Fun and Games Friday

Have you seen this crazy game?  Gassy Gus?

It was a total impulse buy in the mile-long line at Toys R Us on Black Friday.  I thought it would be good for a few laughs and, boy, was I right!  Wildman and Cutie Pie unearthed the unopened game from the closet on Wednesday and insisted that we play.  Three games and many chuckles later we were hooked 🙂  Gross but very entertaining.

What’s in Ned’s Head is another fun one from Cutie Pie’s birthday.  Thanks, Uncle Chris!  What I really like about this game is that you can totally customize it.  It comes with several blank dry erase cards that allow you to fill Ned’s head with your own objects in addition to the gross things that come with the game.

If you’re looking for a couple of new games to play with your little ones maybe you can try these.  I think boys especially like them 🙂

As it usually does, one thing lead to another and Cutie Pie’s room became an utter disaster area in less than half an hour.  But I’m glad to see that he rediscovered his train table!  He hasn’t played with it in quite some time and I was happy to see that he still enjoys it.

Happy Friday!


Black Friday

The women in my family have a tradition.  We wake up in the middle of the night on Black Friday and hit the stores.  It’s crazy and it’s fun.  This year was no different.  We woke up at 3:30 AM so we could leave the house around 4 AM.

The men in J’s family have a tradition as well.  They go to the Orlando Auto Show the day after Thanksgiving.  Since we went to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year, J decided to spend the night at his aunt and uncle’s house and join the menfolk at the auto show.  The boys spent the night too and were so excited to check out all of the cars.  It worked out pretty well since I was not going to drag our kids out of bed in the middle of the night to shop and J wanted to introduce the boys to the family tradition.

I left Orlando after Thanksgiving dinner and made it home in time to hit the sack by 9 PM.

Steph, my mom, my aunt, Jo (Steph’s sister), and I hit Wal-mart first.  My mom wanted to purchase Nintendo DS’s for her friend and Wildman.  We stood in line in the windshield wiper section of the store waiting for 5 AM when they started handing out the merchandise…  A nice lady, who was probably on meth given her crazy, erratic behavior and bloodshot eyes, took this photo for us.

That’s my retail warrior face…

Let me just say that Wal-mart had the organization going on this year.  There was no chaos.  No one got trampled.  No fights broke out.  It was very calm and very orderly.

We hit Target next.  It was still pre-dawn when we arrived in the Target parking lot.  It seemed like a good photo op to me.

By the time dawn broke, we were headed to Michael’s to buy some crafty things for Christmas projects.  From there we took a breakfast break at the Cracker Barrel.  Yum!  Fried apples never tasted so good.  🙂

It was on to Toys R Us after breakfast.  Here is what Steph’s car looked like after all of our shopping!

We were doing our part to stimulate the economy…

We dropped off all of the stuff from Steph’s car at my mom’s house and hit the stores again.  It was a long, exhausting day. My Christmas shopping is almost complete.  Woo hoo!

O Dark Eighteen

That’s right, folks.  I joined the ranks of the insane this year.  I went out with my family on Black Friday.  Not with the kids and husband, of course.  Just the womenfolk.  The time you see in the above photo indicates when Steph and I pulled out of the garage.  No one should be awake at 4:18 AM!!!

Here we are looking all cheery.  Well, everyone except me.  I look half asleep and I was.

I look more alive in this one.  Notice how I have a death grip on my coffee mug.

You’ll be happy to know that there were no tramplings, shootings or stabbings to speak of at any of the stores we visited.  I was mildly concerned for our safety since I’d never done this kind of commando shopping before.  I’d only heard the horror stories on the news.

This was our first stop:

I purchased a Wii for the family ($249, yikes!) and a Hot Wheels play set ($10, yeah!) for Wildman’s birthday.  Steph scored a jungle gym for their backyard for $69 and a PS2 bundle for $129.  I think she saved like $300 or something crazy like that between those two items and the other things she picked up.  Woo hoo!

We hit Target next.  There was almost an altercation between myself and Steph and a crazy lady in line.  You see, an elderly woman had fallen on the pavement trying to step up onto the sidewalk.  She was visibly shaken by what had happened and was still kneeling on the ground when we got there.  We helped her up but she was really wobbly.  Steph and I asked her if she was okay but she didn’t really talk.  I think she was embarrassed and probably in pain.  The doors to the store opened as the woman stood up and the line started moving.  The elderly lady took off ahead of us and meshed into the line.  We were concerned that she might fall again and get trampled or something so we lagged behind to keep an eye on her.  Steph is an RN so she would probably be able to do something for her if she was hurt or sick.

Well, as we were meshing into the moving line behind the elderly lady some chick behind us got all passive-aggressive.  She started shouting that some people are SO RUDE and HAVE NO MANNERS or RESPECT.  She went on to say shout that we were lucky that she had class and wasn’t going to start a fight with us because there are some people out there (with less class, apparently) who would beat people like us up.  Super!

Steph and I didn’t make eye contact.  We played deaf.  It’s not like we pried the last Bratz doll out of this woman’s hands, smacked her with it, then ran off laughing maniacally doing a little jig.  We were legitimately trying to help someone or at least make sure she got into the store safely.  Clearly the crazy, passive-aggressive chick didn’t see what happened with the elderly lady.  That or she did see what happened and is just plain nuts.  That could very well be the case.  You want to know the strange thing?  Passive-aggressive lady’s voice sounded just like a lady in my Bunco group.  Crap!  I so hope it wasn’t her.  I can just see something go down at our next meeting.  I’ll keep you posted.

Anyhoo, aside from the Target line drama, nothing major happened.  We visited a few more stores to rack up some more savings and then headed home.  I was exhausted by noon!  I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping.  Yeah!