It’s truly amazing to me that after such a short time after having a baby we had more toys than he knew what to do with and that was just the beginning. Now after having two more kids, which all three are boys, we have enough toys for the small town we live in . . . so it seems.
Before Christmas & birthdays I try to purge and get rid of toys they no longer play with, but I don’t seem to make a dent. There’s got to be a solution to this and I think I may have found one. Let me know what you think!
From what I remember as a child are more the quality times I spent with friends or family. I don’t remember a particular toy or game I got for my birthday or Christmas. The memories come from time that can range from the same cost of a toy or absolutely nothing at all. My memories are:
- Spring Break week every year at my Aunt Karen & Uncle Don’s house and we always saw a movie and played mini golf.
- A circus trip Aunt Soozie & Uncle Paul took all the cousins to see together.
- My Grandmother teaching me how to make plastic canvas crafts, cross stitch, or just playing a card game.
- My Grandfather taking my sister and I to the park and walking the trails while he taught us about the variety of trees.
- And the list goes on . . .
Yes, I remember the getting a cabbage patch kid when they were popular, and I still have them to this day, as well as a variety of other toys and games. Nothing compares though to the quality time spent with a family member and what I learned while I was with them. So now that I have kids I have graciously asked my family members not to buy my kids toys and clothes, but instead:
- Give them the gift of your time by taking them somewhere.
- Buy them a pass to the local Zoo or Aquarium.
- Buy art supplies and make a craft or bake together.
- Give them a gift card or cash to they can pay for something on their own and help Mike and I show them the value of money.
These gifts are ways the kids learn and create memories with those they love and who love them too. Thankfully their listening and here’s what they’ve done.
- My sister takes the boys to a Dayton Dragons minor league baseball game.
- My sister-in-law bought the boys a pass to the local aquarium and we’ve gone there together a few times.
- For 4 years now Aunt Kay has bought the boys passes to the Cincinnati Zoo. and the boys love seeing the animals. Dylan’s favorite is the insect house.
- Memaw & Pepaw have slumber parties, take them boating, plus so much more.
- Prior to our family trip to Disney in January of 2007 family members bought the boys Disney gift cards to use on our trip for Christmas 2006.
- Aunt Karen took my oldest, Trevor, to the park for his birthday gift and they walked a trail together.
- And the list goes on. . .
Wow the memories that are being created is amazing and the kids randomly bring up those memories even months/years later. So . . .