Archive for May, 2012
I had a first this last weekend. What is it, you ask? Well,I was able to attend my very first Portland Timbers soccer game with my husband. It’s the first soccer game that I’ve ever witnessed aside from those seen on TV. The team is based in Portland, Oregon and competes in Major League Soccer (MLS).
The place where my husband works has a box at the stadium in which they offer their employees free or deeply discounted tickets. My husband and I aren’t that into sports that much but we really enjoyed the soccer game, even though Portland lost to the Vancouver White Caps ( it was a reserve game). The game was slow to start but really picked up the second half. We were also very grateful that the Grandparents watched the kids while we were at the soccer game. And Melody didn’t mind that mommy and daddy were at a soccer game without her on her birthday since she got to spend the day with her Papa and Grandma.
We couldn’t have asked for a better date day. A fun new shared experience at a major league soccer game, weather was overcast but it wasn’t too hot or cold out. We got to visit a top resturant in Portland for dinner that served exquisite seafood called Jake’s Famous Crawfish which is considered one of the top ten seafood restaurants in the nation. Jake’s Famous Crawfish has been a downtown Portland landmark for more than 110 years! Excellent customer service and a wonderful atmosphere. I would highly recommend checking them out if you are in the Portland area.
Melody had a wonderful 4th birthday! We this last Saturday at a local pizza joint with family followed by a trip to one of our favorite parks (per request of the birthday girl herself). Melody received lots of fun presents in which I am sure that’ll get a lot of use! Some of the things she got and that are perfect for a four year old girl are a purse, write on and wipe off activity books, a microscope, a pair of binoculars, a couple of play dough sets, a watch, a neat origami set.
Instead of a cake, we made cupcakes! It was my first time using a frosting gun and I under compensated how much frosting I would need to frost two dozen cupcakes! Oops. No worries as there were enough purple (Melody’s favorite color) frosted cupcakes to share with everyone. Melody was thrilled that I let her help decorate the cupcakes with sprinkles of all sorts of shapes and colors.
As an added treat Melody got to spend the entire afternoon of her birthday with both her Papa and Grandma since Mommy and Daddy had some plans away from home. She told me she got a special ice cream and a balloon from Burgerville. Overall, I’ll have to say even though it was pretty low key, she had a great relaxed 4th birthday!
I am thrilled yet again to bring another wonderful board book from Abrams Young Readers to your attention. The last board book that I am mentioning is no other than Pantone Colors, a book the went above and beyond is brightening the day of its reader (it certainly brightens every member of my families mood when read or read to!). And this time, I’m super excited to tell you all about the book Hippooppsites by author, illustrator, and graphic designer Janik Coat.
Hippooppsites is a fun book that teaches children all about opposites in way that I’ve never seen before! As the reader opens the book they’ll see a very friendly red hippopotamus. As you read on you’ll be shown opposites such as small and large, light and heavy, thick and thin, and so on. This book uniquely takes opposites even further and caters toward even the hands on learners in an interactive way by showing with tactile elements of soft (fur) and rough (burlap), featuring the difference between full and empty with die-cuts, and more!
I’ve been teaching my four year old daughter opposites lately and with the help of this book, she’s really getting it! My 16 month old son even enjoys listening to me read and is it quite captivated by the bold pictures. Now this book does take you above and beyond what opposites most kids may be learning. For instance there’s opaque and transparent, positive and negative, visible and invisible, clear and blurry and so on. I appreciate the differences and the challenges this book brings to the table. And it’s one I’ll proudly display on my shelf and recommend to parents that are looking for something different and unique. A book that’s simple yet challenging. It’s the best of both worlds, in my opinion.
You can purchase Hippopposites on Amazon.com right now for $14.95 and it’s eligible for free shipping.
I think it would make a wonderful gift and fantastic choice to add to your own child’s book collection.
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed Publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.