Tuesday, January 01, 2008

All I Got for Christmas...

After a week of playing with all our new toys, there are a few that seem to have floated to the top of the "Best Things I Got for Christmas This Year" list. We'll go by person as to not confuse anyone...

Padyn and Kate's are shared (well, and when they received them, they were joint presents, so it only makes sense that they would BOTH like them.)








The Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle was a completely unplanned purchase. It was 4 days before Christmas and I was out on my last shopping trip. I was wanting something for the two of them, but couldn't quite figure out what to do. I randomly happened upon this in Nordstrom and knew it was the right thing. Padyn had been telling me she wanted Santa to bring her a princess castle. Of course, she was talking about a Disney Princess Castle, but since I refuse to purchase anything Disney Princess, this was a terrific option. They were out of the little figures that go with it, but the girls are quite content to play with it using the Little People figures and other random small animal toys.

We all love Olivia, but the new Olivia book is more Padyn's favorite than Kate's. Padyn asks for it every night, and in the mornings (and at quiet time) we can hear her reading it out loud to herself. She has all the inflections and words correct. If she wasn't waking me up, I'd think it was pretty cute.

Daddy's favorite new toy is the iNeed back massager from Brookstone. He could sit for hours on the couch letting it work on his back. I love it, too, but can't sit with it quite as long as he can.I was having trouble deciding on my "favorite" thing. I must say, I have been listening to my new David Crowder CD over and over again, so that must be somewhere near the top of my list.I usually buy most of my own Christmas presents each year (I'm sure there are NO other women that do this!) There are a few things I didn't get around to getting myself that I'm sure will be late Christmas presents. The following are the top two on my late list-boxing gloves and new running shoes. Not terribly exciting, but I will appreciate them. (Just so you know, the gloves are for my boxing class...not to hit Joel or the children with.)









Oh, I did get one other thing for Christmas that I'm pretty excited about. This...

I am not joking. This is my dad's 1982 Porsche 911. Now it gets to live at our house. I'm trying to figure out how to get the car seats in the two little seats in the back. Don't you think the girls would like to ride in it?

What are your new favorite toys?

1 comment:

Brand New Momma said...

Aside from the promise of this http://andsosheis.blogspot.com/2007/12/merry-christmas-dad-love-sparky.html it has to be my new down parka. I'll never be cold again! Since you started Ella on Olivia we seem to have collected most of them. Ben got her the Christmas on and she too has been asking for it non-stop. Of course we have to read it to her over and over again!