Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mittens and fallen snow

When I was in first grade we read the book "the Mitten" by Jan Brett. The beautiful story and enchanting illustrations have stuck with me my entire life. It is about a mole who finds a mitten and crawls in... and he is followed by every animal in the forest until ultimately a tiny brown mouse is the straw that breaks the camel's back... or mitten. I now own this book for Anastasia and have read many of Jan Brett's other books courtesy of the library and have not been disappointed by a single one of them. In fact, I love reading them... even when I am having to read them over and over and over again. They are also great for Anastasia because she LOVES animals and enjoys pointing them all out and naming them.

I decided today that Santa would bring one of Jan Brett's books for each of the girls for Christmas. The books are so magical and comforting, most with a wintry theme so I thought they would seem like something elves would send to little kiddies for Christmas... if they are good of course. Anyhow, I was thinking the other day how nice a calender of Jan Brett's illustrations would be. I ended up at the author's website: www.janbrett.com where I found a free printable calender and a million other wonderful things like coloring pages and games, etc. I highly recommend you read her books, which you can find as little as 1 cent on Amazon (plus 3.99 shipping) and go to her website.

I also think I might have solved Isabel's fuss problem. I cut out milk and cut back on coffee already and it seemed she still got really upset in the evenings usually within 10 minutes of me nursing her. It seemed that when she ate again, she would get even angrier so I knew it had to be something I am eating. Well I think it is eggs! Weird huh? Eggs have become my lunch of choice since I can't have cheese or anything slathered with delicious cheese. At least I don't have to completely give up coffee, my most favorite beverage in the world.
I have been pretty lame about blogging lately, but I have had a lot of company lately (which has been great!) and have been trying to craft in my spare time. I did want to share a quick story: I was walking out of the library last week and this 70 year old woman commented on Anastasia's curly hair. First she asked me, "is her hair naturally curly?" which I have been asked about 20 times by people. If I wasn't a nice person I think it would be funny to just say, "no I torture my toddler by curling her hair everyday!" I assured the lady that it was in fact naturally curly and then she turned and looked at Isabel and her eyes got huge, "That baby has red hair!! I have never seen a baby with red hair!!!" She seemed really excited about that. I guess at 70ish it is probably rare that you come by something you haven't seen before.


Annie said...

Hahaha! I can just imagine Anastasia sitting in a salon with her head wrapped in tin foil getting her monthly perm. People are so WEIRD sometimes!

You've totally inspired me to make a trip to the library. :)

Bridget said...

YAY! I'm glad you figured out that it was eggs. You must feel so much better about eating the other stuff that you probably already tried in the elimination process!

Clare said...

Yeah I don't understand that "is her hair naturally curly?" question to a toddler. I can't imagine how else it would get that way. lol.

I am SO HAPPY Isabel is happier now without eggs. Especially because Anastasia has been sick and grumpy the past couple days... so atleast one of them is happy. :)

Kelly said...

Hi Clare,
I wanted to stop by your blog and say hello. Your girls are so beautiful and I'm very glad for you that you don't have to give up coffee :) I don't think I could survive motherhood without it.

Colleen said...

Hi Clare-
I enjoy your blog very much after being directed here from another blog. (Blog-hopping!) I had a darling little baby girlie girl, 13 years ago born with coal black curls, that turned auburn, then blonde. People who had seen her in church over the time would ask me if I had bleached her hair. I wanted SO MUCH to say, "YES, I am the kind of parent who would bleach a 6 month baby's hair!" Your comments about the curls brought that back and made me laugh out loud!