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St. Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Feb 14th was the feast day of St. Valentine.  We “celebrated” by having a special dinner and putting out a few special decorations.

I made a pretty little garland from some glitter covered cardboard hearts and some pink ribbon.  I bought the hearts at the dollar store for…$1 (duh) and I had the ribbon already.  So a lovely little decoration for cheap!

For dinner, we had a heart-shaped meatlaof, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

John and I made Valentine cards for Daddy too.

John at 3 1/2

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

-loves playing with small construction vehicles in a 9×13 baking pan filled half-way with cornmeal

-relentlessly bothers the 17-year-old cat, who is dumb enough to keep coming back for more

-wishes like crazy that his plastic tools were real

-still takes a blissful 1-2 hour nap everyday!!

-loves to sit on our laps for stories

-can’t hold a pencil, paintbrush, crayon, marker properly for his life…still uses the fist grab

-will taste and eat just about anything placed before him (THANK YOU, LORD!)

-loves being tickled and wrestling with his Daddy

-enjoys putting together puzzles, with his Mommy

-enjoys watching Curious George

-is a wonderful, happy, bright, little boy




Booklist: 3 Year Old

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This September we will become a home educating family.  Very casually at least.  I’ll begin doing a little more formal and planned schooling for John than I’ve been doing.  In January, I’d started doing some more formal stuff, but John just wasn’t ready.  He turns 3 in August so ’tis time.

In doing my planning I’ve come up with a list of books that I want to have readily available for his viewing for the year.  It is a list of books that he can “read” anytime.  We’ve used a large basket for his board books in the living room since he was born, but I think we need to switch to a small bookcase he can easily access.  Right now he’s got a huge bookcase in his bedroom with all “his” books.  I’m envisioning a set of books he can easily access and enjoy in the living room and use for schooling.

So here is my list for 3 yr old preschool:

101 Things to Do With a Baby (Jan Ormerod)

A Child’s Garden of Verse (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Aesop’s Fables (illustrated by Milo Winter)

Beatrix Potter series

Billy’s Picture

Blueberries for Sal (Robert McCloskey)

Brer Rabbit (Joel Chandler Harris)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? (Bill Martin Jr.)

Caps for Sale (Esphry Slobodkina)

Carl Goes Shopping

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park

Carl’s Birthday

Carl’s Masquerade

Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon

Carrot Seed (Ruth Krauss)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin Jr)


Ferdinand (Munro Leaf)

Good Dog, Carl

Good Night, Moon (Margaret Wise Brown

Greedy Python (Carle)

Green Eggs & Ham (Suess)

Grouchy Ladybug (Carle)

Guess How Much I Love You? (McBratney)

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harry by the Sea

Harry the Dirty Dog

Home for a Bunny

Itsy Bitsy Spider (Trapani)

Katy No-Pocket

Kitty’s New Doll

Little Book of Poems (ISBN: 0307681424

Little Cottontail (Mamling)

Little Engine that Could (Piper)

Little House (Burton)

Little Red Hen (MCQueen)

Lost in the Woods

Make Way for Ducklings (MCCloskey)

McDuff and the Baby

McDuff Comes Home

McDuff Moves In

McDuff’s Wild Romp

Millions of Cats

Miss Rumphius (Cooney)

Mitten (Brett)

Museum ABC (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

No Roses for Harry

Noah’s Ark (Spier)

One Morning in Maine (McCloskey)

Ox-Cart Man (Cooney)

Peepo (Ahlberg)

Play with Me (Ets)

Poems and Prayers for the Very Young (Alexander)

Poky Little Puppy

Polite Elephant


Real Mother Goose (illus Wright)

Richard Scarry’s First Word Book

Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book

Saggy, Baggy Elephant

Shy Little Kitten

Stone Soup (Brown)

Story About Ping (Flack)

Stranger in the Woods


Story of Little Babaji (Bannerman)

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Taback)

Very Best Home for Me

Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle)

Very Quiet Cricket (Carle)

We Help Daddy (Stein)

What do you do with a Kangaroo? (Mayer)

Winne-the-Pooh series (Milne)