About six months ago, I had one of those terrible, no-good, very bad days with the kids in Target. We went in for one thing. One. Thing. I can't even remember what it was. But it was trivial. It was under $10 and should have taken 5 minutes. I am very, very used to taking all three of my small kids with me wherever I go, but sometimes they throw me for a loop. On this particular day, there were some bathroom incidents (involving me running each of the three kids to the bathroom for emergencies, near accidents on three separate occasions), there were shoe obsessions (Ava, throwing herself to my feet for 45 10 minutes: "Please, Mommy, please, please, please, please. Can I please have the princess flip flops? I LOVE them....please?!"), and then, there was the Plasma Car. Ava and Lily spied this beauty - two of them actually - and immediately hopped on. These things go FAST. Especially on lovely Target linoleum. I could NOT get them off of them. Once I would catch one, the other one would take off. And it was just one of those "Haha, let's not listen to Mommy" days. I finally dragged them out of the store persuaded them to leave. I was utterly exhausted by the whole ordeal. But, even on that day, we all sort of feel in love with the Plasma Car.
So when, a few weeks ago, a box arrived on my doorstep with a purple Plasma Car in it (for my review, compliments of CSNStores.com's SwingsetsAndMore.com which sells tons of swing sets and all sorts of fun toys), Ava and I were excited. Ben and Lily were at school, so I could assemble it and Ava could try it out in privacy. Well, assembly took me a bit of work. It was mostly easy, but I am not the most handy person and neither is Ava. She has all sort of ideas about how it should all go together, but in the end I did have to make a call to the manufacturer for help. They promptly walked me through the issue (I think that it WAS sent to me in a little funky way, but luckily I did not force the steering column in the wrong way when I started having trouble, but instead immediately called for help - I would have been pretty upset if I had to buy a new part for it, ugh). Assembled, Ava zoomed around the house for, oh, 5 minutes, before we had to leave to pick up Ben and Lily from school. Our house is a bit tinier than Target, so the zoom factor was...well, less. But a little zooming on the kindergarten blacktop did her good. She zoomed and zoomed and zoomed.
The kindergartners and their moms admired the Plasma Car, some of them trying it out as well (not the moms, mostly the kinders). The thing is cute. It zooms. The older kids could get it going in ways that Ava wasn't quite up to, so I think it is something that she'll be able to use and enjoy for quite a while. And it just looks cool.
Full disclosure: CSNStores.com's SwingsetsAndMore.com provided me with the Plasma Car for my review free of charge. Thanks for the zoom!