Talking toy ideas again to help with your Christmas shopping! But first I have to share some important news...
Someone lost her first tooth today. :) I mentioned this on facebook already, but need to document it here on the blog so that we have this milestone in our family scrapbook. And what a milestone it was! After two years of patiently watching her sister lose teeth and get money/attention from the tooth fairy it is finally Addison's turn. She pulled it out herself and then came running down the stairs yelling "Mommy! It came out! My tooth came out! I pulled it! It's bleeding! I look like a vampire!" HA! :) Ellie and I were laughing. As soon as we got it cleaned up she instantly got to work writing a note to the tooth fairy asking if she could please keep her first tooth to show her class tomorrow. I think "Liliana" will be ok with that. :) I have to say that after things calmed down a huge wave of sadness swept over me. I love that little baby tooth smile so much and within a year or two it will be gone. Kind of a reality slap of how quickly my babies are growing up. If I could freeze these girls in their current age forever I honestly think I would. (Kole at age 2... not so much - I'd give him a year or two before I'd freeze him.) ;) We went to get yogurt at Addie's favorite place to celebrate and had a fun afternoon despite the fact that several times mom had to hold back the tears.
And now on to the toys! Several of you have asked what I'm getting my kids for Christmas this year so I thought I'd share a few ideas I have. Of course who knows what Santa will come up with last minute, but here are some things I've bought and some things I have a feeling we might see come December.
My girls love their Princess Toddler Dolls and over the past two years they have collected most of them.
But they don't have Mulan. So when I saw her in Costco a month ago I picked her up thinking I was being so smart starting my shopping so early. I brought her home and set her in my closet and that night my girls found her! I was so bummed! I told them she was for a birthday gift and they stared at her longingly in her package all night long. They are getting too smart and know all of my hiding spots so from now on all toys will be shipped/taken straight to Kenny's office. I can just see Kenny working with all of his big shot clients surrounded by princesses and polly pockets. :)
Another doll option I'm considering are these fun Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Wouldn't they be cute stocking stuffers!? I love them because I had something similar when I was a little girl.
Plust I just have a feeling these two might enjoy them. :)
Kole also LOVES puzzles and has mastered everything we own.
I know these Thomas the Train Wood Puzzles will be a huge hit. By the way, if you are thinking of getting puzzles for your kids, my FAVORITE puzzles are Melissa and Doug Puzzles. Two of Kole's favorite puzzles that I forgot to take a picture of and mention yesterday are the Magnetic Fishing Game Puzzle and the Latches Board Puzzle. He has loved both of those and plays with them all the time.
While we're on the subject of trains, I'm also thinking of getting Kole a Train Table. I would love to hear from any of you boy moms - what is a good one to get? Do I want one that has the track nailed down (sounds nice for right now because Kole gets frustrated when he can't keep it together) or will he want to put the track together when he gets older? Are they something boys play with for years, or will it be collecting dust by January? Thoughts? Opinions? Thank you in advance! :)
Wanna see what I am the most excited about getting Kole this year for Christmas!?
A toddler trampoline! Kenny and I have always planned to get a big trampoline with padded sides once we get into the new house and have room in our yard for one, but I can't wait one more day. My boy has WAY too much energy and just needs to bounce! He is constantly jumping on beds and loves to be in motion. We had one of these when Ellie was a toddler and she loved it. But most of the time she just sat on it and played with her dolls. That won't be the case with Kole. :) I'm hoping this helps on days that I can't take him to the park. I haven't decided which one to order yet (so many fun choices on Amazon), but definitely something like the one above with a handle bar for him to hold. Usually I would hesitate to buy something like this because I don't have the room for it, but I am so desperate right now I don't even care! Drop that baby right smack in the middle of my living room floor! You want to eat fishy crackers in there too? Go ahead if it will keep you entertained for 5 minutes. This is what having three kids has done to me... :)
Another fun thing I'm looking at for my kids this year is the Chest-R-Desk. My cute friend Kami at No Biggie told me about this one. It's a chest, a chair, and a desk all in one!
This is Kami's cute little boy testing it out. It's great for kids 3-12 so all three of my kids could use it. One of my biggest pet peeves is how my kids' art projects and homework end up all over our kitchen table making it hard to clean up and feed them every 30 minutes (I swear I'm feeding someone every 30 minutes!). I love that they can keep all of their paper and art work inside of the chest and then pull it out and have their own little work space. How fun and functional is that!? I know my girls would LOVE these. I may need three of them. :) You can purchase them at Chest R Desk or check out the Chest R Desk Facebook page. You can also see more pictures and a video showing how they work on Kami's fun blog - No Biggie. Such a cool gift idea.
The girls need new rain gear this year for Christmas. I know most people buy snow hats and gloves, but around here we gear up for rainy season in Jan. and Feb.
American Girl pajamas. And so have their dolls. They have grown out of these beloved pj.'s so I'm looking at some new ones for Christmas.
American Doll Store would be a fun surprise for little girls on Christmas morning! That store makes me want to be a little girl again.
so many fun options to choose from. I mentioned our favorites here.
Another gift I'm considering are some new Animal Bath Wraps from Pottery Barn Kids. We have worn ours out! We've had them for years. My elephants love them.
And so does my little frog.
I have more fun gift ideas for my three peanuts, but I'll have to share them another time. I need to go check and make sure a certain tooth fairy is on call this evening. :)