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Finn’s Favorite Books Part 2

Finn continues to be a little book worm. We read books before every nap and before bed every night.  He still has old favorites like Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Lorax, Mouse Mess, and Ned’s Rainbow, but we’ve added a lot more. And now that we have started going to the library every week, we are finding more favorites that we want to add to our home collection. We’ve checked out a couple multiple times and are thinking about just buying them. We love reading to Finn. I love when he follows along and really studies the pictures. We ask him questions all the time about what’s happening in the story, what’s going to happen, who the characters are, where it takes place… sometimes he answers and sometimes he doesn’t. We’re okay with that. Mostly he just loves the pictures and he loves being read to. And I love sharing his favorite books here and looking back on them!

Colours and Shapes Skippyjon Jones Rainbow Fish Put me in the Zoo Olivia Star StuffGreen Eggs Its MineWater in the ParkOh the Places Freight Train Crayon Box Clap Your Hands Cactus HotelMonster Mama 1 fish 2 fish


On Reading


“Literature duplicates the experience of living in a way that nothing else can, drawing you so fully into another life that you temporarily forget you have one of your own. That is why you read it, and might even sit up in bed till early dawn, throwing your whole tomorrow out of whack, simply to find out what happens to some people who, you know perfectly well, are made up.”

I was an avid reader when I was young and all the way up until I had my son. I love reading. I love the feelings it brings out: my excitement and sadness for the characters, the sense of adventure that it brings me, and the inspiration that I get after finishing a book. And I love reading actual books. I don’t have anything against digital books, but the ability to curl up in my bed at night with a real book is something that I can never recreate any other way. Plus, I view my books on my bookshelf as little trophies; the creased spines as I got further and further into the book, almost like tree rings, and the wavy pages from reading in the bathtub.

After I had my son, my reading stopped. I was very busy (obviously) and I put it aside because at the time, it seemed like there were so many more important things I needed to focus my attention on. I didn’t pick up a book for almost 3 years.

I’ve missed reading immensely. My life got so crazy and hectic and I was faced with so many hardships over the last 3 years. I didn’t realize how much this small piece was missing from my life. I asked for books this past Christmas and set a goal to finish 12 books, knowing that I would also be reading several textbooks this year that would severely cut into my pleasure reading time.

I read 2.5 books in January and the satisfaction that I had after finishing each book is something I could never experience any other way. I loved that reading a book opened up my thoughts and even helped steer conversations with those around me a lot of times. I felt interesting again. I would sit in my bed at night and lose myself until 2 o’clock in the morning sometimes, and I didn’t even care the next day. It’s different staying up late doing something worthwhile (at least more than Netflix!). I got rid of Facebook (argh social media!) and found myself reaching for my book so much that I didn’t even miss it. I would count the minutes until my son went down for a nap so that I could devour as much as I could of my book in those couple of hours and then the same at night again.

I also realized how much I was influencing my son by him seeing me reading a book. If my book were sitting out on the table, he’d reach for it and pretend to read it, which would then lead to us sitting in his room reading book after book of his.

So yeah. I’m happy to have reading in my life again and even more happy to share my love of it with my son. I hope he grows up to be a reader!

**This was a school assignment, but I figured why not share it here?

Finn’s Favorite Books

Finn wasn’t always a big fan of books. Or I should say, of reading books. He’s always been a fan of books, but for the first year of his life, eating them was his preferential activity. In the last 6-8 months, his love for books has just taken off. This kid has his pile of favorite books that we go through nightly and he would literally go through all of these if we’d let him but we usually limit him to 3-5 books each night. I’m perfectly fine with reading the same books over and over, too. I’ve always heard the stories of parents reading the same books and getting tired of them, but so far, that hasn’t happened. We literally read The Big Hungry Bear, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear every. single. night. and I am perfectly okay with it because I love that Finn has memorized when certain parts happen and seeing his excitement. Here are Finn’s all-time and current favorites, combined:

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What are some of YOUR favorite and unique children’s books?

FYI: Why So Many Posts?

Well, for those that don’t know… writing is my passion.  I love love love writing.  That’s why you will probably never get an email from me that is less than, oh… a page?!?!  So anyways, with my class being over and me not taking any classes this semester, I decided I didn’t just want to sit idly and let *work* be my entire life.  I decided I was going to do 2 things that I love and 1 thing that I want to love for the semester.

Write: I love to write.  When I was young for some reason I wanted any life but the one I had so I would write stories, novels even, about different people, families, lives and I loved it.  People who read my stories also liked them and all my life since then every English teacher I ever had continuously instilled that confidence into my writing abilities.  So, I loved writing, stories, letters, and now I love writing blogs.  It’s a great way to put my thoughts and energy into something constructive even if I’m the only one who actually reads my site.  It is also helping me rediscover my writing abilities.  I haven’t taken an actual English class in over a year, the last one I took was American Lit.  So, I want to brush up on my writing.  Plus, it keeps my brain from turning to mush while I’m not in school.  So, you’ll be seeing this site being updated pretty often from here on out, or atleast that’s my plan!

Read: I love to read.  I use to be able to pretty much down atleast 2 books per week.  (I admittedly read each Harry Potter book that came out in a day.)  Well, the last few years I haven’t gotten hardly any reading done other than for school.  I read the Harry Potter books when they came out, 3 of the 4 Twilight novels (*gags*), and a few little best seller novels in between that I would pick up at Target while shopping.  So, I want to start reading more again.  And I have a few books in mind but am always open to other suggestions!  Got any?  Please though, no self help religious books.  I’m not that desperate.

Craft:  I want to start crafting.  Something I have never been into, mainly because I was constantly around crafts my entire life.  My mom is an amazingly crafty person and was and still is always working on some project.  I don’t know why I never took an interest as a kid.  Well, I want to start.  I have a few ideas already.  I’m making a great present for my mother-in-law’s birthday in 2 weeks!  I can’t wait to have it all put together.  Anyways, and once P90X is over I would like to try my hand at baking.  I found this GREAT website (bakerella.blogspot.com) that has totally and completely inspired me!  There are so many recipes I want to try.  But I’ve decided only 1 every 2 weeks so I don’t ruin my new nicely chiseled “figure”.  Plus, I think 2 weeks is enough time in between to have the last bakery item all gobbled up!

So, that explains the abundance of blogs!