Why did I even bother looking for them anywhere else?
The girls have had pixie dust on the brains lately. They’ve watched every single fairy movie Disney ever made, have reduced countless sets of wings and wands to sparkly rubble, and constantly “fly” around the house pretending to be Rosetta, or Silvermist, or Iridessa. (If those names don’t ring any bells, I’d venture to guess you haven’t yet been subjected to hours and hours of the magic of Pixie Hollow.)
They’ve been eyeing the big boxed set of six fairies at Target for months now and I keep steering them away from it thinking that they’re going to grow out of this obsession and we don’t need to be cluttering up the house with a bunch of winged dolls. Well today they finally talked me into it. They decided to pool the last of their birthday money (thanks Ma and Pa!) and whooped and hollered when they figured out that together they could get The Big Box. They insisted on carrying it all through the store and out to the car. And once home they chattered and giggled and gave a very loud running fairy commentary for the entire 20 minutes it took me to get that blasted box open and release each sprite from the hidden wires, tape, and thread holding her down. (Side note: the way toys are packaged these days gives me fits! &*^%$!@!@!!!!)
Oh the joy! They grabbed the fairies roughly (but lovingly, I’m sure) and raced outside. I followed a few minutes later with the camera (after sneaking some Pepperidge Farm ginger family cookies), figuring they were in the playhouse or up in the playstructure, or somewhere normal, ya know? But no, the eight of them were wedged up in one of the tall pine trees and the tree was swaying and bobbing as they attempted to get higher. Not even kidding.
Apparently fairies don’t climb in their wings, because they had all been ripped off and haphazardly discarded on the ground (a sight that amused me):
It was also amusing that the fairies were lined up execution style after mean mama told everyone to get down out of the tree:
When I asked why the poor dears were faceplanted on the flagstone, the girls condescendingly brushed me out of the way saying “uh, how else would they get their wings on, mama?”
I think they’re quite satisfied with their purchase.
Hope that Big Box ‘o Fairies goes on sale for Black Friday, because I think this might be the birthday gift of choice from our little sprites, who have already been invited to three classmate birthday parties.
PS: For those who asked, this is the 6-pack of 9-inch fairies that Target sells for $49.99. They also sell a 6-pack of mini-sized 4.5-inch fairies for somewhere around $25.