A Hilarious Read-Aloud Book & Our Summer Reading Challenge!

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So often, when the boys are out of school, we get so busy that any sort of learning goes out the window! I love planning fun activities for the kids, but I also want to make sure they don’t fall behind in their school work! This summer, I decided that we were going to slowwww down, enjoy just being together rather than making a bunch of plans, and spend a lot of time reading!

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To make this happen, I set up a chore/reward chart for the kids (which I’ll write all about soon!). As part of their morning chores, they have reading time while Lucy takes her morning nap. They spend that time reading on their own. The boys like reading, and are great readers, but they will usually choose to play instead. I’ve found that setting that time aside specifically for reading has not only made them read more, but it has allowed them to really enjoy and get invested in some new book series!

Lucky for us, a brand new library opened up right around the corner from our home! So, we decided that we would make a trip to the library once a week during our summer break!

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Our county library’s have also implemented a fun summer reading program. Every week, in addition to picking out new books, we’ve gone to some really fun activities! So far we have built a roller coaster, saw and learned about real life owls and other “raptors,” and attended a fun magic show! It has been the perfect way to keep the boys learning, but also having some low-key summer fun!

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Here are some of the kid’s favorite reads so far this summer:

Ande: Galaxy Zack (although he’s plowing through them, and may need a more difficult series next time), Super Fly, and How The World Works

Owen: Any Easy Reader book he can get his hands on!

Milo: Froggy books, and of course Curious George!

Lucy: Any Duck & Goose books, Baby Lit books, and B is for Bear

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Placing a lot of focus on reading this summer has already been so wonderful. I can almost see their little minds expanding! Along with reading on their own, we have always loved when the kids pile on my lap and I real aloud to them.

Our absolute favorite read aloud book is called Runny Babbit! It is a collection of hilarious poems by Shel Silverstein where all of the words are switched and flopped around. We can’t get through one line of a poem without bursting into laughter! We’ve read it cover to cover several times and laugh just as much every time!

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Some of my favorite childhood memories are the nights when my mom would sit next to me on my bed and read to me. I’m so glad that I decided to make reading a priority with my kids this summer! We are enjoying the slow, quiet mornings!

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What are your kid’s favorite books!? I’m always looking for suggestions! Do you have any summer chores or goals to keep the boredom at bay?

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Dear Milo,

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A little over four years ago, I had 3 year old and 8 month old little boys. I started feeling sick and my gym pants seemed a little tighter than usual. It was around my birthday, in May, that I thought maybe I should take a pregnancy test. I was completely shocked when I saw those two lines show up, bright as day! Knowing my condition, and how hard we tried for Owen, you were the most unexpected, amazing surprise!

And now, looking back, I totally get why you came so quickly. You are one little boy who doesn’t like to be left behind. You started walking at 9 months old, and you potty trained yourself at 17 months old. You refused to wear a diaper and would only wear underwear! You used to always talk about being a “big boy,” and even now, you do your best to keep up with those big brothers of yours!

You are fast, and you love making sure we all know it! You are fearless! Last night, you jumped off the top bunk and scared me half to death! You don’t mind being dirty because you just don’t have time to be clean! You’re always on the move, and that’s what makes you so fun to be around! Milo, you are so funny. You love a good laugh!

And you know what my favorite thing is?

You are so loving and kind. You often hug me out of the blue, and tell me you love me. And you are so gentle and sweet with Lucy. I know you asked to marry her one day, but how about you just be the best big brother instead?

 

I love you and am so excited for you to be four! What a year this will be!

between him and me {Milo Says}

Milo is really at a fun age right now. He is a parrot and will repeat anything he hears which is totally cute, but you definitely have to be careful! He is such a loving, fun, chatty, goofball. He always runs, never walks, is still obsessed with monkeys, and just loves exploring the world around him. He is my little shadow and I love his guts.

Here are some of the funny things he’s been saying lately:

While riding in the car:
Milo: “Mom, there’s a sticker in the van!”
Me: “What’s that sticker doing in here?”
Milo: “STICKIN'”

While looking at a cut on his finger:
“My blood is bloodin’!”

Because people always ask his brothers what grade they’re in, or how school is going Milo now says this to inform people he, too, goes to “class”:
“I’m 2. I go to the gym”

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Sometimes (okay, a lot of times), two year olds say funny things…
“I can walk because I have legs. I am not a tree.”
“Mom, I need to go potty before your brain starts to hurt.”
“Sometimes you go poopy at the Y (ymca). I love going poopy at the Y. Mom, that’s a lot of poop…that’s a copperhead poop!”
Me: “We should eat at Hot Point Deli for lunch!”
Owen: “I don’t wanna eat a popcorn belly!”

Between Him and Me {wisdom from a two year old}

Sometimes two year olds say funny things…
When drawing picture (above):
Owen: “This is the (s)pot where you can die. This is the (s)pot where you can play. This is the (s)pot where you can get in to earth.”
Me: “Why would you die in that spot?”
Owen: “Because earth has a door!”
After getting his shoes on:
“I’m real now!”
During dinner:
“The asphalt was a bathtub but there was no basket on the pole. There was a ladder inside the asphalt and there was no water onto the tops.”