Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hand Me Down Excitement!

Over the past couple weeks, I've been slowly going through all the boys clothes and pulling out what they've outgrown, pulling out clothes for fall and winter, and trying to organize their drawers and closets.



Today, I finished this monstrous task when I pulled out the Rubbermaid totes with Drew's hand me downs for Noah and Drew and Noah's hand me downs for Aiden. Aiden was "helping" me and had a blast. Who knew old clothes were so exciting?? It started with the winter coat, he had to try it on. Then came the Cars slipper socks, the shoes that lit up, and the Pokemon shirt. I pulled out Shrek PJ's and two adorable Halloween shirts and all he kept saying was "For me, these really for me??" He couldn't have had more fun if I'd taken him to the store and shopped for new things. My sister in law and I had this conversation earlier. Sometimes we feel guilty that the oldest gets all new things and the next in line gets so many hand me downs. But in reality, all 3 of them get plenty of new things and I only pass down things that are still in good shape and halfway in style. The awesomeness of it is that Noah and Aiden love getting their bigger brothers things and never complain. That may change in the future but for now, I hope I'm teaching them to appreciate both the old and the new that come to them. They both have a specialness to them. I have to admit, I have fun pulling out things and reminiscing over one of the other boys wearing them. The part that's hard for me is that it seems like just yesterday that the other boys wore these things. Even wierder, is that Drew and Noah are only 2 1/2 years apart and the matching shirts that they wore then, Noah and Aiden can wear and they are 4 years apart. I think Aiden is growing quicker than Noah did at this age.

7 comments:

Beth said...

So maybe they won't hate us years to come, huh?:)

Seriously, I did end up getting Ty a dragon costume that fit him off ebay today. Couldn't let him be the "poor middle child" this time:)

Shasta said...

I have three boys as well and my middle son loves getting his big brothers hand me downs too! He just recently went up a size in shoes so we got some of his brother's out for him and he loves them! Just as he would if they were new. He loved one of his big brothers hand me down coats so much last winter, that he wouldn't wear any other coat!

Dianna said...

Mal's closet is FILLED w/ Delaney's old stuff. She asked me just today "We get down another box Mommy? New so cute clothes in there for me?". Doesn't bother her a bit!
(Delaney loves getting her cousin's stuff too *!*)

Cindy said...

I loved my cousin's hand-me-downs...they had so much more money than us, and she had NICE clothes. Eric on the other hand refused to wear his brothers clothes, but not Nate's. He is still that way.

Mom said...

Poor Matt who had an older sister still got Hand-me-downs...from Craig! I say use those clothes until they fall apart.....

Candy said...

this task always puts me into a stalled state of mind. I LOVE to think about what my munchkins were doing while wearing each outfit.

pulling out clothes for fall and winter, and trying to organize their drawers and closets...however, is something that overwhelms me to just think about.

GOOD JOB!!

Weber said...

I used to have to pack Alex's clothes away and wait until Ethan grew into them. Anymore though they can almost wear the same size! Ethan's growing so fast! I'm still waiting for Zac (3)to grow into the clothes Ethan wore when he was 2!
Good jog getting through all those clothes! :)