From the moment I learned to read, books have been one of my favorite gifts to receive for Christmas and birthdays.
So I was happy Little Ricky received and liked so many books for Christmas!
Here's what Santa, family and friends gifted him with...
Little Ricky loves the rhythm and rhyme in this book and I love the hilarious story of little chimps who sneak out to go dancing at the nearby jungle club. Similar to "Five Little Monkeys", one by one something happens so that by the end you just have one little chimp dancing. And then Mama Chimp shows up! Mommies will really love how this book ends!
Thanks, Nan Nan!
And the part where the animals brush their teeth often reminds Mommy and Daddy that, OOPS! We forgot to brush Little Ricky's teeth! So not only is it a great book, it's helping us in the dental hygiene department too!!!
The bright colors in Lemons Are Not Red have made this book a big hit with my little guy! Each page features a die cut shape on top of the wrong color for that object. When the page is turned the die cut object is now laying on top of the correct color. A fun way to start learning our colors!!
We have kept in touch with her mom (another lovely, kind woman) and were so touched when she sent these books to Little Ricky for Christmas.
The first, The Armadillo from Amarillo, follows an armadillo as he travels the great state of Texas. The illustrations are amazing and really capture the place I still consider home.
And now on to February. You've probably figured out by now that I love holiday themed books, so here's what we're reading to celebrate Valentine's Day!
And now for me! I received a couple of books for Christmas and actually made time to read them. So nice; I miss reading.
My Mommy Hung the Moon was my Christmas gift from Little Ricky. I LOVE Jamie Lee Curtis' children's books and this one is extra special with its message of unconditional love between a mommy and her kiddo.
I didn't find this to be as fun a read as Eat, Pray, Love (no chapters on gorgeous Italian food, sadly), but I did enjoy learning more about the history of marriage. I especially found interesting the information on early marriage and how it's really not what the anti-gay marriage folks want you to believe it to be. It might behoove them to read this book and discover that waaaaaaaayyyyy back in the day the Christian church was ANTI marriage. (They wanted everyone to be celibate.) So there goes that "that's the way it's always been and the way the church has always wanted it" argument.
Okay, off my soap box.
In this book, she has just ended (not by her choice) an extramarital affair and is learning to be a butcher. As she learns this new craft she also attempts to figure out what it is she wants relationship-wise. And let me tell you, she's a twelve year old. The ridiculous lengths she goes to to try to get her ex-lover to take her back made me want to reach through the page and strangle her. Middle of the night texts, driving past his apartment, sending him gifts when he has made it clear he is done. Is she an adult or a junior high girl?
And notice, none of this was done trying to win her husband back. He's no saint either, but after reading both of her books I think Jesus himself would have problems living with her.
So it sounds like I hated this book, right? I really didn't. It was very interesting and even while hating her, I wanted to know how it all turned out.