Monday, October 21, 2013

around the house : : little bits of fall

we have the fall decorating going in full force around here. the kids and i get so excited each time the holidays roll around. this time of year we mostly decorate with leaf garlands (from jo-anns), gourds, pumpkins, and scarecrows. we have one tradition that has become so very special... that is our holiday books... kept with each holidays decorations. i had noticed that our "halloween" collection was looking a little sad, so i decided to order some new books this year. i bought a few on amazon and i have left picture links in my sidebar if your interested in checking them out further. i am not a fan of the creepy halloween books, especially for bedtime stories to my little ones. so i went on a search for sweet books that focused on the traditions and changes of the seasons. i LOVE the ones we found. the first to arrive, "too many pumpkins", is the sweet story of a lady who hates pumpkins but ended up with a huge involuntary pumpkin patch and found ways to share and appreciate her misfortune. my other favorite is "and then comes halloween" which goes through the seasonal changes, and making decorations, carving pumpkins, and making costumes... all the things we do... perfect! anyway... i will post the links to all our favorites and if your interested you can check them out.
another holiday tradition that is a bit new around here is the display of past holiday artwork all over the house. i have always kept all of the cute little holiday decorations that the kids have made at home or brought home from school, but last year i decided to start storing them all with the holiday decorations. so now i have a manila folder in each storage tub with all of the art from each kid for that holiday and i hang them all over the house. the best decorations we have in my opinion. i must say it is soo cute seeing how excited they get about finding the art that is "theirs". i love traditions.

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