18 month old boy’s reading list

In case you have gathered it yet, I’m a big fan of reading and libraries. I always have been. I’m not exactly sure where my love of books came from since my parents didn’t really sit down and read and my siblings, well, let’s just say they like to spend their time elsewhere.

My parents never took me to a library (that I can recall anyway) but there were countless hours spent in antique shops where there was a plethora of old books (which is probably why I’m obsessed with older books). I remember hanging out in my elementary school library doing odd jobs for our librarian while I waited for my piano lessons. Thinking about it now, our librarian probably hated my mom for making him be my babysitter but I think it was definitely that wonderful man who recommended the best books that help my love for books grow.

Naturally, I wanted my son to enjoy reading as much as I do. I always had this vision of laying in bed with my child and reading the latest book before bed and just cuddling, you know, like in the movies. Thank goodness he turned out to be a reader (well a listener since he can’t talk or read but y’all know what I mean). I’m constantly searching the web and Pinterest for good reading lists and suggestions for his age group. Luckily, I’ve found some great stuff and I’ve run across some of his favorites just browsing.

So here is a short list of my sons favorite books just in case anyone needs any suggestions. Continue reading


It definitely feels like summer

Summer and I have a love-hate relationship. I love everything going on during summer, but I hate the weather. I’m one of *those* people who hate the extremes. Just give me 70-75 and I’m good (even with a little rain). There just something about being all sweaty that makes all the great things about summer a little less enjoyable.

There’s been a lot going on around my neck of the woods here lately. My son is STILL sick. They mentioned him possibly having asthma, but they don’t want to label him having that just yet. Hopefully, if it is asthma, it’ll be the kind he grows out of. They put him on a steroid treatment and sent him for a chest x-ray just to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia. Luckily, it’s just a virus (they think) inflaming everything, so hopefully he’ll be better here in a little while. His cough definitely isn’t as wet sounding anymore, so that’s a good sign.

Aside from all of the meds he’s been taking, he still is an outdoors man. This kid would live outside if I let him (I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned that but let me reiterate it). Our new thing this week is picking these beauties.


I was blessed with a non-picky eater (for now anyway). He LOVES fruits and veggies. So, for dinner and snack here lately, we’ve been having blackberries. When I say we have hundreds of wild blackberry bushes, I mean literally hundreds. We have an awesome crop this year too and I’m totally excited that my son is obsessed with picking these. Granted, he only picks them and eats them, but I’m super proud that my 18 month old can distinguish between a ripe blackberry and a not ripe one. It did take him a couple of red ones to realize it, but he got a hang of it quickly.

With all these blackberries coming in, I’m definitely going to take the time to test out some of our Home Economics recipes. Here’s one for a blackberry cake (http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/HENP/id/74/rec/4), blackberry jam (http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/HENP/id/91/rec/3) or this one (http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/HENP/id/696/rec/6) or this one (http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/HENP/id/71/rec/9). We sure do have a lot of blackberry jam recipes! Maybe some blackberry punch will work (http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/HENP/id/105/rec/8). MMM….blackberry pie!(http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/HENP/id/79/rec/11)!

Yeah, I know, too many links. They are more for my reference so I can have a quick way to get back to the recipes. So, you can just skip over the above paragraph, unless of course you want to try making some stuff with blackberries.

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Plums are also starting to come in. I’ll save all those recipe links for another day though =). I normally just leave the plums for the animals since we really don’t eat a lot of jellies or jams but I think I’ll make something with these this year. They look really good.

The other thing that makes me smile about summer is calving season. Who doesn’t love an adorable calf?

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The one on the left that you probably can’t tell it is there (it’s by the tree) just dropped. The mama hadn’t even started eating her placenta yet (is that gross? Yeah, probably, but it gives the mom tons of nutrients that she needs and you get used to it after you’ve seen it a few times). The one on the right had just been born too and luckily for us the mama was on the other side of the fence so my son got to pet his very first calf. We used to raise dairy bull calves and once he get’s older I’m sure we will again so he can experience some responsibility. He already has the makings of being a great caregiver =)

All these things I love absolutely love about summer. We went wading in the creek the other day and it was heavenly. I love making memories!

Water blob time!

Strep entered our lives a couple of weeks ago and I thought that that was probably one of the easiest sickness around, one shot he was good to go! Little did I know another nasty bug was looming behind it. Once again my son is sick (seriously I told you he catches everything known to man). Daycare called Thursday letting me know he couldn’t take a nap because of all the coughing and that he was running a low grade fever, so back to the doctor we went since he hadn’t sleep through the night in a few nights on top of all of this. Basically, they told me just to keep him home from school and monitor him so he doesn’t get pneumonia and give him a breathing treatment every 4 hours.

So, there I was on Friday hanging out at home with the sweetest  kid ever who felt a million times better after starting his breathing treatments and had so much energy he didn’t know what to do with himself (albuterol makes him a little crazy), when a light went off in my head — pinterest project time! I had pinned this awesome site the other day and I was ready to try my hand at making a water blob (here’s the site: http://www.homemadetoast.com/2013/07/how-to-make-leak-proof-water-blob.html).

Let me preface by saying her’s was so much cooler than mine! I made do with black plastic that we use in the garden to do the greenhouse effect on our tomatoes since it’s all I had. Totally wish I had clear though. I definitely would have done the food coloring thing.

So after a little ironing and some time to fill it up, we had ourselves a water blob!

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Here’s the ironing picture because I know you all want to see what my iron and ironing board look like…


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And here’s my picture of our blob!

My child had so much fun on this thing (although I think I might have monopolized it myself—he ended up walking off to play with the dogs while I was still laying on it lol). Seriously this thing is like having a bed outside. I just laid there and looked at the sky thinking I could be a stay at home mom any day of the week if I could. But alas, I still have to go to work to pay for all these doctor visits! =)