A glimpse into our crazy life

Alaina’s 8th Month May 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — emilyandfrank @ 9:46 pm

-Alaina started army crawling this month. She slaps her arms on the floor and then pulls her body forward, sometimes just dragging her legs behind her and sometimes pushing off with her toes. She can get around so quickly, I’m not sure she’ll even bother with crawling the typical way on her hands and knees. She always seems to find the one thing in the room you don’t want her to get into so sometimes you have to resort to containment. :)

-She can now clap, wave, and have “conversations” of taking turns saying “huh” or “ha”.

-She has a new face that she makes when she’s mad- she closes her eyes, scrunches up her nose, and juts her bottom jaw out.

-We went on a mother-daughter road trip to Chicago and enjoyed a visit from Grandpa. Separate posts on those events soon.

-A cold led to yet another ear infection. During that illness, she woke up in the middle of the night with a high fever and was having trouble breathing so after trying all the tricks in the book and calling the doctor, she got to have her first trip to the ER. They diagnosed her with an upper respiratory infection. Sadly, Frank missed out on this “first” since he was out of town with the baseball team.

-Alaina started cutting out the last nap of the day, much to her mama’s chagrin. It usually leads to an extra tired baby by the end of the day and she’s fallen asleep eating dinner twice.

-She’s so full of personality now and cracks us up every day with her grunts, noises, laughs, and smiles. It’s hard to believe just a few months ago she just slept all the time!

-We survived the extremely long baseball season and are very excited to have Frank back!

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For your consideration May 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — emilyandfrank @ 10:42 pm

I’m an avid reader who hardly has any time for leisure reading, so I always appreciate getting book recommendations from others to minimize my chances of wasting time reading a lousy book. I’ve read several great books, both fiction and non-fiction, that I’d like to recommend. (By the way, these are not formal book reviews and I didn’t receive any promotional materials. They’re just great reads that I checked out from the library.)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. A great non-fiction book that mixed science, history, and biography. It was featured on a bunch of “Best of 2010” lists.

One Day, by David Nicholls. A fiction book with a cool concept- it captures what’s occurring with two people every day for 2 decades, starting when they graduated from college. A movie based on it is coming out this summer.

Choosing to SEE, by Mary Beth Chapman. I grew up singing the music of her husband, Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman. In this non-fiction book, she tells her life story from meeting her husband to how their family how made it through the tragic death of their daughter in 2008. The writing isn’t going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but I found her reactions to her daughter’s death honest and inspirational. I also enjoyed finding out how certain songs by Steven were tied to certain events in their lives.

Tour de Lance, by Bill Strickland. The writing in this book can get annoying (it seems like he is trying to with a Pulitzer), but as a fan of the Tour de France, I loved getting an inside glimpse of what life’s really like for the riders during the tour and more about the personalities of these athletes whose names I know so well. Plus, this book covers the very controversial year of Lance versus Contador.

The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer. I always find books and movies about WWII interesting. So many of the WWII books I’ve read have followed either Germans or Americans through the war, while this fiction book follows a Jewish Hungarian student so I enjoyed a new perspective on the time. Let me warn you- this book is dense, but if you enjoy reading about this time period, it’s worth it.

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. This non-fiction book tells the amazing story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner who joined the Army Air Corp when WWII began and whose plane was shot down over the Pacific. It’s hard to believe that one man experienced and endured so much during his life. It’s unfathomable the things he went through. I would strongly suggest this one just to gain the knowledge of what our servicemen and women have endured!