Apart from constantly crawling around the house, growling like a dog, Heidi hasn't offered up any awesome birthday party theme ideas. As an avid non-dog-enthusiast, there is NO WAY I'm throwing a dog themed party (Heidi was even bit by a dog this year and still loves the smelly beasts... sigh...). I know, I know, you're all shaking your heads and wanting to growl at me too... GO AHEAD:
ANYWHO, I was so lost, that I actually typed "Toddler Birthday Party Themes" in Pinterest. If you're not familiar with Pinterest, that is comparable to counting how many times "the" is in the Bible. Aaannnddd, I just compared Pinterest to the Bible. Bring me a trophy NOW!
I'm on track to offend every reader I've ever had, and this post was supposed to be all about sweet Heidi and her wish list! Back to the subject...
During that fruitless birthday theme search, I DID manage to plan Hazel's 4th birthday. It's gonna be AWESOME! But what about Heidi Rose? What does she LOVE? AND THEN IT HIT ME:
In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon... AND A BIRTHDAY PARTY!
I have mama guilt over the fact that I don't read to Heidi nearly as often as I read to Hazel in her first 2 years. And yet, we're reading much more often these days... granted it's the same book over and over and over. "Gnite Moo!" is a daily, hourly request!
*She also LOVES a book my Uncle John Krumich worked on which is consists of classic kids songs. "If You're Happy and You Know It" by Nicki Weiss, however it's out of print, so you can't buy one for your favorite kids :(
In the above pic, she curled up on our reading chair and was reading to herself. "Gnite Moo" is what she says over and over and over. When we read together, her favorite pages are the ones where I read "And the tired old lady who was whispering..." and Heidi whispers "HUSSSHHH".
So, she will have a BOOK-THEMED BIRTHDAY! It's perfect because she has more toys and clothes than we can manage, but books... oh, one never has enough books. Plus, since Jake and I don't have room in our budget for extras, our book selection isn't nearly what I want it to be.
I just happen to have been collecting "recommendation" guides and so here are our top book desires (don't worry about duplicates, we LOVE duplicate books!):
*these are my affiliate links so I will receive a SMALL commission if you purchase through the links attached to the pictures.
Feel free to live your recommendations in the comments!