Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Also, this means he's 20 weeks away from being an entire year old. Too early to start party planning? Don't answer that.
sleepy eyes, sleepy smile // we found a new mexican restaurant and chris gave you a lemon. you made terrible faces, but kept licking it // the cutest krispy kreme mascot there ever was // all decked out in your pool gear
sleepy bear // you learned to stick your tongue out and make funny noises // your face when you think you're getting frozen yogurt vs your face when you realize you're not getting any frozen yogurt (I crack myself up)
the happiest babe // you love playing with toys now // so peaceful when you sleep // my happy little bub
your first doctor's appointment in Gainesville // I have so many blurry pictures of you now because you are on the move! // just hanging out in your bathrobe // smiling and bouncing, your favorite things.
my favorite selfie-taking partner // future prez // baby toes // you and gatsby just hanging out.
movie-watching buddies // snuggles // you have a little toy tractor and it's your favorite toy // so proud of all your toys
always so smiley // passed out in church // silly faces // you're forever my favorite.
Happy thirty-two weeks, baby jack! I love you thirty-two times more than I did when you were born. xoxo
Monday, August 29, 2016
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Plot: Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm. -via Goodreads
My thoughts: I absolutely love Liane Moriarty's books. I was so excited to read this one, but it was very different than I expected. That doesn't make it a bad book by any means (it's not!), it was just less mysterious and shocking than I expected.
Most mysteries go like this: You find out an event that happened (like murder or kidnapping or something like that), and then you're introduced to all of these characters and have to figure out who did this thing.
Her mysteries go like this: You're introduced to all of the characters and the mystery isn't who did what, the mystery is that there is a thing has already happened you have to figure out what that thing is. I love it.
This book follows that model, it just does so in what feels like a milder sense. It focused more on the characters than the events.
Should you read it? If you're already a Liane Moriarty fan, yes. If you're not, start with What Alice Forgot or The Husband's Secret.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Plot: For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.
This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole. -via Goodreads
My thoughts: I picked up this book, read the first six or seven chapters, and then completely forgot about it...never a good sign.
Jack took an extra long nap yesterday, so when I saw it on my dresser, I decided to finish it.
And I liked it!
I don't think it's as amazing as everyone makes it out to be, but I do think it's a raw and honest (so therefore sometimes sad and sometimes funny) look at family, friendships, mistakes, and just life.
When I finished the book, I felt like nothing had really happened, but I still felt closure. And really, it's not a book where a lot happens. It's a family and some friends who go on vacation together, and you get a view into their lives and their pasts and their mistakes and what they're going to do about all of that.
It made me think a lot about my own life and family, and I always love when a book that really has nothing to do with me can make me feel a connection like that.
Should you read it? Sure! But if you decide to skip it, you're not missing out on anything life-changing.
What did you read this month? I really need an "absolutely loved it" kind of book for next month...send one my way!
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A little look at life in August through snapshots that never quite made it to the blog.
First things first: I colored my hair pink on a whim. I need an hour to decide where I want to eat lunch, but big decisions like this? Nah, better not think about it, let's just do it.
This kid has such a big head. I love him in hats, but this one is for 9-12 months. He's seven months. It's fine.
We found a new doctor for Jack here, and he was great. It's so funny how much your life can change in a year. A year ago, I would have just said that a pediatrician is a pediatrician, you know? But now? Oh no. I want a pediatrician who actually likes being a pediatrician, who makes me feel comfortable asking questions (as opposed to feeling stupid asking questions), and is preferably a little bit funny. It was a relief to find a good doctor for my little man! And Jack was very into ripping the paper into little tiny shreds.
Target's Simply Balanced line just keeps getting better and better. I've been drinking this peach tea all day, every day.
Reading is a little bit harder these days, with a curious fox and a kicking baby.
How pretty is this juice? It was delicious. I came home and tried to copy it, and mine was so gross.
My tiny little snuggle bunny.
Picking weeds on our morning walks.
Also from Target: This is so delicious. Add some rice and chicken and veggies and it tastes (almost) just like my favorite meal at a Thai place.
Gatsby follows me room to room, finding a place to curl up and watch me.
A little sneak peek at real life: I was so behind on dishes that I mixed my protein shake in one of Jack's bottles.
This little guy is so in love with his new toy.
I got a shopping cart cover and it made shopping SO much easier. However...I was super disturbed by how many people just touched Jack without saying anything to me. No thank you.
What did your August look like?