Day 30 of 30-Day Challenge

Well, this is it. The last day of the challenge.

Sammy and I stayed home as my college and his daycare were closed due to Hurricane Sandy. As Hubby left for work, I braced myself for a long day of trying to entertain Sammy. I’m really not a home-body (cabin fever gets to me if I stay home for more than 24 hours or if I don’t have some kind of “project” to work on at home). Because of the weather and my very pregnant body that gets tired just walking around the house, however, going out anywhere seemed too daunting. Luckily, two friends were willing to brave the roads and came over for playdate and lunch. After lunch, we took a 2 hour nap. Then, Hubby came home with McDonald’s dinner. So the day was not so bad.

This evening, we got the fire going and sat down to read. I picked one book and Sammy picked one book. I really like the Olivia books. It’s clever and the illustration by Ian Falcon is great – simple lines but very stylistic. (Falcon also did the illustration for David Sedaris’s book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.) Sammy’s choice – Dinosaur Days, of course – became the official last book of this challenge. I wonder what I will do tomorrow… Will I insist on making sure we read at least one book? Or will I go back to the old ways?

(As a side note, I finished Little Bee and started reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami, which I realize is a huge commitment. Maybe my next challenge should be to read one chapter a day from this book…. except that I will be having a baby in 2.5 weeks and probably that will bring everything to a halt.)




Day 26 of 30-Day Challenge

Today, Sammy had a visitor.  His cousin came over to play in the afternoon and stayed for dinner.  The two kids sat with Hubby to read dinosaur books together. So very adorable.

Day 26 – Reading time with cousin and daddy

After shower, Sammy and I read another dinosaur book.  He’s all about dinosaurs this week.  I’m getting quite bored with them – especially because I have difficulty pronouncing all their names.  Maybe Sammy felt bad for me – After the dinosaur book, he picked Winnie the Pooh’s alphabet book.  He’s getting quite good at recognizing letters.  Not so good yet about associating the letter with the sound… He’d say “W is for Pooh!” instead of “W is for Winnie the Pooh!”  But that’s okay. One step at a time.

Day 26 – My First Dinosaur Board Book



Day 25 of 30-Day Challenge

FINALLY!  We got to read a Barbie book!!!!

Day 25 – Barbie’s Pet Vet!

Yesterday at the library, Sammy spotted Barbie’s Pet Vet book. He asked me, “Can we get this book about doctors?”  And I said, of course, “Yes!” not because it was about doctors but because it had something other than dinosaurs, cars, trucks, and trains.

This morning, as he was eating breakfast, Sammy wanted to read this Barbie book so we did.  It’s really a terrible book.  Because it’s Step 1 in Step into Reading series, it has very few words and there really is no story or anything.  Still, Sammy enjoyed it and I enjoyed it if only because it was not about dinosaurs.

But of course once this book was done, he wanted to read a dinosaur book. So we did.  I guess this is the life I’m meant to have as my second child is also a boy. I’ll be living the boy-life with my three boys (including Hubby): cars, trucks, dinosaurs, trains, and football.

Day 24 of 30-Day Challenge

This morning, I told sammy we would go to the library after daycare. You should have seen the excitement on his face. He said, “I want to get 100 books!”

Day 24 – Dinosaur books from the library!

At the library, we asked a librarian for dinosaur books and she showed us a whole shelf full of them!  We sat on the floor and read a few. I’m so impressed with how much he knows about dinosaurs. He says his favorite dinosaur is the quetzalcoatlus. I don’t even know how to say the word! (Thanks, Dino Dan!)

Sammy absolutely loves the library. We didn’t get 100 books but plenty to keep us busy for a few days.

Day 23 of 30-Day Challenge

Another day of FAIL.  No books read today.  As soon as Sammy got home from daycare, Husband and I had to leave him with my mom for an evening out.

Day 23 – David Sedaris – “Congressman Yoo”
Day 23 – Not appropriate for children – David Sedaris

However, I have no regrets – I got to hear, meet, and talk to one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris!  We went to Strathmore Music Center for “An Evening with David Sedaris.”  He told a wonderful story about going to Korea and learning that Koreans eat the same food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  He went to the hotel buffet for breakfast and found eggs & bacon but also spaghetti among other non-breakfast items – hence his comment in my copy of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

He signed books while eating P.F. Chang’s takeout.  Sedaris is someone who seems truly intrigued by other people’s experiences, feelings, and thoughts – and that must be how he gathers and writes such wonderfully funny stories – by asking people (sometimes strange) questions.  He asked me, “Laura, do you think it’s okay that I want to leave India when I get thirsty?” (he doesn’t like to “vacation” anywhere too long) and asked Frank, “Frank, what do you do?”  He suggested that we name our baby Congressman Yoo.  Perhaps we will.

It was a wonderful, grown-up evening…

Day 22 of 30-Day Challenge

Today was rough. Very rough. I have not been sleeping well for the last week or so and finally my body caught up with me and retaliated. I was running on maybe 30 percent of my usual energy. I realized I need to take it easy and slow down by a lot if I want to make it through the next 3 weeks.

Anyway, I came home early for rest and when Sammy came home with Daddy I had just enough energy to share a McDonald’s meal with my boys and then read two books with Sammy: Who Are You? (in Korean) and Hugless Douglas.

If it hadn’t been for this challenge, no doubt I’d have said, “Oh Sammy, mommy is too tired to read…” I’m thankful that this challenge gave me a little push to share a few minutes of quality time with my son even on a day like today when I just want to crawl into bed and sleep for a week.



Day 21 of 30-Day Challenge

It was a busy day. We had a lot to get done around the house, including decorating the baby’s room. Hubby put up curtains, installed a shelf, and did the wall decal in Baby Danny’s room. There were summer toys out on the deck that needed cleaning. Laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning. Sammy is a very good helper – sometimes too eager. Everything takes twice as long when Sammy wants to help… But it’s hard to say no when he so really wants to be helpful.

After dinner, Sammy picked Christmas is Coming to read with me. I guess it’s only fitting since we went Christmas decoration shopping yesterday and brought home two big nutcrackers. They are proudly standing by the fireplace.  In a few weeks we will put up the rest of our Chiristmas decorations, and I can’t wait!

Day 21 – Christmas is Coming!