I was trying to decide which Christmas presents were hits and which ones were annoying, ones that I wanted to get "lost". This year most of the gifts were winners, the kids love them and they aren't really annoying. Well, the light sabres aren't exactly quiet toys, but we can handle 'em.
Last year however, brought a toy that I think needs to be banned. My Mom bought them for the kids and I know that Grandparent's are supposed to buy loud, obnoxious toys that the kids love but the parents wish would die. My mom succeeded in her endevour, she got walkie talkies. Not any walkie talkie, they are scooby doo and she of course provided batteries. Gee, thanks mom! But whats worse? They have this wonderful little button that you can push for a S.O.S. sound. Do my kids know S.O.S? of course not, all they know is that you can hold this handy dandy little button down and a high pitched squeel is emitted from little Scooby that makes me want to jab screw drivers into my head. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! EEEEEEEEEE!!!
Yeah, they live in the top of the closet most days, but I do send them outside from time to time so the neighbors can enjoy the sounds of dying Scooby. We do, afterall, have many neighbors that are grandparents. I figured that their kids are thanking me for sharing in the pain that we endure with their gifts :)