This time of year, though lovely, can be quite overwhelming for a parent. There's the change of seasons which means cleaning out the drawers and closets and getting the tubs of saved hand-me-downs from the attic and figuring out if you kept anything of worth for your younger children or if you need to buy all new stuff, which, if you're anything like me, takes so long that you might as well just leave all the tubs out until spring when the whole switcheroo/buying of new clothes happens all over again. And also, why can't I remember how to dress kids and myself for winter?! What in the world did I wear last year????!!!! I mean, I know I didn't go naked. I had to have worn SOMETHING. Oh, and to make matters worse, I put all my sweaters in a tub (without a lid) in the garage all spring and summer long, so they may or may not be salvageable. Y'all. Don't be like me. Please be better than me.
So there's the clothes stuff. Then, oh dear, here comes all the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the holidays. I truly do. But it can overwhelm! Growing up, my mom hated Christmas. I now understand why. All the pressure to plan a most perfect Christmas experience...it's for the birds. Especially when I really need to spend money on our bathrooms that need to be redone and all the other stuff that's falling apart around the house. So there's guilt if you don't get all the right stuff for a perfect Christmas and guilt if you do.
There's one kind of gift I don't feel guilty buying or giving, and that's books. So today I'm sharing my book picks for this Christmas. I've said it so many times, but I'll say it again, I don't love most children's books, and when I'm looking for children's books I DO like, I look for ones that my kids, all ages, can enjoy. I especially love if they can enjoy them together. I think all of these will accomplish that goal. And the illustrations!!!! There are no words for how much I love all of these illustrations. Really, I could enjoy them for that reason alone, even if they had no words. Don't judge.
Now that I've crossed a few Christmas gifts off my list this morning, I'm now off to dig through some tubs and attempt to clothe these kids for the sudden winter weather that has descended upon us here in Arkansas! Wish me luck!!