Thursday, March 14, 2013

Natalie's Easter Basket

I was really excited about filling Natalie's Easter basket this year!  

She didn't have one last year, which kind of makes me feel like a terrible mom even though she was only about 4 months old.  So this year I was ready to pick one out for her and fill it with goodies.

I got the basket and basket tag from Target after looking all around for one that I liked.  After looking for a couple of weeks I couldn't find one I liked better than this.  Apparently I'm really picky (I knew this already)... or maybe just a sucker for all things Target. 

(This wasn't my favorite liner, but I wanted the yellow basket.)

I actually really wanted to keep her basket fairly simple.  It would be way too easy to go crazy and just throw every random adorable thing in that basket.  I had to talk myself out of buying her an adorable stuffed bunny every time I went shopping.  I actually did buy one once and then returned it, because that girl has a million stuffed animals already.  Plus, she has two favorites that trump all the rest anyways so it isn't worth it.  She'd love it and hug it and say ''nice'' and carry it around for a while I'm sure, but she always goes back to her kitty and teddy bear.

I've heard of people doing this for birthdays and other holidays and I thought it sounded like a good idea and a good way to limit myself! 

You give a gift of something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.

I saw this little board book while shopping one day and thought it was too perfect not to get.  She loves Elmo just from having one hand me down singing Elmo toy from Kristin/her cousins... she doesn't really watch Sesame Street or anything, but she's in love with him.  She has quite a few Elmo books already (also hand me downs), so I knew she would like it.

The shoes are kind of a double for the need and the something to wear, but I got them because she really does need new shoes.  She has her old converse's from her Halloween costume but they are way too small now.  She still wears some soft soled shoes just around the house, and whenever we go somewhere where she won't get put down outside... which hasn't happened for a long time it seems like.  She also has the black glitter shoes she wore for Christmas but I wanted some ''play'' shoes... She just needs some normal shoes to run around in, and I'm hoping it warms up soon so she can run around in them outside. 

Aaaand, they are adorable.

Something to wear was tough, because there are so many cute things I wanted to get her.  BUT, now that we know this new baby is a girl I feel like I can buy Natalie all the clothes I want since baby #2 will get to wear them too ;) Don't tell Michael that though... he'll be more afraid than necessary.

I found this sweater on clearance at Old Navy and thought it was pretty stinking cute, and for only $8 how could I pass that up?  

Something she wants was kind of tough. I just took a guess and I got something she might think was fun, and also it helps her practice those fine motor skills.  We were ''lacing'' Cheerios onto a paintbrush handle the other day so I immediately thought of getting her these Alex lacing toys.  There are other versions I could have chosen, but I thought the sweets theme was cute for an Easter basket. It says ages 3+ but I plan to watch her whenever it's out.  I imagine the string could be a problem.

Then I of course had to get some Easter eggs and fill them with some random things. 

This is all I've got in them so far.  I'll put a few M&M's in one... and I think I'll make a hairclip or two.  And I'll probably just put stickers or something like that in the others.  We'll see.  So far she just has two pairs of socks and some gummy bunnies :)

My plan to keep things simple sort of worked... I did what I said I'd do, but her basket is packed full!

(Oh, and she has some flower suckers in there too.)

I had fun filling up her basket, and I think she will really have fun digging through it even if over half of the items in here are probably not that exciting for her :) She'll get to break open the eggs, try to put the shoes on her feet (probably while she's wearing other shoes), play with her lacing toys, and shake the eggs like crazy because she has some musical instrument shaker eggs she loves.

I'm excited for her to see it all :)

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