Contrary to my natural urge to leave things to the last minute, this year I am trying to get organised. Early.
I have started my Christmas shopping.
I don't usually shop during the July toy sales as I have a tendency to lay-by stuff and then forgot about it. I then lay-by more stuff and forget about that too. Then when I collect my lay-bys at Christmas the present pile for the children nearly reaches to the roof. Not that they've ever complained about that of course.
This year however I am lay-bying the children's Christmas presents now, so that in the event that I am not in any shape to battle the Christmas shopping crowds - having just had a kidney out and all - Santa can still come to our house! I plan to have my lay-bys paid off before the transplant so my sister can just go and pick them up for me close to Christmas if I'm not up to it.
So, the point of all that is that I need ideas for what to get Ashlea for Christmas. I have Emma and Audrey sorted - they are each getting an 8Gb ipod touch. I know - it's a bit extreme for a 5 and 7 year old but I am sick of them running down the battery on my phone whilst checking their zoos and playing Angry Birds. Don't even get me started on the fingerprints. They are also getting a go-cart type thing to pedal around in the backyard and a masterchef outfit each.
But what to get the little Miss???
She already has every single In the Night Garden toy known to mankind.
Any thoughts? All suggestions welcome!
In keeping with the spirit of Christmas I am also sending out a little note in the mail to everyone who would normally get our Christmas newsletter - just so that those who aren't 'internet people' don't get the shock of their lives to read that they missed the big event. Keep an eye on your mailboxes - I hope to get them out this week.