We’ve been in the US for just over a month now. We haven’t done much except for eat all the foods we missed and go to various stores (Target, Costco, Trader Joe’s) — which is still a lot of fun for me! But I have been busy planning Charlie’s 12th birthday and shopping for Christmas presents for eight family members. My shopping muscles haven’t been used in two years, so it’s taken a lot of thinking and research to come up with so many gifts. I’m still tweaking this list, but this is what I have so far!
Olive (10-years-old) – Olive’s ipad mini is 6 years old, and she’s in need of a new one because she uses it for her online homeschool as well as coding. Which ipad we get will be determined by compatibility with an Apple Pencil that she will use for drawing and programs like Procreate. It’s a splurge, but something that she needs and will use every day. Books are always part of our gifts, so we will add a neck reading light, as well as books from the Warriors series.
Charlie (12-years-old) – It’s Charlie’s birthday next week and we got him a Lenovo Thinkpad, which is like a laptop/tablet hybrid. The Thinkpad will enable him to use more programming languages than his ipad, and take his programming to the next level. There isn’t much to do on a remote island in pandemic times, so coding is the perfect activity to do at home! Since the Thinkpad was such a big splurge, I only have a couple of small things for him, including the same reading light as Olive, a Swiss army knife, a Hydroflask, and an encyclopedia on mythology.