Every year around this time the big book of Toys R Us magic shows up at the house. If you have never gotten one, it’s like a 50 page spread of the best toys for sale in between shiny red slick glorified ad space.
When it comes in, I always hand it to Charlotte, my oldest, and let her loose with a pen to mark up her Christmas dreams.
Last year, it came back like this:
and on and on and on…you know, pure childhood optimism.
So this year when I handed her the book and a pen, I told her to be realistic on her thoughts.
She has a birthday in a month and mommy isn’t rich and you have a brother now and yadda yadda.
To her credit, I saw her really contemplating everything she circled, but when I opened it up she had a drum set (um…no), all 25 dolls from One Direction and about a million other things I refuse to waste my money on because they looked like death items for little P sooooo…….. I trashed it.
Then I went rogue and bought her what I felt like it. Once I had announced my entire cyber shopping adventure had ended, I had a few people ask what I bought, so in the interest of helping other moms with their shopping, here is what I purchased the rug rats:
And before anyone gives me any crap on how much I bought, I realize Christmas is about Christ or really whatever religion you do or do not subscribe to, but I use it for two things extra:
1) Cleaning out all the old toys my kids have grown up and out of and replacing with new stuff. We donate our old stuff or give to someone less fortunate, so its a win/win.
2) I just love giving. I know that the holiday is not always about that, but I truly, truly love giving and I love doing that for my children most of all.
Now that you have seen what is under my tree, what is under yours?