Monday, July 27, 2015

Monthly Recap vol. 23 July 2015



It's the last Monday of the month. Time to tell you about our month! How was your July?  Over here, (despite what's been happening in the news), everything has been very good.  I cannot even believe we've only got a month to go until I'm full term. Due date: t minus 35-ish days. (!!!) Almost harder to believe is that Molly will start second grade and Frances will start Pre-School in less than two weeks. How is that even possible?!

doing....

My daughters attended two Dance Camps this month.  My sister and her two kiddos came to visit for a week. We celebrated a very nice 4th of July with our cousins Micah and Allison.  Stephen left me to parent solo for a week so that he could attend an overnight camp in Kentucky (long story).  My Mom and I went to Charlotte, NC for a wedding reception for a dear friend and her two sisters. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of driving. So, busy. And reading, always lots of that!

getting ready for baby..

I'm working on a Big Fat Pregnancy Recap post for you.

Until then... THIS is what I have bought for the baby so far:

This is what I have brought down/ need to bring down from the attic:
-bouncy seat
-bassinet
-swing
-carseat (done)
-clothes

This is what I still need to do:

all.the.things. Mostly, cleaning.
I've been reading a ton, as per usual for me. I actually abandoned a book (or two, ish) this time. I had to keep going on my Jim Gaffigan run because he is just so funny. I felt like I needed to laugh until I cried a few more times as I endure heat + third trimester. So Food: A Love Story made its way to my shelf...And man, I was right: I needed to read it- it is gold. It's basically all of his stand-up comic routines on food. And it has me thinking I need to read more humor books. It is such a refreshing change to be laughing out loud over and over again, over serious all.of.the.time!

I also added to my bookshelf a few that I found recommended in the blogosphere. Both Ginny and MMD recommended The Rosie Project. About potent potables, awkward and dorky personalities, and the social side of making awkward friendships work, I found it endearing and charming and hard to put down.  Water For Elephants has been on the Amazon wishlist for far too long, but after reading about half, I decided to either abandon it for good or finish reading it in August.  It was good, but being in my third trimester makes everything harder, reading included. And it had just enough smarmy downright inappropriate that I was ova it. ;) (I had really forgotten what it was like being so pregnant!)

The Cloister Walk  was one of the best books I read this month, for multiple reasons. This was my first book by the poet and author, Kathleen Norris. It has stirred my soul and awakened my spiritual senses over and over.  It is also very long, though!;) I am just now getting into In This House of Brede, but I hope to make headway before July is over!  As for Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching by Anthony Esolen....good stuff. We need this book in our American culture today. Esolen is and has been quoted and linked to many, many times on one of my top 5 favorite sites, Like Mother, Like Daughter and on several other sites. So, I'm so glad I read it!!!

So all in all, I had a lot of goodness on my shelf this month, but didn't quite keep up as I had hoped.

interested in buying any of these books?

watching....
Being Elmo with the kids= good, made me cry
Wild  good, but. also. melodramatic and intense. Stephen didn't like it as much as I did. I thought the acting, music, and story were well-executed. It wasn't dry at all. Stephen complained that it had the pace of a chick flick. Well, what are you gonna do?
still watching Parenthood

listening to...
almost nada that's good or worth mentioning. Rec's for me?

Funny things they say: 

Me: girls…. what do you want to be when you grow up?
Molly: An artist or a singer.
Frances: Everything… or a princess.
Madeleine: I want to be..a be.. a be..
Molly: A Bee? You want to be a bee when you grow up?
Frances: (Laughing) Only one problem.  God will NOT answer that.

{Passing a rental car parking lot}
Molly: Those trucks are really spensy!!! It says they cost $19.95!

Me: We’re going to the zoo!
Molly: We’re going to see the camels!
Madeleine: Yay!!! We’re going to see the canimals.

{watching The Prince of Egypt}
Stephen: The river is red blood.
Madeleine: No, it's red MUD!
Tacy: She doesn't want to accept it.
Madeleine: It's mud, Daddy! It's mud.
Stephen: She's making the story palatable.

Stephen: (discussing the Catechism) Girls, what are the two types of grace?
Molly: Sanctifying grace and..... forrealz grace?
(answer: sanctifying grace and actual grace)

(After painting her nails the night before, Madeleine comes up to me)
Madeleine: Mommy, can you paint my nails?
Me: I just did! Last night (examines nails) What happened to the paint?!
Madeleine: (without missing a beat) Yo-yo and Sneaky scratched it off.
Me: Ok... Or maybe you scratched it off?
Madeleine: It was upstairs. The kitties scratched it off but you couldn't see!

(We are getting used to hearing "Yo-yo and Sneaky did it..."She also told me that the kitties put a bead up her nose (!!!)....which led to a visit to the ER! As her Daddy said, in a few more years, she should get in serious trouble for telling stories like that... right now, it's just kinda cute and a little bit frustrating;)).

3 comments:

Iris Hanlin - The Starving Inspired said...

I'm sorry to hear that about Water for Elephants. I did see the movie, but I had it on in the background of house organizing, so I didn't really pay attention, and I'd been intending to read the book. It's disappointing when you hope for something to be good and *splat*. I felt that way about Wicked. Fantastic musical, trashy book (and much more than just enough inappropriateness). :/ Ah well.

If I may make a suggestion though, I've been rereading C.S. Lewis's space trilogy and I forgot how good it is! It's got just the right amount of action, but also enough philosophy and mind candy - as to be expected in Lewis books.

The Starving Inspired

Iris Hanlin - The Starving Inspired said...

I'm sorry to hear that about Water for Elephants. I did see the movie, but I had it on in the background of house organizing, so I didn't really pay attention, and I'd been intending to read the book. It's disappointing when you hope for something to be good and *splat*. I felt that way about Wicked. Fantastic musical, trashy book (and much more than just enough inappropriateness). :/ Ah well.

If I may make a suggestion though, I've been rereading C.S. Lewis's space trilogy and I forgot how good it is! It's got just the right amount of action, but also enough philosophy and mind candy - as to be expected in Lewis books.

The Starving Inspired

Tacy said...

Iris! I would love to hear your music Recs if you get a chance!