here you go -
|it was absolutely freezing - our coldest day in Ballito|
|do you know I actually love winter pics on the beach? :)|
|I love this one!|
|and this one - I have "summer" pics of the 3 of them like this :)|
Anyway, let's talk about Santa Shoebox for a minute.
You all know how passionate I am about it, right?
I have found over the years that the best thing for us to do is 4 boxes. Two years ago I did 12 (twelve!) and to be honest, that felt like a conveyor belt, more like I was working in a factory filling boxes rather than carefully choosing gifts for a special child.
Last year we went back to 4 and it felt good again. The registration process was a big pain in the behind but I persisted and eventually was registered.
This year I was a bit put off by the tone of the site. I am not sure who wrote the copy but it felt a bit cold and demanding. I get that some people may not give good gifts or follow the rules, but I did feel "spoken down to", and always with this kind of thing, I always feel like organisations treat 95% of people as they should treat the 5%.
Anyway, I persisted because I believe in the project, got my 4 kids and we're good to go.
I've been #Konmari-ing up a storm so I had 3 good storage boxes I could use for the presents.
On that note, I can't believe that for someone who declutters regularly (like weekly), how much stuff there is to go.
A lady fetched two big black bags from the house today - one full of good toys (puzzles and books, etc.) and the other full of clothes for a children's home. (I had Nanny S put the stuff in a black bag so I wouldn't reconsider because, let's face it - a lot of the toys are sentimental)
I did a walk around the house afterwards and I'm sure next month she could get another black bag full of clothes/ toys/ books again.
So I'm done - all we have to do is write a letter to each kid, I want D to repack the little girl's box (because he's amazing at packing) so the stuff fits better, and that's it until we drop them off.
Last year once I was finished with the shoeboxes, I did a shoebox for Nanny S's child too (I didn't stick to it 100% but I did fill the box I had). They both loved it so I want to do the same again this year.
Does anyone know if World Vision kids participate in Santa Shoebox? I'll have to phone their offices to see if they will accept shoeboxes for our two kids or if they prefer a monetary donation.
Are you participating this year?
I hate to ask, but gosh, are you even thinking about Christmas yet?
PS the holiday is still not booked! or decided on! :( From looking at listings, I realised I'm a "luxurious self-catering accommodation" type on a budget that doesn't quite stretch to those amounts :)