As you read this, try to keep yourself from thinking, “my man would NEVER do that.”
Instead of buying each other cards for special occasions (which isn’t really my style anyway unless it has something really ugly I can make fun of), let me say that last sentence over again. Instead of buying each other cards for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anniversary, Christmas, and any other day you would buy your “significant other” a card of some sort, we buy each other a children’s book. Most of the time we buy a nice hardback one, and on the inside cover, we write each other a love letter which usually makes me laugh and cry and “””SENSOR—-wet myself—-SENSOR””” all at the same time.
So if your man needs some ideas, let him choose a gross book first like THIS one and just go with it. Also remind your MAN that your kids (or future kids) will be able to enjoy all the fun books and become smarter in the process…or just give him some sweet incentives of some sort, be creative.
It’s so fun. Here’s why:
- you have an excuse to buy a really funny, or lovable, or whatever children’s book (usually ours are really funny)
- you have a regular book that instantly becomes a family treasure
- when you read your kids a story, you can flip to the front page and enjoy
- it emphasizes the importance of reading-At least that’s the idea, but if all else fails, you have a nice children’s book and a love letter from your hubs at the end of it
My hubby usually likes to illustrate some of the random things he thinks of. For example: This is when he was referring to us having three kids. We now have four :).
He gets pretty creative with his. I can never top his pictures unless it’s with my words I make up like Fancy Pilgrim. When we’re feelin’ pretty daring, we let our kids draw pictures in the front cover….and trace their hands.
and we always put the date, occasion, and the ages of us and our kids an any other info we feel like. We even started writing in another part of the book details about how we celebrated. These details are fun to look back on.
Give it a try! Maybe when we get older we will start writing our letters on the insides of Depends boxes, or send each other secret messages through our Belltones or better yet, tapping out mores code with our canes…but for now, this will do!!!