Six Weeks Later – Our Favorites

Christmas was six weeks ago, and as the dust has settled, the top gifts have emerged. Here are some of our favorites: […]

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I love Leap Frog products. This Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder,or “Word Whammer” as we call it, is a fantastic learning toy. Little Man and Eby spend lots of time standing in front of the refrigerator building words, sometimes with greater success than others. The toy sounds out the letters and if they’ve built a word, it reads it to them. All of the vowels are red, and they know (from the Leap Frog DVD’s) that the vowels are the “sticky letters” that hold the words together. With a vowel in the middle, they can make lots of fun words. Little Man especially likes to spell Mom and Dad, which we like too. There is also a button that plays the “ABC Song” which Little Man plays a little bit too often.

Another favorite gift that has seen daily use is Wii Fit Plus. After refusing to have video games for years, we were persuaded to get a Wii last Christmas (2008) with gift money from the grandparents. Because it can be used interactively, and you actually use your body to play many of the games, we decided this would be a good fit for us – especially during our long, cold winters. Overall, we have been happy with that decision. The kids lobbied hard for Wii Fit and this year we used grandparent gift money to get it.Most of the kids have set up an account and are playing games to increase their balance, agility, etc. Russ and I had a hilarious time doing the Obstacle Course. I love the premise that exercise is fun; I want my children to love moving their bodies and breaking out in a sweat. I was a completely non-athletic, slightly overweight child, but I got hooked on running in college and haven’t stopped yet. So far the Obstacle Course is my favorite game, although I have yet to make it to the advanced level. I’m terrible at Skateboarding – Boo tried to teach me how to do it, but I think it is going to take practice.

The kids love this new Children Around the World puzzle and have put it together several times. It is round, big, and colorful. Even better, it features children from many cultures. I can tell that is going to be a long time favorite.

Other favorites are Eby and Little Man’s Magnadoodles and View Masters, and the girls’ new doll dresses. All in all, I think we did a good job choosing gifts that will be enjoyed for a long time.

What gifts are the favorites at your house?


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Sheri
    February 10, 2010

    Ok, Lisa. Where did you find the puzzle? I love it! I'm a little bit of a puzzle fanatic!


    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 10, 2010

      Hi Sheri,
      It is a beautiful puzzle, isn't it? You can buy it here: Melissa & Doug Children of the World Floor 48-Piece Floor Puzzle<img src="; width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

  2. Lisa H.
    February 9, 2010

    We have similar favorites! We have the word whammer and the puzzle and I've been thinking about buying the Wii fit….It helps to hear that you like it!

    I can barely remember six weeks ago to know what we got the kids…. Here are a few of the toys that have received lots of use at our house….

    1. Trampoline…This has been like a piece of necessary therapeutic equipment for us! We're on #2!

    2. Legos

    3. Art Supplies…Especially like the Melissa and Doug Big Coloring books and sticker books…

    4. Kumon books


    6. Baby Dolls/strollers/high chairs, etc…

    7. Kitchen Set…We got a new one this year from Target…Very cute red retro set on sale for $99 with free shipping.

    8. Sandbox

    9. Swing set

    10. Our Wii…I like it because it's much more interactive and physical than other gaming systems and our kids of a wide age span can still have fun together….

    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 10, 2010

      We have lots of the same favorites. Some day I should do a poll (when I figure out how) and we can all vote on our top favorite toys.

  3. Amanda
    February 11, 2010

    Hi Lisa,

    I just wanted to say that I love all of your family photos. And every time I see one with your older girls in it I get confused and can't figure out if I am looking at you or your daughters! The one to the right with all of the girls is especially confusing. It took me forever to realize you were sitting on the bottom!

    Just thought I'd tell you that. I've been thinking it for so long!

    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 11, 2010

      Amanda, I am going to consider that a rare compliment! I have plans to do a "My Family" page where there will be a photo and short bio of each member of our family; I just haven't gotten to it yet. In the meantime, there is a picture of Russ and me on my "About Me" page. Thank you spurring me on to keep working on the site!


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