I'm not sure how a year passed since my last post. Of course, having a baby will do that to you--make you disappear from the face of the earth, only to be seen when the baby is almost walking, giggles more than cries, and totally weaned. But the past year wasn't totally a blur. It was full of many wonderful moments, many sweet memories, many laugh-out-loud incidents. It just wasn't full of blog posts! Whoops.
I'm determined to change that, and hope that there are maybe just maybe a few people out there who are reading that. (Besides Mom. Hi, Mom!) I miss writing, even if this is mostly a journal to print out later for Lorelei, Ben, and Kiefer to have as a deeper scrapbook of their childhood.
I'll start writing book reviews tomorrow, but first I have to catch you up on my kiddos:
First, Lorelei turns five tomorrow. Five! My little bookworm started reading a few months after her fourth birthday (thanks to Mo Willems and those wonderful Elephant and Piggie books), and is now reading chapter books. I'm actually realizing a hole exists in kid-lit: advanced books for little readers. While the Magic Treehouse series is pretty great, it's the only series I've found that is void of sarcasm, name-calling, and older-kid issues. If you've got some titles for me, please send them my way. Anyway, Lorelei is the sweetest little being on earth, insisting she "loves everyone and everything."
Second, Ben is three and a half. Since Lorelei is reading chapter books and since Lorelei is his main hero, he pretends to read chapter books, too. When she opened up her gifts at her party, she opened two chapter books. He immediately went crazy with excitement, asking her to borrow one of them. Sweet Lorelei agreed, and he sat on the front steps of our yellow home "reading" the chapter book. For about fifteen minutes.
Third, Kiefer is almost one. Thankfully he's no longer a blob (sorry for any of you who love the newborn stage...I appreciate it, but only as a stage to greater things) and he cruises around, laughing out loud--often at himself. It seems like all of the kids inherited my man-I-think-I-am-funny gene! I guess they hang out with me all the time... Anyway, he's pretty darn cute (pictures to follow) and even has his favorite book: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins, which he "dances" to while "reading" it by himself.
So, books are still a huge part of our mornings, afternoons, and nights. This summer we're going to take our weekly field trips one step further and add a bunch of books and an experiment or two to make it a "Science Summer" (here's to hoping...aim high, right?). I'm hoping that some of you can follow along a week behind, using the books and activities we've read and done to guide you through a summer of fun field trips, augmented (of course!) with books.
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