Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Honk if you love Cars


Today marks a wondrous occasion.....we no longer have to dine on McDonalds crap food.

I may have mentioned previously that my son's new found obsession happens to be the new Disney flick, Cars. We saw the movie a couple of weeks ago and, aside from one terror inducing scene involving a combine, it was a big hit. The stores really did their part in promoting the film because in the past month my mother has purchased: Cars cereal (two kinds), Cars tissues, Cars beach towel, Cars plates, Cars fruit snacks, Cars chapstick, Cars tee shirts, Cars underwear, Cars pajamas, Cars Leapster game, Cars bike helmet, and Cars yogurt (for a kid who doesn't eat yogurt). She did buy him one toy and he agreed to do chores and be well behaved to earn more. So he earns his money and we head off to Big Blue Yonder and Guess What? Cars is passe.....Superman is the hot item. They cleared the end caps and displays where the Cars stuff was and replaced it with....Superman? Isn't that an adult movie? The only Cars stuff they had left in the store was shoved on a bottom shelf in the back of the toy department, consisting of a few stuffed characters, a package of birthday party blow-outs, and a game of Cars checkers. So I figure, hey, Mr. Walton is fickle, and made the half hour trip to the TRU and find out, NOPE, the toy manufacturers are fickle because they had no Cars merchandise there either. So there dashed the hopes of my five year old of a Cars birthday party (in March) and blowing his loot on Cars. Then, the great living room orb flashed a Happy Meal commercial and we were off. Long story short, we have eaten Happy Meals every two to three days for the past three weeks. We have traveled to four different restaurants in a 30 mile radius to find the EIGHT cars we need. I have personally ripped a new one disagreed with teenage employees who inform me over the phone that I can have car x only to drive fifteen miles and get car y. I have found out that the local MickeyDs has a customer appreciation club, where you can get toys FOR FREE and before general public, but yet it's a mystery how to join. I have learned that you really do not have to buy the drink with the Happy Meal, they ring up separately, thus saving you money. I have learned that if you get one toy for one boy, you must buy same toy for other boy OR ELSE. Today we found toy number eight, AKA the last one. My big boy is pleased. He now has a "complete collection" and he couldn't be happier. I am pleased that I do not have to see those rude teenagers ever again. All is right with the world.....until the new fad comes along.

**Totally stole the picture from Shane's blog, thanks Shane**

10 comments:

looney said...

how adorable...enjoyed reading your "CAR" story and really know how it is trying to appease lil' munchkins! you get the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for the being the best Mommy ever who went over and beyond! what love could do...
watch out for "Antbully"... from another loving mommy...looney (sis to follow your bliss, mary ann)

Shane said...

Well, congrats to you! We're still eating at MickeyD's. We only have 5 of the Cars toys. Isn't it crazy the things we'll do for our kids?

Jennifer said...

That's funny we are working on our collection too! I have four kids and they all get the same toy.Then three get lost and they all fight over one. I love mickey D's!

Pro-Divorce said...

I so hate Mickey D's. I'd rather eat dirt.

My wife thinks Hayden is old enough to go see Cars in the theater. He's two and a half and has the attention span of a turd.

Maybe I'll rent it when it comes out on video.

andria said...

Pro...

We took Adam in with us and he was mesmerized, of course now I worry if his baby ears are permanently damaged from the jet plane decibels of the theater, but he seemed to enjoy it.

On the other hand, Jacob didn't see his first movie at the cinema until he was three and a half and he had more fun eating hot dogs and scarfing popcorn/candy than anything else.

sweet memories said...

sounds like you know the complete inventory of all Car Items! I work for Target, and you have me beat! We have one endcap left but still get the calls everyday if we have the cars carrying case in stock..well, I dont think we ever had it from the beginning. Kayla loves McDs too, and the toys, and we frequent as much as you do...few times a week...so what is next after superman????

Tracey said...

Have you checked online? If he wants a Cars party, it's probably out there still...

I can honestly say that I have never purchased a single happy meal in my 7 years of parenting. We just get the bigger meals of nuggets and share. The boys share a 10 piecer now and really don't even acknowledge that there are toys at McD's. Not sure how I've held out on this one, but I am so grateful to not have piles of cheap plastic toys!!

Pro-Divorce said...

When I was younger, I enjoyed McDonald's as much as anyone. Even when I was older, I could tolerate the food.

But either my tastes have changed or their food has gotten even worse, because I just refuse to eat their food.

I've vowed not to go back until Hayden can say "Happy Meal."

andria said...

I remember hanging at the mickey ds in high school loving the cheeseburgers, but the food just makes me ill now. I can tolerate the fries and that is just about it.

I felt like I could star in my own Super Size Me flick after eating it so often last week. I ended up eating most of the happy meals because I didn't want Adam eating that, and after a while Jacob quit eating it as well. My mom told me just to throw the food in the trash on our way out the door, but I am way too cheap to waste money that way. I have been eating lots of salads and fruit this week to make up for last week.

firstborn said...

hi andria,

you had me lol as i read this!!!! you are too merch girl! wow, is this something to look forward to when/if i have chitlins'?!

:) mary ann