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Sunday, September 27, 2015

School Day Reads

School is now back if full swing, and you know what that means:  READING!

If you're looking for something fun and exciting for your kiddos to read, have I got some books for you!  From picture books to middle grade, I have what they need to get them through!  Full of excitement and adventure, these books will keep your kids coming back for more!

Trust me, I totally know how important reading is and that most kids have a reading log they have to fill out to show how much they've read at home.  Personally, I hate those things.  I don't think they actually encourage reading but instead make it a chore.  Instead of reading for enjoyment, they're reading to fill out a piece of paper.  That's not how you instill the love of reading in a child.

However, I'm also aware that in many cases, we have to play the game.  So why not turn reading and filling out these forms from a chore into something fun?  Make reading enjoyable again.  Make it the escape and relaxation it's supposed to be.  No matter which book you and your kids choose, make sure you really enjoy it.  And if you decide to use some of mine, I hope you like them.

Available at Amazon.

All the woodland creatures love Mr. Chocolate s amazing garden, but most of all they look forward to the harvest of his Magic Js. They are sweet and juicy, the best fruit any of them have ever tasted. They are so appealing that they draw the interest of an antelope family, Mr. and Mrs. Little House, who rarely venture into the forest. When Mr. and Mrs. Little House secretly gorge on the Magic Js, they learn a very important lesson about the benefits of sharing with others.
Available at Amazon.

There seems to be a monster in mommy's tummy. It growls a lot, especially in the morning. What does it look like? Does it have one eye or two? Maybe it has long yellow claws and sharp white teeth. Mommy says to tame a tummy monster, you have to feed it. There's a Monster in Mommy's Tummy is an adorable and fully illustrated children's book that reveals the answer to a question kids often wonder about. Why do tummies growl?
Available at Amazon.

“Mom, Landon’s throwing food!” 

“No, I’m not!” 

Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening… Noises in their room that are not the cat. Homework is mysteriously finished. A broken shoelace repairs all by itself. Clothes are put in the hamper on their own. The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. 

Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.
Available at Amazon.

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped!
Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The World of Girls

My boys are discovering the world of girls.  And it's adorable!

The oldest, the third grader, is definitely more interested than my first grader, but there's still a curiosity there.  The other night as they were getting ready for bed, I caught part of a conversation they were having.

"You should just ask her," the youngest told the oldest.

"But what if she says no?" he responded.

At this point I was coming into the room, and only having a slight idea what they were talking about I said, "And what if she says yes?  You'll never know unless you try."

A few nights later we were sitting at a restaurant having dinner with my mom, and the oldest turns to me and says, "I have a girlfriend now."

Which I thought was so sweet and cute.  Apparently, he asked this young lady to be his girlfriend on the bus when they went on a field trip.

It looks like his bravery and willingness to take a chance paid off.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A New Favorite Pastime

Recently, the boys discovered a new favorite pastime: walking Floki.

The oldest kept asking me last weekend if he could take Floki for a walk, but I kept telling him no. It made me nervous. Floki had never really been on his harness and leash, so I wasn’t sure how he would act. If he got scared or nervous, I wanted to be there to help calm him back down.

And, of course, my son kept asking when I was busy doing other things, like laundry or cooking dinner, so I couldn’t go with them.

On Tuesday, I had to go to Green River for a presentation, and my oldest asked his dad if he could take Floki for a walk, and Dad said yes. Apparently, he did awesome on the leash. Floki was so excited to be out, when they came home, he wouldn’t let anyone take his harness off. Then, he whined because he wanted to go back outside.

I was surprised. I suppose I should have expected my boys—both the human one and the fur baby—to be fearless and ready for adventure. Now, they go on walks pretty much every night. (It’s going to be interesting to see if that continues when it starts to snow, but for now, I’m encouraging it.)

I love it when my kids show me what they can achieve. Sometimes I forget how capable they are. And if they’re not quite capable yet, there’s only one way they’re going to get there: by trying. I’ll have to remember that the next time they ask to do something.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Proved Me Wrong

Last week, after picking the boys up from daycare, they were talking in the backseat of the Jeep about how they were going to set up a drink stand when we got home. They discussed selling lemonade, but since we didn’t have any lemonade, they decided water would be their product.

“You can’t sell water,” I told them.

“Why not?”

“Because no one is going to pay for something they can get for free in their own homes.”

I wasn’t trying to discourage them, but I didn’t want them to get their hopes up either.

When we got home, they set up their stand. They grabbed the folding table from the garage, several plastic cups from the kitchen (filled with water), and made a sign that said “free water.”  They stood on the sidewalk with friends from the neighborhood and awaited customers.

A little while later, the youngest comes in the house as excited as can be.

“Mom! Mom! Someone gave us a dollar!”

“For water?” I asked.

“Yeah.” He set it on the table in the couch and ran back outside to hawk his wares.

I was surprised but also happy. How cool for them.

Even later, the oldest came into the house, a dollar bill stretched between his hands.

“Check this out,” he said. “We got another dollar. For water. I guess you can sell water. Boooooom!”

I responded the only way I could. I burst out laughing.

I learned a lesson that day: Kids are capable of wonderful and amazing things—even selling water—and they should be encouraged to keep reaching for the stars.

And to the people who gave my boys dollars for water: thank you for being awesome and making my kids’ day.