Tuesday, November 17, 2009

my favorite gift so far...

I am so excited about giving this gift this Christmas! I am going to just take a leap of faith and assume my two and six year old boys do not read my blog so I won't be spoiling the surprise but I have to trust you all not to tell them, okay?Vince said this gift is "nerdy" but I think what he really meant was "brilliant". Back in October I gushed a little here about the Ken Burns series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Peter and I watched the whole series and fell in love. I don't think you could watch it and not feel a sense of urgency about seeing the parks and more importantly, taking your children to see them.
In one of the episodes they spoke about the stamp/seal program. You see, you just get yourself one of these handy dandy guides and inside there is space to collect stamps from each park you visit. I knew right then as I watched that episode that my boys would each have one of those books.
So, am I just asking to be pestered about visiting these destinations? Probably, and to that I say, "bring it on". Sometimes I need to be prodded a little in these matters. I need to be pushed outside of the day to day once in while in order to do some of the 'big picture' things that I know need to be done; things that I will regret if I don't do them.
Is this the gift that will send them jumping and hooting for joy in their jammies on Christmas morning? um, big fat 'no'. Is it one that they will still treasure decades from now? I hope so!

7 comments:

Karin said...

I think it's a great gift. I know my 4 year old would be jumping up and down if he received it from Sinterklaas (we don't do Santa with Christmas here) in his shoe one of these days.

RosaMarĂ­a said...

awesome!! I think it will be a very wonderful gift! also in a few years they'll remember it was fun and original! ps. was a pleasant surprise to discover that you visited my little place ... come back anytime!

danipoppins said...

Love this! I'd never even heard of these until I met my honey. My 8 year old would totally dig this, I may have to borrow your idea.

Deb said...

That is such a good idea. You could make vouchers that they could redeem for a trip to those places and give them out as rewards. That way you would kind of be in control of the nagging!!

Glenda said...

I think I will surprise my hubby with one of these. He's the one out of the three of us who would really, REALLY like to go national park visiting. I think he'd be really surprised and excited to get this passport, with a note inside from me saying "Let's Just Do It!" ;-).

Erin said...

I have one I was given as a child by mom. She likes the idea more than me, but still it is a reminder of the places and things she shared with me when growing up.

Julie said...

I have one of these that I truly love. I have a bunch of stamps in it and it is a treasured possession. Brilliant idea.