This year has sped by, but days are getting to be more of a blur! Any minute now it will Christmas.
I wish I would have foreseen all the Leappads being sold out! I could have gotten a purple on last month, and thought..."no...I like the green one". Damn it! Now there's nothing...nowhere! They're even sold out in the UK, and Canada. They're available on Amazon & ebay for $200, and quickly rising. That's crazy! Reminds me of Cabbage Patch Kids, when they first came out, were sold out, and selling in classifieds for $500.
If they're not gonna be restocked before Christmas, suppose I'll get him the Leapfrog Tag Junior system, and wait till his birthday in February, for the Leappad. That'll work. Not going to lose too much sleep over it. Losing enough over train sets! Plan on getting him a train set up with table, and there's the all in one deal at Walmart, for $125. I mentioned this idea, but guess it was ignored, bcuz his Aunt Beth bought him a Thomas the Train set. Are all train sets compatible? I think not. I've worn myself out on research. Brio, Thomas, Chuggington, KidKraft? Imaginarium? Center magnets, side-magnets, motorized, not....clearance for underpasses, etc. Agghhhck. I don't want 2 or 3 sets that don't work together, so buying one, large, inclusive set seemed like the best route to go. Doesn't look like it's going in that direction. So, my thoughts were to make a table myself. Instead I've recruited Pappau to make it.....that can be his gift to James, and I'll paint it. Figure out what the hell Beth bought him.........TrackMaster? And get compatible stuff to work with it. That'll be fun.
Went in with Beth on a motorized Jeep 4x4 (6 volt) car for James. It was a $99 special...Walmart, Pre-Black Friday. That was insanity!! Got to Walmart at about 7pm. First Black Friday I'd ever engaged in, and......maybe my last. I'd rather pay full price for towels, cookware, a vacuum...then sit by a display for 3 hours to get it half price. Didn't bother with electronics. Beth did stand in line for a Wii. Luckily those went on sale at 10pm, rather then 12pm (for electronics). James was snacking on candy and chips (my bad)....and got hot and bothered after the first hour. All in all we were there for 4 hours. Finally got him to bed at midnight, which isn't such a big deal seeing as his schedule the last couple weeks has been all outta whack. He's refusing to nap, then crashing around 5pm...getting up at around 9, and staying up till midnight. I'm finding it really hard to stay on top of work bcuz of it, and when he is up...he wants my full, undivided attention, which is new.
Beth got a tree yesterday, and James is all excited about it. "Okay................we bring a tree inside the house, and hang TOYS all over it! And...light it up, so we can play with the toys day, or night!" He seems most intrigued by the xmas tree stand full of water. I'm amazed at how many ornaments and candy canes can be stowed away in the water well of a Christmas tree stand. A lot! Which is where I found all of them last night, after I finally got him to sleep.
Beth bought the LED lights this year....both colored and white. I prefer colored lights, which was only reconfirmed when I plugged in the white ones last night. Yuk! Too bright, and spooky looking. LOL. James and I were in the midst of decorating the tree, when I decided to stop for the night, and wait to exchange the white for more colored. Woke up this morning, and the tree was all decorated................which sucks!!! Beth got off work last night, with a holiday bee in her bonnet, and decorated without us. Sorta pisses me off, bcuz it's the weekend, and she could have waited to have it a family affair. But, she didn't. Thinking I'll have to dismantle the whole thing now, and redo it with James (who missed out). Seems sorta anal, but now it's got those icky white lights mixed in and I don't like it. Okay...yes, it is anal. But......so what?!?
Will try not to be too much a bitch about it, when Beth wakes up. I know in her family...her mom is a pretty control-freakish...and most likely did the tree herself. The "right" way. That the whole thing was more of a 'decorative' project, that children & family should enjoy, but not touch or partake in. In my family it's a family gig....despite my mom being control-freakish too! GOD FORBID if it wasn't done right!!! What the hell is that about?!?!?!?! Mom's need to take a step back and relax! Good idea for a post maybe??
Anyhoo.........plan on heading out to IKEA later today to get a few things. They have a nice bed-frame that's only $50, and................we need one! I rearranged our room last night, and noticed the floor was wet under our bed. James and I co-sleep, and out mattress is two layers of memory foam on the floor. The bottom one is wet, I think from condensation. Can't think of what else it would be. So...need something to get it off the floor. Plus, will create some extra storage space, which is always needed. They also have some GREAT deals on toys! Most half price. And....they have wooden train set components. But..............still have to figure out if they'll work with what Beth bought? I'm doubting they will, as hers is plastic. Oh bother.
What's going on with everyone else in all this holiday hoopla???