(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)
Julia: wearing her very favorite hairstyle in the world - Tiny Buns.
OH FRIENDS. Hello! How ARE you? It's November! I'm so relieved! I'm always so relieved when each holiday is over! And that makes me feel bad/sad. Beacause I love holidays! Should I feel bad/sad? Julia looked at me the day after Halloween, and said "I feel Christmasy!"
I know. I know that many people are very against jumping into Christmas right after Halloween. I'm not for it really. It's a December holiday and we shouldn't jump the gun. I've never been a huge T-day fan, but this year I'm feeling really grateful to have this month of quiet-before-the-storm until Christmas mania hits.
And when I start to feel stressed and overwhelmed at the prospect of All of It - I just think...do less. A candle here. A light strand there. It doesn't have to look like everything does online. Play a game and make some gingerbread.
I had a conversation with my mom a couple weeks ago (the queen of overzealous holiday-ing) and I realized I owed her a huge thank you. For all the treats, the presents, the bows, the cups of apple cider, the time she took in decorating with me.....you just don't fully get what your mom or dad did for you behind the scenes during the holidays until you're an adult.
But.....I am getting a head start this year. I've begun holiday present stockpiling. This is FINALLY going to be the year I don't leave it all to the end! And I'm so happy. I have a few gifts already here that I think Julia will be so happy about.
And let's chat more about that please. My kiddo is turning 9 in a few months. Can you please share with me what you all are turning over in your head in regards to possible gifts for your kiddos who might be around that age? Because I have a few ideas, but nothing particularly interesting. (We're always looking for fun games.) And again.....there's that pressure. That really shouldn't be there, because she'd be pretty happy with her own copy of 'Despicable Me 2', seriously. (oh and she still wants a dog....)