Monday, January 12, 2009


Steve took some pictures tonight. I generally avoid the camera like the plague, given my current weight situation, but these pictures turned out so cute that it made me put a story together in my head.

Books and reading have always been an important part of our children's lives. We were those parents that read to our babies the day they came home from the hospital. We would always seek out books that babies would enjoy and Noah, especially, had definite favorites.

It got harder trying to read to two of them as they got older, but we always made it work.

Noah was always more interested than Aaron at sitting and listening and he would sit for twenty minutes or more WAY before he even turned a year old.

Aaron still takes a little more coaxing and after hearing the story once, he would rather "read" it himself most of the time.

And they can often be found sitting and reading together through no parental suggestion.

Bedtime has always included books. When I am home for bedtime, we split them for one on one reading, which I think both of the boys cherish.

In the last few months, I have expanded things with Noah. Lately, I have had him read a book to me, and then I will read to him. I hope as he continues to grow as a reader, he will continue to enjoy being read to as well.

So as he was reading his book tonight, Aaron came running out from his bath and interrupting, so I told him that if he wanted to stay in the living room, he needed to join Noah and me on the couch. So up he climbed.

And soon he was interested as I helped Noah with a difficult word in the story

Until he finally gave up and snuggled up with his buddy Elmo to listen

This last one will be my favorite one for awhile. Have a great day!


bethn said...

How sweet that last picture is. I've always been envious of how well your kids have sat for stories. Mine were always one quick story and they were done. I worried that i wouldn't have readers. Thank God Alex has grown to love reading and now reads all the time. Now I just have to work on Dylan.

Timmy's Girl said...

So cute! I am a big reader to my kids, too. With my eldest child, whom is now 1 month from turning 16, I would read to him after breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner. He was reading on his own, with no actual lessons from me...just reading A LOT to him, by age 4. It was even funnier though, having family come over and watch a little 2 year old 'read' Dr. Seuss books to them. (he had actually memorized them from hearing them so often.) You are giving them the gift of books along with the gift of your precious time. You go, Mama!

xoxo, Veronica in CA
p.s. Can you tell I am trying to get my #1 commentor, is that a word?, going here?

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Aww, I love those last photos - so cute! :)

Kila said...

Precious. Good times.

Courtney said...

Those are great pictures especially the last one. I love reading to my kids too. Taylor is currently learning how to read and enjoys it very much. I hope she loves to read as she grows, it is a wonderful hobby to have.

Shana W. said...

You are right that is a great picture!

AZMom said...

Love that last picture! And my gosh, what weight issue? You look great!