Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Buy Toys, Why?

Growing up, I did not have very many toys. I was born in a country where parents were allowed to purchase toys for their children only once a year. It was called "Toy Day". Parents would be given a random number and that would be their place in line. On "Toy Day", little ones, along with their moms and dads, would excitedly stand in line (outside a store that normally did not have toys in their inventory) to choose up to three toys. 

Because of this, I am guilty of over compensating with my own kids. Showering them with an abundance of toys. However, sometimes they prefer playing with "things". 

The rocks gathered here make up a bed.

The pieces of scrap wood is a house.

Of course, that doesn't mean they don't utilize their toys.

I needlessly worry that if they don't have many toys, they'll feel like they are missing out as I felt when I was little. However, I probably over stress about that. After all, I survived without without needing any therapy! This is something I need to keep in mind this holiday season. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

When I said 'Yes'


Riiiing, riiiing.

Me: Hello?

SKHusband: Do you know what today is?

I immediately started wrecking my brain to think what momentous occasion I had forgotten. It wasn't a birthday or a wedding anniversary. I had checked my calendar earlier in the day and didn't see anything scheduled that I was late for. Then I remembered.

It seems like a lifetime ago but only 19 years have passed. The memory replays in my mind like a movie. It was an unusually breezy and crisp cool day. The kind that we don't get very often in October in South Florida.

We lived in a small apartment on a golf course. A golf course where we often took after-dinner walks. Walks where we talked about our days and schedules. On this particular day, we talked about our future a lot. Sun Kissed Husband seemed nervous. More reflective but he also spoke of times to come. Our time to come. Together. Grow old together. That's when he said what had been really on his mind. A question. A simple, four-word question. Its answer changed the path of our lives forever. "Will you marry me?"

I remembered that it was 19 years ago when I said "YES"!

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