For The Love Of Laughing

Sometimes it can be painfully obvious to myself that I might be a little too serious.

Last night Anna I and climbed onto her bed to read some of her new library books.

The first one she picked out is called Walter The Farting Dog.

Okay, ha, ha. Sounds funny and silly and perfect for my three-year-old who loves nothing more than saying any number of phrases related to poop.

I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard.

And I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard with her.

And I know she liked that because I could see the surprise and delight on her face at seeing my laughing so effortlessly.

I bet we'll read it again tonight.

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  1. Teresa

    2012-02-24 23:43:54 -0500

    I don't think we've read that one. Will have to look for it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Suz

    2012-02-25 00:51:09 -0500

    Too funny! The only problem I have is with the title! It should be Bella ( one of our dogs) the Farting Dog! Gonna be interesting to see how this shows up in ur PL or on a layout! ;)
    Good stuff. Here's to a lot more laughter in your days. :)

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  3. Benling

    2012-02-25 03:29:27 -0500

    Laughing together is wonderful! I'll love to recommend this book "The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business" by Werner Holzwarth/wolf Erlbruch, story of the poopy kind. Kids like Anna age who's going thru the toilet training phase will especially find it great fun to read. My boy is alrdy 10 but we still laugh ourselves silly reading this book.

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  4. Kelster Jean

    2012-02-25 07:58:23 -0500

    Aw what a nice refreshing story. Sometimes in our house, we forget to laugh, especially without having kids and the excuse to laugh every day. Our rabbits make us laugh though with their quirky ways.

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  5. Viki Powell

    2012-02-25 13:10:42 -0500

    this is cute and reminds me of a cute story about farts! My niece was about Anna's age when we were driving in the car, she farted and annouced it. I said, Oh sweetie, little girls don't fart they fluff! her response to that was, "No, I farted!" She is not 15 and we giggle about this everytime we get together!

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  6. Karen

    2012-02-25 13:34:54 -0500

    Up:)

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  7. ElaineM

    2012-02-25 15:22:31 -0500

    When my kids were little, we loved the book Dog Breath.
    Look for it as it is funny too!

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  8. Gypsy Chaos

    2012-02-25 21:36:21 -0500

    I think we feel laughter is somehow wrong when major life changes are happening. Yet laughter is a wonderful medicine. It really does improve our outlook and give us a much-needed boost of endorphins.

    Laughter is the best medicine!
    May you find many more moments of laughter entering your life in the coming days.

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  9. Suzy

    2012-02-25 22:08:16 -0500

    Ali-
    I can relate to this. I am a 32 year old mom of 2. My son is 5 and daughter is 20 months. I too-take life too seriously, uh, a lot. Work consumes my life, let's admit it...a lot. It's sad when my son does something that makes me laugh-he stops and says..."look, mommy, your laughing!" I literally wanted to cry. Really? I am 32 years old and have 2 awesome kids and they really notice these things. Big wake up call for me! This is why I love reading your blog. Everyday life. Take it in. Enjoy. Thank you!

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  10. gayle

    2012-02-26 08:45:14 -0500

    I am so glad Anna saw her laughing Mother! We have to be aware of showing and teaching our children about all of our emotions. Friends of ours had their first child in their late 40's and in their quest to be the super parents they read a suggestion that they smile and laugh often! Seems obvious but they were very structured serious people and needed to remind them selves to play. love everything you say, so many things to apply to daily life and keeping our memories alive.

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  11. Liz Ness

    2012-02-26 11:22:23 -0500

    WE LOVE WALTER -- such a great spirit in a less than "fresh" context! Hah-hah-hah!!! =)

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  12. Kimisue

    2012-02-26 13:16:40 -0500

    We loved that book at our house too. When our son was older he read the day my butt went psycho series (yes there is a series). He laughed so hard over this book we read it together and it
    really is funny. Although, my son is an avid reader if you know or hear of a child (3rd-6th grade) who does not enjoy reading recommend the series.

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  13. Jennifer

    2012-02-26 15:13:43 -0500

    I LOVE this book! I read it last month to my grade 2 class and they absolutely loved it too. I almost couldn't get through it, as I was laughing as hard as they were. It was a very popular pick that week out of our class library.

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  14. Amy H.

    2012-02-26 15:21:13 -0500

    Thanks for sharing. I have a 3 year-old and soon to be 1 year-old nephew and I'm getting this series for them.

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  15. Lisa

    2012-02-26 16:47:45 -0500

    Our whole family loves that book (and there's a second one too)!!! It gets lots of laughs and has such a cute story too! Walter, the hero!

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  16. Bernadette @b3hd

    2012-02-26 17:52:32 -0500

    Great reminder to not take ourselves too seriously. I don't have kids yet, but I bet my husband would love to see some genuine joy and wonderment instead of serious contemplation all the time.

    Bernadette

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  17. Melanie L.

    2012-02-27 14:25:23 -0500

    I'll have to look for that one for my four-year-old. The rest of the kids (even the 16-year-old) will probably enjoy it too. Thanks. :)

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  18. Gayle

    2012-02-27 20:41:32 -0500

    We have Walter too! I bought it when I was pregnant because it completely cracked me up. Maybe it was the hormones! There is a stuffed farting Walter that you can also get. He's a good dog.

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  19. Katie scott

    2012-02-27 23:08:56 -0500

    We lov

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  20. Katie scott

    2012-02-27 23:13:15 -0500

    Author is from my home state of Maine - we LOVE Walter!!! Also try Farley the Farting Frog - from Norway I think - equally delightful & will support your One Little Word UP since he gets so full of gas he blows up like a ballon & floats up onto the sky - good stuff.

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  21. Katie scott

    2012-02-27 23:14:09 -0500

    Balloon - I'll blame typos on my iPhone tonight.

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  22. Nancy L

    2012-02-28 03:02:16 -0500

    My 3 boys (8,8,6) love Walter books. Anything about bodily functions or noises are hits with them!
    2 other books they still enjoy are
    Have you seen my potty? and
    Achoo both by Mij Kelly

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  23. SandraA

    2012-02-28 17:18:00 -0500

    Love it! Made me think of my granddaughter. We sing a song back and forth to each other; "I love you more than...". Some make us go "awww", like when it's "I love you more than rainbows." But then she starts with 'I love you more than poop", it gets us laughing and making "EWWWW" sounds. We all need these lighter moments in our lives.

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  24. Jessica

    2012-03-02 16:45:09 -0500

    The Mr. & I collect children's books for our future children & I just got this book. It was fantastic, we giggled the whole time we were reading it. Speaking of funny kid's books have y'all tried Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales ? It is so funny!!!! It is best read straight through since the narrator pops up randomly though out the book, but seriously an awesome read!!

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  25. kathleen natale

    2012-03-24 00:38:26 -0400

    Well, all you need now is the book "Everybody Poops". My grandson loved it from the first day of potty training. We laugh, giggle, and say eewwwww a lot! LOL! There is also Everybody Farts. Hey, that's what little kids laugh the most at!

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