Remember yesterday when I mentioned that Christopher’s parents moved down south while we were in college? Well, they intended to move back to Illinois so they kept a storage unit full of stuff up there. However, after 8 years living in the south, they’ve fallen in love with it and don’t want to move. So our purpose for going to Illinois was actually to clear out that storage unit!
It was like American Pickers out there! Sorting everything into three piles: Keep, donate, and trash. Christopher’s aunt & uncle and grandmother came out to help us! And a couple of strangers came by and went through our “donate” pile to take stuff for a yard sale (less for us to load in a truck to donate!).
Funny story… last week at the beach, I wore swimsuits with different straps (or strapless) every day and applied sunscreen religiously to keep from having weird tan lines. One day in the breezy, pleasant 80 degree Illinois sun and I had serious racerback tan lines. It’s not hot and humid there like it is in TN (or on the beach) so I had no idea how much sun I was getting. Yikes! Now I’ll have to work on evening out these tan lines, haha!
After two days of hard work – we conquered it all! And just so you know who’s who… Christopher’s grandmother, Mommo is in the front with her two daughters (my mother-in-law in green)! Then there’s Christopher and me and his brother and his dad. Christopher’s uncle helped a lot on Friday, but had to work Saturday so he missed this fabulous photo op of us all being sweaty and gross together, haha! But he’s in the earlier “sorting” picture!
We donated the majority of it, but I did come home with some cute little things. Want to see?! I knew you would! 😀
Christopher’s baby book, baby blanket, first ornament, baby shoes, and a Christmas bib from the hospital where he was born (December 16, 1985!). Oh, and that costume is one he wore for Halloween and now Mallory (the little girl I nanny) is modeling it for you. She had a great time playing in it yesterday!
We had fun picking out toys and books that we think our kids will enjoy playing with someday. Legos, trucks, Beanie Babies, vintage Barbies, Tinker Toys, and books! Some of these things we actually picked out specifically to leave at Christopher’s parents’ house once we have kids so they can have toys to play with there. For now, the toys are already being played with by the kiddos I nanny!
We found a whole scrapbook PLUS a box of Christopher’s 4H ribbons. Last night I actually finished the scrapbook off with the rest of the ribbons in this tote. It was fun seeing all the projects he worked on. His beef jerky won 1st place everywhere he took it. He even won State and got best of class! I was so proud of young Christopher. 🙂
One of Christopher’s favorite finds were these postcards addressed to him from his dad. His dad traveled a lot when Christopher was younger, but he always sent postcards whenever he was gone. For those who don’t know, Christopher’s dad has dementia so any little piece of his history is precious to us. It’s good to see the words “I miss you” and “I love you” in his dad’s hand writing. 🙂
Aaaand I’m going to end with the cutest outfit EVER! You guys, Christopher wore this when he was a toddler and I just LOVE it! It’s a nautical seersucker john john with anchors on it!! I nearly died from all the cuteness of this outfit! I’m so excited for our little ones to wear this outfit someday!
Do you have any old toys, books, or clothes from when you were growing up set aside for your future kids some day?
If you have or had a loved one who traveled, did they ever send back post cards?
Have you ever worked hard to avoid tan lines only to get them by accident later (or am I the only one, ha!)?