Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Santa, I want a Nintendo DS.....

For Christmas this year, Hailee had in her mind that she wanted one thing. She consistently would name the Nintendo DS as what she just "had to have". Her first experience with this hand-held game apparently came at school. One of her classmates must have brought one in.....and she even specified on her wish list that she wanted a red one.

Santa was able to deliver the Nintendo DS to Hailee. She hasn't been too far from it since she was surprised on Christmas morning. She has two games that she goes back and forth between. One of them is Petz Bunnyz and My Baby Girl. When I learned that she was interested in this system, I had gone online and found My Baby Girl and had ordered it for her. I had the game a couple of weeks before Christmas, even before mommy & daddy purchased the game system. I wanted to make sure that she at least got one game that she really wanted. Now I've come to learn that there are thousands of games that could be purchased. There are games for everyones interest.

From what I have been hearing, it appears as though the Nintendo DS is not just for kids, but for adults as well. We all know that many of us are kids at heart...especially the men in my family!!!!! There are Nintendo's, Playstation's and I wouldn't be surprised if one of my son's has all systems including the X Box. You know that saying, "the only difference between a man and a boy are the size of his toys". I know that my son's were big game players when they were younger and my oldest son still would be if he could find the time.

What I find so interesting in the Nintendo DS is its size and how perfect it is for kids to bring along with them in the car to keep them occupied. Also there are all kinds of games.....even cooking instructions for young children to learn to cook with a parent. I played with the Petz Bunnyz.....but not for long. Hailee wanted it back. Imagine that! I think that with anything like this you may need to limit the time spent playing with it. Even though it is an educational toy, you can't replace interacting with the family unit.

I understand that Nintendo DS has been out for a couple of years now. This Christmas is the first time of hearing about it for me. The price is around $125, which isn't cheap by any means. The games range in price from $15.00 right on up. But if you are looking for something educational that will be useful for a very long time, you may want to consider this for your child or your grandchild. And certainly there will be responsibility for any child who receives this gift.

Hailee is almost eight and I can see that she is very protective of her new toy. She remembers to put the games away in the storage case and even knows about recharging it when the battery becomes low. I think her mommy & daddy made a good choice for her.

I'd love to hear of any info you may have about the DS. If you have a family member who owns one and loves it or if you own it and have found that it is just a piece of crap, I'd like to hear that too!

Monday, December 29, 2008


This picture doesn't do this Christmas Mistletoe justice! This Kissing Krystal was given to me for Christmas this year by a dear friend. She knows that I'm a hopeless romantic and must have found it just as alluring as I do. Even though I don't need mistletoe to smooch the ones I love, I could just leave this hanging all of the time because it is so beautiful. The crystal at the bottom is just so pretty as the light reflects from it at every angle.

Here is the legend of the Krystal Mistletoe: "Kissing under the mistletoe is an old European tradition. It is believed that the mistletoe holds magical powers from the "soul" of the mightly oak tree. It grants strength, peace, health, fertility and love to those who kiss beneath it".

Well, I don't know about you, but I certainly could use some strength, as I find getting older has left me feeling weaker. I hope that God will grant me peace and good health and sure.....spread that love! Can you imagine not ever being loved or unable to give your love to that special someone? I'm thankful that I was blessed with finding love. "I love you" comes so easily for me when saying goodbye, either on the phone or visiting with my loved ones. But what about that "fertility" thing? Please don't leave any of that stuff with me! I've done my duty and now I'm HOT all of the time! Man, why couldn't I have been HOTTER back in the day? This later in life stuff is definitely for the birds!

Back to the mistletoe! I remember many years ago....we're talking when I was in my teens, my brother-in-law would go out and try to shoot mistletoe from a tree. I believe that he would use buckshot. I remember being able to spot it in the tree because all of the leaves were gone and you could see a large clump of the green stuff hanging near the top. Sometimes he would be able to get a few pieces. I think he mostly blew it to smitherines. I don't remember ever having a huge amount of it. My brother-in-law was different....like that. That mistletoe never helped to keep the romance alive with my sister and him.

Does anyone hang sprigs of mistletoe in their homes or how about one of these "Kissing Krystals"? Do you practice that European tradition? I'd love to hear what you think.