Collect Moments Not Things

I have been thinking about this
more and more lately.

I just look at the presents the
boys have had that are still in their boxes, they haven’t been played with or
used yet, it seems such a waste.

I do think I am guilty of buying
for buying shake, just to pad out presents at Christmas to make sure they have
ENOUGH? But when is enough, enough?

Why do they need so much?

I love seeing their faces light
up but seriously it’s got to be about balance and I think I lose the plot! I try and think what they will like but even
then months and months down the line not everything is utilised, its just more
clutter for their rooms.

I don’t want the boys to think
happiness is tied to their physical possessions, as long as they have the
important things covered, shelter, warmth, clean clothes and food in their
tummy, surrounded by family that love them surely that’s the most important

Christmas, birthdays, even Easter
it all gets so commercialised now. We
all try and out compete each other it seems, with pictures showing a child
surrounded by a mountain of gifts!

It just goes to show mine have
too much if a PS4 game is still in the wrapper five months later with no sign
of it ever being played I need to rethink the types of presents I give, reduce
the quantity but also change the type of presents. I want to buy experiences instead, those will be more unforgettable
presents when they are older than a whole lot more plastic tat.

Hopefully I can change in time for Christmas this year
so we can be more about collecting moments. 
Days out can be expensive but at Christmas we could focus the money we
usually spurge on presents on booking unique and memorable experiences
throughout the year. Eldest would love
a trip on a fishing boat, spending quality time with his dad! I am not sure how the boys will feel about
the change, they still believe in Santa but only just! But we could book more shows like Brainiac Live this that they really enjoyed.

These guys were incredible 😀 #brainiaclive must see show! Full of danger, explosions and belly laughs x

A post shared by Karen (@missingsleep) on Jan 14, 2017 at 4:37am PST

Some presents admittedly worked, my son getting a metal detector, with it he is outdoors looking for treasure, a sense of adventure in his heart and always hopeful he will find something valuable! That present has made lovely memories for him over and over again but other presents just add more of the same (more building bricks, more toy cars, more board games…) they have enough!!! Far more than I ever had or they ever need.

Well we wont be rich with our #metaldetecting finds but making #memories is what matters 😀 x

A post shared by Karen (@missingsleep) on Apr 4, 2017 at 1:24am PDT

Hopefully this Christmas can be different.

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