Given he's gone completely plum loco bored at home, he missed a few weeks of pre-school, and told me he was sick of lying on the couch feeling tired and sick, I wanted to do something special to make the holidays fun. Not big over the top special, just making memories sort of special.
Matt was going to take him to see Toy Story 3 yesterday, but Tiny went bananas and I guess Matt sensed I was over Tanty Town, so he suggested I take the Doctor. PHEW!
I love those moments when it's just the Doctor and I. And there's nothing to read into that. I just enjoy having that one on one that we used to enjoy together pre-Tiny. I think it's important to 'date' each of my kids and enjoy special things together.
Today I took the Doctor (with my sister) to Kinokuniya. The Doctor is a big book lover. He had a gift voucher burning a hole in his pocket. So we three drove into the city and indulged in a couple of hours of perving on books.
I felt so excited to look at books with the Doctor. There are so many great reads ahead for us. We've read Alice In Wonderland, we're half way through Charlotte's Web, we've read How To Train Your Dragon, and we're also digging Milly, Molly, Mandy.
I truly believe that reading and reading with your child is one of the best gifts you can give a child, and one of the most important things to do. So much can be learnt, dreamt, thought of - just from reading each day. We try to read to the smalls every single night, it's really rare that we don't each lie in bed with them to read for a little while.
Lately thoughts have turned to my own reading habits. They are abysmal at the moment. I do like reading recipe books, but lately I get some screen time and go on a tour of the interwebz, here, there and everywhere. And all the bedside matter is lying dormant. Right now I'm reading Revolutionary Road. I'll talk more about that later this week (I've seen the film - have you?).
What book are you reading right now? (Well not RIGHT now, but this week?)
I need to set an example and pick up a book. I want my kids to see me reading. To see me devouring a book. I love writing, and I believe that that goes hand-in-hand with reading. I'm looking for books with instant gratification. Vampire novels and any mystic-fantasy type reading need not apply. Hit me with your recommendations!
* This is a pretty great read about reading and aspirations.
* Here's an article about how reading online can shatter your concentration. Twitter. Blogs. Email. FourSquare. Oh man. I am all over it!
* Last chance to enter the Teddy Bear's Wednesday super awesome giveaway!