A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Garcelle Beauvais is a Celebrity Blogger for People Magazine’s Moms & Babies blog. This post first appeared here.

From The Sound of Music to Oprah‘s famous annual picks, who doesn’t love talking about their favorite things?

Being a mom brings me so much joy, and I love sharing the world with my adventurous, bright and curious boys. And as any parent knows, they form opinions of their own early on.

So here are some of our favorite things to eat, do, see and learn:

FOOD

For Jaid, the texture of food is important, but Jax will eat anything. Luckily, there are plenty of meals that both boys enjoy.

It’s always a relief to find something that little kids love to eat that’s actually good for them and their digestion.

They really like high fiber waffles, thanks to Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber Pancake & Waffle Whole Grain Mix. I just add eggs, oil and water and it makes a breakfast they both devour.

I also bake sweet potatoes for them, which I’ll either slice or serve whole. When I grill or barbeque corn, the boys help me shuck the ears. I love that it gets them involved in making dinner.

It’s a fun way for them to help out in the kitchen — a habit I want to continue to nurture, especially as they get older and are able to do more.

ACTIVITIES

I always try to take my boys places where they can explore and learn about the world around them.

They absolutely love the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The last time we were there, Jaid wanted to touch the stingrays and baby sharks. (I’ve got to say, I was nervous about that one.)

Jax actually touched a baby shark, and in spite of my fear, he left with all of his fingers and toes intact. Both boys got a kick out of seeing the penguins, too.

The beach is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment, and we all love it. We usually go to Will Rogers State Beach because it’s close and has convenient parking — and you know how much stuff we have to carry! Sometimes the sand may be hot so someone may want an “uppie.” 🙂

Even if it’s a little cool outside, Jax and Jaid don’t seem to mind. They build sandcastles. They venture into the water … and by that I mean they put their feet in before running back to the dry sand. And they have never seen a seagull they didn’t want to chase!

And speaking of pocketbook-friendly fun, we also love going by the airport and watching planes take off and land.

3garcelle-beauvais2There’s a grassy area near LAX, and when you sit there, the planes fly right over your head. This fascinates the boys, and I must admit that I’m in just as much awe as they are. It really takes you back to what it feels like being a kid, to experience that sense of wonder.

We go to the movies a lot. And of course, it’s all about kid-oriented movies.

We recently saw Brave, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and the newest Paranorman, which I thought may scare them so I was anticipating the boys coming into bed with me, but they slept. Hooray!

And I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen Dolphin Tale.

I want my boys to stay active, and we spend a lot of time bike riding around our neighborhood. I used to run behind them, but they have gotten so good and too fast, so now I have to hop on my own bike so I can keep up with them.

LEARNING

The boys each pick out two books at night, and I read to them. Jax also likes to create and tell me his own stories. He will dictate it to me, and sometimes I’ll read that story back to him at bedtime.

There are a lot of books that they can’t get enough of. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Curious George, and Hot Rod Hamster.

I like The Fat Cat on the Mat because I just think it’s clever and funny. That cat is determined to lie on the mat; nothing will make him move. It reminds me of how stubborn we can be.

One of my favorite things about being a parent is the ability to cultivate my children’s abilities and guide them to (hopefully) live up to their potential. To that end, I thought it would be fantastic to have an analysis of their hands.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I really enjoyed reading author Linda Salazar‘s book. She is also a scientific hand reading analyst. She sent me a package so I could create a print of each of their hands and send it back to her for the results.

I want to stress that this was not some sort of psychic thing. It’s not fortune telling or palm reading. There is no swami with a crystal ball.

This is just an objective, scientific analysis of hand patterns that gives you insight into specific life purpose, lessons and challenges, gifts, and emotional style. She nailed my boys to a T!

I learned a lot about them on a deeper level, helping me parent them better while honoring and supporting their natural way of being.

Jax’s hand analysis revealed he thinks outside of the box and that kind of creativity should be encouraged. Jaid’s handprint confirmed that he will always get his needs met, and that it is up to me to teach him to think of other people.

Of all the things I mentioned above, my favorite by far is waking up on the weekend and my kids climbing in bed with me — that is a little slice of heaven.

Garcelle xx

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