Tuesday Tattles #23

Tuesday Tattles

I’ve been waiting for College Football season to kick back up so I could share with you all of the fabulous Auburn children’s books we have in our collection.

And then football season went ahead and started before I was ready. Funny how September manages to sneak up on you!

If you have an Auburn fan in your life, you need to add a little War Eagle to their library.

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If you’re not an Auburn fan, maybe you should re-evaluate all of your life decisions. Just kidding. I would imagine a lot of these books have been created for multiple schools. To get you started, here’s a non-affiliate link to Mascot Books for an expansive collection of collegiate literature.

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Aubie Teaches the Alphabet by Sherri Graves Smith

My mother-in-law got this book for Firecracker when he was just a baby and we would read it every Saturday during football season! W shares a page with V and I’ll never forget the moment he was able to point to the W with recognition (his first name starts with the letter).

Other versions of this book include: UGA, LSU, Alabama, and Kennesaw State.

Go Auburn Go by Brian R. Jones 

Go Auburn Go children's bookThis interactive book is a favorite of Firecracker’s. My little Auburn Tiger loves flipping the flaps, pulling the tabs, and touching Aubie’s soft white fur. Thanks to this book, he also has the first half of our fight song, War Eagle, down pat!

Other versions of this book include: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Alabama, and Appalachian State.

The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner  by Erin Lough and Mave Lough Duke

304041_2085581097368_6319600_nHonestly, this book is more for me.

The trees were poisoned the football season after I’d graduated. We were living in the Florida panhandle at the time and able to make it back to Auburn for the final rolling before they removed the unsaveable trees from Toomer’s Corner. It was an incredible experience being with thousands of other Auburn fans giving our beloved oaks a warm send off.

The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner is the story of those trees, of what the trees meant to the Auburn family. I honestly can’t read this book without crying. My children don’t understand, but I hope one day they, too, will be proud students of Auburn University and know the joy of rolling Toomer’s Corners trees.

There is also a sequel to the book, The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner 2: The Rebirth.

The War Eagle Story by Francesca Alder-Baeder and Patrick Baeder

This book is a long poem depicting the story of why Auburn Tiger fans declare “War Eagle.” I learned the story my first day of Orientation 11 years ago, but my children will not be ignorant about Auburn traditions when they attend 20 and 22 years from now. 😉

I get chills every time I read the part in the story where the little girl cries, “Waaaaaaaaaaar Eagle….Hey!!!!”

Thursday Thoughts #23

Thursday Thoughts

 

After a fantastic summer visiting family and then having family come stay with us, I knew I was going to need to find a way to keep some sense of my self and my sanity with the school year approaching.

In case you missed my last Thursday Thoughts, let me catch you up. We’ve decided to homeschool Firecracker (and by proxy, Treat, too). There you are, you’re caught up!

I knew I needed a way to not let my new “job” of teacher take over my entire post-bedtime life.

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So, I’ve been doing a little bit of “soul searching,” and I’d like to share my results with you.

My hope is that it inspires other busy moms (and dads) to find time to schedule in your hobbies. Even if you only get 1-2 hours each night, it’s important to not get yourself lost in parenthood. It’s true, you do change once you’re caring for miniature versions of yourself, but you don’t need to disappear. Find something you enjoy, something that has nothing to do with the little ones, and be you. Don’t be surprised if you end up being a better mom (or dad) because of it. Schedule in time to reconnect with your significant other, too.

 

Scheduling "me time" | Sew You Think You Can Cook | http://sewyouthinkyoucancook.com Enter my ISTJ personality profile. I made a schedule. Yep, I’ve scheduled out my “free time.” And I’m doing my best to not let the natural deviations that will (okay, already have) occur from frustrating me.

Honestly, giving myself a guideline has put me at ease. It’s also given me the illusion that I can have time to “do it all!”

I spend Sunday evening gathering everything I’ll need for Preschool for the entire week. It goes into our school corner and I don’t have to be scrambling around each night getting ready for tomorrow. All I need to do is take a quick glance at my planner each morning to know which book to read and which project to do.

Mondays I break out the sewing machine! Getting to sew again was the main motivation behind creating this “schedule.” When my mother-in-law was visiting last month, we got to working on a couple of projects and it felt so good to get back to thread and fabric. I knew I couldn’t let it be another year and a half between projects.

Tuesday and Wednesday tend to flip-flop, depending on if I’ve checked the mail or not. One night I’ll do the menu planning and grocery list making, taking inspiration from the circulars (hence the mailbox status). The other, I’ll sit at my computer and do what I’m doing right now – blogging! If I don’t have a post to write, I’ll update my Recipe Index and then address some Social Media sharing. But, blogging only once (or twice) a week really has helped me stay stress-free with this hobby of mine!

Update: Ack! Looks like I need to add updating my Fantasy Football line-up to Wednesday’s agenda, too!

IMG_8389Thursdays tend to get a little haywire around here. It’s those “it’s almost Friday” jitters. I’ve reserved Thursdays for some real stress relieving activities. Either coloring or cross stitching. I haven’t done the latter in quite some time.

Come Friday, my husband and I are ready to reconnect and I set aside my hobbies to have an at-home date-night. It’s time to cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie; maybe make popcorn. Or in our current situation, watch Game of Thrones. There are zero spoilers coming from us, we’ve just completed Episode 9 of Season 1. Honestly, I haven’t decided if I like the show yet. But I want to keep watching it! So I guess I like it? I only like maybe 2 characters, which is probably a good thing based on all of the memes about endless fatalities.

Saturday is my “round-up” day. The “free-for-all” to catch up on anything that needs attention. A blog post needing a final image, emails that need replies, or an extra episode of GoT that just must be watched.

There you have it! A little behind the scenes in the life of Lauren.

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Blackberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies #DarkRecipes #SolarEclipse

Are you in the path of totality for the solar eclipse today? If you are, I am so incredibly jealous!

The pastor of our church actually headed out of town back to her home state of Nebraska where her family farm will experience the magic and wonder. I’m kind of wondering why we didn’t think to make a vacation out of the once-in-a-lifetime event.

I’ve been nervous though about protecting my children.

the boys

I know the approved solar eclipse glasses are not exactly kid approved – definitely not toddler approved! My children don’t exactly keep things on their faces anyway.

My mom shared some great pinhole projector ideas, one of which involves making one of out a box large enough to stick your head into. That definitely seems like the safest bet for my rascals – just stuff their head in a box and that should protect their eyes!

The local library has an event going on and I was super pumped to go to it. But the more I thought about it, the more I figured it probably wouldn’t be the safest idea. Could I really keep an eye on my two high-energy boys amidst a sea of over 100 people and get a chance to view the eclipse through glasses? I have to go with the non-selfish vote of “no.”

Our balcony doesn’t get sunlight in the morning, when the partial eclipse is supposed to happen for us in SoCal, so using a colander to project the shadows onto the ground isn’t going to work well, either.

We might be able to go to the playground. It’s not like my children look up at the sun on a regular basis anyway. And they are so young that they’re not going to understand the beauty of the event. Only problem for me is that I won’t have glasses (I was counting on using those provided by the library!).

Watch it be cloudy anyway and all my fretting is for nothing.

If you haven’t caught the eclipse frenzy you can fake it with some dark recipes. Kind of like that big football game you pretend to care about just for the food. Thanks to Sue of Palatable Pastime for coming up with and hosting this event!

Blackberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • milk, if needed
  • blackberry jam

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, chocolate extract, and salt until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour and cocoa powder and beat until the dough comes together. If it is too dry, add in a tablespoon or two of milk.
  4. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball, place on a prepared baking sheet, flatten slightly, and press your thumb (or a small spoon) in the center.
  5. Bake 15-17 minutes, until set. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Once cool, fill thumbprints with blackberry jam.

*This recipe is adapted from Grishma and Vikas at http://www.feastie.com/recipe/zaika-zabardast/blackforest-thumbprints*

Blackberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies for #DarkRecipes #SolarEclipse

Be sure to check out these other Dark Recipes for the Solar Eclipse:

Chinese Mooncakes (Snow Skin Mooncakes) by Caroline’s Cooking

Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies by Palatable Pastime

Eclipse Pizza by Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Homemade Moon Pies by Family Around the Table

Ramen and a Martini from the Abyss by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Sweet Dark Cherry Crepes by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Triple Chocolate Cookies by The Freshman Cook

Thursday Thoughts #21

Thursday Thoughts

My mom has been dying to do the “touristy” things ever since we moved out to SoCal one year ago.

The idea of driving around to look at famous people’s homes on a giant bus doesn’t appeal to me too much, but I’ll do it with her eventually. Before we leave this duty station anyway.

Update: I’ve been corrected. Mom wants to do a Studio Tour, not a bus tour. (Phew!) I don’t think kids are allowed on studio tours so that will be logistically more challenging to arrange. 

Seeing the Hollywood Stars might be kinda cool, if it weren’t just so darn crowded, and from what I hear, dirty. But again, I’ll make that trek with her. Maybe the next visit, Mom.

Seeing the Hollywood sign was a little more doable and an excursion I was simply waiting for the right time to do it. I did a tiny bit of research and asked a couple of friends if they’d gone with children.

So when my mom was here last week, off we went to Griffith Observatory to catch a glimpse of the iconic Hollywood sign.

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Finding information about the sign was easy. A quick browser search came up with this incredible website where we found great information regarding trail options based on your difficulty desire.

Reading that the trails run through snake territory, I knew that I wanted to be in long pants (in addition to closed toed shoes). My mind had me picturing narrow trails with a lot of foliage where snakes could take shelter.

Maybe the more strenuous paths would be that way, but the easy path we took at the Charlie Turner Trailhead was fairly smooth and quite wide. Strollers would have been easy enough to use on the path, too. A bit of a push uphill, but definitely doable.

There’s zero shade on the trails so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, water, and hats.

But wait, Lauren, your kids aren’t wearing hats in any of these pictures!

You’re right, they’re not. Both of my boys have hated hats since the beginning of their time. We swore when Treat came around we would get him to like hats being a winter baby in Ohio. No such luck. There might be hope in our future though! We gave them baseball caps at the LA Galaxy game last weekend and Firecracker liked it and Treat was iffy on it, but it did last longer than any other thing that’d been placed on his head in the previous 17 months!

I am quite glad I took the opportunity to check out the Hollywood sign this spring. I couldn’t imagine doing this hike in the summer. At least not with little children. I immediately regretted putting them in pants.

IMG_3085We spent about two hours on the trail. We didn’t get too far in that first hour going at the pace of a 17 month old, but we did make it to a great viewing area before turning around.

The kids were a little bit all over the place. Want to know how to get kids to keep moving when all they want to do is play in the dirt? Goldfish!

IMG_3114We had packed a lunch and enjoyed it at the Berlin Forest. An area with a few trees providing shade and a couple of picnic tables and benches. As it’s near the start of the trail, we left the “picnic basket” in the car and it was simple enough for my mom to get some “extra steps” down to the car to bring up our lunch (and the stroller!).

Mentioning the car brings me to my next point.

Parking.

The website I referenced earlier stated that parking at the observatory was free. Maybe it was at one point, but it isn’t still. It costs $4/hr and you have to pre-pay.

There’s plenty of free parking available further down the mountain, but as we really weren’t sure where we were going we opted for convenience. With the kids, it was definitely a good idea!

The parking lot as a splendid view of the sign, so if that’s all you’re really after, just do a drive by. (See the first photo of this post.)

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Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls #EasterRecipes

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Do you just toss and turn, stare at the dark ceiling and hope for rest to return?

Well, today (yesterday) I decided to do something productive with my restlessness. Maybe I’ll be regretting that later, but I was tired of feeling like I was keeping the hubs awake. (Pun unintended.)

So what did I do?

Wash dishes.

Everyone washes dishes at 2am, right?!

I don’t know why I couldn’t sleep. I have a slight head cold, but it’s nothing to write home about. (Hopefully this “just wake up” decision doesn’t come back to bite me with that cold. I’m off to get some Nyquil tomorrow!) I keep having these parenting dreams that seem all too real, involving unplanned pregnancy and horrible mothering.

I think the real culprit has something to do with the first of three preschool tours lined up this month in the morning. All yesterday, while he was playing with his trains and talking up a storm, I just looked at him and thought, “When did you get so big?”

We aren’t looking to start Firecracker in school until the Fall – he’ll be 3 and {hopefully} potty trained by then. He is definitely interested in going to school. My boy is such a social butterfly, it’s just something we need to do for him. He’ll be attending VBS at our church this summer, so it’ll be a great test! (Yep, typing that reminded me to go register him now. Look at all of the productive things one can get done in the 2 o’clock hour!)

Who knew picking a preschool would be such a big decision!? I have a spreadsheet on my computer with our top choices, breaking down stats, including the insane cost that is preschool. We’re only considering 2 or 3 times a week, and half days. Yikes!

Maybe typing out these thoughts will help calm my mind and I’ll be able to go back to sleep soon. Odds are I’m going to end up asleep on the couch, computer in lap!

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Absolutely none of that intro story has to do with the Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls I’m sharing with today’s Holiday Fun with our Blogging Friends group. Except that I have to write this post and might as well do it at 2:45 in the morning, right? That way I don’t have to pull out my computer during playtime with my growing boys!

This week, 13 bloggers are sharing 46 recipes and tips to help you serve up deliciousness this Easter. Follow #EasterRecipes on social media to see what we’re serving up!

Yesterday, I shared Carrot Cake Pancakes that came with a confused maple cream cheese topping. All of that leftover maple mixture didn’t go to waste. I simply made cinnamon rolls the next day! Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls, of course.

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 3 tbsp room temperature butter
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 3 – 4 C flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp salt

Ingredients for filling:

  • 4 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 C raisins
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts

Ingredients for frosting:

  • 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 C real maple syrup

Steps:

  1. Stir yeast into the warm water. Let bloom for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat butter, sugar, and salt. Add eggs one at a time, beating until combined. Slowly pour in the yeast and water. Beat until combined. Add the flour about one cup at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Once the dough starts to form switch to the dough hook attachment. After all the flour has been added knead the dough for 3 minutes.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand until smooth.
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise to double in size (about 30 minutes) in a warm place. (In the microwave or turned off oven)
  5. Roll out dough onto a floured surface.
  6. Roll into a rectangle. Spread the dough evenly with the softened butter. In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Sprinkle the mixture over the dough. Add the grated carrot, raisins, and walnuts, pressing into the dough slightly. Roll the dough into a log, lengthwise. Cut the dough into 2″ cinnamon rolls. Place cut side down in a 9×13 casserole dish.
  7. Cover dough with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes before baking. The rolls should have doubled in size again. (Or you can freeze the rolls and after thawing let rise until doubled in size.)
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake another 7 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool, slightly.
  9. Meanwhile, make frosting. Using a hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and syrup. Frost the cinnamon rolls!

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls Sew You Think You Can Cook #EasterRecipes

Be sure to check out these other Easter Recipes:

Cinnamon Crescent Rolls by Tip Garden

Individual Easter Breads by Cooking With Carlee

Tomato Asparagus Quiche by Caroline’s Cooking

Peeps Whoopie Pies by Palatable Pastime

Rosemary Garlic Herb Rib Roast by Family Around The Table

Honey butter Peas and Carrots by Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Pea and Pasta Salad by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Roasted Eggplant Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm

In case you missed them, here are the recipes from Monday and Tuesday:

Monday

Deviled Ham Bites by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

30 Minute Dinner Rolls by Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Easy Pecan Sticky Buns by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

Easy Citrus Ham by Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Sausage and Vegetable Strata by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus With Lemon Herb Sauce by Tip Garden

Dipped Strawberry Carrots by Family Around The Table

Easter Malted Milk Dip by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Sharadan’s Lemon Blueberry Parfaits by Cooking With Carlee

Easter Egg Cooking and Dyeing Tips and Tricks by Palatable Pastime

Tuesday

Italian Easter Bread by Palatable Pastime

Carrot Cake Pancakes by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Torta Salata Pasquale by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Dill Roasted Radishes by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus by Family Around The Table

Praying Arm Pretzels by Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Creamy Coconut Mini Tarts by Making the Most of Naptime

Tuesday Tattles #21

Tuesday Tattles

It’s been a long time coming, but the time has finally come to share the favorite reading material of my toddler.

These books have more words and higher level learning material than the still enjoyed baby book list I shared previously.

Books for a Toddler's Library

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Winnie the Pooh’s Thinking Spot

This 12 book set teaches science in a way that can be understood by “a bear of very little brain.” These stories are about 25 pages long with full color images. We read this books following some TV time. Topics include gardening, gravity, and weather.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Books

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS is one of the TV shows I’m more than happy to let my kids watch. With lessons on managing emotions and understanding others, I think children and parents can learn a lot from the simple songs. While I think Daniel Tiger is geared more for Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children, my little ones learn a good bit from him, too. Treat received Daniel’s Day at the Beach and I was surprised to see that it was almost the exact script from the show in book form. Both of my boys like Daniel Tiger and enjoy him in literature form, too. Now if only the lessons could be learned more quickly… but then again, they are only 2 and 1 years of age.

There’s No Place Like Space

11014631_10102770016796001_2929400061734412428_nThis book is one that we’ve had for a long time (that’s a 7 month old Firecracker in that picture!). As a rocket scientist, I couldn’t not purchase this particular installment from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library. I just love the rhyming tour of our solar system and the beautiful illustration. We also have Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today which as also shared its time in the spotlight.

In the Forest

This pull tab book can be enjoyed by babies and toddlers alike, however pull tabs, flip tabs, and other interactive books are promptly demolished by Treat so they are reserved for parental supervision time and/or Firecracker only. In the Forest beautifully explains the changing of seasons through colors and animal activities. This adorable book was such a big hit that I gifted the Under the Waves version to a friend’s 2 year old daughter who loves the ocean.

Chug Chug Tractor

I have never seen a book be a bigger hit with both of my children simultaneously as this book. Chug Chug Tractor is a lift flap book with a light activated sound on each page. The story follows a tractor’s day on the farm from morning to night. If there isn’t enough light flooding into the house then the noises won’t happen, but when they do work the excitement on their little faces is enough to make anyone smile. But, you now how I said my littlest one can destroy a flip tab book in seconds flat? This particular book has the most tape of any in our collection, both Scotch and clear packing tapes!

Dragons

We picked up this Usborne book at the Popcorn Festival in Beavercreek, OH over two years ago and it’s been a big hit. It’s a fun flip tab book explaining the folklore of dragons and how they differ among cultures. It’s a fun book for fantasy loving adults, too!

Any book with stickers at the end

img_5437A lot of the “step into reading” books contain stickers, particularly if they’re books from a TV show or movie. I’ll usually pick up one of these books before a vacation -a new story and new stickers can always entertain small hands for at least 20 minutes. At first, I’d require reading through the story before getting a sticker. Of course, now that they can pull the sticker off the paper in {mostly} one piece themselves, it’s harder to police the sticker collection.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Tattles #18

Tuesday Tattles

It’s time for my next Tuesday Tattles Library Edition. A couple of weeks ago I shared our favorite bed time and nap time reads.

Because it would be too overwhelming to put all of our favorites in one post, I’ve been struggling with how to break up the “day time” books. I’ve thought about educational versus just for fun. But, really, just about every book falls in that first category.

I then thought about categorizing the books between infant and toddler, but I don’t really believe that books aren’t for every age and stage at the under 4 mark.

13939534_10103960364290081_3975369332799635853_nMy book list keeps growing, too! As soon as I hit “publish” on the bed time books post, Firecracker decided to add even more books to our night time routine. He’s really putting my poor vision to the test by reading not as popular books by the nightlight’s glow.

Treat’s favorite activity is pulling books off of the bookshelf in their room, and now that he’s walking like a champ he’ll bring me a book or two. I’m not sure if he really wants me to read them because as soon as I crack open the cover and start reading he toddles away!

Okay, enough dawdling. Here’s what I’m picking to share with you today and there’ll be more to come soon.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
 by Eric Carle

tvhcI begin our library catalog with a classic. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great book for teaching days of the week and counting. I actually can’t read this book without, in my head, reciting Joey Tribbiani’s days of the week monologue “Wednesday – when? what day? Thursday – the third day!” Ironically, this book became a favorite teething toy of Firecracker’s…

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

I continue with another board book by Eric Carle. The Very Lonely Firefly is a cute book that works for bed time due to its repetitive writing. It’s a hit with my kids because the last page lights up. Firecracker learned the words “owl” and “eyes” from this book.

Favorite Books for Babies | Sew You Think You Can CookDr. Seuss’s A B C

This alphabet book is the one I grew up on! My mom had (still does) this book memorized, and I do too. It’s definitely one of my all time favorites to read to my kids.

First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

If you want to be constantly impressed and amazed with how much your toddler knows, get him this book. My aunt gave us this book for Christmas and it’s gone with us on every vacation. As kids get older you can transition to quizzing them on vocabulary, asking them to point out different words/pictures. Eventually, they’ll be “reading” it to themselves.

Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

My mother-in-law grew up on this book and introduced it to us. It’s a cute book that teaches colors, but also has an underlying theme of rejection, wanting to belong, and finding the perfect place to be yourself. We have the mini board book, which I know leaves out some of the fun, I’d be curious to find the full story and read more about Spot.

The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz

This book version of the classic song has been in instant favorite with both of my boys. Firecracker still loves to read it and when I start reading it to Treat he comes running saying he wants to see, too. I never sang along with the book because I don’t need the song stuck in my head! The one exception is when Firecracker wants to read it before bed; I then turn it into a ballad and rock him back and forth as I sing.

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

Another fun Karen Katz book, this one has flaps to lift to find baby’s eyes, mouth, and belly button. It’s a cute way to teach basic body parts as well as a little game of peek-a-boo. Surprisingly, it’s one of the few books that the boys haven’t completely demolished. Once Treat learns how to lift the flaps and play along with the book, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before it gets torn. Are any one else’s kids completely aggressive towards their library!?

Peek-A-Zoo! and Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden

Books for Babies | Sew You Think You Can CookPeek-A-Zoo was given to Firecracker for his first birthday and he loved it immediately. It was a book I could hand in him the car and he’d enjoy flipping through it. Because it was such a hit, before our last flight I bought the original for Treat. I’d venture to say it’s his favorite book! He actually laughs out loud at each turn of the page.

The Little Engine That Could

I’ll round out this book list at ten titles. This abridged version of the classic tale of never giving up was Firecracker’s favorite book when he was 16 months old. As his train related book collection has grown it’s been set aside. Not that it stops him from enjoying it on occasion. He even has the first four pages memorized. When he’s playing pretend with his trains I’ll hear him reciting “puff puff chug chug ding dong ding dong the little train rumbled over the tracks. happy train.”

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