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It’s been 5 months…but now I’m back. 🙂
What happened during those months? A lot. We moved twice, youngest got hospitalized, hubby got scammed, changed jobs…you get the picture. Thankfully, by God’s grace we made it through.
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Special thanks also to all our friends who helped and understood our circumstances. Life’s troubles are indeed lighter when shared with another.
If there’s one word to describe how my 2014 had been, it would be about being GRATEFUL.
2014 had shown me things and had put me through situations I’ve never been before and made me re-evaluate what truly matters in life.
2014 made me see things I often take for granted thus making me appreciate more.
So for 2015 I vow to remain GRATEFUL at all times and also be PRESENT Start appreciating what’s in front of me and let go of the past for today is the only reality I have.
May we all have a wonderful year ahead. God bless everyone!

We all know the benefits or reading. Do a simple search on the internet regarding reading to children and you’ll  be swamped with information regarding the matter.

I myself, started reading to my kids even while they were still in my tummy. Start them young and you’ll reap the benefits as you go along. My kids have such great appetite for books now and it’s all because of the exposure they had early on.

Our read-alouds happen at various times of the day, but one sure time that we never miss is bedtime! Below are the most recent books that we read before going to bed.

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My children love the adventurous spirit of the Gruffalo’s child as she creeps off to find the Big Bad Mouse on a cold winter’s night, and with excellent images to accompany the tale they instantly warm to the character.

                                                                              

A definite favorite!

A definite favorite! It has been our routine to re-enact the scenes in the story where the mother rocks her baby in her arms and it’s so much fun! At the end, my eldest (6) cuddles me in his arms and sings back the song to me–definitely a bedtime ritual that will be etched in our memories and will be treasured forever.

 

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My kids definitely dig the story of Max’s adventures when he sails away to the land where the Wild Things are. I love that the illustrations are dreamlike, the writing style simple, yet imaginative. Indeed a timeless classic; a book to be read and re-read every night of the week, a book to be enjoyed and cherished.

 

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This book is a favorite of my youngest (2 yrs old). The book shows wonderful illustrations of animals and their young saying goodnight to each other. We use the stuffed animals we have available in our story-telling and mimic the sounds they make.

 

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My toddler loves to say “Grrrrr!” The rhymes are very appealing to kids that my 2 older kids especially love to read in chorus- “Little octopus is wrapped in arms, not one not two but eight!” and my toddler would join and say “Otopus!” We always end up laughing and giggling with this book, something which my kids would not let go of for a very long time.

 

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A great way to review counting skills even at bedtime. Count till you drop!

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Who doesn’t have a copy of this book, right? Simple, fun story in poem format. Once this book is read, my kids know that It’s really time for bed-lights out!

 

These books have been part of my children’s bedtime routine and by the time we’re finished reading all of them, you bet we’re all ready for a good night’s sleep!

 


Parents, especially mothers, seem to obsess about capturing their children’s magical moments. Who wouldn’t right?

Most moms take lots of pictures and create scrapbooks. I’d love to make one too, problem is, I’m not that creative. But I’ll definitely make one too, someday.

So what does a not-so-artsy Mama do then? I write letters. I write letters to each of my children.

I started with making actual letters (with envelopes) yearly, on their birthdays. I then realized that the letters may be lost or worse, I may not be able to remember all that transpired during that specific year. I might miss some.

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With this in mind, I decided to write everything in a journal. This way, I’ll get to write anything, anytime.

I write about their funny quotes and questions, their milestones and achievements. I write about things that happened to them or things they have done, be it good or bad. I just add a few pictures here and there.

I write about anything worth remembering.

I plan on handing over the journals to them on their wedding day or whenever I feel appropriate. By then, the journals would be simple reminders of how I treasured every moment I had with them and hopefully they’ll forever be reminded too, of just how much I love them…


Here are some of what we did this love month. ..

My printer broke down so I used my not so beautiful handwriting to make wall cards for the  days of the week. I go over the days with my kids using the one below as their visual guide and in less than an hour, my son memorized it! How did he do it? Well, he sort of attached a tune to the days as he recited them. It was just his idea,  I just heard him singing the days of the week all of a sudden! My,  I didn’t even know he was interested to learn them!

We had been reading a simple phonics reader I got from Toys R Us which focuses on the short a sound.  He can finish the entire reader now. So happy!

I also let him read words in the AT family, and he can read them all now plus a few sight words too.

I think I finally found our groove. We just try to do a few simple activities each day and do so consistently and by the end of the week, we’ve accomplished a lot.

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My kids have been sick lately so we just cuddled up and read most of the time, but since it’s the month of love, we also did a few hearty crafts.

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Got this idea from littlefamilyfun.

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This one’s my idea 🙂

My little girl playing with boy toys.

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This and many more easy crafts can also be found here.

Love love love everyone!