Friday, July 28, 2006

Books and other treats


First of all, I have to say thank you for all the kind and supportive comments about my last post. Amy said it was moment by moment and she is right. I know it will be that way for awhile as we watch this all unfold. Its nice to have somewhere to come to help me process. So thank you all!
Time for something lighter. My sweet unbelivable baby boy will be 7 on wednesday . Or in "4 sleeps" as he says. I told him about what I did with my birthday- the drawing for the treats and he wanted to get in on that. So what we decided is that we have a few extra goodie bags from his party that he would like some lucky kids in blogland to end up with. I will say that he is a lover, this kid, so his treat bag goodies are pretty sweet and unisex. I will leave the contents a suprise , but I will say that a copy of one of our favorites, "Diary of a Worm" will be included. I am a plan ahead kind of gal so when I saw that book in the Scholastic book order months ago for only 95 cents each, I ordered 18 of them to use as party favors and little gifts. I have three treat bags so leave a comment with the ages of your kids and how many you have and he will draw a winner on his birthday. He is so excited! He loves to get things in the mail and I love that he wants to do this for some other kids.
Speaking of great books- I was at a garage sale a few weeks ago and it was like winning the book lottery. I got to talking with the woman and her daughter had had a brain tumor when she was young (she is now 23 and wonderul- didn't want to keep you in suspense!) so they had to spend a ton of time at home and in the hospital. As a result, they joined several book clubs for kids. They had so many books! And they were all between 10 and 25 cents! We bought a set called the "lets talk about " series. Its all books about different issues a kid might face, like, "lets talk about bullying" Lets talk about tattling" that sort of thing. The kids love them! I was amazed how easily they took to them and thankful because they really do frame up certain things that I don't always have the best explanations for. We also found these great books- a whole series of science books with the most amazing illustrations (the photo above). I found a few old craft books and other children's books not in sets and they have all been a huge hit. Plus I found a brio wooden loom for $3! So much great really useful stuff. The best part though was just talking to this woman. We bonded over the whole child inthe hospital thing and talked about how isolating that can feel and how amazing it is to have your child get well after worrying so much. I love when you connect with a person that way. We hugged and I left her sale and have not seen her since , but I have thought about her.
Finally, here is a photo of the lovely morning glory that reseeded itself in our yard. L and I planted these last year and they were so nice. I had always heard that the intentional morning glories you plant from seed do not re seed themselves. I am here to tell you that is crap. Everywhere we planted them last year is full of them this year. Only the dark blue though. The Heavenly Blue we planted did not come back. M looked at them the other morning and I told her that they would be closed by dinner and thats why they are called Morning Glory and she just kept saying, No, they can't close, they are too beautiful. It was sweet. She is a four year old who is a bit rough around the edges so its always nice to see this side of her too.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. We are looking forward to being home and having a little fun and getting a few things done around the house. There is a Hawaiian festival tomorrow so you know where we will be! Aloha nui loa!

10 Comments:

Blogger Releia said...

Oh!!! We would love to be in on the drawing...I have two little ones...son "Hot Shot" is 4 and daughter "Heffalump" is 21 months. BTW Hot Shot counts down to big things the same way and races to the mail box every day.

12:42 AM  
Blogger lorinda said...

Happy birthday to your big/little man! Send our greetings from my big 10-year old boy and my sweet 9-year old girl. Have a fun party. Love all the book finds and the connection you made with the garage sale lady.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

We'd love to be in the drawing as well. I have a daughter who just turned 8 and a son who is about to be 6.

Oh and those science books are really great! We have a couple of them too.

1:20 PM  
Blogger dogfaeriex5 said...

i would love to be in the drawing if possible for my niece, her 5th birthday is today and the theme is "wizards"..we will be making wizard hats straighht out of harry potter...i made her a fairy pouch with a brass moon on the front, i used her favorites colors in the yarn of orange, pink & purple..thank-you for sharing and happy birthday to your "big" guy...
~k

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

The morning glory is spectacular! Those are some of my favorite flowers!! We'd love to get in on the drawing - I have 3 kids, but the one who'd like the idea the most is my littlest - Collin who is 6 1/2 (he gets less mail than his older brother (11) and sister (9). Hope the Hawaiian festival was fun - it sounds great!! Enjoy your Sunday!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Frivolitea said...

Hello. i love the goody bags. Gives me great inspiration in case one of mine has a bowling party. I have two children, 6 and 4. Thanks.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Dorie said...

Mo,
Beebs is 6 and would love to be included in the drawing.

Good idea on the books! I often wish I was more plan-ahead about such things.

Your boy is very thoughtful. Happy birthday to him!
Dorie

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that you encourage your kids with great books. My mom took me and my brother to the public library about once a week. I loved getting to pick out my books every week. I'm still an avid reader today.
-SP

2:12 PM  
Blogger AmyDe said...

Happy birthday - only one more sleep! Please put my Anna (5.5) and Toby (3.5) into the drawing. My prayers are still with you in your difficult time and I hope that the joys of the day are pure and untempered for you.

3:11 AM  
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