Monday, March 9, 2009

I must confess -

I did not write the rhyming riddles for the clues. Those were all Chuck. He is an Emmy award winning writer (HERE), so this is right up his alley. It is almost effortless for him to do things like this. If only I had that kind of talent.

And I also must confess, the gifts were really not all that exciting. But the treasure hunt made them more thrilling. The first gift was a craft kit (got at Target clearance for $2). Then she got the lamp (which she needed for her new bedroom). Next was a bag of gummy bears (almost frozen in the freezer). And I always save the birthday cards so she can open them as part of the hunt. Under the TV cabinet she got a vest (I had picked it up a Goodwill months ago and found it when we were moving). And just as a side note, Tally said she could tell that vest didn't come from Goodwill because it was so cute (shhhh, what they don't know won't hurt them). Then the hula hoops (also $2 a piece - and in my opinion one of the best yard toys you can get). Then under the couch were little snack cups (for the snack fairy to bring goodies at night HERE). The next gift was a notebook set (also picked up on the clearance rack at Target). Lastly there was a big gift of a VCR player. You know the old fashion video tape player. We have a few video tapes that the girls have been so eager to watch for years and our player gave up years ago and we never replaced it (DVDs are all we use these days). But there are often video tapes at the library that I wish we could watch and then of course these few that we have here at home. Mainly one video called Brambly Hedge. You can't get it on DVD (formatted for our country) and it is one of their favorite videos. Such sweet little stories and adorable little mice.

So I must confess...I can't do the treasure hunt on my own and the gifts were pretty simple. But she felt special and that is what matters. =)

8 comments:

K-Sue said...

Everything about this is special.

Funny about getting the VCR - our VCR just quit about 4 days ago. I looked at some at a garage sale, but just was not ready to bring another piece of electronics into the house, even as a replacement. It is so much easier to tape programs, though, than it is to get them recorded on our DVR. I just have not worked with it enough, I suppose. Anything seems easy once you learn it.

Christine said...

Crispy, I wish you knew how much you rocked! You give me such inspiration that I know it was still very secial!

Permission to Mother said...

We just hooked a VCR too! I have a ton of videos from when William was younger and now David can enjoy them.

Great job on the birthday gifts and presentation.

Lee and Bev said...

All your effort is not gone unnoticed (oops - double negative! but you know what I mean) Tissy appreciated it all, I'm sure - but you know you have set up a precident here!! They are going to expect this every year!

Ginny said...

The fact that the gifts were inexpensive and/or thrifted, and that Chuck was so involved in the whole hunt make it that much more special!

Stacia said...

I love you! You are SO creative and you can take the ordinary and turn it into something awesome... with a bit of rhyming and writing assistance from the award-winning Chuck. I'm always working on being more thrifty, but it doesn't come naturally to me... it does to my husband, so that's why I'm always working on it. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!! Still wish you were around the corner.

K-Sue said...

Hmmm. Our VCR's vacation is over. It just up and woke up after sleeping for about a week. Glad I did not unplug it and toss it in the dead-electronics-waiting-for-special-Dead-Electronics-Recycling-Day stack.

Susan said...

You write well Chuck. Very creative and fun.