“Less Stuff, More Experiences” is my new mantra for 2015.
My children’s belongings have officially taken over. A dusty doll house, random legos, and lots and lots of princess stuff has just inundated our upstairs. I don’t even remember how it all got here.
I could use a lesson in organizing I’m sure. That would solve many problems, but it also amazes me how easily the kids lose interest in their stuff. Once the latest and greatest toy or video game reaches the upstairs, it seems to lose its sparkle. It’s not just my kids. Let’s be honest here. I have some past ‘must-haves’ stuffed in my closet that I no longer cherish too.
Some of the pictures the kids don’t remember posing for. I, on the other hand, remember the exact spot where the photos were taken.
These experiences are what will shape my kids, not the stuff laying around the house.
Even the parts of the trip you wish you could sweep under the rug can bring your family together in ways you can’t predict.
See this picture here?
That’s fondly remembered as the trip where mommy broke the chair at dinner. Yep, it sure was a highlight in my life. (Can you hear my sarcasm?) I hate to admit it, but I don’t mind it so much when the boys retell that story. Big belly laughs just ensue every time that story is remembered. Ellie cackles even though she was only 4 months old at the time. There’s no way she has any recollection of that awful chair break.
When people ask me to assist in their trip planning, I get the opportunity to help them create memories with their own loved ones. And, I love that. I had the pleasure of working with Kristin and Jason on a trip last summer to Sundance Trail Guest Ranch. Kristin and Jason had a wedding to attend in Colorado so they opted to extend their Colorado trip and add on a dude ranch adventure. What a fabulous opportunity for their three girls.
In Kristin’s words, “Horseback riding, swimming with the horses, rock climbing, water rafting, s’mores, camp fires, singing, incredible views & terrific wranglers = a fabulous family vacation.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Finding the time to connect as a family can be hard to do but it’s important especially as your kids get older. Traveling together is one of the easiest ways for a family to connect and create those family memories. I know I’m not saying anything new here. But have you done it yet? If not, start now. What are you waiting for?