, which is why it hasn’t happened yet.

    But! The smartest thing I did was schedule a Home Chef box to arrive right after vacation. We got home late Monday afternoon, and Tuesday morning a meal box was at my door. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I want to do that every time we’re coming home from vacation, as it made re-entry so much easier.

What Iโ€™m Anticipating in June
  • H’s birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Baseball and softball will end. G’s team will have a tournament, so I’m not sure of the exact ending date.
  • Taekwondo camp, and VBS.
  • Belt testing. G tries again for his 1st degree recommended black belt, and H goes for brown belt. I am *so* hoping she passes because that’ll move her up into the advanced classes. Why do I care? Because then she’ll be in the same class as G again, which makes my life easier. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Book club – Into Thin Air for my in-person book club and Uprooted in the Facebook group.
Books I Read in May

I shared the list of books I read in a post on Thursday, so I’ll share my favorites of the picture books we read in May:

  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

    Beautiful illustrations, and a sweet story

  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

    Really funny, and great illustrations

  • Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

    Made my girls laugh, especially the pictures of the grumpy bear.

  • The Firehouse Light by Janet Nolan

    H really liked this one, and asked for it several days in a row. Interesting story, and well-done at showing the passage of time. It’s a wordier book, and wouldn’t hold the attention of toddlers.

  • Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park

    Cute story.

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April 2017 Recap

I love the idea of Spring more than I actually like Spring itself I think. Not because of dreading summer, or a huge love for winter, but because of what Spring brings with it.

And by that I mean pollen. Allergies have been rough this year and I’ve been doing all of my crunchy natural remedies and using some OTC medicine too, in an attempt to keep myself functional. Even with all that I still feel like I spent a lot of time in a fog.

April 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 20
Books Read This Year: 52

Things That Happened
  • Book club – A Gentleman in Moscow for my in-person book club and Dark Matter in the Facebook group.
  • Baseball began for G, and both kids had their opening day festivities. On the same day, which was aggravating. I ended up missing all of G’s events, and R missed half of H’s game as he was off with G at those events.
  • Belt testing – G went for recommended black belt (black belt with a red stripe down the middle), and H for senior blue belt (which is the last belt that attends the intermediate classes). For the first time ever in his taekwondo career, G did not pass a belt testing. He messed up something on his form (his arm was turned up when it should have been down, or it was down when it should have been up, I don’t remember). He took the disappointment really well, and is ready to retry in June.
  • R’s brother visited for a few days, and the kids were SO EXCITED to see him. Unfortunately, his last day here was the day of the kids baseball/softball opening events, so R didn’t get to see much of him that last day as we were off with the kids.
What’s Cooking

    I have no idea – clearly, we all ate this month, but I don’t remember anything in particular that I fixed. I think it was a month of old standbys and “what is in the fridge that I can pull together” kind of meals.

What Iโ€™m Anticipating in May
  • My birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I think we’re going to wrap-up this year of homeschooling for our summer break. It’s possible we may go into June a little bit though; I’m not completely decided on what we’ll do.
  • It’s also possible we won’t have any summer break, and will do school every day we don’t have something else planned (like VBS or Cub Scout camp)
  • Cub Scouts wraps up for the year, which is bittersweet. It’s been a lot of fun for G, and in many ways we have more time in the summer for activities. I’m not one of the leaders though, so it’s easy for me to not feel the same need for a break from everything. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Awana also ends, so G is done with Sparks. That means he’s now been participating in Awana for 5 years, which seems crazy to me.
  • Book club – My Antonia for my in-person book club and Hannah Coulter in the Facebook group.
Books I Read in April
  1. Home Crowd Advantage by Ben Aaronovitch (short story)
  2. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, adapted by Charles Osborne
  3. A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  4. A Fearsome Doubt by Charles Todd
  5. Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel
  6. When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (audio)
  7. Rivers of London: Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel
  8. Clean My Space by Melissa Maker
  9. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
  10. Ely Plot by Joan Lennon
  11. Escape from Wolfhaven Castle by Kate Forsyth
  12. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
  13. Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
  14. Other People’s Dirt by Louise Rafkin (audio)
  15. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
  16. Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
  17. Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspeare
  18. Saveur: The New Comfort Food by James Oseland
  19. Have Spacesuit Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (audio)
  20. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

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March 2017 Recap

March 2017 RecapKnock on wood, but I think the change of seasons has also brought with it a healthier family. That was ridiculously lingering and annoying and I do hope it’s gone forever.

March also had some super weird weather – some really mild days and then cold again (even a bit of snow), but I guess none of that is surprising for March in Indiana. Despite living here for over a decade I still find myself expecting March to be warmer than it reliably is. At this point, I think it’s just in my DNA and won’t be changing and I’ll always associate March with Spring Training and watching baseball outside in shorts and hoping to avoid a sunburn. ๐Ÿ™‚

March 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 12
Books Read This Year: 32

Things That Happened
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed Emma.
  • My in-person book club had our annual tea party discussed And Then There Were None.
  • H had her first softball practice, and her first rained-out softball practice. She was super disappointed about the second because “I need to practice catching because I’m not very good at it!”
  • G finished his basketball season. His team was pretty dreadful, but he did improve and he had fun with it, so that’s good enough.
  • G also had Pinewood Derby for Cub Scouts. He ended up coming in 6th place, which wasn’t too bad considering how late he was getting started on it. He ran out of time to do some of the finesse stuff that he could have otherwise. Bonus: he got to use some power tools (under supervision) so that was fun for him.
What’s Cooking
  • Cabbage. Butter-sauteed with salt and pepper and I love it.
  • I’ve been picking up take-and-bake pizza bout once a week all month, because I’ve discovered their special pricing – a large cheese, pepperoni, or sausage pizza for $5. I can’t make one for much less than that (if at all), and certainly not when I give any sort of value to my time. If I cared that much I could add extra toppings of my own on at home, but so far I haven’t cared that much.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in April
  • Book club – A Gentleman in Moscow for my in-person book club and Dark Matter in the Facebook group.
  • Baseball begins for G, and both kids have their opening day festivities. On the same day, which is super frustrating as a parent.
  • Belt testing – G goes for recommended black belt (black belt with a red stripe down the middle), and H goes for senior blue belt (which is the last belt that attends the intermediate classes)
Books I Read in March
  1. A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
  2. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  3. An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
  4. Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
  5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  6. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
  7. A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry
  8. Emma by Jane Austen
  9. Watchers of Time by Charles Todd
  10. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  11. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
  12. Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott

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February 2017 Recap

February RecapI feel like all I do lately is say the same stuff. We were sick again in February (stomach bug, and then fever/cough mess), and then I had to work to take care of things that got ignored while we were sick.

None of the sickness was that bad (ok, the stomach bug was bad, but it was short-lived), but multiplying it by 4 and suddenly even somewhat mild illness can take out a week or more of our lives. I hadn’t fully appreciated that fact before having 3 kids who like to share germs with each other, and with me. So, it’s really not that we’re sick all the time usually, or that things are especially bad when we are sick.It’s that the kids seem to take it in turns to draw out the experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 10
Books Read This Year: 20

Things That Happened
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed on Moloka’i.
  • G received his probationary black belt in taekwondo, and H received her blue belt.
  • My in-person book club discussed The Year of Living Danishly. I thought the discussion added a lot to the book.
  • G finished Sonlight’s level B, and started the second half of world history with Bookshark’s level 2.
What’s Cooking
  • Menu planning fail: I planned and shopped for meals, and then illness kept me from fixing them (or even moving things to the freezer when that would have worked). We had a ton of food waste this month.
  • R is overhauling his diet, so I’m working on figuring out what that means for our dinner routines.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in March
  • Book club – And Then There Were None for my in-person book club and Emma in the Facebook group.
  • Basketball ends for G, and softball begins for H.
  • Spring Break, maybe. I’m not sure if we’ll be taking a true break or not. It’ll probably depend on if they end up with play dates arranged with friends, or if neighbors are outside playing.
Books I Read in February
  1. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
  2. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  4. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
  5. Manna from Hades by Carola Dunn
  6. The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
  7. Extra Virgin by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar
  8. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  9. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup
  10. Legacy of the Dead by Charles Todd

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January 2017 Recap

January RecapThis is actually going to be more of a December & January recap, since last month’s anticipated post didn’t happen. Kids were sick, we had visitors, then I was sick with the cough that would. not. end.

I’m slowly digging out from everything else that got ignored both during the sickness that struck, and my adulting slump that’s been happening the past couple of months. One of my oldest friends died suddenly in November and I don’t think I’d realized right away how much it’s been weighing on me. Now I’m having to play catchup from when I was doing the bare minimum to get by.

December 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 18
Books Read For The Year: 109

January 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 10

Things That Happened
  • Christmas with R’s parents, brother & niece
  • In the Facebook book club we should have discussed The Hobbit, but didn’t really because I was MIA for most of December. But we had a great discussion on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in January!
  • G received his senior red belt in taekwondo, and H received her senior purple belt.
  • My in-person book club had our annual Christmas party, and we played Bring Your Own Book. It was lots of fun, and I would recommend it for bookish gatherings
What’s Cooking
  • After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I’m ready to try making bread more frequently, and I’d love to try making fresh mozzarella at least once.
  • I don’t think I’ve really tried anything new or especially interesting in the kitchen recently. Too much survival mode around here for that I suppose.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in February
  • Book club – The Year of Living Danishly for my in-person book club and Moloka’i in the Facebook group.
  • Belt testing. G is testing for BLACK BELT. Ok, so it’s just provisional black belt but still. Black belt! And H is testing for blue.
  • G will be finished with part one of world history, and moving onto part two. I’ve got (almost all) of the books and materials ready to go but I still want to finalize the list of “extra” library books I want to look for. I didn’t always manage it last year, but I liked having the list ready to go for each week, so if it worked to add things in it was easy to know what to request. I also need to pay attention to when he’ll be finishing up his current science curriculum, so that I have the next one ready to go. He’s bounced around in the schedule in that one, so it isn’t quite as obvious how much more he has left.
Books I Read in December
  1. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  4. The Hangman by Louise Penny
  5. A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
  6. Alton Brown: EveryDayCook by Alton Brown
  7. A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber
  8. The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
  9. As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
  10. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
  11. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  12. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  13. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  14. The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Carry You Through the Year by Kelsey Banfield
  15. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  16. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver
  17. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
  18. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Books I Read in January
  1. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  2. Lost in Shangri-La A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  3. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
  4. A Quiet Life in the Country by E. E. Kinsey
  5. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  6. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  7. Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee
  8. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  9. Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende
  10. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe, read by Wil Wheaton

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November 2016 Recap

November RecapNovember was a good month for reading, but not so much for blogging. I was sick, M was sick – it all added up to time on the couch resting and/or snuggling a sick baby.

So thankful it wasn’t anything serious for us (just nasty colds that lingered), and for my Kindle app on my phone which let me get through a bunch of books!

November 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 15
Books Read For The Year: 91

Things That Happened
  • Thanksgiving and a pie extravaganza.
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed David and Goliath.
  • G began basketball.
  • H participated in a taekwondo tournament. She’s the smallest one in her belt class, and sended up in a group with all boys. Watching her take on those bigger boys was fun. Love how fearless she is!
  • I made a bit of a change to H’s Kindergarten curriculum. What I was trying to do wasn’t working that well, and I was dreading it. Two weeks in to the slight revamp and things are going well. Once I give it a little more time to know if it’ll continue to work well, I’ll share what changes I made.
  • G continues to chug along with his homeschool curriculum. He’s almost done with week 29, so it’s time for me to start seriously thinking about getting the next stuff ready to go. Week 36 will be here before I know it! Although a break for Christmas will slwo things down a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚
What’s Cooking
  • Soup season is back! Hooray! Now if only my kids would eat soup instead of acting like I’m trying to poison them when I serve it.
  • I made 8 pies for Thanksgiving and the peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie, and apple were SO GOOD. The blueberry was not good; I bought a different brand of filling and it was gross. And the pumpkin was weird; the filling ended up being really runny and didn’t taste right.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in December
  • Book club –The Uncommon Reader for my in-person book club and The Hobbit in the Facebook group.
  • Christmas. I am not prepared for it.
  • A very overdue, twice-postponed coloring party! It’s happening tonight, barring catastrophe or family emergencies or similar issues.
  • Belt testing. G is going for senior red and H for senior purple.
Books I Read
  1. A Rule Against Murder
  2. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
  3. Whispers Under Ground
  4. Garden Spells
  5. Last of the Breed
  6. The Anatomist’s Wife
  7. Sleep Smarter
  8. The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
  9. Broken Homes
  10. Mortal Arts
  11. The Brutal Telling
  12. Foxglove Summer
  13. A Grave Matter
  14. The Zoo at the Edge of the World
  15. Bury Your Dead

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October 2016 Recap

October RecapOctober was a lovely month – I got a lot of reading in (even with about a week in the middle where I read very little), my mother-in-law came for a visit (yay!), and I had events with friends three times. That fact is very much related to the visit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So yes, it was a lovely month.

October 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 11
Books Read For The Year: 76

Things That Happened
  • Halloween
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Belt testing passed successfully by both kids
  • Soccer ended.
  • Popcorn sales. Lots of popcorn sales. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • We had our first field trip of the year: we rode the train from Connersville to Metamora, got to walk around the town a bit, and then ride the train back. It was fun, but I was exhausted by the end of it!
  • We used a stencil to carve pumpkins for the first time, and I am a big fan.
What’s Cooking
  • Not much. I feel like I was scrounging all month with meal ideas.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in November
  • Book club – The Book Thief for my in-person book club and David and Goliath in the Facebook group.
  • Thanksgiving. Yummm.
  • G has two Cub Scout outings – a hike in a nearby State Park, and going to the Pacers game.
  • G also has basketball starting – I thought it started in January but apparently, it’s November.
  • H (matybe?) has a taekwondo tournament. G will miss it because of basketball opening day.
Books I Read
  1. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mewed by Alan Bradley
  2. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  4. Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
  5. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  6. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. The Fairy-Tale Detectives:The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
  8. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  9. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  10. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
  11. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: October 2014 Recap
Three years ago: New on My Bookcase (vol. 10)

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September 2016 Recap

September RecapI feel like I was super slow with reading in September – I got a bit bogged down by Burial Rites (it was so sad! A great book, but it took me ages to get through), and then Harry Potter #7 also took awhile.

It was still a great month though: mostly nice weather, homeschooling was going well, and I had a great event the final weekend of September that I was anticipating all month.

September 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 9
Books Read For The Year: 65

Things That Happened
  • Book club retreat!
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed Burial Rites
  • G went to his first Cub Scouts meetings
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • Lots of soccer, and it’s (mostly) fun seeing them both play.
  • Getting texts from R the Saturday I was at the retreat, telling me every time the kids scored a goal. They each scored three goals (!), so clearly I need to go out of town more often. It was by far their highest-scoring games.
What’s Cooking
  • Amazing food at the book club dinner party and retreat. There are some really good cooks in my book club.
  • I made a *fantastic* Sunday dinner before heading out of town – steak, shallot sauce, pan roasted green beans, and scalloped potatoes. Unbelievably good!
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in October
  • Book club – Harry Potter #s 1 – 7 for my in-person book club and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the Facebook group.
  • My mother-in-law will be visiting. Yay!
  • Halloween – I need to get moving on costumes.
  • Belt testing, again. Going for Red for G and Purple for H. At least I assume they’ll both be ready to test mid-month.
  • The end of soccer.
Books I Read
    1. Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows
    2. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
    3. Burial Rites
    4. The Cruelest Month
    5. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
    6. Dancing Home
    7. Women Heroes of World War II: The Pacific Theater
    8. Girl Waits with Gun
    9. Death on the Sapphire

    Previously on The Deliberate Reader

    One year ago: Book Club How-Tos: Keeping Track of the Details
    Two years ago: Book Review: Naked and Marooned by Ed Stafford
    Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction: A Jump for Life
    Four years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 7} We Die Alone

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August 2016 Recap

August Recap

August 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 8
Books Read For The Year: 56

Things That Happened
  • M turned 2
  • We started our new homeschooling year
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed Climbing the Mango Trees
  • Both big kids started soccer.
  • Both big kids also passed belt testing and are now senior brown and senior green belts.
  • G’s first MLB game, and it turns out the Reds give certificates for your first game. I have no idea if other teams do the same, but that was fun for him.
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • Watching the kids play soccer. I’m not really a big soccer fan, but little kids are so cute in the uniforms and watching them swarm around the ball.
  • Watching kids belt test – it doesn’t get old, seeing how far they’ve come and recognizing how hard they’re working.
What’s Cooking
  • Birthday cupcakes for M – vanilla with chocolate frosting. I did not let her help bake them or frost them. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Planning for the book club dinner party and also daydreaming aobut a possible themed-meal for at the book club retreat.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in September
  • Book club – My Life in France for my in-person book club and Burial Rites in the Facebook group.
  • Book club dinner party
  • Book club retreat.
  • The apple store opens at a local museum. My kids LOVE this because it meals apple donuts. We make semi-regular trips there since it’s only open in September and October.
  • Lots of soccer games. ๐Ÿ™‚
Books I Read
    I’m in the middle or close to the end of several books, which is partly why August looks so skimpy. Plus starting homeschool again = less time for me to read for myself. Also, I watched a lot more TV than usual (Olympics!) and that drastically curtailed my reading time.

    1. Snow Angels
    2. Walking the Amazon
    3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    4. Still Life
    5. The Penderwicks
    6. Four Perfect Pebbles
    7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    8. A Fatal Grace

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July 2016 Recap

July Recap

July 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 12
Books Read For The Year: 48

Things That Happened
  • G turned 7
  • The two big kids had another full month – taekwondo camp and another week of VBS.
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed The Cuckoo’s Calling
  • M started really fighting her nap. This is fairly devastating to me. Not only does she still need the rest, but I need the mental break. I’ve since found that she is more willing to nap as long as she isn’t in her crib, so she’s been playing musical naptime – in G’s bed, in H’s bed, in my bed. Whatever kid, just so long as you sleep you can choose where you sleep.
  • I took care of a bunch of annoying tasks that have been lingering on my to do list for ages. None of them were exciting, but they’re done.
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • Love seeing birthday excitement – and love seeing what presents end up being the biggest hit.
  • We had extra park outings in July, at least until the weather turned impossibly hot and humid to the point we couldn’t face it. There was even a hike with friends one morning on a super hot day, but enough shade to make it manageable.
What’s Cooking
  • I forgot to get a picture of it, but G had his first savory cooking lesson – we made a tomato sauce and served it over pasta. It was tasty, although he didn’t like the chunks of tomatoes in it. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • G helped me bake his birthday cake – vanilla with vanilla frosting and chocolate chips on top. It sounds so basic but it was delicious!
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in August
  • Book club – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt in my in-person book club and Climbing the Mango Trees in the Facebook group.
  • M turns 2. She will not be helping to make her own cake. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Back to school for G, and beginning Kindergarten for H.
  • G will be going to his first MLB game with daddy. I’ll be staying home with the younger two.
  • I think we’re going to go to the state fair one day. Assuming it’s not impossibly hot anyway.
  • Belt testing. Again. Assuming the kids are ready (and I’m pretty sure they will be), they’ll be going for senior green and senior brown.
Books I Read
  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  2. The Forks Over Knives Plan
  3. The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley
  4. 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert
  5. Man Enough by Nate Pyle
  6. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
  7. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  8. Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  10. Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris
  11. Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver
  12. The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Clara Parkes

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