Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

by Cate on March 1, 2012

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I have a ton of favorite authors from my childhood, and without a doubt, Dr. Seuss is right up there in the top 5.  His silly rhymes and nonsensical words draw you in with each turn of the page, and his library of books is a go-to choice when I’m reading to the kids at bedtime.  Tomorrow, he celebrates his 108th birthday, and it was the perfect thing to celebrate with friends last night.

Lasagna, homemade pizza, salad, and then it was time for a quick craft with the kids.  We made marshmallow pops, decorated with red, white, and blue sprinkles, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ favorite colors.

What you’ll need:

  • lollipop sticks
  • candy melts
  • sprinkles
  • marshmallows

Melt the chocolate melts while your young helpers are sticking the lollipop sticks into the marshmallows.  Dip the end of the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, and then the colored sprinkles, and put it on a sheet of waxed paper while it sets.  Indulge.

All hands on deck

Sigh. Madeline’s new favorite go-to camera face is either a hand on a jutted-out hip or sticking her tongue out. And getting these two to sit still enough for a picture? Tough work. They will both be going to a new school in September, and it’s such a huge difference than their current school, I wish they could go NOW.

I will leave you with some of our favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.  Would love to hear yours (or your favorite Dr. Seuss memories)… this is the perfect opportunity for delurking, I swear.

“You have brains in your head
you have feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself any direction you choose.
you’re on your own. and you know what you know.
and YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…
and will you succeed? yes! you will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
kid, you’ll move mountains!”

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

Need more ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday?
This fun little snack would be a great take on green eggs and ham.
Fish cookies for an almost four-year-old Nick.
A Dr. Seuss-inspired graduation gift for you to start working on … now.

March 1, 2012 – Bonus Photo
Yesterday she learned how to draw a heart. And then proceeded to make a million of them to fill up a page. And then gave me a love note. Girl knows how to get me every time.

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Joanne March 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

Dr. Seuss will always and forever be a favorite of mine. I’m partial to Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and I LOVE that first quote. I’m pretty sure we have almost every one of his books at home, all great.


Ramona March 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

Happy weekend!


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