Hi there Becca!
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The year does seem to have gone by fast! Not that surprising with little ones, though, 'cause time always flies with them - unless you're waiting for someone to finish his turn on the potty, that is. ;)
No Black Friday here 'cause our Thanksgiving was last month, but I'm hoping to do some of my research for Christmas shopping online, if not the actual shopping. Really don't want to deal with crowds! And I mostly agree with our plan of not having the kids present while shopping 'cause they'd see their future gifts. (At Ben's age, not such a big deal to me, but Tim's getting to the time of knowing and remembering what he sees will be his!)
I don't have many Christmas decorations aside from the ones for the tree, but I'd like to start adding some to our collection one of these years. Then they'd probably go up at the start of December, maybe right after Ben's birthday? (The 3rd.) We get real trees, so we wait till somewhere near the 15th before putting it up - don't want it to die before the big day! I do like the idea of having it earlier - I love Christmas! - but maybe with small kids and a dog it's not practical. Someday I could buy a mini tree to put up whenever I want...
Before the year ends, I would wish for... Ben to start walking! Is that crazy?
Grrrr, I had magazine that had the best ornaments!!
Poor JJ! And poor you, feeling like you're torturing him but knowing he needs it. May you all be healed quickly!Please pray I don't worry about finances too much as we come into Christmas shopping season (plus Ben's birthday and replacing Hubby's almost-dead laptop). That's one part of the holiday I don't like...
Also that potty training will finally happen - I didn't feel Tim was ready before and I certainly wasn't. Almost seemed easier to change two rather than fight with one over the issue. ;) But he's really responding to Hubby's help on the matter so maybe this is it!
Thanks so much for the gift ideas! I did a little online research at Canadian sites and haven't yet found the racer (except in a French version, oy) and the wagon, but I think I've seen the drum in local stores. I like all three toys a lot! We've noticed that Ben really likes Tim's school bus that zips along on its own (one of those pull-back-and-let-go cars) and he's now fascinated by stacking toys, meanwhile I'm stuck on the learn-to-walk toys. LOL