12 x 12 | materials brown dot patterned paper (Lily Bee Designs) + tan fleur-de-lis patterned paper (Bella Blvd) + writing paper patterned paper (Fancy Pants) + blue dots patterned paper (Bo Bunny) + blue arches patterned paper (Pebbles Inc) + blue and brown letter stickers (Pebbles Inc. (and can I just say: these are my newest favorite alphas? I love, love, love them!)) + blue square letter stickers (Cosmo Cricket) + tan oval letter stickers (Jenni Bowlin) + days of the week stickers (Bella Blvd) + font (Lane)
A Note from Amy
Oddly enough—because the “books” topic is one of my favorites!—this layout is more about seizing the moment and following through with your inspiration than it is about reading. I’m still annoyed at myself for not taking the pictures I had in my mind. So, take it from me: if there’s something you’ve been meaning to photograph, go do it. Today!
When you were two, you fell in love with the “bear books,” as you named them. These are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See? all by Bill Martin.
We read them every single day. Many days we read them five or six times. The magic of it was, just as you never got tired of hearing them, I never got tired of reading them. You carried them around with you so they’d be handy for a quick read where ever you were. You piled them up together neatly. You slept with them next to you during your nap so we could read them as soon as you woke up.
Now that I think about it, maybe “love” isn’t a strong enough word to explain your “bear books” devotion.
Often in quiet moments, I’d find you sitting in the rocking chair, looking at the books on your own. You’d sit with one big toe held in between the other foot’s big and second toe. You’d rock yourself as you pointed out the bear, the cat, the boa constrictor, the sea lion. You’d wiggle in that deeply-happy way that small ones wiggle.
One day, after reading them to you before your nap, I thought, “I should photograph Kaleb and his books. I don’t want to forget how much he loved them.” Then, when you woke up, we did something different. The day got busy. The impulse was lost. And I never managed to photograph you and your toddler-favorite books.
This makes me wiggle with unhappiness. So here is what I am doing instead: keeping the books safely stored away, now that you’ve moved on to bigger and longer books. Keeping them with the intent of one day reading your copies of these books to your babies.
And taking a picture.