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post #161 of 641
Just wanted to chime in on the children's books. I thought I'd list some that my 2 1/2 year old loves - they may be too young for your dd1 clay, but are very basic. I LOVE children's books, have been collecting them for years. Unfortunately I have a much more limited budget now and can't buy them too often. I would love to hear of any more suggestions you all have though! I am sure I can come up with more, but these are the ones off the top of my head.


Very basic books that are of the "I Love You" variety and use nature to describe how, so they are basically saying how the earth loves you, too:

I Love You, Little One - by Nancy Tafuri (she also has another book called You Are Special) example: "Yes, little one, I love you as the stars love you, constant and bright above you, giving you joy and peace and wonder. I love you as the stars love you, forever, and ever, and always."

How Do I Love You? - by Marion Dane Bauer

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Bedtime books

Bless Me - by Grace Maccarone My daughter absolutely LOVES this book. It is a simple prayer that just says, "Bless my..., Bless my.... (insert everyday objects)", and it ends with "Bless the water, earth and air. Bless the children everywhere!"

Time For Bed - by Mem Fox This one doesn't really have pagan thinking undertones like the others might, but something about it still seems magical to me in a connecting to animals/world kind of way.
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Whoever You Are - by Mem Fox My most favorite book. It might be a little bit heavy in parts, so not sure if it would be too much for your dd's Clay, but doesn't really have a plot. It talks about how all people are the same all over the world. The message is just beautiful!

We have On The Day You Were Born and love it. There is a On The Night You Were Born, too, which I would love to get for dd since she was born at night.

I'll have to check out the others that were listed!




Valerie - I'm on the tail end of a case of shingles too! Hope it passes quickly Shingles are soooooo not fun. Especially when you are trying to tend to little ones.

Hello to all the newcomers!
post #162 of 641
Goodness, it's been busy here!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend. Definitely going to be a hot cocoa kind of weekend around here.
post #163 of 641
oooohhhhh.... great suggestions!

The girls both enjoy Possum Magic and I bet they'd go for anything of hers. I've found that dd1 will accept things if I can just get a "foot in the door" (dd1 likes Yellow Submarine so she likes the Beatles... so she likes the musical Beetles episode of wonderpets... so she likes wonderpets). I've seen "Day..." and I'll give that a try too.

Peace- you should add that post to the resource thread!
post #164 of 641
Cari- Got the letter! Will send one back on Saturday.
post #165 of 641
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Oh yes... I routinely drool over a certain sig. But I wondered if anyone had favorites they could vouch for in terms of being completely plot free. We're doing lots of picture books but dd1 enjoys flexing her new reader muscles. It's just that anything beyond the riviting tale of "happy pony + flowers" sends her away in tears. Even gently retold fairy tales (like the Mercer illustrated Red Ridinghood where Grandma is tied up instead of eaten) are iffy, and the one time she saw a picture book of a Disney version (Sleeping Beauty) she was upset for days.

It's so random! And now dd2 has gone all unpredictable. Pumpkins are generally ok now (she eventually hid in dh's arms, but she walked past a half dozen jack o lanterns before giving in to the "too scary" vibe). But she was completely against walking past the shiny holiday display at Target yesterday. Apparently, holiday balls and snowmen are also "too scary"!
Oh yikes, I didn't realize a hint of a plot meant full on melt down lol sorry clay! I get a crack up at your dd2 with the random phobias... gotta wonder what on earth goes thru her little head!?!?

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oooohhhhh.... great suggestions!

The girls both enjoy Possum Magic and I bet they'd go for anything of hers. I've found that dd1 will accept things if I can just get a "foot in the door" (dd1 likes Yellow Submarine so she likes the Beatles... so she likes the musical Beetles episode of wonderpets... so she likes wonderpets). I've seen "Day..." and I'll give that a try too.
Oh we love mem fox, not exactly pagan but wonderful simple stories

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Cari- Got the letter! Will send one back on Saturday.
awesomeness! Lucas will be so excited, I'll make sure I have him check who the peices of mail are TO when he checks it from now one hehehe

Still doing the on, off rain thing here I'm sure our rainwater tank is completely topped up now Our backyard is still a marshland, maybe once it all finally finds a crevice to soak into, the grass will come up green (it had been dead brown Off to have a cuppa with my hunny then go do some house cleaning and such. Have a beautiful day mamas
post #166 of 641
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Maia you KNOW I'll be here for your virtual party.. I'll figure out some yummy snacks to 'make' and of course there will be drinks, both alco and non and I'm assuming we shall all 'dress' for this party? so I best get 'shopping' as well!
Yes, let's dress up! What fun! I would like to have a chocolate fountain. Let's have a chocolate fountain. Shall we have music? What band?
I need shoes...I think I'll wear the kicky cocktail dress. In black. Won't that accentuate my bodacious ta-tas, and perhaps tone down the hippage? What kind of shoes? Maybe shiny black patent leather go-go boots?

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I hear ya on the hair.. Mine hasn't been this long in... EVER! I seriously think this is the longest it's ever been When it's down, in the back it just brushes my bra strap. Time to start searching out someone to do mah dreadies!
'Tis time, yes! They will start growing out that way on their own, once you get them started. That's what my dready friend told me, anyway. I have just three and the rest of my hair is spiral permed.

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Maiasaura, those gowns are HOT!
Aren't they, though? What, my dear, are you going to wear to my birthday fete?

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But the dog and I are bonding and I really like her!
That is wonderful to hear. You were so not happy in the beginning. Yay!

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Maia - Birthday party! Woohoo! Those dresses are gorgeous!
Yes, I think so! What are you wearing?

Now if I could find a real dress to wear on the plane in 2-1/2 weeks...sigh. Right now my man is busy and I can't get ahold of him but he is doing some big math thing and he really can't be interrupted when he's all OCD about math It's really kind of cute, and since it's new, it really turns me on when he talks all math because he's doing something so totally normal for him, and not for me; you know how that goes...but I'd have to be careful not to let it get annoying, kwim?

Last night we had an...impasse? A pretty big stumbling block. He told me a huge thing about himself that I didn't know, and didn't at all clue into. I let myself get all bummed about it all day and didn't know what to do-- it is quite the conundrum-- it's something that is either nothing and is truly in the past, or can really get in the way (now, if I let it, or down the road if it, um, rears its ugly head again) but I talked to two people and one of them said, hey, listen, it was probably really bugging him and it took him all this time to build the trust to tell you so you really ought to cut him some slack. So for now, I think she's right, but I'm still spooked by it. Plus I have major trust issues anyway (as you all know ). Time will tell, I guess. I will have to tell him that I am over it for the time being but I want paperwork about certain things before I ever grace his threshold.
Sorry for being cryptic. I don't want to reveal details. But I'm sure y'all can get a gist of the feelings.

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But she was completely against walking past the shiny holiday display at Target yesterday. Apparently, holiday balls and snowmen are also "too scary"!
Oh no! Not more extended holiday angst!! Oh, Clay sorry about the laughing...it's just too silly. But poor you.
Hey what are you wearing to my party? Let's have a joint party, for you, too!
post #167 of 641
Dress shopping- I am off to look, gotta find something amazing for your party Maia!

Food- Chocolate fountains are ever so yummy! Can I put in a request for a really yummy non alcoholic punch? I will bring spinach triangles, umm, the yummy, flakey ones (what are they called?)

Ok, dress shopping- plus I will add some childrens books

Dress
post #168 of 641
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Dress shopping- I am off to look, gotta find something amazing for your party Maia!


Dress

OMG!! That dress is STUNNING!! I will be looking fgor a special event to wear that IRL!!
post #169 of 641
Yes, those dresses are gorgeous!

I have a list somewhere of pagany children's books that I want to get, but can't find it. Oh well....here are a few more on my dd's bookshelf right now:

I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon - by Karen Pandell and Tomie dePaola

Home Sweet Home - by Jean Marzollo


And three nice animal/nature/world type books:

The Barn Owls - by Tony Johnston

Owl Moon - by Jane Yolen

Somewhere In The World Right Now - by Stacey Schuett


And also Clay, just as a suggestion for books with a plot, have you checked out the Little Bear series of stories by Martin Waddell? They are very sweet stories and have a fairly simple plot pretty much all taking place between Big Bear and Little Bear. Just a thought for something that might be ok. They were the first "stories" dd would sit through and listen to me read while she nursed.

Possum Magic is cute. We checked that one out from the toy library a few months ago.
post #170 of 641
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Um. Wowie!! That is easily in the top 3 most beautiful dresses I have ever seen.

Oh. Wow. Nope I lied http://www.rossetticouture.com/raphflame.html

Do you think I could talk dh into letting me buy that, and do a handfasting instead of renewing our vows?
post #171 of 641
Wowsa! Gorgeous!

Random phobic funkiness- I know I know! We went to Target the other day (stuck in town at 9am it was the only store open) and about ten feet into the store Ro started shaking and crying. I couldn't get her to move she was just frozen in place and wailing. A couple store clerks came over to help (which made it worse because then she was scared of them too). I managed to get her over into the corner by the entrance to the mall and sort of "tented" over her to focus her vision on me (and carrying a paralyzed and hysterical toddler while a babe is wiggling in the ergo... not fun). It took about ten minutes but I was able to get her to identify the problem and it was the holiday balls hanging from the ceiling. I managed to get her past those (fortunately hung only by the entrance) and her later refusal to walk down the holiday aisle was more calm, though equally filled with conviction.

She had a smaller but still negative response to the holiday display up at the grocery store (complete with blinking reindeer lawn ornaments and "marked down" holiday cards!).

It's frustrating, but I do see the humor. And I'll just adapt all the "tricks" we used for pumpkins... songs and poems and puppets about snowmen, jingle bells, stockings, and holiday balls!
post #172 of 641
I like this one in the blue
http://www.rossetticouture.com/med5.html

and add a belt like the one from this dress, but made to match in silver
http://www.rossetticouture.com/med7.html

It feels very moon goddess to me!
post #173 of 641
Oh my gosh those are beautiful! I can't decide which I like better, the Artemis or the Indira.

Been running all day, and DH and I are getting ready to revisit an old mmorpg, which is actually how we first met while living several states apart. Should be fun!

Hope everyone is doing well or improving.

Kimi
post #174 of 641
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I will bring spinach triangles, umm, the yummy, flakey ones (what are they called?)
spanakopita.
post #175 of 641
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post
Yes, let's dress up! What fun! I would like to have a chocolate fountain. Let's have a chocolate fountain. Shall we have music? What band?
I need shoes...I think I'll wear the kicky cocktail dress. In black. Won't that accentuate my bodacious ta-tas, and perhaps tone down the hippage? What kind of shoes? Maybe shiny black patent leather go-go boots?
Ok, I'm going all fae for my dress!


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'Tis time, yes! They will start growing out that way on their own, once you get them started. That's what my dready friend told me, anyway. I have just three and the rest of my hair is spiral permed.
I've wanted dreads for 2yrs now but I must admit I'm a wee bit nervous about the reaction I'm going to get I'm trying to remember that it's just hair, and if someone else doesn't like it that's their issue not mine. My fil commented that dreads are dirty, to which I replied well actually no, you can wash them every other day if you really want to just like anyone else! He said ok ok, people THINK they look dirty. That's more like it, and do we live our lives based on what everyone else might THINK??
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Ok, dress shopping- plus I will add some childrens books

Dress
OMG that site *faint* As you can see above, I went 'shopping' on your site too beautiful dresses!

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It took about ten minutes but I was able to get her to identify the problem and it was the holiday balls hanging from the ceiling. I managed to get her past those (fortunately hung only by the entrance) and her later refusal to walk down the holiday aisle was more calm, though equally filled with conviction.

She had a smaller but still negative response to the holiday display up at the grocery store (complete with blinking reindeer lawn ornaments and "marked down" holiday cards!).

It's frustrating, but I do see the humor. And I'll just adapt all the "tricks" we used for pumpkins... songs and poems and puppets about snowmen, jingle bells, stockings, and holiday balls!
As a kid I was terrified of
santa himself, but never had problems with all the pretty shiny things. I truly feel sorry for you mama, because this one is going to be way harder than pumpkins to avoid!!!!

Went out & did a huge grocery shop and now we are filled to the brim with nommy fresh fruit & veg and assorted stuff. And I was way under budget YAY! I also remembered to take 5 bucks from our petty cash envelope so I could grab a bite to eat, and snagged hubby's free posh iced coffee card Tomorrow hubby & I are going to have sushi while we are out starting a holiday layby for the kids at the early learning centre. MIL is taking the boys for the afternoon after their swim lessons.
post #176 of 641
Hi everyone!

I've been lurking on and off of these threads for about a year and have only just recently decided that I definitely identify as Pagan. I'm still in a big learning and growing phase so still finding just where I fit. I've been reading old pagan threads including the summer camps and really enjoyed them and they have helped move me along the process quite a bit as well.

Just loving the link to the dresses, they're all gorgeous! Particularly this the Ophelia one.

Cari, I know what you mean about dreads and the comments (my mum said the same thing about them - I hadn't mentioned them to her, so it was just a comment she made in general one day). I wish I didn't care, but I'm not sure I can quite handle the all round judgement just yet (from anyone, not just her). I have been growing my hair long, so want to enjoy the flowing curly locks for a while anyway lol. As it is I'm slowly transforming into a more hippy look as the years go on!

I've recently started one of Susun Weeds herbal courses and that was probably the big catalyst for change.
post #177 of 641
Happy delurking nathansmum Glad to hear I'm not the only dreadie wanna be that's a bit nervous about doing the deed! lol I always feel envious of the other mamas on the dreadie thread (in natural body care here somewhere) that just seem to not care at all what other people think!

On another note.. please send sleepy vibes to my 3yo mamas... he napped ridiculously late and at 1030 pm he lays here with his blankie & pillow 'pallet' (hehe havent thought of that word in years!) on the computer room floor. We are listening to his sleepy music, but josh groban doesn't seem to be putting him to sleep. Instead, he is singing the theme song to Lodoss war (animated manga his brothers watched earlier today lol) This is NOT the desired effect and it clashes badly with Josh hehehe.
post #178 of 641
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Dress shopping- I am off to look, gotta find something amazing for your party Maia!

Food- Chocolate fountains are ever so yummy! Can I put in a request for a really yummy non alcoholic punch? I will bring spinach triangles, umm, the yummy, flakey ones (what are they called?)
Holy Cow, Aeress, that dress, that site, is to die for!! I may have to change my selection!
Yes, non-alk punch. Specially since I am an alkie in recovery. I will be happy to be one of the designated drivers! Let's have ice cream floating in the punch, want to?
Spanikopita. how about baklava while we're at it? I have this Turkish dark honey that is just divine.

Were you able to PM me? Go try

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Oh. Wow. Nope I lied http://www.rossetticouture.com/raphflame.html

Do you think I could talk dh into letting me buy that, and do a handfasting instead of renewing our vows?
Sure, go for it Why not?

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DH and I are getting ready to revisit an old mmorpg, which is actually how we first met while living several states apart.
an old what?? What is a mmorpg? Is that Elvish? Dwarvish?

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Ok, I'm going all fae for my dress!


I've wanted dreads for 2yrs now but I must admit I'm a wee bit nervous about the reaction I'm going to get
Ooooh, Cari How would that look as a wedding dress? For a 50yo? Someday that is going to happen...we're true love, srsly.

He did ask me, btw. On the phone. I said "HELL yes-- but ask me in person when I get there"
post #179 of 641
Hey Ladies, I will update the Yule List later today. I have two additions (email address and one more snail mail address) and then we are complete. I have been busy making cards and other holiday things- gotta get ready- the next few weeks are really busy!

Maia- will pm you today
He did, he asked? You said YES!

Clay-how is Tor feeling today? How are you feeling?

Oh everyone shall look so graceful and elegant at the party! Honestly, playing dressup like this, is ever so much fun!

Ok, off to get some housework done.
post #180 of 641
mmorpg- Massive (or Massively) Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Game.

Health- Thanks! Tor's still snuffly, which leads to much spilling of babe (he nurses then urps, hence "spill the baby") but he's amazinly cheerful about it. I'm still in shock at how laid back/cheerful he usually is.

We have a visit with our "regular' dr on Tuesday, then a meet/greet with the "new" dr on Thursday.
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