When I am a mom, I will never....

Friday, March 30, 2012 2 comments
In my pre-mommy years, there were lots of things I was mortified by when seeing young children and their parents. 

1. Kid wants something. Mom says no. Kid ask 3 more times. Mom says yes.
    Yes, I've done it. I've learned from it, but I am the first to admit-I did it.
2. Mom carrying oversized, fully capable of walking child through store.
    Yep, it is faster sometimes and sometimes I need faster.
3. Mom wipes nose with her hand. Mom wipes her hand on her pants. EWW!
    <embarrassed> More than once people, more than once.
4. Mom turns on tv to occupy child so she can complete a task. 
    Cringing as I type this-yes. I did it the other day for the first time. At first, guilt plagued me. He watched a whole episode of some ridiculous show, taking breaks only during commercials to knock over the blocks he had half stacked next to him. Is this a regular event? No, I would never let that happen. Was it convenient and did it save both of us some major stress while mommy cut the chicken, veggies, etc, took out the garbage, changed the sheets on the bed, switched clothes from the washer to dryer, vacuumed the mess on the floor from the cracker experiment, and so on.....yes, yes it was.

Trip to the bookstore....a place where mommy rarely says no. :)
What are the things you though you'd never say or do? 

Label Giveaway!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012 1 comment
We LOVE the Atlanta Braves! We love labels! We love organization...though it often eludes us! Label Daddy offers fabulous labels that are washable and reusable. Not only that, they are now available with Major League Baseball teams!!

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Table Reading

Thursday, March 22, 2012 1 comment
Before I actually became a parent, I just knew I would spend my evenings snuggled on the couch reading to my sweet son. UM...WRONG! As much as I love books, there is just no taming the 3 year old monkey boy! So what to do? 

Stop reading? Not an option! 
Continue telling stories with no books? Will do, but we need the BOOK action!
Let him read on the iPad? He would rather play games....shocker!
Purchase books that are also toys? Been there.
Let him choose books? Done that! 
Enter my best plan, yet! We read at dinnertime! Now before the TADM (Talk At Dinner Movement) starts sending me nasty messages, let me be clear. We read and TALK about books during dinner. Look folks, I'm desperate! 
We now have books lining our stairs! It is cuter than I thought it would be and super convenient! 
Bonus: we get to knock them off and put them back!
It is working! I am getting in like 2 books a day, which is 2 more than before! Our latest books are Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin, Jr and My Very First Book of Food by Eric Carle. He loves them both! (Mommy is a big fan of both those guys!

So, when it is all said and done, does it matter where we read? I think not. Where do you read with your child? Where do you like to read? Me...in bed, but not at bedtime. 

Help Me Choose!

Monday, March 19, 2012 20 comments
Do you or someone you love have a Donors Choose project posted? Today is your lucky day!! I have a $20 code ready to giveaway! All you have to do to enter is follow the blog or like us on Facebook . Leave a comment below for each!

Be sure to include your email address and a link to the project in the comment! You never know who might see this, so talk up your project!!

Last day to enter is Thursday, March 22nd! Let's do this!

T attending PTA with Mommy! My firsties performed beautifully!

World Read Aloud Day Success!

Sunday, March 18, 2012 No comments
On March 7th, we celebrated World Read Aloud Day at school and home! World Read Aloud Day is a special day to celebrate the power of reading aloud! This, of course, makes me smile from ear to ear! 
Here's what it looked like in Marietta, GA!
More than 500 students from grades K-5 joined with their book buddies to read to each other!
Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal, read to my class and our 4th grade book buddies!
We donated around $75 to support reading around the world through LitWorld!
T read to Mommy and I read to T! (What an AWESOME way to end the day!)
A George Washington Carver story! He is part of standards-how did she know? :)
 We presented the First Lady with a framed picture of our classes. The kids were as excited as she was!
She answered questions and shared a poem Governor Deal penned himself!
How did you celebrate? It's not too late ya know! Visit www.litworld.org to learn more! 

The Lorax:Book and Movie

Saturday, March 3, 2012 3 comments
T and I read The Lorax, a 1971 Seuss classic this week. He loved it. He sat through the whole book (ok-so I skipped a few words) and even wanted to read it again! We talked about the story and how the Lorax was sad and how that Once-ler was being selfish. T was happy on colorful pages and sad on the gloomy pages. This is exactly what I think Dr. Seuss wanted. 
The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
T then joined my first grade class and our 4th grade book buddies for a trip to the movie theater to see The Lorax in action! My friend Emily had previewed the movie and told me it was suitable for T, with the exception of the "s word." The "s word" in this case rhymes with upid. :) She was right! It was perfect and he LOVED it! 
 Mommy loved it, too! It was true to the book while adding a few extra plot lines. I love how the characters are Ted and Audrey (Seuss' first name and his the name of his second wife-who was oversaw the project.) 
The animation was fantastic and so were the jams.
My firsties loved it, too! They were telling me how it was like the book and how it was different. Their favorite part? In the book, we never see the Once-ler. In the movie, he is given a face. Rather than ruining our own visualizations, it kind of confirms them. As a BIG Seuss fan, I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. Partially because I was with T and my class. Partially because after Horton, I needed to believe again!
Another highlight? The Forestry Department of Georgia was at the theater passing out seedlings. We will be planting today-how perfect is that! A karate studio was also there demonstrating how to break boards (ironic-I know!) 
Bottom line-read the book. See the movie. You will be glad you did.


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