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Top 10: Favorite Food

February 13, 2012 — Leave a comment
I heard so many stories of children who were either picky eaters or never wanted to eat their vegetables. I am so thankful that my little one not only loves his veggies but he actually enjoys them more than fruit! Parenting has no road map and every child is different so you never know what kind of eater you will get. Here is my top 10 list of foods that I never thought my child would love but does!
  1. Avocado 
  2. Squash
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Almond milk
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Kale
  7. Prune juice
  8. Peas
  9. Broccoli
  10. Bell pepper

What food does your child love that you never thought they would?

Photo Credit: Naotake Murayama

“Children learn to smile from their parents.” Shinichi Suzuki 

Isn’t it amazing how we sit forever trying to teach our babies to say “mama” or “dada” and the fun of trying so hard to get them to learn to crawl which then leads to teaching them to walk and yet we never get tired of those moments, they are precious! Who knows how much time we really do spend trying to teach them these things. On the flip side, isn’t it funny how quickly they pick up on something that you were never trying to teach them?!? For example, this morning Eli was sitting in the middle of the living room playing with his toys happily saying “no, no, no.” As soon as I heard that I couldn’t help but to laugh. I have never sat down with him and tried to teach him the word “no” but I have had to tell him no and he has obviously learned this word. I know that this is usually every child’s favorite word for a while but I just never expected to hear him saying that this morning while playing with his toys. It’s a great reminder that our children really do pick up on things more than we realize!

Photo Credit: Paul Reynolds

Lately Eli has really started to like Yo Gabba Gabba. It’s the one show that he will actually watch. We don’t turn it on very often, but when we do he loves it. I don’t mind when we turn it on either because he is usually cuddled up next to me watching it, I love those precious moments!

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with a song from Yo Gabba Gabba stuck in my head. Yesterday the episode that we watch they sang the song “Don’t say mean things to your friends.” And what did I wake up singing? That very song, yup I’m telling the truth. Any time that I tried to stop singing it I would only stop for a few seconds before the song would start back up again. Other parents will hopefully be able to appreciate this because I am sure that they have gotten songs from their kids favorite shows stuck in their heads. One of the fun things about parenting no one tells you, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I actually ended up smiling last night the longer the songs was stuck in my head. All it did was just make me think of sitting next to my sweet little boy watching a show that he loves. Again precious moments that I love! It will be fun to see what other kinds of kid songs will get stuck in my head through the years. What songs do you find yourself singing?

Photo Credit: Jeff Meyer

“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.” Maurice Sendak

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” Where the Wild Things Are

One of Eli’s gift we got him last month for his birthday was the book “Where the Wild Things are.” I love this book! What a classic! The artwork is so fun and the story is creative. I am all about the creative and fun filled story so when we were shopping for his present and I found the book I knew I wanted to get that for him. The story is also a great lesson for the kiddos. There are probably many lessons that could be pulled but the one in particular that I am thinking of is being free to be creative, to have fun and to be yourself. Max is a fun character with lots of imagination. He let’s that imagination run wild, literally, and makes his own world. He didn’t worry about what others thought, he just continued to be his creative fun self. Besides the fun memories this story will bring, I hope that Eli will also take from it the importance of being his own creative selves, always.

Photo Credit: Brandi Jordan

With the past week filled with holiday festivities I haven’t had much time to post anything. Sorry for the silence. I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We enjoyed our holiday, it was filled with family, food and family game nights! We had family in for about a week and it was such a great visit! Once everyone went home Sunday we picked up the house and then… decorated for Christmas! I am sitting in my living room writing this post where I have a warm fire in the fireplace, stockings hung on the mantle and our Christmas tree to top off the scenery. I absolutely love this holiday season! I love winter and the fact that Christmas falls in winter makes it all the more better. While decorating our house I had Christmas music playing and of course I was singing along. I don’t know about you but those songs always brighten my day. I love finding new versions of old songs each season as well. Since I am in such a Christmas mood I decided that this music video from Lifechurch.tv would be a good fit and it has a link to more music too!