Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Things We Do For Our Kids!

Saturday night & into Sunday morning, Jim & I camped out at Target to purchase the newly released Nintendo Wii game system for Cassie. First, we drove up to Walmart to see how long the line was there. When we saw that they had 'rules' posted about how they were going to sell the Wii, we immediately left & drove out to a ToysRUs that was going to open back up at 12:01 a.m. to sell the Wii. When we saw the line wrapping around to the side of the building, we took off! I was starting to think that we wouldn't stand a chance getting the Wii.

On the way home, we drove by one Target & saw that they also had a line, although it wasn't very long. So we decided to keep driving & go by the Target closer to our home. We were surprised to see that there wasn't even a line started yet, so I dropped Jim off there & while he sat on the bench, I drove home to grab our comforter, warmer coats, snacks & some reading material. We were in it for the long haul now :) And what a LONG night it was! The temps were in the low 30's, which didn't help, but as other people started showing up, everyone was just putting chairs out & then staying in their cars, so that's what we did as well. Around 4:00 a.m., Jim & I walked over to Meijer (thank goodness that they were right across the street & open 24 hours) to use the bathroom & we just walked around for a while to pass some time. When we got back to Target, we saw that the line was getting longer, so we decidded to sit outside so we wouldn't lose our spot in line.....afterall, we were 1st & 2nd :) At 6:00 a.m., Jim walked back over to Meijer to get us both something hot to drink from Starbucks (I got a hot chocolate since I don't drink coffee). Finally, at 7:00 a.m., 2 Target employees came out & announced that they would be handing out vouchers for the Wii's & they had 60 of them available. By that time, there was probably close to 100 people in line. Jim & I debated about buying 2 of them, but after freezing all night, we decided to go for it & figured we would just sell the extra one. By 8:05 a.m., we had 2 Wii's & several games in our possession :) I gotta say, though that I was thoroughly impressed with the way Target handled the crowd. They were super nice & even brought us all out some drinks & popcorn for free after they handed out the vouchers. Just another reason why I love Target :)

Was it worth it? You betcha! Would we do it again? Probably not ;) Hehehe. We were originally going to wait until Christmas to give it to Cassie, but well, we changed our minds & gave it to her now. Afterall, she's worth it :) Now we're not so sure that we even want to sell the other one.....after seeing Cassie play it, we may keep the extra one for ourselves ;)
I also kept myself busy this weekend finally finishing up an altered 'house' that I started working on several months ago & I'm thrilled with the way it turned out! Here are a few pictures of it (click on each picture to view it larger). Now when I take Cassie up to Traverse City tomorrow, I need to make another pitstop at Hobby Lobby & buy some more of these :) Yeah, Cassie will be spending Thanksgiving with her best friend & their family. It's gonna be hard not having her here with us, but I know that she'll have fun up there.
Here are some close-up shots of the house.
Not sure how good you can see the beads underneath the inside of the roof.
View of the bottom part.
Love that picture of Jim.....I took it while we were at Niagara Falls back in August & he just looks like he was doing some deep thinking or something :)
I also finished the altered caddy for my Mom & absolutely love the way it turned out! Now I just hope that she likes it as much, or more, than I do! I used Wild Asparagus paper & lots of embellishments.....too many to list :)
Here's a view of the other side.

That's all for now.....still have a lot of cleaning & laundry to do since I didn't do it this weekend.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving & don't eat too much :)



Cindy Lee said...

wow, so glad you guys got what you were hunting for! I'm sure Cassi is in heaven! We are a Playstation family, lol, the Wal-mart here only got in TEN Playstation 3's, though and they had tons of people who camped out for them! They are so expensive even if I'd camped out all night I couldn't have afforded it, lol! We'll wait til the price drops, that's for sure! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

............Aimeslee said...

Nice artwork and happy turkey to you too! xoxo

Kim said...

Excellent work as usual. Great job on getting the Nintento system. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jewels by Jewls said...

Benita, seriously, if you guys DO decide to sell the other, PLEASE let me know! Ok??? You are VERY brave to sit out in the cold! I can't believe you were 1st and 2nd in line! That's awesome!


Heather said...

Your projects are beautiful. I just love the house. And I have to say you are one crazy chic to sit out in the cold for a Wii. I don't even know what that is!! Well, I know it plays games. But that's about it!

Lorrie said...

Wow Benita! Loving the altered house and caddies! Good for you getting the Wii's! I couldn't have camped out in the cold like that, unless I REALLY wanted something that bad. Nothing this year was camping worthy for me. ALthough I use to do it all the time for concert tickets! lol!