10/19/12

Bookworms.

One thing I always remember my Mom telling me about her experience raising six kids, was that no matter how crazy, hectic, busy, loud, or messy it got, she always made sure she got in some story time each night. She said something along the lines that if she ended the day knowing she had read to her kids, she knew it was a good, fulfilled day. (I'm sure whatever she said was much more eloquent and profound, but my 15 year old memory is failing me.) Anyway, now I see why it was so important to her. The power of books is so amazing; it can build up imaginations, calm any mood, increase vocabulary, and provide for the best bonding experience.

Some of my girlfriends behind Small Fry (a darling new children's lifestyle blog) asked me to share our favorite children's book, and although it was hard to pick just one, I happily did so. Click here to see our answer, and make sure to enter their giveaway for a chance to win all 10 books listed!

Have a good weekend!

18 comments:

White Family said...

You're right - When I had a house full of active young children, there were many nights as I finally got everyone tucked in bed (whew!) and reflected on the day, that I remembered the time spent snuggled up with my lap filled with little ones and a book were the sweetest moments of the day. Thank heaven for story time!

nicole said...

I am IN LOVE with that photo; you look like a 70s domestic goddess. Just gorgeous. :)

angela hardison said...

such a sweet photo of you three. you're a gorgeous mama. and i agree, reading books with margo is one of my favorite ways to spend time with her.

Meagan Rigney said...

I agree, sometimes the most horrible of all horrible days can be solved with a good bedtime story (or five) and some mushy kisses and hugs.

susie said...

As a pregnant mother of four in six years, is no one going to confess to the fact that often story time brings more harm than good? There's the fight over your lap and the fact that kid one wants BOTH of your legs, or that kid two finally gets a leg and one pushes him off and then three squeezes in and two gets mad at uses his book that he was saving to smack sibling on the head, and then sometimes they end up hitting you with the book and you shove them all off your lap declare book time done. Particularly if you're wearing your glasses and they get shoved into your face, then you yell that book time is done. And poor #4 just never got a spot where they could see very well and wandered off. You can't let #4 lay on the back of the couch to see because the pictures are hung too close and he/she inevitably plays with them with their feet and knock them off. If you try to save book reading until bed time, you have to be an equal space between the bedroom doors and no matter how much you yell, "There are no pictures to see!" They keep running out of their rooms to see if there is one on that page. You end up shouting a verse of scripture over all the crying because "they can't see!" and won't stop whining about it so they won't listen to anything you read, and then you call it a day. My goal is if I read one book with one kid, I call it a good day. But whatever your mom said sounds much more idyllic. And I think it works with two better than four.

Lisamarie said...

Your picture is so lovely. It makes me want to have kids asap! But funny thing is, I imagine story time going more like how Susie described above. Maybe when the kids are young like yours its still sweet and calm. I suppose I shall find out soon enough!

Steoffrey said...

Haha! That sounds like my worst nightmare. I'll note now, that if I have more than 2 kids, to keep story time separated. ;)

Jenny said...

Sounds like story time at my house with 3 kids 4 and under. :)

Caitlin said...

I've been hearing all these lovely stories about how parents make special time for all their children. Definitely something I hope I don't forget. Going to have to agree with that 70s domestic goddess comment up there. Your hair is looking fabulous!

momentstoyears said...

Reading is always beneficial and a brilliant alternative to so many other things.

shanna kesler said...

Can I have a printed copy of this photo so I can frame it - or would that be weird?

I love everything about this. And you girls all look so beautiful.

Jess~ca said...

Was just making a calendar on the costco photocenter website when I saw your family on the main page! I have followed your blog for a while, but hardly comment, still it was fun to recognize ya! Just thought you'd like to know :)

https://www.costcophotocenter.com
Ya'll are on the first photo, it's a Christmas card :)

-Jess

Kelli said...

I just discovered your blog via small fry. I love it...and I couldn't agree more about the power of books. My barely one year old responds more to them than any toy. Let's hope that continues :)

jojopig.com said...

thanks for the posts. good stuff.

Kelly White said...

you look like you belong in a movie from the 70's. You look hot! Loving Ivy's bangs, we saw them up close and personal at Target and Mars was dying over her...as always.

Dangerford said...

Your hair looks awesome. And your a great mom.

The Nomad said...

Is this you?!

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Nicole Christensen said...

Thanks Stace! Xoxo