Posts Tagged ‘books’

Oldest had to go to the Library on Wednesday to find a book to read for her Literature class. About 2 times a year, they give her a list of books that she can pick from. The hardest part is finding one that our local library actually has on its shelf and not have to wait for it to be shipped from another location. I wasn’t going to take Little L, but hubby talked me into it. Saying that the more she goes, the better she will get about the whole thing. Which makes since, so the 3 of us loaded up and got out of here around 11:30. On the way, we have to pass the park. Little L starts talking about the park and how she wants to go. I told her the last time we went, which was sometime ago, she wasn’t very nice when it came time to leave. She kept asking me if we could go and I told her that if she was especially good in the library I would stop on the way home.

We got inside and made our way to the kid section while Oldest got her book she picked out. There were a few kids already there so it made it easy for L to stay. I went over to the nearest shelf which has the beginning reader books and right off the bat, found 3 books that I knew she would like. She came over to me and seen one of the books, a Monsters Inc. book, she said “You got me monsters!” I said “Yes, and look what else, 2 Wally Kazaam books.” She was really excited and carried them over to the seat to look at them. I was beaming at this point, giving myself silent high fives. I heard Little L pretending to read from one of the books. When I looked up she had a couple of the kids looking at her like she was really reading them. I thought this was super cute and went back to looking. She got up and left her books on the chair and started to play. One of the kids got up and picked up the stack and and yelled at his mom who was sitting on the side on her laptop. “Hey mom, are these mine?” I looked at her in horror, when she said, “no honey, they aren’t unless you…” I cut her off, “So sorry, those are my daughters, she carried them over there.” She said OK but she gave me the look. You know the “Geeze lady it is just a book” look, but dammit, I want those and my kid wants those. So bring on the looks lady I don’t care!

I found her several more and went to sit down while I waited on Oldest to get back from looking. I let L play for a while longer. She was doing really good and I didn’t want to try to drag her out. When there was only one child left I asked if she was ready to head to the park? She said and yes and bolted for the door. Oldest ran to catch up, luckily I had already checked the books out.

We got to the park and there were lots of kids. She played for the most part by herself, running from slide to slide. There was one girl that asked her if she wanted to play but it was more, watch what I am doing, but stay next to me. L watched quietly, while the girl scooped sand into a cup. We were there for about 45 minutes, when I told her that we needed to get ready to head on home. She said ok and wanted to go down the slide one more time. Well, that one more time, turned into 25 mores times, or so it seemed. She would not slow down and it was getting to where I was afraid she was going to fall and hurt herself from acting so darn silly. There was another mom there with her daughter and she smiled at me, but I felt the need to explain why my kid wasn’t listening to me. “She is the hardest kid to get to leave.” I said. She just kept on smiling. Oldest had come over and was trying to reason with L but she wasn’t listening to either one of us. When she came down the slide and headed back up the steps, we ambushed her, to put it mildly, and I picked her up and carried her kicking and screaming to the car.

For the most part the day went well. We will have to see when she gets to go back to the park. I would love to take her a few times a week, the more she goes, the better it will be. But right now I feel like I am kid napping my own child every time we leave! 🙂

 

Little L is not a book lover. She has oodles and oodles of books but no want to read or even look at them. I took the girls to the Library on Saturday to return the mound of books we got the last time we went. Being Saturday there were a lot of kids there, mostly older. There was no one in the kids area so I couldn’t get L’s interest in any of the toys while Oldest went to look for books. I asked if she wanted to look for some books to take home. She said no and made her way over into the kids computer area and sat down at one of them. I asked if she wanted to use one and she said yes. I got the library card out and punched in my numbers and my password. It said we had 30 minutes of use time. By that time though, Little L had lost interest and had gotten up. I closed it out and walked after her, hoping that she wouldn’t cause too much chaos. Oldest came back with several books in her hand and said she wanted to look some more. By this time, L wondered into the kids play area and there was another little girl playing with blocks. I told L maybe she would like to play with her. The mom heard me and said that her daughter would love too. But the little girl didn’t want anything to do with L. She started crying when her mom gave L some of the blocks that she was using. I told L to come get the blocks out of the other bucket to use and she did, but the girl was not having it. Finally the mom asked the little girl what she wanted to do. She told her look for books and get movies. I asked how old she was and she told me 2, she would be 3 in April. Wow, just 2 months older then L and she was speaking in more complete sentences. They left and L got bored and decided to walk through the book section. I tried to get her to look at books, but she thinks everywhere is a playground. I don’t know how to break her of it. She was climbing on the tables and had to test out every seat in the room. We walked around and made our way back to the kid play area. There were tons of kids there by this time. I guess they had all gotten there books and was ready to play. L went over and was playing with a couple of kids. I told Oldest to keep an eye on her and not let her leave the area, while I searched for some books for her to take home.

I ended up with just 5, the racks were bare for some strange reason and not a good selection was left to get. I went on and checked them out and was coming back when I seen L was following another girl, which was older, out of the play area. I told her she can’t do that and she had to stay. She turned to go back in, but then decided that she was going to do what she wants and walked out and headed across the main part of the Library. I went after her and when she stopped I scooped her up and headed out the door. She got upset when we hit the pavement and was wanting to go back in. I told Oldest. who was following, to get the car opened cause L was slipping out of my arms. I got her buckled up and told her that she didn’t listen so we can’t stay if she can’t do what I ask. She calmed down and we headed on home.

Oldest always liked books. When she was L’s age, she would want someone to read to her everyday. Sometimes the same book over and over, sometimes several different books. I worry that the way L is, it is going to be hard when she does start school.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Wow, this month is just flying by. Can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner, gaining on me. I haven’t wrapped nary a present and the house is still a mess from putting out decorations. That is my plan this weekend, sweep, mop, and vacuum. Even though I expect no company, I do want it to look nice for Christmas morning pictures. Tonight after Little L drifts off to sleepy town, Oldest and I are going to start wrapping her presents. I think I got everything that my budget could afford and then some, because you always have to buy stocking stuffers, ya know. I took my mom up to Walmart to finish up her list yesterday, without the girls. While we were there, 2 packages finally arrived in the mail and I got an email saying that something I ordered for my mom was ready for pickup at the store we were in. So it all came together at one time.

Today I got the girls out of the house and went back to the library. Oldest went to look for some books while L and I went into the children’s play area. There was another mom with a little girl there and the lady said hi to L. L said hi back and then the lady started asking her how old she was and what was her name. I heard L tell her her name, but she didn’t know what to say about her age. I intervened with my protective mother voice, and said she was 2 1/2. “How old is yours?” I asked. “Oh she just turned 2 in September.” “Oh ok,” I said. Then she told L how much she liked her shirt and her boots. L just stood there, not really doing anything. Then she asked her if she liked to read. L shook her head yes, which isn’t true, but who cares. I was sensing stranger danger and just wanted the odd lady to leave. Then she went over and sat down on the floor and started reading not to her daughter, but to mine. I got up and walked over to them, and L got up and ran off to where her daughter was. The lady got up and was looking a little embarrassed and said that her daughter wasn’t really interested in reading yet. I said L was the same. The other little girl went over and was sitting in a chair and could tell that L just wanted her to play with her. She got up and L decided that she was going to sit in the chair and the girl walked back over and pushed L. I didn’t see the push but I seen L holding her arm and the girls mom telling her to apologize. They hugged and all was fine. Then the lady seen another woman that she apparently knew and went to talk with her. I told L to stay in the play area and she did. Soon they left and L was alone. I let her pick out a couple of books and we came on home.

I told Oldest we would go back over Christmas break and maybe there will be more kids for L to play with, and no strange mom’s hanging around. 🙂