Christmas....AH!

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Christmas....AH!
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Wed, 11-24-2004 - 6:16pm

Christmas is in a month!! A MONTH!!! Sorry but I know I get stressed this time of year and I mean can you blame me? Christmas shopping for 6 kids! Any way I was just wondering what you are planning on placeing under the tree for the wee ones (or big ones) this year? I have no clue yet I know some of them need cloths and I am thinking about buying a pony. I am a horse back rider and we have farm with 3 horses already (May, Archie, and Casper) but they are either too big, too untrained, or too old for my kiddos so I am considering buying a well trained pony but other than that I am stuck! So, what are your kiddos going to get/ what do they want?

-Nya

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Registered: 05-16-2003
In reply to: nyako
Sun, 11-28-2004 - 8:40am

Hi Nya,

I'm the opposite I actually LOVE Christmas (but then I only have 2 of my own).

My bubby girl is getting a twin stroller with 2 new dolls (1boy, 1girl). She just absolutely loves dolls. She is also getting a new shopping trolley with new pretend food for her kitchen plus other small things.

My son is getting a Thomas The Tank Engine train table and trains (not that we really need more, but he is insisting on them! It's his obsession). Actually that is all he wants but I have added in a play workbench and some games plus the small stocking fillers.

Sometimes I think that as long as they get something that is similar to what they want and a couple of little things they are very happy. Christmas morning is so overwhelming for the kids that we don't have too much under the tree. Last year Michael wouldn't even unwrap his presents cause he was scared. I'm hoping this year will be different.

He is mad at Santa though. He asked for a Train and he hasn't brought it yet. I tried to explain when Santa comes but he just yells at me "I NEED IT RIGHT NOW!" (actually he signs the words and tries to say it). We saw Santa again (after he had asked for his train) at the shopping centre and Michael actually yelled at him and signed "where's my train?" HOW EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!

Oh well things can only get better (I hope).

Tracy mum to Michael (4) ASD, Global Developmental Delay, Hypotonia, Epilepsy, Speech/Language Delay, Asthma, Sensory Issues and Elizabeth (19mths) mild hypotonia.

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Registered: 02-19-2004
In reply to: nyako
Sun, 11-28-2004 - 7:12pm

Nya a pony would be a wonderful gift!!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: nyako
Tue, 11-30-2004 - 8:22am

Hey Nya! I'm about the same with Christmas--I get really stressed over the whole thing. Well, really, it's choosing and buying the gifts in time that I don't deal well with. I'm trying to get most of my shopping done on the internet as that saves a lot of time and money, too, if I consider all the gas I'd burn driving all over the place--we live in a very small town and have to drive a ways for shopping. I really hate the crowded stores, too, and trying to find stuff when I don't even know what I'm looking for!

My kids are going to get about 3 gifts each plus stocking stuffers. I have them each make a list but we haven't really even done that yet, LOL--YIKES! But yesterday I did order a few things on line because I have some ideas of what they want or would like. The younger kids are definitely easier--the teens are pickier so I just get what they ask for or sometimes they will pick out something while we're out and I'll get it to give them for Christmas. My youngest dd(7.5) is very artistic so I ordered her a nice art kit in a wooden case--she will enjoy that much more than most toys as she has never played a whole lot with typical girl toys. I might get her something for her "new" room(she moved into her big sisters' room when they moved into their new room this year). Maybe a bean bag or lamp for next to her bed--she loves to read, so maybe some books and she'll be happy. Ds(10) is big into legos and has asked for a lego pirate ship, so that and maybe some type of science/experiment or robot building type kit--he's very good with building things(this from a kid who has many emotional problems and acts like a 2yr. old at times!). Sydney(11)is hard because she can't really play with toys. She usually gets clothes or music CDs. One yr she got a big bean bag. She loves her fiber optics lamp she got last year--that's a good idea for some spec. needs kids. The older girls(16, almost 17 and 14, almost 15)mostly are asking for stuff for their room--one wants a comforter and a lamp. The other wants a clock radio and maybe one of those fiber optic or lava lamps.

Doubt I'm any help, LOL! Just wanted to let you know you are NOT alone in the stress!!

A pony is a great idea--my 7 year old would go crazy for that but we live in town. I considered buying her some riding lessons but the woman who has the horse farm just died in a horrible car wreck so I doubt they'll be doing much for a while. Very very sad--I only met her once and such a nice lady--she was planning to start therapeutic horse riding for kids and she gave Sydney a free pony ride at our town's festival a couple months ago. Well, I'm all over the place, aren't I? Sorry.

Hope you come up with some ideas--even if you don't shop on line, you could browse there for some ideas.

Best of luck--let's just take a deep breath and it'll be over before too long(well that's part of the problem, isn't it, LOL).

Pam

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: nyako
Tue, 11-30-2004 - 12:29pm

Well, Nya, I wish I had some magic solution!

 


 



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Registered: 01-08-2004
In reply to: nyako
Tue, 11-30-2004 - 11:22pm
My kids are getting clothes and "fun stuff", lots of builiding supplies, play doh, a doll house, all kind of stuff. I have poor Sammy fooled! I got them each a snowsuit on layaway. Well, I found one Ruby LOVED at the thrift store and got it. So, Ruby got her "new" snowsuit, and Sammy hasn't yet. She's on pins and needles hoping Santa remembers, lol. She will be so happy when she gets a Barbie snow suit!!
I've heard that if you have multiple kids, gifts that require a playmate are ideal. Things like board games, video games, etc. I'm not sure if your kids use those at all though. I've found that arts and craft supplies are an excellent gift, and cheap too because you can make your own play doh, paints, glurch, etc. Let us know if you get the pony. I'm so excited, I know any kid would love a pony!

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Registered: 09-01-2004
In reply to: nyako
Sat, 12-04-2004 - 8:39pm

I found a pony!!! I went out today with my hubby (we ditched 3 of the kiddos with his parents and threee with my parents) We went to the mall and did out shopping for family and friends...and then the kids. Here is a sum up of what we ended up getting.

Chris- Drum kit (only thing he wanted)

Maria- a new dress, and some pink and purple fabric so I can make some wheel chair decorations

Rorie- new riding helmate and riding boots

Rogie- new riding helmate and riding boots as well

Mark- a new bed room set that has space ships and stars all over it

Lilly- A swing for in her room, and a bean bag chair

I will tell you all about the pony later I need to put the to bed!

-Nya

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Registered: 09-01-2004
In reply to: nyako
Sat, 12-04-2004 - 10:21pm

Okay so the pony. His name is Barnaby. He is an 11 year old shetland pony 11hh so he is just a tiny little thing. He is fully trained and an added bonus...he was used in a theraputic riding program!!! He is only $750 so the price is really good. I saw someone else ride him a few times and I even got on him (that was an interesting sight)He was so gentle and so sweet he is perfect! So we bought him on the spot and they agreed to keep him on their farm until christmas eve when I will go and get him in our trailer and bring him home for christmas day!

-Nya

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Registered: 01-08-2004
In reply to: nyako
Sat, 12-04-2004 - 11:28pm
Woo Hoo! A pony! And a drum set to drive you crazy. HA HA!

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Registered: 09-01-2004
In reply to: nyako
Sun, 12-05-2004 - 2:37pm

We are definatly excited about having a drum set in the house ...NOT but he loves playing the drums and he is good at it...the way I look at it is that they can only really drive Maria, Mark, Lilly, and Cameron (the hubby) crazy since Rorie, Rogie, and I are deaf hehehhe...and well the ones in my tummy we are still unsure of whether or not they will be deaf as well....sigh....

-Nya

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: nyako
Mon, 12-06-2004 - 6:39am
OH Nya, I'm glad you've found the perfect pony!

 


 



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