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2012 Book 17: Baby Led Weaning

As we approached Jack turning six months old, we began to think more about introducing food. I had read a couple of things online about Baby Led Weaning and my interest was peaked. Then a friend from high school wrote a blog post detailing her experience with this process and I was even more interested {it helps to come across people you know verses random strangers on the internet}.


Armed with some basic knowledge, I decided to order the book, Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. This book is an easy read and it really made sense to me. Daniel and I have a very laid back approach to parenting and the thought of skipping baby purees and special baby food sounded very much like something we would be interested in. 
I finished reading the book right before we had Jack's six month baby well check up. I was pretty sure that our doctor would have no idea about this approach {we live in rural Alabama} and I was right. Thankfully she wasn…

Milkshake, please?!?!?

Jack was bound and determined to share our Cookies and Cream Milkshake at Red Robin today.


Unfortunately for him, milkshakes are not on his list of approved foods.


We did let him share some ice water though.

Children's Books I Can Currently Quote in My Sleep

Menu Monday

To kick off the week, I plan on making my favorite peach cobbler – there aren't many recipes I repeat, but this is one of them. It is that good. I picked up some fresh peaches from our local Farmer Market {it drives me crazy that this is not possessive, i.e. Farmer's Market}. They smell so good and I can't wait to have them in cobbler tonight. Recipe from Pink Parsley.

On the menu for this week...

Monday
Grocery Night... this is kind of becoming our new norm.
We will be eating leftover Baked Chicken Parmesan with some kind of veggie.

Tuesday
Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Cilantro Slaw
{recipe adapted from Centsational Girl}

Wednesday
Meat Loaf Minis with Roasted Potatoes
{recipe from Tracey's Culinary Adventures}

Thursday
Crispy SouthWest Chicken Wraps
{recipes from Mel's Kitchen Cafe via Pinterest}

Friday
Date Night

Saturday
White Pizza with Chicken and Fresh Herbs
{recipe from Pink Parsley}

Sunday
Black Bean and Corn Baked Potatoes
{recipes from MyRecipes.com via Pintere…

Monte Sano, Part II

Back in April we tried our first day hike with Jack and it was a failure success, depending on how you looked at it. Today we went back to Monte Sano and had a much better experience.

First off we decided to skip out on taking Sophie. As much as we love our dog, she tends to add an extra layer of difficulty. Any day other than Sunday, we can take her with us, but our Sunday's are just not dog friendly.

Second, we tried to do a better job of adjusting our kid carrier in the parking lot. We also continued to adjust it on the trail since Jack seems to lean to the left. Unfortunately this gives me terrible sciatic nerve pain in my right hip. We will have to keep working on this. I think once he is bigger he will sit more naturally centered in the pack.

Third, we had no trouble finding our trailhead. We were just dummies in April. Bad moods made us stupid. The hike was lovely – all in the woods. Actually perfect for mountain biking {though we won't be doing that any time soon with an …

Shriner's Fish Fry

I mentioned before that we are trying to be more active in participating in community events. Sometimes our "community" is Chattanooga {my recent 5K} and sometimes it is Huntsville {where we attend church}. But most of our time is spent in Hollywood or Scottsboro and when we see a sign advertising a local event, we are making efforts to go {like attending the Horse Whisperer back in March}.

This month's culturallocal event was the annual Jackson County Shriner's Fish Fry and Car Show. We had intended to go last year, but I think that we were out of town. The event was at City Park in Scottsboro and free to attend. 

There were various booths – mostly local artists/crafters. The cars were a main attraction, though it was a small show. Our favorite was an old red Ford Bronco in pristine condition. There was a '93 Toyota Tacoma that was Daniel's dream car when he was 13 {note the year}. 

Our favorite were the little motorcyles... 

and a corvette that was hauling a sm…

See Jack {early May 2012}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.

Jack is still working on rolling over. 
He can do it, but it is hard to catch him in the act... 
especially if Sophie is around to distract him.
{early May}
See Jack in the tub. Bath time is becoming more fun these days.
{early May}
See Jack as he becomes more fascinated with our cups and trying to drink out of them. When he manages to get liquid in his mouth I think he is a bit shocked at the coldness and taste of water.
{early May}

Thursday Things (Things I Have Learned Since Graduating from College)

Things I Have Learned Since Graduating from College

Ten years ago, I graduated from college. The path my life has taken is not one I would have ever expected. Here are a few things that I have learned along the way...
1. You can plan all you want but your life probably isn't going to turn out how you envisioned.
2. Getting a degree an education matters more than your actual field of study. Case in point: I have a B.S. in Fine Art {I don't think I have met anyone with this particular degree} but I have managed to work as a graphic designer and a teacher and now I am a mom who freelances from home.
3. You will spend the majority of your life doing your "job." If you happen to be one of the select few who gets to do what they absolutely love every day, awesome. For the rest of us, figure out what you are passionate about and make sure you spend some of your free time pursuing that passion. This will go a long way towards making your life more fulfilling.
4. Make sure you hav…

2012 Book 16: Handle with Prayer

I never thought I would like e-Readers, but I don't think I would get any reading accomplished without mine.

I just finished Handle with Prayerby Charles Stanley. I will be the first to admit that at times my prayers seem stale. Often my prayers become mundane and I find myself drifting in my thoughts. I make it a point to be thankful every day, but I don't think I do a good job of praying purposefully. I thought this book provided some useful instruction on how to pray and how to think about prayer. 
Excerpts from the book:
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. —Jeremiah 33:1–3

...not one shred of scriptural evidence shows that God will say yes to all of our prayers just because we’re living right. God is sovereign. He has the right to say no according to His infinite wisdom, regardless of our goodness.

...attempts to manipulate God defeat the whole purpose of Christianity..

God is more interested in our character, our …

Menu Monday

Hamburger Quessadillas with Spinach and Fruit Salad that we had last week. {recipe adapted from Gina's Skinny Taste}
Spinach and Fruit Salad is my new fave. Which is odd since the thought of a green smoothie totally grosses me out... I guess I need to convince myself that it would be the same thing as this salad, just colder.

On the menu for this week...
MondayGrocery Night... this is kind of becoming our new norm, which = eat out.
TuesdayGrilled BBQ Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
WednesdayOrange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs with Rice and Asparagus {recipe from Tracey's Culinary Adventures}ThursdaySweet Potato Burger with Zucchini Chips {recipes from LunchBox.com and Vittles and Bits via Pinterest}
FridayDate Night
SaturdaySmoky Spice Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Black Beans and Corn {recipe from Gina's Skinny Taste}
SundayChicken Parmesan Baked Pasta with Roasted Vegetables {recipe from Pink Parsley}

Mother's Day

For my first Mother's Day I told Daniel that I wanted to go hiking. Since it rained all day that was a no go. Instead we went to Cantino Laredo for lunch where we shared Fajitas.

After lunch I treated myself to a little shopping at Old Navy before meeting up with Daniel at Barnes and Noble where we shared a Venti Vanilla Latte and Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake.

I feel so blessed to be Jack's mom. I can't believe it has been six months since he entered our lives!

Round the Rim – 5K

I have discovered that the best way for me to get motivated to run is to sign up for a race. I use the term "race" loosely as I don't really consider myself to be racing, more like I am attending an organized running event. I am just thankful for the ability to run, albeit at my tortoise-like pace.

About two weeks ago I noticed on Facebook that a friend had signed up for the Round the Rim 5K at Raccoon Mountain and I thought, "I should totally sign up for that."

In true Cheree fashion, I didn't have make time to train and before I knew it, I only had a week to get in a few runs. Not wanting to show up completely unprepared, I somehow managed to squeeze in four runs last week and then rested yesterday.

Logistically speaking, getting to this race was a bit of a challenge.
1) We live in Central time. The race was located in Eastern.
2) You have to show up 30 minutes early for this race because they close access to the rim for the safety of the runners.
3) I have a…

Jack is Six Months

Happy Half Year Birthday Jack!!!

At the beginning of this month, we had success with sleep training after two nights. By the last day of the month Jack actually slept for 11 hours straight – a new record for him.

In addition to good sleep, Jack has progressed to waking up happy. He plays quietly until I get him out of his crib, instead of crying and wanting to be fed. Stat.

He also started scooting around in his crib this month. He has managed to turn completely sideways on several occasions and even got his leg stuck through the slats once. We have officially installed the bumper to prevent any kind of injury {and the loss of pacifiers}. He has also started to scoot when we lay him on the floor on his tummy. I am sure he will be crawling before long {definitely before we are ready}.

He no longer needs the aid of a pacifier to fall asleep. Mostly he just takes it out of his mouth and amuses himself by waving it around and trying to stick it back in. He would much rather suck his …