Why, oh why, do toy manufacturers make toy packaging capable of surviving nuclear warfare?
As someone who has opened about 9 trillion toy packages in the last week or so, I can assure you that they all do it. Little People's Noah's Ark takes the cake though. I counted 18 of those twist tie wire things and don't even get me started on the labyrinth of cardboard. That sucker would indeed make it through a flood. Does each piece need to be attached to the boat AND to the box? Did Noah need to be secured horizontally and vertically? Geez Louise people.
I have to accomplish this impossible task of untwisting these twisty ties and ripping through thick cardboard while I have a toddler jibbering loudly and impatiently and pulling at the toys and with a 4 year old breathing down my neck, because although he chose this toy as a gift for his little brother, he really just wanted to get his hands on it himself. I talked him out of a science set, a telescope and a drum set and was suspicious when he decided on the Little People set, since he is a big fan of Little People himself, but he was adamant that this was what he was going to get his "bubba" because he knew he would "wuv" it. They've been fighting over it ever since I freed it from the confines of it's cardboard and twisty tie prison.
I don't know if I told you all or not but Big Kid did indeed get me a book about Penguins. He insisted it be from the children's section and could not be swayed by fictional books or illustrated books. "Dat's not what I was tinking. I had sumtin else in mind," he would say about anything Mr. Ashley would suggest. They finally enlisted an employee for help and he found the perfect book. A nonfiction children's book about penguins.
Then he decided that he knew what little kid wanted to get me and guess what that was?? A dolphin book! Much to his dismay, they couldn't find a suitable dolphin book and had to settle for a book about Dolphins & Whales. When I expressed my excitement over Dolphins AND Whales he instantly became sad and told me whales were not what he had in mind and I should ignore the whales. Because little kid didn't want to get me a book about whales, just about dolphins. Yay me, huh?
He got Mr. Ashley a shower radio so they can listen to the radio while showering. little kid got him a keychain that beeps if you whistle for it, but Big Kid's squeaky voice sets it off, so we're going to have to get rid of that thing.
While we're discussing Christmas loot can I point out the clear link between toy manufacturers and battery companies? There's got to be a referral fee or some sort of kickback because I REALLY don't see why the SmartCycle should run on batteries. Of course Big Kid left his on and instantly ran the batteries down and D batteries are hard to come by around these parts.
And I discovered this last year, but shame on V-tech for not including a power adapter with their video game console. Gee...pay $10 for the power cord or pay $10 to put new batteries in it every month? What video game console doesn't come with a power cord? That's just an obvious rip-off right there.
I'm also tired of battery covers for toys needing to be taken off with a screwdriver. Isn't there a better way to child-proof these things? It's just too much work.
I spent today trying to assimilate all of the new Christmas loot into our environment. The amount of stuff we have is just overwhelming. Mr. Ashley thinks we need to get rid of some things but I think we just need a bigger house. It's a good thing I have pages of lists dedicated to organization in my new software program. Now if I could just get around to doing any of it...
I hope you all had a great New Year holiday. I love the hopefulness of a New Year!