Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book Review: Max Lucado One Hand, Two Hands

One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado, Illustrated by Gaby Hansen.

I received this book from Book Sneeze. This is a children's book with a message. It follows this adorable little girl throughout her day in a charming rhyme about all the things that her hands do from petting her puppy to praying at night. It is appropriate for any age child, but I would say that ages 2-8 are probably going to like it best.

The illustrations are so sweet they make your teeth hurt! I could decorate my daughter’s room in them and probably would if my kids didn't love the story so much! My boys love the sing-song style of the story and the page that is talking about fingers and says; "Pick flowers, they smell sweet. Squish cheese, they smell stinky. Ooey. Pooey. Right down to your pinky."

The message is sweet and clear. It teaches kids that their hands can help, be kind and love. It teaches that the Lord can use their hands for many purposes.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a sweet and short bedtime story for their kids, or just a good book to snuggle up with your baby with. It is short enough that it doesn't get annoying reading it too many times in a row when your 2 year old asks you to again and again.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sweet & Seven

My eeny tiny little baby girl, my first born, that little bundle that I took home from the hospital with such awe and wonder, with no idea what to expect...
...well she turned 7 today-and whatever I expected, I never expected such a wonderful little daughter, angel and friend.

My friend gave me this amazing doll house because her kids got a new, bigger and better model for Christmas and I was so excited to see Bekah's face when she saw it in the middle of her room when she woke up. I was not disappointed! :)
I stuffed it to the brim with clothes, dolls, squinkies and other little odds and ends, so that when she went to look inside she was even more surprised. I plan on furnishing it little by little with some cute wooden furniture, but for now all the kids are having a ball with it, with all the little toys they have.
We have more birthday celebrating to do this week-for today we just played and ate junk food all day. Her kind of day! :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

This one

Do you ever want to throw one of your kids out a window?
Of course, a bottom story one with a one foot drop and padding to catch him...of course I meant that...
Well I have that thought several times a day with this one... Well, sure he's cute and funny in that picture with his sisters tutu on, chewing on a binky and snuggling a bear-but that was a good moment...let me enlighten you...
This kid says NO constantly.
This kid only listens to his dad...who isn't here most of the day.
Much like a dog with only one master.
This kid writes on everything no matter how high up I keep writing utensils...he finds them.
This kid screams like a banshee when things don't go his way...which is constantly.
This kid has no patience.
This kid picks fight with his overly sensitive brother...just to make him cry.
This kid dumps out everything...just for kicks.
This kid stays up until past matter what we do.
This kid mauls his baby brother...
Well sure, this picture doesn't really show that. They both seem happy. Okay, okay, his baby brother doesn't always mind the mauling...but sometimes he does, and then I have a crying baby who was only moments before smiling and giggling.
He takes things at the store he wants...and throws them in the cart.
If you put them back, or say no-just get ready to be no end.
I'm talking things thrown off the shelves at alarming rates, screaming at the top of his lungs, grabbing it anyway and running towards the doors.
Put him in the cart and buckle him down you say?
Fat chance.
He can undo those seat belts in a nano second and will stand up in the cart-and fall out if you don't catch him and let him down.
No discipline.
Not that we don't try...constantly. Well sure, he looks all sweet and innocent here. This doesn't really show how he is the other 95% of the day though.
This kid wrote the book on the terrible twos.
You do believe me...right?
Okay so during the other 5% of the day...
This kid gives the best cuddles.
This kid has the cutest dimples.
This kid says the funniest things.
This kid has fantastic manners when things do go his way...and his thank you's are so cute, you want to please him as much as possible.
No matter how naughty he is, you can't help but love just have no control.
I guess it's that other 5% of the day, when he is being sweet, funny, cute and a perfect little angel is why I don't throw him out the window huh?
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