Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books I Read in 2014

Hey, this blog is not dead! Hooray for me. Just slipping in one last post for 2014; my yearly book list (for posterity, mostly). I was hoping to beat last year's personal record of 46 books read in one year, but alas, this year I did significantly less sitting around holding/nursing a baby and more chasing after a toddler, so I top out at 41! (So close to finishing the 42nd...maybe by midnight I'll have it completed).

Here's what I read in 2014: (* means it was a favorite of mine and you should read it too)

  1. The Magicians Assistant by Ann Patchett
  2. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by  David Sedaris
  3. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
  4. My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick
  5. Atonement by Ian McEwan *
  6. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver *
  7. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce *
  9. Perfect by Rachel Joyce
  10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  11. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  12. Family Pictures by Jane Green *
  13. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain ** (Yes, TWO stars!)
  14. Frog Music by Emma Donahue
  15. One More Thing by BJ Novak
  16. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sexsmith *
  17. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
  18. The Bone House by Brian Freeman
  19. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson *
  20. Finding Me by Michelle Knight
  21. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  22. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  23. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  24. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  25. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  26. Son by Lois Lowry
  27. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  28. Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple *
  29. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  30. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  31. Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
  32. Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood *
  33. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  34. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver *
  35. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  36. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
  37. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  38. A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham
  39. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  40. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriaty *
  41. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  42. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (I'm counting it!)
What did you read this year? I love book recommendations - tell me what you loved!

Monday, September 01, 2014


Last Tuesday, Fiona turned one year old! What a great year we've had.

(I don't think I ever posted her 11 month photo here, but that's it in the top right corner!)

Anyway, this past weekend mom & dad came for a visit so we waited until they were here to have Fiona's first birthday party. Of course I did a farm theme for my little farm girl! It was family and a few friends over for lunch and cake, although when your family adds up to 17 people, there is no hope in keeping it a small affair! 

Two cute one year olds!

Fiona is such a joy to me and Dan. I feel very fortunate to have such a happy girl to spend my days with. She loves looking at books, just turning the pages and talking to herself (obviously reading them). She is a little trickster and loves to play peek and chase. She knows she is funny and does things just to make us laugh, blowing raspberries or giving kisses through the stair railing. She also loves to wrestle with us on the floor, and has a fun game of pushing my face towards Dan's so that we kiss, which she thinks is hilarious. Fiona loves other kids, especially her cousins, and loves to play with them and be involved in whatever they are doing. She is very observant and notices things even I don't register. I hung up a Happy Birthday banner for her party during her nap, and when we came downstairs she pointed at it (as best a baby can point, anyway) and expressed her delight at this colorful and fun sign! She also loves balloons, (what is it with kids and balloons?) so we made sure to have one at her party.

Fiona with her favorite person ever, and Papa! 

I am still nursing Fiona during the day, usually about 4 times. Recently Fiona learned how to sign "milk" so all day long she shows me milk milk milk! And then the sign for "more" so it's like "Chop chop mom! Milk! Now!" I think she uses it as a sign that is all encompassing and sometimes only means pay attention to me or look what I can do! She's a great eater too, and is pretty willing to try whatever we put in front of her. Her latest favorite is lasagna, gobbling up an entire plateful in about 5 minutes. 

Fiona is not walking yet, although does like to hold on to our hands and take steps forward on her tip toes. She is also busy circumnavigating all our furniture all day long, once in a while remembering that cupboard doors must be opened, and drawers must be emptied of all their contents. 

No real words yet either, but lots of sounds. Fiona does say "dadada", especially if you ask her to say mama, and sometimes says "baaa". She also can roar like a lion, which is more like a throat growl, and as hilarious and as cute as it sounds. 

What a light in our lives! Happy Birthday, Poparoo.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Double Digits

Our sweet and joyful little babu turned 10 months old this past Thursday. There have been some huge milestones in her tenth month! She can crawl faster than I can catch her, pull herself up with total ease, and has started to walk along our furniture. One day she discovered the bottom step on the stairs and the next day climbed right to the top. The day after that we got a gate. Fiona is happier than ever these days, exploring our house, playing games (peek-a-boo is a favorite with chase being a close second), wrestling her daddy and growing and eating like a champ. Heat registers and cords continue to be sought after commodities, along with the dvd player disc tray which slides out, and the fire extinguisher that we store in our walk-in pantry.

A path of destruction follows Fiona around our house. There are frequently frying pans and kitchen towels and Tupperware containers dislodged from the oven drawer and kitchen cabinets and strewn about. There is a photo album ripped to shreds in the downstairs bedroom. Bathroom doors need to be kept closed to prevent upended garbage cans and toilet paper un-rolling. (And, let's be honest, toilet seat licking. She just NEEDS to put everything in her mouth. It's gross.)

Fiona is so pleased with herself when she learns something new, and also when she deliberately does something she knows she shouldn't (like biting and pinching me). It's amazing to see how devious she can be at only 10 months, and while I fear for the day she can use words to express her defiance, I can't help but be reminded of 1, God's grace, and 2, that she is JUST LIKE ME.

Our kid brings such delight to our lives. And she's pretty stinkin' cute, which doesn't hurt either!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Fiona: 9 months on the outside

Today Fiona turns 9 months old. This babyhood thing is going by WAY too fast. She just gets more and more amazing with each passing day, learning new things constantly, surprising us always.

We've been in Lethbridge this past week along with Hillary and Elsie. Such fun these two little girl cousins are having! (Not to mention their grandparents)

Fiona facts at 9 months old:
  • Just today learned to wave hello!
  • Has 6 teeth (4 on top, 2 on bottom)
  • Crawling, rolling and getting into everything
  • Will try most foods, but loves sausage most of all! (She is a Wall...)
  • New favourite toy is dolls
  • Gives kisses to her dolly, to mama and to Granny (so far)
  • Drinks from an open cup