|Just some of our 'stuff'|
We have tried to cull, to donate, to give away but somehow the stuff stays. This year, when Shannyn turned five I made a decision, she didn't need any more stuff! When family and friends started asking what to get her as a present I replied - she doesn't need anything, in fact we aren't buying her a present.
Well! I got more than a few raised eyebrows at that. How could you? Not buy your own daughter a birthday present? Quick, ring DOCS immediately! What we did give her was her first outing to the museum. We rarely get much family time, so the four of us had a day just for us, to explore, to learn, to enjoy being in each others company.
Today I stumbled upon this article , it summarises beautifully what I have made a botch job of trying to express. Shannyn was allowed to choose one item from the gift shop as a memento of her birthday outing. She chose a small Phar Lap horse which takes pride of place on her bed.
We might take a trip to Healsville Sanctuary for Ashlees third birthday in October, and Christmas will be a FOTZ subscription. I'm discovering I'd much rather we 'do stuff' than 'have stuff' any day!!