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Easter Baskets for various ages

This post from 2 years ago makes me cringe.  So.much.stuff.  They really don't need that much and the fact I added this post about seven months later reiterated the fact that they don't need that much stuff.  Add on that the boys alone each get 3 additional Easter baskets from extended family and well, we've got too much stuff and missed the reason for the season. So this year, I am pretty proud that I have trimmed it down a lot.  Still have to buy clothes for church though, hmph.


Baby Girl has been getting spoiled with packages nearly daily so she doesn't need much at all.  I did replace a few of the toys that didn't make it through her brothers but were a hit with them.
Hallmark Itty Bittys - Ariel (her uncle got her Tinkerbell already)


Toddler (age 3)

Now he is 3 and that age is very difficult not to spoil the crap out of, but I'm taking it easy. 
Hallmark Itty Bittys - Sully (He got Mike for Valentine's Day)
Dispicable Me Underware- a reward for finally being potty trained  


Young Kid (age 6)

This kid was hard to buy for, he just got a bunch of stuff for teeball, and again as I mentioned in previous posts, I'm trying not to spoil them too much.  

totally bummed they don't have the Star Wars Itty Bittys online anymore for my oldest :(

I'll of course get them all some candy I can steal :)


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