|with Auntie before gift opening!|
Tommy and I made the decision to forgo purchasing Clara any Christmas gifts this year. For a couple of reasons:
1. She is too young to know the difference
2. She doesn't really need anything
3. She doesn't understand the concept of "opening" gifts
4. We were going on an expensive holiday trip to Arizona
5. her relatives will probably buy her a gift or two.
We talked about wrapping some empty boxes and empty plastic water bottles (her favorite things to play with...go figure.)
I was proud of us. The allure to buy buy buy is everywhere during the holidays. There are cute clothes, shiny toys, and gear and furniture and treats everywhere...screaming at me to take them home. But my budget was shot way before the season even began...so saying "no" to buying stuff was a little easier to swallow.
And then I walked in our front door and stared into the net of a nearly 4 foot tall pink basketball hoop. Tommy, apparently, couldn't resist. He bought her a basketball hoop. A pink one. PINK. Goodness.
But the best part was when I asked him where he thought this was going to go? (We live in an itty bitty apartment, remember?) His response? The living room (and he said it with all honesty.)
I love my family.
Oh...and she really did start getting her two (top) front teeth...and then on New Years Day she started getting two more :-) (Her two front bottom teeth are all the way in...they started coming in over Thanksgiving weekend)