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2012 Book 8: Common Sense

I just finished reading Common Senseby Thomas Paine. It is his political treatise to sway Americans to fight for their independence from the British. It is a great read and takes you back to why and how our country came to be.
It was very interesting to read after finishing The Hunger Games trilogy. A lot of the reasoning for American independence can be seen in the reasons the 13 districts must rise up against the Capital in order to gain their own independence. 
Excerpts from the book: Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness, the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. ...consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them, and who will act i…

Granola Bars

One of our big grocery expenses is Clif Bars for Daniel. He loves them.
We have been discussing alternative options for the bars and Daniel asked if I could make something similar. Since that conversation, I have been on the hunt for a good recipe.
Over the course of the last month I tried several different recipes. One had condensed milk {low fat} as a key ingredient. Another had peanut butter and honey as the sticky component. I have been experimenting with the bases and trying different flavors. 
Then I jumped off the wagon and tried Popcorn Balls with Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzels {it was a healthy snack with popcorn in lieu of oats}. Daniel was not amused {I thought they were delicious}. He emailed me to ask if I had lost my mind and why were their popcorn kernels that he might chip a tooth on in his granola bars???
I guess I got a bit distracted from the task at hand. I didn't think it was a big deal, but when the story of the popcorn balls was shared with both my f…

Jack's First Trip to the Park

This past weekend we were visiting with my family and my brother suggested we go to the park – he is all about getting out of the house. I guess he gets bored sitting around holding babies all day :)

With two babies in the family, this can be a challenge. However 2-year-old Izzy definitely benefits from running around to expel energy, so we all bundled up and headed out {Robert stayed home with Levi and Daniel and Sophie took a nap}.

Getting out the door took a little while... Izzy needed her tutu to wear over her pants. Then she needed shoes {and socks}. Also a hat and scarf. Then I had to bundle up Jack, make sure his diaper was clean, and grab the Baby Bjorn and a warm hat and a blanket and the camera.

The first order of business at the park was the swings.

Then we went over to the slides. This playground had a double slide, so we took turns racing Izzy down. 

She also insisted that we ride down the big slide as well {the swirly kind}.

As usual, Jack was totally laid back. 

In the end, ev…

Thursday Things (Random, February 2012)

Last Thursday I mentioned the things I wanted to be when I grew up...
Well, I may not have become a truck driver, but I have made many long distance road trips. I may not be a professional photographer, but I love to take pictures. And I may not have joined the Peace Corp or moved to China to teach ESL, but I have traveled the world AND taught at a community college.
I guess it is all about perspective. 

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Daniel will often ask me ridiculous questions that involve numbers and I have an uncanny ability to almost always guess the right answer.

Perhaps this is why my second highest score on the ACT in high school was in Science Reasoning {my highest was in Math}. Then I went to college and studied Art. What's up with that?
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I think striped sweaters on babies are incredibly adorable. So are striped socks. And onesies. I think I must have an affinity for stripes.

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Who Does Jack Look Like?

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Saturday we went to Chattanooga to hang out with TTU friends – can't believe it has been almost 10 years since we were in Cookeville!
Since Jack is still little, we opted to go down just for an evening of dinner and games {everyone else met earlier in the day for lunch and bowling}. 


I hate to show up to a get together empty handed, so I raided my cupboards to see what I could whip up... 


I had a container of Hershey's Cocoa Powder and it had a recipe for a chocolate cake on the back. I also had leftover Oreos from the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars that I made for Valentines Day. So I decided to make a cake topped with Oreos and Cool Whip. It turned out to be incredibly moist and delicious – definitely a hit.

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Ingredients 2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour3/4 cup HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Powder1 1/2 tsp baking powder1 1/2 tsp baking soda1 tsp salt2 eggs1 cup milk 1/2 cu…

2012 Book 7: Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

According to Goodreads.comFairy Tales Every Child Should Know is a comprehensive collection of tales edited by the American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer, Hamilton Wright Mabie. 
Most of the tales in this compilation were ones I was familiar with. Though there did seem to be some differences in how some of the stories went. For example, this compilation has the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk AND Jack the Giant Killer. I am not sure that the Jack's are the same character but I thought the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk was the one to say, "Fe Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman." However, according to this book, that line belongs to a Giant in Jack the Giant Killer.  Furthermore, this compilation calls Cinderella "Cinderbritches" and Goldilocks "Silver Hair." There were also a few stories I had never heard before, including The White Cat and The Light Princess.
What I gleaned from reading these stories is that fairy tales are extrem…

Thursday Things (Random, February 2012)

I like to eat cornflakes with vanilla ice cream. It's like an ice cream cone you eat with a spoon.
Daniel and I have a habit of quoting lyrics to songs whenever we hear certain words. For example... Someone says, "stop" which is followed by one of us saying, "collaborate, and listen. Ice is back with my brand new invention..."  Now that we have a baby, we sometimes quote lyrics to baby songs. In public. Not cool.

When I was in the fourth grade I wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up. When I was in Jr. High I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. In college I wanted join the Peace Corp and travel the world or go to China and teach English as a second language. What happened? I didn't come even remotely close to doing any of those things.

I find chopping vegetables to be therapeutic. Grating cheese, not so therapeutic.

Lately I have really been wanting to go mountain biking. Not sure how to work that around having a baby. The closest places I …

Valentines Day and a Recipe

V-Day was pretty low key for us. On Monday I sent Daniel to pick up groceries since I was in Chattanooga most of the afternoon. At the top of my grocery list I put "Valentines Card." I was being cheeky as I was pretty sure my sweet husband wouldn't forget.

Later that evening, he informed me that I should provide a service for people where I make their shopping lists... for convenience I had written the items in order of where they are located in the store. I figured this would make the shopping experience less of a hassle for Daniel.

Tuesday morning I woke up and found that Daniel had left me a vase of purple tulips on the counter {one of my favorite flowers}. He also had a "card" set out for me. Evidently Walmart only had 4 options for cards left and there was a rather large line of people {presumably men?} waiting to look at said cards. Instead Daniel found a scrap of plywood and wrote me out a letter. In all honesty, it was much sweeter than some generic card.

We Choose Love...

Be each other's best friend. Be your mate's confidant. Their safe haven.  Do fun things together.  Have hobbies that you mutually like. Let your mate do things they like. Without you.  Do stuff you like. Without them. It's ok. It will give you things to talk about later.  Share experiences together.  Try new things.  Travel. If you need something in the relationship, tell the other person.  Chances are, they are not a mind reader.  Pray together at dinner time – it will remind you to be thankful at least once a day.  Try things your partner likes, even if you aren't crazy about them  {I learned how to shoot a gun and ride a motorcycle}. Learn something new together {we have learned how to rock climb and scuba dive}. Dance together in the kitchen. Always kiss each other goodbye in the morning {even if it's before daylight and one of you is still in bed, asleep}. Always say "I love you" when you hang up the phone. Listen when your loved one complains about their job. Or th…

Jack is Three Months Old

Jack started babbling at us this month. If we talk to him with pauses, he will babble during the pauses like he is having a conversation with us. Daniel comes home every day and tells him all about work. Jack is enraptured.


Daniel's dad is convinced that Jack said his first word "Ma." According to Grandpa Moore, Jack said "Ma" three times while looking at me. Daniel and I are not so convinced. Until that word has meaning we don't count it as a word. Besides that we have never purposefully tried to teach him any words, so where would he have learned this from?

Jack loves our Lullabye and Family Folk Song Stations on Pandora. He is a big fan of the song: B-I-N-G-O. One time when I was singing it to him, he kept trying to say "O" every time I got to the "O" part. It was pretty funny.


Little guy has started drooling a LOT. Along with the drool there have been a few days of extra fussiness. Thankfully he is still laid back most of the time. I h…