Monday, December 25, 2006

Wow, TMX Elmo was a huge disaster. Although she likes Elmo in the books she has, Caroline is afraid as all get out at the laughing, writhing non-plush robot banging around on the floor.


Anonymous Esbee said...

Meh, it's not Christmas unless there's one utterly dismal failure and one unforeseen wild hit.

Sadly, in my experience, the failures are the more expensive toys and the hits are the impulse buys from the Dollar Spot.

Does she like her sweet, new ride? Love bikes and such under the tree. (We did scooters this year.)

December 25, 2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

She's moderately interested by the bike (which is really awesome , mortally afraid of Elmo, "freaked out" (her words) by some bristle blocks (they were banished to a closet), and enthralled by a Tonka activity set. It has a chalkboard, stickers, and some crayons and stickers with a drawing pad.

Another big hit was Dora the Explorer hair accessories - which is curious, since Caroline refuses to let us put any such doodads in her hair for longer than a few minutes.

December 25, 2006 12:00 PM  
Blogger Esbee said...

Freaked out by bristle blocks? Wow, that's completely unexpected.

We had a dud Tonka motorized jeep, and the children were saddneded by how few board style games they got (one, and it wasn't from us), which was surprising since they always end up fighting and accusing one another of being cheaters when they do play board games. That's why I didn't buy any new ones this year to begin with.

They also were bored silly with the kaleidoscopes.

December 25, 2006 2:31 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

A dud motorized jeep? Wow, that's nearly as suprising as the Elmo-terror.

I've learned that we can't lose with drawing implements, stickers, Dora stuff, and stickers. Have I mentioned stickers? Caroline is starting to integrate stickers into her artwork in addition to maintaining her daily sticker belt. The sticker is a critical part of Caroline's creative expression.

December 25, 2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger Esbee said...

I like to give patterned Band-Aids as birthday gifts to kids. They always love them, people always need Band-Aids, and hell, what message is better than, "Hey, kid, when you're in pain, think of me."

December 25, 2006 4:54 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

AJ was a little suspicious of his TMX for the first couple of days; now, he likes making it laugh and then knocking it over (maybe he feels big and powerful?)

I don't get it. I think that thing is hysterical.

December 25, 2006 8:27 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

We just pulled TMX out of the Caroline-Free-Zone (CFZ) and he is quite hilarious and amazing. I could see how his movements could be confusing for a toddler, but I don't understand why Elmo is less scary than rocking and singing Hallmark snowmen, a dancing Sponge Bob, or Lily and Tad who implore you to play with them whenever a breeze blows past them.

December 26, 2006 12:12 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I agree - there are some pretty freaky children's toys out there. Spongebob and his bloby fish friends really weird me out. Also, AJ has this little Fisher Price dog that he likes; you push its various limbs and it makes music, which he digs. But if you don't play with it for a while, it says, "I see you!" Now THAT'S creepy.

AJ also has a Boobah, which Adam and I bought when I was pregnant because we thought it was hysterical, too. Not only does it scare AJ, but it scares the mess out of our 80-lb labrador, who sounds the alarm whenever it's activated.

December 26, 2006 9:06 PM  

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