Tuesday, December 14, 2010
On the shelf
When the boys were born, I knew we would read to them often, but I didn't take what was actually ON their bookshelves too seriously. Their shelf was a collection of gifts from loved friends and family, and then whatever books I came across from friends who were cleaning out their own children's shelves, or tag sale finds, or ... hm, I don't really know where all of them came from actually. I DO know that lately, the sheer number of choices has become too overwhelming for them, as attested to by the fact that most days one of their favorite activities is simply pulling all of their books off of the shelf and leaving them there on the floor in a monstrous pile. Nice. After the 3rd or 4th time mama got wise. mama learned. and mama cleaned ALL of the books off of their shelves and started over. Some were donated back to the thrift stores, some are in the basement waiting to enter back in to our regular rotation (on a one in- one out basis of course)... and then I added one or 2 new books to catch their interest again in the actual reading and not just the piling. What we have now is a slimmed down, easily manageable pile of our most favorites, and it's working quite nicely!
The one we're loving the most is The Story of the Snow Children.
Such a sweet book, with beautiful pictures. Reading about snow has been especially nice since we haven't had any real flurries yet to speak of... but the anticipation is mounting!
Next, because I have high high hopes for our garden next year..
were recent gifts from a dear friend who knows my passion for food and cooking, and who has also given me a book to help me with the problem of what to do with all of the cooking scraps and leftovers. Maybe in a future post, I will share with you the compost pile that Mike built this summer, and our progress...
And of course, some crafting books, which I received as birthday presents last week.. Luv Luv Luv them both! (thank you mom! thank you Michael!)
And lastly, because when I'm not actively parenting, I enjoy reading about parenting...
What about you? What is on your bookshelf right now?
And because I promised this about a week ago, here... finally, are Johann's finished winter pajamas.
I am most proud that I managed to get the size right, and the elastic waistband in there. It was my first wearable sewing project (I'm not counting my sister's apron) and I am much indebted to my friend Lill who helped tutor me through the whole waistband process. I ironed on some extra fabric snowman to a plain white tshirt, and finished the embroidery last night.
Goodbye friends until tomorrow!~
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