Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mason's Birth Story

I'm reposting this from my other blog, Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. I had decided after all my pregnancy updates took over my Fantastical Friday posts that I would post baby/mom stuff here on this blog even though eventually actual teaching/job stuff will be the majority of the posts.

For those of you who may follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen little guy has made his appearance into the world! I'm adjusting to having him home - plus apparently you can nest after you give birth, because I have been trying to clean and organize EVERYTHING! :) Please be aware the following is a looooong post and nope, I have no problem talking dilation here. You were warned!

So it all began on Sunday the 22nd...

February Photo-a-Day: my month in pictures


February looks a bit more balanced out from this standpoint. Although after transferring pictures off my phone, I had a bunch of Muffin. I feel like March is going to be the month of Mason pictures. My phone is already very quickly filling up with the little munchkin butt :)

Feb 1: Started off the month with a trip to L&D - thankfully it was just a fluke because I was only 36 weeks. // Feb 2: My stickers from One Orange Snowflake for my planner got here! I love them.
Feb 3: Matt & Cami have been pretty inseparable lately - they are always hanging out together and doing the same thing as the other. Their bond makes me happy :) // Feb 4: If she can't get to my bump, she lays right up on my arm.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Books I Read in January

I decided to also give short reviews of each book I read during the year. You can follow me on Goodreads to get more up-to-date reviews as I finish them.

Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - 5 stars (finished 1/2)
This is the second book in the Anna & the French Kiss trilogy and it was every bit as good as the first. It did have Anna & St. Clair in it, like the first book. Again, I got very connected to the characters and there were times I felt like a hole had been ripped my chest wide open and I believe I teared up at one point too - pregnancy hormones - yeah, let's blame it on them :) I like when contemporaries continue in the same world with the same characters. I'm very excited about book 3.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My February TBR List + Upcoming Releases


I did pretty well in January - much better than I have done in any months in 2014. My goal was to read 4 books: 2 from my TBR list, 1 series book, and 1 pick of my choice. I read 6 books. Two from my TBR list (Alice in Zombieland and The Fifth Wave), two series (Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice) that finished out the Vampire Academy series, one from my Netgalley list (Day 21) and I also read Lola and the Boy Next Door. I'll be talking about each of them tomorrow. Here's the books I will choose two from this month :)

Possible February Reads: 
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell  [reread]
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman [reread/new series]
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn - 2/4
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks [new series]
  • 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
(I've also finished Keeping Her by Cora Carmack (2/2), The One by Kiera Cass (2/5), Faking It by Cora Carmack (2/11), Finding It by Cora Carmack (2/13), Seeking Her by Cora Carmack (2/16), Flawless by Sara Shepard (2/22))


BeastkeeperCity of SavagesShutterSeeker (Seeker, #1)Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)One of the GuysThe Glass ArrowMy Heart and Other Black HolesThe Return (Titan, #1)A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing, #1)The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)Homecoming (The Hundred, #3) When My Heart Was WickedDove Arising (Dove Chronicles, #1)Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #18)

Lots of new releases this month: any you're excited about?
What's on your February TBR?