A Cherished Bedtime Routine

Kate and I take turns putting Simon down for bed at night. The system isn’t perfect, and there are often consecutive nights where one or the other of us will have to pick up the slack for the other due to athletic events, meetings, or other commitments. I often grumble about putting Simon to bed. And it is absolutely uncalled for, because most of the time I LOVE putting him down for the night.

We’ve been reading to Simon for a long time. It’s only within the past 2 or 3 months that I think he has started to put together the images on the page with the sounds coming out of our mouths. But recently he showed both of us that he has definitely made the connection.

Bee Bo!Simon has a series of books that we read every night. If you try to introduce a new book into the routine, he is fidgety and generally unpleasant. But if we stick to what we know, he sits quiet and attentive and once we’re done he’s ready to go to sleep. God bless Sandra Boyton. I’ve read three of her books so often I can recite them word for word.

Simon has recently added a new fun trick to our bedtime routine. He’s turning pages. I can ask him to turn the page, and he will! Even better, in Boynton’s Belly Button Book there is a page on which a little ditty is sung. When we get to that page, I sing the little ditty that the hippopotami in the book sing, to a tune that I made up. Several nights ago, as I got to that page, Simon turned his head and looked up expectantly at me with his big blue eyes. I sang the song, and he grinned like a fool.

It’s what happened next that really floored me. I flipped the page to read the last page of the book, and he REACHED OUT AND FLIPPED IT BACK. And then looked at me with those expectant puppy dog eyes. Part of me realized that this could eventually transform into bedtime procrastination. A simple request for a song could next be a “glass of water,” or “another story,” and then “5 MORE MINUTES!!!” Right now he’s not procrastinating as much as he is just wanting to enjoy his book.

So really, what else could I do but sing?

Business Card Design

I could write about how tonight is the beginning of the Redskins football season, or possibly reminisce about the Hokies resounding victory this weekend in Chapel Hill. But the readers of this blog generally give a resounding “Yawn” whenever I talk sports (there are a few noted exceptions – Hi Carrie!).

But in the effort to occasionally post something to my blog, I’ve decided to post about Kate’s business, KC Quilts. She’s enlisted me to provide Web and graphic design expertise (or a an imitation thereof) for her business venture. I leave the quilt making to her.

I’ve done a couple different items for her so far. The blog, these fabric labels, and a design for a business cards were the first three items on the docket. Next up is the rest of the Web site. Today, we got her business cards in the mail from 48hourprint.com. They came out really nice, and I would definitely recommend 48 hour printing. The only complaint I have is that the coating they use stinks. No, seriously. It actually stinks. I think the business cards need to air out a bit before they are put in a holder for Kate to carry around with her. Nobody wants to be handed a stinky business card.

Splish, Splash, B&W