Baby Bookworms : December

We've started to add our holiday and winter books into the rotation and we love the little touch of holiday even when we didn't get to do anything else holiday related throughout the day.
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Christmas in The Manger  - Such a short and sweet book about the Christmas story. It is very inexpensive and I love to add it to my gifts to the little babes in our life.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - A classic and one of Cora's favorites.

Counting Cockatoos - A fun counting book where there are also two cockatoos on each page. It's fun for Cora to find the cockatoos on each page and then a couple fun counting exercises at the back.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - another classic that I remember from my childhood. Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel promise to dig a town hall basement in one day. We love to cheer them on and see if they'll make it in time.

Love the Beastie - this is a fun interactive book for the girls.  This book has been well-loved through the years and the girls continue to love reading/playing it despite missing some of the parts... and I also just found out there is another one (Pat the Beastie) that I may have to purchase soon.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - an old favorite... enough said.

How to Raise a Mom - This is one of Cora's new favorite books. It gives fun little tips for kids to take care of their mom and help her out throughout the day. Sometimes I refer back to this book and it is helpful to get Cora to do something... like going to bed on time. There are a lot of other fun ones in this series like How to Surprise a Dad or How to Babysit a Grandma that I've heard great things about.  How to Catch Santa would also be a great holiday read.

Little Snowman: Finger Puppet Book - The girls both love these finger puppet books and this one is perfect for winter.  Cora loves to help be the snowman and 'read' it to Ida. 


Ten on Ten

Ten photos from over the weekend (including Friday). We spent the weekend resting and celebrating Boppa's life. The girls and I spent lots of time cuddling and watching holiday movies, but we also spent a lot of time running around doing our regular errands and helping get things ready for the funeral.

We made an trip to the 'SAMple' store and Cora was disappointed they didn't have any samples out at 9am, so we enjoyed an early morning pizza slice as soon as the cafe opened. The girls aren't especially helpful when we're shopping, but they make grocery store trips much more fun as we have lots of giggles.
I worked on the photo poster board for Boppa's funeral and I loved looking back at the many many memories that were captured through these photos. I love that my grandparents and family did such a good job documenting things through the years. At his funeral, all of his carvings were displayed. It was cool looking at his awesome craftsmanship and Cora enjoyed arranging the little Santas as we helped setup.

Saturday it snowed and Cora could not have been more excited. She played out on the patio by herself while I washed dishes and watched her through the kitchen window. She'd go out and play for a little, then come back in and chat with us before heading back outside. Our house looks a little better covered in snow, so I'm looking forward to a heavier snowfall later in the season. Ida didn't seem that interested in playing outside and really just wanted cuddles.

We received a beautiful flower arrangement from the funeral that we can enjoy in the coming week. I'm usually not one for flowers, but I love getting glances of it as I pass through the kitchen or how it jazzes up our table as we eat carry-out for dinner. Cora has been nonstop asking for hot chocolate, so we've been making it together and spending time sitting around the kitchen table as we enjoy our treat.

Have a good week!



For the first time in quite a while, I'm going to take a break from my twice a week posting schedule (did anybody even notice there was a schedule?!). Thanksgiving week was busy and fun and so full of family togetherness. The weekend/week that followed was not. Ida had a 100+ fever for a couple of days and she is not a happy sick person... so there have been lots of whining and lots of cuddles. This week, my Boppa (grandpa) passed away at the age of 93. He lived a long long life and we were so lucky to have him around for so long. I love picturing him being reunited with my Grandma in heaven and I can only imagine what kind of welcoming party she threw for him.

So... maybe I'll be back next week, maybe the week after... we'll see. I'll definitely be back at some point to share pictures of my adorable babes and all the Christmas activities we're participating in. I'll leave you with this picture that Cora drew for Boppa when I visited him in the hospital. She started drawing and asked "Is Boppa old? Does he have wrinkles?" followed by quite a bit of time drawing wrinkles all over the little man before she added a sweater and pants.
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