Aidan, Creating Memories, Reading

Aidan’s June Book Review

Each day Aidan and I read about four or five books. I always look forward to our reading time together. Lately, we have been on an animal book kick. Aidan loves when I make each animal sound. He does his best to imitate me, but usually they end up sounding like DaDa or high pitched squeals.  I thought I would choose three of the animal books we have read this month, and review them. 

The first two books are part of Aidan’s own book collection. They are Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle. 


Giraffes Can’t Dance is about a giraffe named Gerald who wants to dance at the annual Jungle dance. All of the other animals are graceful and very talented, except Gerald. With his long legs and wobbly knees, he is quite clumsy. When the other animals mock him, Gerald goes off and learns to dance on his own with the help of an inspirational friend and the moon music. Aidan loved looking at the bright illustrations of this book and followed along to the rhyming story. This is a book we will read over and over again. 

Little Blue Truck is a book about helping others and making new friends. Blue, an old pickup truck gets stuck in the mud when he is helping push a grumpy dump truck out of the mud. When Blue gets stuck, a group of farm animals he befriended along the way, gather together to help both trucks get unstuck. This book is a favorite of Aidan’s, because he recognizes certain farm animals from his GiGi and PaPa’s farm. Whenever he sees a cow or a cat, he gets very excited and tried to pet the picture. Aidan loves anything to do with animals and trucks, so this book was a perfect read. 

The final animal book I have chosen is called, There Might Be Lobsters, by Carolyn Crimi. I absolutely adored this book and will have to buy it for our own library. Aidan’s GiGi was the one who picked this book out, when we visited the public library together. 


There Might Be Lobsters, is a book about a little dog named Sukie who has a lot of anxiety when it comes to the beach. Instead of enjoying the sand and water with her owner Eleanor, she sits back on a towel in fear of a stray beach ball or lobster. When her stuffed monkey Chunka Munka is in danger, she puts all her fears behind her and realizes the beach isn’t so scary after all. This book is full of charming illustrations and is a fun read aloud for all ages. 

I love that Aidan enjoys looking at books just as much as I enjoy reading them to him. It is always such a pleasure when we find a book we both adore. These three books can be treasured by all ages. If you have a favorite animal book, please comment below. I am always looking for new book ideas for Aidan. 

Happy Reading,

Molly

Aidan, Arts and Crafts, Creating Memories, Family, Motherhood

Tie Dye With The Tyke 

As summer draws near, Aidan is in need of some new play clothes. My child is growing like a weed! I decided to buy some cheap, white onesies I wouldn’t mind him getting dirty or torn up. I bought a three pack from Walmart for $6.79. 

Rather than leaving them a boring white color, I found a recipe on Pinterest to make my own tie dye. Since these outfits would be worn by the little man, he of course had to help dye them. In fact, we made it a family affair. First I took all three onesies and soaked them for thirty minutes in a bowl of 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar. 

After they finished soaking, I wrung them out and twisted them into different designs and tied them with twine. I didn’t have any rubber bands so I used what I had on hand. I then took a muffin tin and filled it with water. Using food coloring I picked up for $2 at Walmart, I placed five drops of each color in the tin cups and mixed with a spoon. I mixed red and yellow to get an orange dye and blue and red to make a purple dye. 

I also covered my counter in a trash bag to prevent stains. After the colors were mixed it was time to start tie dying. We let Aidan go first. We tried to get him to dip the onesie in the colors, but he ended up throwing it at them instead. For the parts he wasn’t able to dip himself, we had him point to the color he wanted us to use and I dipped it for him. 


Nathan and I each designed a onesie as well. This was the first time Nathan has ever tie dyed anything. It was a fun experience to share with both my guys. After all the onesies were dyed, we placed them in ziplock bags. 


We let them sit overnight and then I washed them in cold water with 1/2 cup of salt. The salt is suppose to help the dye to set. After rinsing them under cold water and ringing them out, I let them air dry. I plan on washing them in the washing machine separately on cold, before Aidan wears them. Unfortunately after rinsing them, all the blues and greens washed out of the onesies. Now Aidan has three different style red onesies. With every new activity I try, there is always trial and error. Next time I will have to attempt something different, so some of the colors don’t rinse out. 

This activity was cheap and fun to do. By using food coloring I was able to let Aidan mess with the dye, without worrying about him swallowing anything dangerous. I absolutely love doing fun activities with my family. It not only creates lasting memories, but allows us to spend time together. Plus, Aidan now has three new outfits! If you try out this activity, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I would love to see pictures of your designs. 

Happy crafting, 

Molly

Aidan, Creating Memories, Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting

Finding Balance 

Over the past two weeks my son has learned to crawl and pull himself up using furniture. This of course means he is exploring every nook and cranny in our house. I love that he is so inquisitive and wants to learn. I do not love all the bumps and bruises he gets as he does so. As a new mom, I am trying to find a balance between being too over protective and allowing my child to be independent. I do not want to become one of those helicopter moms, but I also don’t want my son to get hurt. Does this mean I allow him to roam the house alone? Absolutely not. It means, I watch him as he explores and plays independently, because I want him to learn how to problem solve and recognize cause and effect. While I have thought about getting him a helmet and bubble wrapping the furniture, I have decided to go a different route. Rather than child proofing my house, I am going to child proof Aidan. While I still have outlet plugs and cabinet locks, I am not going to put away my pretties. Even at 8 months old he understands when he is doing something he shouldn’t be. My husband and I are teaching him early on, what he can and cannot play with. I do not want him growing up feeling like he is living in a museum. Even from an early age, Aidan has shown interest in how things around the house work. I do not want to take that desire to learn and explore away from him. While we will not allow him to get into any dangerous situations, by giving him independence at this age we are helping nurture his love of exploration and adventure. I hope as he grows older, this thirst for knowledge evolves. Nathan and I look forward to joining Aidan on all his adventures. One is never too old to explore and learn!

Molly

Aidan, Creating Memories, Family, Motherhood

Lions, Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

One of the best parts of growing up in St. Louis, is visiting the zoo. This past weekend, I was able to share in my son’s first experience at the world famous St. Louis Zoo. Aidan loves looking at pictures of animals in books, but getting to see them in person was a whole new experience. It was a perfect day to visit the zoo as a family. My dad and his wife Debby were able to join us, which is always an added bonus. Aidan loves spending time with his Grandpa and MiMi. 


Our first stop was the reptile house, which is my least favorite exhibit. Aidan was in awe of the big snakes and the turtles. Nathan held Bubba and I snapped pictures. I wasn’t going to get any closer to the snakes than I had to. 

We then went to the primate house, where Aidan decided he would take his afternoon nap. While Aidan slept, the rest of us were entertained by the leaping lemurs. He woke up just as we reached the giraffes, my favorite animal. 


We couldn’t get him to stay still for pictures, he kept wanting to get closer to the animals. After chasing Debby’s flyaway hat, we moved onto the sea lions. 


This was the first time I had seen the new sea lion enclosure. If you haven’t been to the St. Louis Zoo and visited the sea lions, you need to drop everything you are doing and go! It is such a wonderful experience. The sea lions swim right up to the glass and try to play with you. When you walk under the tunnel they swim and splash over you. This had to be Aidan’s favorite part of his visit. He pressed his face against the glass and was trying to pet them, like they were his dog. His expressions made my day. He had the biggest smile on his face. His smiles and giggles kept getting bigger as we finished our visit by looking at the hippos, elephants and gorillas. 


To see such wonderment in your child’s eyes, makes your heart happy. We had an absolutely wonderful day with family, and enjoyed every minute of our visit to the zoo. I am definitely looking forward to when he is a little older and can start to recognize and name the animals. Our little man is getting so big and loves to learn and explore. Creating lasting memories is so important to Nathan and I. This weekend was such a joy for me as a mom. Not only did we introduce Aidan to a favorite place of mine, we were able to spend it with those we love. Nathan and I cherish every moment we have with our Bubba. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday! We sure did!


Lots of love and blessings,

Molly