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Updated book list…

A while back, I posted the “100 books every child should read before kindergarten” list that I found on the internet. We have made some progress! Out of 100 books, we have currently read 31. Not too bad for an almost 3 year old. I love that Emily loves books. We seriously go to the library at least once a week – sometimes twice. Our bag is full and we read all of the books at least 3 or 4 times. That’s a love of reading!

100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

“More, More, More” Said the Baby

A Nap in a Lap

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

ABC, Like Me!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alphabet City

Alphabet Rescue

Amazing Grace

An Extraordinary Egg

Angelina Ballerina

Bark, George

Barnyard Banter

Bear in a Square

Big Fat Hen

Book! Book! Book!

Bread and Jam for Frances

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

Caps for Sale

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Come Along Daisy

Come on, Rain!


Counting Kisses

Curious George

Daisy 1, 2, 3

Does a Cow Say Boo?

Duck on a Bike

Each Peach Pear Plum

Eating the Alphabet

Fancy Nancy

First the Egg

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Freight Train

Goodnight Moon


Guess How Much I Love You

Hands Can

Happy Birthday Moon

Hear Are My Hands

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

How I Became a Pirate

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

I Kissed the Baby

I Went Walking

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Is Your Mama a Llama?

It Looked Like Spilt Milk


Jazz Baby

Jump Frog, Jump

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Little Red Hen

Little Toot

Llama, Llama Red Pajama

Love You Forever

Maisy Goes Swimming

Make Way For Ducklings

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Max Cleans Up

Max’s ABC

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Mouse Mess

Mouse Paint

Mr. Grumpy’s Outing

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha

My Friend Rabbit

My Very First Mother Goose

Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs

Old Black Fly


One Beautiful Baby

Planting a Rainbow

Rosie’s Walk

Silly Sally

Snowy Day

Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails

Ten Tiny Tickles

Ten, Nine, Eight

The Doorbell Rang

The Hat

The  Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Little Engine that Could

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Napping House

The Story of Babar

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Three Bears

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

Wemberly Worried

Where the Wild Things Are

Where’s My Teddy

Where’s Spot?

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Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…..

Love me some Cardinals baseball!!! We usually hit a couple games a season but this year, time just got away from us. Stephen and Emily were watching the game one day at home and Emily said, “Daddy, I want to go to the ballpark sometime.” Now, what father can deny his daughter a simple request???

After checking our calendar, we figured out that the only game we could make it to this late in the season was the last game. (How did we get so busy?) So we ordered some tickets to make Emily’s request a reality. That and we really would enjoy the game too. Emily’s been to quite a few games in her young life but none that she actually remembers so this was going to be fun!

The weather wasn’t too bad. The day before was cold and yuck! We headed down to the park after church and caught some lunch before the game. Surprisingly, Emily ate the fastest she has ever eaten and we made it to our seats and still had 45 minutes before the game started!!! Stephen took her to find some souvenirs and they came back with pretzels. That’s all she wanted. (And she didn’t even eat hers!) To be that young again!

Emily had a great time, despite the fact that she was very tired. She watched part of the game but was more focused on cotton candy, snacks and getting to buy Lucy the bear clothes. We actually made it to the end of the 5th inning before she got super restless! Not too bad for an almost 3 year old! Plus, we got vouchers for a game next season. “So my baby brother can go” says Emily. Sisterly love!

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Belly shot…

It’s true…..As much as I would have denied it, it is true. You just aren’t as focused obsessed with pregnancy #2. With Emily, I felt every single move, twinge and tweak. I took pictures at regular intervals and was ready MONTHS in advance.

I think it’s because you are just so much busier with your second and subsequent pregnancies. There are some days where I think “did I fell the baby today??”. Of course I did, I was just too busy running around with Emily that I wasn’t focused. There is just so much to do having an almost 3 year old!

Belly shots…..2. That’s how many have been taken, unless you count the picture I took before I  knew I was pregnant. I was probably 6 weeks at the time or a little earlier. Belly shots don’t really matter in the long run. I know this little boy will have many, many pictures to look back on as he gets older. He won’t say “Jeez, look how many pictures there are of Emily!”. Ok, he probably will but that’s because I took SOOOOO many pictures of Emily. I will have to work on making sure he gets lots of pictures taken!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

Yeah, yeah…I know…Another recipe…..Get over it and add it to your upcoming menu because you will like it. Have I ever steered you wrong? If I have, don’t tell me. 😉


    *1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    *1 pkg Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
    * 1/4 cup water
    * 1 8oz pkg low fat cream cheese
    *1 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
    *3 cups cooked white, long grain rice


*1. Place chicken in crock pot
*2. Mix together Italian dressing mix and water. Pour over chicken.
*3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours OR low for 8 hours.
*4. Mix together cream cheese and soup in separate bowl.
*5. Carefully remove chicken from crock pot to plate.
*6. Pour cream cheese/soup mixture into crock pot and mix together with dressing in bottom.
*7. Return chicken to crock pot and mix gently to shred the chicken.
*8. Cook on LOW until heated through.
*Serve with rice or noodles.

**You may add skim or low fat milk in very small quantities to thin the sauce a little. It does not significantly affect the nutritional value if you use up to 2 tablespoons**

Makes 6 servings. Approximately 2/3 cup mixture with 1/2 cup rice.

This recipe can be made with FAT FREE cream cheese and it saves about 6 grams of fat. However, I feel that the dish benefits from the flavor of the low fat over the fat free.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe discovered on


This recipe was DELICIOUS!! I have had it for quite some time but was hesitant to try it because I didn’t know if Stephen would like it. I figured Emily wouldn’t eat it because a) it was chicken and b) the texture was “different”. Stephen loved it and Emily actually ate some as well. Definitely a keeper recipe in this house.

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Cake Mix Cookies

I have had this recipe that I wanted to try for a while now but I wanted to have a reason to bake cookies. Not that you really need a reason to bake cookies but you know what I mean. I decided that a family reunion on Saturday was a good enough reason to make these. The problem is I am not sure how many will make it to the reunion. They are so good!!!


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips or butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)Directions
  1. Combine cake mix, oil and eggs in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Stir in chips and nuts, if using.
  3. Drop by teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Upon removing from oven, let the cookies stand on sheet for two minutes, then cool on racks.

I used a dark chocolate cake mix with 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of butterscotch chips. Turned out fabulous!!!

You can also experiment with different cake mixes and mix-ins.


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