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March 20, 2015

March Book Club: A Discovery of Witches





A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

March 3, 2015

Jaxon is 10 months!!!!



Every month seems like a crazy development and progress.

Jaxon has decided that sleep is for the birds. He is such a restless sleeper that he is up constantly during the night.
He will either bump his head on the side of his crib or reach for me and wake up screaming because it startles him.
He isn’t much better in bed, I just get more sleep when he is in with us.
We try to start every night in the crib, but he is generally up and in bed with us by 1am, at the latest.

Jaxon now has 6.5 teeth.
He has had the bottom 3 for a while now, but the front 4 have started to appear.
The right 2 are in and making their decent.
The left 2 are starting to rear their ugly heads.
I’m talking fever, diaper rash, grumpy days and sleepless nights…. Wait a second!

Jaxon is now cruising the furniture. He is constantly pulling himself up and toddling over to anyone or anything within reach.
He tried to take his first step, from the coffee table to me on the couch, on Sunday.
I was tempted to gently knock him over, but he fell before anything got too serious.
I kid.
Only just a little.

Table food is all we are doing now.
Baby lead weaning truly worked out great for us!
Thank goodness SIL caught on that he was more than interested in other people’s food.
He isn’t a great eater, but it’s definitely better with table food than baby food.
Squeeze pouches included.

His favorite work, other than Mama and Dada is uh-oh!
It is the cutest thing in the world.
Of course he never uses in the right context.
But it's cute, none the less.
He also says Bubble... Kinda.
It's more like Baba.

Jaxon is getting too big. 
Time is passing too fast!

How in the world am I supposed to keep up?!

His favorite toy is his Johnny Jumper and little farm walker.
I love to hear him laugh as he pushes that thing around the room.
He is so proud of himself when he does it, too.

Dear Lord,
Please let him continue to be such a joy.
Help me to find the beautiful and precious moments, and cherish them.
Help him to remain as secure and sure of his parents as he is now.

And help him to like his car seat better.
Amen!


January 8, 2015

Jaxon's First Christmas and New Years

Jaxon’s first Christmas was a week full of excitement and family.
We started out the celebrating with Jake’s Dad and step-mom.
We packed up their gifts and an awesome Brussel sprouts recipe and ourselves into the car to visit with family.
It was a great little family party with the kiddo’s loving opening presents.
It was such a whirlwind of activity with the 5 kids. I felt that if I blinked, I would miss it.
Jaxon didn’t quite ‘get’ the idea of opening presents, but my older nephews were more than willing to help him.
It was cute.
We finished off the night by going to our church service to see my nephew in a Christmas concert.
It was truly entertaining.

The days between were spent in a flurry of wrapping paper and ribbon.
Our family getting bigger has resulted in me using more gift bags and tissue paper than ever before.
I blame it on odd shaped presents, like soccer balls.

Christmas eve I spent the first church service with my parents in 5 years.
I left Jaxon and Jake at home with his side of the family so I could see my nieces in their Christmas pageant.
I couldn’t miss out on baby Quinn being baby Jesus!
I rushed home and opened presents with Jake’s side of the family.
This time Jaxon seemed to catch on to the whole present idea, grabbing any paper he could between his two hands and dancing with it in the air.
It was priceless.

Christmas morning Jake and I packed up the boy and headed over to my parent’s house.
By that time Jaxon was so over stimulated and over tired that he actually slept sprawled over my lap as I opened my presents and his.

The rest of the day was spent playing and spending time with people that we love.
When we finally went home we stocked up on leftovers and relaxed.
It was a success, all around!

New Years was a little different. 
We decided to treat it like any other night.
Jaxon and I were both in bed by 9:45pm.
Happy New Year!

January 7, 2015

My Little Pregnancy Secret

In this new year, I want to be completely frank and outright.

The only baby book that I made it all the way through was Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy.

I loved it.
I tried to read Ina May’s guide to Natural Child Birth….
I stopped about 40 pages in and decided that while each testimony was interesting… Experiencing childbirth myself would be more helpful.
Plus, I evidently really like statistics to be included when someone or something claims to be 'better' for someone.
Even then, it's to each their own. 

I tried, I really did.
I tried to read and be more aware of what I was going through and what kind of being I was bringing into the world.
I planned on being up to date on parenting methods and birthing techniques.

I’m not even sure Jake did more than page through a dad focused parenting book while he was lounging in the bathroom.
That’s where I put the book, at least.

Some parents may call it a fail.
I call it a Godsend.
A learning experience.

I feel more focused on our lives, our experiences, our mistakes.
I’m not trying to rack my brain for an answer to a problem that is only kind of like something similar to what we come up against.

I am surrounded by mothers who have been through what I’m going through.
They are a wealth of wisdom.

Have you ever done anything like that... Prepped with all the best intentions, then completely blew it?
You aren't alone.

December 23, 2014

Choosing a Baby Book

Choosing a baby book is hard.

I think everyone I know has the same baby book from when they were young.
I guess hospitals use to give them out to new parents before they took their little bundle of joy home.
I wish that they still did that, because choosing a baby book was much harder than I originally expected.
Hard enough that I didn’t choose one until after Jaxon was already here and home.

After searching amazon, book stores and Hallmark-type stores for 9 months I finally decided to order the C.R. Gibson 5 year memory book.

After it arrived, I couldn’t have been happier.
It was basically the updated version of the book that my mom had for me, back in the 80’s.
In fact, with the company being from the 1890’s, it may be the actual updated version of my baby book.

It has more than 30 archival quality, acid free and lignin free decorative pages to collect and preserve memories from pregnancy through baby's 5th birthday.

I highly recommend that you check it out!
I love ours!