Friday, July 17, 2015

Photos and books and getting it together…Dear Robyn,

Remember how we were just talking last week about the fact that neither of us are very good at doing anything with our photos??  In fact, I'm so bad about printing them off or sending them to grandparents or anything remotely memory making-ish, that when I take a photo I actually say to my kids "We have to get a picture of this or the computer won't know what we did." (Yup, because that's the only place my photos go…to the hard drive. Bad job me!!)

Well, I recently came across a book that gave me a little inspiration. It's called Naptime with Theo and Beau

The whole book is just these adorable photos of a boy and his puppy taking naps! Hello sweet and cute and why didn't I think of this??

WAIT!! YOU could totally make a cat one--about cats sleeping on kids' heads!! (Don't worry readers that's not scary, it's just a typical afternoon at Robyn's house…no cats or children will be harmed in the making of the book, I promise!)

Anyway, as I was saying, that book made me think how fun it would be to make a book out of my photos. Then it'd be memories and a story and just pretty much to coolest family keepsake ever, right??

I'm sure this won't surprise you, but the people on pinterest are about 6000 steps ahead of me on this. Check out these ideas for ABC photos books! Ooh, I think I spotted a color book on there--  AND a number book could be really fun too! Or opposites!

So, maybe that will give you some ideas for what to do with your photos?? Now I think we just both need ideas for how to find time to make these books. HA!! I'm sure I can find that on pinterest too sadly. (However, the best use of time is probably just staying off pinterest all together, right?)

 Happy memory book making!!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Please, Mr. Panda

So, as usual I am late sharing this book with you. BUT will that stop me? Of course not! So, forgive me if Please, Mr. Panda is old news to you, but it's really quite hilarious!

Also (random anecdote) I found out about this book in the best possible way!! This grown woman was cracking up while reading it aloud (to other grown-ups) in the aisle of Target. I mean the woman was  completely captivated and just laughing and totally loving the book-- not a kid in sight as I remember it. (Clearly she and I should be best friends because this is totally something I would do.) Anyway, after that I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Well, you see, there's this panda and he has these doughnuts and he's giving them away….kind of.

He keeps offering the doughnuts, and then refusing the give them away. What's with that?? This little lemur has it figured out apparently.

The panda gives him the whole box!! What's the difference you ask? Hmmm, it just might have something to do with the magic word (of course I don't have a picture of that illustration, sorry.)

I happen to love the fact that this is kind of a manners book without really being one, you know? I mean there's the grumpy panda with a bunch of doughnuts and then bonus, he wants you to be polite! Love it!  Also, the reason the panda is getting rid of the doughnuts is pretty much the best! That's probably my favorite part, well that and the panda's facial expression because it's just awesome!

Please, go out and find a copy. Happy reading!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

All the World

This book, All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee.  Surely you've all read it and swooned over it.  BUT, a gorgeous masterpiece should continue to be gushed over forever.  Especially one illustrated by Marla Frazee.

Yesterday a friend of mine read this book to a room full of children at our local story hour.  Afterwords the two of us had a moment.  We bonded over this beautiful book.  In unison we implored our wish (to all things good and wonderful in the world) that somehow amidst all of the hardships and realities of life… maybe (hopefully) one day in the far future our children will look back on their childhoods and their memories will seem kind of like the story that unfolds in this book.

We both know our lives ARE NOT remotely the same as this beautiful book.  BUT, bits and pieces are kind of like it, and maybe, just maybe that's what our children will remember most.  A mother can dream.

                                         Happy Dreaming,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Visit to Fairyland...

I have been meaning to post about fairyland for sooooo long! And I just remembered that today is International Fairy Day!  So, do you want to see a totally magical fairy neighborhood?? OF COURSE YOU DO!!

My friend has a gorgeous wooded area nearby her house and she is some sort of magician with creating childhood delight!! You see, she's decorated the woods and made it a haven for fairies and you'll never guess what happened! Fairies moved in!! Now tons of fairies live in her wood.  They come out for the children to see them, but they hold very very still…they don't want the adults to see them moving!
When you enter fairyland, you sprinkle fairy dust at the entrance to tell the fairies thank you for allowing the visit.
It seems the fairies love visitors because they leave notes and gifts for the kids to find. They also make the most delicious flower juice and tiny fairy cakes. It's seriously fantastic!

Along with the fairies though, trolls also moved into the woods!  They can be tricky little fellows, but they'll leave you alone as long as you drop some treasure along the path.
Our recent trip to fairyland for our little friend's birthday was the first time Cuteness has been-- at least the first time she's been old enough to remember and actually enjoy it.  She was in Heaven!! She's already planning a fairy party for her birthday next year…oh dear!

Happy fairy frolicking!

- Whitney 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Don't read and drive…Dear Robyn,

Ha! Hopefully you didn't read that title and think I was going to have some sort of safety tips for you, 'cuz I don't.  You asked if there's a book in our house that must be heard everyday. Well, there kind of is! BUT, I don't read it to the kiddos and it's not in the house.  I will tell you this however, something has been making our car rides a complete delight lately! (Like how I'm all cryptic and all you have to do is look down?)

Hello picture books with CD's!! They are a kid in a carseat's best friend- who knew? I mean, yes, I have known the merit of books with an accompanying tape or CD but we've never used them in the car as we drove around town before- have you?? It's the best! Seriously!  Cuteness loves it and it makes driving time soooo much nicer (and quieter!)
We checked out a few from the library and just loaded them all in the CD changer thingy.  We keep the books in the back of the seat pocket and when we leave the house she just picks a book and away we go! I can actually use my brain to think about what errands we're supposed to be running in the first place, it's fantastic!

Our library has a pretty good selection and they're all on one shelf, so that makes browsing easy.  I think you could download audio versions from Audible, but I like the library option so we can have more variety without having to purchase. (Yes, that's the same reason I like plain old books from the library!)  If you haven't tried these in the car, you must! And tell me how it goes!!

Happy listening and drive safely!