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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Monday, January 05, 2009
Gotta love bartering
There are lots of things I want, most of which I won’t be getting anytime soon because they’re just not in our budget. A Nintendo Wii system was one of them. I was first introduced to the Wii a year ago and thought it was so much fun. I had told J that if we were in the market for a video game system, that is one I could see myself actually getting a lot of use out of. Most recently, friends of ours, Jen and Jeff have one, so we’ve been able to play it with them. But still, it was not something we were looking to buy, so it was on that list of items I’d love to have but would not be getting.

Until…Jen and Jeff were given a Wii by Jeff’s parents for Christmas. So now they had two and it was past the time of returning it to the store. Jen has been wanting to buy a large Longaberger basket for Emma’s toys. She’s admired some of my large ones for a while now. I have two in particular that I purchased (when I was still purchasing basket frequently) when I was pregnant with Kayla for her toys. As much as I love my baskets, I didn’t really have use for 2 such large baskets. With larger toys and toys with small pieces, toy baskets are just not as useful for us.

When Jen first mentioned a trade – the basket for the Wii, I kind of cringed internally. How can I part with my basket? But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I became. In the end, we made the deal. Today is J’s birthday, so I knew the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I had been struggling with what to get him. He’s very easy to shop for, but the things popping into my head were over our budget – especially with our Disney trip so close.

So Friday, I went shopping for a couple of games and an extra controller. I was able to give him an awesome gift and remain within my budget. He was totally surprised and the girls – well, Kayla has already mastered bowling.

What I like best about the Wii is that there are completely kid-friendly games that will also keep them active. I got J some racing games – because, well, he loves cars. But the bowling and tennis and other sports games are where I’ll be spending my Wii time (since I’m not your typical video game-type person). Of course, we’ll limit the girls’ time with the Wii, but on really cold days over the winter, it will be nice to have a tool to get them up and moving around.

I’m very excited about our new toy and getting to give J an awesome gift. Happy Birthday hon!

posted at 12:27 PM  

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Nowheymama said...

I LOVE making deals like that! Good for you!

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Blessed said...

That is awesome and bartering is so much fun!

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Typette said...

Yay, what an awesome deal!!!!

The Wii is awesome...!

I just got a game for Christmas called Animal Crossing - City Folk -- you can interact with the town (it's for older kids and adults, b/c you have to be able to read a lot -- ) It's kind of like an online world for young ones...and whoever, and you can go into other people's towns and visit, and fish and do stuff... It's relaxing. If it's winter here, it's winter there. If it's night time here, it's night time there.. I have yet to master everything, but it's relaxing.

I love all the little mini games the Wii has to offer. They really will help with the girls staying active and with coordination...

I have to say, it's by far the best game system we've ever had.

Lots of kid-friendly games, and nintendo has hit a really high-mark with female users...

Mike plays guitar hero every night. We pretend to be rock stars.

Do you still sell LB baskets?


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