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Books I read in January (#1-2)

I think it may be a few years before I can commit to reading 52 books in a year again. Last year I made it to 28 and for the month of January of this year, I managed to read two. I guess I just have to wait and see how things pan out.

Our church is reading the book, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His Peoplethis year. It is a chronological telling of the Bible using passages from the NIV. I have read the first "chapter" which starts with creation and goes through Noah and the flood. During the year, sermons and classes at church will follow the entire story of the Bible. I have read through the Bible several times, but I find this to be a fresh take and I am enjoying the discussions we have had in our class so far.

The first book I actually read this year was The Wander Year: One Couples Journey Around the World by Mike McIntyre. I have to be honest and say that since it is a travelogue, I had high hopes for this book. However I found it disappointing. 

See Jack {December 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. 

See Jack eat ice cream for the first time. {early December}

See Jack with a dancing gingerbread man on Christmas Eve.  This video doesn't show it, but he kept trying to hug the  gingerbread man every time it started dancing. {Christmas Eve with the Moores}

See Jack show off his "reading" skills and his nose-blowing skills. He loves to copy us. {end of December}

See Jack wear mittens for the first time.   He wasn't sure what to think. We had to be ready to go to Searcy  where there was snow on the ground after Christmas! 
{end of December}
See Jack practice walking.   He really took off right around Christmas time. {end of December}
See Jack play the piano with Uncle Mark. {end of December}

More Than Just a Mom

Last year I read this post on A CUP OF JO about Jo's struggle with postpartum depression. For her it didn't come until she was weaning her child. I found it interesting and must have stored the information from that article in the back of my cob-webby mommy brain.

Anyways, I didn't really think that I would struggle with strong emotional feelings when it came to pregnancy and motherhood. I am a fairly stoic person and not overly emotional. While pregnant, I can count on one hand the number of times I cried for no reason. I even saw the movie"The Help" and I didn't cry. Surrounded by women in a theater and very pregnant and I didn't even tear up. 

After Jack came along I jumped into the business of being a mom and don't recall feeling anything unusual. When my period came back I had intense cramps but no strong emotional feelings to go with it. All of this to say that I appeared to be returning to my normal, even after givingbirth.

So, it has been a bit o…

See Jack {early December 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.

At the beginning of December {last year}, my sister and I took our kids to Arkansas to spend some time with our parents before the holiday season got too busy. All of these videos are from that trip.

See Izzy make pizza with Grammy while Jack and cousin Levi eat cheese and watch.  {early December}

See Jack and cousin Izzy ride a horsey together.
Izzy is tame in these videos since Jack is riding with her. {early December}

See us celebrate Jack's first birthday for a second time. {early December}

See Jack play with a baby bouncer... not sure when you get to be too old for this.
{early December}

See Jack play with his cousins. Izzy shows off how she normally rides her horsey.
{early December}

DeSoto State Park: Indian Falls

I don't know about you, but there are times that I have an intense desire to get out in nature. It restores my soul. It could be cabin fever -- having been cooped up all week with a baby who has had off and on low-grade fevers {most likely due to teething} –– but mostly I think that I just need to be outside, enjoying God's creation.

We settled on DeSotoState Parkin the Little River Canyon National Preservesince it is within an hour of our house and we hadn't been since I was 23-weeks pregnant with Jack. On that particular trip, we hiked a 3.5 loop to see Laurel Falls and Lost Falls. It was summertime and water levels were low, so there wasn't a lot to see.

On this hike, we just did a quick in and out, totaling 2 miles, on the DeSoto Scout Trail{marked DST with a YELLOW blaze}. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. We didn't find it overly strenuous -- even carrying a baby and hiking with our dog.

This hike took us to Indian Falls and down into the canyon to f…

See Jack {late November 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.

See Jack "talk" on a pretend phone to Dada. Everytime my phone rings, Jack starts saying, "Dada." {late November}
See Jack at his first chocolate chip cookie  as part of our Christmas decorating tradition. {late November}

See Jack playing with ornaments on our newly decorated Christmas tree. He didn't really bother the tree too much. We did leave him some  low-hanging fruit that kept  him entertained though. {late November}
See Jack at lunch. A typical lunch time with my boy. {late November}

Top 10 from 2012

Well this post is a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to share our Top 10 list that we have been writing every year to include in our Christmas cards. I can't believe we have been writing this list for TEN YEARS! The past year was pretty low key for us -- no major accidents or big trips, but we were certainly blessed.

We hope you have a wonderful 2013.

Top 10 from 2012:

10. The night your baby decides to sleep through the night again, your dog will inevitably decide that she needs you to get up and let her out in the middle of the night.

9. Juggling a baby and a small business will mean that there might be weeks where you eat pizza two nights in a row. Don’t worry; someday your wife will cook real meals again.

8. Daniel celebrated five years without seeing the inside of an emergency room.

7. We were blessed this year to get involved with a life group at our church. Sometime in the last few years we went from being the young’uns to being the old people. We are just thankful to have mad…

Little Libby's Catfish Diner

Daniel and I have come to the conclusion that we must be getting old. Yesterday, we stopped at Mellow Mushroom for lunch in Jones Valley (Huntsville) before heading home after church. It was loud, crowded and the food was just "okay." Typically we love Mellow Mushroom, but listening to a ballgame that is on TV screens every 4 feet above our heads is not our cup of tea. The only redeeming thing was that it was kind of cute to watch Jack clap every time other patrons clapped and yelled over a good play. Maybe this has more to do with our apathy towards football than it does our age...

Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago, we visited Little Libby's Catfish Dinerin Madison and had a much better dining experience. Maybe we just like dives better?

Libby's is a meat-n-three kind of place, with catfish being the main offering for your "meat."

The portions were humungous and the sides were pretty amazing – it all tasted like something your Grandma would make you. We could hav…

See Jack {mid November 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.

See Jack "talk" on the "phone" – anything is a phone these days, even a thermometer. {mid November}
See Jack clap for himself. He is so proud each time he does something new.
{mid November}
See Jack "practice" yoga. He is great at imitating the things we do. {mid November}
See Jack's initial reaction to cow's milk. Two months later, he drinks without a problem. Our solution: feed him chili and peanut butter sandwiches {not together}.  Milk tastes good {even to a baby} when paired with these kinds of food. {mid November}
See Jack eat turkey for the first time. {Thanksgiving Day}

2012 Book 28: Alice in Wonderland

The last book that I read in 2012 was the classic Alice in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll. I guess I never read the book growing up, though I watched the movie many times. The book is seriously trippy {is that a word?}. The movie makes sense, kind of. But the book. Wow. I didn't really get it at all until the very end. The last page made it come together. As much as it was going to come together.

Some excerpts from the book: 
'I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'
'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'  'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.  'I don't much care where--' said Alice. 'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat. '--so long as I get somewhere,' Alice added as an explanation. 'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long enough.' "Never i…

First Haircut

Over Christmas break, Jack hit a big milestone: We had his hair cut for the first time. 

For the last several months we had been feeling like we needed to take Jack to the barber. We were even tempted to give his bangs a trim at home, but weren't confident in our abilities.

December was so crazy that we couldn't seem to find a moment to take him to the barber. But while visiting my parents during Christmas, Daniel decided that enough was enough and he found a barber shop in Searcy with good reviews online.

Jack is such a laid back kid that we weren't overly concerned about the experience. But I was glad that there was a little boy getting his hair cut when we walked in the doors. Jack was able to observe before we stuck him in the barber chair.

He did so well. Mostly he was curious about what the barber was doing to him. He kept trying to swivel his head around to see what was going on.

Toward the beginning he did get a little frustrated at having a cape draped around him, but …

Christmas, Part II

This year was a little abnormal when it came to our Christmas traveling. Typically my parents would come to Nashville to celebrate a big holiday with us. But this year, some family circumstances prevented that from occurring. So we decided to make the trek over to Searcy instead.

We spent Christmas day with my brother and sister and her family, with plans for all of us to head to Searcy at the end of the week, after my sister finished her nursing shifts.

Then on Christmas day, Arkansas was hit by a pretty big snow storm. I believe there were actually "blizzard" warnings for parts of the state. My parents received about 6" of snow and many were without power in central Arkansas.

Since we weren't headed to their house for another day, we decided to see how things played out. In the end, my brother decided to hitch a ride with Daniel, Jack and I. On the other hand, Angela and her familydecided that with the weather conditions and recent sickness, it was too much for them …

Outdoor Adventures | 2012 edition

With a new baby, 2012 was light on adventures. October was a busy month as we got in a groove, but the rest of the year was lacking.

First Hike with Jack at Monte Sano Park | Huntsville, AL

Racoon Mountain Round the Rim 5k | Chattanooga, TN
Monte Sano Part II | Huntsville, AL

Waterfall Trail to Hemlock Falls | Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA 

Incline Railway | Lookout Mountain, TN
Paddling Lake Guntersville | Scottsboro, AL
Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll | Huntsville, AL
Northwest Georgia Canoeing - Jack's first paddling excursion | Ellijay, GA
Highest Point in Georgia | Brasstown Bald, GA
Amicalola Falls | Amicalola State Park, GA

Word for the Year: Deliberate

Happy New Year from the Moores!
I am a bit behind on my blogging – okay, a LOT behind. December was a truly insane month for me. Not including normal driving, I managed to log 3,294 miles. According to Google maps I spent 52 hours in the car. I'm sure with a toddler in tow it was much longer. I am ready for a break.

I hope to catch up on my blogging, but getting my house in order and wrapping up a freelance project are my main focus right now. Bear with me, I know many family members are anxious to see pics from all of our travels.

For the past several years, instead of writing resolutions on January 1st, I have focused on choosing a word that would represent a theme for the coming year. I like this tradition better than making resolutions that I know that I will struggle to keep.

I am a few days behind, but the word that I would like to focus on in 2013 is deliberate:
carefullyweighed;studied;intentional; unhurried: to consider; tothinkcarefullyorattentively;or to reflectI don'…

Books I Read in 2012

For the last several years, I have been making the effort to read one book each week for a total of 52 books. In 2012, I only made it to 28... not too terrible for a new, full-time mom. Below is the full list of books that I read in 2012. If you are interested, here are my lists for 2009,2010 and 2011.

January -- a strong start with 5 books read
1) The Secret Garden
2) Catching Fire
3) Heaven is For Real
4) Shanghai Girls
5) The Post MistressFebuary
6) Mockingjay
7) Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know
8) Common SenseMarch
9) The Long Run
10) Latitude 38
11) The Imortal Life of Henrietta LacksApril
12) Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life
13) The Pig in the Pantry
14) Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlMay
15) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (#3)
16) Handle with Prayer
17) Baby Led WeaningJune
18) The Girl Who Came HomeJuly
19) The Last ExplorerAugust
20) The Plains of AbrahamSeptember
21) Lost in Shangri-La
22) How to Become an American Housewife
23) On Becoming Babywise IIOctober