Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey {A Book Review}


Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey was my first book by Billy Coffey but he has reeled me in for sure! To be completely honest, as I read this book, I could not figure out if I actually liked the book or not. Let me explain. 

First of all, the book is based in the sport of baseball and while it is not necessarily technical about baseball, I think it would be enjoyed most by someone who does know about and care about baseball. The book is split into the tops and bottoms of innings in a baseball game and the story bounces back and forth between present day and several different "ages" in the past. At first, that was difficult for me to keep up with but as I learned more about the characters, it wasn't hard to follow at all. By the middle to end of the book, I began to enjoy this back and forth more and truly enjoyed it. 

The main character is Owen, a baseball player raised in Appalachia who makes it into college and eventually the MLB to play baseball. The present day story is of him being called up from Double A to a major league game and the innings of that particular baseball game are the setting. 

The past of the story is related to him in high school and college as he discovers who he is, what's important to him, etc. He is a part of town that is divided and he meets someone who is "from the other side of the tracks." Their relationship is secret and as it develops, so much changes. This story is complex on so many levels and therefore difficult to explain. 

I feel like the main premise if of two main characters trying to discover who they are and what they need in life while things are constantly changing. The family dynamics are interesting and also difficult to read about at times. I loved this story. I loved the ending even though it took a while to get there. I love the way Billy Coffey developed the characters. I'll be reading more Coffey books in the future! 

Thanks BookLook Bloggers for the free copy! 





Mason {4 years, 3 months}

When Matt was getting pictures of Maddox, of course he needed to get some of Mason, too! 

Mason's personality and intelligence is exploding right now! He's learning so much, growing so much and he's becoming just the kindest human being. I love him so much! 


















Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Maddox {20ish Months}

Well, I had every intention of writing an 18 month post about Maddox. Yeah, that would have been in December and that didn't happen. So here were are and he's almost 21 months old and I'm doing it. haha! 

These last few months have been so much fun! Maddox is learning so much, saying so many words, and is into everything!!! 

You can see in these first few pictures that he has a scraped up eye. Yeah, he fell down the steps.😑







Then, his eye cleared up and Matt was able to get outside with him during a beautiful day to snap a few more shots. 
Well, first he got some inside. Man, I love this blue-eyed boy! 




Maddox is very quick to let you know how he feels about something with a scream. If he gets hurt, he runs immediately to Mom or Dad for comfort. He has gotten a little tougher recently when he and Mason have a tiff. 

Speaking of Mason, they fight as much as they get along but their times together have gotten so much sweeter in the last few months. The other day, Mason left for several hours with a friend and Maddox cried off and on the whole time. He loves his brother. 



Maddox continues to be a great sleeper. He naps 2-3 hours each afternoon and sleeps 7p-7a each night. He loves his buds and his thumb. 

  




Maddox is a pretty good eater and likes most things that we give him. He is quick to let us know if he'd prefer not to eat it. Unfortunately, that, at times, involves tossing it on the floor. Yeah, not my favorite. 

  


Look at those eyes!



Maddox loves going to church, MOPS, AWANA and storytime as well as anything else we do. He loves to check people out, wave hi/bye and play with others. 



Maddox loves playing outside and has been known to eat dirt when allowed. Or heck, who am I kidding, even when we don't want him to. 😂



We have enjoyed the last 20+ months with this little guy! He's the best! 



Monday, February 19, 2018

The Morgan's Movements 2018 {Week 7}

The weather has been enjoyable at times this last week which was so nice since the rest of the time, it seemed to be raining. Or just dreary. Anyway, we took advantage of it when it was nice and opened all of the doors and windows! 
  


This guy makes me smile so much. I cannot get enough of his sweet heart. Which is good because I have to hold on to that when he's driving me crazy. 😉



That evening, I took the boys to the pet store before we met Matt for dinner. 
  

Tuesday was Mardi Gras and GiGi told us to get the masks out. That led to getting all of the costumes, masks, etc out. Boy that was something. haha! 

GiGi showed us hers, too! She's so fancy! 

Mustaches! 
  

  

  

Maddox was a bit cranky/clingy and needed some extra momma loving. I happily obliged. 


Our friends picked up Mason to take him to the MOMS Club Olympics. He had the best time! 
  

  

  


Tuesday night, the boys got some Valentine presents from their GiGi including some Color Wonder coloring books. A fave! 

Wednesday was Valentine's Day and I shared about that already. I had an eye doctor appointment Thursday and Kris and Anna blessed me big time by having the boys over to play while I was there. They had the best time! 

  




  




That afternoon, I headed to work and Matt and the boys hung out for a bit and then they went to the park for 2 hours! yay, pretty weather! 


Friday morning, we were out early and ran by Target to check clearance and browsed the dollar spot. 
  


We hit up the grocery store and then came home to play outside. 
  


That afternoon, it was nearly HOT and Matt got the boys in shorts and they headed to the park. I had to work but I was so thankful that they went to the park right by work and I got to meet them. 


We had dinner at Bronco's and Maddox nailed the chip and salsa situation! 

  


Saturday, we started our "Put your phone away" challenge. It was so nice! That afternoon was date night for Matt and the boys and they went to Home Depot, CiCi's and Petsmart. They had the best time! 


Sunday morning, Mason needed to potty early and that got the whole house up. 😳😳😳

Honestly, it wasn't bad. We just got up and moving and headed to Target before church. Mason wanted to get his buddy, Thomas, a gift because we just found out he's going to be a big brother! 

When I asked to take a picture, Maddox snuggled up close. Love him. 


And then for a group picture, he wasn't feeling it. haha! 

The boys ate lunch quickly before Matt and I were ready so we sent them to the living room and we ate together. It was a mini-date. :) 

When Maddox laid down for nap, we taught Mason how to play Go Fish! He loved it! 
  

The boys headed to AWANA Sunday evening and Matt and I went to dinner. 

It was a pretty good week!