Josh and Ivo made an igloo-type thing with the first big snowfall, and it's lasted all winter. Ivo calls it (guess what) "the carwash". In other carwash news Ivo received a set of Green Bay Packer pom-poms for Christmas that he just rediscovered yesterday, and he has been using them to "make a car wash cheer". Which is dancing around, swishing the pompoms and chanting, "carwash, carwash, round and round . . . yaaaAAY!" Do you remember those old-fashioned car washes that have swishy brushes like that? When I was a little girl I used to think they were the Fry Guys from the McDonald's commercials. There's a carwash like that on the way to Uncle Sams house that we always try to stop at. Getting a carwash halfway through a road trip is a kind of silly idea but it makes him so happy.
Nothing much is really new here, we've mainly been getting through our days on a playdate and a prayer . . . Ivo is so lucky to have a handful of very nice friends (with such nice mamas, too) who have been coming by to play with us frequently. It makes a world of difference to have a friend or two around.
Today Zinnia's Flower Garden by Monica Wellington arrived in our mailbox courtesy of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which is an awesome program that gives free books to kids. It's for kids ages 0-5 of all income levels that want to receive a free book every month. If a mom or dad signs up a newborn, that child will have 60 books by the time he or she is five years old. Isn't that amazing?? I am so glad our community is participating. And God bless Dolly Parton for her caring heart and generosity. This month's book looks particularly good. Ivo loves the other Monica Wellington books we've read, especially Mr. Cookie Baker and Annie's Apples. And the pizza one too. Actually he likes them all. This one is a lot more text-rich but has the same style. Ivo hasn't read it yet but I have and I actually learned a thing or two about plants. I can't wait to start some kind of a growing project with Ivo, and a book like this is just the thing to get us started. I am really, really dense about gardening, but seeds are pretty smart so my fingers are crossed.