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These are a few of the books we’re reading this week. They range from advanced (for a 3 year old) to super simple.

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1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

2. Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe #4: Field Trip by Susan Nees
In this book, Missy’s class goes on a field trip to the state capitol. Missy cannot wait to visit what she is sure will be the most awesome gift shop ever! But she soon learns that the capitol does not have a gift shop. Missy decides this simply MUST change! Since the students are all partnered up for the day, Missy cannot go anywhere without Oscar. Missy knows she is supposed to complete the tour along with the rest of her class, but does Missy do anything like everyone else?

3. My First 500 Words by Jenny Tulip
This is a simple “find it” book. It’s nice having books that KidFish can “read” all by herself.

4. You Are Special by Max Lucado
Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones–those with smooth wood and fine paint–always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

In this heartwarming children’s tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is–no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It’s a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.

Kids don’t exercise…they play.

They run. They jump. They climb. They crawl.

KidFish spends the day trying to move as much as possible. I, on the other hand, spend the day trying to move as little as possible. I like sitting, resting, reading and surfing…the internet, that is.

What if I looked at exercise the way KidFish does?

What if it wasn’t something I did 30 minutes a day for 3-4 times a week, but something I did all day, everyday?

What if I didn’t worry so much about exercising and just started playing?

I bet I’d be a lot healthier and happier.

September is here and that means summer is coming to an end. When I think back on my summer of learning, exploration and growth, my favorite adventure by far was berry picking with my family. (Blueberries and strawberries are my favorite fruits.) I loved seeing how they grow and tasting them fresh off the bush/vine.

Both blueberries and strawberries grow low to the ground so KidFish was able to pick them herself! Bonus points for activities that KidFish can do without much help.

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Copying gets a bad rap. Not all copying is bad.

Copying test answers? Bad.
Copying kindness? Good.
Copying swear words? Bad.
Copying healthy eating habits? Good.

Everyone copies. That’s how we learn.

I copy and so does my daughter. KidFish copies my words, my mannerisms, even my laugh. Unfortunately, she also copies things like talking with her mouth full and picking fries instead of vegetables.

Although I can’t control WHAT KidFish copies, I CAN give her plenty of opportunities to copy good behavior.

Want KidFish to be polite? Be polite.
Want KidFish to be generous? Be generous.
Want KidFish to stop watching so much TV? Stop watching so much TV.
Want KidFish to be patient? Be patient.

It’s not always that simple or easy, but it’s a good place to start.

Kids do what we do

Today I honor those who fought for our country.

Today I remember those who sacrificed to preserve my liberty.

Today I thank those whose lives and deaths bought my freedom.

Thank you to the warriors, the heroes and the family that each one of them has left behind. May your day be filled with gratitude from people like me.

3 homes in 3 years. It took a few moves, a few homes and a whole lot of living before I learned the difference between a house and a home.

When we moved into our first place, I thought mostly about paint colors and furniture. I watched a lot of HGTV and flipped through countless interior design magazines.

When we moved into our second place, I spent a lot of time decorating, organizing, and making the place comfortable.

The third time we moved, I finally learned my lesson. We had a huge garage sale and donated truck loads of stuff.

After 3 homes, this is what I’ve learned about turning a house into a home: stuff doesn’t make a home, love does. Laughter does. Life does.

If you want to turn your house into a home, try doing these things more often…

Hug. Laugh. Apologize. Forgive. Encourage. Help. Play. Share. Dream. Pray. Celebrate.

How do you make your house into a home?

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Hi! My name is Loni (a.k.a. MamaFish). I'm a maker, mother and Mrs. and I'm on a mission to cover the world with smiles! This is where I write about fun stuff for kids and the grown-ups who love them. Read more...

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