I’ll begin with a disclaimer. I rarely shop online and prefer to shop in a store, but as a sign of the times, I’ve found the convenience and quality of online shopping to be a good alternative to having to trek around town. Because of this change in attitude, I’ve been trekking on Amazon instead. Even with search engines at my fingertips, it’s still not as easy as it seems to find the perfect item.
Since my mom passed two months ago, I’ve been doing a lot reminiscing about my childhood. Many memories revolve around arts and crafts, favorite toys and books, holidays, and elementary school days.
One thing my mom loved and instilled in me was a love for arts and crafts. While I’ve always kept craft supplies on-hand, I’ve decided to be more proactive about doing them more often with my kids. However, I want it to align with my value of eco-friendliness, so I mindfully thinking about materials and packaging is a consideration. I’ve been searching online to find crafts that match the criterion. Definitely a quest.
Another memory I have is wearing sleepwear to bed. It was part of the evening routine to ‘put on pajamas’. With my older kids, I stuck with this tradition (which was easy when pjs were gifted by relatives). However, these days, anything goes and their sleepwear ranges from what they wore during the day (not ideal, but it happens), t-shirt/sweats, and the occasional pair of actual pajamas. As we transition between summer/winter, I thought it might be worth investigating purchasing actual pajamas and it’s proving not to be as easy a venture as I thought.
I don’t want the kids wearing an attitude or sassy statement on their clothing. I personally hate stripes and my kids don’t have an appreciation for plaid. For boys, the options are: characters, superheroes, gaming, sharks, dinosaurs, and seasonal. I’m not a fan of having my kids wear characters or superheroes, and while nothing wrong with the other themes like transportation or space, there’s not much variety otherwise.
At this point, it’s getting frustrating I think I have to say no to pjs and stick with separates. Who would have thought this would be such a time-intensive process? If the Almighty wants me to find the pjs meeting my criterion, I will and if not, we’ll stick to bedtime stories, goodnight hugs and kisses, and tucking in and skip the pjs,
As mentioned, I am doing this searching online. An adventure and a tad frustrating as my expectation were that it would be “easy”, but if the end result is something that brings a little joy in the grieving process and also helps honor my mom’s memory at the same time, it is worth it in the end.