Friday, January 4, 2008

Working off the Wii

A few days after Christmas I found myself at Best Buy exchanging the boys big Christmas gift. A bum guitar in the oh-so-popular with kids...but not so much with parents...Rock Band.



"What do you mean you don't have any and the closest store that has them is San Francisco??"

"That's it" the cashier replies.

"Sorry boys...not driving all the way into the city for a loud...( I think I forgot to mention that in addition to the guitar in Rock Band it also has a set of drums and a microphone)...video game."

Big sad looks and drooopy eyes all get shot my way.

Just then an employee strolls by us with nothing more than a huge load of the ever elusive Wii. Huge gasps come from all around me.

"Mom!! Look...Wii's!!"

"Wow, yeah. Okay boys, let's get a refund and then we will have to check back to see when they get more of the Rock Band."

"We want a Wii" in unison. How do they do that I wonder?

Here we go, I think to myself.

"They are too much money."
"You don't need anymore video games."
"You don't need another game system."
"You can play it at your friends houses."
"They are too much money."

Hhhmmmm...what else can I come up with?

"Oh Mom, Please"
"PLEASE"
"Pleeeeeaaaaaasssssssssssseeeee"

"You don't have enough money. Let's see...you are short about a hundred dollars."

So here comes more pleading and "We Will Work It Off...PROMISE."

After much debate and dismay to my husband...I agree to it. But only under the conditions that they have to work it off and I get to choose what work has to be done.

Big smiles all around and the Wii comes home with us.

So here is the question of the day:

How many doll bodies do they have to stuff to work off $116.72?










In case you were wondering...the Wii sits on the kitchen counter, unopened, until I decide they have stuffed enough. Sometimes video games can be quite productive.


18 comments:

donna o. said...

Wow, Mr Trump- you drive a hard bargain!!!
D.

farmgirlbella said...

Those boys sure look like they're enjoying that job.....good for you.
Hope the New Year finds you well.
xoxo
Lonnie

Miss Maddie's said...

So you've joined The Bank of Mommy Club too!
Mine's 25 and she's still paying part of the college loan back.
The boys look so thrilled with their new stuffing jobs don't you think?
Susan

rochambeau said...

You're a wise woman Colleen! Such good looking stuffers too!

Happy 2008! May your year be filled with joy!

Also, VERY IMPORTANT! What you did to honor Brianna and Iva and her family last year is one of the kindest actions I have ever witnessed!

You are a living doll!
xox
Constance

Doreen said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA.....I am going to have to give this a whirl!!! I stopped by your blog yesterday (tried to leave a comment but it would not load) and when I read this post I laughed out load at the looks on their faces...Thanks for sharing and making me laugh.

The Tinsel Trading Co...."OH MY"

Have a wonderful day & Joyous New Year

Doreen

Sylvia Anderson said...

OK....that it too funny! You really know how to crack the whip, LOL! ;) I wish Simon were old enough to bargain with me like that, ha, ha, ha!

Sam I Am said...

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i LOVE IT!!!!! LOL!!!!
What a GREAT way to get some of your work done..and at the same time teach the boys the value of money!!!!!
Great Job Mom!!!!!!

Jackie said...

Too funny! Good way to make it a family business....LOL Just stopped to by to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!!

Michelle said...

That is sooo awesome Colleen!!! What a great way to get them to help!!! How many did they end up stuffing???

That Wii game is sooo fun!! We had a bowling tournament on New Years at my house!!! Our friends brought their over because we don't have one yet.

Blessings,
Michelle

Pinkie Denise said...

I love it.....Your boys look like they are really enjoying their new job......I have never heard of a Wii,
but my kids were begging me for Guitar Hero........and well they didn't get it.....Maybe I could get them to work it off, what a great idea....Pinkie Denise

Tandra said...

MOST hilarious pics!!!
Good for you!! LOL
Tandra

Dixie Redmond said...

Oh, this brings a smile to my face. My boys want a Wii, too. I'm beginning to see the possibilities...

Danita said...

Hahahahaha that's way too funny!!! I love their faces when they're stuffing dolls! hahaha...

Caleen said...

WAY TO GO MOM!!! YOU ROCK!!
I WISH I HAD MORE SELF CONTROL AND
COULD USE THAT FOR MY KIDS... I LOVE
THE LOOK ON THEIR FACES.. I LAUGHED
HARD.. SORRY BOYS, YOU WILL THANK
YOUR DEAR MOTHER SOMEDAY!! IT WILL BE
WORTH THE WAIT!!

Lorraine said...

LOL!!! That's so great!! I'm glad my son didn't ask for a Wii..they were impossible to find! But since a couple friends got them he of course wants one...I guess I better put him to work!!
Happy New Year!

Linda said...

I wish I had a Wii! I find it hilarious that those boys are stuffing dolls....you are the best!

Bristol said...

Oh my gosh I am cracking up. My stepson is always working off somthing. I usually make him babysit his 4 year old little brother. He really has to be hard up for gas money. We have moved passed the gaming system, to a car~~
Enjoyed your blog~
Bristol

FrostingsNSparkles said...

LOL!! What boys won't do for their toys...What an inspired and wonderful idea!!

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