If you are looking for a fun and simple Valentine's Day activity to do with your toddler or preschooler, check out the free activity below.
It's great practice with scissors and a simple but creative way for them to get excited for Valentine's Day!
We plan to pass them out with little candies attached to neighbors and relatives. <3
HOW TO GET THE FREE ACTIVITY:
- Right click the image below
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- Save to desktop and then open the file to print
Let the cutting and coloring begin!
When you think about love and family what pops into your head? Your first thought was probably your kids. No matter how your family was formed you have unconditional love for your children and that is what is so incredible to me.
When you enter parenthood you often have a story to tell about how you became a mom or dad. As a mother, I have experienced bringing a child into the world through adoption and I’ve also given birth and each of my kids has a different arrival story. For me, the love was immediate. It bursted from me like nothing I have ever experienced. In that instant I knew that this love I felt could never be taken away and could never be changed. With each child my heart grew to allow for each of them to take up equal space.
Having read adoption books, pregnancy books and a bunch of online articles about adoption and biological births I found that not every mother experiences the same timeline for love. There are so many circumstances that slow down the love process. Now, I’m not saying love isn’t there. What I am saying is that it isn’t as instant.
In adoption there are a lot of moving parts so sometimes love isn’t instant, love must grow. First, a bond must be created and then the love follows. The age of the child and whether or not the adoptive parents have experienced loss can be a factor. They simply want to protect their hearts and love is something that grows over time.
In biological births it is not uncommon for women to experience prepartum and postpartum depression. Depression shows up uninvited and can rob a woman from enjoying her pregnancy and her baby once she delivers. For many women experiencing depression, the love doesn’t just snap into place. It may take time.
There is a quote I found back when we were going through our adoption process that has always stuck with me. I don’t know who wrote it but it was so fitting at the time and still is to this day.
“This is the start of a sweet little story, the part where your page meets ours. No matter where your tale takes you tomorrow, our story will always read, love.”
Give love, grow love, be love.
If you are looking to add to your kid’s book collection this Valentine’s Day check out these eight sweet books about love and kindness. My kids love them and I know your kids will to!
As parents of young children know, toddlers can sometimes be crazy. Through everything, their parents still love them. This children's book describes the quirky struggles of parenting toddlers and demonstrates what unconditional love looks like.
What my kids love about it: They love being able to read it along with me. Obviously we are a bit biased since I wrote this book but it's repetition in wording on each page allows your child to participate in the book by reciting the last two lines with you. My kids love it.
A mother reassures her child that, no matter what the child may change into--be it rhinoceros, camel, ringtail raccoon, or giraffe--the mother will recognize the child anywhere.
What my kids love about it: They love the animal illustrations and the gentle rhythm this book has when reading. It is a wonderful choice to read before bed.
A day in the life of parent and child--full of smiles and giggles, messes and meals, boundless energy and well-earned rest. Not to mention lots of love. Here, in simple rhyming verse accompanied by colorful, playful illustrations by world-renowned artist Satomi Ichikawa, is one such day. Share it with others and treasure the memories.
What my kids love about it: They love the playful illustrations and the kindness of the words on each page. This is a snuggle up and read kind of book.
Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen's fun fish story that's sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.
What my kids love about it: They love how fun it is to read. This book has a wonderful rhythm and my kids love to read it with me by repeating the, "blub, blub, blub" lines.
If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.
What my kids love about it: They love how sweet this book is. The animals and playful illustrations will be a hit with your kids too.
With adorable art, Zoe Waring's story of making the most out of your physical limitations is sure to win hearts. No Hugs for Porcupine is filled with love and friendship.
What my kids love about it: They love this story and the adorable porcupine and other animal illustrations. This is a relatively new addition to our book collection but it has quickly become a favorite.
Offers a look at the special bond between mother and child as a mother bunny provides reassurance to her little one through demonstrations of love and affection.
What my kids love about it: They love reading this book before bed. It's a soft, sweet book with cuddly animal illustrations.
Perfect for snuggling in to read together, I'll Love You Always is a beautiful rhyming promise of love from Mark Sperring brought to sweetest life by bestselling illustrator Alison Brown, and is perfect to share with anyone you'll love.
What my kids love about it: They love how the book rhymes and the cute phrases. It's been a fun book to read when we need a quick chill out time.
I’m just going to say it so it’s out there. We don’t do Elf on the Shelf. I have no ill will for those who do it because I do think the idea behind it is super cute. It was just too much for me to commit to.
I’m one of those people that don’t have a favorite color, don’t have a favorite show; I don’t have a favorite band. Simply put I just can’t commit to a frivolous thing for an extended period of time. I might start out strong but I’m just one of those sparkle and fade people. Not proud of it but that’s just who I am.
I knew that I would start out super ambitious with the Elf-thing and then right as the kids were getting really into it I’d end up making up some stupid story about how Santa was short staffed in his workshop and needed all the elves back to make toys. That’d be my way out of having to move the dang thing each night. It all played out in my head before I could even get the Elf box in my cart, so I passed.
Now that the boys are old enough I find myself wanting to have something to lean on when all their crazy comes out. I can’t say Elfy is watching when we don’t even have an elf. It's much easier to convince them that they're being watched when something is physically in the house to do it. So, I see the benefits of having a tiny man hanging around keeping an eye on your kids. Lord knows that this life sized mom can’t always rally the troops when needed.
The other day they both started to circle the drain and I wanted to let them know that presents were not a guarantee and that there really is a naughty and nice list. I needed a partner and since my husband wasn’t home to tap me out of the wrestling ring I needed the big man in red. I shouted, “That’s it! I’m calling Santa.”
The look on their faces was a cross between someone who just saw a ghost and someone who is trying to hold in a fart. They didn’t know what to do but they definitely knew that I wasn’t messing around. Get it together kids; mommy has Santa on speed dial.
Once I had their attention I laid down the law. If they couldn’t listen, couldn’t be kind and start respecting their toys then I’d call Santa and tell him all about their troubles. Santa is always watching but just in case he had to tend to a sick reindeer or one of his elves needed his help I had his number and could give him a call with a full update.
Not saying I’m particularly proud of what happened but sometimes as a parent you have to use what’s available to you in order to help get your kids back on track. Thanks to Christmas we get to use Santa and his elves.
Thanks Santa, I’ll leave out some extra cookies and spiked egg nog for you.
I have a lot of people tell me that I must have my hands full with three kids so close in age. Most of the time they are strangers in the checkout lane that love to make comments as I am shuffling my kids through the line all while trying to keep my cool as they attempt to get a five-finger discount on all the little toys and candies. Its times like these that I just want to blurt out to that stranger, “thank you captain obvious.”
I think going out of the house is one of those necessary evils. We need food but I often wonder how badly since whatever I make usually just makes its way to the floor where our dog feasts instead of into their little mouths. I know there are a million parents out there that are going through the exact same thing. It’s maddening.
This week has been particularly challenging because my daughter has decided she’s just going to cry all day. I think its teeth but who really knows at this age?! At almost two years old she doesn’t exactly have a stellar vocabulary. So I keep guessing, and when I can’t guess anymore I cave and just give her the pacifier. This is #thirdkidproblems since I would have never done that with the boys. For them, pacifiers were for sleeping only. Man, I was a tough cookie. Not so much anymore.
As we were putting the kids to bed last night they asked that I stay after our bedtime routine was over to just lay with them. I had to pause for a second, because after a long day I had wanted to go downstairs and have some alone time. At that moment I was hit by an emotional bus. I thought about how these were the moments that I had longed for while we were trying to have kids. I wanted cozy snuggles at bedtime and little arms wrapping my legs as they ran like maniacs through the house. Five years ago I would have given anything to have a kid whine at me that they didn’t like their dinner.
All parents get caught up in the daily grind. Work, school, and kid chaos can take its toll on us and we forget about why we wanted kids to begin with. We don’t do it intentionally but we just get stuck in the routine and the quagmire of kiddom.
Sometimes we all just need a little reminder as to why we wanted these tiny humans to begin with. My reminder came last night when I really wanted a glass of wine but stayed and snuggled my little monsters instead.
You can hear and see it for the first time on video! Please check it out and if you like what you hear order your copy online!
Amazon.com reader reviews:
“Such a sweet book to read to your little ones.”
“Such a precious message to share with little ones! Quickly became a family favorite!”
“Love this book! My son and I read it together for a bedtime story. Especially close to my heart since I adopted a few kiddos.”
“This book is adorable! We have read this book every night to our kids and they absolutely love it! This is a must have book!”
As adoptive parents, my husband and I are very open about our journey through adoption. We always want to be very transparent with our family and friends when it comes to our oldest son's adoption. The reason is because there are no secrets. The openness and honesty will continue with our son as he matures and has more questions about his story. We want to make sure that our family and friends are also able to navigate this journey with us as he grows.
We get a lot of questions about whether or not we have told our son if he is adopted. The answer is always, yes. We started the conversation before our son could even talk. We’d sit with him at night and tell him his story. His story is rightfully his and he should know it.
Every child has a birth story and every child has a natural curiosity about who they are and how they came to be. By starting our son’s story before he even knew he had one has allowed us to keep the conversation open and fluid. There is no big reveal, there is just his story told by his parents who love him more than life.
Right now all of our children just want to hear about how they came into the world. We have good stories for each of them.
Our oldest came out looking blue and I was the first one to hold him after his tummy mommy gave birth to him and the nurses made sure he was ok. He was blueish from being in the birth canal for so long. He gets a big kick out of the fact that he was blue.
Our middle came out after an unplanned C-section and he had swallowed his meconium. Obviously, as a three year old he thinks it is absolutely hilarious that he swallowed poop.
Our youngest was the doozy of the bunch. She was a planned C-section that went totally wrong and I ended up completely under with no memory of her birth. I came out loopy and her daddy was the first one to hold her.
Each of them have their own story and we plan to continue to tell them their stories and answer questions they may have about our family as they grow. We know that the questions from our oldest son will get harder. My hope is that we will be able to give him all the answers he is looking for. If we can’t, then we’ll find a way to get them.
Ours will be an evolving story that we will continue to speak about with openness and honesty for all who ask.
My hope is that you ask, because I truly believe that everyone benefits when they have information to understand.
Are you traveling with your kids this holiday season? If you are, sorry about that. It's a necessary evil when you have loved ones all over the country. Let's hope Aunt Betty has a stiff drink waiting for you.
My family has put in a lot of miles and I've got some tips that might help you navigate this holiday season.
1. Snacks: You literally can't pack enough snacks. Pack what you think you'll need and then double it. Don't forget candy! I'm not above bribing my children. Hard candy is also great if you are flying. It'll be a distraction for takeoff and landing and will help with ear issues.
2. Leak proof water bottles: Unless you want to hear your kid complaining that their shirt is wet for an hour make sure their water bottle is leak proof. It also sucks when your diaper bag gets soaked. I'm not kidding. Do a test run at home.
3. Food storage containers: These are super handy as lunch trays, snack containers, and to help contain small toys in your kids lap. The lid makes clean-up and storage easy too.
4. Plastic grocery bags: Plastic bags can contain clothes after a poop explosion and when shirts and pants get wet. Use them as garbage bags, too. Heck, we've even had to use them as barf bags. Pack a ton of them.
5. Rest areas: If you're driving, know where the rest areas are. Most are easy-on, easy-off from the highway. Rest areas will also have more than one bathroom stall. Nothing is worse than having to wait in line at a gas station when your kid has to go RIGHT NOW.
6. Portable potty seat: In the rural parts of the country you may find rest areas and gas stations hard to come by. A portable kid potty will save you when you need to stop on the side of the road. If it's poop, use one of your handy plastic grocery bags to line the potty. It's disgusting, but as we all know, so are kids.
7. Clip boards: These are handy to keep paper in place and provide a hard backing to color. Tip; don't give your toddler markers. Use crayons or colored pencils. I learned this the hard way. My kid looked like a tattooed biker when we arrived at Grandmas.
8. Books: Physical books and digital books loaded to the tablet. Let your kids pick the books they want to bring. They'll be more interested in them. Maybe.
9. Shows: Movies, cartoons and games on their tablet. Netflix lets you download from a selection of movies and kid shows so you don't need wifi. Don't forget their headphones!
10. Avoid noisy toys: Obviously, they're annoying. After 15 minutes you'll want to pull your hair out of your head. Inevitably, it will be the only toy your kid will want to play with. Don't pack them!
Good luck and safe travels!
As a mom of three kids under four I know first hand the difficulties that having three kids can bring. Not just in the home but outside the home like grocery stores, restaurants and vehicles. The world's not built for 3 kids.
Here are eight reasons why:
1. Anatomy: You literally don’t have enough hands. You’ll be wearing one child, holding another's hand while pushing a grocery cart (that no one will sit in) while yelling out to the other child to stay where you can see them and to stop touching everything.
2. Shopping carts: You've seen them, the semi-truck of grocery carts. The bench seat attached to a cart. You'll be the idiot crashing into the center displays or taking out a rack of clothes because you can't turn the dang thing. This is assuming you are lucky enough to find one of these mysterious carts. They're out there but you need to get to the store when it opens to find one. You can try to avoid the cart dilemma by shopping at awesome stores like Costco and Aldi that have double cart seats but most days you'll be cramming all your kids into a stupid standard cart.
3. Cars: I hated minivans. There was nothing less cool than a van. I vowed I'd never drive one. Guess what kind of vehicle we have? You guessed it, a van. Unless you like self-torture just suck it up and get a van. Cars/SUV's are just not practical if you have more than two children. They are hard to get into and if you actually want to fit your children and all their stuff required for even an overnight visit somewhere just do yourself a favor and get a van.
4. Two-packs: Any kid item that comes in a two pack you’ll always need to buy more than one pack. This is so all your kids get an item. Cross your fingers for a BOGO deal. Even if you see a BOGO deal and don't need that item at the time, fill up your huge semi-truck cart with it anyway.
5. Restaurant seating: It’s either 4 or 6 seats. If you are brave enough to take your gaggle out to eat you'll be crammed at a small table or inevitably you'll have to wait for a 6 top to open up. This is when you should just skip a sit down restaurant and go through a drive thru in your awesome van.
6. Family vacation packages: We've all seen the ads for the "fun family 4 pack". This will never apply to you if you have three kids. The fifth person in your family will always make traveling more expensive.
7. Theme park rides: Speaking of vacations...looking at this one you're probably like, who cares! Trust me, this matters. Especially when your kids have to wait patiently for their turn to ride with mom or dad. Patiently, haha, thats funny. If your kids are big enough to ride the rides by themselves then the third kid gets stuck with a stranger, is alone or has to ride with you. Pass me the barf bag.
8. Strollers: Just like shopping carts your kids will never comfortably fit in a stroller together. You either trust the oldest to not dart out in front of moving cars or you end up looking like a freak and pushing a double stroller while wearing your youngest. They make triple strollers, but unless you have triplets you'll likely just make whatever you got at your first baby shower work.
So there you have it, eight solid reasons why the world isn't built for three kids.
Even though the struggle is real with three, have three kids anyway. I'll be here to laugh with you at the craziness of parenting three in a world built for two.
Let’s count your fingers you and me. Let’s count to see how many there could be!
One finger, two fingers, three fingers, four.
Five fingers, six fingers, seven fingers.
Eight fingers, nine fingers, ten fingers.
Ten fingers to wave and soar!
Let’s count your toes you and me. Let’s count to see how many there could be!
One toe, two toes, three toes, four.
Five toes, six toes, seven toes.
Eight toes, nine toes, ten toes.
Ten toes to STOMP the floor!
That was fun counting to ten! It was so much fun, let’s do it AGAIN!
2017 Copyright © JESSICA SIMON BOOKS
National Adoption Month is this month and I have been thinking a lot about adoption and how it has changed my life.
First, I am so thankful for adoption. This seems fairly obvious because adoption brought us our oldest son and the privilege of becoming parents for the first time. I could not imagine life without him in it and I am thankful everyday for his birth mom who made the toughest decision of her life and chose us to be his parents.
Second, adopting our son opened my eyes in so many ways to the situations and environments that children are brought into. National Adoption Month is a month to shine light on the needs for permanent families for children in foster care.
For me, it is also a month to shine light on those families who are thinking about adopting or in the process of adopting a child from any background (foster, international, domestic).
We went through an agency that worked exclusively with domestic infant adoption so much of what I write about and have experiences with is from that perspective. However, from speaking to other people who adopted in different ways a lot of the paperwork and emotional aspects are similar.
I like to break the adoption process down by trimesters because I feel like most everyone has an understanding of pregnancy but less people have an understanding of adoption. I also think people assume adoption is easy because there is a need for adoptive parents.
Let me assure you, it is not easy and that is by design. Although, it is very hard to understand the design while you are going through the mountain of paperwork. The point of the paperwork is so a child does not end up in a home with people who have less than loving intentions. Even the tremendous amount of paperwork fails a child sometimes.
Bottom line, the paperwork and process can suck and adoptive parents shouldn't be ashamed to say that. Just like a pregnant woman shouldn't be ashamed to complain about her sore back or exhaustion. I've complained about both. #sorrynotsorry
So, if you are considering adoption, you know people who are thinking about adopting or in the process of adopting a child here are a few things to consider.
1. The adoption process and paperwork is incredibly daunting and difficult. Just like the first trimester of a pregnancy the paperwork process is new and will be very overwhelming. The adoptive parents may not be creating a human life but they are building the foundation that will eventually lead to a child and both situations take an incredible amount of care and energy.
2. Waiting is the hardest part. The adoptive parents have completed the paperwork. They are feeling pretty good and are anxiously awaiting the call that will change their lives forever. This is when pregnant woman want to nest and just like them, adoptive parents want to nest too. They want to ready their home for a child. But when will the child come? The dream of adopting a child is closer than before, but no one really knows how close. The couple feels like if they buy too many things in preparation for a child, it could for some reason jinx the entire process. The waiting and wondering is intense.
3. Just because they have been matched, it doesn't mean that everything is final. The legal system needs to run its course. This means that a few things need to happen: The birth parents do not change their mind, birth parent parental rights need to be terminated and the legal adoption is finalized. This is like the third trimester of a pregnancy because the couple starts to feel the pressure and anxiety over welcoming and/or meeting their child for the first time. Except this trimester for adoptive parents is WAY longer than three months.
Adoptive parents are also running every single what-if scenario over and over in their heads. The hope is that the child that has been growing in their hearts for so many months is legally theirs and the weight of paperwork and the legal system will be lifted. That's the hope, but adoptive parents can also experience loss. Birth parents can change their minds, and the window for which they can cancel the adoption is different in each state.
My advice and I am quoting my husband: "Stay cautiously optimistic." Don't let the process take the joy out of what you are doing. You are building a beautiful family.
It's been one heck of a summer for my family. After spending 4 years in Milwaukee, WI we found out in July that my husband was being offered a job at a school in our home state of Michigan. We had been hoping for an assistant principal position and after many interviews in Wisconsin and Michigan the job in Grand Rapids was the right fit. We sold our house and packed up our lives at the end of August and made the jump over Lake Michigan. It was tough to say goodbye to our dear friends in Milwaukee but we are finally feeling settled here in Grand Rapids and are loving what our new home and this area has to offer.
What I'm most excited to share is that I've been working to get my fall and winter book tour scheduled. I'll be doing a story time and book signing at the locations below. I can't wait and I hope to see you there!
- November 4th at 10:00 AM, Cudahy Family Library in Cudahy, WI
- December 2nd at 10:30 AM, Becker Furniture in Fowler, MI
- January 5th at 9:15 AM, The Bookworm of Edwards in Edwards, CO
More details about each story time on my events page.
If you would like me to come to your local library or favorite book store please contact me!
I also speak at schools and would love to visit your child's classroom to do a reading/creative writing workshop.
Contact me, here!
Little kids are incredible. They have this ability to make you do ridiculous things just so you can see them smile and laugh. I had my first story time and book signing at the Oak Creek, WI Public Library this past weekend and it turned out to be so much better than I expected. I learned afterwards that the room was at fire code capacity with more than 70 adults and kids, whoa!
Going into it I just thought it would be my friends, my mom, my husband and our kids. So my expectations for attendance were pretty low.
I was shocked when people started to show up that I didn't know. That's when my nerves kicked in. I can sing nursery rhymes off key and act like a fool in front of my family and friends because they already know me. They know I'm goofy and awkward. They'll still love me if I fail (right?! lol). Not knowing the faces in the crowd made it a million times more intense. I HAD to sing and read to strangers and I HAD to do a good job. GULP.
After I was done with the story time portion of the program a sweet woman and her son came up to me and said,
"Are you a teacher? The reason I ask is because you have a really good way of presenting to the children. A great energy."
It really meant a lot to me that she said that. She was a stranger and because I was nervous to begin with her compliment made me feel like I didn't totally suck.
I know that with each time I speak or present a story time I will learn something. I'm new at this so I wanted to get these five things written down as a reminder to myself and maybe it will help some other people too.
Here are five things I learned from my first story time.
1 - Give your presentation or program to your own kids or family first.
This seems like an obvious one but sometimes presenting to your family is the hardest because they are the most critical. Do it anyway.
You'll be happy when you work out the kinks in front of them instead of strangers.
I presented mine to my mom and my own children. My mom was engaged and giving great feedback. My kids were jumping on the couch asking to watch a show (eye roll). I figured their poor behavior would prep me for any craziness and distractions.
2 - Make an outline and keep it by you.
I wouldn't recommend notecards. You'll look like you're giving a presentation in college, SNOOZE!
If you print out an outline and keep it next to you it's easy to glance at without giving much pause.
I printed mine and because I knew it was there I never ended up looking at it.
3 - Focus on the children's faces.
Kids don't pretend to like things. This is incredibly frustrating and adorable. If the kids are engaged and smiling you are doing a good job.
If they aren't paying attention you have to up the energy and channel your inner goofball.
If all else fails make a fart noise...kidding...but for real, fart noises are funny.
4 - It's not brain surgery.
If you start to feel overwhelmed by the thought of public speaking remind yourself, it's not brain surgery. You can make jokes and mess up a little and it will be OK.
When I got to the singing portion of the program I was so excited I wasn't remembering to breathe. I laughed a little to myself and thankfully the kids were singing so I could whisper-sing and catch my breath before passing out. It was a really challenging vocal of Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink...don't judge.
5 - Don't wait too long to make edits to your program.
After your program/presentation go home and make notes for yourself about things that went well and things you felt could be done better.
The hope is that you will be asked to do it again so it's better to get your thoughts on paper before they leave your brain.
I needed to slow down and breathe more. Hopefully next time my nerves will be more in check and I won't have to remind myself to take a breath.
Breathe. You got this.
After months of waiting and waiting, Guess What? I Still Love You. is finally available to purchase in paperback and ebook. It's an incredible feeling to have a book "out there" for the world to read. It's also really amazing to have had an idea pop into my head and now to actually see that idea come to life, it's just so cool.
I've spent a lot of nights on my computer trying to figure out how this all works. From actually writing the book to figuring out how to get it published. Then there's the setting up and managing my website and social pages which still leaves me feeling like I have no idea if I'm doing any of this "right". Even with my background in advertising and promotions, it's a steep learning curve. Thanks to all of the incredible people who have helped me not look like a total dumb dumb.
I self published with Lulu.com and they were incredibly helpful in figureing out what I wanted for my book and providing me with very clear steps on how to make my book an actual "thing". Heck, they're still helping me navigate getting my book out there to the masses. Thankfully they do a lot of the leg work when it comes to book availability and distribution (score!).
To my husband who helped me do the initial edits and brainstorming, thank you, I love you! To the family and friends who helped me edit the final draft before submitting my manuscript, a million thanks to you. To the people who have provided financial support, promotional help, PR help and now the people who are sharing the news with their online communities, friends and family, THANK YOU!
I can't forget to thank the three little people that gave me the idea, Oli, Hatch and CeCe. The love I have for them is endless and eternal. I wish I could say the same about my patience but ya know, kids will do that to a person.
Great news, my author's copy is on the way!
This means Guess What? I Still Love You. will be available for purchase online through my publishing website in time for holiday gifting! I will post as soon as the book is live online in the next week or so.
If you are interested in having your copy signed, I will be scheduling book signings after the holidays. More info on locations and times to come!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I Want To Play
By Jessica Simon
I want to play pirates with this stick and this rock and I want you to make this sock parrot talk.
I want you to lift me up on to this branch so I can climb up where the squirrels like to dance.
I want to jump in puddles and play in the rain I promise once I’m wet I won’t whine and complain.
I want you to fly me up high on your feet and catch me when I jump off this chair, flying leap.
I want to play dress up and wear this big crown and have you dress up like a princess in a gown.
I want you to run with me down to the creek and help me catch frogs in a bucket that leaks.
I want to paint pictures with circles and dots and have you hang them up in very special spots.
I want you to laugh when I tickle your toes and make a honk sound when I grab at your nose.
I want to skip with my cape on my back and have you take videos that I can play back.
I want you to cuddle and say, "have no fear!" when I say there are monsters I swear I can hear.
I want you to take me out for a swim and stand me up on your shoulders so I can dive in.
I want to read a book on my favorite chair and read it so much we tape pages when they tear.
I want you to play with me now more than ever because these times go so fast, I’m not young forever.
Received official word that Guess What? I Still Love You. has moved on to PRODUCTION! It will still be a few weeks before the book is finished though. There is a lot involved in making sure the book is ready for retail distribution but with any luck it will still be available before Christmas.
I just can't wait to get my printer copy and share this book with everyone. It's been an incredible process and I'm so very thankful for all of the kindness and support.
As I'm writing this I noticed that one of my boys is writing on the couch with a crayon so must get back to herding cats.
Cheers to the next step!
Good news! Content evaluation and copyrighting was supposed to take 3-4 weeks but I'm happy to report it only took TWO. Guess What? I Still Love You. has moved on to the editing department!
The editors will take one last look at the book before it moves into PRODUCTION! I'm so happy I could squeal!
Release date is still set for this winter. I will keep updates here as the book moves through to completion.