Friday, May 22, 2015

Brr... It's Cold in Here

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Published
: 1971 by Harper Trophy
First Published: 1940
Series: Little House #6
I feel like I knew exactly what I wanted to say about this book. But now that I'm sitting here writing my thoughts down, I seem to have forgotten everything. Basically, I'm guessing this one is going to be a little "rambly".

One thing I've always loved about this book are the chapters from Almanzo's point of view. I'm not sure why exactly, even now I enjoy them, but again can't articulate it. Maybe because it's different from what we're used to always seeing things from Laura's perspective?

Yet, it is also hard reading his chapters. Those scenes where Pa visits Almanzo and Royal and they're eating ham and pancakes and he knows that his family literally has nothing to eat. Well, it just seems so wrong to me. I kind of understand why he doesn't, but part of me still wishes he was able to take some of that deliciousness home. Plus there's the fact Almanzo hides his wheat seed. As an author Laura does show his reasoning and tries not to make him look like a bad guy, but still, he just seems a selfish, which I guess you kind of had to be living all alone on the prairie.

Again, reading it know I'm struck by just how hard things actually are for the Ingalls. It's so miserable the idea of never being able to get warm for months at a time. It's hard to imagine considering the way we live now, but they really did spend most of the winter close to freezing. It's pretty much a miracle that everyone survived. Although if I had to guess, in terms of actual history, I wouldn't be surprised if there were townspeople who didn't make it, it just wasn't included since it's a children's book.

It's funny, because so often in my reviews of these Little House books I've mentioned how it's basically about nothing. Except here, this book where their stuck inside the entire time and nothing is happening, instead this one feels like it's really about something. Interesting the way things work out sometimes.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Project 365: Days 107 Through 114

Why yes, I am managing to post two Project 365 updates in one week!
Butternut Squash Raviolis
April 17, 2015 - 107/365: Butternut Squash Raviolis.
Morning Photo
April 18, 2015 - 108/365: Wearing a Bunny Dress.
Eggs Benedict
April 19, 2015 - 109/365: Homemade Eggs Benedict for Breakfast.
Testing Out the Highchair
April 20, 2015 - 110/365: Testing Out the Highchair.
Bowl of Raspberries
April 21, 2015 - 111/365: Snacking on Raspberries.
She wants to Crawl
April 22, 2015 - 112/365: Practicing Her Crawling Form.
Starring at the Globe
April 23, 2015 - 113/365: Staring at the Globe.
Salmon for Dinner
April 24, 2015 - 114/365: Salmon for Dinner.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Graze Time

After last month's awesome graze box, it only seems fitting that this one was less than stellar. Don't get me wrong, still good, but not one I was too excited about.
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Once again two snacks were repeats, which I think is hard to overcome. It's partly my fault since I don't mark as trash more often to tell them I don't want it again, but I need to get better about it. As for the repeats, I had Lightly Salted Popcorn and Cracking Black Pepper Cashews, which I actually did like better this time.
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As for the new boxes, first up with Chai Latte which included chai seeds, coconut, macadamias, and yogurt covered sunflower seeds. This was my favorite out of all the snacks, and out of this mix I liked the yogurt covered sunflower seeds the best.
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Then there were Thai Sweet Chili Bites, sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites.
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At first I didn't take a picture of these, because I was sure I already had them. Except then realized what I had before was My Thai, and then took a picture. Turns out I may have actually been right, since these two boxes have the exact same description. It's hard not being able to taste them at the same time, but I'm pretty sure it's actually a case of rebranding, making it the third time I received this particular box.
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With only one new snack to try it isn't too surprising this box was less than favorite. But as I started off with the boxes tend to go up and down, so hopefully next months box is that much better.

If you want to try out graze you can sign up here to get your 1st and 5th box free! This post is not sponsored by Graze, however if you sign up using my referral link I'll receive $1 off my next box. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Project 365: Days 99 Through 106

Why yes, I am like a month behind on my Project 365 posts. But eventually I just might catch up... right?
Baby & A Hippo
April 9, 2015 - 99/365: A Baby and a Hippo
Chewing on a Croc
April 10, 2015 - 100/365: Chewing on a Crocodile.
4 Month Outtakes
April 11, 2015 - 101/365: 4 Month Outtakes.
All 3 Asleep
April 12, 2015 - 102/365: All Three Asleep. Technically the boy was asleep in the bedroom at this point, so it would have been four asleep instead.
Arms Back
April 13, 2015 - 103/365: Yet Another Sleeping Baby
Softshell Crab BLT
April 14, 2015 - 104/365: Softshell Crab BLT at Beausoliel.
Spicy Chicken Pizza
April 15, 2015 - 105/365: Spicy Chicken Pizza at Newk's. This was my first time there since it open and since then I've been slightly obsessed. I've been back 3 or 4 more times and have loved it every time.
Hanging in the Exersaucer
April 16, 2015 - 106/365: Hanging in the Exersaucer

Friday, May 15, 2015

Party Like I'ts 1999

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Published
: March 27, 2012 by Plume
First Published: April 14, 2011
I went into this one really excited. So much so that it easily could have been one where I'd over hyped it, and it didn't live up to my expectations. Except turns out, I didn't hype it enough, and I loved it so much more than I could have expected.

This is a love story, so in a way you know what's going to happen. Which is why it's so surprising just how suspenseful the whole story actually is. You have a pretty good idea how things are going to end up, and yet you can't quite be sure. Even more you have no idea just how the characters will actually get to that point.

I also loved that the story takes place in 1999. I really enjoyed when tv shows or music was referenced and I knew exactly what they were talking about. It's just the perfect amount of nostalgia, without it being over the top.

As you can probably tell, like so many others, I fell head over heels for this book. Now that I'm finished I'm even more excited than I already was to read everything else Rainbow Rowell has written. The real question is, which one do I want to start with first!

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

5 Months Update

You are five months old!
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May 11
It's so crazy going back and reading last month's update because so much has changed. It's like you're a different baby in a way. First though, a few things that are a little more consistent.
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Heading to Your Cousin's First Communion, April 19
You don't have a doctor's appointment this much, so no official stats to report on your height and weight. You are still primarily in 3-6 month clothing and are wearing size 2 diapers. We've actually been dealing with a diaper rash lately, so you haven't worn your bumgeniuses lately, which means I'm not completely sure how you'd be wearing them.
Trying Green Beans
Trying Green Beans, April 24
You're drinking 4 bottles of 4.5 ounces of pumped milk each day, plus nursing first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. Although on the weekend, when you're with me all the time, we tend not to bother with bottles. You did try your first food, green beans, this month. While you didn't seem excited about it, you didn't hate it either. You did break into a diaper rash not long after though, so we haven't introduced anything else yet, but the plan is to try sweet potatoes next.
Ready for my first @lsubaseball game!! #geauxtigers #gameday
At Your First LSU Baseball Game, April 25
Now for the fun stuff! You've started rolling ALL. THE. TIME.. You're not necessarily rolling to go places, but more that if we put you on your back you'll shortly decide you'd rather be on your stomach. It doesn't matter where you are, on the ground, in your crib, or most fun of all on the changing table, you'll attempt to roll to your tummy.
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Wearing an Outfit and Hat My Mom Made for Me as a Baby, April 26
This is why you're now sleeping in a sleep sack. Since About and hour or so after we put you to sleep on your back, you roll over. Thankfully it hasn't impacted your sleep too much and you're still sleeping all night fairly consistently.
Holding Toes
Holding Toes, April 29
While you can still roll from front to back you're doing it less often. Unless of course you're playing with Daddy and he lets you roll off his stomach onto the bed. Yes, it's fun, or at least it is until you realize rolling off places doesn't always results in a few inches drop landing on a soft surface. But so far you had any real disaster.
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Playing with Daddy, April 30
It doesn't look like you're anywhere near to sitting on your own yet. But that's more because when I try to get you to sit you'd much rather reach forward to grab something and get on your stomach. Or if you're upright, you much rather have us support you on your feet, instead of being forced to sit down.
Starring at a Chameleon
Starring at a Chameleon, May 3
You're laughing now too! Not very often, but when it happens it's pretty much the cutest thing ever. Daddy has gotten you to laugh more often by pretending to takes bites out of you, but I've managed a few as well. Although I'm pretty sure you're keeping this talent hidden and so far have only let the two of us in on it.
Chewing on Toes
Chewing on a foot, May 5
It's so crazy to think that you're almost half a year old. I keep looking back at newborn photos of you with a little disbelief at how much you've grown. I can hardly believe you've already gotten so big. Honestly, I already wish I could go back and relive those first few days with you, which is crazy because it really wasn't that long ago.
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Chewing on a Snowball Cup, May 10
As I started off this post, so much really has changed between this month and last. You really are a baby now instead of a newborn! I wouldn't be surprised by next months update you're crawling or doing something else amazing, and I can't wait to find out just what that may be.
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1 Month ~ 2 Months~3 Months
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4 Months

Friday, May 8, 2015

From Minnesota to the Dakotas

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Published
: 1971 by Harper Trophy
First Published: 1939
Series: Little House #5
This is definitely the turning point in the books. Not that it needs the comparison, but it's similar to Heaven to Betsy in the Betsy-Tacy series. Laura is no longer a child. She's starting to grow up and the books reflect this.

There's even more changes in these books besides the age jump. (Spoilers ahead, although I'm assuming most people reading this review know what's to come.) Mary is now blind. Carrie is old enough to be an actual character. There's a new sister Grace. And the Ingalls are heading off to the Dakota territory, which is we'll be the rest of the series. It's also where, in this book even, Laura has her first sighting of Almanzo.

There does seem to be a lot more dialogue in this one, mainly because Laura spends so much of her time describing things to Mary. Although writing this post, I'm thinking of the line, "Children should be seen and not heard." So is it any coincidence that in the books with Mary and Laura as children they don't have a lot to say? I'm just a little in disbelief that it took me so long to put it together.

I remember really enjoying this one as a child, but going into it couldn't remember a ton that happened, besides being in a railroad camp. Now I realize that's because not a lot actually does happen. Instead this book is really like a bridge, getting you where you need to be for the rest of the series and setting up what's to come.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!