Thursday, July 21, 2011

Little Eskimo Man, Fist Eater and Professional Roller videos

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4th month

Nitty Gritty on Grant - Month 5

You sleep on your belly now
You are taking longer naps which really helps mommy
You are smiling and interacting with strangers
Laughing and chuckling out loud!
You like staring at us when we eat
You smile during bath time
Your eye color is now officially dark brown
You had cradle cap for a while but that has all cleared up thanks to a little baby oil
Weighing in at almost 17 lbs
You interact and play well with others
Coo and make noises for hours
Slober and suck one or two fingers - bibs are a must
Razzing is your new thing
Finally you are interested in your floor gym
Somehow you can get your knees all the way under your body
Held a baby spoon, sat at the dinner table, and drank water from an adult cup
Ate rice cereal for the first time. Gobbled it up like you had been eating it your whole life

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Becoming a Book Worm

This post is about me, franci. I would not call myself a book worm although I have always wanted to be one. During my younger years I never really liked reading. My husband, knowing that I long to be labeled as a book worm created a system, if you will, that encouraged me to read. I appreciate how my husband helps me be a better person and encourages me to go after my personal goals.

The system goes a little something like this: If I read a whole book within a certain time frame I get money, cold hard cash. Of course, the length of the book determines how much moola. Also, he usually sets a time limit. If the book is not finished within that time span than no money is awarded. I think I got $5 for my first book. That may not seem like much to you but it is to me. $5 can get you a lot if you think about it. Also we live on a budget, which means there is never any money that is not assigned to something. Of course, I have "blow money" to spend on whatever but a little extra cash never hurt a girl. It was a difficult process for me but once I had that $5 in hand I knew I could do it again. Being the bargainer that I am I usually can squeeze out another week into my time frame or an extra dollar or two into my reward. Over time Brent started offering less and less as a reward. Now I can say I read out of pure joy. Although secretly I wish I could still get some money out of it.

I also realized the reason I was not reading much. It was because I was not reading books I really liked. It's almost like I discovered my love for books in my 30's. I really like fiction. Historical fiction is one of my favorites. My husband will not read fiction. Well, he will but he thinks it's a waste. He likes Non-Fiction. Learning something to improve his life, be inspired, etc. I on the other hand get so much delight out of reading stories, hearing about character's lives, their struggles, and triumphs. There is just something about the way an author describes things, takes you to different times and places, opens people's souls to you that I find very intriguing.

Brent told me the other day he is considering starting his system up again if I read a non-fiction book. We will see...

Here are some books I read recently that I really enjoyed:

What books have you read recently? Please share, I am always looking for my next book.

Btw, I use the public library. I like to hold and read from the actual book but the library usually has e-copies you can check out.
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