More Favorite Kids Books

I got a few new books at the library recently and came across a couple books I wanted to share. It made me think of a few others I like. If you’ll recall, these were the last books I wrote about.

The first one is called Bugs Galore. I love love love this book. I am definitely going to buy it and any others by this author (I know there’s at least one about cars). They use a huge array of words for the kids to learn new vocabulary. The pictures are colorful and fun. I highly recommend this even as a gift for kids!

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Next up is one both of my girls adore Pout Pout Fish. Dannie likes to make fish faces and there’s a part that says “blub blub blub” and she loves saying it. She will bring me the book and sit in my lap and give me a fish face. Love it. On top of that cuteness, the book itself is adorable. More great words, lots of rhyming and fun repetition. And the pictures are, again, colorful and really fun.

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Soup Day is one of Maddie’s favorites right now. We got it from the library and it’s the first book she picks out for me to read to her. When I make vegetable soup, Maddie likes to help. We talk about all the vegetables that go into it. So when we are reading, she names all of the vegetables in the book. Granted, the girl will hardly look at vegetables when it comes to eating them, but at least she recognizes them.

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Next up is Doggone Feet. This isn’t my favorite, but Maddie definitely loves it. She wants me to read it almost as much as the soup book! Cute story, not the best pictures, but if the girls love it, it goes on the list!

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I came across this book while I was at Good Times Park one day. I think I was sold by the googly eyes. Smile-a-Saurus is so cute. It talks about all different feelings that the dinosaurs have. It’s fairly short and the girls both love the eyes. Really, the girls LOVE any book that have the little plastic popout features (ladybugs, eyes, strawberries, stars…). This book was a little hard to find. It’s not a very recent one, but I was glad I found a copy.

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For Maddie’s birthday, we got her some Doc McStuffins gear. So I got her a couple Doc McStuffins books. Chilly Catches A Cold is her current favorite. All of the Doc books have a really cute story and Maddie loves naming all the characters and seeing what needs to be fixed in each story. And Doc isn’t a princess, so YAY!

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My mom brought over the book Parts. Maddie thinks this book is really funny. I think she will appreciate more when she is older. But I get a kick out of it. This poor boy thinks he’s falling apart and imagines the things happening to his body. It’s really cute. There are a couple follow-up books…More Parts and Even More Parts. More Parts is funny. Even More Parts, not that great. But again, I think if your kids were a little older, they would really like these.

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These next two I haven’t read yet, but I have read really good reviews about them.

Charlie’s Snow Day is part of the Charlie the Dog series.  These books are by Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman. If you don’t know who she is, you should. She is hilarious and makes some of the most delicious looking food, she homeschools her kids and lives on a cattle ranch. Charlie is one of her dogs and I love that Charlie has gotten to become a series of books. Such a cute idea. I picked this one only because it is STILL winter here. But there are others, too.

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And finally, I Had A Favorite Dress. This reminds me of something Maddie will do…ask her grandma to make her favorite dress last longer. Again, I haven’t read this, but it caught my eye and I would love to find it at the library to see if Maddie likes it and read the story. But if you have a daughter (or granddaughter or niece or sister or friend) that has a favorite outfit, this might be a good book for her.

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There you have it. Another list of books. I’m hoping to keep doing this as I come across more books I love and the girls love, too. If you have any books you want me to add to this list let me know.

And I think at some point I’ll make a list of books to stay away from. Do you have any suggestions for that list? Smile

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Valentine’s Day

We went to a Valentine’s Day playdate and I had Maddie help me make valentines to give to her friends (we also gave some to a few family members and friends, too). She did a great job with her own and with Dannie’s.

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For Valentine’s Day this year, we got the girls a couple small gifts.

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Dannie wanted to kiss her owl…over and over and over.

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Chuck, as usual, picked out some amazing gifts for me. Look….a bouquet of kittens.

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He also got some custom-made M&Ms.

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I got Chuck a Build-Your-Own Internal Combustion Engine. He thought it was really fun and promptly put it together in his spare time over the next couple days.

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It was a great Valentine’s Day this year. We all loved our gifts!

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Playing With Gifts

Here are a few pictures of the girls playing with the gifts Maddie got for her birthday.

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Maddie’s New Bed

For Maddie’s birthday, we got her a new bed. Her crib was already converted into a toddler bed, but we thought she would enjoy a big girl bed. We got her the KURA bed from IKEA.  And she picked out some Doc McStuffins bedding a couple weeks before we got the bed.

Here she is enjoying her new bed! She looks so tiny sitting in it.

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Looking at the bed from the door.

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Such a big girl.

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This is looking up from the bed.

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I had these paper balls hanging in her corner. I need to move them slightly, but for now they are cute to look at above the bed.

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And Maddie hasn’t forgotten that I said I would paint her room pink. She asked about it just the other day. I guess I should get around to doing that one of these days. Smile

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“Reading”

Maddie has been really into “reading” books to Dannie. Her favorite books to read are two that we have been reading to Dannie at bedtime since she was just a baby. Maddie now has them memorized and likes to hold to book and “read” to Dannie at bedtime. She’s really good to make sure she even shows Dannie the pictures!

The other day, I couldn’t get over how sweet her “reading” was, so I decided to get it on tape to share. So, here you have it. Maddie “reading” Dannie’s bedtime books.

See….just the sweetest little thing! Oh, and speaking of books, I have a list of some new favorite kid books that I need to write about. I am pretty excited by these, so that will be coming soon.

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Science!

Chuck’s mom and sister always come up with such fun gifts for the girls. For Maddie’s birthday, they put together a science kit for her! We went out to dinner at Pizza Ranch (Maddie’s favorite place to go) and then we Skype’d with Chuck’s mom in Florida while Maddie opened her present!

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Maddie even let Dannie help a little.

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And here’s our adorable niece being a ham for the camera.

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And here are a couple videos of Maddie and Chuck playing with the science kit.

Thank you Linda and Paige for the amazing gift! I know Maddie (and Chuck) will love it as we learn all the fun projects inside the box!

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

The other night we made these Mexican Stuffed Peppers. They were really easy and really tasty. We had them for dinner, I had them for lunch and then we had some with dinner tonight. And we still have a couple left (I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow!).

First you cook the onions and quinoa.

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While the onion/quinoa cooks, add the enchilada sauce to a pan, cut and prep the peppers and prep your other ingredients.

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Then mix everything together.

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Then stuff the peppers with your tasty stuffing mix.

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Then add cheese, cover and put into the oven to bake.

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After they are done, uncover and enjoy!

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Chuck thought they needed a little more spice, but I thought they were perfect. I would love to make this for dinner for people that like Mexican food. I know we will be making these again!

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Oodles Of Presents

Maddie was one spoiled loved little girl this year for her birthday. We didn’t end up opening presents at the birthday party because I invited so many people. But we took lots of pictures of her opening them. If you don’t want to see all the pictures….feel free to skip this post. And if you want to see her opening your present, scroll to find yours!

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Thank you again for all the wonderful gifts!

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Bared To You

On the recommendation of a friend, I read this book. She said it was similar to Shades of Grey, but she liked it better. Since it was available through the library, I thought I would give it a try.

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Here’s a link to the book on Amazon and here is a synopsis.

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private worlds…and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

It was, um, detailed. Since I haven’t read Shades of Grey, I can’t actually compare them. I’m a sucker for a series, so I’ll probably read the other two books. Then I’ll probably have to read Shades of Grey so I can compare them.

Have you read either of these series? What did you think of them?

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Maddie’s 3rd Birthday Party

For Maddie’s birthday this year (which yes, was almost a month ago now), we went to Good Times Park. It was a ton of fun and I invited so many friends and family. Everyone had a great time and I was worried about how her party would go for nothing.

Some of the kids playing with the building blocks.

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Maddie and Chelsea love each other and didn’t stray too far from each other all morning.

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Chelsea was sad when Maddie went to play with her other friend. Poor girl!

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Jumping!

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Dannie wanted to hang out with mommy.

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Time to eat! We got a ton of pizza and Chuck’s wonderful math skills left us with only a small amount of leftovers.

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After all that playing, everyone was happy to eat!

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Then it was time for cake!

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Oops…mommy forgot the crown!

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Someone got a little shy when everyone was singing to her.

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Dannie loved her cake and loves eating with silverware.

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Maddie having cake with Grandma Vicki, AKA: “Dama Wicki”.

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After cake, we made sure everyone got a goody bag, dug into our suckers and headed home for naps!

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That evening, we ran a couple errands and let Maddie pick where she wanted dinner. No surprise at all, she picked Noodles…her favorite place to eat! She also wanted to dress in her new Doc McStuffins attire.

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It was a wonderful day and our little big girl told us “thank you for the birthday party. It was so much fun!” And we are so thankful to all our friends and family that helped make this a great day, coming to celebrate, the generous gifts and making our Maddie feel loved!

There were so many gifts that we decided to open gifts at home. I will do a separate post of all the gifts she got so you can see her opening them. She loved them all!

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