G couldn't decide which color straw Daddy would like in his Coke.
So he gave him all 4.
note: This is actually a very big deal around here. M always likes red straws and G always likes green straws. They know this about one another and are very careful to give each other the "right" color straw.
If you're reading this, you probably know that reading books to children is one of my life's passions.
We have been reading to M and G since the day they were born. This is the bookshelf in their room, what you don't see is the basket full of books at the foot of their bed. We love books! a I've had the opportunity to start a new volunteer effort at the public school that M and G attend. a The focus? reading aloud to kindergarten and pre-k students a The purpose? to share a love and passion for reading with students who may not be read to at home
I thought I would list a few of our family's favorite read aloud titles: Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, The Big Red Barn, any fairy tale, Little Black Sambo, The Three Little Pigs, any Curious George, Skippyjohn Jones, Charlotte's Web, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, anything by Eric Carle, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, The Little Red Hen, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, The Jesus Storybook Bible, Where the Wild Things Are, Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, Alligators All Around, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Gus Was a Friendly Ghost, I Can Fly!, Ferdinand, and many, many more
a Here's a little sampling of a conversation I had with G (after listening to a little too much Ting Tings apparently). a Mommy, I want to be called Jaleesa. (What? No.) a OK. How about Crush? (That's much better.) a (I mean seriously, does he even look like a Jalessa?)
a We saw these super cool guys yesterday during our "perfect" morning at the park. a The kids loved them. a I mean honestly, who doesn't love a good mariachi? a We also saw this cute little guy at the zoo. a See...it was the perfect morning! a
M and G have been taking turns preparing dinner with me for the past couple of weeks. Tonight was M's turn. She very politely followed directions and helped me prepare our main dish.
When we were done she said, "OK, now its my turn. I need tomatoes, oregano, basil, apples, strawberries, oil, salt and pepper and vanilla." I must admit, I was intrigued. We gathered the ingredients and talked a little about her plan.
Her first "side" (her term - we've been watching too much Top Chef) was a tomato & oregano pasta salad. She tasted it and didn't think the vanilla would be so great...I agreed. I introduced a new ingredient: balsalmic vinegar. (note: she would not allow me to taste anything until Daddy came home and we sat down for dinner.)
Her second "side" was strawberries and apples with a dipping sauce. She couldn't figure out how to get the vanilla and basil together...I suggested Greek yougurt. After tasting, she decided it needed a little honey. (again, no tasting on my part)
Finally, Daddy got home and we were allowed to taste the dishes. They were amazing!! I'll be making the basil/vanilla/honey yougurt dipping sauce again soon.
I couldn't believe it as it was happening, but I actually found myself bending down to pick it up so I could show it to M and G after school. (I take this as proof positive that this experiment is working...I'm slowing down!)
"Hurry up." These are the words I find myself saying all too often - to myself and to my sweet children - when what I really need to be saying is "slow down." I find that I am so often rushing through the day, forgetting to slow down and enjoy the special moments and little victories that each day holds.
My goal over the next 365 days is to hurry up (and) slow down and appreciate each day and the moments it holds as the special gifts from God that they are. I hope that taking a picture a day and posting it will keep me accountable and that some of you will get a kick out of having a glimpse into our crazy wonderful life!