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April 4, 2017

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Six Indoor Activities for Toddlers | www.LisaSamuel.com

Six Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Six Indoor Activities for Toddlers | www.LisaSamuel.com

It may be Spring, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is still mostly cool and gray and rainy. To keep us from going crazy, we have to get creative about how to have fun indoors when the wind is whipping and it’s too cold to bundle up for the park (or I’m too tired of bundling up). Here are six indoor activities that Theo loves.

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March 27, 2017

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Favorite Board Books for Babies | www.LisaSamuel.com

10 Favorite Board Books for Babies

Favorite Board Books for Babies | www.LisaSamuel.com

According to my mom, I started reading when I was three years old. She must be right, because I attended Montessori school from age three to five, and most of my memories are being curled up in the reading loft with a pile of books. When I was very little, at bedtime Mom would squeeze into bed with my brother and me and we would read book after book. The Sweet Pickle series was our favorite. As I got older, I would take a flashlight to bed and read under the covers, well past my bedtime. I read every Laura Ingalls Wilder multiple time, the entire Nancy Drew series, and every biography in my elementary school library. By the fourth grade, I graduated to reading through the series of hard cover classics in my parents’ library, starting with Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. You get the picture. Reading was a way to travel to other places and other times, to live in someone else’s shoes. I loved it. 

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February 17, 2017

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One Year with Theo | www.lisasamuel.com

One Year with Theo

One Year with Theo | www.lisasamuel.com

One year!

The night before Theo’s first birthday, Elie and I watched the video from his birth. It was the first time I had seen it, and it seemed like the right amount of time to go back and re-live that night. The battery on the camera died right before Theo was born, but we can to see the moments right before. The room was calm, the lights low, voices soft, my Mom was standing beside me, Elie was feeding me ice chips and wiping my forehead, waiting to be the first hands our baby felt. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to bring our sweet boy into the world.

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February 2, 2017

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11 Months with Theo

11 Months with Theo | LisaSamuel.com

This morning we had a friend come over for coffee. We all sat in the family room, Elie and me on the floor with Theo, playing. He was toddling back and forth between Elie and me, laughing and crinkling up his nose, squinting his eyes and snorting in the way he does now when he is very excited and proud of himself. As his parents, we think it’s adorable. Every time the kitty walked by, he lunged for a kiss, and we checked to make sure he wasn’t too vigorous with his love.

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December 29, 2016

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10 Months with Theo

Ten Months with Theo | Lisa Samuel | www.lisasamuel.com

For those of you who read these monthly posts and enjoy following along with Theo’s first year, thank you. I can’t believe he’s been in this world for almost twelve months. These posts have been so precious to write, to reflect each month on how much he changes and how quickly.

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December 2, 2016

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Nine Months with Theo

Nine Months with Theo | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

I’ve been thinking about how monumental this first year is, this year of so many firsts. Everything is brand new and every new experience has the potential to be one that shapes the rest of Theo’s life. Am I being melodramatic? Maybe. But I have this compelling drive to make every ‘first’ the best one possible.

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November 14, 2016

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Tips for Starting Solids

Tips for Starting Solids | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

If you’re a regular here, you know that food is a big part of our life. So, I was keeping my fingers crossed that Theo would be a good eater. And boy, is he ever! He wants to eat anything we’re eating, whether it’s avocado toast or pulled pork or ice cream. We have to be careful what we eat in front of him. Like with every other major milestone, I had so many questions about the best way to start giving Theo solid foods. I thought I’d share our process here, in case you have the same questions.

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October 26, 2016

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International Travel with a Baby

 

International Travel with an Infant | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

When we announced we were having a baby, we received many comments along the lines of, “I guess your traveling days are over!” Not a chance. When we decided to expand our family, we did so with the intention of continuing to travel as much, if not more, than before baby. We’re not naive; we knew how we travel would change. But, we fully intended to bring our baby along on our adventures. What better education for a child than to explore the world and be immersed in different cultures and lifestyles?

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