Friday, December 18

Santa is ready...

I have a strong feeling that this year just may be Maggie's last year of believing. She has just about figured it all out. I would hope for a few more years of childhood innocence, but the reality is that she is one wise cookie.


Santa brings three things to each kid in our house and fills a stocking. It's what we asked of him as a family a few years ago. There are just too many kiddos out there who need things more than we do, and by the time you have three kiddos, there just isn't room or reason for a full spread of toys on Christmas morning. The kiddos take their lists seriously and realistically. They usually have 10-15 things on them, and they are well-thought-through, because they know they will only get a few of the items. This year their lists consisted of bean bag chairs, a wii game or two, pez candies, an art easel, gel pens, legos, playmobil, a baby (for Ellie), and M&M's (also for Ellie). The big kiddos helped Ellie with her list. Oh, and when we visited Santa in person, Bentley asked for a whoopee cushion. I think Santa might be able to fit that in his stocking.

I was very excited to see their lists this year--and thought, we'll definitely get Santa to bring bean bag chairs! Then I started pricing them. Whoa! To get three nice, quality chairs would have cost us around $400. Um, no. And yes, I could have picked up a few at a discount place for a total of about $90, but they were poor quality and ugly! And not that Bent or Ellie would have cared, but my Maggie is hoping for cute polka dots! So, I found a pattern online and decided Santa's elves would hand-make cool covers for them. And then, Santa found the chairs at Garden Ridge for $19.99!!!!, and I used them for the filler. Filler is much more expensive than that if you order it, I discovered.

So my girlies are going to LOVE their polka dot bean bag chairs (and the covers are washable, big plus!), and Santa decided to leave Bentley's as is (with elf-reinforced seams) since it looks like a basketball. Our reading corner is going to look cute after December 25th. And Santa didn't have to spend a lot to make the Huff kiddos happy this year!


3 comments:

Kim said...

I think this may be Gracyn's last year to believe as well. An end of an era.

Bone Shaffner Team said...

Our girls got bean bags from Santa last year (Lillian Vernon was running a GREAT deal and Santa got them - all 3 - for around $100 or so) and they love them. They have used them EVERYDAY since. The covers are washable too and that is a real plus. By far the best thing Santa has brought (in the sense that it is something used often and still loved even a year later). Here's hoping your 3 love them as well!

Anonymous said...

The previous post is from Libby...didn't realize I was signed in by Brian's work.