We bought a used Kinect from a friend this weekend. Best invention ever! Sunday was good and rainy, so we pretty much let the boys play all day. And there was no couch potato-ing whatsoever. The bigguns figured out the system right away. No controller cords for Max to trip over. He just bobbled around copying his brothers, thinking he was playing and never the wiser. They broke for nap time with no griping at all (Our, “If you whine, we’ll sell it to another family” warning might have had a little to do with it). During nap time, Reed, Calvin, and I ran a few errands, only to return to find Daddy dodging boulders and getting pretty serious about collecting gold coins. He finally let the boys have a turn.
In between turns, Reed skipped into the kitchen to get a drink and asked who gave us the Kinect (Exhibit A, proving that we NEVER buy stuff - especially toys). I revealed the shocking news, that we bought it for them just because. “Thanks, Mom! This is awesome!” he said, skipping back for his turn. While stacking plastic cups (I made the bigguns unload the dishwasher in between their turns), Calvin said, “This game is so cool! It’s so great...I can’t even say!” The grateful little stinkers are gonna make me want to start buying stuff for them.
They even got along better than normal! With the exception of one Max-pinning moment, they tolerated his little jumps on and off the screen. (Actually, Daddy had the least patience for little intruder. Be warned: don’t mess with the man’s aquarium hole-plugging record!) I took Max into the bathroom to distract him with a fun nail-clipping and Calvin kept us up-to-date with a play by play. He’d bob up and down the hall, shouting, “Guess how many hammerheadsths Reed has? Eight!”... “Nine!” ... “Ten hammerheadhsths!” Even on their last turn of the night, when an excited big brother jumped in front of his passionate medium-sized brother to try to “help” him, all he got was a shove and a laugh.
It was such a celebration, I even busted out the blender and produced made-to-order milkshakes. Cinnamon. Peanut-butter. Strawberry. The day was so great...I can’t even say!