This weekend I finally did a little holiday decorating and busted out several orders. I have to admit it can be alarming seeing orders coming in at the rate they do during this time of year,(as embroidery is many wondrous things, it is also really time consuming). So it was really great finally getting a couple big stacks ready for the mailman. Now I officially have a big dent in my orders and another 30 hours of weekend movie watching under my belt.
I placed some online orders of my own for christmas present gathering and even did a little shopping out in the land of the living. My kids are "done" - that's in quotes because I always find more and more stuff to get them, they are way too easy to shop for. M+L have always gotten wooden, waldorfy type toys, like blocks and trains and puzzles, felt food and animals - no guns, no noisy contraptions, no blinking lights, just toys that stimulate the imagination. It's been pretty easy considering they weren't much exposed to all the wonders of plastic goodness in the world and were happy with my selections, but this year they know what they want. So I put my parenting ideals and shop-small-businesses morals aside and bought what was on their wish list. Milo wanted a Baby Alive, the one that "eats, pees and poops." I can justify this by the fact that he wants a doll. Of course this doll only says mommy and is 100% geared towards girls, which I find quite irritating and makes me not want to support a company that promotes ridiculous gender stereotypes, but all he wants is this doll, so he gets to be a mommy for christmas. Luca wants a giant plastic dinosaur that is made by a giant plastic company. But Luca is convinced that he is going to be a T-rex when he grows up and every time he says it: Mama, when I am a T-rex someday you can come to my house in the forest . . ., my heart melts into a giant puddle, so he, of course, got his dinosaur. Then I did the unthinkable, the unimaginable and also bought them a kindle fire hd for christmas. Yep, as I was talking to one of the guys about which tablet to get my four year olds, and he gave me that "look," I realized, I am one of those parents that buys tablets for their toddlers. Eek! I bought my older, Fisher, a present he doesn't want to nurture an interest he doesn't have, or as I like to say an interest he does't know he has yet. Awesome I know. (I got him lots of other stuff he actually does want too.)
Happy Hanukkah! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and checked off some things on your merry to-do list - hopefully fun things like putting up the tree, drinking cocoa and gazing at holiday lights.