We went to Ikea today because I’d gotten a circular about their three day sale. Normally I only participate in Black Friday-type events online, but Ikea had their Circus Tent marked down to $7.99 and that was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
The trip overall was a mixed bag. The store wasn’t any more crowded than it is on any weekend. Sam remembered about Småland and begged to stay there and play. Grace wanted to play too and was bitterly disappointed when she was told that she’s too small, which was a tremendous injustice for all of us (she is just a hair too short). We got the tent, a few kitchen things I needed, some wrapping paper, and a plush snake that Will thinks Grace needs (he is not the only one subject to these whims–I bought her a plush rat, which will come in handy if the snake gets hungry).
Most importantly, the purchase of the tent means that we are nearly ready for Christmas! I’ve already ordered the children’s individual gifts (superhero figures for Sam; a Minnie Mouse watch and polar bear for Grace), the tent will be for them both, and I have just to pick up some stocking stuffers and our annual tradition of new pajamas for Christmas Eve.
And then comes herself’s birthday! I am making her a Black Apple Doll and Dala Horse bunting to hang over her bed. We’ll have her party in January when her friends are back from vacations, but of course I’ll make her some cake on her day.
I’m worried that I should make something for Sam. Not should-should, but want to-should. I love giving him stuff I’ve made! Plus I am worried that the superheroes aren’t enough gift, even though there are four of them and it’s exactly what he asked for. I’ve been trying to figure out what to make for like a month, though! I can’t think of anything! (I need to knit him a new cardigan but that is way too time-intensive. He’s getting big and I am super-burned out on knitting.) Any ideas?