I mean, Thanksgiving is over so that means we all just start standing in a traffic jam of stress: get the Christmas cards out, buy presents galore, bake everything under the sun, buy more presents, figure out neighbor gifts, deck the halls, etc.
I have many friends who are done. The lists are checked off. I am not the kind of girl who starts Christmas until December but this year I am determined to start early so I can join my organized friends to soak up the spirit of it all a little better.
I am not a Black Friday shopper. I’m an online shopper. Oh how I love having those little boxes show up on my doorstep without doing anything more than lifting a couple fingers to tap some keys on my computer. And since I often get asked to list my favorite things on the blog, I thought I’d better share some of those favorites that come online, cause we could all save a little time at the store, right?
We really like to play games in our family.
Here are some of the favorites:
Lu’s fav. that goes without saying is any kind of memory game. And I love that our whole family can play.
Our family LOVES Rummikub. And our friends do too.
We honestly play this every chance we get…such a good thinking game. Claire’s getting pretty good at it I must say. Click here
to see more info.
Whenever we get together with friends the boys pull out Ticket To Ride. I have yet to play that game, but I’m telling you, it keeps those guys mesmerized for HOURS.
Our family also loves Ladder Ball.
And when I say “our family,” let’s just go ahead and clarify that I mean “the-coordinated-ones-in-our-family” because it’s a little teeny bit harder when you have not an ounce of coordination in your body like me. Although I must admit I did beat Dave on one round before. It was pure luck but it was a highlight of my life I tell you;) Ladder Ball sure makes for a fun competitive game. See all different kinds of sets you can get here.
Another game that keeps the boys occupied for hours is bocce ball. They play it constantly at the beach and it seems like it’d be a great family reunion game.
Lots of info. and reviews here.
Speaking of that, I had a whole bunch of people ask where we got the frisbees for this game I talked all about back here (New Years last year).
For Dave, these are some of his favorite things:
Since he is a runner, he adores these Amphipod things here.
He also loves something called slingbox
because when he is out of town, even in China, he can tune into our television at home to catch his favorite football games. I have no idea how that sucker works, but boy howdy, it’s worth it’s weight in gold to him.
Max‘s favorite things would be these:
Since sometimes he gets in exercising mode, he has used these CD’s more than anyone else in the fam:
…and he looks just like Tony when he does it too 🙂
For years we have been at-home-workout-people (until I started going to this little gym last year, but I still do this when I can with Dave and Max). It’s an investment, but so worth it for good health in my book.
For reviews and more info. click here
Max was pretty darn happy to get his longboard that actually made his room decor:
to see that one…but our kids really like Sector 9 longboards best…and they hold up longer)
And he loves his New Age Classical Piano Solos Volume II (like, seriously, a boy teenager likes music). He practices out of that book on the left below all the time.
Max also loves his penny board he got for his birthday last year.
Elle‘s fav. things to yearn for would be these:
Bubble Necklace Chunky, Jade (she’s been eying that and it is a great price)
She also wants one of these headbands she borrowed from a friend:
…ok and I can’t think of anything else for her right now. I think teenage girls are the toughest because man alive they are picky.
At least mine is.
Grace‘s fav. picks:
Speaking of hair accessories, she wants one of these awesome knitted headbands
, but alas, it really doesn’t get cold enough here to use them.
She doesn’t know what she would do without her bike basket.
She is dying for these things for dance that she calls “toe-endies.” Apparently they work wonders when you’re doing lyrical dance with bare feet. Click here
to see what in the world I’m talking about.
Claire‘s fav. picks:
Claire is totally turning into a book worm too (either that or she’s really trying to suck up to me cause she knows I love when my kids read books :).
Lu‘s fav. picks:
Disney Princess Ariel Soft Doll — Claire gave it to her last year and she’s still her very fav. toy in the whole wide world.
In fact, she is actually a “sister” according to Lucy.
This coloring unicorn was such a hit last year. We all spent some time coloring it over the holidays.
Of course, with Lu you could never go wrong with any kind of figurines too.
Check them out here:
Disney Princess Figurines
For the artists out there, my Mom sent Lu this art kit for her birthday and she adores it.
More details about it here.
And with that, I need to get busy and go check off some of my lists. Happy shopping!