My favorite gift to get for myself is definitely Amazon gift cards. I love Amazon, especially now when I got myself a Prime membership as a Christmas present. My last little shopping spree brought us Crayola Oil Pastels and Melissa and Doug drawing pad (on a great sale too!). Anna is not a big fan of crayons, since they are not bright enough for her liking and don’t “glide”. Pastels are nice and smooth, and the number of colors is not overwhelming like in a big crayon box. I am a bit disappointed that they still have the usual Crayola problem – the paper wrapper slides off too easily, and my daughter always gets distracted by trying to either fix it or to slide it off completely. Still, she really enjoyed using them today and colored enthusiastically her Taj Mahal. I gave her a simplified version of the story. I told her that an Indian King wanted this “castle” to be as beautiful as his beloved wife, and she kept saying as she was coloring that she is going to try as hard as an Indian King did and that she is going to make her Taj Mahal very colorful.
It always surprises me when Anna “draws to order”, since she is usually not interested in drawing at all. But this time I asked her to draw Indian jungle for our landmarks scrapbook that we are putting together, and she was happy to oblige. She even told me in advance what she is going to draw – a coconut palm, a buzzing bee and a tiger. Unfortunately, she chose a pale yellow for the tiger, but she was very deliberately drawing his paw caught in the trap, just like in Tigers at Twilight from The Magic Tree House series. I have decided to retry the series from the middle after we faltered rather badly with scary Mommies in the Morning, but now she loves Jack and Annie again. Too bad that they never went to Germany, because that’s where she chose to head next in our geography studies.