Thursday, April 5, 2012

More then a Gift {Bigger Picture Moments}

I believe that the best gifts don't need wrapping.

They are expereinced and savored and not always tangiable.

My kids are so blessed that they have so many people in their life that love them. However that also means they are blessed with far to many things, especially gifts at Christmas.

To combat this over indulgence my mother-in-law has started a traditon that we abslolutely love. Every year she gives all the kids an outing, of their choice and planning to be done sometime during the year. It’s a great gift and usually treats the whole family. It’s something my kids look forward to every year and start planning their next “grandma day’ as soon as we start the drive home from the most recent day.

While my oldest pretty much picks his day on his own, we help choose or guide the younger ones. This year my almost five year old is so into singing and dancing I thought a musical play would be a great gift. We talked about it and started looking for ideas. We ended up choosing to go see Pinkalicious The Musical.

I’ll admit, the boys we’re a little bent out of shape at first that this wasn't going to be a family event and I was a little worried it was going to be ear bleeding annoying.

It turned out to be one of the best days ever.

With three kids I don’t get a lot of one on one time with any of them anymore. I especiallly dont’ get a lot of time with my middle child. If she is home and awake so is the baby and baby is cllingy and does not like to share mommy. On this day it was just me and my big girl.

She was so excited she was up early.

We painted her nails, she got dressed up fancy and wore one of mommy’s fancy necklaces, all pink of course.

The show turned out to be fabulous. It had fun music, a great message and she was capitivated through the whole thing. After the show she got to meet the cast and they all signed the CD of the soundtrack we bought.

She was on cloud nine, despite being exhausted.

We listened to the soundtrack on repeat all the way home and she sang along, admittingly so did I. When we pulled into our driveway she said “mommy this was the best grandma day ever” and gave me a hug.

It sure was. It was not just a gift for her, but a gift for me too. the gift of some time with a little girls who’s growing and blooming right before my eyes.


The simple gift of time, that's my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What's Yours

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Adrienne said...

ok. sold. My oldest got married last "grandma" isn't that far off (no one's with child yet, but it's my next "stage" so to speak!) AND I AM DEFINATELY GIVING MY GRANDKIDS grandma days! As my kids have gotten older, we have exchanged things for events...even choosing Christmases from time to time to go without the wrapped kind of gifts, and give outings/meals/games etc. instead. This is a great post - and these are the days mommy/daughter futures are built upon!!!

Unknown said...

Grandma days are awesome! The memories will live on so much longer than the toys and stuff you can buy.

This Heavenly Life said...

So SWEET, Melissa! I wish Pinkalicious were available in Joplin, because I can super-double guarantee we'd love it. And Grandma days? GENIUS! I'm going to suggest that to my mother-in-law! She's a big gift-giver, and our house is overflowing with her gifts. This would be a perfect way for her to feel generous while gaining quality time with the kids and helping us not to get so FULL around here!

I love that photo with her in your necklace -- little girls and their mamas are something special :)

May said...

What a great every since of the word!

Hyacynth said...

I am so glad you guys had a good time! And that it was more than a gift of just something beneath wrapping paper.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

So true! The best gifts are often the ones not seen, but the ones shared. That sounds like such a fantastic time and I'm so glad you all got to experience it together!