Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Things on my mind. . .

Lots of thoughts rattling around this morning, so to be somewhat coherent, I'm just going to give you a list. . .
1. My cousin passed away today. He was too young, but aren't we all? He suffered way more than is understandable. . .
2. My kids' babysitter is the world's best babysitter! I'm afraid that's all I can tell you, or she would be bombarded by others wanting her to keep their kids. Seriously. Since it was Kyler's birthday, I picked him up early from school. He then asked me to drop him off at the baby sitter's house (that he goes to EVERY day). When we got there, she had baked a birthday cake just for him. My daughter has never cried when I've left her at the babysitter's house. I'm actually doing her a disservice by calling her the babysitter. We truly consider her to be family.
3. Two-year-olds are extremely impulsive. This was reiterated this morning when Kady got one of the two goodie bags that were left over from the birthday party. Inside was a package of gum. I walked in the living room to see her squatted down, surrounded by goodie bag contents and gum wrappers. She yelled, "Hide!" and took off with her remaining gum sticks. . .Not exactly stealth-like.
4. It sometimes continues. Kyle came to Kyler's party. He comes from a large family. Remember when you HAD to eat the candy/cookies/etc., to keep your brother/sister from getting it? No? Maybe that just happened in my family. Anyway, Kyle rode to the party with my parents. He managed to eat all the goodies before he got home. . .except the gum. Mom said she told him that he could share that with his brothers and sisters. . .He managed to get all the gum in his mouth before he got home. : ) (Jenn, I hope you don't get mad! I thought it was hilarious!)
5. When a two-year-old has gum, all moms morph into Kate from Jon and Kate plus Eight (and I've only seen a couple of episodes of that show, but isn't it hilarious!).
6. Life is precious! Let the two-year-old chew gum, blow bubbles, and run around outside despite the dirty dishes in the sink.
7. It's book order time again. I love books. All. Books. In celebration of improved reading (YEA, US!), I want to know your favorite kid's book. Here are a few of ours. (Ahem. . .pretend you don't know where I, um, borrowed these pictures from.)

a. (above) Barney says, "Night Night" originally came from a garage sale. Our copy is falling apart, but each of the kids has loved it around two years of age.

b. (below) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day is one of my all-time favorite books. This should be mandatory reading for adults! c. (above) Freckleface Strawberry. Yes, this is written by THE Julianne Moore. It's really, really good! It deals with freckles, which when I way a kid, were so yucky. Since I didn't want my kids to feel the same way, I bought this book. I'm really glad I did.

d. (below) Junie B. Jones entire series. Yes, she's sometimes rude and impudent, but she's funny and well-written.e. (above) Max Lucado's Just in Case you Ever Wonder. The kids think it's ok, but I have to keep from crying every time I read it!

YOUR TURN! Please tell me your favorite books for kids. Thank you!

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

We love the Alexander book. You're right-it should be required reading for us grown ups. I know I need the reminder pretty often. We love Max Lucado's children's books too, esp. the ones about Punchinello. One of our new favorites is "The Boy Who was Raised by Librarians." My 5-year old loves it.

Amy said...

Goodnight Moon is one of our all time favorites! We also love the Curious George books and any of the Little Golden Books. D-Man just got his first order of books that we order from a book order form and it was oh so fun to go through them with him!

Erica said...

Our new favorites are Mommy Promises by Julie Stiegemeyer and Daddy Promises by Kerry Arquette. When Rhett started to have sleep issues, we made it part of our night time routine to read both of these books to him. It has really helped! Gracie loves to have them read to her too!

Jenn said...

Oh no... stories about my kids being ridiculously goofy never make me mad! I was laughing my head off! I was teasing Kyle about it tonight, and his cheeks blushed a bit as he laughed with all of us about it.

My two youngest absolutely love The Poky Little Puppy. We have read it a gazillion and one times. I have never much liked reading aloud, so one of the things I do is have the older ones read to the younger ones when they are learning to read. This means that Beth has been hearing lots of Junie B Jones books and other pre-teen series that Faith loves ever since she was born.

Domestic Accident said...

Freckle Face Strawberry is one of my 3 yo's favorite books! It's so sweet. Freckleface Strawberry, we missed you!