Saturday, May 19, 2018

Books We're Currently Loving

Our house is bursting with books, which is the best thing ever.  We have them stashed in just about every room, and in the car as well.  Finn especially spends a lot of time in the car between all the school drops & pick ups and going to & from Liam's practices, so books are the perfect thing to keep him entertained during all of that.  We make weekly trips to the library, but often purchase our favorites.  Every nap time & bedtime we read two books (or two chapters if we are in a chapter book).  So today, I'm sharing the current favorites that are in constant rotation at our house.  

This story is about two brothers with a super secret club.  We love the brother aspect and often substitute the boys' names into the book.  Plus, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful (which is something I personally value in a book).

I believe I have mentioned this book before, because honestly it is our absolute favorite!  Perfect for any little explorer or adventure.  The story follows a little boy who runs into a little bear who is also out exploring.  Once again, the illustrations are truly beautiful.  I really love this author, so I'm pumped that he has new Halloween book coming out in the Fall called Sir Simon: Super Scarer.  It's available now for preorder, so yep, already bought it!

It's about a boy with a pet elephant who meets other kids with strange pets.  An adorable message, and beautiful drawings.  This book was a gift from Liam's teacher and has quickly become a favorite.

Follows the journey of one lost teddy bear.  The illustrations remind me of Rockwell times, or my Grandma's era.  A very retro beach feel.

Who doesn't love Hans Christian Anderson?!  This was one of my favorite books growing up!  It's not quite a full chapter book, but definitely too long to read for one nap time/bedtime.  Finn & I just started this, but I'm hoping that boys' will love it as much as I did.  Once again, a book about brothers, and with birds, so Finn has to be into it.

*Side note:  I often get asked about Finn's bird book that he constantly has with him to try and identify birds.  We even just go through it for fun constantly; he's truly obsessed.  We have Birds of Utah, but there is a bird book for each state!  Highly recommend if you have a little birder on your hands!

Now for the chapter books...  Liam has been listening to us read Chapter books since he was about 3 years old, and Finn started joining in on the fun a few months ago.  It totally depends on the particular book whether he is interested or not.  We started with The Magic Treehouse Series, which is really the perfect start to chapter books.  But after the first 5 or so, we all got a little bored and moved on.  Our favorite favorite favorite favorite book has been The Wild Robot.  It's so poignant!  And deep!  And thought provoking!  For both kids & adults.  Both Conor & I so looked forward to reading it and would even read it on our own if we missed a couple chapters since we didn't put the kids to bed that night.  It definitely has some extremely sad moments, as well as some violent ones, but overall it's incredible.  I'm sure this is book we will continue to read again and again as the boys get older and pick up more things.  We just realized there is a sequel, so we're currently in the middle of The Wild Robot Escapes.

Other favorite chapter books include:

Charlotte's Web
My Father's Dragon
James and the Giant Peach

I'm considering starting The Boxcar Children with Liam, but I also know that he would be able to read them on his own come 2nd grade.  There were my favorites to read, so I may just leave those for him.  I'm also excited to start the Harry Potter Series eventually, but I want to save that for when we we could potentially read them all together, which is still many many years off!

We obviously LOVE books, so please please please share your favorites!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Kane: 7 & 8 Months Old

So... Kane is now 8.5 months.  Just now catching up.  Apparently 6 months in with three kids is when blogging finally took a back seat.  I so so treasure these updates though.  I go back and read about each of my boys are their different ages often.  So here I am trying to remember what exactly Kane was doing these past couple months.  Time is so fleeting.  They change so quickly.  I want to remember it all.  And often I do when I write things down, so let's see what I can scan my brain for tonight...

Kane is such a happy, smiley, giggly baby!  Strangers comment on this all the time!  I briefly thought we were heading into some stranger-danger for a week there, but nope, it passed just as quickly as it appeared.  While we were at the doctor's office for Finn's three year check up, Kane was completely smitten with our doctor; he even let the doctor parade him around the office and show him off!  He's easy going, will nap whenever he can, and is truly just happy to be along for the ride.

He's crazy mobile already!  He was fully crawling just after turning 7 months, and currently he is crawling up the entire set of stairs any chance he gets.  He tries to get away from us and thinks that is crazy funny.  He also pulls up on everything and anything, often my legs while I'm trying to cook.  He's used an Amazon Prime Box as a walker, and desperately wants to master that skill.  Will he be my earliest walker?  Currently Liam holds the record at 10.5 months.

He wasn't really into food until this most recent month, and now he goes crazy for it!  He freaks out if I'm eating & I don't share.  Favorites include: black beans, greek yogurt, hummus, cottage cheese, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, avocado, & bacon.  Baby led weaning is working so so well for us again & I love his big appetite!  He still breastfeeds as his main source of nutrition, but continues to really just nurse before naps during the day, and frequently throughout the night.  He has followed suit with his brothers and is currently a terrible sleeper.  We are waking up about 10 times a night, although I don't count because it messes with my head.  We co-sleep, so often he just nestles in and goes right back to sleep.

He's already fabulous at playing independently, but will often get into mischief.  His brothers' Legos or my potted plants are some of his favorite rogue playthings.  Everything goes in the mouth.  Everything!  Which is always a little interesting when we are outside.  He's a trooper for hikes, just loving the ride along on my back.  He's crazy about baths & showers, although he probably still doesn't get bathed enough.

This age is one of my favorites.  The endless smiles are just heart melting.  I love the way he looks at me when I walk in the room or Conor when he gets home from work.  He loves to nestle against my head.  And grab my face.  He is such a grabber!  I have the claw marks to prove it!  Everything about him is just so genuine.  What a little love!  I feel like we are in a good groove as a family right now, although again, life is still crazy busy & chaotic!

Now, let's see if I can be on time next month!

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