So many balloons!
This photo accompanies my Dr. Seuss story on Huffington Post.
(No matter how tired or angry or sad we get, we never skip book time at night.)
My boys made a Lego version of their mom and then added little versions of themselves for her to hold—blue cap is Boone, red conical hat is Wyatt. They even nailed the facial expressions.
(I won’t point out the little dudes here look like the weird creature from “Eraserhead.”)
At the boys’ bedtime, I sometimes make up stories about two princes. They live in massive castle in the heart of a beautiful kingdom with many different types of territories. Of course, there’s a king and a queen, too.
They also have a dragon for a best friend. They go on all sorts of adventures and, like most stories worth telling, they usually learn something along the way. Here are a few of the story titles and what the characters learned in each…
- The Two Princes & The Dragon (in which where they first meet their friend, lesson: treat others as individuals)
- The Two Princes & The Shark King (lesson: be kind and polite)
- The Two Princes & The Very Long Hot Dog (lesson: listen to and learn from others)
- The Two Princes & The Wagon On The Steeple (lesson: think before you act)
- The Two Princes & The Korfball Tournament (lesson: don’t cheat)
- The Two Princes & The Octopus (lesson: help others)
- The Two Princes & The Very Pretty Gems (lesson: save your money for something you really want)
Anyway, I drew this picture of the titular princes and their dragon friend for Wyatt and Boone.
Since I posted this, I’ve added a handful of new stories. The last one, The Two Princes & The Dragon-Drawn Carriage, was full of stunts adventure and a few jokes. After telling it, the boys were so happy, I decided to make a book version of one of the stories for them to read.
They’re getting better and better at reading and can make it through some level 1 books on their own. I’m going to do the first story (listed above) using simple words they can figure out.
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The boys did self-portraits at LACMA yesterday. As you can see, Boone (left) spent a little more time on his than Wyatt (right) who decided playing freeze tag in the courtyard was a better use of his abilities.
Another batch taken by the babysitter. What a little heart breaker…
Boone and Wyatt are looking more and more alike as they get older, but this is the best way to tell them apart. (Both the eye color and the energy level.)
Dear Finn, this is your brother. He was born today. It’s your job to help, teach, protect and play with him. Welcome him. He is a part of you, as are to him. When your mom and I are gone, you’ll have each other. And that gives me great satisfaction.
YAY! And awwwww.
This Xmas tree decorating session is much less disastrous than last year. Still disastrous, just less.