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Saturday, 29 December 2012 14:12

Merry Christmas, everyone! 

Yeah, I know. I'm a few days late. But we are ridiculously busy during Christmas with extended family stuff, so I am going to cut myself some slack, ok? Ok. 

We had such a good Christmas! My grandma came in from out of town and we spent several evenings over at my parents house soaking up time with her and the fam. We also got to see both sets of families on Christmas day AND even had a couple hours of downtime somewhere in there! Down time is a major "win" when you have both sets of family in town! Usually we are running around like crazy trying to fit everyone in, but having two hours to crash at our house ON Christmas day is virtually unheard of. Needless to say, it was welcomed with open arms! We were very thankful for all of the fun family time we got to share with everyone!

And now the sad part of de-decorating and getting the house back in order has come. Boo. But even though all the Christmas decorations are put away, the boys are still busy playing with and enjoying their loot from us/their grandparents! It was clear right off the bat which gifts were going to be the favorites. And these favorites are totally blog worthy. So that is what today's post is going to be about! I am going to show you the top three gifts both of my children received this year for Christmas. You know, just in case you have a child with a birthday coming up, or something to think about for next year for Christmas. :)

First up we have Micaiah.

1) This child enjoys simple toys. Battery operated toys provide short lived entertainment for him (and most children, if we are all honest) so we try to stick with basic, classic toys. Wooden toys, books, puzzles, finger puppets... stuff like that. So it was no surprise to me when Micaiah became completely attached to this wooden car ramp!

You can purchase this from Toys R Us and from (other places too, I am sure. These are the two I am sure of though.) and not only is it cute, it is ridiculously fun to play with. The cars flip from level to level and sometimes skip each other on their way down. Not knowing which car is going to "win" makes it more fun for two competitive boys!


2) His second favorite would be his Lego Duplo set.

This is his very first set of legos and he is OBSESSED. We got him a large set and his Uncle Greg bought him a small set that goes along with it quite nicely! His imaginative play is downright adorable. "Come on, guys! Tiger, eat? Better? Alright, dis way, guys!" and "Mama, play? Mama tiger. Here. Window. Fall." He LOVES them so, so much. You can pretty much guarantee more of these sets will be going on his birthday list!

3) And last but not least, Micaiah's other favorite gift would have to be Good Night Moon.

We realized a while back that we didn't own this book and vowed to buy it for Micaiah for Christmas. Sure enough, this is his new favorite book! We read it every night before bed and several, several times during the day. And he wants everyone in the room during this story. Last night he went around the whole house collecting us for "Dood Night Moon". It was so cute. "Mama, come? Rye-Rye, come? Read?" He loves it. And we love that he loves it!


Now, for Zachariah's favorites!

1) Hands down, his favorite gift would be the Moon In My Room.

This is pretty much the COOLEST thing ever. It's a 3D moon that mounts on the wall and is controlled by a remote. With the click of a button the moon changes phases. Z uses it as his nightlight and it even has a self timer that turns it off after a certain amount of time! (Not sure how long, but it's long enough for Z to fall asleep!) After the second night of having this up in his room he looked at me and said, "Ok, now I want an Earth in my room! Do you think they make those?" :)

The Moon In My Room was bought at Toys R Us. I haven't seen it anywhere else, but I wasn't really looking anywhere else either. So it may be out there in other stores too!


2) Second on his list of favs is the Star Wars Science Jedi Telescope. Can you tell that he is in a science phase right now? ;)

This telescope has ten different images from Star Wars that are back lit and VERY easy to see. (Other things like this require you to be looking towards a light source. I was glad to see Z could enjoy this from anywhere in the house!) What makes this super fun is that Yoda is available at the touch of a button to explain more about the image you are viewing. Z loves that. He will often come up to me and say, "Mom! Do you know what this planet is?" I will say no and he will excitedly say something like "Well, Yoda is about to tell you!" He loves it. Anything that teaches him more about Star Wars gets two thumbs up from this five year old!


3) And the third favorite gift is his remote control car. He asked for a remote control Lightning McQueen for Christmas, but those suck. They are not made to last and I don't want to waste our money on overpriced junk. So I researched remote control cars and found one that was PERFECT for him. He just didn't know it yet. :)

This, my friends, is a remote control Killer Whale. I am convinced that it is the best remote control car out there, at least for Z's age range. Not only does it look cool, it drives over thick carpet, rocks and dirt and can even drive underwater! That's right. It's made to drive into puddles, ponds and pools. How awesome is that?! Lightning McQueen definitely can't do that. Z loves this thing. I was a little worried that when he opened it I would have to convince him that it would be better than the one he asked for, but he immediately thought this was the coolest car on earth so I didn't have to say a thing!

As you can imagine, these three gifts come HIGHLY recommended by the kids and adults in this house. And now that I have shared about our favorites I would love to hear about your kids favorite gift(s)!

Hope you all have a happy and safe New Years!

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