Monday, May 12, 2008

The Book Club

Even Batman takes a break from crime fighting to read!
Please notice the...
PIGTAILS!

I have been to better libraries. In fact, the one we just left in Oregon will be hard to beat. Ever. It was new, and big and beautiful. With a cafe and duck pond and huge children's section. They had tables and puzzles, and hop scotch on the carpet (which my children NEVER missed). The one we go to now is old, a bit shabby looking, and has a smaller collection of books. Not much to write home about...except for story time. I have NEVER been to a better story time! There is always a theme, like brushing your teeth, or Moms (for mother's day). They put on extravagant puppet shows, and always have music with live instruments. They do crafts and go on field trips. It's free. It's fun. It's one of the things I have added to my mental list: "Reasons to like Houston".

It may sound hokey, but I appreciate the story time people. And "those" kind of people in general. The ones who take something that is not too shiny, and turn it into something beautiful. They don't have a big budget, a fancy job title, or even very nice facilities. I'm pretty sure there are no "awards" to win for "best story time", and I doubt that enough positive comments could affect their paycheck. But on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30, they go the extra mile, the kids think it's magical, and the moms sit back and smile.

Speaking of moms, the ones I know also fit this description! :) I really enjoyed Mother's Day. Everyone got into the spirit. My husband cooked, Lily gave me a BIG hug and kiss, and maybe my favorite (or at least the most memorable) comment came from Zach. I am guessing that he had been prepped for the day by something like, "make sure you tell your mother how much you love and appreciate everything she does for you!" Which is why it totally made sense for him to tell me with as much passion as a 3 year old can muster, "Mom, thank you so, so, so, much for washing my shooting Spiderman underwear. I really like when you do that. It is such a good choice mom. It makes me really happy when you do that mom!"

15 comments:

Zach 'n' Jack said...

oh my heck, what cute hair!!!!!! I love it! Seriously, you have got some darling kiddos, and hurray for fun story time!

Sarah said...

I agree--hooray for great story time and for darling kids.

Stacy F said...

Oh Tara, your kids are just so precious!! And I love those cute piggie tails on Lily :)

Maria said...

Pigtails!! How fun, I haven't tried them on Abby yet but I will have to for sure. Zach is so smart, just like his mommy! Happy Mother's day!

K2 said...

Your kids are so cute! Happy Belated mother's day! you rock!

YeatesFam5 said...

There are days when story time has saved my sanity! It's so nice when the staff is loving it! I love the underwear comment...that is a good choice!

katandjason said...

what's up...! love the piggies, love the story time (i'm still searching for a cute one with crafts here,,,) and love the mother's day comments. i can't believe zach remembers and can say all that. that's pretty cute. such cute kids!!!

the boyd family said...

how funny, i love little zach's comment! and lily's pigtails are too cute! i'm happy that story time has made your good list. i too take delight in the small but really nice things. :) sometimes they are few and far between, but i love finding them!

The Stevens Family said...

Zach is such a little smarty pants! What a cutie. And love the pigtails - yay Lily, she's finally growing some hair!

Brandon & Natalie said...

I love the pigtails! You have to try so hard for those first ones, but ohhhh, the reward:)

I love a good library. Man, it sure makes or breaks the library visit!

I figured you & I could keep up blog style since my husband is, well lets face it - in love with yours:) Poor guy doesn't stand a chance!

Bradshaws

Frau Bailey said...

Happy Mother's Day...a bit late. I love that Zach speaks in your mommy language. Thanks for making good choices...it makes me happy too!

dixonfamily said...

I love your posts!! You always write so well and have gorgeous pictures of your ridiculously adorable kids! Happy Mother's Day! You are definitely a great mama and inspire others around you to do better! Love ya!

Court & Britt Jones said...

so cute!! I love Zachs mothers day comment!! And I love Miss Lilly's piggie tails, so fun:)

Tiff and Dave said...

That sounds like an awesome library. Our library does two reading times every day, and I thought that was good. I love the fact that they do field trips etc! Also, if you hadn't said to notice the piggie tails, I don't think I would have! They are soooo cute! It is an exciting day to get pony tails in our girls hair! Looks like Texas is suiting you guys quite well!

Go-Church's.blogspot.com said...

What cute little kiddos!!And YOU are such a cute mother for your child to say something so adorable as Zach did. (I love how they talk like we do.) And for the pigtails- Hallelujah! When you can put pigtails in your little girl's hair- it's a good day!