1. What reading/learning did I do this month? (books, blogs, magazines, ebooks, podcasts, classes, etc.)
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
I usually don’t read a lot of non-fiction but this story pulled me in from the beginning. It’s not written like a novel, but it tells the true story in a way that you can picture it like a novel, with lots of facts and statistic in between.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
A very sad, scary, and inspiring story all at the same time. I read it mostly at night and found it hard to go to sleep because of all the horrifying images of war and POW camps of the Pacific during WWII. Great facts and true stories of other POW survivors intertwined with the main story of Louie’s story of survival and ultimate peace.
2. What entertainment did I watch/listen to this month? (movies, tv shows, plays, music, concerts, etc.)
I went to see the Hunger Games with Melanie on our furlough day. It stayed fairly true to the book, but did feel chopped up since there was way more in the book that wouldn't fit for screen time limitations. But all in all, a good adaptation.
3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
Isabella’s 4th birthday party!
My mom came up for Isabella’s birthday and spent some time watching David as well. Jonathan and I went out for sushi while she watched him after Isabella’s birthday party and she also watched him all day Monday.
My first night out of scrapbooking in over a year. I went with Melanie to her neighbor’s house and actually got some of my Project Life album done!
Jonathan and I traveled to Oakland to visit the BAD RAP barn and meet a potential foster dog. She was very shy and timid and took a while to warm up to us, but lo and behold, a week later, we travelled back to Oakland to pick her up and take her home with us!
4. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
We gave Isabella a Leap Frog pen Reader that she can hold over words in her Leap Frog books and the pen will tell her what the word is. It’s amazing how far technology has come!
5. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Thankfully all healthy this month, though our allergies would say otherwise!
7. What were my accomplishments this month?
I got some scrapbooking done, started going back to the gym, and cleaned house!
I also survived putting David into daycare and returning to work. As hard as both those things were, we are getting into our daily routine and it’s getting a little easier every day to let him go.
8. What were my disappointments this month?
Having to drop David off at daycare was really hard on me the first few days. I am glad we started early so I could get used to it before I had to go back to work. I cried all the way to the gym, then for ten minutes in the parking lot on the first day. The second day, I cried before I even got him out the door! But I am thankful that I have found a good daycare and can rest assured that he is happy there and taken care of.
9. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
Got back to the gym! It was only one day a week, but at least I did it! I hope to increase that frequency very soon!
10. Anything else noteworthy to include?
David started rolling over, sleeping in his crib, and making sounds we’ve never heard before. We can tell he is trying so hard to talk, we think he will be a big talker once he finally starts!
It’s been a challenge having a dog again. Especially with a little baby to boot. But the dog has awesome boundaries with David and even with the cats, it’s hard to not fall for her. She definitely still needs some work, particularly with building her confidence, but I think all the work will be worth it in the end.
My Favorite Photos from the month: