Enjoy the experiences on vacation…not more souvenirs

Last week we went on a family vacation to visit my sister in the Chicago area.  I focused on enjoying new experiences rather than shopping and buying tons of souvenirs.  I normally would have bought everything from Sears Tower jellybean banks to “The Bean” magnets and Chicago Cubs shirts for the children.  But instead I decided to enjoy more experiences with the family.  We went up onto the Skydeck at the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and enjoyed all the beautiful views of the city.  We went on the huge Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier, took the Architecture Boat Tour and devoured an original Chicago Dog!  We stopped at many places and I had to stop myself from buying all the souvenirs.  Instead I snapped a ton of pictures and videos.  We did end up buying one thing for each of the children.  To our surprise there were Beluga Whales at the Shedd Aquarium!  My son absolutely loves them and we bought him a plush Beluga Whale.  He has carried it with him everywhere.  My other son enjoyed a Shark light-up spin toy that he laughs & plays with.  Allowing one special toy that they both love was way better than buying a bunch of crappy souvenirs from each place we visited.  As for their hoarder mommy who needs something from every place outside their home, I will print out all the photos and created an old school album of our trip.  Lord knows I have 10 empty photo albums that I can use!  I’m sure this might be normal for most people…but as a hoarder this is a big step to healing myself and breaking old habits!


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