I FOUND THE ARCTIC FOX!
My parents have been searching all over town and I underestimated Ganz's (is that right? Would it be Ganz'? I'm really stumped there) ability to create a false exclusivity surrounding this stupid thing, so not wanting to pay shipping, I figured I'd find it in town. Yesterday when I realized that wasn't happening, I went to order it through Amazon even though it was grossly overpriced, and it was sold there through an outside seller--making 2 day shipping not an option. I ordered it anyway, knowing it wouldn't get here in time.
Then I started calling all Webkinz retailers in my area and 6 out of 7 were jerks when I called. I was just about to give up when I decided to try Justice in the mall and THEY HAVE THE FOX.
So Big Kid will get his Arctie on time and I'll have one to return.
Although we're not doing a "real" birthday party this year (I'm all partied out), I am putting together a Webkinz adventure day for Big Kid, Em and little kid and maybe having some family over for pizza and Bingo. Webkinz party stuff isn't easy to come by so creativity, printer ink, paint and effort will be required, but I know Big Kid will be impressed with my hard work.
If he HAS to turn six, I may as well make it fun (for him).
P.S. I killed 4 more fish and finally had to confess to the kids (I only told them about the first 5 though, our grand total is up to 9). They're taking it well. We have one teensy tiny survivor and a freezer full of corpses.