Sunday, December 28, 2008

Best Shot Monday

I can remember when I was little how our presents would be scattered around the living room for at least a week after Christmas. Everyday I would go and pick a new toy to play with. It was so exciting to scrummage through all the new toys that I had received from Santa. Its no different at our house with Ella.

Keith and I have now made plans to go through Ella's old toys (after she goes to bed, of course) and start thinning out the mess. She doesn't play with half of them anymore and some are still from when she was a baby. I usually cringe when I buy a child a toy now because I know that every other house with children has basically turned into a toy store, like ours. But that's what they love. Toys. So I am convincing myself that as parents, we will just have to put up with the mess like our parents did. But it doesn't mean I cant make the mess a little smaller than it was. :o)

Hmmm.....I wonder if my Mom and Dad ever thinned out my toy collection after I went to bed......?


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Christina December 29, 2008 at 7:58 AM  

I do the same thing! I thinned down the mess of toys significantly after her birthday last month, and I'm culling a few things now too. I will NOT let the house be overtaken by toys she no longer even plays with.

Maya Laurent December 29, 2008 at 8:20 AM  

We're in the process of doing the same thing! We were looking around after Christmas trying to decide where in the world we are going to put everything. Time to retire some toys!

Megan December 29, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

love the beautiful bokeh and lovely color! i thinned out the toys before xmas, but the closets could still use some work -- good luck :)!

Julie December 29, 2008 at 3:20 PM  

What a cool picture!!!!

MGF December 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM  

That red to vibrant. Awesome.

Kimberly December 29, 2008 at 6:38 PM  

Great photo! I need to take one of Violet's guitar. We need to start weeding out Violet's old toys too because they have taken over her room. I'm just dreading doing it.

Kimberly December 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM  

Beautiful shot. Love the perspective.

I thin out Bryce's toys religiously. I sort into a Goodwill bag, a throw away bag, and a recycle bag. It's obvious where the first two go, but I stash the third bag in storage for a few months, then do another thinning session and reintroduce the old toys again. It's like Christmas for Bryce. :)

Jen December 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM  

I feel like we are constantly going through to toys to give away. The kids never miss them. Sometimes I think it is just as much fun for me when the kids get new toys. We have been known to stash birthday or Christmas gifts unopened in the closet and bring them out later. It works much better when they are younger no so much any more.

I absolutely love this shot. You have been rockin' the bokeh lately and I can tell you are loving your 50mm.

Stacy December 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM  

Love that shot of the guitar. I have similar plans in our house, too. I really need to start thinning. Of course, they love EVERYTHING when you want to get rid of it. Ugh.

tracey clark December 30, 2008 at 11:09 PM  

brilliant shot!

Jaimee January 3, 2009 at 12:30 AM  

You are rockin' shallow DOF & BOKEH here!! Awesome!

I so need to thin our toys too...they are quickly seeping out of the playroom and into the living room!!!

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