My mom goes over the top every year, so I gave my biggest gift idea to her. I am a little bit obsessed with the Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse, and am SO EXCITED that she bought it for the girls. They will probably have to fight me for a turn. She said she got a deal on the fully loaded one and picked up the van too. Lucky girls.
I stole this one from A'Dell...I got the Hedstrom Hoppy ball with Fairies for Adriana, and the Spiderman one for Colin (my 4 year old nephew). These were my favorite, favorite, favorite things in our preschool gym. Clearly my present strategy is to buy all of the things I wish I could play with today.
A motherflipping parachute. Another childhood favorite of mine. So exciting.
Kinectimals. I was going to wait a little longer before introducing Adriana to the wonderful world of video games, but I'd rather have her playing the Kinect and potentially moving than vegging on the couch, watching the 11 millionth Diego rerun. Plus Justin is dying to play video games with her.
Educational Insights Colors and Shapes Bean Bags. This one is more for Lucy but I'm sure Adriana won't be able to keep her hands off them either. I am starting to feel like a crappy mom since Lucy doesn't know as many things as Adriana did at this age. I'm hoping this will remind me that second children need intellectual stimulation too.
Counting Bears. This one is more for Adriana - they look like they are too small for Lucy right now. Adriana has a touch of my OCD-like tendencies, so I think she will have fun sorting and counting.
I also got the Melissa and Doug Floor Puzzle Bundle for hella cheap - $12.50! We have one of these already and they are AWESOME for preschoolers. Huge, sturdy pieces. Love.
I think this is all I'm doing, toy-wise. There will probably be new tennis shoes, jeans, and jammies for the girls. I follow my grandma's tradition of filling the stocking with chocolate, an orange, a ton of quarters, socks, and underwear. I might also throw in some fun bandaids for Adriana or a new sippy cup for Lucy. You know, stuff they need anyway. Oh and I'll probably throw in Brave and the new Tinkerbell because we were also going to buy those anyway. I can't watch the Scooby Doo movie one more time.
Please forgive me for what I'm about to say...I realize that, much like my whining about my too big pants, this is an awesome "problem" to have and I'm SO VERY LUCKY.
I always have a hard time with Christmas because my parents spoiled us (and still do) and I want to do the same for my girls. Part of me feels like, as their parents, the stuff Justin and I get them for Christmas should be their very! favorite! things they get. We should also get them the most things. Basically, we should win at Christmas.
But then it seems so wasteful because they get SO MANY THINGS from the rest of the family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, cousins...lots of people buy for my kids. After Christmases and birthdays I tend to put a bunch of stuff away, unopened, until we are ready for more new toys. I also saved all of Adriana's outgrown toys for Lucy, and have yet to sell or donate the stuff Lucy has grown out of (but I WILL, dammit). This has resulted in a ridiculous amount of STUFF in our house.
We have tried to tell people not to buy for them, but that's not happening. They have one aunt who awesomely donates to their college funds instead, but that's it.
Given the situation, am I doing way, way, way too much for my kids? Is it totally ridiculous that I continue to buy them things, knowing that they will get more presents than they possibly know what to do with? If anyone is in the same (very fortunate!) situation, I'd love to hear how you deal with it.