Kimberly at bugaboo, mini, mr & me is hosting a gift idea series - Gift It. I'm into starting early this year, as you may've noticed from previous posts. Which makes me think "why didn't I do that the last two years?" And then I ponder that... and remember the craziness of the last two years, which included remodeling and settling a house after my husband set out for a year of work overseas the first year, and the re-settling process when he came home for good last year and THEN getting my wisdom teeth out which led a longer string of yuck that required three rounds of antibiotics. What a Debbie Downer story, right? All of that reminds me to be thankful for the relative lack of crazy. And say a little prayer that the relative lack of crazy lasts. And lasts. And lasts.
Today I'm sharing one of my all-time favorites, a reversible creative play mat. I chose a beach and a garden scene, but there are about a million other ways to go and can be fun for years and will even make a sweet hand-me-down someday.
If you're a long-time reader, you may remember the first version here and the reversible version here.
On one hand, I look at those older posts and think "ouch". In the first one I wasn't yet embracing my role as a storyteller and the photography was much too dark. In the second one you can see some improvement.
On the other hand, I've learned so much since we started, and lots in just the last year. We really jumped in three years ago having no idea what we were doing. I certainly had no idea how much I'd learn and grow and how many inspiring people I would meet, both online and in the real world because of blogging. I'm so grateful for that.
So, back to the play time at hand. If you're looking for fun gift ideas, check out the series, or go to the reversible play mat tutorial!