Saturday, December 22, 2012

All I Want For Christmas


All I want is a pogo stick, a calendar AND a new front tooth!
Last month when the store holiday catalogs started filling our mailbox, my kids began "shopping" for all the things they wanted to include on their Christmas lists.  For Natalie, this involved circling almost each and every item with a black Sharpie.  However, when it came time for them to write out their wishes, their lists were quite short.  All Natalie wanted was a pogo stick and...a calendar.  Noah had only one, or should I say has had only one toy on his mind for more than nine months...I know because he's found a way to sneak the 1,022 piece spaceship into conversation with me almost every day since Easter.  It's called a Lego Star Wars Republic Frigate (pronounced Friggot).  In response, I would nod and "uh huh" a lot, believing that he would eventually find something else to focus on because I had no intention of buying it.  It costs $140.  But, as Christmas drew closer, he held fast to his desire for the friggin Frigate, which is when I REALLY began to sweat.  I worried that if I didn't get him the one toy he asked for that it would crush him because Noah would take it to heart that somehow he wasn't good enough or deserving enough or Santa didn't like him enough to get him the only thing on his list.

I struck out three times with eBay auctions.  Toys R Us offered a $25 discount if I purchased it with a Mastercard however;
A. I don't have such a card. 
B. It was still too much money.  
Thankfully, while I was combing Amazon in search for a pogo stick fit for Natalie's 43 lb frame, I learned that the "Earth's largest bookstore" also sold the Frigate for $43 dollars less than retail and was offering a $30 giftcard plus free shipping to new Amazon customers. I got it for $67. Yippee!  Though, once he opens it, he'll probably want me to immediately share in the joy of putting the monsterous galactic starship together with him.  

"FRIGGOT."

In response, I'll likely hear, "I know, Mom!  Isn't it GREAT?!"

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Congrats on getting an awesome deal! I did a lot of shopping around too trying to get the best price and stuff for the kids. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Tis the season. Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  2. Coming over from SITS. That's amazing that you were able to find it at an affordable price! My kids are big into legos too and one of them was wanting a set that was well over a thousand dollars. I had to tell him that was a set for an adult as we couldn't afford such an extravagant purchase with 3 other kids in the house. Luckily like your kids while they talk a big game - their lists are pretty short.

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    1. Whoa! A $1000...that is a tall order. A friend of mine has 4 boys and buys her LEGOS in bulk through ebay. They sell them by the pound. The only downside is that you don't know what you're getting.

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  3. Visiting from SITS, you got a WONDERFUL deal! It's always great to see a smile on your kids faces when you get them what they want, but knowing you didn't have to break the bank to get it makes it feel EVEN BETTER!

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  4. SCORE!!!!! I am so happy you found a great deal on it!!! And I would say, "Oh I bet Daddy would LOVE to put that thing together with you, my sweet adorable boy!" Oh yes...that is SO a dad thing in our home. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole! And, yes the Santa dilemma- I JUST wrote about it. Conditional love and all. ;)

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    1. This sucker has so many pieces...Steve and I may need to tag team.

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  5. Wow what a deal!!! Thanks for visiting and I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas!! :)

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    1. I know, right?! And, right back atcha!

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