Step two - See that there is only one train set on floor, assume there are more in back, go home to think about major purchase.
Step three- Decide this is, indead, the exact set you want, take off early from work and drive to toy store only to discover that they are sold out and may get more in a few days.
Step four - Drive across town while on hold with ANOTHER toy store to see if they have it in stock. Pull into their parking lot without actually getting off hold (20 mintues later) only to discover that they too are sold out.
Step five - cuss self for not buying one remaining train set when had a chance.
Step six - Call store at end of the week when their truck was supposed to come in only to find out that train set was not on that truck but might be on another one later.
Step seven - panic a little when you realize that all your son has said for three weeks is "Santa Choo Choo" and Santa might not be able to deliver
Step eight - Order train set on-sale on line but with shipping basically pay what you would have paid in the store
Step nine - Go to parents house on December 12th with wild ideas of putting train set together in record time. Open box and realize that there are approximately one million seven hundred thousand pieces.
Step ten - close box and transport it to basement of our house
Step eleven - pull box out on December 20th and cuss many pieces slightly.
Step twelve - 45 minutes later you have two drawers. Go team!!
Step thirteen - Two hours into the project the table is put together.
Step fourteen - Open the little boxes and see thousands of little train pieces, have small heart attack, weep silently and give up for the night.
Step sixteen - The great assembly starts at 9:15 and is finished by 10:00. There are a few cuss words shed and a small moment when I almost chucked afformentioned round house at Jake's head but the train set is together and it looks great.Step seventeen - awake at 7:00 and stare at the clock. Is he awake yet? Do I hear him stiring?