This moment: reading in the loo

January 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This moment: reading

I’ve been waiting for this for a while now. I heard Bug’s little voice reading herself books on the potty while I cleaned up from dinner. The best part, she was reading “Doggies” by Sandra Boyton which cosists mostly of different dog barking sounds. It’s funny to hear her interpretation. There is always a lot of reading in our bathroom, but usually my presence is required for the pint sized visitors. New independence around every corner these days. This moment was sweeter than when she locked herself in the bathroom stall at Costco yesterday.

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Inspiring inside spaces

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

All of this time hiding inside from the cold weather gets me dreaming about nesting in our house. I spend way to much time finding inspiring ideas on other blogs. Here are a few of my favorites.

writing center from Modern Parents Messy Kids

this is such a lovely set up for encouraging and fostering a love of writing. Check out the post on Modern Parents Messy Kids to read more about the set up. This is a given for our household. Little Bug already “knows” how to hold a pencil, or at least her proud parents think so when it happens by chance.

Montessori water station from Sew Liberated

I love this idea. Little Bug has been drinking out of a glass since she was 7 or 8 months old and water is one of her favorite signs. However, sometimes there is a long trial and error of which glass she wants to drink out of. Little Bugs glass? or her mug? or mamas glass? or the one in the dish drainer? I’m all for giving kiddos more choices and control. Meg has a great explanation in her post of the set up and why it’s not so crazy to give your toddler free access to glass cups and water. Be prepared for spills and an exuberant drinker until the novelty wears off. We might still be a few months away from this one. It will give us time to get all of the bathroom fixtures out of our kitchen and into the newly remodeled bathroom, cross your fingers.

Nature corner from Sew Liberated

These last two of both from Sew Liberated. I originally found Meg’s blog when she shared her son Finn’s Montessori inspire room, just one of the many beautiful and thoughtful spaces in her house.

 

reading canopy from Jani Photography

I can’t remember where I first saw this, or maybe I heard about it and made up a picture in my head. This is a cute shot of photographer and mama Jani‘s daughter at home enjoying a book. Hoe doesn’t like a cozy space? This would be the easiest of the spaces to create. Ikea sells a couple of different canopies. The Himmel canopy is so cute with the clouds dangling, no? Or a couple of yards of tulle and a cross stitch hoop (there are soooo many of these at the thrift stores every time I go) would make a fast and easy canopy. I just haven’t decided where to put it. Little Bugs room is quite small and we mostly spend time up there for diapering, sleeping, and laundry. So perhaps a corner of the living room would be more accessible for the burgeoning bibliophile.

happy new year

January 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

books by color

Lars gave me permission to organize all of the books by color on our shelves. I think it looks fantastic, much more organized looking than when they are alphabetical or by genre. Not that they were really organized before anyway. I usually walk around our place and stuff random books back on the shelves so if they were organized when we moved in it fell apart long ago. Lars even organized the DVDs by color too. I organized his DVDs like that in collage and his roommate laughed and proceeded to place them back in alphabetical order. Thanks Lars for embracing the color spectrum book order. We also cleaned in the morning so everything feels fresh and new for the start of 2009.

Best wishes to everyone this year!

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