Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Five Favorites (Vol. 6)

Welcome to my little slice of Five Favorites, hosted this week by the fabulous Grace !

- amazon.com -
I'm a big junkie fan. As much as I enjoy using it to browse for myself, lately I have had a grand 'ol time getting ideas for Leo. I love what my brother and sister-in-law did with their girls and having books on tape for them to listen to. I imagine Leo will listen to fewer stories involving princesses and maidens but hopefully he will enjoy it at least half as much as his cousins do!

- I Am a Bunny -

I can only imagine that one day I will have memorized this book and, in all likelihood, hate it. But not yet. It is the only book in Leo's rather vast library that he actually enjoys reading with mommy. Sometimes he tries to eat it and sometimes he squirms and fusses until we stop, but other times he sits very still in my lap and listens and looks with his big brown eyes. 

- Hiking as a family -

Fox Hollow Trail
Front Royal, VA
The past two Sundays Ben and I have taken our intrepid Leo hiking in the Shenandoah National Park. The entrance is only about 10 minutes from our house and given the fact that Leo is obsessed with being outside we figured purchasing an annual pass was a good move (it was, as it turns out). As a brief aside, when I say that Leo is "obsessed" with being outside I mean that he could be screaming bloody murder and absolutely inconsolable, but if you step foot outside he will calm down immediately. He doesn't care for strollers that much but as long as he is facing out (in arms or carrier) he is happy as a lark! So anyway. The two hikes that we have gone on as a family have been lovely. We were in the cool and beauty of the forest and Leo was so captivated that truly he didn't even make a sound for an hour (both times). The second time we were able to see the sun set over the mountains from a great overlook. Not a bad life.

- What About Bob? -

I feel good. I feel great. I feel wonderful.
I love this movie! I am pretty sure that I think of it at least once every day. Our son being named "Leo" also brings it to mind. Throughout my pregnancy (and yes, after too) my brother would often greet us by yelling "Baby! Leo! Marvin!". My nieces may or may not have been confused about his middle name for a bit. But since parenthood really has been all about baby steps, I can't think of anything more fitting....

- Connecting with People -

It's hard to believe that we have only been in Virginia for about a month. Part of that is due to the fact that things haven't been super easy. But a bigger part is just how much living we've done since moving here! This past week I had the opportunity to visit a close friend of mine who I have barely seen in the past two+ years. The drive was less than ideal (screaming infant for over an hour?! pinch me!) but having the chance to catch up and just spend some time together was awesome! Her kids are so sweet and they were just amazing with Leo and since Ben couldn't be there with us they drew pictures for him that they sent back with me. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Ben and I have also had the chance to spend time with other friends (old and new) and that has been invaluable. And just the other day I was able to meet the incredibly sweet Beth after mass! I am so grateful for the generosity and kindness that we have been shown since moving here. God is good :)

~ Happy Wednesday ~


  1. What About Bob is one of my all-time fav movies. So many good lines! And Amazon makes shopping soo much easier.

  2. Amazon is the best thing ever, esp for moms of little ones who don't want to deal with shopping in a store! We love What About Bob? over here too and quote it frequently. :)