This is my first year (and maybe my last, who knows) as a homeschooling mom. I gave the update last week that Remmy is doing really well with reading/math, which is a huge sigh of relief for me. I may second-guess myself as a parent in SO many ways (anything from “Should we have put the girls in ballet this year? I feel like we should have” to “Am I being too hard on them? Too easy on them? Are they going to sneak out and get a chupacabra tattoo when they turn 15 omg omg omgggggg”), but the one thing I feel really good about is passing down my love of books to my girls.
We do a lot of couch-time reading, and if we ever have a babysitter over, one of the goals is for them to have some reading time with the girls. (Highly recommend. Sometimes my vocal chords can only take so much talking.)
Yesterday we took a trip to Barnes & Noble and I let the girls pick out a book to take home. Remmy chose The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor and then this happened. Yeah I took photos, which may or may not be mildly creepy (it totally is). These are blurry because I was in stealth mode.
This totally took me back to my childhood – the excitement of going to a bookstore, picking out a book (usually as a treat if I did well on my report card, which, by the way, Jack thinks is totally bogus), and then being so engrossed in it even though I’d be able to be in my own bedroom, comfortably reading it, in 30 minutes or fewer. I got the biggest kick out of this.
We have a library near us and libraries are fantastic (my BFF librarian reads my blog, so I need to put this disclaimer in here), but I also really like developing my own home library for the girls. That said, books can get expensive, especially if you need/want/need an entire series or set. I’m not sure how much money my parents invested in my Anne of Green Gables/Babysitters Club/Little House on the Prairie/Boxcar Children collections, but I’m sure it was a lot.
I have connected with an old friend, eBay, and thought I was most active on it in the earlier 00s, we’ve been semi-regulars for just about a decade. I like it for gift cards (I bought a $200 Tea Collection gift card for $100 and I felt like I was stealing something), Jack likes it for electronics (I don’t even know what he buys), and I also like it for buying books in “lots” (aka, someone sells more than one of something… like a dozen Berenstain Bears books). When my mom first moved to a new town, she had a lot of downtime, and I bought her a huge pile of historical novels by an author she loves. They were in solid condition, and she loved them.
eBay has a new feature – you can now make collections and curate things you like. #followitfindit
You can start your own collection and/or follow mine. Great for keeping a list of books you’d like to collect or DVDs you’d like to buy, or – in Jack’s case – a bunch of black cables, IDK?
Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with eBay as one of their influencers. All opinions are my own.