The problem is we never, ever buy toys. Nearly all of our children's toys have been gifted to them. However, this Christmas, it became obvious to me that Olivia and Lucas could use a few nice toys when I:
A. Realized it will peacefully distract them and allow them to learn, discover, and imagine--independently.
B. Observed Olivia listening to her brother's hearbeat just like their doctor does--but with a leftover silver ribbon from an old gift box. ( I'm actually proud of her for this one.)
C. Caught Olivia and Lucas fighting over (and nearly decapitating) this...
What is this you ask? Flat Stanley? No. This is a fake baby doll that came with a shopping cart that a friend gave Olivia for her birthday in August. It was merely a placeholder in the packaging to demonstrate where you put your baby doll in the shopping cart. Just a mere piece of cardboard to us, but to Olivia and Lucas---a dear, dear friend. If you could only see how excited Lucas gets when he sees this little girl. Olivia has a real baby doll, by the way.
So, a generous Kmart gift card spending spree, and two over-the-top grandmas later...this was our Christmas set up (BEFORE the grandma's added even more presents vtech stuff, pillowpets, tents, play tunnels, art supplies and play food, etc. ).
That damn (beautiful) doll house was my
- Olivia's Dora Tricyle? Easy (I did it).
- Lucas' Baby Car? No Problem (Charm City Daddy did it).
- Personalize and Set up Olivia's InnoTab? (Fun! me again)
We made it but many lessons learned for next year.