There are many reasons that I am excited about Christmas this year.  One of which was explained in a post about why I am excited about the holiday season all together and since the Rookie has turned 4 this past month, it has brought back many memories of the toys that I played with as a kid.


Toys - The Rookie Dad
Luckily, these guys will save my feet from the impending foot injuries that will come with this round of Christmas gifts

I’m not going lie.  In fact, if I tried, I am sure that Mrs. Rookie Dad would comment and say that I was.  I’m more than excited about the Rookie getting more, more, and MORE Legos.  I’m so excited that I called my mother and ask her to bring up my Lego collection, which pales in comparison to the Rookie’s now, up for Thanksgiving.

If you were to look at the Rookie’s Amazon Wish List, you could probably tell who adds in all of the gifts.  The $130 Millennium Falcon?  Yeah, I put that in there knowing that I wouldn’t get it if I put it in my own list.

The week leading up to the Rookie’s birthday, it was all I could do to contain my excitement as I heard the mailman walk up to the door with 3 packages and I could hear those little plastic bricks clanging inside the box.  I was like the dog, running up to the window, watching, waiting, as the mailman put the packages by our door.

It’s not just the Legos.  It’s the Nerf Guns too!

Now, we aren’t particularly a gun family.  We don’t own any but, the Nerf gun is a classic toy that most young boys grew up with.  I love loading the gun up, sneaking around the house, and making the Rookie think that I am going to shoot him with it.  Let’s be honest, I can’t say I’m going to shoot my son on here or that might end up with someone other than the mail man delivering a Nerf gun to my door step.  But, also, I understand that I am a role model in my son’s life and I need to teach him that guns are something that shouldn’t be messed with.

Another dad at the Rookie’s birthday saw my, “AWESOME!” reaction to when the Rookie opened up the Nerf gun and we started talking about how there are some toys that need to come in backs of two.  Nerf guns being one of them.

This holiday season, I know the Rookie is excited, but I think I am more excited about the toys that he will be opening up because they will talk be me back to my age of innocence.


  1. Nathan Clayton November 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I was never into LEGOs but NERF guns were my favorite. As a father of 3 girls, I’m really glad they came out with the line of NERF directed towards girls. I love it!


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