Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pages of Penrose | Books of June

A very short list this month.  I only post books that I finish in each month, and I'm currently reading and listening to two very long books so they don't quite make the cut for June.  I did, however, very much enjoy this book:


It's about a woman who's mother dies and leads her to search for some answers about her mother's past in the old historic town where her mother grew up.  The plot was very interesting, especially if you like historical facts.  I enjoyed how the story played out with the research and piecing together bits of information that she gathers, since her mother was very private and did not share about her life prior to marriage.  Additionally, there is a bit of a love triangle that plays out between some of the main characters.

This would be a great beach read, or book to read on a long car ride/flight.

Check back with me at the end of July to see what I'm reading this month--they are some great ones!

Remember to follow along with me on Goodreads.  I find so many great recommendations on there!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Baby #2 Bump-date | 19 weeks

I feel like a picture-taking failure thus far because the picture above is the single belly picture I have taken with this pregnancy.  #imsorrysecondchild

For comparison sake, here is my 20 Week Bumpdate with Ryleigh.

How far along? 19 weeks, 5 days!

Total weight gain: +11lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes, over the last couple of weeks I've switched from belly-banding my regular pants to just wearing maternity and hello stretchy waistband.  I should have made the switch sooner.  Also wearing some pre-prego skirts with elastic waistbands and lots of dresses/maxi dresses.

Sleep: Pretty well these days.  Still very tired at points throughout the day too.

Best baby moment this week:  We had our anatomy ultrasound on Wednesday which is always so fun.  This little one looks so much like her big sister, at least so far.  Long, active legs and her bone structure/profile is incredibly similar to Ryleigh's.  It will be very interesting to see if they end up with the same coloring because I think they are really going to favor each other.  Also, on Tuesday she decided to start being much more active throughout the day and hasn't stopped since.  

Miss Anything? Sub sandwiches.  It's funny because I would eat them when I was pregnant with Ryleigh, I just always made sure to make sure the whole sandwich was toasted to try to zap any possible bacteria.  I guess because of all of the Listeria outbreak recalls on food lately I have been more hesitant this go 'round and haven't eaten any.  Also, I could really go for a good sushi dinner at Enso.

Movement: Yes! I've felt her little flutters for a couple of weeks and this week she's gotten much more active/stronger.  

Food cravings: Fruit with cool whip.  Milk. Tons of Milk.  Ice/Shaved Ice.

Anything making you queasy or sickNothing that I have noticed yet.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, a decent little bump :) I don't think I have quite 'popped' yet though.

Gender: GIRL!  Jake was right.  Her name will be Aubrey Kate. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy/tired.  

Looking forward to: Starting to plan nursery ideas and Ryleigh's "big girl room" ideas.  Also, when I was pregnant last time during summer, it was the very beginning months and being outside in the sun at all was really effecting me, unless I was able to cool off in a pool.  Just a few minutes in the hot sun would have me feeling physically ill and extremely tired.  I'm so happy that that doesn't seem to be the case this time!  We recently decided to go in with some friends on trading up to a much newer pontoon boat and I have a feeling we will be spending most of our free time out on the water this summer!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pages of Penrose | Books of May

Here we are, already recapping my Books of May! Where has time gone?!


I am so looking forward to the Me Before You movie that is coming out soon, but I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie.  I'm usually like that with books turned into movies.  I thought the book was really good.  It brings out the true emotion of such a complicated situation.  I highly recommend it.


Next up was The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand, one of my favorite authors at the moment.  Maybe it's my love of New England or maybe it's the way she weaves a story together. Probably both.  I really enjoyed the different storylines in this book.


The Matchmaker was another Hilderbrand book this month.  The synopsis of the book had me thinking this storyline would be a little bit different than it was, but it was entertaining none the less.  It wasn't my favorite Hilderbrand book, but still a good read.

Remember to follow along with me on Goodreads to see what books I'm loving these days.