Monday, December 03, 2007

Kids, don't try this at home

Every year we have the good fortune of Santa riding down our street via police escort. They announce for you to come out of your house, (I assume all criminals hate this time of year) and the streets are filled - waiting for Santa's arrival. My kids hate this tradition. They hear the announcement and totally freak. NO SANTA, NO!!

Still I drag them out of the house, camera in tow, and force them to sit on a large, oddly dressed, stranger's lap for all to see, while I yell, "SMILE. BETTER THAN THAT. PLEASE?? JUST DO IT." while they cry and cry and beg for it all to end. Yes, I am the greatest mother ever.

Gift Ideas for Kids:

1. Personalized Anywhere Chair - Potterybarn Kids $99
Yes, yes, I love all things personalized. Since I have two kids, everything is a fight. So their own chair, with their own names, well that just solves one at least. As opposed to the argument they were having this morning over who farted first.

2. New York City in a bag by MUJI - MOMA store $14
I love New York City. Now I can carry it around with me in a bag! I love all of these buildings so to be able to build my own little city seems like nothing but fun to me. But I am a dorky architect. I suppose I'd let the kids play with me...

3. The Pigeon books by Mo Willems - $10
I love these pigeon books, mostly because I can relate to the yelling, I guess. I like the 'sketchiness' of the art and the stories are a hoot. The Baby especially loves the Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog book, cause the Baby loves him some processed meat.

4. Flo Water Deflector - Boon/Follow Function $15
This little spout cover is stylish and great fun for the tub. The flowing 'waterfall' makes washing hair a cinch and if you have a kid you know what a nightmare that can be. I also love the futuristic shape of it.

5. Roller Car by Small Paul $175
As you know, Paul Frank is huge in our house. Now there are ride on toys too?? Oh dear. I wrote this post before they announced their online store, which opened today. Free shipping through the holidays!! (The kid pictured here looks dangerous, just sayin')

6. wall decals by Blik $45
I am definitely getting some of these when I redo the Baby's room. Better than paint, let me tell you. But which ones? Personally, I love the Space Invaders and Giant Robot ones, but the kids might disagree. I guess I'll just have to put them in my room. ~sigh~

Jenn's "Kids" pick:

Dinnersaurs by Fred $13
Of all the products I have photographed or recommend over the years on this blog, this gets the most comments. These dino utensils are easy to handle and way fun to eat with. Finally, they are available again. Buy them while you can!!

Next up: Gift Ideas for Guys.

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Blogger joyce said...

we have the same thing...santa comes around the neighborhood too = no police escort but yelling ho ho ho with a bull horn!

Monday, December 03, 2007 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Librarian said...

I brought my husband the London in a bag from Muji a couple of years ago, so see, not just for the kids!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 2:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My kids love Mo Willems! Have you read 'Knuffle Bunny?' It's my daughter's favorite because she drags a once-white-but-now-an-icky-shade-of-grey rabbit with her EVERYWHERE! Knuffle Bunny makes a guest appearance in 'Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!'

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 7:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jen14221 said...

At my parent's house, Santa comes down the street in a firetruck on Christmas Eve, sires screaming and all that. So one year, we were all like 'Hey! Santa's EARLY this year' because it was not dark yet, but it wasn't Santa. IT WAS A FIRE. So now that tradition is all fucked up for me. I'm always wondering if it's Santa or someone DYING.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 2:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those pidgeon books kill me. And that bird is so convincing. Heck, I'd let him stay up for sure AND drive the bus.


Tuesday, December 04, 2007 4:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Santa comes through our neighborhood on Christmas Eve on a train behind a big semi truck with carolers. It's cool. I guess I won't invite your kids over for it though.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007 10:00:00 PM  

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