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What’s to Come

7 Feb

calendar picSo what in the world can be so enthralling that could possibly keep me from the wonderful land of “Blog”? Oh…everything!  Holidays, field trips, laundry, house cleaning, sickness, and writing have sucked up my time like a vacuum.  But I wanted to fill you all in on what is on the calendar for Kristi & Dave Grimm so far in 2015. By the way, what in the world happened to January?  I am quite sure that I missed it! I can’t be the only one that feels that way…can I hear an AMEN!

I announced awhile back on my fb page that I have finally broadened my playing field and have written my first children’s novel for preteens.  After months of passing the story around to friends and family to get suggestions and then having it professionally edited I am now at the stage of trying to find an agent.  Yes, you heard me.  I am going to take my first step out of the self-publishing world and see if I can survive in the domain of main-stream publishing. Yikes!  It’s a little scary to think about, but I am determined to give it my best effort.  I have already chosen a few agents to test the waters. Then again, if anyone has any suggestions of agents that are willing to give me a look-see, I would be ever so grateful.

While we wait to see if this new venture takes root I am still enjoying selling and promoting my Mommy, Tell Me a Story series.  In fact, we are already starting on the next book Mommy, Tell Me a Story about a Horse.  It has been over a year now sense we published our last book in this series so we are really excited to start adding to the collection again.

My hubby Dave took a break from illustrating my books to finish two wonderful books for a new author.  If you would like to see these two projects you can find them on amazon.com or barnsandnoble.com under author Ann Anovitz.  They are very sweet books and are definitely worth checking out.

I have also been busy planning book events for 2015.  This is my favorite part of being an author! It is my chance to meet and greet as many little ones as I can.  Just today, Dave and I spent several hours at the Gilbert Art Walk, not far from our home here in AZ, signing and selling books.  I can’t tell you how much we enjoy seeing a little boy or girl hugging one of our books as they walk away from our booth.

For my local followers, here is a list of places we will be in the next couple months:

February 27- Boulder Creek Elementary

March 7- Gilbert Art Walk

March 14- Tucson Festival of Books (Richer Life booth…Sat. & Sun. 1:30-3:30)

March 30- Desert Vista Elementary

April 11- Gilbert Global Village

We love to visit schools in the Phoenix area so if your son or daughter would like us to visit their school let me know, and I will see what we can do to make it a reality.

Well I think you are all caught up now.  I value all of my readers and hope that this blog finds you well.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of 2015!

 

 

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The Art of Play

2 Mar

Dog-pile Daddy!

You know the sound of children at play, high pitched squeals and spurts of uncontrollable giggles followed by efforts to catch their breath.  It is a universal sound that doesn’t require any language skills of any kind to recognize.  Every child in the world longs for it, and if in a pinch can figure out any way to do it.

Too often as adults we somehow forget how to play.  I’m not talking night clubs and adult beverages. I am talking about the ability to make your own enjoyment by seeing
a nice big mud puddle that just screams, “Jump in me!”  By wondering where that butterfly might be going and should we investigate? Being able to laugh at the shapes you see in clouds.  Maybe some would call it silly.  But is it?

Is it silly to show your children how to laugh at yourself?  Is it silly to show your children that growing-up doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the simple things in life anymore?  Is it silly to show your children that an adult can laugh and enjoy themselves without the aid of alcohol or drugs?

Is a beer or glass of wine bad in itself?  I don’t personally think so, if you happen to enjoy the flavor of beer or wine and you can control how much you are drinking.  But are your children seeing that you can’t relax or hang with your friends without one?
Hmmm…isn’t that showing them that this is a necessary requirement for “play” as adults?  Is it no wonder that teenagers are so quick to turn to drugs or alcohol to “have a good time?”  We have just spent a great deal of time showing them that their way of play isn’t as good and ours.

I find this so sad.  For years these little ones have mastered the art of play.  But by our example we are showing them that they must be wrong.  They must outgrow their “childish” behavior.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think a sign of maturity in any person is the ability to know when to play and when not to.  This is what children need to learn about play not how to change it.  So what is wrong with playing with blocks?  Who says an adult can’t do it?  Who made that rule?

Have you ever seen a parent buy a toy for their child?  We have all been there!  We are thinking, “This is totally cool!  I want to play with this.”  We live in a world where most adults have forgotten how to play.  They have forgotten how to laugh just because laughing is fun!  Let your children see you having fun with them.  Let them see that you haven’t forgotten how to play!

I think the average adult would find that children aren’t as stressed because they know something we don’t…how to play the right way!

Inspiration for “Mommy, Tell Me a Story”

2 Aug

Kristi and Dave GrimmIn 2011, my husband and I started our new journey toward publishing our first children’s book. Now a year and a half later we are so amazed at how far we have come. We have now published two books and our third is completed and will soon be ready to print. To think that this all started from a simple idea from my son.

It was clear after some testing at age six that my son had ADHD. We soon decided that homeschooling was the best option for us. He has enough energy for about five kids so I like to start the day with exercise to help him focus. Because of this, several times a week my son and I go running (he runs-I roll). Whenever we would start, the first thing to come out of his mouth was, “Mommy, can you tell me a story?” This simple statement is not common to just my son.  I am sure every child in the world at one time or another has asked this simple question to someone important to them. I love that you can teach a lesson, change a tear to a smile, inspire a dream, or just help a child pass the time through a simple story. After several years of telling one story after another it seemed only logical to start writing some of them down. Now at the age of nine, my son sometimes listens to his iPod while running, but I have to say that at least once a week I still hear him say, “Mommy, tell me a story.”