Thursday, June 17, 2010

Signing off for the summer!

I really haven't intended to neglect blogging, but it's just sort of happened with all the other summer activities that are in full swing! We've been enjoying spending a lot of time outside just about every day, swinging, sliding, playing in the kiddie pool, riding bikes and driving Cozy Coupes, drawing with sidewalk chalk, playing in the sand and water table (we got a real one!), going on walks, planting a garden, visiting with family, making plans for a couple long weekend trips, going crazy with having a garage sale (and then getting rained out...), and all the things that this time of year brings. Quite honestly, I'd much rather be doing all those (mostly) fun activities with my family than be sitting at the computer! :)

I'm hoping to pop in once in a while over the summer, so hopefully you will check back for those at a later time. I've had an idea in my head for months for a MESSY project that will involve the $1 Step 2 easel I just bought for my daughter at a sale last weekend... one dollar! :)

I'm planning to be back on a more regular basis in the fall, especially as I'd like to start a bit of pre-preschool with my girl. :) We'll see!!!

Have a fabulous, fun, FAMILY summer, everyone! And make sure to close the laptop or switch off the television, and get outside!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Weekly Read Wednesday: Harry's Box

What's that? It's Wednesday already? I guess that's what happens when you have an extra weekend day... the rest of the week just sort of sneaks by you. Today is already starting out weird. My daughter is still asleep at 10:00 a.m. (?!?), and I turned the coffee maker on without adding any water. It's going to be that kind of day, isn't it?

Well, now that I've established that it is, in fact, Wednesday, let me share an adorable find from the library: Harry's Box by Angela McAllister.

The book begins when Harry and his mother return home from the store, and she gives him the empty box to play with. Kids and boxes, right?

Harry, like all children, has quite the imagination! He puts the box in the kitchen and it becomes a shop selling all kinds of treats and goodies.

His dog is his playmate throughout the book, and Harry finds a role for him to play in each new imaginary set-up.

My favorite part of the book is seeing how imaginative Harry's creations are in his mind...

...and then seeing a picture of what was really taking place. I love it!

The book ends as Harry and his dog dream up all the box creations they can come up with next. I love the pictures in this book and the emphasis on using your imagination! It's such a cute, simple story, and I'm glad we picked it up at the library this week!