I mean, time together as a family is great, and when someone asks me about the best part of my holiday I always say, time with my family. Which is great, but after about 1 day of the kids all being together it turns into bat shit crazy. MOM, MOM... mommy... what are we doing today? Can we go somewhere? What can we do? Can we do this? Mom.... MOOOOOMMMMM???? Mom, he's touching me... Mom, why can't Maddy stop farting?
So, while the time together is precious and wonderful, and well... rather UNIQUE we all truly look forward to receiving a gift under the tree. I don't care how non-materialistic you are, you like to have a present to unwrap.
This year, I received the best gift ever. And to some people, it may not mean anything and it may be super silly... but to me it is an amazing gift. One that will keep on giving. One that melted my heart and truly is the spirit of Christmas...
So, last winter I started a photo wall project. It started with a blank wall, and then I purchased a wall saying from my friend, Jessica (Simply Said representative) and put it on my wall. It says, "A smile lasts a moment... the memory lasts a lifetime." Well, for about six months it was just there... all by itself. My plan was to get different photo frames and put different candid moments from the kids, Phillip and I and put them up on the wall. BUT I wanted vintage, funky frames. This would require me to shop Goodwill and Stuff, Etc (a local consignment store) and I just don't have that kind of time. At month six, we received two large prints my friend Sarah Sample took of Kennith, Madelynn, and Alex. My husband put them up on the wall. And the wall still sits.... Like this...
My dream is to have these different photo frames with pictures surrounding the saying, but the photo frames have to be different shapes, sizes... That is my vision. Create an art picture wall for our family room. I take pictures all the time, I just don't have the "time" to find the frames.
So for Christmas, my husband and kids gave me the gift that will keep on giving. My husband went out and shopped for the frames for my wall. Each one individually wrapped and waiting for me. All I have to do, is put the pictures in them and hang them on the wall.
Something so precious to me, for I don't have a lot of time between work and family to get to a Goodwill and hunt for funky frames, yet my husband knows it is my heart's desire to get this wall done... so he sacrificed his time and found them. Perfect, funky frames with my name written all over them. He gets me.
Gift giving is not about the money spent... it is about the thought behind it. This gift really melted my heart. My husband knows me. He knows my likes... and my dislikes... and he is so thoughtful. He always is thoughtful. He gave me the best gift ever... a true place to collect the hidden moments with my kids. So, of course... after getting the frames, I ordered prints for the wall. First one? Serina's senior picture that is the same size as Alex's and Kennith/Madelynn's. Then all kinds of random pictures taken of our moments together. Moments I treasure.... and now, moments I can see when I am having a tough day... all gathered in two different places. The wall and my heart.