Meanwhile, another "leftover" I'm thinking about is all the "leftover" stuff we have just sitting around the house. We went through a major purge this year, but when we started unpacking, I did find I could give away just a tad more. That being said, that stuff I put aside hasn't left the house yet, but is still in a box by the front door. I'll be adding to it, though, up until the New year. We are going to do what I've heard called "Reverse Advent" where you get rid of 1 item per person per day leading up to Christmas/New Year's. Not trash or papers, but actual items someone else can use. If even 4 out of 6 of us does that this year, we'll be 100 items lighter before Christmas. Yeah! We've also done a big purge before the "birthday season" in May. Except for Abishai, the rest of us have birthdays between May and September, which bookends our summer months. So, I'll try to keep up that tradition. After Christmas, I might even keep up my 1 item per day routine because I do want to continue reducing our stuff. Every time I go to the garage or to the storage barn, I am appalled at how much stuff we still have. I do have several groupings of items I did not go through, like old taxes/bills, books, and my clothes, so I'll start there. I do not want my kids to have the burden of cleaning out my stuff like my siblings and I had to do for my parents. I won't sacrifice teaching time or taking care of my kids' daily needs, but I don't want that to be the excuse either.
Therefore, as I thought about Christmas wishlists, I also think about giving experiences or consumable gifts and encourage the kids to be happy with getting zoo passes or gymnastics lessons, etc. Food is great, too. Or buy a cow for a family in Africa! Those are awesome, too! I'm off to get started on Christmas decorating and decluttering. Hopefully I'll get the rest of the pics off of my phone today from the last few days to share.
Success! Hats and mittens are put away, lights are on the tree, jackets are hung up, kids gave away a few things, and I'm a bit more organized overall. Yeah!
Pictures from Wednesday on our way to Michigan:
|Fries or Hashbrowns? He choose fries! We put them in the same bag as the hashbrown though.|
|Brother, where did you go? Come out and play! Poor Justin, he can never get a moment's peace!|
|Abishai is becoming very interested in mirrors and himself lately. Handsome little guy and he listened when I told him to let go of the mirror.|
|Speaking of coffee, look what we found! Tim Horton's! Boy do we miss it! It was closed of course for Thanksgiving. They are going to build one in Indianapolis at some point and we can't wait!|
|A little out of order, but we went to Bob Evans for dinner Wednesday night. Stack of pancakes of course for Justin.|
|Abishai was so hungry he was eating all the lemons!! And yes, they now use ball jars for serving drinks!|
|Oh my goodness! No need for binoculars or watching the jumbotron! Remember, the Colts stadium holds more people than the whole city of Charlottetown has for population, 50,000 people!! Incredible!|
|Fancy tickets for up close seats. And the Colts lost to the Steelers. Let's just say that EACH seat cost more than 1 round trip airline ticket from NH to Indianapolis. This was a once in a lifetime event! And only the 2nd time Jared's been to a Colts game in his almost 27 years (minus 4 in Charlottetown) of living here. He doesn't like sports much, but can appreciate such a generous gift.|
|Look, Mom, it looks like a candle!|
|Abishai refuses to try to say "Keturah" and when we tell him "say Keturah" he says, "Sissy" instead without hesitating. Dance time on Sissy's bed.|
|Dance time on the coffee table to Christmas music.|
|Dancing to the Piano Guys on YouTube. They play the piano and cello and do covers of lots of songs. They are super talented.|
|A good night for a fire.|
|I might add another small set of lights on the bottom, but the first set is on and the tree was finally fluffed out properly.|
|Nice big logs for the fire from a friend.|
|I guess Abishai thought Daddy needed lots of company while he worked.|
|Aww, another baby!|
|This is a new trend it seems, little baby fingers or toes sticking out from under the door when one is using the bathroom. Too cute!|
|One more day until the concert!|