Dr. Seuss: Read Across America

2011RAAlogosmallThis week is Read Across America week!

In honor of Dr. Seuss and his birthday, people all around and everywhere, even those that claim not to care, should gather from near and gather from far, to become a better reader than they already are!

(I totally just made that up—it sounds Seussian, right?)

We kicked off a little early last Friday with a play date book swap at the house. We had several families from church (4 mommies, 1 daddy, and 9 kids) over to play and make bookmarks, along with trade books. It was truly a nice and relaxing time. I was pretty amazed at how well the kids all got along, which made things extremely conducive for real conversation and fantastic play.

Here are some of the kiddos, laying claim to a book to bring home.

Here are some of the kiddos, laying claim to a book to bring home.

This week, Daniel has had some themed days at school (today is PJ day!), and he has been reading lots of Dr. Seuss books. Today, I was able to go and read books to his class in the library. Since Wesley and I eat lunch with Daniel at least once a week,along with helping in his classroom here and there,  all the kids know me, and if one child sees me, they start yelling Daniel’s name with excitement. They loved having me read to them, and I enjoyed it as well.

Just a little bit of _Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate's ABCs_ for the kids!

Just a little bit of _Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate’s ABCs_ for the kids!

Together, Wesley and I also made some treats for Daniel’s class that he will deliver to them tomorrow (I took the egg idea from this site but adjusted all the details to make them Dr. Seuss worthy):

DSC_0023That’s right, a little bit of “green eggs and ham.” They are quite a sweet treat and definitely not clean, but they are themed and cute, and I am quite the sucker for that sort of thing.

I also had the boys decorate some little fliers to hand out to the office worker’s at Daniel’s school, so they would be able to better appreciate the goodies when I deliver them tomorrow (I used this site’s printable and shrank it to put 6 on a single page; I kept one big one to make color sheets for the kiddos in Daniel’s class):

"I do, I do like Green Eggs and Ham! Thank you, thank you, Sam I Am!"

“I do, I do like Green Eggs and Ham! Thank you, thank you, Sam I Am!”

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To cap it all off, Saturday night I will join in on my first book club meeting with some old friends and random new folk. I have really been wanting to up my reading time, and to be completely honest, if it’s not set to a timeline, I will take forever to read it. So, with a date to sit down and discuss on the calendar, I’ve been making my way through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

How have you been celebrating the beauty of reading this week? If you haven’t done a single thing, have no fear—the week’s not over yet! :O)

So, grab some green eggs and ham, snuggle up with “Sam I Am.” Make time to read and you will see, the world if quite bigger than just you and me when taking time to read.

Think "Sam I Am" would approve?

Think “Sam I Am” would approve?

Valentine’s Day Boxes

Daniel needed to create a Valentine’s Day box for school. The kiddos will be exchanging valentines at church, so I figured it wise to go ahead and create one for Wesley too. Besides, he can’t not make one while his bubba does! So, my less than crafty self came up with the idea to predominately cover the box with some clearanced Batman wrapping paper, adding their names with toothpicks. Daniel colored and cut out each of his individual letters, but since I knew it would be too hard for Welsey, I let him color and then just cut his whole name out for him. I drew one heart as an example, and then Daniel drew the rest of his own hearts, as well as Wesley’s. Daniel cut out everything on his own, and Wesley managed to cut all his own hearts out nicely. We then adorned them with a little bit of Valentine stickers and that was that!

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Couldn’t Have Said It Better

Check out this blog post that I wish I had written!

I have stated the concepts on the blog before, but man she is much more loving and spiritual than I ever was in my post.

I know that I couldn’t have said it better, and I find it interesting that she re-posted a very old blog post right when I feel like personally I need a reminder of such.

Enjoy! :O)

Kid Wisdom

Yesterday, the weather was nice, and I took advantage of it play outside with the kiddos. Before we began our game of basketball though, I told them I wanted to work out, so they would have to eat their snack and play alone until I was done.

I chose a quick Crossfit WOD that provided some intense movements that would challenge me but be over with quickly, so they wouldn’t have to wait as long. With just 3 rounds for time, I had in about 9 minutes approached the last round and began my final set of 25 hand release push ups. At the close of the push-ups, before heading into the kettlebell movements, I was spent.  When I did the 24th, I released my hands and then just stayed there on the ground, catching some strength before lifting back up and completing the last of the set.

Wesley, in between bites of a banana, lovingly said in a soft  and gentle voice, “Momma, you tired?” I, in between gasps of catching my breath, replied, “Yeah baby, I’m tired,” and then, at the close of those words, I pushed myself back up and prepped to pound out the last push-up. Just as my arms locked out, right before I began to descend, Wesley, in an emergent, what in the world are you thinking type of voice, cried out hastily, “THEN STOP DOING THAT!”

And I did stop, momentarily at least, cause I had to laugh so much.