I love this time of year. Something about the crisp leaves blowing through the yard and the lovely crystal-like patterns of frost on my windshield in the morning sets my little heart all a-flutter. I love to bake this time of year, putting yummy goodies away in the freezer for the cold winter nights when the kids are in bed and Bubblehead and I can settle down with a hot cup of tea. Plus having the oven on keeps me warm while standing on my cold tile floor. (Check out this site for some really cute baking ideas!)
As soon as Autumn hits I start thinking about Christmas. I love Christmas, because of all the family, and fun, and traditions. And yes, the presents are fun, too. The one problem I've always faced is that even though I starting thinking about Christmas early, I never seem to get things done early. (If I were smart I would be finishing up my shopping right now, but truth be told, I haven't gotten beyond the idea stage yet. At least I'm ahead from last year!)
This year one of the things we are getting for the kids are personalized books - go check them out. It's a unique gift, and is just another way to encourage reading.
And with Christmas coming up I have to share one more great find with you. There is a new service out there offered by Gaga's. They rent out special occasion wear for kids. I think this is a awesome idea for holidays, weddings, etc. Think of the money you can spend on a gorgeous little outfit for your child only to have them wear it once. At Gaga's, you can choose the perfect little outfit, and they rent it to you for 3 weeks, with free shipping both way - you don't even have to launder it! Very cool! I'm thinking about renting little formal outfits for my two just to have their Christmas pictures taken.
And lastly, because it's on my mind, I want to send my heart-felt sympathies to the family and friends of Todd Skinner. No child should have to lose their Daddy. I'm just so sorry....