Mom and Boys

Figuring it out one day at a time.


Letting him pick.

Every night we do the same thing.

We have a routine.

Bath, brush, book, and bed.

And although every once in a while I think it is okay to skip the bath, book and bed will never be altered.

No matter how late it is.

{Truth be told, I am really pretty strict about bed time. There may be one night a week were Linc is up later because we are at an event or something, but those really don’t happen often}

There is a small bookshelf in Linc’s room that holds all of his board books.


His shelf.

And he gets to choose his book.

I have noticed that this process has become more intense as he has grown older.

I truly believe that one of Lincoln’s favorite parts of the day is choosing his own book.

He feels empowered.

He will stand at that book shelf and move books around, look at some pictures, ponder, then put one back, until…

He has the perfect book.

If I ever try to help even move books around so he can see them all I get an instant whine of disapproval.

This is his thing.

Just recently I have started to bring in longer books for us to read but he still gets to pick from his shelf.

Long book…then Lincoln’s book.


His bedtime.

His book.



The DEAR plan.


Drop. Everything. And. Read.

I don’t know where the number of 15 minutes per day actually came from but I have heard that thrown around the parenting world since before I was even a parent.

But the word is you should be reading to your child 15 minutes a day or more.

I used to think that our bed time book would suffice for this time, but now that it is summer we are going to bump things up a bit.

Bedtime does not count.

We are going to set aside 20 minutes a day just to stop everything, go to the reading chair, and read.

Everyone is invited, Lincoln, Bo, and of course, me (I’m the only one that can actually read).

It is going to be super.

I think it will be good for the fact that we are reading, and apparently that is good for kids.  But also the fact that we are just taking 20 minutes out of the day to chill.

I like that.

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What Linc is Reading: Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli


The boy loves this book.

But it is all in how it is read.

And I am incredibly obnoxious.

Each page has a LOUD noise and a quiet noise.


The key is to yell the LOUD noises as LOUD as you can.

And whisper the quiet noises so so quietly.

So much fun.

And he can’t get enough.

However, this would be a really bad choice for a bedtime book.


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What Linc is Reading: These stupid, stupid alphabet books.

toddler reading

Baby Einstein, we are not friends.

I hate these books.

There are so many of them.

And they make a mess.

And they are boring, at least to me and anyone else over the age of 5.

But Linc loves them.

From the dumping of the box.

To the picking out of each book one by one.

He’s obsessed.

Certain letters are better than others.

N is great because he can point to his nose.

I read a lot of N.

T is also amazing.

Toes, he likes toes.


There is just something about that purple X.

He can’t get enough.

I’m tempted to hide the box.

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An unusual conviction

you have brains in your head

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

This is an incredibly positive and encouraging quote when beginning a journey.  But at the end of your journey, when your choices have led you astray…

it’s just pretty real.

It is not everyday you feel convicted by Dr. Seuss.


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Just Chillin

Today was a pretty relaxed day.  Mike and I went on a walk and then he played basketball while I watched in the stroller.  When mom got home we just hung out and played on the porch.  She introduced me to bubbles which I was not that impressed with.  I think she was disappointed that I wasn’t more excited but really I thought they were kind of scary.  However…playing/chewing on the stick was a great time!


Tonight mom and I read two books before bed instead of one!!!  Rise and Shine is my favorite.  I love to sing and dance to the song in this book!  And after I get all excited we read the Wee Little Lamb to calm down.  I fell asleep in my crib tonight without crying one bit.