Anyone else started brainstorming yet?
Last year I was trying to avoid any large, take up tons of space, items....so I got the girls lots of little games and such. Which worked great in that they just fit right inside our game closet and didn't seem to add a ton of clutter to our house, but the downside is that I think Raya got overwhelmed with the sheer number of presents to unwrap. Everything was pretty cheap so she got a ton of packages, and it just took forever to open!
So this year I'm thinking I'm going to focus on a couple large ticket items. And *everything* is going to be joint presents for Raya and Brielle. (Parents with same gender kids close in age, is this ok? I mean, at this age they don't need their own presents do they? I like the idea that everything is joint because it will help prevent some of the fighting when Raya says "santa gave this to ME" etc. etc. Plus they like all the same stuff anyways.)
Here is what I'm thinking this year:
1) For sure we need a new kitchen set. Ours was mine from when I was 2 years old. I"m now 30. It's ready to move on to play kitchen heaven! haha. Raya wants a pink kitchen, and I want wood--not plastic. I also want a big one (tall) because Raya is already almost 40 inches tall so she would look silly playing at a short little kitchen set...and most of the kitchen sets are short!
So I'm thinking we'll do this one---we already have a lot of Kidkraft wooden food and it's super cute. This is supposed to be a tall/large playset, without being Pottery Barn prices (because the Pottery Barn set is what I really would like haha...but let's just say a $700 play kitchen is not on Lee's priority list ;-)
Anyone know about this Kidcraft set?
2.) Since Santa will be bringing a kitchen and it won't be wrapped or anything, I do want to get them *something* to unwarp Christmas morning. So that I think is going to be some Lalaloopsy toys. Both girls like their Lalaloopsy house but they have zero furniture or anything for it...just a couple doys and trinkets. So I think I'll get them a couple sets to share and open from Santa....something along these lines
3.) And now for what I really could use help on. The last thing I'm thinking (either from Lee and I or from my parents maybe) is some sort of electronic learning thing. We don't have ipads or anything--I don't even have a fancy phone...so the girls really have nothing electronic to play on. I'm so glad I don't have boys because I'm hoping to avoid the whole video game thing, since Lee and I aren't into that at all, but I do think Raya and Brielle would like some learning app type stuff to do and we could bring it along in the car or to a restaraunt and such.
So I'm thinking maybe a LeapPad 2 (the 2 just came out)
Anyone know anything at all about this?? (Or even the original model?) I really don't have a clue what it does or is, but I'm thinking it might be what I'm wanting. Reviews? Suggestions for something similiar? I don't want anything that plays video games--I want it for learning apps and activities.
4.) The 4th and final item on the girls list I think will be a real bow and arrow. Lee really wants to get them a real one, not a toy one. Whatever keeps him happy as I buy play kitchens and lalaloopsy dolls, right?! LOL ;-)
Lastly, here was Raya for preschool today
|With the hood ;-)|