Saturday, February 6, 2016

One A Day February: 2/1-2/6

I have been participating in a photo challenge in a photography group that I participate in.  The challenge is to take a photo every day for the month of February; I was not up for a project 365 this year with a baby due in March but this is completely manageable.  I thought it might be fun to share those photos here.  Here are my photos for February 1st- February 6th.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Reading Log: January 2016

I have decided this year that I am going to  track and share my reading here on my blog.  I might write deeper reviews on specific books at some point, but for now I will just be linking to what I read in a given month and write a few sentences about each book.  I am also going to be including my lunchtime read-alouds to the kids mostly for my own homeschool record keeping purposes.

Books Completed in January 2016
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, MD -- I don't know quite what I was expecting when I began reading this book, but it was quite different than I expected it to be.  Although a fairly short tome, I was amazed at how much useful information the author managed to pack into less than 300 pages.  This book is an in depth look at the importance of play not just in children but in adults as well.  If the idea of adults playing seems odd, Brown explains what play looks like for adults and how grownups can include more play in their own lives.

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins -- This was a lunchtime read-aloud.  All 3 kids enjoyed this book.  It is a story about toys and their adventures; think Toy Story but better.  It was very clear that Lily and Little Ish were enjoying the story of Lumphy, Plastic, and Stingray.  As far as I could tell Atticus mostly enjoyed the funny noises that various toys make throughout the book.

The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner--This book has been mentioned with good reviews on several blogs that I read.  When I saw the ebook version on sale at the beginning of the month, I decided to spend the $1.99 to read it.  The author does a good job explaining the why and how of making more margin in the course of the day for self-care and to pursue hobbies.  As a mom of little ones, I appreciated a lot of the ideas provided, but I would probably check with your local library before paying full price for this book.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin-- This was a reread for me.  It is an indepth look at how people form, keep, and break habits.  The balance that the author provides between research and personal anecdotes makes it a pleasant yet highly useful read.  I have been using several of Rubin's suggested strategies to start and maintain several habits since my first reading of this book.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass--This book has been mentioned in so many of the other books that I have read in the past couple of years that I felt like it was following me around.  I finally decided that I should just go ahead and read it, and I am very glad I did.  In school slavery was mentioned in history classes throughout the years, but not a single teacher that I had went into depth on the topic.  As a result, I did not realize fully the extent of the horrors of slavery.  I highly recommend this book, and as it is in the public domain, you can get the e-book version for free.

Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins-- This is the 2nd book in the Toys Go Out trilogy.  The continued adventures of Plastic, Lumphy, and Sting Ray were equally enjoyable to those shared in the first book.  The kids loved this read-aloud, and surprisingly the day after we finished, Atticus started recounting several events that happened in the book.  We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the third book in the mail.

Currently Reading
Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond by Hilary Flower

Presence by Amy Cuddy 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snow Much Fun!

After a week of a stomach bug passing through the whole family, the kids were beyond excited to get some time to play in the snow from the blizzard that hit Delaware on Friday and Saturday.  I was particularly surprised at how much Atticus enjoyed the snow as Lily and Ish definitely were not so keen on it at his age.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Finished Objects

I recently finished new winter hats for Little Ish and Liliana.  Each of them picked out their yarn.  Little Ish I directed toward Madelinetosh DK as I had been wanting to knit something with it and he settled on the Leaf colorway.  It was such a beautiful yarn to work with, and I have plenty leftover that I may make something for the new baby with it.  Liliana had been begging for a blue hat so when Ginny opened her etsy shop for the last time of 2015 and it was filled with beautiful yarns dyed with indigo the choice was easy.  I showed Lily the listing for worsted weight indigo yarn and she was so excited and decided on the spot that it was the perfect yarn for her hat.  Mind you half way through me knitting her hat she said, "Maybe I should have picked pink yarn instead." Four yearold fickleness that disappeared as soon as she put the finished hat on her head.  She has declared it "the softest hat ever" and wears it around inside the house a lot just because she likes it so much.

In reading news, I am currently about halfway through Stuart Brown's Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.  It isn't what I expected, but I am really enjoying it and am finding a lot of the information useful.

Patterns used:
Windy City Hat (Liliana's)
Cream of Celery Soup Hat (Little Ish's)

Linking up over at Ginny's!

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Birthday and a Photo Shoot

Atticus turned 2 on Saturday and had a grand time celebrating with friends Saturday evening.   On Saturday morning, in attempts to get some good Christmas photos before the lights came down at Longwood Gardens, we spent an hour or so doing photoshoot there.  Atticus wanted pretty much nothing to do with it and finally allowed me to get a couple of decent shots when I offered to buy him a dessert before we left.  I generally don't like to bribe the kids, but in this case it seemed worth it.  Photo shoots are not easy on little kids.  It is a lot of time to follow directions and pay attention.  They were perfectly happy to go play in the Children's Garden after changing into more suitable clothing and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet treat before we headed home.

And an addition to the "This is Why We Don't Do Christmas Cards" file...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Belated Yarn Along

I am a day late but I wanted to share my progress on the blanket I am knitting for our family's newest addition (due March 2015).  I am knitting Jared Flood's Shale Baby Blanket. I am using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage yarn in the charcoal colorway.  It is soft and I know from making Atticus's baby blanket that it opens beautifully upon blocking to display lacework.  By the way, I don't enjoy knitting with typical baby colors so I just picked a colorway that I love.

I am currently reading  Tulipomania by Mike Dash.  It is a well written and absorbing read about the tulip craze that struck the Netherlands in the 17th century.  I am currently halfway through the book and look forward to finishing it.  I am not typically drawn to history books, but this one is definitely a satisfying read.

Linking up with Ginny!