Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Story

Friday, July 06, 2012

Want to join our favorite free writing exercise of the week? It’s easy peasy:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt: “Story” with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Stories fill my days. Stories to read to my boys about cars and far-away places. Stories to read online about the world. Stories I dream up. They are everywhere.
And yet it is so easy to miss the story of life - isn't it?   
I mean we are living story every day, even if for the most part it is a repeat of the previous day (you know same chores, same schedule). It is the story of our lives that makes it life, right?
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Shouldn't we be trying to make the story count? At least a little. Make it a goal to do one thing each day to make the story worth reading. What one thing can I do today? Did I do yesterday? Will I do tomorrow?
Maybe it's digging out a puzzle I know my oldest loves and spending 15 minutes with him while we put it together. 
Maybe it's making some cookies just for fun, even if the clean up seems daunting in the end. 
Maybe it's just going out side and seeing what happens - kids are great at coming up with ways to fill the stories and make them interesting, it's us parents and grown-ups that have place restrictions on our stories. 
So at least for 15 minutes a day, I will forget about my restrictions on my story and focus on letting life write freestyle in my book.


Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, July 05, 2012

After much thought I decided that I would like to start a weekly hop - I love taking part in other blog hops and thought it would be nice to host one. I would like this particular hop to be about books. Anything really that involves books works for me- what you are currently reading, what you recently finished, what your kids are reading right now, what you wish your kids would or wouldn't read, why it's important to know how to read,... you get the picture.

I feel that reading is such an important part of our lives, and we don't even realize it - well unless we are teaching someone to read, then we realize...

So please feel free to link up your reading posts this week - and you know the way the hops work, check out some of the others that have linked up so we can learn from each other and remember how great reading can be! There's even a fun button to add to your post so others can join in our fun!  I really hope you all like this.

I'd like to use these days to share my kids favorites, so here's my thoughts on my son's current favorite.
Night of the Veggie Monster
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By George McClements
In search of a way to get my oldest to eat more than just carrots when it comes to vegetables, my husband came across this book during a visit to the library - it was a major it! The writing is quick and snappy and funny, even my three-year-old finds it hilarious. It is easy to read dramatically as many words are bolded and  in extra large fonts. The pictures are great fun - sort of a scrapbook of pictures and drawings. My personal favorite is that the parents have little speech bubbles that they interject their thoughts on the whole thing - you see the little boy is narrating how peas can have a certain effect on him. My son likes the fact that the narrator doesn't want to eat his peas because they make his "fingers wiggly" and his "toes curl up", which of course he has to act out while we read. 

My most surprising part of this book - my son actually ate a pea after reading this! Yep on his own, he had to become the veggie monster and eat a pea! So as far as I am concerned here is a book that will help your kids eat their peas! Way to go McClements on a great book for my kid!

And now for our first link up! Share your reading/book thoughts, grab my button, and spread some love by checking out anyone else that you find interesting!  


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Fourth of July

Fourth of July Quote

Monday, July 02, 2012

 Liberty is the right to choose. 
Freedom is the result of the right choice.
 ~ Unknown

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The real democratic idea is, 
not that every man shall be on a level with every other, 
but that every one shall have liberty, 
without hindrance, to be what God made him
~ Henry Ward Beecher

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 Happy Fourth of July - I hope you enjoy it freely.



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