Friday, July 8, 2011

It's Time for a Birthday Party!

Three years ago I was pregnant out.... to.... here.... with Mr. A.  He wasn't due for a few more days, but I was very ready and excited to meet my little guy.  We'll celebrate his third birthday on Tuesday, and I'm marveling at how quickly the last three years have flown.  They went so fast, in fact, that I have to admit that his birthday kind of snuck up on me this year.  Now I'm scrambling to figure out what to give him.  I have his big day all planned out - before the kids start preschool we  have little family parties with cake and ice cream and since it's summer maybe a trip to a park, lake or pool.  The cake and balloons are ordered, candles and decorations bought.  His gift, however, isn't so easy. 

As our third child, there are few age appropriate toys he doesn't already have.  In fact, our play room looks like an entire toy store was dropped into it.  Since he's our only boy, he's gotten cars and trucks and tractors for every previous gift giving occasion until he has hundreds of Hot Wheels cars and every model of tractor in every size.   We have Power Wheels and bikes and movies and everything under the sun.  *sigh*  What an American problem to have - so many toys we can't find anything new to give him.  At this point it's just more stuff and I hate giving just stuff.  I guess I'll have to  put on my thinking cap today, surf assorted toy store sites, and hope I'll discover something fabulous.

As always, anyone have a suggestion?


  1. What about books or arts and crafts type activities. I've seen several paint your own train sets on Amazon. Little man is very into the normal cars and tools but I found a Crayola dry erase board a while back and he LOVES it. He draws and draws and then erases. Plus it comes with different backgrounds so you can change it out and practice writing letters and numbers.

  2. Good Luck! I've got nothing for suggestions.

  3. Amanda - Art supplies are always on our gift lists, too. They are the one thing that we use almost as quickly as we can buy them, which I love. I know how good it is for kids to experience life through art, plus it's always fun! The Crayola dry erase board sounds great! I'll have to check it out!

  4. @Michelle - That's because you've seen my house and know we really do own every toy ever made. :D