Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The other side of the camera - The cure for insomnia

Forever In Blue Jeans

I'm participating in what I think is a really smart weekly challenge hosted by Carin at Forever in Blue Jeans. It seems like mamas spend an awful lot of time behind the camera. The idea of this challenge is for mamas to get on the other side of the camera in at least one photo a week.

When my boys grow up they'll inherit hundreds of thousands of photos taken from their childhood, but how many of those will show their mama? At least for this year I can answer 52!

Recently, every night, I've read the boys Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book at bedtime. The book is such a yawn! No, I mean, really...the book is filled with yawning creatures. And since everyone knows that yawns are contagious, you can imagine what happens to me and the boys while reading. Yyyaaawwnnn... I'm getting sleepy just thinking about it...

Here is the first page...

The news
Just came in
From the County of Keck
That a very small bug
By the name of Van Vleck
Is yawning so wide
You can look down his neck.

This may not seem
Very important, I know.
But it is. So I'm bothering
Telling you so.

-Dr. Seuss, 1962

Now, whenever I yawn, Jack asks me if I caught it from Van Vleck.

What's that? Are you yawning?

I guess I should have warned you not to read this post unless it was your bedtime! Sorry!


  1. There is just something w/ kids and books! My kids love to be read to!

  2. I haven't read this one. Maybe that's what I need to get to help kids get sleepy at night! yaawwwn.... hehe! With my luck it would put me out and leave them still up & rarin' to go!

  3. Yaaaaaaawn, yes I just did when I typed that =) what a darling post. And is your son yawning? sure looks like a possibility. I haven't seen that book, I'll need to see if the library has it. Good night now!

  4. Awwww that's cute, have you caught Van Vleck? I really like this photo looks like a wonderful time. My kiddos love Dr Seuss as well! :)

  5. I love this photo! Thanks to you, I'm beginning to post our family pics on my blog.


  6. Oh, great picture, so sweet! what a funny book! One of the books we read forever was Goodnight Moon, and Alex just LOVED that book...we get it out every once in awhile...It's great when the kids have a favorite book and can start to read it to you!

  7. I love the idea of Moms getting into pictures. We recently returned from Disney, and I'm not in a single picture with my boys. I'm going to start trying to get Daddy to take the reigns.
    Stopping by from SITS.

  8. I Loved reading to my kids when they were little, I miss it now. Great picture!

  9. What would story time be like without Dr. Seuss? What a fun picture with you and your for me...I think I will go take a little nap......YAWN...feeling tired.

  10. Great picture. We're huge Suess fans here!


    I just yawwwwned. NO LIE!

    I love that Dr. Seuss. No one can jibber jabber quite like him! I love everything he writes (even if it makes me sleepy). I wonder how many writers get that kind of compliment.

  12. We love books too. Super cute picture! Bedtime stories are great!

  13. "YAAAAAAWN!!" And it is NOT even close to Sam's nap time!!!!

    I love the idea of getting on the other side of the camera. I am going to try that and see how it goes!

  14. Love it!!! I love it when my kids come to me and want to read to me.

  15. I miss Dr. Seuss now that my kids are older!

  16. Goodness, I tried hard but couldn't stop myself from yawning, just reading about it! Crazy!!

    Great book though & love the picture of you reading to them!

  17. You make a great point. I am always on the wrong side of the camera.

  18. Of all the Seuss books we own, we don't have this one ... yet. Sounds like something I could use at MY bedtime. Thanks for sharing :)

  19. I just got up from a nap........ and I am now ready for another one.

  20. Here from SITS. your blog is great--I'm a follower now. (We have the same blog design, lol)

  21. I yawned just seeing the word yawn.

    And now I've just yawned again.

    Ack! I need caffeine. Stat.

  22. That's a great picture to have! Now they will have a picture of all the special memories they have of bedtime stories.

  23. What a great photo of you and your boys. :)

  24. This is one of our favorites. I've kept all our Dr. Seuss books still in our L.R. because I love them so much and even though my kids are teens now, I've seen every one of them grab a stack of Dr. Seuss and sit and re-read them, remembering their favorites. His work has been a gift to many generations. This picture will be a gift to your kids when they are older...

  25. Great picture. Somehow in all the Dr. Suess I've read in my 17 years of Bedtime stories I have missed this one. Of course by the time we get halfway throught the BON (Book of the night) I am usually yawning anyway. Thanks for sharing.

  26. That is actually my favorite Seuss book... I loved it when I was little, and I love reading it to my little sleepy ones now!


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