For Mika's 1st birthday Gary's cousin sent us a gift card for ToysRus. I was really happy to get the gift card as there were some toys we were interested in getting for him. We very picky with his toys because we want him to learn to create and use his imagination... so the more imaginative and creative the toy is, the better for us. We had thought about getting him some Legos, but he's too small and as he still put EVERYTHING in his mouth, we were afraid Legos would cause him to choke.
When we went to the mall we were really close to ToysRus, so we decided to go to see if they had something similar to the Legos but in bigger size, and yes!!! They did. We were able to purchase for half the price this set of mega blocks that were the right size for Mika's mouth :)
Gary's robot was too heavy and fell a couple of times, but he had a lot of fun.
One of the reasons we wanted this kind of toy, was the fact Gary loved playing with his Mecano blocks when he was a child. It gave him the chance to let his imagination fly, and he looks at this toy with great fondness. We wanted the same for Mika... but especially, we wanted him to learn to use his brain instead of being glued to the TV or the games all day (like some other kids are). Mika has powerful creative genes and we want him to use them to his full potential. :) Does it make sense???
February was a really bad month for me. I was sooooooooooooooooo depressed about stupid thing, but mostly about the fact I didn't have my phone, my knitting work wasn't going the direction I wanted, and I was just blah :( I sent shitty cards to the people who were having birthdays and it was just really bad on my part to be doing that.
HOWEVER- I woke up on Feb 28th feeling like I was a new person. I got all my papers ready and I started creating my designs for this year's cards (sorry Cecilia for not being inspired before your birthday!!!). I made 20 cards over the weekend and I was so happy as I have all my cards make until June! Yes- I'm crazy like that!!!! :)
The ones you see on top are handpainted (the one with the couple), handstitched (the one with the boat), and the other ares just hand cut as my hand used the scissors to cut the papers :) I sew all the cards (except the one with the couple) and I just love how well they turned out. By the way, the ones with the cakes go to some guys who don't read my blog so I could post them here... as well as the couple (it's a wedding anniversary card).
It's a lot of work and I love making them. It's cheaper for me as well considering the amount of cards I send every year... I just love how they turned out- especially the one with the couple! :)
I don't remember being in a carousel when I was little, and every time we go to the mall I want to jump on one. We went to the mall this past week and I was SO EXCITED to see a carousel, so I convinced Gary to let me get Mika in it.
He wasn't as excited as I was, but he enjoyed going up and down with the horsey. I, on the other hand, got terrible dizzy and vowed never to go on the carousel ever again... Though I know I'll have to go there sometime soon when Mika gets bigger...