About how nice it is to have a little break between sports. I was dead set on eating together as a family this soccer/cross country season and I put it together almost every night, even if it meant eating at 7:30 pm. I would always have big fat bagels for the kids when they got home so they could full up and last till later. It feels like coming up for air somewhat, this little break.
Over the years I have started Christmas planning and shopping at different times due to the circumstances in my life (babies/toddlers). This year I am on the ball and destined to be almost all finished by Advent-a nice non-rushing, no crowds, homebound Advent season is what my goal is. This saves me so much time-no traffic, no lines, no running out when I should be home.
This last week I did a massive closet clean out with the boys-moving things along in hand me downs from boy to boy and assessing needs for practical gifts. I also went through all the winter bins, so everyone could claim their coats, boots, snow pants, etc. I took four big bags of items to charity! It feels good to start fresh, knowing needs (very few!) so I can shop smart.
I have my little list going.
I have a few updates for 2016 to work on (this scooter and this game and this cute little matching game for Janey that I don't mind playing to start) but our big time favorites lists is here.
I am working at putting together a post of a couple good Thanksgiving books, but we have been all over the autumn nature books.
This book is beautiful:
We had a giant squirrel nest come down in our backyard which is perfect timing to talk about nests-as the squirrels are scrambling to rebuild I am sure.