We’re getting geared up for – can you believe it? – Paige’s first birthday! Invitations to her birthday party are going out in the mail this week. You can RSVP in the comments on this post, or by emailing me or by calling 812.890.4161. Please RSVP by August 15 so I know how much food to make! It’s going to be a fun, casual party with snacks, drinks, and – of course – cake at Shelter #2 in Murdock Park in Lafayette. We’re looking forward to celebrating our sweet Paige-Bug with family and friends and we hope you can join us.
You know how parents always say, “Our kids never play with their toys! They’d rather play with [insert: pots and pans, sticks, dirty socks, paper, boxes, etc]?” Yeah. That’s true. Paige is most happy when she’s pulling dish towels out of drawers, carrying mail around the house, or chasing our dog, Lucy. Because we have a small house and we try to avoid clutter, we’d appreciate it if Paige didn’t get a lot of big toys or stuffed animals at her birthday party. We just don’t have anywhere to put big things and it’s hard to justify the space in our tiny house for big toys that she doesn’t play with! (Does that sound rude? I hope not! We really appreciate all the gifts she’s already been given and the love with which people have given them, but we’re already having a hard time corralling all of her toys and she’s not even 1 yet!)
For those of you who would like to get Paige a birthday present (it’s certainly not necessary, but we know that her awesome grandparents, aunts, and uncles may not be able to help themselves!), here are some ideas of things that don’t take up a lot of space and that, given Paige’s interests and growing skills, she would like to play with and we have room to store. :)
- Books – – Paige loves looking at board books on her own and she loves cuddling up in Mommy or Daddy’s lap for us to read to her. Also, we’ve got a lot of space in her cabinet in her room and our shelves in the living room to store books. We’re of the opinion that you can never have too many books and want to instill a love of reading in Paige! We are not opposed to used books, either, so if you happen to see any great kids’ books at a yard sale or library sale, that would work, too! Here are some suggestions of books that she doesn’t have yet that would be good additions to her library (and other books are great, too… these are just ideas):
- She doesn’t have any Berenstain Bears books yet.
- Paige also doesn’t have any Curious George books yet.
- Tiki Tiki Tembo
- Where the Wild Things Are
- If you Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
- Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
- The Little Engine That Could
- Caps for Sale
- Sheep in a Jeep
- Duck for President
- The Rainbow Fish
- Is Your Mama A Llama?
- The Giving Tree
- Miss Nelson is Missing!
- Stone Soup
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
- Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Catepillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
- Dr. Suess: The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, The Sneeches, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Clothes – – Since our Little Bug is quite petite for her age (she’s still working on growing into her 9-month clothes!), a lot of the 12 and 18 month clothes that people have already gotten her are the wrong season for her to wear, so her wardrobe could use some adjusting. Here are some things she could use:
- Warm clothes for cool weather in 12 and 18 month sizes
- long-sleeved bodysuits (or bodysuit + leggings sets)
- wool tights for church
- long-sleeved church dresses
- socks! (Grandpa Rose, did you read that?)
- PJs in 12 and 18 month sizes (Paige has long feet, so PJs without the footies work best for her because her feet usually outgrow PJs before the rest of her has really even grown into PJs! [I know, sad, right? The footie PJs are sooo adorable!])
- Warm clothes for cool weather in 12 and 18 month sizes
- Toys – – There are some toys that don’t take up too much space that we think that Paige would enjoy:
- Wooden Puzzles with Big Pieces (you know, the pieces with the handles on them, like this awesome puzzle from our favorite toy company, Melissa and Doug).
- Paige loves to push things around the floor, and toddler cars (not little matchbook cars, please!) like these wooden ones would be fun for her and not take up a ton of space.
- Like most babies, Paige loves our remote controls. Maybe she would play with one of her very own? Here’s a great remote control toy. (My bet is she’d still want the real thing, but who knows?) :)
- Finally, Paige loves to be in the kitchen with us while we’re cooking or cleaning up. We have a few friends who have this Fridge Phonics magnetic alphabet toy and their kids love it. It’d be something she could play with in the kitchen without getting into trouble. :)
Please don’t read that list and think we’re greedily asking for a lot of things for Paige. Trust me, our sweet little girl (the first grandchild on both sides… let’s all say “spoiled” together!) is not wanting for anything. We just wanted to help give ideas to people who wanted to get her a gift.
Concerning the Food Pantry
Our family has “adopted” our Food Pantry at church for the month of August. The Elmwood Food Pantry serves more than 400 hungry families in our county each month. The Food Pantry always needs donations, but that is especially true this August because we will not be able to buy government commodities – which usually make up about half of our stock – for the entire month. Our family will be including Food Pantry buys in our grocery shopping trips all month long. We’d love it if everyone who came to Paige’s birthday party brought some nonperishable food items for our pantry to help out. Here are some ideas for items that our clients at the Food Pantry usually like:
- bakery items like English Muffins, bagels, or bread
- non-refrigerated juice
- canned soup with meat in it
- Rice-a-Roni or other similar meal helpers
- Pasta Sauces, especially something other than plain spaghetti sauce
- Peanut butter
- Canned Fruit – especially mandarin oranges or pineapple
- Canned Vegetables (not carrots – that’s all we seem to be able to get from Food Finders lately!)
We hope to see you at Paige’s party. Nothing will mean more to us than for Paige to be surrounded by family and friends to celebrate the big 0-1! :)
Grace and peace,