Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Christmas In April

One of the most interesting things happening in our family at the moment is watching Ava's mind develop through the concepts she invents, embraces and won't let go. When we returned from our trip to Disney late last year, she told us almost every night for weeks that she wanted to go back and "live there," a sentiment she continues to express from time to time, in vivid detail. Whenever we let the girls know about a planned vacation, Ava is the one who asks "in how many days," and "for how many days," basically every day, until we leave.

A couple of months ago, out of nowhere, she said she wanted to start working on her Christmas List, and since we try to live in the land of "anything is possible" - as opposed to, "well, let's see... you're almost a year early, so let's say no for now" - we dutifully wandered over to the iMac and opened up a new file called Ava's 2008 Christmas List.

Every few days, typically before she goes to bed or right after she wakes up, Ava will request an addition (or additions) to the list, and the document has continued to evolve, our own little Rosetta Stone into what she's currently thinking about or fixated on. "Don't forget, Dad, I want to put this on my Christmas list," she'll say. "OK? Don't forget." The presence of the list has also offered an early opportunity to apply seasonal shock and awe, in the form of an occasional threat to hit the delete button, which has proven to be an extremely effective disciplinary technique in moments of severe distress.

We're not doing a lot of editing right now, since we still have more than eight months to come up with messages able to convince our headstrong and very specific 5-year-old that there really is no such thing as a robot able to deliver Rice Krispies on demand, or need for her to have gift cards to a supermarket, or that much Play-Doh in the world.

Here is the current list, as dictated:

All the colors of Fun-Tak

Silly Putty


Medium cans of Play-Doh, every color

Foamy paper, no sticky backs

Little cans of Play-Doh too

Mickey’s Christmas (movie)

Shrek 1 and Shrek 2

Two big Leprechaun books – one what they are like, another how to catch them, and learning how they talk and what they like to eat and what movies they like

Three books about outer space

Two books about (school) principals

One book about dinosaurs

Three BIG Dr. Seuss books

All of the iCarly movies

One big fairy tale book… three little pigs, the wolf, etc.

Big Cruella De Vil book – fat

Big Pocahontas book, with a lot of the Pocahontas stories in it, big and fat

One huge ballerina book with all the steps

Another pack of medium cans of Play-Doh for my shop

Robot that has Chocolate Rice Krispies and they will give them to me and if I want milk on it too they will give me milk too

Different robot with regular Rice Krispies, same thing

Little robot that will clean up any room, and one that will play with me when I’m outside

Robot that can dance with me, and will sing and take my radio’s place. And a ballet one that will teach me some ballet moves

Play-Doh robot that will make big cans of Play-Doh

Sand Play-Doh in every color

Lady and the Tramp 2

Knuffle Bunny 1, 2 and movie

Eraser pack and a box of erasers, medium-sized box with lots of erasers in it

All the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies there are… on one disc

Gift cards – from Stop & Shop, Fairway and Five from Target

Big box full of all the gift cards from all the stores in Aruba, Vermont, home and Disney

To be continued...


Blogger Sarah :) said...

cute cute cute.
I love little kids so much.

Has she ever seen the moon sand advertised on tv? That would make a great addition to the Play Doh collection. :]


10:03 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I just love how their little minds work. So vivid and honest and full of wonderful expectations that anything is possible.

This list needs to be printed out and displayed for years to come. It's absolutely priceless! :)

11:11 PM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

sounds like a fairly easy and doable list. Mine asks for:

1 ) Christmas, as we are Hanukah not Christmas

2) Cherry red convertible (she's 8)

3) World peace

4) to be the 1st female Yankee player

I'd opt for a whole room for of Playdoh wishes and DVD dreams anyday

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is soo funny... the innocence of kids is adorable.

I really love the name Ava too, before I stumbled across your blog, my wife and I were talking about Ava for a name when we have kids.

Keep it up, I love reading your blog.


11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cute list, i especially love 'And a ballet one that will teach me some ballet moves'. Lovely!!

12:02 AM  
Blogger ShelbyAnne said...

I love how nearly everything must be big, fat, or both. Too hilariously cute.

And what's with the erasers? That's great...too funny and cute.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Sounds like a pretty reasonable list to me. Except for the robot part. She'll have to create those robots when she gets a little bit older. With that kind of imagination, anything is possible.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Ava is truly a gal after my own heart! I've got my list going already, and in fact I've already given a few gifts for 2008...

10:26 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Better to have this list than no list at all - no? LOL... I love how many books are on there!! Fantastic! She sounds like so much fun!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

It's the two books about school principals that made me laugh so loud that my Old English Sheepdog came to see what afflicted me. I think the creation of this list is a genius combination of right brain and left brain in full sparkle.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

I'm at the Grandmother stage but the memories are still there and now the Grandkids are renewing the fun of all the cute phrases and ideas that only children can conceive. Cute blog.


5:06 PM  
Blogger Artfulife said...

This is so funny! I always chuckle when I read a childs Christmas wish list. By the way I want one of those robots too. I could use one to clean up after my three little girls!

7:55 PM  
Blogger RYD said...

Reminds me of my 3-year-old - she has a mental Christmas list a mile long. Every time we enter a toy store (or any store for that matter) she says, "Mommy, can I have this for Christmas?" I say, "Well, I can't say yes for sure but just add it to the list." You are so right - that seems to satisfy her desire. For now.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Now, I have a hunch, just a guess but, i think.. she likes Play-Doh?

And books. Which is not a bad thing at all it's an awesome habit to get into as a little kid.I did and I'm still a lover of books.

You better hope Costco doesn't start selling economy sized family packs of Play-Doh.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Nice writing... and it sounds like you've got a cute kid. those are some funny requests.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love how specific she is. Five gift cards from Target. Not four. Not six. Five.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Danica said...

Your daughter sounds so imaginative and fun to be with. I better make sure not to get play-dough for any of the little kids in the neighborhood. With the amount of play-dough she wants nobody can but play-douh for the rest of the year. :) I remember making lists like this when I was little. Its priceless. One year my little broter wanted an angel stuffed animal so he could play with it and be safe. My heart melted. :) Keep raising her the way you are and her heart and mind will change anything for the better.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Mom of 3 said...

That is a wonderful list! We have started a mental list, my son wants all things Pokemon. He had a bood fair at school yesterday and brought home a Pokemon book. He loves books as well. I enjoy reading your blog, keep up the good work!!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Unlikely Mystic said...

Ok, I just p*ssed myself laughing... my 2 are the same age.

Oh, and the post on the Webkinz that hadn't slept for 'like, 2 YEARS!!! No really Dad, its not even funny!"

Can I just say you are one funny dude? Thanks for your posts, you made my day. I even subscribed to your feed.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love how detailed she is with this list. My 6-year-old niece is so confused about all the toys that she sees that she has given up on trying to remember them all or choose anything, so she only asks for Barbies. I love your blog, by the way; keep it up!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Junk Monkey said...

My eldest, 5 soon to be 6, is working on her Birthday Wish List (not my idea) which she is writing out on a large piece of paper in whatever comes to hand when she thinks of things. The last few unintelligible entries are in lipstick.

8:02 AM  
Blogger sam said...

The fact that she said "Medium cans of Play-Doh" and then paused for "Foamy Paper" and then realised she was excluding the other genres of Play-Doh was just hilarious.

8:34 AM  

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