Big sister Sydney is super excited about her brothers, but right now the impending arrival of Santa Claus is overshadowing pretty much everything else. The only thing she tells people she wants (when they ask her, of course) is a swim doll. I am not too excited about this particular desire. I have read the reviews online about the toy (as all consumers should) and it has about a 50/50 track record. Half the dolls work and half do not. But since this is her only real request, I guess we have to get it. Luckily it only costs about $25 and is not overly expensive. I really just don't want to carry it to the pool or figure out how to dry it out and store it between baths. She and I have been practicing for her preschool musical for about a month and a half now. And she has got her lines and lyrics down pat. I cannot even tell you how much I was looking forward to her musical debut this year (especially with all the not doing anything). On the night of her big production (it lasted 10 minutes), she was so excited. We sang in the bath before the program and in the car on the way there. We got there and she was fairly jumping up and down. We went to take our seats and wait for it to start. When she walked in and saw us, she smiled real big and waved her arms. Then she saw everyone else and froze. Then the lip came out. The show started and instead of singing and dancing her heart out (as she did at home) she wouldn't smile, wouldn't sing, wouldn't say her lines, wouldn't dance, and all she would do is stare at everyone with her lip out. During the last song we thought she was finally going to start crying, but instead she said very loudly (people 6 rows behind us heard her), "Daddy, I have to go potty." Three times. Everyone around us started snickering. And so her musical debut did not go according to plan. Since then, she has asked every day if it is time to go to her program. I think she may have blocked it out.