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Colorado Vacation, Part I August 31, 2011

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I’m terribly far behind in posting things on here- sorry. Back in July, we went on vacation to the beautiful state of Colorado. The first stop was to visit Frank’s grandparents in Denver. We rarely get to see Grandma and Grandpa Moore so it was wonderful visiting with them, listening to their stories, and letting them spoil Alaina with love and attention.

 

 

 

 

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For Your Consideration, Part II August 22, 2011

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I have two additional books to recommend, but I must warn you- this books are not pleasant, easy-going beach reads. They deal with very difficult and unpleasant topics. But they also made me think more than any book has in a long, long time. I found myself thinking about the issues they deal with while fixing dinner, during my commute, etc. While I generally use leisure reading as an escape from the stress of life, I also think you should utilize your reading to expand your horizons, learn about the world, and challenge your beliefs. So, don’t let the subject matter of these books scare you away. The excellent writing and interesting stories are worth it, in my humble opinion.

Room, by Emma Donoghue. This novel is told from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy who, along with his young mother, is being held captive in a small room by the man who abducted her. How would you raise your child if your entire life existed within an 11×11 foot room? I get frustrated when we’re stuck inside one day due to poor weather. But I still have an entire house to exist in! Telling the story from the boy’s point of view is also an interesting vehicle for this book.

Columbine, by Dave Cullen. Much like the rest of the country, I followed the news surrounding the horrific shootings at Columbine closely, especially since I was in high school at the time. Cullen, a journalist, is considered one of the most knowledgeable on the attacks and tells the full story of what actually happened- both the events that led up to the event and the aftermath. You will be shocked at how different the real story is from how the media portrayed it. And I appreciated the analysis by some leading psychopathology experts on behaviors to look out for to prevent this from happening again, especially as an employee on a college campus.

 

Alaina’s 10th month August 3, 2011

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Alaina’s 10th month was a busy one- full of new experiences and developmental milestones.

-She learned how to go from standing to sitting. She’ll lean down until her hand touches the ground and then she’ll plop her bum down.

-She can stand on her own for a few seconds; I think the record thus far is 6 seconds.

-She “dances” to music by rocking back and forth.

-Those 3rd and 4th teeth finally came through.

-She is signing a little bit and learned how to point.

-She went on her first plane ride when we took a trip to Colorado (more posts on that later).

-Alaina got to meet her Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma Moore.

-She all of a sudden started crawling on her knees on her first day in Colorado. Now, she quickly switches back and forth between army crawling and knee crawling.

-She started saying “yea” and will respond with “yea” when you ask her a question. I doubt she knows what it means, but it’s rather cute.

-While on vacation, she went swimming for the first time. Luckily, her cousin Owen, who is a swimming pro, was there to show her how.

-Unfortunately, she got her 5th ear infection in 7 months. So, tubes are in her very near future.

-She has a new favorite sleeping position. :)