And checking it twice!
Ok if we are going to get technical, Kate is not really making a list. But, Alex and I are making a list of things we think she will love for Christmas and I thought I would share!
Kate will be 16 months come Christmas and we've decided to "buy up" in most things this year. We want items that will carry her through her entire second year! If you have already been through this phase with your kids, feel free to offer suggestions of toys your children really loved from 18-24+ months!
On to the list!
I had a precious super girly pink kitchen picked out. However, when we discovered Will was a boy, we decided to go more gender neutral as the play room in our next house will be for both kids! I love this kitchen - the chalk board on the fridge is just so darn cute to me! It is on sale right now but if you are interested in purchasing, I would keep watching it - I ordered Kate's last week for under $100. I'm willing to bet Amazon will drop the price again between now and Christmas!
What good is a kitchen without food, pots, pans, cookies, etc? I've picked out several fun things to add to the kitchen. I also love that the Melissa and Doug pots and pan set is red and white and will match the kitchen perfectly!
Kate is obsessed with her dolls. She has several and carries them around all day giving them hugs and kisses! I hope she will love putting them in a stroller and pushing them around!
Parum Pum Pum Drum
Kate loves music and will stop to dance the second she hears any type of music (including commercial jingles). She's recently started using plastic forks, wooden spoons, toys, and such as drum sticks to bang on things and tap a beat. While I am not all that excited by the added noise this toy will bring, I know that Kate will love it! Parenting is all about sacrifice, right?
I think books rank as Kate's all time favorite "toy"! I'm not complaining as I have a huge love of reading and am glad she is showing an interest so young! I'm hoping she can increase her library this Christmas! Her favorite type of books right now are the "lift the flap" books. One book I am eager to get her this year is a big sister book. I realize she is probably to young to understand what is going on but, I figured it can't hurt to start reading and talking about the baby!
We aren't sure exactly which Elmo we will get her but, the child love, love, loves the Elmo she has right now! I'm thinking a singing Elmo (maybe the rockin Elmo) will be a must purchase!
I'm sure we will pick up a few more random things but, as of now, these are for sure presents under our tree! I'm hoping Kate shows a bit more interest in the whole Christmas thing this year - I'm dying for a fun Christmas morning where she realizes she has tons of new presents!
And, of course, we will be telling her about the true meaning of Christmas throughout the season. I'm sad we won't (and haven't been able to for a while) be able to head to church for Christmas but, one day, when all of my kids are off of isolation, we will be back in the sanctuary - not just for Christmas but every week! These kids will know who has been and will always be the ultimate healer! I've ordered her the Little People Nativity set so we can play and talk about the true reason for the season!