Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Goodnight Angels by Melody Carlson, Pictures by Sophie Allsopp


For those that know the children’s book Goodnight Moon, this book will seem familiar.  Goodnight Angels follows a child as he goes through his evening getting ready for bed, saying goodnight to his surroundings as he goes. 

I received this board book hoping that it would be one that my toddler would enjoy.  My son is almost two.  I think this book is better suited for three years and up.  I look forward to reading it to him more when he gets a little older.  It is a sweet book and ends with the little boy saying a prayer.  I think the illustrations are also well done.  This is a good addition to a small child’s bedtime routine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

18 Months

My baby boy is getting so big.  He will soon be a big brother.  Klive's new words this month are church, socks, bye, and his new favorite... no.  Everything is NO. 
 

 
Klive loves balloons.  They can entertain him for quite some time.

 
Morning crazy hair.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

What’s really more important?  That’s the question that the author is really asking.  It’s all those distractions, technology, and our desire for perfection that keep us from the people and experiences that matter most to us.  Mrs. Stafford brings the case that we should put aside the things that, in the grand scheme of things, do not really matter compared with those precious moments that we are missing with our kids and family.  Moments we cannot get back.

I was very intrigued when I read the title of this book.  I gave up Facebook several years ago and, to me, it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made.  It was getting rid of something in my life that was consuming more time than I felt it needed to.  For me, it was giving it up completely.  I believe it gives me more time with my son.  I enjoyed reading about all the special moments that the author spent with her girls instead of being on her phone or worrying about making her house messier.  The read was a bit repetitive, but I believe that is part of her getting her point across.  I appreciated that she put her mistakes out there and that she gave God glory for opening her eyes to it.  None of us our without fault.  She left me thinking about how I could improve myself.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Twin

I had my mom bring my baby pictures when they came for Christmas.  I found several pictures that I believe Klive and I look quite a lot alike.  This one really struck me though.  This is a picture of me at Christmas when I was 16 months old.  The next two are of Klive when he was 17 and almost 18 months old.  Can you see the similarity?
 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

We were very blessed this Christmas with our sweet 17 month old boy and one more on the way.  We attended the Christmas Eve service at church.  It was wonderful as always.  The first two pictures are from before the service.
 

 
Here are Klive and Papaw on Christmas morning having a good laugh.


 
This was Klive's idea of playing with his gifts.

 
Klive was quite talented with his t-ball set that cousin Macy gave him.

 
Playing in his toy chest handed down to him from Aunt Lisa.

 
Relaxing on the couch with Papaw and watching cartoons.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

16 Months

I'm a little behind on Klive's 16 month update.  Klive has added more words to his vocabulary; some new words are shoe, no, and wow.  He has definitely been testing boundaries more this past month.
 
Here he is wearing Momma's socks.  He insisted I put them on him and wore them all over the house.  So technically this is also a show and tell of the new socks I just recently finished knitting.
 
 
Here he is showing off our new shower.  We recently had it re-tiled.

 
Klive and Papa in their sharp looking sweaters right before church.

 
This picture was taken while we were in Longview during Thanksgiving.  Klive has Grandpa's shaver and is using it to make a phone call.

 
Everyday is an adventure and full of joy with this little stinker.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Books We Love

As I've mentioned before, Klive loves to be read to and loves reading to others.  I hope to instill a great love of reading in him.  I really don't have any qualms about buying him books when I find one that I think he will enjoy.  I believe it is money well spent.  Here are several of Klive's favorite books.


B is for Bear  - This was a gift that Klive received at one of his baby showers.  He still enjoys this book after many many months.  The touch and feel pages are great. 


Trucks Go - You get to make fun truck sounds.  What's not to love?  The more exaggerated the sounds that I make, the more Klive loves it.


Hop on Pop -  Dr. Seuss... need I say more.  Klive loves the rhyming in this book.  He starts grinning the moment I read that first page.


Red Truck - Bar none this is his favorite book.  The illustrations are bright and fun.  I will read it and he will hand it back to me asking, "More?"  This will repeat about five times.


As for myself, my list is more of a what I'm reading now. 


The Hobbit - I've wanted to read this for quite some time.  I have to say that I love Tolkien.  I'm only halfway through, but I am already in love with his writing.  I plan to read the entire Lord of the Rings series next, but I have heard that it is more of a challenge to read.  I'm looking forward to digging in to those soon.

 
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - I was told that this was a must read.  Great information if you want to learn more about labor and the progression of it.  The personal stories are a must read and so informative.  I haven't quite finished it yet, but this is going to be a great reference in general.


So little time, so much to read...