My son is 9 years old soon to be 10. I can't believe how time flies. This year Hunter asked Santa for a BB Gun OR the Skylander's game with figures for the WII. I prefer that Santa bring my children NON electronic toys. This left us with the BB Gun. Being only 9 I was not/am not ready to have my child have a gun. Hunter is a responsible kid and I trust him to use his head around guns but really???? Just not ready. After talking to my mom who informed me both my brother's received their bb guns around the same age and many friends and other family member's received their bb guns at this same age I relented and told Santa the BB Gun would be fine. Despite his silly look he was beyond thrilled with this gift. He knew I was against it and really didn't think he'd get this.
Hunter this year was quite difficult. He will soon be 10 and wanted expensive electronics along with most of his friends. You know things like his very own Ipod or the newest WII system, an X Box 360 or a DS. All things that weren't exactly on mom and dad's list. My brother in law several weeks ago taught him how to play Battleship. This is all he's talked about. Now he has his own and mom and dad have tried to play the game every time we've been asked. Hunter also read the Percy Jackson series and LOVED it! The library has had a hard time keeping the next little series that goes along with it on their shelves. So... we gave him that too. What kind of a homemade gift can you get a 9 year old boy??? I was able to come up with something after all. We bought him a football and then I made 10 belts and 10 blue/red pieces of fabric that attached to the belts for his own game of flag football. He was a bit disappointed that we couldn't go out and play in the 2 feet of snow we've got but we were able to play a good game later that weekend with several Aunts, Uncles, Grandpa and cousins down in Hurricane. Emily drew Hunter's name and was able to talk her dad into helping her build him a night stand to hold all his books that were currently all over his dresser and pushed under his bed. He was thrilled and Emily was thrilled to spend some alone time with her dad building this together.
Emily was having a hard time figuring out her new camera so big sister sat and helped her figure it out. I love their looks of concentration.