Thursday, February 21, 2008

What will it be today?


Every week or so I clean out the "shop" space and we start with a clean slate. What shall it be? A book store? Lemonade stand? Toy shop? Bakery? Cafe? Animal rehab facility? Today it was a library.


We cut out rectangles and make library cards with our names and a bar code. We have a cash register that one of them got as a gift who knows when, and it has a "scanner" hand. Our library has a self checkout area, so we check out our own books when we visit - so they know a scanner and bar code are needed!


They carefully organized books on the shelves - sure to get books that they both like, and which fit well on the small shelves. They take turns as librarian (who wants self checkout when playing together?). They politely ask for a specific book for for their books which are on hold. The librarian says "May I have your library card, sir?" and starts scanning.

They are so cute - asking for late fees (!), recommending books, and reading bar code numbers to each other. "Thank you sir, have a nice day!"

Of course after visiting the library we need to visit the cafe, where we can sit and read and sip our warm green machines. This cafe has an excellent story time.


I love watching them play together - when they get into a groove, are interested in the same thing at the same time, and are obviously enjoying each others company. I watch them and see their love for each other and I envision them in 10, 20, 30 years, brothers AND friends. These relationships we are building as a family are the most important of their lives. I'm so happy that they do spend time together and are not separated or divided by age in their daily lives and are on equal ground with each other. They love each other - and it doesn't get much better than that!

16 comments:

live4evermom said...

What great fun you all have there. I remember those fun little boy days.

Dawn said...

That is so sweet and it looks like a lot of fun for your boys. What a creative mom you are!

shelleycaskey said...

what sweet play together for your boys! i remember doing this very thing with my twin sister. like it was yesterday. :)

Cami said...

Your little corner looks like so much fun. The photos of your boys are darling and so sweet. What a fun day for all of you!

My name is Stacie. said...

What a great and creative idea! And they look so happy and peaceful playing together. I have a sister that was only 10 months younger than me and we did everything together. We are still close. I bet they will be great, maybe even best friends as adults. What cuties they are!

Lisa Anne said...

Such lovely and simple play, and such a creative mom to direct this play. It is so sweet to see boys so loving to one another.

Maria said...

How sweet~ I love that they imagine explore and discover together. That's great. Im' sure they fight, too, but they seem to be especially close. Good for you!!

Lina said...

So lovely! My two play together like this too, it's a joy to watch - long may it continue. I see a few of our favourites in their library!

Ayla said...

i was humbled after the birth of my second child to see that big brother was more the center of little brother's universe than is was! ha! i know my children have known each other before this life and decided to be brothers this time 'round. it's amazing. looks like our guys have much in common :)

Yarrow said...

Hello, just found your blog. Its so nice! I will be back again. Thanks for your comment on mine, too.

Poppy & Mei said...

I have a little tear. It's a very happy one though, you are raising incredibly beautiful boys that will no doubt grown into lovely gentle-men...Xxx

Emilie said...

So cute! I love this.
They remind me of my sister and me when we were little. We are best friends today...I don't know what I'd do without her in my life. Your boys are so lucky and blessed to have each other :)

Lizz said...

Thanks for "showcasing" the store. I should photograph ours.

amanda said...

I love this! It must be so much fun for them to have a chance to reinact their visits to the library. All of that attention to detail is just precious. Thanks for sharing.

I used to love to play library, too. I even fashioned a little "drop box" out of a plastic picnic hamper. Thanks for taking me down memory lane :)

mammaclaudia said...

That's exactly what touches me when I look ant my kids. I have a sister and we are not very close. That's really sad and I hope my children will always be as close as they are now.

Karen Aune Arts said...

That is so heartwarming. Great photos and narrative. I love the cafe trip that follows the library visit. Such good friends, that is great.