If you’re like me, there is nothing more joyful than having real conversations with your littles.
There are lots of ways to accomplish that, from carving out special time to having family meals together without technology to implementing a family game night. But have you ever considered family book talks?
Gathering together once a week to talk about what your kids are reading can spark some interesting, lively conversations. Hearing the stories that intrigue your littles, their reactions to different events within their books, can give real insight into what they’re thinking and feeling.
My friends, the Lit Mama is rendered speechless. I just do not have words.
Okay, yeah, I do, because I’m me, but seriously, y’all… Have you seen the live-action Beauty and the Beast yet? Because I’m in love all over again.
Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie. So much so that I drove my family nuts singing along with the DVD at my first viewing of the latest version. I remembered every word. Every. word. I geeked out big time.
And Emma Watson rocked all the songs. Who knew Hermione could sing?! Plus, seeing Dan Stevens in anything at all makes me miss Downton Abbey a little less, and he played a beautiful Beast. Emma Thompson tops my list of all-time favorite actors, and she rocked Mrs. Potts. Kevin Kline as Crazy Old Maurice was endearing and Luke Evans made for a magnificent Gaston. But I’m not going to lie–Josh Gad as LeFou just about stole the show from Evans. He was perfect.
I’m gushing. Sorry.
Have you seen it yet? Because wow. Yeah yeah.
I wondered how they were going to make a film out of a book that was basically an encyclopedia of the beasts from the world of Harry Potter. I should have known it was going to be fantabulous.
I ain’t lyin’, I’m a huge Potter fan and I think they did an excellent job with the films, but I may have liked this even better. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical film that has all the good stuff: wizards, muggles, super sinister bad guys, and kids that get caught up in something they don’t understand.
When I was young, my dad did this one thing that let me know, without a doubt, that he loved me and my sister. Every year on Valentine’s Day he bought us a small gift, just from him. It was such a simple but special thing to do that I carried on the tradition with my boys. Every year I buy them a box of chocolates and some small gift. When they were very small, it was stuffed animals. Then it became action figures or books.
This year, along with their other gifts, because they are all getting almost too old for such things, I thought I would let them know just how I feel about each of them.