As many of you already know I am sucker for family tradition. We started a new one this past week and I just had to share it with all of you. This year, we decided to give the two older boys $10 each to spend on whatever they wanted for their brothers. I wasn't exactly sure how it was going to go. I know there are a lot of times I think I have this great, exciting idea and usually I am the only one who really gets excited about it.
Does that ever happen to you?
I also informed them that I had no say whatsoever in what they were picking out. They could pick out whatever their little hearts desired. I had no idea just how excited these two would get after I said that. I first took Brady out shopping and this boy... my goodness his wife is going to be a lucky lady. He is so thoughtful and intentional in his gifts. He literally thought through every present he picked out for Mason and Cole. It made my heart smile.
I then attempted to take Mason out. He decided he didn't want to go and just wanted me to go pick of few things out and say they were from him. I informed him that he would be the one going and two days later we were off shopping. Once he started picking things out he was grinning from ear to ear. He kept saying, "Mom, I need more money. Brady is going to love all of this stuff." I loved looking at everything they picked out for each other.
Today, I had each boy wrap their brothers gifts. Each one of them had to wait in their rooms while their brother wrapped them up. When they were done they would run in and grab their brother and run to the tree. I continue to be amazed at what a bond these three have. The excitement that was in our house was sheer joy. This is a tradition we will carry on for years to come. I can almost guarantee you this...Those boys favorite gifts aren't going to be the ones that were hundreds of dollars. It's going to be those few presents from the dollar store that were bought with so much thought, so much joy and so much love from their brother. For that, I am truly grateful.
I know you all have family traditions you have done or are doing with your kids. I would love to hear about them!
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