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14 June 2007 @ 09:32 am
Summer has arrived... to our dismay  
Yesterday's biking: OMG_BBQ! That was awful-- I stopped off at an unknown park 4 miles from office at the end of the ride, because I was nearly out of water and what I had was hot. Yick. Had to battle middle-schoolers for the drinking fountain. Riding temp was about 98F. Currently, at 9:30 am today... 87F. I'm going to the gym.

Tooth Fairy Travails: My daughter announced when I got home yesterday that she'd lost a tooth-- one I didn't know was loose! (she's nearly 10). We have no Tooth Fairy gifts in reserve for her because her losing teeth has slowed down, so my husband kindly made an emergency store trip once she was in bed. *Whew*

The Fisher-Price Dollhouse: This has been living in my son's (!) room for about a year now, as a place to store his tiniest stuffed animals (Don't ask. There are tons, and they all have names, so I can't pare down). I noticed last week that the residents have shifted over into what my kids call "Fuzzies"-- little animals that Claire's (a mall store) sells that are actually keychain decorations. Now they're toys with holes in their heads, since the keychain part has been removed. The dollhouse now has a tiny fuzzy seal and alligator watching TV, while a tiny dinosaur takes a bath and a tiny penguin eats muffins. It's actually painfully cute.

We've had the dollhouse since Christopher was 15 months, and he used to try to put the Fisher-Price twin babies into their cribs daily, always clubbing the mobiles off and knocking the cribs over. One day around 24 months, victory! Babies in cribs, cribs still upright.

6 months after that, I found a tiny toy airplane in the crib under a blanket instead. This part of kids amuses me greatly-- the things they love get put to bed with blankies over them, no matter what they are. When my daughter was 2, she'd have things being put to bed all over the house, except that she'd pull the blanket/handkerchief/Kleenex all the way over the things' faces. My husband used to joke that our house looked like a stuffed-animal morgue. :0

Happy Thursday! Ready for SPN repeats? This week I vow 1) DVD will record and 2) I will adjust the DVD timer for its timer creep problem so the ending of the ep is not cut off! Grrr...


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Daea Nereem: spn Peanut Grinnereem on June 14th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
LOL! Your husband's comment really made me chuckle... and ♥ the bebes... oohh... sniff- so cute!!!! I love that.... i think i did it too... i should ask my mum. (EDIT:- yeah mum said i did when i was wee!!!)

I'm so curious and nosey- what little gift did you get for your daughter?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! Your husband's comment really made me chuckle...

It's the irony of what you see as an adult when the child has no idea that their little world of "sleeping babies" is a little creepy, thanks to the small detail of handling the blanket wrong. :0

Our gift was not as "little" as usual, and we've been working our way up as she's gotten older. First, it was things like a little stuffed Hello Kitty doll, or a resin fairy figurine (things in the $5.00 price range). More recently it's been things like "Littlest Pet Shop" creatures/playsets (my husband's always driving the price tag up) with a spare $1 or $2 if the price is low. This time I'd thought of a necklace or something more grown-up because she's nearly 10, but my husband went for a V4 Tamagachi (which I hope will communicate with her other one).

See what I mean about the price tag? From $5 back then to $15 now, though his claim was that there wouldn't be too many more Tooth Fairy moments left for her. Heck, we're lucky she still believes at age 9!

Here brother is a challenge too-- we have some tiny Pokemon and Batman playsets in reserve for him, but kids' toys go in cycles right now and there are a lot of boring toys out there. When kids are 2-5, life is gold! After that, it's "But this toy motorcycle looks like any other toy motorcycle. What do you do with it?" :0

Plus, there's the stealth component. I went to Target with them on Monday, so it's too soon to buy a Shrek playset and have him forget where he's seen one before. ;)
Daea Nereem: spn adorkable!nereem on June 14th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
LOL! Its not like you can distract them with the shiny- they're on to you... especially when it comes to toys/gifts ^_^

See, i remember getting money, like a pound or something under my pillow- but my dad was never gentle he'd walk in- trying to be quiet as a mouse but sounding more like an elephant (i was always a light sleeper) and then he would LITTERALLY grab the pillow JOLTING my head, shove it under, say "sleep tight sweetheart" in his "whisper" voice and stomp-tip toe out. LOL , stealthy dad, stealthy ;)

I think a necklace is a lovely idea but the tamagachi sounds awesome and though i have always loved my jewellery, i think getting a virtual pet is kick ass. :)

Haa give it time, it will be Thundercats and Transformers again :) THUNDERCATS HO!!!!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
trying to be quiet as a mouse but sounding more like an elephant (i was always a light sleeper) and then he would LITTERALLY grab the pillow JOLTING my head, shove it under, say "sleep tight sweetheart" in his "whisper" voice and stomp-tip toe out. LOL , stealthy dad, stealthy ;)
We have solved that problem! Thank goodness, because while my daughter sleeps like the dead, my son is a touchy sleeper like me. We have a Toothfairy Box (Christopher) and a Toothfairy Doll (Lauren), and they both wait outside the kids' rooms with the teeth in them. Your Dad... hahahaha! I love the auto-pilot part where he talked to you, which he never should have done.

Sounds like my husband in a way-- his "whisper" is talking quietly in a regular voice (!) and all of his walking involves stomping. When the kids were very little, they'd go to bed and he'd be downstairs in the kitchen banging dishes and slamming cupboard doors and stomping and booming things out in his voice, and I'd say, "Honey! The kids are trying to get to sleep-- right over this room."

Transformers are already back, and Christopher has several (ooh-- motorcycle or alien? Helicopter or dinosaur? That's my kind of toy). Also, the Creepy Crawler bug-making oven is back in vogue. It comes and goes, but aaaahhh... the memories. ;)
bluesister on June 15th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
My 6yo always wanted a dollhouse--he'd be very envious. It's like having a stage for performances, yeah?

I love it when kids put up with/don't see "flaws" like the holes in the heads of fuzzies. Gives me hope for humanity.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
It's funny, having both a boy and a girl, you can buy these toys and no-one gives you or the children grief. The little Polly Pocket playworlds they used to have (Igloo, Parrot Hut, Petland) were things that Christopher loved far more than Lauren. At age 2, he'd come downstairs early in the morning and I'd get those out for him to play with. He'd be mesmerized with them for a good 30-45 minutes.

In general, he likes "playsets" (because he creates his own stories) and his sister has never known what to do with them.

And we've definitely gotten our mileage out of that dollhouse, since Lauren was 3 1/2 when we got it and it was for both kids.

I love it when kids put up with/don't see "flaws" like the holes in the heads of fuzzies. Gives me hope for humanity.
:D Yes-- I notice the holes (eeep), but for the kids the holes are better than a metal keychain screwed down through your head. :0

On the other hand, Christopher always wanted me to cut off the "tushie tags" on stuffed animals immediately. The tag made them seem like toys instead of real, apparently, so they needed to leave.
Deadbeat Nymph: lincoln scrapedeadbeat_nymph on June 16th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
This part of kids amuses me greatly-- the things they love get put to bed with blankies over them, no matter what they are.

Oh my god, this is hilarious AND true, now that I think of it. I guess they relate the comfort of mommy or daddy tucking them in to an appropriate display of affection in general... Also, I can see how it it gives a sense of putting something away/tidying/organising, but with due respect - go to sleep, Optimus Prime, and I'll play with you later. In any case, it's super cute and hysterically funny, too.

Er, if I ever wanted to include that in a fic, would you mind?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on June 20th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
guess they relate the comfort of mommy or daddy tucking them in to an appropriate display of affection in general...
I think you're right-- it's a ritual of love and comfort, and they understand what it feels like being on the other side. Oddly enough, their version is "lay blankie over thingy" without songs/kisses/stories and whatever.

When Lauren was barely 2, this took a more extreme form where I caught her whacking her dolly on the ground and then comforting it afterwards. (!) It seemed kind of sick, really, but I guess the difference is that normal kids grow out of that, and weirdos never do. :0

If you want to tie that into a fic, be my guest! Nothing like a little piece of realism when you need it. :)
Deadbeat Nymph: lincoln scrapedeadbeat_nymph on June 20th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
When Lauren was barely 2, this took a more extreme form where I caught her whacking her dolly on the ground and then comforting it afterwards. (!) It seemed kind of sick, really...

Ah, she's just hitting that hurt/comfort 'smarm' stage early. Each generation, kids develop earlier and earlier. ;)

If you want to tie that into a fic, be my guest! Nothing like a little piece of realism when you need it. :)

Noted. :D
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on June 20th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
:D I'm glad you liked that-- I always fear that people will be bored with these stories, but... then there's the weirdness. And the weird is just so damned funny.

He has a long history with that dollhouse, including one time when my husband and I found an older version of the "Mom" doll at a garage sale and bought it. We figured it could be a babysitter or an older sister or something, and we left it in the dollhouse as a surprise.

Later that day, we were all busy in the living room, and I heard this "No! Not Mommy!" and soon after I turned around and Christopher was trying to jam something through the heating vent! I asked my husband later if there was a problem with that new doll, and he said, "Oh, the little Home-wrecker doll? She had to go. Christopher does not like her."

He was about 18 months old then, and already fairly opinionated. :0

Love your icon choice for this, as always. ;)