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Impressive, no?

OK, these impressive puns could get old. But I gotta tell you, I’m impressed with my daughter.

Like I mentioned, we watched Veggie Tale’s Queen Esther dvd in honor of the letter Q this week. Lydia loves all things princess. So, I knew this movie was going to be right up her alley.

(sidenote: Even though I’ve always loved Veggie Tales, we haven’t been big Veggie Tales watchers because sometimes I think they are confusing for her when she doesn’t know the Bible story first. I mean, vegetables dressing up like the Wizard of Oz to tell a fractured version of The Wizard of Oz/The Prodigal Son? Even I get confused!)

Anyway, Lydia has fallen in love with Queen Esther. We’ve watched it at her request every day since! It is beating out JoJo’s Circus, so that’s saying something! (I sing JoJo’s theme song in my sleep!)

We’ve been talking about the show as much as possible because the underlying message is courage–being brave because God is there with you. Well, this is exactly what Lydia has needed to hear. She is very shy and timid. We’ve even had to do a little “discipline” because of her shy behavior (she can manipulate with it and will even pretend to be shy to her family, etc.) I know she is actually apprehensive about some situations, so we’re just a litte lost about what to do with it.

A few weeks ago I was telling my friend at church about her behavior and she said, “Has anyone ever told Lydia she was shy?” I said, “Uh yeah, like a few 100 times.” She said, “You need to tell her she’s brave. If someone says, ‘Oh, she’s shy.’ Say, ‘Oh, no! Lydia is brave!'” I literally slapped my forehead and said, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

So, for about a week or two we’ve been talking about how Lydia is so brave. This morning, I walked by Lydia while she was eating breakfast and watching Queen Esther. She turned to me and said excitedly, “Esther is not going to be afraid!”

Which was the perfect segue to what we did this morning…Lydia was invited to a Bring A Friend day at a ballet class. I knew she’d love it but would also be a little shy. I didn’t want her melting down and refusing to come off my shoulder while the other girls played and danced. So we talked about how Lydia was going to be brave at ballet class.

Then after getting dressed and kissing Daddy good-bye, she said to me, “I’m going to be brave like Queen Esther!”

And look who had the best time at ballet—not one tear, no whining or clinging to Mommy:

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A New Thing

I told you about my bbb, Leigh? The one who saved me with some good Q verses?

Well, we met almost a year ago when we did a swap online. We connected immediately because we both crush on Harry Connick, both have January 06 babies and basically think the same about tv, family and God. (You know, the three most important things in life.)

When I started this blog, Leigh was really excited about it. She’s been wanting to do something with her son (same age as Lydia, remember?) and this is exactly up her alley. Because oh yeah, I forgot to mention she’s uber-crafty.

She emailed me this week and said she was starting the Letter A with her son. They’re going to do “And God is able to shower all kinds of blessings on you.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 as their verse. Isn’t that a great one? I was going to ask her to make sure to post on her blog about it so I could steal see her ideas. Then, I thought, why not post them here?! So, I asked her to start posting what she’s doing here at Impress Your Kids, too! I’m so excited to see what God moves her to do and what she and her son create together!

The next few days she’ll post, we’ll add some info to the “about me” page, etc. So, look for those changes! And don’t forget to visit Leigh at her bloggy home away from home, My New Thing.

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Quite Possibly the World’s Most Perfect Q

We’re to Q. Q. What kind of letter is Q? It can’t even work on it’s own, it’s got to have a little “u” next to it. How random is that? Who made that rule up? It’s very strange to me much less a 2 year old.

I was a little stuck on a Q verse. The only one I could think of was “Quench not the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19. King Jimmy anyone?  So, I emailed my bbb* (and one faithful commenter), Leigh. She got concordance- happy and sent me a great list of Q verses.

We chose:

“I am quick to obey your commands…” Psalm 119:32

That is definitely something I want my daughter, Lydia to be. Quick to obey. That’s one reason I named her Lydia because the Lydia in the Bible was quick to believe and do for God. However, when I explained that “quick” meant “fast”, she said, “Mommy, I don’t like fast.” Oh, well.

After a little starfall, and reading the verse, we decided to make a queen.. A beautiful, royal queen. I wanted it to just be her face with a little tinfoil crown. I mean, everyone has tinfoil in their cupboard, right?

WRONG!

So, on to Plan B. I looked through my wrapping paper until I found some silver ribbons. I found some pretty purple tissue paper with scalloped edges and voila, our queen:

OK, so Lydia put her lips on upside down. And she doesn’t have any limbs. And as Lydia pointed out, no chin, either. But still, she looks regal. Right?

I’m looking forward to this letter because I really want to tell Lydia the story of Queen Esther. One of my favorite kids’ Bibles, The Super Hero Bible is illustrated by Brother Jones Artwork. And their picture of Queen Esther is the best I’ve ever seen. I know she’ll love it when she sees it. Sorry I can’t show it to you… (FYI: I just went on amazon to link to it and it says it is OUT OF PRINT. If you ever find one at your bookstore, buy it. It’s way cool.)

Anyway, I think we’re also going to watch Veggie Tale’s Queen Esther. Even though it may be a little confusing when Lydia doesn’t even know the story to watch it with vegetables, but whatever. And of course, I’ve already promised Lydia we’ll be making Queen crowns. I found some really cute ones online yesterday. I’ll share them with you soon, I promise!

Oh, and keep your feed readers open, I’ve got a special announcement coming up ASAP!

*best blogging buddy

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News I Know You’re Just Dying To Know

We had blueberry pancakes for dinner. PANCAKES. Another “p” word. Good, huh?

OK, ok. It was unintentional. And after eating about 12 myself, I realize that it’s just like eating a giant cookie with liquid sugar poured over it. Not so healthy. But yummy.

In other news, I am giving away some kid’s picture books! Random House sent me some awesome books that will definitely help you impress your kids! Go check out the giveaway on my daily blog, oh amanda!

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A Plethora of P’s

There is so much good stuff to go with P! You could do this for weeks. My favorite color is purple and Lydia’s is pink, so that would work. But then pasta is always good, too. And pandas, my fave! Penguins would be fun. Pictures are always great for my little photographer. Puppies are a plus. There’s just too much to choose from! Hmmm…

Let’s get to our verse first. We chose Psalm 135:3, “Praise the Lord, because He is good.” (This is actually just the first part, but if you have an older child, you should do the whole verse because it says, “Sing PRAISE to his name, because that is PLEASANT!”)

It’s an easy verse but I think it is a small sermon. This is the kind of confidence I always want to have in God. That no matter the circumstance here on earth, we can trust that God is good. So good in fact, that our response is to praise Him. It’s a verse that could sound trite, but I pray it really cements itself in Lydia’s heart.

Now, onto our craft. We ended up copying No Time For Flash Cards’ “P” craft a little and did some pasta P’s. I even used some pink & purple paper (although, I have to admit, it’s the only color I had!).

My daughter enjoyed this one so much we ended up making another pasta P.

Then we discovered 2 of our fingers started with “P”—pointer and pinky. So, we put pasta on our pointer and pinky and proceeded to sing, “Where is Thumbkin?” She’s eating lunch right now and has been singing it nonstop!

Speaking of lunch, look what we ate:

That’s right Pasta and Peas!

And a few more things I found to go along with P:

  • How cute is this blog? It’s called Kiddio and is full of crafts, book reviews, etc. This one would be perfect for P—a book and an activity about PEAS!
  • And oh, I want to do this! A Puppy Party with a cute cake, cute decor and the best is the doggy bag. I love it!
  • I glanced through our books before naptime and found, Please Do Not Open This Book! which I think is just the 35th Anniversary book of The Monster at the End of this Book. It was one of my favorites as a kid and now Lydia loves to read it. It must say PLEASE and PAGES a hundred times. We read it today and said, “p-p-please” and “p-p-page” every time. She thought it was hysterical.

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O is for Octopus and Omigosh

So, I found a cute octopus craft. I don’t know why I’ve been so stuck on doing an octopus, but I this is what I wanted:

I mean, isn’t that adorable? I knew it was going to be a little hard for a 2 year old, but still, I figured she’d be able to do part of it and then I could do the rest. Easy shmeasy.

Uh, yeah. Well, here’s what ours turned out like:

It took me like 30 minutes to do it and not even one of those legs is even. Does he even have 8 legs?

My daughter was not entertained and ended up measuring the cotton balls instead of making an octopus.

(However, right at this moment, she’s putting the octopus to sleep in the laundry basket. Complete with whispers and a blanket.)

So, next time I’m going to get a craft with a paper plate and a glue stick for goodness sakes.

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“O” Books

We stopped at the library today to look for “O” books. I really wanted a book about an octopus, but none of them were available at our library! These looked especially cute.

Instead we found…

Oscar Otter which is a pretty cute book with lots of animals and is esentially about obeying your dad.

Oscar’s Spots a fun book about a leopard who doesn’t want his spots anymore. With the help of a funny magician, he gets his wish…and a few surprises!

and

My “o” Sound Box which is a series of books about the sounds of every letter. Not a terribly interesting book but fun to see lots of words with the letter you’re working on.

Oh, and Lydia found The Bear’s Toothache because it obviously has TWO O’s in the title! She was so excited to recognize those two O’s!

Do you have any “o” books to recommend?

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