I posted a picture on Facebook of our Christmas tree post-Santa Visit and received a lot of comments with regard to the amount of gifts for MD under the tree. The only explanation I can give is this...Santa was on speed.
But pretty much.
Initially the plan was for clothes, books, and one "large" toy.
I asked Steven what his idea was for the big present...A Powerwheel!
Well that really wasn't a surprise..but Powerwheels are expensive, so we had to come up with some back-up ideas.
We decided on a basketball hoop and a tool bench set (combined those would be less than the cost of a powerwheel, but then he'd at least get 2 larger presents to make up for the loss of a powerwheel...that he didn't actually realize he was "losing".)
Already this was not making a lot of logical sense.
I ordered the basketball hoop.
Then, I saw a deal online for a 4-Wheeler. It was more in MD's age category (ages 1-3) and was significantly less than a Powerwheel. So, I of course purchased it. IT WAS 50% OFF!!!
I then saw a deal on the Little People Farm. MD is really into farm animals, so I figured it'd be an awesome fit for him.
I ordered the Little People Farm.
When I was about to check out...I noticed they had a special deal on this block/puzzle where, if you match the front of the farm animal to it's corresponding back-side, it makes the farm animal noise. How cool! And a great learning toy. Into the cart it went.
Things REALLY got out of hand when I got the Black Friday ad.
Target had a special on PowerWheels. 50% off on Black Friday.
I don't do Black Friday. Ever.
My thought was that I'd go to Target on Black Friday...but during the day, when all of the ultra-crazy shoppers had already left. IF there was a red convertible Viper Powerwheel left, I'd buy it.
I went to the store....THERE WAS ONE LEFT!!!
I about died.
I brought it home to show Steven.
He was SO EXCITED.
We had to assemble it right away because it was actually purchased during the night of Black Friday and then returned the next morning (explaining why it was still there). If something didn't work, we only had 90 days to return it.
Our plan was to assemble it, and then give it to MD in the spring (when he'd actually be big enough to reach the pedals).
His birthday isn't until September, so it was going to have to be one of those gifts that you shouldn't give...the excessively large, seemingly "for nothing" present that creates a complex in your child that on any given day Mommy & Daddy might just bring them home a gift.
Well, after thinking that one through, that just wouldn't do.
We can't give MD a "complex" about what constitutes a reason to receive large gifts.
It would have to go under the tree.
Our other option was to give him the Viper Powerwheel and return the 4-wheeler.
That made sense...only 1 riding toy.
Except...I ordered the 4-wheeler on Toys R Us online..and I didn't exactly know where the receipt was...and we sort of got over-excited in assembling the Powerwheel so we just put the 4 wheeler together at the same time.
And they matched (red & black...how cute!)
And MD wouldn't be big enough for the Powerwheel yet, so it'd be mean to make his "big present" one that he couldn't even use.
They both would have to stay.
It only made sense.
And then we remembered the tool bench set.
It hadn't been purchased yet.
Steven said no. No more toys.
I said..well maybe not a tool bench...maybe a kitchen set?
Steven said no.
I said okay....
I found an after Black Friday special on kitchen sets for 50% off.
50%!!!! It seems to be my weakness.
I ordered the set...and waited to tell Steven until he was in a good mood.
He decided it was a good deal.
I did (sort of) stick to my original game plan. There were lots of clothes, puzzles, and books.
Along with all of the other toys that speed made me buy.
So there you have it...that's how our Christmas tree ended up looking like we had 50 kids.
Because Santa took the Christmas speed...and it was good.