Currently- Twin Edition

I seriously don’t even know where to start with this post! If you read my final bumpdate and saw my instagram post then you know that the girls made their entrance into the world on November 3rd, and Chris and I couldn’t be more in love. Life with two newborns definitely isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, it’s a lot of work and some late nights, but seeing those cute little happy faces makes it all worth it! Thankfully Chris has had these past two weeks off from work, and we’ve had both grandmothers in town to help us out which has been so awesome! But our lives haven’t been too exciting except for newborn stuff, so I thought that I’d do a little currently post and linkup up with Biana!

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WATCHING- A whole lot of Netflix and whatever else is on TV. I think that it’s just the fact that we like having some noise in the background, but we’ve been able to get caught up on the third season of Narcos and we also got all caught up on the current season of Outlander as well. We’ve also been watching a lot of HGTV and Shark Tank too. Pretty much we’ve turned into “couch potatoes” but it’s a great way to kind of mellow out when you’re tired.

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READING- Absolutely nothing! I had started The Snowman by Jo Nesbo before the girls got here, but I didn’t have time to finish it before they were born and then of course after that I didn’t really have much time to read anything. Plus it was a library book and had to be returned. I do have the newest Celeste Ng book Little Fires Everywhere coming from the library, so hopefully that’ll get me back into my reading game this month!

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EATING- Anything and everything! Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories which means that I feel hungry all the time! We’ve been eating a few of our freezer meals that we made before the girls got here, but we’ve also been eating a lot of sandwiches because I can finally eat cold cuts again! The only thing that I haven’t had since the girls were born that I missed during pregnancy is blue cheese, and hopefully that’ll change soon!

DRINKING- Lots and lots of water! I know that one of the keys with breastfeeding is to stay hydrated, so besides my one latte in the morning and my one Diet Dr Pepper at lunch, I try to stick to just water. Those big old cups that they give you at the hospital are magical though and I swear that they make you drink more water somehow! If I could magically clean itself, I think that I’d drink out of it all the time!

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WEARING- T-shirts and sweats. Honestly I’m a little scared to try on my pre-pregnancy pants, even though I feel like I’ve lost quite a bit of my pregnancy weight the past two weeks, because of my c-section incision. But thankfully I have quite a bit of stretchy pants that I can wear which will definitely be a lifesaver!

PLANNING- A whole lot of nothing. The girls are still really tiny so we don’t want to really venture out and about with them until they put on some more weight and the doctor says that it’s ok. Thankfully my parents are coming in town for Thanksgiving so that’s one other thing that we don’t have to worry about planning for.

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FEELING- Very tired! To help the girls gain weight we’re waking them up every 4 hours during the night which isn’t too bad, but it definitely means that we’re not sleeping through the night. Hopefully they bulk up some more so that we don’t have to keep on waking them up and can try and see how long they’ll sleep at night.

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HOPING- That I can get the girls birth story post and maybe a travel post written soon! This has always been a great little outlet for me to document not only our travels but our life as well, and I love that I can look back on these posts and know what was going on at any point in time. I haven’t even started on the girls’ baby books, but I know that having these blog posts written will help me to write things in them later on.

LOVING- Our sweet girls! While the late nights are definitely tough, although to be honest there haven’t been too many of them, it definitely helps to see how absolutely adorable our girls are! Obviously I’m super biased because they’re my babies, but I can’t get over how cute they are and how much I love them! It’s still so surreal that they’ve already been here for 2 and a half weeks, and it’s still not even their due date yet!

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Like I said, life right now isn’t too glamorous and it’s a whole lot of just hanging out around the house, but we’re loving it so much right now! We love getting to spend all of this time with our sweet girls, and get to know them, and of course get them all dressed up and decked out in bows!

My 101 In 1001 Check In #8

So when I saw Macy’s post go up on Monday I realized that I really haven’t thought about my 101 in 1001 in a while, and to be honest I don’t anticipate actually getting too much else completed on my list, especially since the girls are here now. But never say never, right? So we’ll see what else I can get done before my 1001 days are actually up! But anyways, let’s see what else I was actually able to accomplish since the last check in!

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Life

56. Get up to date on our family yearbooks.10I’m so happy that this one is finally checked off the list! I’d gotten so far behind on our family yearbooks that it took me a little while to actually get caught up. Thankfully though I got our 2016 yearbook printed up a month or two ago, and now I just need to get started on our 2017 yearbook and try to get some more of our vacation books done, and the girls’ baby books as well. I use Blurb for all of our photobooks and I’m so happy that they have layflat pages now! It’s going to make our vacation books that much prettier when I do full page spreads because I won’t lose things in the gutter!

61. Read 100 books. (93/100)
Slowly but surely I’m making my way through 100 books! I’ve hit a little bit of reading slump since the girls were born, but I have full confidence in myself in reading 7 new books before the 1001 days is over. Plus I know that once I’m back at work, I’ll have a lot more reading time when I’m on the bus, if I’m not sleeping of course!

Recap:

In Progress:
Travel- (2/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (0/20)
Life- (2/20)
Food- (0/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (0/6)
Total- (8/101)

Completed:
Travel- (16/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (15/20)
Life- (10/20)
Food- (5/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (5/6)
Total- (59/101)

With the addition of the girls to our lives, I honestly don’t know how much more we’ll be able to check off my 101 in 1001 list, but I think that means that we’ll just have to try and check them off at a later date. There’s definitely a lot on the Travel and Houston sections that I’d love to still try and do, and I know that the girls would probably love to do them with us, like the zoo and the ball games. But I guess only time will tell!

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In October

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

Happy Show Us Your Books Day with Steph and Jana! Life has definitely been a whirlwind around these parts with the addition of our little girls, but I couldn’t miss the chance to talk about books today! Last month was definitely a good reading month for me, which is a good thing considering I haven’t been able to read much at all since the girls arrived. Hopefully that will change in the weeks to come so that I actually have something to talk about next month, but we’ll have to wait and see! Anyways, let’s get on with the book reviews!

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★ 5 stars

This was the last installment in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, and I thought that it did a great job of wrapping everything up. The only thing that I didn’t really love was actually the epilogue. Usually that’s one of my favorite parts of books, but I hated the love triangle part of this series, and I thought that the epilogue was kind of a cop out to make everybody happy. It was really cool though to see how everything tied together from the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices as well though.

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling ★★★★ 4 stars

It seems like everybody and their mom had negative opinions about the Harry Potter screenplay, so when I started to read this book I definitely went into it with really low expectations. Maybe that’s the reason why I ended up liking it. It definitely wasn’t an original Harry Potter book, but I really enjoyed the storyline and how you still got to see what the other characters were up to like Ron and Hermione. Now the screenplay definitely didn’t have all of the details that we’ve all grown to love about the Harry Potter series, but when you take it for what it is, I think that it’s a pretty good sequel. Just remember to go into it with an open mind and I think that you’ll enjoy it.

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All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood ★★★★ 4 stars

I wrote a pretty detailed review of this book here for the Beyond Words Book Club last month. This book was really tough for me to review. It definitely kept me entertained and flipping the pages, but there were a few things that definitely bothered me about this book. The two main characters are quite a few years apart and they meet when Wavy is 8 and Kellen is in his early 20’s and they fall in love and develop a relationship, when she’s like 13 years old. While I definitely did care for the main characters and thought that they really did love each other and care for each other, it was hard to see past the age difference, especially since Wavy was SO young. Although, you could definitely make an argument that by the age of 13 she’d lived through way more than most people live through their entire lives. Anyways, it was a story that tugs at your heart strings and really makes you think twice about what relationships and love can look like.

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Twelve Hours’ Sleep By Twelve Weeks Old by Suzy Giordano ★★★★ 4 stars

I have to admit I didn’t do a whole lot of book reading about babies and pregnancy and birth while I was pregnant. I mainly stuck to the What To Expect When You’re Expecting, a few apps, and a lot of blog reading. But one book that a lot of people recommended to me, especially for getting sleep with multiples was this Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old. The book was really short and I was able to read it one afternoon, and the best part is that included a lot of really good ideas. Obviously we can’t try them out right now, but I’m hoping to try them out within the next month or two.

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson ★★★★★ 5 stars

I had originally selected The Horse Dancer as my last book in Erin’s Challenge this time around, but I just couldn’t get into it. The Butterfly Garden had been sitting on my Kindle for forever and after hearing so many people rave about how good it was, I decided to switch this one out for the “animal on the cover” category. I’m so glad that I decided to make the change because it was so good and probably my favorite book of the month!

The Butterfly Garden tells the story of young women who are kidnapped and turned into butterflies for The Gardener. Even though they are cared for by the garden, they know that they aren’t safe for long and subjected to repeated rapes. I’m a huge fan of shows about serial killers, so this was right up my alley, plus it had me on the edge of my seat a lot. I thought that it was really interesting how the author told the story and flipped between the present time and Maya’s story of her time in the Garden. It helped to keep my interest up because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next during both sides of the story!

Overall this was a really good reading month for me. I read a lot of books that I really liked and I was able to finish up Erin’s Book Challenge as well! After not finishing up last challenge, I was determined to finish up this one, and I’m so glad that I did. Even better that it wasn’t on the last day of the challenge either! Hopefully I’ll have some books to linkup with next month, but no promises as we seem to be watching a lot of TV lately in between taking care of the girls! But one can hope, right!

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My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:

5 points: Freebie: Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages, 5 stars).
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages, 3 stars).
15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
The Horse Whisper by Jojo Moyes (518 pages) Changed to The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchnson (288 pages, 5 stars)
20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages, 4 stars).
25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_mo…… (submitted by Christina)
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- Parts One And Two by JK Rowling (343 pages, 4 stars).
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages, 3 stars).
30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev)
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (567 pages. 5 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 130
TOTAL POINTS: 200

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