Library love

Library loveOne of the branches of our local library is still one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a bit smaller than our main library, however, it’s going to get much bigger in the next few years. It’s where the boys have gone to story time, learned the love of checking out and returning books, and always know their favorite librarian will be there to check in on what’s new with them. On one particular visit, I was discussing with our librarian how A is looking for some new series of books to read. She of course had a few ideas….

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A’s favorite art supplies

A favorite art suppliesA is currently in the middle of writing and illustrating several items including his own book entitled “Allen visits the City”, Minecraft Supplement Manuals, and math and letter pages. He loves art and office supplies like J loves stuffed animals. Here are some of his very favorites:

Art SuppliesTarget’s Kid Made Modern has a unique line of papers, pencils, and crafting items. A really loves Mr. Sketch and Crayola’s metallic markers because they are bold and bright colors and they don’t fade easily. Most of his books have fancy edges and are stapled, so those are essentials of his book creating. I love his creativity and seriousness about both writing and illustrating!

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Disguise Turkey Tom

So I had planned this post when last week A had a school project to disguise a turkey picture. Little did I know the hilarious turn it would take…

And not just because J’s turkey was a punk rocker wearing a monocle:

Disguise Turkey TomAnd not just because A’s turkey was a “fine British gentleman headed out on the town”:

Disguise Turkey TomBut because unbeknownst to any of us, J saw where A placed his project and then slipped his own disguised turkey into A’s homework folder. So A arrived at school on Thursday with his math homework and an additional disguised turkey Tom. Apparently A and the kids at school thought it was HILARIOUS. Best J prank yet!

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We interrupt this broadcast…

for a J and Buzz Lightyear Christmas announcement…

Ready, Buzz?

PSAJ and Buzz want to remind you to fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child (drop offs are this week! You can locate various locations around your area by going online).

PSAWe picked out items for a box for a boy and items for a box for a girl. My favorite part of picking the items with the boys was picking out Hello Kitty socks (“We’ve got to get those, you love Hello Kitty” A said) and also that the boys picked out a race car for both boxes (“What if they play together?” A asked…”won’t they both want to race a car?”). True story, A.

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Storybook character day

This week is storybook character day at A’s school, and last year we just kind of threw together a “Luke Skywalker” homage, so this year I really wanted to step it up. A’s very favorite books right now are The Magic Tree House series, and his favorite book of the series is Night of the Ninjas (I think he has read it three times at least). I took that book cover as my jumping point and this is what I came up with:

Magic Tree House Storybook Character[1][2][3][4]

I think it turned out great:

Storybook Character Jack

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The week so far…

Our week has been filled with work, school, homework, and baseball practice. And with that jumbledness comes a hodgepodge post of the latest…

Starting with…you know you’re a Mom whose kid loves Minecraft when you are totally pumped to find this guy:

Minecraft Happyas the guy in the “random Minecraft hanger bags”. And you send your husband a text saying “oooohhhh snap!” and he responds with “sweeeeet!” Cause you get each other and why that’s a sound find. By the way, sitting on the floor of a Barnes and Noble trying to decipher if the bag I’m picking out is one A doesn’t have is not something I thought I’d ever be doing. It’s almost as fun as trying to figure out what Lego figure is in the Lego figure bags. One time we got THREE unicorns. Seriously. Now you understand my excitement.

This weekend A and I spent some time counting by 2s using mini M&Ms:

Counting by 2sA declared it “a delicious choice for math work!”

And after completely taking apart J’s room:

J's Room Re-doElmo looks panicked by the disorganization.

Calm down, Elmo. I finally got it put back together and re-did the wall by his bed:

J Room Re-doIf your thinking “oh how nice she lined up the peeps for the picture”, you’d be wrong. J did that. Yes, seriously. He even patted each one when they were done and said “now you’re nice and neat”. If only he’d use that commitment to orderliness in other aspects of his life. Like his shirt at dinner time.

On a side note, you’ll notice there is no headboard, and indeed I talked about getting a headboard a few weeks ago. While we were initially considering several different headboards (one was an inherited one and the other was the Pottery Barn one we were looking at), we decided to wait. Our inherited one was to small for the height of the bed, and I couldn’t decide if the Pottery Barn one would be too dark in his room. For all of our on-line shopping capabilities, I still have a need to actually go to the store to see stuff like that. And it’s not like he’s saying “hey, where’s my headboard?” HA!

However, my biggest victory was that I was patching some spots and needed a quart of paint. I could remember every other paint color name in the house, but J’s room. Finally B said “hey maybe it’s on your blog”. And sure enough it was. Pretty sweet.

And finally I’ll leave you with this kid:

Silly ASometimes I sit at night hoping that one day, A will have a little more personality. HA! Silly boy!

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