I'm all in Christmas mode today. Not sure why, since, you know, it's October 1st. All I know is that I've been thinking all day of awesome things Santa could bring my kids this year.
I know that the Santa gifts have to be stellar this year, because we're instituting the "1 gift to wear, 1 gift to read, 1 gift to play with" thing at our house. I'm pretty sure the concept will kill me dead. I have a major tendency to go overboard at Christmas. And by overboard, I mean, TOTALLY INSANE. My kids get spoiled and our bank calls and asks if our credit cards have been stolen due to all the purchases.
Last year, when we were super horrendously broke, I ended up making a gazillion gifts. Making gifts is ok for a few things. But a gazillion home made gifts just turned me into a sleep-deprived, over-stressed, Scrooge-like maniac. And that was NO FUN. Hence the vow to do the simple, everyone gets 3 gifts thing.
Except that the Santa gift doesn't count - it's not part of the deal. Because my kids are all still young enough to harbor the myth and would probably croak on Christmas morning if we told them Santa was in on our 3 gift policy.
So this is what Santa is thinking about bringing:
Have you seen the new Leapster Explorer? We got a couple of Leapster 2's a few years ago. But the Explorer? WAY MORE AWESOME. The thing has apps. Yeah. For your 4-8 year old. I don't even have apps. I was happy enough when I figured out how to text. Opie would probably run through hot coals to get a Leapster Explorer.
I've wanted to get Monkey a real guitar for about 2.4 years. He used to be obsessed with guitars. So I thought once he phased out of his destruction streak and grew fingers long enough to play a Baritone Ukelele the world would be infinetly better. Except that he hasn't quite done either. Plus, Baritone Ukelele's? EXPENSIVE. So now I'm just thinking regular ukelele, and if it has a palm tree painted on it, even better.
You know what I want to get Number Four? (This was decided after much online surfing and thoughtful pondering on the subject.) A big cardboard house and a major package of crayons. What with her love of coloring on walls, this is perfect, I tell you.
Is a 7 year old too young for an ipod? Because I don't even have one yet. But then again, I would rather stream than buy songs ANY day. I think I just need to get a phone that will actually go online and let me play Pandora whenever I want. Except that would probably require an app, and you know, I don't have any (not that I have an app-compatible phone anyawy). But I think Two Bits would like some kind of MP3 player, as long as it came with cute headphones - her priorities are rather 7-year-old-like.
You know what Santa is going to bring me?!! (Because I found that too.) I have been wanting a Rubicks Cube for pretty much ever. Or at least since last february when I used one to make Husband a photo cube for Valentine's Day and then Two Bits got a hold of it and twisted it until it was a disaster and I played with it for a week trying to figure it out just to end up giving up and peeling off all the little photo squares and rearranging them back on the right sides. That was frustrating. I want a second round with the Rubicks Cube, but I'm totally not peeling off photo squares to get it. So I need a new one. But I don't want any regular old Rubicks Cube. No way. I found one on ebay that was a SUDOKU RUBICKS CUBE. I know!!! I almost peed a little in excitement.
So pretty much that's my list. Except for Husband. Maybe I'll just stick some socks in his stocking this year. It worked so well last year. And after I get done spending all that money on my kids, I won't have any cash left to get him anything remotely cool. I'll probably change my mind about 783.2 times before I buy anything anyway. But as long as I get my Sudoku Rubicks Cube, Christmas will be awesome.