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Hello all, can you believe it’s already Thursday again?! Whew this week has just flown by. Have I confused you with the new look? My apologies for changing it AGAIN, I was having some issues with the previous theme I had picked, so I’ve been reworking everything. If you notice any crazy goofy things happening please let me know (via comments or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will work on them ASAP. Thank you!
Anyways, I was looking over my old blog and saw this lovely post from years gone by. I quite enjoyed reminiscing, but I also realized this list is pretty timeless (for the gift ideas at least) as only a few of the things they have outgrown. but maybe YOU have a child of similar age and would enjoy some semi- last minute ideas.
~ OK! Are you all ready for Christmas yet?! No? I am certainly not ready for Christmas, but I have been starting to get organized and accumulating some things in preparation of that big day. As I was thinking of that I thought maybe I would share with you some of our best gift ideas from years past. Just to warn you, there are a lot of pictures 🙂 Oh and I will try and provide links to amazon or but also know that I fully support our local toy stores and buy a lot of things from them but the links will give you an idea of price 🙂
This is a picture from a few years ago, and though it doesn’t look like from the expression on his face, this was one of Gabe’s favorite trucks ever! (still is to this day and he still plays with it all the time )
Next we have some toys that all three of our kids love and play with lots.
These funny looking things are called Zoobs
, I had never heard of them till last year when I was checking out a post over on Clover Lane
and I thought they looked neat. Apparently the kids think so too because this is another “building toy” they play with a lot.
I don’t think I paid as much as they have it listed for but honestly I can’t remember 🙂
We have a Wii
and though it mostly only gets played with in the winter, there are definitely some favorite games, these are probably the top three kids choices
Next up is one of my personal favorites, Playmobil!!
We have the school
, the zoo
, the zoo animal add on
, the pony farm
, the Wolf Knights Castle
and a whole bunch of smaller sets. Playmobil is expensive, I find, but I think it is a worthwhile investment as I remember playing with it a lot when I was a kid (we didn’t have any, but our neighbours had lots!) and our kids play with it alllllll the time. *Update: This is STILL true for our kids, my 11 and 9 year olds still play with it, and the 11 yr old still has it on her list for this year!)
Another worthwhile investment? LEGO
of course! Actually about 98% of our Lego is Pat’s (my hubby) from when he was a kid. Thankfully his parents kept it for him to pass down to his kids (well sometimes he has a hard time sharing 🙂 See what I mean about investment though, some of this is about 25 years old! That green garbage truck
is new though (bottom right-hand corner) Gabe got that for his birthday last month.
On to books! We have a ton of books so I will just share a few current favorites otherwise this post could go on for days 🙂
Cady’s current favorites are Geronimo
and/or Thea Stilton books
. She is 7 1/2 and she can read these pretty well, she also likes them cause they are like a novel (like her big sister reads!) but they still have some pictures.
And then there’s my little reader, miss Nyla 🙂
Her favorites for the last year or so have been the Warriors series by Erin Hunter
. Nyla is ten and is a voracious reader 🙂 (sorry about the terrible picture it was done with my phone in her bedroom in the basement )
She also likes activity sort of books like this one by Klutz
. Nyla loves to write, so having fun with lettering is right up her alley 🙂
And last but not least is our little Gabe. He is five and he enjoys reading if someone else is reading to him (this picture is really unusual 🙂
He loves anything to do with trucks, especially fire trucks, anything with moving parts and anything silly (which Robert Munsch is famous for 🙂
Well that’s enough for today I think 🙂 Next week I’ll be sharing some things I think might end up under our tree this year.
Has anyone else started their Christmas shopping? Or am I the only crazy one? I know you are out there some of you who start shopping in July!
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