I have been seeing all sorts of fun ideas to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday (which was on Friday, March 2nd). I would see it, pin it, bookmark them, and then say "oh well, maybe next year." But on Thursday night (March 1st), I realized that if I didn't do anything, I would regret it. My kids love it when I make a big deal about things. I've been pretty lax this year with this kind of thing. I have just been in a funk and I've not really been that much fun to be around.
So Thursday night, I said, "Okay, I'm going to just do this and make this fun for the kids." So last minute, I came up with a plan, got a few groceries on Friday afternoon and I made it happen. And I'm so glad I did, because I think these are the moments that my kids are going to remember. It wasn't that hard to plan a special dinner and I had some fun discussions with the kids and you know - I just love Dr. Seuss and I love that my kids like his books too. The kids were so excited about the dinner and it just went well.
So our Dr. Seuss day actually started with the kids having a great time at school. I came up with a fun EASY hairdo for Beth - actually it came together accidentally, but it worked great and she was excited about it:
They both came home telling me about all the fun reading times, games, treats, and just fun activities that they had at school. Beth got to take her Sasha to school with her and she almost finished her book so she was thrilled. JJ got special treats and had people come read to them and they both just had a great time. So they were already excited about the day when they got home from school.
I met them with a fun after school snack - Cat in the Hat Kabobs! And yes, I saw it somewhere online and it was perfect because it was just strawberries and bananas on a stick! And the kids were delighted - Beth loves Strawberries, so she got more of them. JJ doesn't like Strawberries, so he actually got more bananas and gave his strawberries to Beth. It's actually kind of funny, because JJ loves the flavor of Strawberries, but he just can't stand the texture or feel of them raw. Put them in a smoothie, a cheesecake, candy, etc. and he loves it - so its just a weird texture issue.
While they were eating their snack, we had our normal conversation about school and what was going on in their lives. They watched some tv, played on the DS, played with legos, etc.
Then for dinner, I made Green Eggs and Ham & Bacon (I just made scrambled eggs with bits of ham and bacon cooked right in - colored with food coloring) and I made a fun "Oh the Places You'll Go" Pancake Mountain for each of them. And of course it was all drizzled in maple syrup. The kids got a huge kick out of the Pancake mountain, especially eating the teeny pancakes. Oh and we had Chocolate Milk too!
Then of course we had to watch HORTON HEARS A WHO and have our dessert - Cat in the Hat Jello Snacks! Mine didn't turn out perfect, but they tasted good!
So, I could have done a lot more. So many fun ideas out there, but at least I did something and my kids went to bed happy! All in All - a successful night!