Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa Solved!

It's been a very intense debate in our house this year about what to get Elliott from Santa. 
We are in the process of redecorating the kids rooms, and we'd love to suprise him that Santa brought his bunk bed, but the time line just isn't possible. 
Then we thought about a bike, he's 5 now and needs a REAL bike, but every time we mention it to him he couldn't care less.  Plus, I think it's kind of cruel to get a kid a bike and then tell them they can't ride it for 4 more months. 
Right now he's very interested in games.  When our computer was up and running he loved to play games on PBS kids and NickJr, but that hunk of junk has given up the ghost; so we've resorted to games on the smartphone.  He loves Angry Birds, Monkey Blast, Zoo Club and some random memory games.  And I don't feel too bad about it.  It helps develop hand/eye coordination, cause and effect, trajectory, memory and caring for animals.  That can't be bad right?  But its not something we can do TOGETHER. 
Then, I had a moment of sheer genius. 
Nintendo Entertainment System
You got that right...Nintendo.  Straight up, old fashioned and ghetto as all get out!  I think it's a great way to introduce him to real video games without being overwhelming.  Some of those remotes are so big and complicated I can't figure out what to do!  And I can just envision the Wii remote being launched thru out TV or window during an exciting game of bowling. 
Plus, what 30-something didn't love their Nintendo.  Don't pretend like you didn't play Duck Hunt or Super Mario Bros until you were blue in the face! 
Hopefully this will turn out to be a great idea and not a huge let down, but I have the feeling Elliott and I will be play many rounds of Adventure Island 3 and having much more fun than he would playing Angry Birds for the 9,000th time!  Here's to hoping...

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