Thursday, November 20, 2014

Personalized Books

If you know me personally, then you know that I thoroughly enjoy reading. And if you've seen Eliel's room, you know just how many books I've already gotten him.  (There are still boxes in the basement of chapter books too!)  Consequently, Eliel also enjoys books which makes me so happy!  When he was an infant, we would read to him every night before bed and before naps.  He would contently listen to Adam or I read him a story.  It was such a memorable time I sometimes regret not getting it on video.  Now that he's older, he enjoys participating in the reading of the stories as well as choosing the story.  His latest favorites are 'Five Green and Speckled Frogs,' and any books about trucks including a truck book in which he loves finding an animated truck named 'Chuggy' which is hidden on every page.
That's why we decided to get him a new book for Christmas called 'Find Me if You Can'.  It's a book from +Put Me in the Story personalized books.  We can upload Eliel's picture and then on each page, he will have to try and find himself... how fun!  Put Me in the Story personalized books have a wide variety of books for all ages which you can personalize for your little cutie!  Since Eliel has an unusual name, I love getting anything personalized for him.  Auntie Katie got him a personalized book for his first birthday and while I hope she continues the tradition, I'm excited to get him one more to add to his collection.
I've also decided that this will start a holiday tradition for us.  I've seen many people on Pinterest that wrap up twenty-five books and give their kids one each day for the twenty-five days leading up to Christmas.  It's like a huge advent calendar.  While I like the idea, I don't think I can afford, nor do I want to store twenty-five books each Christmas.  Instead, I've decided that each Christmas, I will get Eliel a new pair of pj's and a book.  My hope is that he will open those two gifts on Christmas Eve, wear the pj's and read the new story Christmas eve before bed.  I think it's one I can follow through with for years to come!

The best part of +Put Me in the Story is that they're having a giveaway where you can win a $500 shopping spree!  All you have to do is enter below.  In addition, 50 winners will also win a free personalized book of their choice.  I hope one of my readers is the grand-prize winner.  Good luck! #BookMagic

Disclosure: I received a Put Me In The Story storybook in order to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Chatting with Eliel

As Eliel learns to talk, I will likely be posting more videos because I just KNOW he's going to have a lot to say!  We're working on saying words with the letter 'C' lately which for him, comes out very quietly.  We have to ask him to shout in order to sometimes hear it.  But enough of my explaining it all, see for yourself!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Oompa loompa E!

Although it is early for the first snowfall, we woke up this morning to a white surprise!  I wish I could have captured the look on Eliel's face as he stared out the window at the white world.  You could just see the wheels turning inside his head as he tried to process what he was looking at.  We tried explaining to him that snow was cold rain but he still didn't quite get it.  That all changed when we asked if he wanted to go outside and play in the snow.  At that moment, he could care less what snow was or how it got there, he just wanted to be out in it. 
Luckily, I had already found a snowsuit and boots for Eliel. (Actually my friend Nikki found his snowsuit!)  We put on the boots and snow pants and since the snow pants are a bit big, I had to crisscross the straps in the back so they didn't fall off.  The result was a little oompa loompa walking around out house!  (A very cute one though!)

Once we all got dressed and outside, the fun began!  Eliel was
Check out Nugget in the background!
amazed and just kept giggling as he walked out onto the deck full of snow.  He had lots of fun making marks all over the grass and squealed with laughter as Nugget (who goes absolutely NUTS in the snow) ran all over the snow covered grass.  After about fifteen minutes, Eliel thought he was ready to go inside until Daddy showed him how to make snowballs.  It was all over after that.  He kept trying to sign more (which was quite difficult with mittens on!) after throwing each snowball at Nugget. Eliel also thought it was quite funny that he could step on the snowball and it would 'disappear'.  He would have Daddy make one, throw it on the ground, step on it, and then look at us and shrug his shoulders as if to say 'where did it go?'.
Then, he would sign more and we'd repeat the process...about fifty times. Adam also showed him how to make a snowman, which of course Eliel also wanted to step on and destroy.  If anyone was enjoying all of this the most, it was Nugget.  He loves pouncing on snowballs and eating them.  This would also make Eliel laugh even harder and ask Daddy to make more snowballs.

After about thirty  minutes of playing in the snow, Mommy was cold so I figured Eliel must be getting there too.  His little nose was getting red!  So, in we went with only a little bit of protest from Eliel.  Surprisingly (well, actually not too surprising) Eliel was sweated up inside his snowsuit!  His hand were nice and warm and his little head was all sweaty.  Good to know he was warm the whole time.  Can't wait until we get enough snow to take him sledding! (Although I kind of hope that doesn't happen until December!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Song in my head

Do you ever find yourself singing a song you heard on the radio earlier?  Eliel has started to do that too!  He loves a song Daddy plays called Five O'Clock World which is an old song from the sixties.  We didn't realize he even liked it until one day, he started humming and singing  'hey' while he was playing with his toys.  Turns out he's got the song stuck in his head just like we all do!  The video below only captures a quick glimpse of what he does but it's kind of cute.  Short but cute.  If you think of it the next time you see (or Skype) with him, ask him to sing you his song.... :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Eliel gets a microphone

Eliel received a box of toys from his cousins and in it, was a tape player with microphone.  Unfortunately the tape player is broken (yes, we have tapes to actually play in it!) but the microphone works great.

We're not sure how he figured it out, but he knew right away what to do with it.  The 'song' is a little repetitive so don't feel like you have to watch the whole thing!