August 5 – Early

Hi and Happy Monday.

Hopefully today will be a good day.  It is early August and I had a great weekend, so hopefully the fun will continue.

POD_August.5_EarlyToday’s photo challenge is Early.  I decided to snap this of Ian while he was asleep.

He often wakes up in the middle of the night and comes into our room and sleeps the rest of the night on the floor.

With him is his stuffed Mouse of the “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” book series.

Ah… sleep.  Isn’t it wonderful?  I enjoy watching him sleep sometimes.  He is so quiet and peaceful.

Then when he wakes up, he is ready to go and attack his day.  I just wish I woke up like that!!

What did you do or see early this morning?

Hope you have a wonderful day and week!!

Photo-A-Day – Shoes

Hi and Happy Tuesday.  This week I am not writing my usual Tuesday Tunes blog.  I instead wanted to continue my photo-a-day and see if I could take one and post it each day this month.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s subject is Shoes.

I decided to pose one of Ian’s favorite toys (the mouse) and one of my favorites (the doll) in these cool wooden shoes.

Thought this was fun and full of whimsy.

Kirk got these shoes in Holland.  We have tried them on but they aren’t very comfortable.

After all, wood isn’t the best material for shoes.

What picture would you post?  I look forward to seeing some of the other postings.

I suppose the photo in my header would have been a better choice but I do like this one as well.

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Toys, Go Stuffed

This is a line often said by Doc McStuffins to her toys when they are about to be seen as being real by her brother, her parents, or her friends.

This is one of Ian’s favorite shows, which airs on the Disney Channel.  He enjoys watching the adventures of Doc and her toys – Lamby, Stuffy, Chilly, and several others.  Doc takes care of them and other toys who get hurt or broken.

Not only is it fun seeing the bond they have, but also the show encourages children to not be scared of going to see the doctor, the doctor’s examination, or the doctor’s office.  Several lessons are being taught in a fun and entertaining way.

Lamby is a ballerina lamb who loves to cuddle.  Stuffy is a brave dragon who likes a good joke.  Chilly is a stuffed snowman who is always thinking he will melt.  They have grown on me and on Ian as well.

He plays the same way with his own toys.  They come to life for Ian and it is an amazing thing to see.  Ian has a few favorite buddies who are now constant companions.  Mouse the Mouse is currently his best stuffed friend.  They do almost everything together — like going to the potty, playing, and planning the day. And, Ian does a great job at making Mouse the Mouse talk.  He has a higher voice than Ian’s voice.

I am seeing his creativity and gift of storytelling expand each day by the interaction he has with his stuffed friends.  His imagination is amazing and inspiring.  The entire world is open to him to learn about and this is one small way he is learning.

In addition to Mouse the Mouse, one of Ian’s faves is his giraffe with a very short neck named Gerry.  Regarding Gerry, we discussed the fact that all of us are different, look very different and that it’s okay not to have to look or be a certain way.  Two other favorites are Baby Mickey and Big Mickey.  They too are helping him learn to take care of himself and others.

Mouse the Mouse is from the amazing “If You Take a Mouse to School” book series.  He is pictured above with his Santa hat on.   We took this picture as we started decorating for Christmas last weekend.

Seeing Ian play with his toys and his love for the Doc McStuffins show has made me think of an amazing book that was one of my friend Dawn’s favorites — The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.  I have been thinking about that story as I see Ian play with his toys that are alive in his eyes.

Do you remember this amazing book?   Here are a few of the most memorable lines:

“Real isn’t how you are made,”  said the Skin Horse.  “It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.  “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “Or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse.  “You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Such love not only applies to toys in my opinion.  We can love each other that way too — unconditionally and without judgement.  Wouldn’t that be amazing if we could love the way that children love?

Toys are alive and well and truly loved in the Cates house.  I hope they are in yours as well!