My Showcase Showdown

When my sister and I were younger – we would catch an episode of “The Price Is Right” every once in a while. We would tell each other that we didn’t understand when a person chose a trip over a car. “Why would they take some trip and not have anything to show for it” was our mentality. I mean, after all, what do you really GET from taking a trip? AND you can’t SELL it to make some money.

In the past several years, I have found that I have had a total change of heart on that. While I don’t have a lot of money, the time that I spend with my kids, parents and sister are far more valuable than the car I drive or the furniture in my living room. While I’ve tried very hard to purchase the right gifts for any occasion. Hello – has anyone tried to find that right gift from Santa just to be driven crazy not finding it. (That’s not to say that I don’t buy my kids gifts at all. I do. I give them Christmas and birthday presents. I give them random stuff). But the things that are talking about for years afterwards are the big trips and little trips. That time we hiked Mt. Crested Butte (the summer after Grampy got his hip replaced), that time we went snowmobiling in Snowmass, that time mom flew with P to LA for the Taylor Swift Concert, that time mom took D to the Broncos game – just us, that time we went to D.C. with Nanny…and she got a blister on the first day. That time P got sick on a plane…and these are just the trips that I have had with my kids. Not to mention the trip to Paris and London with my mom and sister (lots of good stories out of this trip), or when I missed my plane back to the U.S. because my friend and I were sitting on a beach in Cancun.

I make annual yearbooks for my kids of all the great things that we do each year (I use Mixbook.com and LOVE it. I’ve tried others that just aren’t as good). I want them to remember the things that money can’t buy. I want them to remember what made us laugh (or cry or get us frustrated or we danced for joy over).  That even if the Price was Right you can’t really put a price on time spent with your loved ones.

If you had the choice of designing your own Price Is Right Showcase prize, what would it be? Would you want the car or the trip or something else?

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