Attack of the Loom Rubber Bands

I have two girls… they loved the Silly Bands… but that fad has come and gone (at least I think so). So what do my girls want now and want in large quantities?

LOOM Rainbow Rubber Bands.

They can’t get enough of them. I think they have 4 shades of blue, and 5 different pinks. Some glow in the dark, some don’t.

I do like the fact that its a hands on project. It gets them away from the electronics and is focusing more on arts and crafts. Another positive on these little rubber bands… I have an unlimited supply of pony tail holders…


But from this Dads perspective… Enough is Enough! I am finding these little rubber bands everywhere! I am finding the bracelets EVERYWHERE. My oldest daughter is making bracelets for all her friends, all her sisters friends, and she has offered to make some for my coworkers… and don’t forget the ones she is making for fun/practice. Some family members have offered to give her buck or two for theirs… So she thinks I will pay for mine… Wrong!… OK,… maybe I did once…

She has made bracelets for my favorite color, favorite baseball team colors (Cubs), my favorite NCAA team (Marshall University), My favorite NFL Team (Bears)… I wear them with pride though. I think she is thrilled that I wear them to work.

Now she tells me there are different styles of bracelets, the fishtail, the single, the double fishtail, etc… so even though I have a Cubs bracelet, I don’t have a Cubs fishtail bracelet. I said OK, make me one… her response… That will be $2.00.

My oldest has a little business skills in her… she said, make a donation of $2.00 or more and she will make you one…

For What Its Worth – Tooth Fairy Fails AGAIN

cartman fairyAnother good TRUE Story from my friend… I can’t make this stuff up!

For What Its Worth:

My son’s second tooth fell out while he was riding in the car with my wife.  She told me that somehow he dropped it and neither of them could find it in the car so he was completely depressed about the whole thing.  Most of his frustration was because after only getting $5 from that cheapo Tooth Fairy for his first tooth, he learned the hard way that $5 doesn’t get you very far at the toy store these days.   We convinced him to save it until more teeth fall out so he can buy bigger.  I have no proof of this, but I suspect he spent the following night punching himself in the face or picking fights at school because miraculously he lost tooth #2 within 24 hours of that conversation.  Anyway, without a tooth to leave under the pillow he wouldn’t get paid.  My wife put him in a warm bath to calm down and she went back to the car to look for the missing tooth but no luck.  So, like any dedicated parent would do, Mom improvised.  She went and got tooth #1 which had been taken by the fairy the night before and brought it inside proclaiming that she found tooth #2!  He didn’t suspect anything so Mom was a hero that night.  He cashed in the tooth so now he’s got $8 in his tooth treasury.

For What its Worth: The Tooth Fairy Fails

A good TRUE story from a friend of mine… tooth-fairy

For What Its Worth – Tooth Fairy Fails 

Last week my son lost his first two baby teeth.  This gave us two chances to wow him with a surprise from the Tooth Fairy (rumored to be Santa Clause’s mistress).  The whole thing caught my wife and I by surprise.  We didn’t have a game plan on how to actually set up the tooth drop off and subsequent money exchange.  For Christmas each year we set out cookies and milk, make sure we leave ADA compliant egress to the fireplace and put our son to sleep.  As soon as he’s sleeping we take a few bites of cookies, drink the glass of milk down to half, and pile the gifts under the tree.   Since this was our family’s first tooth fairy operation, there was bound to be complications.  Like, for example, what if you put the tooth in a tiny container under his pillow and somehow forget to make the money drop?  How do you deal with a kid who wakes up crying because that old witch-fairy didn’t bother to visit?   Or, for example, what if the tooth is lost before it can be buried under the pillow?   How do you deal with a kid who bursts into tears because he’s not going to have anything to offer the Tooth Witch?  Yes, both those things happened to us last week.  How would you handle those situations?  Would you tell him it was going to be OK, distract him with something else and let him realize that life goes on?   Or would you take some heroic measures to maintain the fantasy and preserve his childhood innocence?  You guessed it, we took the heroic route to save that Tooth Witch’s reputation. Continue reading

The War Against Barbie

My girls have an addiction. They have been brainwashed. Everything they have, play with or want is BARBIE. I have given up. Heck I had already given up, and then there was Christmas…  Christmas came, and went and my living room threw up Barbies. The Dreamhouse, VW convertible, cruise ship, clothes, more Barbie dolls… it was definitely a Barbie Christmas.

Pay back is a B*tch I guess. When I was her age, I was brainwashed by HE-MAN and old school WWF. I had all kinds of HE-MAN action figures. I had Castle Greyskull and Snake Mountain… I am sure my Mom and Dad had the same feelings as I do with Barbie.

My oldest also received some legos for Christmas. Seems like Legos have a new theme targeting girls. Lego “Friends”. The lego friends set she got was a beauty shop.  My daughter instantly became hooked with legos. She has played off and on with legos but never really cared that much about them. I think the Friends theme is what did it…Now we have something in common. I loved legos when I was a kid. This is one toy addiction that I can join in on. So we have played with legos a good bit this week. We went to the lego store, got some more legos. We didnt get any new kits, I like for her to use her imagination to make something original, and to use her creativity… a house, a car, something other than those expensive kits. Now for some people, thats all they do, but I like using our imagination…

I thought we were golden… legos maybe my weapon of choice against this Barbie regime

BUT man… are they expensive, really expensive…. I guess I can’t win.

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