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The Year of Thank You’s: To


I’ll be frank:  I’m a picky parent.

ESPECIALLY when it comes to clothes.

When I’m shopping I’m looking for items that are classic and comfortable.  I steer clear of shirts with characters or words whenever possible.  Instead I lean towards items with vivid colors or captivating patterns.  I prefer clothing that doesn’t have gender-specific implications.

I’ve been eyeing your products for awhile.  They are priced a bit higher than I’m used to spending on children’s clothes so I waited until I was ready to pick out a few favorite items.  Your baby clothes are so darling that I had a terribly time trying to decide what to buy, but eventually I narrowed it down to a few things for the not-yet-arrived baby and a couple things for my three year old.

Our order arrived last week and I was absolutely smitten from the moment I pulled the clothes out of the package.  I loved the vibrant colors.   I loved the quality – I’m sure we’ll be able to use these through multiple children or pass them along to others when we’re done.  The baby clothes were incredibly soft and comfy, just the way that kids’ clothing should be.  So was the emerald green shirt for my son.  He immediately put it on and said, “Thank you for buying me the new shirt, Mama!  I so happy!” I was happy too.

Thank you for the rainbow of colors, the lack of characters, the absence of words, the classic silhouettes, and the comfy fabrics.


The Picky Parent


In case you’re wondering, this post WASN’T sponsored by  In keeping with my theme for this year, I’m writing a public thank you note each week to an individual, a company or even an object for which I’m grateful.  This week I’m grateful for!


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6 Favorite Books for Preschoolers

One of my favorite parts of being a parent is sharing my love of books with my son.  Most days he does a “sit time” where he sits with a pile of books for 30-40 minutes.  Each night we read before bedtime.  And we read together at other times of the day as well.

What my son doesn’t know is that I secretly love his children’s books just as much as I love my “adult” books.  I adore the vivid pictures and the sweet stories.  I choke up at the same lines each time even though I’ve read them a hundred times.  I can recite many of them by heart.

Our favorites include many of the classics like The Very Hungry Caterpiller, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Dear Zoo.  But today I thought I’d highlight a few books aren’t as well known.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Oh, I love this one!  And, even better, so does Hadden!  You’ll learn fruits and vegetables for each letter of the alphabet accompanied by beautiful illustrations.  This book has made grocery shopping more fun too.  Last week I pointed out a kumquat to Hadden and he said, “That’s in my alphabet book!”  Additionally it’s encouraged him to try a taste of more fruits and vegetables and helped us in our quest to have an adventurous eater.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

I love interactive books and books about nature.  This book hits both notes.  Hadden loves to do all the actions: rub the tree to make it warm, clap your hands to bring the snow, close your eyes and count to ten.  The paintings are lovely and the story is sweet.  It’s a winner!

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The theme of this story is “you must do something to make the world more beautiful”.  I adore that.  I could lie and say that I read this book because I want my son to learn that lesson.  But that’s only half the truth because *I* need to be reminded to make the world a more beautiful place too.  So that’s why we read it so often.  Miss Rumphius goes on fabulous adventures all over the world before she settles down. Then she makes the world more beautiful by planting lupines all over.  The sweet pictures make this book a slam-dunk.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama and illustrated by Loren Long

Are you tired of me mentioning stunning pictures yet?  Pretend that you’re not while I say it again about this one.  The illustrations are so, so lovely.  In the book, the father tells his daughters about different character traits that he sees in them and then links each one to a historical American.  It’s a simple, easy introduction to many of the people who have helped make our country great.  But the end is where I really get choked up and start sounding a bit like a preacher delivering the crux of her message:

 “Have I told you that America is made up of people of every kind?

People of all races, religions, and beliefs.

People from the coastlines and the mountains.

People who have made bright lights shine by sharing their unique gifts

and giving us the courage to lift  one another up, to keep up the fight,

to work and build upon all that is good in our nation.”

Can you see why reading that gets me on a roll?  This book is a beautiful way to give your children a simple introduction to great Americans from Maya Lin and Jackie Robinson to Jane Addams, George Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I especially love the diversity represented in this book.

Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horáček

Hadden loves butterflies, which made this book a favorite in our home pretty quickly.  By searching for a missing butterfly, Lucy discovers many vivid colors in her garden from a green beetle to a red ladybug.  On the last page, (this is Hadden’s favorite part) the butterfly comes back as a pop-up so as you gently open and close the book, it looks like it’s flying.  It’s darling.

Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford and Martina Selway

This book has several easy yoga poses for little ones.  Between the pictures and the descriptions (“Yoga Baby breathes like a lion” or “Yoga Baby curls up like a sleeping mouse”), it’s super easy for kiddos to follow.  Hadden has fun doing each pose and loves it when we do it with him, although now that I’m in my third trimester I’m less thrilled about doing a couple of these.  This book also features a diverse group of kids, which makes me like it even more.

We are always on the hunt for new, interesting books.  What are some of your favorites?

Six Favorite Books for Preschoolers

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Big Kids and Babies

Babies are a popular topic in our house these days, specifically the topic of OUR baby – the one that’s coming in May.

Hadden has gone with me to pre-natal appointments where he learned to imitate the sound of the baby’s heart beat (“swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh!” he says with a grin).  He’s watched as I’ve put together a small registry.  He has lay down with me when I’m not feeling well.  He insisted on picking out Christmas gifts for baby at the same time that he shopped for me and Caleb.  And he talks about baby too, asking how big it is now or if he can see the pictures again.

With all this baby talk, Hadden also has a renewed interest in one of his favorite games: pretending to be a baby.  (This game is extremely similar to his other favorite game “pretending to be a doggy” with the notable exception of licking faces.  Hence, I much prefer “pretending to be a baby.”)

In order to gently prepare him for the role of big brother, we’ve been spending lots of time talking about the differences between big kid and babies.  It goes like this:

“Big kids get to go to preschool!  Isn’t it great to go to preschool?”

“Babies don’t get to eat raspberries, or strawberries, or ice cream, do they?  Babies only get milk.  But big kids get milk AND all those other foods.”

“Big kids get to play at Chick-Fil-A.”

“Babies don’t get to get play iPad because they’re too little.  But big kids get iPad time!”

“Are babies allowed to play with marbles?  Nope.  Marbles are for big kids!”

“Big kids get to…”

“Babies don’t get to…”

That’s the language of our house these days.

No matter how careful we are to prepare Hadden for the baby’s arrival and how sensitive we are to his needs once the baby comes, I’m sure there’s going to be an adjustment period as he has to share his parents for the first time in almost four years!  But I’m hoping that his current excitement over this sibling stays strong, even during difficult times, and that they end up being the best of friends.

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