January 31, 2008

Where did January go?

Holy COW. It seems just yesterday, I bought my new calendar. I cannot believe I am already having to turn a page on it.

I like January. I know many folks do not, but I appreciate that perception of a fresh start, a new beginning. 2007 was such a struggle and having something to "kick off" was good for me. Thus far, January has been good and I am looking forward to the rest of the year.

I am really looking forward to Valentine's day this year. I splurged and got Secret Agent Josephine's Valentags. Oh my, these things are so adorable. I am giving them as party favors for Arun's school party, but I did get an extra set for us and a few friends. I have decided to do some sort of hanging/heart/sash thingie where I will attach the tags to it. This way, we can enjoy it every year.

I would like to give a shout-out to DK books. These books are just a crazy amount of goodness. I am very appreciative that my sister (a former pre-school teacher) turned me onto these and I try to do my part to spread the good word. Anjali already likes pawing at them and now, Arun likes "reading" them to me. For extra fun, I have him "read" them to Anju as well - kills 2 birds with one stone because they both have fun that way. Anyway, I cannot express how amazing these books have been in terms of learning. For example, I did not set out to teach Arun colors - he did not show much interest, so we just read books and not much else. Then, by accident last summer, I discovered that he already knew his colors and I had no idea when/how he learned them. I can only assume it was from the countless times we read the DK book. I am excited for the day when the kids are older because DK has a beautiful one on India that I will use to teach them about India. Sadly, they do not have one on Kansas. *pout*

Damned straight, when I make it to the NE Mobile Bookfair, I will be heading straight to the DK section and going completely ape shit.


Monkey McWearingChaps said...


New England Mobil Bookfair! Have you ever been there before? It's almost overwhelming for a bibliophile.

Anonymous said...

I also LOVE the DK books - they have one called First Words that I had when the big girls were little and they learned so much from that book and it is well worn out so I am going to have to find another copy for baby girl.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the DK sticker books? They are a little pricey, but my girls just love them! They have some amazing stickers for animals and trains, and all sorts of neat things.

Mamma Sarah said...

Now you have peeked my interest. Guess I'll be going to the library this weekend. :-D

Diana said...

They are great books, aren't they? Such a simple concept but brilliant. Does it make the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you find out your kid knows all this stuff you had no idea he knew? Mine does.

Scribbit said...

I've always liked them too--really kid-friendly.