I finally saved up enough scratch to buy a 8043 Motorized Excavator yesterday.
Funny thing is that I used to buy the big sets through S@H, but now that Columbus Ohio has a Lego store, a couple of times a year we load the family up for a two hour drive to a huge mall. I almost regret taking the whole family because since it is a mall and my wife and kids are with me, well, you probably get the idea. We always hit the Lego store first, then I have to compose myself and NOT beg to go home so I can bust open all those little transparent bags of joy.
Then tonite, we all sit on the floor, I sort the parts getting it ready to assemble, my oldest works on her 4596 Beach house and the toddler plays with his Duplo 5813 Lightning McQueen.