What a crazy weekend! We hosted a holiday open house for church members at the parsonage (we had some surprising guests — see if you can spot them in the photos), went to the local Christmas parade, played outside since it was over 50 degrees — rare in December!, went to church, drove to Springfield for a friend’s holiday party, attempted to buy Christmas ornaments for the kids, and had one last choir practice before the Christmas Cantata next weekend.
I didn’t take any photos at our ill-fated trip to the Hallmark store, but it just so perfectly illustrates my 4-year-old’s state of mind about gifts these days that I have to document it. Last year, we went to a small Hallmark store near our house, and my son rather uneventfully decided he wanted a Batman ornament, we got it, end of story. I thought, hey, if a 3 year old can do it without a meltdown, it should be a snap this year. We talked about it in advance, and he decided on a Spiderman ornament this year. Well… apparently Spidey is a popular guy. It was sold out. There were lots of other superheroes, but he wasn’t interested. He started looking around…
- Look at all the cars! (No we’re not getting an ornament of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard)
- A fire truck, a fire truck! I want to play with it in the car. (Okay… but the fire truck doesn’t come out of the fire station. It’s just an ornament, not a little toy.)
- This one plays music!
- I want this one! (Umm… that’s a Hanukkuh reindeer. ????)
This is exactly how it goes anytime we’re in the vicinity of a toy aisle. He fixates on a particular toy, I tell him we’re not buying toys today, then it becomes this generalized “gimme gimme gimme” about everything in sight. A few weeks ago I was buying toys for a local charity and there may have been a meltdown because I wasn’t buying coloring books and glitter crayons for HIM! (The child who hates to color.) Clearly, I am the meanest mom ever, right?
Somehow I managed to get us out of the ornament store without too many tears. And now… I stalk eBay for Spiderman ornaments, like a good mom.
How was your weekend?