Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What I think about...Read and Share: Stories about Jesus

Recently I was sent the children's book Read and Share: Stories about Jesus by Gwen Ellis to review for the BookSneeze program.  I absolutely LOVE getting new books for Little L (you should see her book collection) so I was excited to see this book is a big board book which means it can take the beatings that she sometimes dishes out on her books.  

Here is a description from the BookSneeze website about this book:

From the bestselling Read and Share® Bible, 13 stories from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. These time-honored favorites include: The Man Who Ate Locusts, John Baptizes Jesus, Jesus Heals a Sick Boy, Jesus Brings a Girl Back to Life, Jesus Walks on Water, Jesus Loves the Children, Zacchaeus, A Blind Man Sees Again, Jesus Stops a Storm, One Lost Sheep, Jesus' Best Friends, One Man Says Thank You, and Jesus Goes to Heaven.

One of the things I like about this book is the fact that each story is only a page or two long which makes it just the right length to keep my 2 year old daughter's attention.  She isn't quite at the point for wanting to read through the whole book at once but it is set up quite nicely to be able to just read one or two stories at a time.  I think my favorite feature is the think about questions that they have after each story.  While they are a little too much for my daughter now (and some are a little bit much for even a 4 year old in my opinion), I think they will be great conversation starters in the near future! They are simple questions that really get to the heart of the story and help apply it to a toddler's life.  This is definitely a great addition to our book collection!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Little L's First Hair Cut

About a month ago, I finally took Little L in for her first haircut!  I had been putting it off because I wanted her to have her bangs grow out (and  not have to keep getting them trimmed all the time) and I was really loving her hair getting long.  However, she was definitely getting a duck tail going on in the back and since those kind of went out with the 80's I decided to clip it off before I got her 2 year pictures taken (I'll put those up in a few days!).  Since I am NOT a hair stylist and Little L's hair is so fine, I do not trust myself to cut it so we went into a kid's salon in Maple Grove called Snip Its.  It's a really cute place and since it was our first time there I had a coupon (of course) so it was very reasonably priced.  Plus, they even gave us a little certificate with a lock of Little L's hair!

The salon is super fun looking with lots of bright colors and cartoon characters so that made it really inviting.  We were the only ones there at that time too, which made it easy for Little L to roam and kind of make herself at home.  She wasn't too interested in sitting in the chair at first but once we got her a dumdum sucker and a puzzle, she was good to go!  The stylist did a great job and I am loving Little L's cute little blonde bob!  

The first cut!

The fun animal puzzle kept her busy!

Like her blue lips!?!

Checking herself out in the mirror

And they even added a cute red bow to top off her cute cut!  (Unfortunately that bow didn't last in her hair too long!)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jump Around!

To celebrate my birthday my girlfriend invited us over to their house for dinner, homemade cheesecake (YUM) and fun. (this was a few weeks ago of course so please excuse my tardiness in posting!) As a Christmas present for their kids they had gotten an inflatable jumping house and they had it set up in their living room that night. So while the adults were chatting and playing the game "would you rather" (you know, "would you rather live in a mansion you could never leave or be homeless and free to roam the world"), the kids were jumping around!

All the kids had fun but I think Little L was the most hooked that night! She was junping so much she got super sweaty and we had to take her sweatshirt off! After the kids were all worn out my girlfriend went to deflate it and Little L got really sad so we left it up for her to jump in for awhile all by herself. If we had a finished basement or we lived somewhere that was warm more than it was cold (which is not MN! Hello negative 6 as the actual temp this morning!) we would definitely be putting one of these on our wish list!

Here are the pictures from that night!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yet Another Trip to the Children's Museum

A few weeks ago, I met up with a girlfriend of mine that I met back when I worked at Club 3 Degrees.  Her daughter, Sweet S, is 3 and such a cutie!  We met at the children's museum and since it was Sweet S's first time at the museum Little L was excited to show her all around!  It was so fun to watch them together!  They were holding hands and gave each other such nice hugs when we left!  So fun!  (And if you can't tell, we are LOVING our membership to the MN Children's Museum!)

I have to explain this picture...Sweet S wanted to take a picture of us and we didn't think she was doing it right since it wasn't flashing...it turns out she had been taking a video of us!  It was too funny!  After we figured that out she snapped this beauty of the two of us!

We went into the craft room since we knew Sweet S would be lovin the crafts.  Little L had lots of fun too!  Especially since they had ping pong balls, puff balls, balls made out of aluminum foil, balls made out of paper... (are you seeing the pattern!)  :)