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So C has a birthday coming up…and we’ve found his present!

Posted on: March 24, 2008

C will be 2 in June.  Hard to believe!  Some of you have been asking what he wants/needs, so here’s a little inside scoop.  We’ve decided to get a backyard playset for him and J to share.  It’s something we’ve been wanting for some time.  Sanford is severely lacking in public parks/playgrounds and the one that is decent has a 2-5 yr age limit.  Which means that J soon will be too old for it and then there’s no good place to take both of them to play.  Plus, let’s face it, going out to the backyard is infinitely easier than trekking across town to some park where there might be kids who are too old or rough for my little guys.  It’s a constant problem, even at the playground for little kids.  The Catholic church just behind our neighborhood does have a nice play area, as do many of the schools and churches around here but I feel a little strange taking them to play at a church that we don’t belong to or a school we don’t go to.  Plus they tend to feel slightly unsafe as there *never* seems to be anyone else around when we go.

Needless to say, those backyard playsets are EXPENSIVE.  We plan to use our tax rebate, but if you’re planning on getting C a gift, we’d love it if you gave him a gift card to Lowe’s instead.  We have SO many toys and books and clothes so he doesn’t really need any of that.  I understand that this is not as fun, but if you really want to wrap up a gift and give it to him, consider buying one of the accessories…the items are available to view at the Lowe’s website.  That should be a direct link, but if it’s not go to lowes.com and choose the “Outdoors” drop down box at the top of the page.  Look all the way to the right and click on Play Equipment & Accessories.  From there you can filter the products by brand — we’re looking at The Next Generation.  We plan to start with the tower ($585) and a slide.  We hope to add the swing bar this fall, for J’s birthday.  And later the tunnel and climbing wall.  We like this set because it has lots of add-ons that we can buy later.  I’m already thinking Santa can bring stuff to add on to this rather than the ridiculous amounts of toys that normally end up under the tree and then all over the house!

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!

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