This is the second year that the kids and I participated in a little Mommy & Me Secret Santa Book Exchange with some fellow bloggers. We loved the books we received last year and we were really excited to see who our Secret Santa would be this year and what we'd receive. We hit the jackpot and were matched with the amazing (book exchange co-host) Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey and her two cutie pies, who sent us the best package of books (plus a bonus Sonic gift card for mama to get a cherry limeade and some tater tots!). Thank you so so so so much, Ashley! Books and tots! You know the way to my heart!
Mac was so excited to rip into his present he could barely stand it. I got 20 blurry photos of him shredding the paper before I could get him to settle down just a bit and show me what he received - The Berenstain Bears The Joy of Giving. I have high hopes that this book will help reinforce the idea that the holidays are more about giving than receiving...it's got a big job to do.
Mim got the cutest little board book called Merry Christmas, Stinky Face, which is a spin-off of the original book, I Love You, Stinky Face - a favorite of mine. I've already had to read this one to both kids multiple times a day, because they both love it so much. It's really cute and I have a feeling Mac is going to be asking crazy imaginative questions like the little kid in this book very soon.
And not to be left out, Ashley sent me Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, which is about the complicated mother-daughter relationship. I love Jodi Picoult books and I cannot wait to dive into this over the holidays!
Thank you so much, Ashley, Wyatt and Stella!!
We also got to play Secret Santa!
Head over to And Hattie Makes Three to see what the kids and I picked out for Jen and Hattie!
And because I can't resist a good comparison photo, check out how much my little nuggets have grown over the last year! Bestill my heart!
What's your favorite kids' holiday book?