Hannah’s 8th birthday is in exactly two weeks.
Ten days ago, she declared that “the packages” really should be arriving soon. I must have looked confused, because she went on to explain that many presents must be making their way to our house via UPS truck since it was, afterall, getting very close to her birthday. I felt the urge to manage her expectations so that she wouldn’t be crushed when her mounds of gifts don’t arrive as expected, so I told her that maybe she’ll get one or two mailed packages, max, from her grandparents.
I suggested that she might consider, at some point, putting together a wish list so that Her People might have some idea about what she might like to receive on her birthday.
Tonight, she wrote this:
Owl Shining Star
Penguin Shining Star
iPod Nano (oh, like that’s gonna happen)
Uncle Doug (he did appear once; in fact, he jumped out of a box, having driven ten hours to join us on her birthday, so I’m sure she sees this as a reasonable gift request)
Laptop (see “iPod Nano”)
Clipboard (I have no idea)
More cornstarch (cool school science experiment that we just replicated at home, finally. Oobleck!)
It says “A CAKE”
A new bedroom (Extreme Makeover)
I’m asking. Does anyone have additional suggestions for rounding out her birthday haul? Because I don’t think a clipboard and cornstarch on their own are gonna cut it.