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Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

The title of my last post and the previous snow day post are from the book Snow by Uri Shulevitz. It is one of Simon’s (many) favorites. The first time it snowed this season, he stood with Micah on our front steps and said, “I am a boy and you are a dog.” In reference to the line in the book, “‘It’s snowing,’ said boy with dog.” We still get a kick out of that, as you can imagine.I love that Simon loves reading so much. I love it when he makes references to things that we’ve read, or when he pretends to be a character from a book. I love sharing stories that I grew up with and I love finding new treasures that we both enjoy. It’s so exciting to me. Some of my favorite memories are of going to the library, checking out the 21 books that were the maximum number we could have out at a time, and then sitting on the couch with my mom while she read them to us and I’m so happy that Simon seems to get the same joy out of such things.

I thought I’d share some of the books we’re loving these days, for your own enjoyment. And if you have any to recommend, please do so in the comments.
First, A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno. I remember my librarian reading this to us when I was in elementary school, then playing the weather-telling game at recess for days afterward. I used it in a Primary activity last week and the kids loved it. They could have kicked their shoes off for hours. I highly recommend it.

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood. I’m a huge fan of the Woods. This one is perfect for Simon’s level, as is Piggies. I remember loving Heckedy Peg back in the day, but I think it may be a bit too much for Simon right now. (Remind me to tell you about how I freaked him out about broken legs and amputations during FHE the other week . . . I’m such a good mom.) Simon also loves The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. As well as the other Frog and Toad books. Of course. I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t be able to stay with me through all of the stories in the book, but he really enjoyed them.

And finally, The Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We’ve been able to get Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy at our local library, but there are several more. I’ll let Simon read this one to you himself. It’s fun.

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

The title of my last post and the previous snow day post are from the book Snow by Uri Shulevitz. It is one of Simon’s (many) favorites. The first time it snowed this season, he stood with Micah on our front steps and said, “I am a boy and you are a dog.” In reference to the line in the book, “‘It’s snowing,’ said boy with dog.” We still get a kick out of that, as you can imagine.I love that Simon loves reading so much. I love it when he makes references to things that we’ve read, or when he pretends to be a character from a book. I love sharing stories that I grew up with and I love finding new treasures that we both enjoy. It’s so exciting to me. Some of my favorite memories are of going to the library, checking out the 21 books that were the maximum number we could have out at a time, and then sitting on the couch with my mom while she read them to us and I’m so happy that Simon seems to get the same joy out of such things.

I thought I’d share some of the books we’re loving these days, for your own enjoyment. And if you have any to recommend, please do so in the comments.
First, A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno. I remember my librarian reading this to us when I was in elementary school, then playing the weather-telling game at recess for days afterward. I used it in a Primary activity last week and the kids loved it. They could have kicked their shoes off for hours. I highly recommend it.

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood. I’m a huge fan of the Woods. This one is perfect for Simon’s level, as is Piggies. I remember loving Heckedy Peg back in the day, but I think it may be a bit too much for Simon right now. (Remind me to tell you about how I freaked him out about broken legs and amputations during FHE the other week . . . I’m such a good mom.) Simon also loves The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. As well as the other Frog and Toad books. Of course. I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t be able to stay with me through all of the stories in the book, but he really enjoyed them.

And finally, The Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We’ve been able to get Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy at our local library, but there are several more. I’ll let Simon read this one to you himself. It’s fun.

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

The title of my last post and the previous snow day post are from the book Snow by Uri Shulevitz. It is one of Simon’s (many) favorites. The first time it snowed this season, he stood with Micah on our front steps and said, “I am a boy and you are a dog.” In reference to the line in the book, “‘It’s snowing,’ said boy with dog.” We still get a kick out of that, as you can imagine.I love that Simon loves reading so much. I love it when he makes references to things that we’ve read, or when he pretends to be a character from a book. I love sharing stories that I grew up with and I love finding new treasures that we both enjoy. It’s so exciting to me. Some of my favorite memories are of going to the library, checking out the 21 books that were the maximum number we could have out at a time, and then sitting on the couch with my mom while she read them to us and I’m so happy that Simon seems to get the same joy out of such things.

I thought I’d share some of the books we’re loving these days, for your own enjoyment. And if you have any to recommend, please do so in the comments.
First, A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno. I remember my librarian reading this to us when I was in elementary school, then playing the weather-telling game at recess for days afterward. I used it in a Primary activity last week and the kids loved it. They could have kicked their shoes off for hours. I highly recommend it.

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood. I’m a huge fan of the Woods. This one is perfect for Simon’s level, as is Piggies. I remember loving Heckedy Peg back in the day, but I think it may be a bit too much for Simon right now. (Remind me to tell you about how I freaked him out about broken legs and amputations during FHE the other week . . . I’m such a good mom.) Simon also loves The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. As well as the other Frog and Toad books. Of course. I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t be able to stay with me through all of the stories in the book, but he really enjoyed them.

And finally, The Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We’ve been able to get Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy at our local library, but there are several more. I’ll let Simon read this one to you himself. It’s fun.

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

The title of my last post and the previous snow day post are from the book Snow by Uri Shulevitz. It is one of Simon’s (many) favorites. The first time it snowed this season, he stood with Micah on our front steps and said, “I am a boy and you are a dog.” In reference to the line in the book, “‘It’s snowing,’ said boy with dog.” We still get a kick out of that, as you can imagine.I love that Simon loves reading so much. I love it when he makes references to things that we’ve read, or when he pretends to be a character from a book. I love sharing stories that I grew up with and I love finding new treasures that we both enjoy. It’s so exciting to me. Some of my favorite memories are of going to the library, checking out the 21 books that were the maximum number we could have out at a time, and then sitting on the couch with my mom while she read them to us and I’m so happy that Simon seems to get the same joy out of such things.

I thought I’d share some of the books we’re loving these days, for your own enjoyment. And if you have any to recommend, please do so in the comments.
First, A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno. I remember my librarian reading this to us when I was in elementary school, then playing the weather-telling game at recess for days afterward. I used it in a Primary activity last week and the kids loved it. They could have kicked their shoes off for hours. I highly recommend it.

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood. I’m a huge fan of the Woods. This one is perfect for Simon’s level, as is Piggies. I remember loving Heckedy Peg back in the day, but I think it may be a bit too much for Simon right now. (Remind me to tell you about how I freaked him out about broken legs and amputations during FHE the other week . . . I’m such a good mom.) Simon also loves The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. As well as the other Frog and Toad books. Of course. I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t be able to stay with me through all of the stories in the book, but he really enjoyed them.

And finally, The Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We’ve been able to get Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy at our local library, but there are several more. I’ll let Simon read this one to you himself. It’s fun.

"All snowflakes know is snow snow and snow."

"All snowflakes know is snow snow and snow."

It’s been snowing for two days here. How did I not know this storm was coming? Yesterday we stayed in — tossed bean bags, made muffins, learned to roll over, you know, that kind of stuff, and today I decided I was tired of watching all the fun from the window so we bundled up and headed out.
It’s beautiful beautiful beautiful out there. Sure, you can hardly get around, but it’s white and fluffy and fun to drag your feet through. Provided you are wearing boots. And three pairs of pants.

Win fame, fortune, and even a trip to visit us!

Win fame, fortune, and even a trip to visit us!

We launched a contest at work called YouGoods and it is potentially really cool. The gist is that you can submit any product ideas you have. We will choose the best ideas and then post them on our facebook page for voting. The winner will then win two round trip tickets to sunny NYC, a hotel stay & $500 in cash. They will also meet with our merchant team to discuss the details of producing and selling their product.

The PR girl at work told me to post this on our blog because, though we have received many entries, the overall quality of submissions is not all that high. This means that if any of you have a great idea you have a good chance of winning a trip to visit us, some monies, and the chance to make a lot more monies if the product goes into production.

If you are interested in this, I highly recommend giving it a try. The deadline is March 15th. Your entries will be much stronger than most if you include photos, sketches, etc. The ideas don’t have to be 100% complete, but the more thought out and executed the better. If you have any questions on ownership rights or such please ask in the comments section. Also, here are the rules. Good luck.

p.s. I should note that the airfare is sponsored by JetBlue, so you can only fly from an airport that they go to. This means any of you Hawaiians will need to make it partway on your own. Sorry.

Simon’s New Chore (he wishes)

Simon’s New Chore (he wishes)

Simon is pretty excited about our new vacuum. He thinks it is his because it is about his size. Ha! I don’t know that I’m ready to share my toy with an almost 3-year-old, but I appreciate his enthusiasm. Let’s hope it lasts until he can actually use the thing.

Simon's New Chore (he wishes)

Simon's New Chore (he wishes)

Simon is pretty excited about our new vacuum. He thinks it is his because it is about his size. Ha! I don’t know that I’m ready to share my toy with an almost 3-year-old, but I appreciate his enthusiasm. Let’s hope it lasts until he can actually use the thing.

"Boogers! Boogers, Mom. Boogers!"

"Boogers! Boogers, Mom. Boogers!"

These are the words I heard most this weekend. Hands down. During his “nap,” Simon requested a kleenex in this manner every 10 minutes or less until we all got tired of the charade and naptime ended without the sleeping bit. Kleenexes piled up in various parts of the house as Micah and I tried to conserve them and Simon wandered aimlessly from place to place.We had “big” plans for Friday, which consisted of ordering a pizza and watching the Olympic opening ceremonies. Simon fell asleep long before the ceremonies even started. And then we discovered he had a fever. The cough rattled through his door and woke all of us up some time during the weekend. (Well, maybe not Oliver.)

Saturday’s plans were canceled. Of course, all we were going to do was watch some of our friends’ kids while they went on their hot Valentine’s Day date, but still.And on Sunday I related the fun of our weekend to my family several times (since only a few were available to skype at any given time). “Boogers! Boogers, Mom. Boogers!” By the time I was laughing about it with the last round of skypers (my youngest brother, my older sister, her husband), and telling the newlyweds about the joys of childrearing, I realized something about having (and loving) kids (which Becca and Jon will have to find out on their own, I’m sure): It is very rarely warm and fuzzy. It is, however, very often cold and slimy. Which makes it not necessarily fun, but does make it funny.

One way of showing love is to wipe a snotty nose every 10 minutes. Another way is to ask for your nose to be wiped every 10 minutes.

“Boogers! Boogers, Mom. Boogers!” = “I love you.”

A step-by-step guide to perfect person-drawing.

A step-by-step guide to perfect person-drawing.


Simon would like to demonstrate the proper method of drawing a person. He has ample experience in this artistic field, as demonstrated by the three (3) figures depicted above. (One is partially hidden by his arm.) We have digitally documented the process for your benefit and included captioning for ease of replication.