Saturday, October 31, 2015

This is Halloween.

I'm ready for a long winter's nap.  Another Halloween has come and gone.  A successful homemade costume if I say so myself, a little fun sewing for myself and the decorating all came together.  The pumpkins were carved in the traditional "Shark, Skeleton Fish, and Squid Fight a Sperm Whale" motifs, along with some scary faces.

There were "mummy hotdogs" for dinner and hot chocolate for a treat and a nice warm fire to top everything off.  Plus our black cat was appropriately annoyed by all the goings on for the entire day.

My son brought back enough candy to last us till the New Year, including multiple regular sized bag of M&M's and Skittles, a few glow in the dark things and one book (yep, some lady down the street was giving out books!  How great is that?)

And I'm just hoping he's tired enough to sleep the whole night through and let me enjoy that extra hour tonight.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

3x6 : A Home Library Challenge

We have a lot of books.

Let me repeat that:  We have a LOT of BOOKS.

I don't feel bad about this, but I do remember growing up and my book collection fit into a little shelf (one of the reasons we have a LOT of BOOKS is that my little shelf + my husbands little shelf + Henry's little shelf ends up with a lot of books.... and there are still books at my in-laws), so I thought I'd challenge myself to come up with a list of books that you could fit on a "little shelf" during those baby/toddler/preschool years that would still amount to a good home library.

I know not everyone has lots of free money to spend on books (I'm sure you use the library to your best advantage - we've been very lucky with a quality consignment store down the roads where we can pick up most of our library for $1 each) and we don't always have friends or family who gift books (and let's not shame - toys are fun and clothes are necessary).

If a child only received one book for their birthday, Christmas and Easter (or however you round out your seasonal/religious celebrations)each year from Birth to their 5th year this is what an ideal little shelf would look like to me:

**note:  The actual books shown below are not the only book to fill a category I've listed.  I've taken some of our family favorites to illustrate a point.  It's okay if you don't like Llama, Llama - find your own favorite rhyming book to fill that slot, etc. **

Year 0:
(Birth + Very First Holidays)

An ABC book, a Collection of Mother Goose or other Nursery Rhymes, a Nice Bedtime Book

Year 1:
An "Interactive" Book, A Good Book With Rhyme, A Favorite Classic.

Year 2:
A Book of Bible Stories, A Silly Favorite, A Family Favorite

Year 3:
A Book of Poems, A Collection of Fairy Tales, A Book of Faith

Year 4:
A Collection of Virtues, A Collection of Fables, A Collection of Animal Stories

Year 5:
Stories From Another Culture, A Classic Collection, Some Silly Poetry

And there you have it - a small home library, 18 books in all,  that grows with a child and that feels quite big.

A few extra "good to have" books during the early years.
A Touch/Feel Book, First Words, A Book About the Seasons, A Favorite Holiday Book, a Children's Encyclopedia

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