and he loves it, just as we thought. It arrived last night just before our dinner guests were due to arrive. We decided to hold it back until this morning so we’d have time to wrap it for him.
We had to pry it out of his hands when we left the house. He really, really wanted to take it with him but Duhdee couldn’t see grocery shopping with this in the cart.
Since Grammy asked below, it STILL has not arrived. UPS says it will be delivered today…we shall see.
**Edited to Add**
I am done with Toys R Us. That is it. I finally called to complain, I was hoping to let a little time pass so I would not lose my temper. FAIL.
First, I was able to get the shipping refunded. Considering that I paid for overnight shipping (which doubled the cost of the gift) and it’s now been a WEEK and they totally missed the holiday…that seems like the least they could do. I then asked to speak to a supervisor because it is really not the CSR’s fault. It’s not the supervisor’s fault either but they get paid to listen to these complaints.
I then spent 15 incredibly frustrating minutes being hung up on and having to navigate their bulky and annoying automated phone system only to be hung up on again TWO MORE TIMES. By the time I did speak to a supervisor I was furious, so much for waiting to cool off.
I told him the situation and he acknowledged that they dropped the ball. My order was placed in time they just totally screwed up. He apologized and I said an apology doesn’t go very far in this sort of situation. It was a Christmas gift for a 4 year old, the ONLY gift he had asked for. He was quiet for a moment and then inquired if I would be interested in a promotion to come back to shop with them again.
I might have cursed at him and slammed the phone down. I don’t lose my temper that completely very often and it didn’t help…much. They’ve seen my last dollar though…that helps a little more.
We had a very nice weekend here. We were totally, utterly lazy on Saturday. I think the only person to leave the house all day was me when I walked the dogs. Otherwise we just lay like vegetables all day long. It was glorious!
On Sunday morning, we drove Monkey to his Grammy and Grampa’s house for a sleepover. Duhdee and I had been invited to the wedding of a very dear college friend and we could find no babysitters!
The drive up was a lot of fun. I sat in the back seat with Monkey and we made up a game of going under bridges. I learned that Monkey can say “bridge.” When I told my mom she wondered how many other words he can say that we just haven’t asked him about. That’s a very good question, I guess I had better start asking him more often!
Another “game” we’ve made up recently is that I’ll say a word and pause, Monkey will then give it his best shot. This is how I discovered he can say bridge, lol. There are two sentances that we’ve been concentrating on for the most part, two sentances that are very appropriate for Monkey. One is “I love you” and the other is “I am funny.” Lately Monkey has been repeating the first word or two after me and then jumping in and offering the third word without prompting. I find that very encouraging. Yesterday I started with “I” and he prompted me with an “am!” After I repeated “am,” he finished with “funny.” I’ll have to get his version of “funny” on video because it’s adorable.
After we dropped off Monkey, we drove home and relaxed for a little while. Then we took a cab over to the hotel where the wedding was being held. We had so much fun but I forgot my camera! Argh! Duhdee even bought me a new one for Christmas that would have fit in my itty, bitty purse. Bummer because I really wish I could have gotten a picture of Duhdee as he nearly strangled himself while trying to break open the pinata!1 I will have to see if I can get copies of a few of the pictures because the brides looked beautiful and it’s not that often that there is someone to take pictures of Duhdee and I together, all dressed up even!
Duhdee is off picking up Monkey, he seems to have enjoyed his overnight visit according to the early reports but this is no surprise. He loves staying the night up there. He knows where the peanut butter is stored and they have two little doggies who will play “fetch” (as opposed to our medium sized doggies who only play “keep away,” which is not nearly as much fun!) What more can a boy ask for?
- Seriously the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding! [↩]
This is my darling Monkey demonstrating his newest skill.
I wish for peace and love for all of my Fragile X family today. Here is hoping we all have a meltdown free holiday!
but I can’t help it. Toys R Us, sucks 🙁 We ordered a very special gift for our little guy and paid for overnight shipping and it NEVER showed up. It was the first gift he EVER directly asked for and I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that it did not arrive.
We will have a great day anyway but it’s still pretty crappy to tell people that they’ll have a Christmas gift if they make the cutoff and pay the outrageous shipping charges and then let them down. Scrooges.
There was a very special letter in today’s mail. Monkey received a letter from SANTA himself! He was very excited and carried it around for quite some time. It’s good to have friends in North Pole, Alaska 🙂
Every year we put together tins of goodies for friends and family and today is the big day. We’ve got two pans of fudge cooling so we’ll take a break to have lunch and then take Monkey out in the snow to burn off some of the sugar he has consumed today. This afternoon we’ll start on the cookies.
On another note, it is still snowing, which is quite exciting. It reminds me of Christmases years ago when we always had snow on the ground.
Oh, and…Monkey pooped on the potty today. ALL BY HIMSELF! He was wearing boxers and asked for a diaper. I told him he was wearing boxers today so if he needed to pee he had to go in the potty. He asked for a diaper again so I added that if he had to poop he needed to go on the potty as well. Well. He dropped his boxers on the kitchen floor, walked to the bathroom and put his stool by the toilet. He likes to rest his feet on it while he’s sitting on the toilet and he pees standing up so I knew this was a big deal. I grabbed his potty seat and a book and left the room as instructed. He jumped off the potty and took off for his bookshelf. I’d given him the wrong book! As soon as he located the one he wanted he ran back to the potty and sat until he was ALL DONE! This is HUGE! Yay potty training!
Errr, forgot to hit “Publish” lol, two batches of cookie dough are now finished as well. I should probably do at least two more before bed.