I have a very bad attitude about computer/video/smartphone/i-pad games. I believe too much time in front of a SCREEN, playing pointless, often violent games can isolate a child and change the way they interact with the people in their world.
To complicate things even further -- I have a /hate relationship with Barbie...so you can see I have a lot of shopping limitations.
All that makes gift-giving kind of a challenge...
Many years ago -- I decided to avoid giving gifts. Instead, I focus on ADVENTURES. EXPERIENCES. ACTIVITIES.
My Aunt Rita adventures are legendary (at least in my own mind). I took several nephews to juggling class...there were airplane rides...always a lot of live theater. There were paintball events, or an English HIGH TEA Christmas party.
I believe in spending TIME... To listen, to talk, to play. TIME is the secret...TIME is the gift...
|This is one of my GO-TO activities. Lilly loves to look for shells along the river. This is 5 minutes from my house...|
|Even a simple summer lunch becomes an activity -- watching the hummingbirds on the porch.|
|Lilly and Memphis, spending time together -- conducting an experiment|
|Lilly took this picture -- Cash went with us to see Frozen...|
|A couple of hours at the local Discovery Center|
|Lilly, attending her first auction...|
|SO MANY wonderful plays this year! With Mary to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...|
|to make a memory that will last a lifetime...|
TURN THE DAMN THING OFF...!!.