This is a sponsored post.
The girls’ birthdays fall a week apart in July. The timing is educationally fortuitous according to the Big Sister’s Kindy teacher. I tend to view it as having unknowingly committed myself to an extra year at home with the girls. There’s another upside to mid year birthdays - they fall around the time of the annual Target Toy Sale.
The year the Little Sister was born, the sale started while we were still in hospital. Unable to attend in person – the exploding boobs, stitches and spontaneous crying rendered me not yet ready for a public outing – I deputised my friend Kate, who is no stranger to a good sale.
My emotional state left Kate in no doubt about the importance of her mission. The perfect present would reassure the Big Sister that Mummy and Daddy still loved her in equal quantity as prior to the small noisy pink arrival. In my considered opinion, a Leapstar would adequately demonstrate our love and amuse her while I fed the Little Sister, with the added benefit of being reduced by some $50. During my hours looking at the walls of our hospital room, I became convinced that every other mother in Australia would have the same idea. I called Kate and gave her a pep talk; suggesting elbowing techniques and sensible shoes. My personal shopper assured me she was no rookie and I spent the morning looking anxiously at my phone, awaiting an update.
Kate came through with the goods. There'd been no elbowing and certainly no sensible shoes. The leapstar was secured and a few days later balance was restored to the Big Sisters universe*.
The Little Sister’s birthday is my cause for consternation this year. We'll be holidaying with Bearhands’ family and when the Little Sister’s second birthday dawns (and it’s all about dawn with the Little Sister) we’ll be in Cobbold Gorge.
So I need a present that is small, portable, easily wrapped to avoid early detection and unlikely to make any maddening sounds that will make the long drive back from Georgetown any less pleasant that I already expect it will be. I’ll be off to Target on Tuesday night to try to find the perfect (preferably waterproof) gift.
To celebrate the start of their famous and fortuitously timed Toy Sale this week, Target have given me a $50 voucher to share with my readers. To win tell me:
what’s the most exotic location in which you've celebrated a birthday?
This competition has now closed.
Congratulations to Wendy Parks - haggis tacos were unbeatable.
- Competition closes at 11.59pm on Saturday 29 June 2013.
- This is a game of skill – best answer wins.
- Open to Australian residents only.
- Winner will be notified by email.
- If you’d like a copy of the full Ts & Cs
you’ve got too much time on your hands, email me and I’ll send you a copy.
- As stated above, this is a sponsored post for Target Australia. They're also supplying the prize for this giveaway. All opinions, witty anecdotes and bad post-partum stories are my own!
*Not really. The leapstar story has an unhappy ending – a few weeks back the Little Sister dropped it into the bath. Turns out you can’t balance the universe once you’ve been immersed in water. Older siblings around the world will sympathise with the Big Sister.