My mom was not the sort of grandma that spoils or showers her grandkids with gifts ect. (nor did she her kids) But mom always loved to yard sale. And since our family lived so darn far away she'd do a season of yard saling and then send the kids 1 or 2 huge boxes full of clothing and sometimes halloween costumes. It was fun for her, and a lifesavor for me. Those clothes helped our budget more than she'll ever know. And my kids looked forward to every one of them like it was a mini xmas. This week I'm sending my first box to the grands. It's not alot of stuff as I only started looking for yard sale items for them at the end of the season. Alex, by luck of the draw, turned out the big winner with alot of very nice clothes and a new coat. Although all of the kids got several things. Plus easy child is adding in Darrin's outgrown clothing for Evan. I racked my brain trying to think of halloween surprise. I wanted it to be something nice. husband and I were out yard saling when he suddenly asked if we were going to buy Kayla a Tinkerbell costume? Then said he'd like to get them all costumes for trick or treat. I didn't give him a chance to change his mind. lol We went straight to walmart. Kayla will be Tinkerbell, Alex Spiderman, and Evan the cutest lil puppy. All what they wanted. A bit steeper than I had in mind, but husband doesn't get in the "giving" mood often and I ran with it. Lord knows I couldn't find anything else around here cute enough to send. The grands know there is a surprise in the box, but K hasn't told them what it is. They are eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Box. And I'm proud of myself because this is no more than I do for the grands that are here. Only extra expense is the shipping. And I can deal with that. I'm trying hard not to overdo. Just be Nana is my motto. Just made me smile tonight to think of this "tradition" being passed on to the next generation. It's been fun watching easy child and Nichole finding things to add to the box as well. They went thru the stuff left over from our yard sale to find stuff too. And Darrin and Aubrey will be adding in some artwork. Oh, and Travis asked when it will be sent because he's thinking of adding in something too.