This past October, we were heading out of town for the weekend, when I checked my Facebook, and low and behold, someone was selling a pony! In our price range, close by. Long story short, we were able to get her. Spirit is her name. We've had her at our place since October, anticipating the big reveal. Keeping her hidden until Christmas. Talking over and around, spelling and hand signals when the kiddos were around. (Note to self: won't be able to use the spelling card much longer as Makenna is learning to read.)
Since the pony was their "big" gift, I made up a small package for each of them. It had their ornament that I made; a cowboy and cowgirl, a cowboy hat embellished for each, pony books for each, a pony comb and a bag of carrots. Lincoln, who's 3-1/2 didn't recognize a pattern, but, Makenna was showing some signs of a pattern to the gifts. The carrots were a crazy gift to get for sure. So, with a puzzled look on her face, we talked about what each thing was for and if she thought there was some clues. Then, we got the signal that the pony was in place. The look on her face was so precious. Like, "am I seeing what I'm seeing".