With Thanksgiving behind us, I quickly shifted into Christmas mode when I joined the ferocious crowds for a little Black Friday deal hunting. I must admit, I don't do it for the deals (although I love a good one) as much as I do it for the sport. Every year my sister and I strategically plan our shopping route based on when stores open, proximity, and best deals.
This year's trip started at 10pm Thanksgiving night, included a total of six stores and two cups of coffee, and ended around 5am Friday morning. With the IKEA trip a few weeks ago and yesterday's shopping marathon, I am happy to report we are almost finished with the babies' Christmas shopping. I've met with Santa and here's some of what he's bringing the babies this year:
A kitchen set. They need to see someone cooking.
Play food. I passed on the pizza set and stuck with the healthy food groups instead. They'll learn how to order that soon enough.
A bowling set. I'm really excited about this set although Marty is betting the pins will be missing by Christmas night.
Puzzles. Santa will also be delivering several of these puzzles. We opted for the wood ones since Emily likes to eat the paper puzzle pieces.
A doll bed. Emily has discovered baby dolls and loves them! She's getting this cute doll bed and a baby stroller. We're both betting that Em and Drew spend more time in the bed and stroller than the baby doll.
A loader. Drew loves anything with wheels. If it has wheels, he'll try to sit on it and ride it--regardless of the size. If it doesn't have wheels (chairs, coat racks, baskets), he'll still try to push it all around like it does. I wanted to find him a large (plastic) dump truck but haven't had any luck yet. I did find this cool loader at Target. He'll either love the sound effects or be scared silly.
Bath crayons.Stocking stuffers for 18 months olds are tough since I don't want to fill them with candy I won't let them eat or junk that they will try to eat. I was excited to find these bath crayons that are perfect for toddler hands.
I still need to pick up some books and a couple more stocking stuffers. Oh, and shop for everyone else on our list...It was so easy to get carried away on just buying for the babies (even though Marty and I said we wouldn't)...
Score any big deals on Black Friday? What will Santa be bringing your little ones this year? Any good recommendations for books or stock stuffers?
When I picked this song, I had visions that our house would look a lot like Christmas. Currently, it looks like about 10 plastic tubs of decorations exploded, leaving tangled, burned out lights, assorted Christmas balls, an artificial tree in three pieces, and glitter in its wake. Decorating was so much easier when the babies weren't mobile and Mommy wasn't moody. I gave up, cracked open a nice bottle of red, and started blogging. I think I'll just close my eyes and listen to a little Buble now...