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Going to Daycare

When Lily saw the latest shipping box sent to our house, she immediately knew it had so much more potential than just a container for our new bedroom curtains. It’s no secret that kids love to play with boxes, but I was still surprised when she decided this box was her new “Toy Story” toy.

Yes, apparently a box can be part of the “Toy Story” cast. Remember when the toys escape the garbage truck at the beginning of “Toy Story 3″ and then climb into the box in Mom’s car to donate themselves to daycare? That’s our curtain box’s role now. It’s also the box Andy uses to deliver the toys to Molly’s house at the end of the movie.

This means that my house has been transformed into Toy Story zones. The playroom is Andy’s house; the living room is Sunnyside Daycare and the hallway is Molly’s house. The toys get transported from place to place in the box over and over again. Molly’s house in the hall has to be the most annoying location because you can’t get to the bathroom or out of the house without stepping on a Toy Story toy.

Who needs to get to the car or the bathroom anyway?


Since our living room became Sunnyside Daycare, Lotso, Barbie and Ken just stay here almost all the time. I thought things were messy when the Toy Story friends lived solely in the playroom. Now they are everywhere! The girls haven’t designated any part of our house as the dump in their “Toy Story 3″ reenactment, but the game sure helps in making the whole house look like one!

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Pee Patrol Woof Woof

Last night out of nowhere, Lily announced that she wanted to wear underwear to bed. She was really confident that even though she’s never ever ever woken up dry in a pull-up, she would wake up dry if she wore underwear. She’s 5 years old and is overdue to learn how to stay dry at night, so we let her go to bed in just her underwear.

She peed the bed, of course. Luckily I’d put MY waterproof mattress pad on her bed. Stupidly, I hadn’t bought one for her yet. She’s never had a diaper leak and showed no sign of being ready to get rid of pull-ups, so I never got around to it. Not so luckily, Woof Woof got pee on her. We had taken all of the stuffed animals out of Lily’s bed, but she would not bargain about Woof Woof. Woof Woof HAS to sleep with her.

Woof Woof still vaguely smells of pee tonight and I’m going to odor eliminate the hell out of her tomorrow, but tonight she needed further protection from possible pee. As did Lily’s bed. I spent $50 in sheet and mattress protection products and sheets today. I keep telling myself that it’s as much as a month’s worth of diapers we’d no longer have to be buying if she stayed dry at night, but it was still $50 extra the week of Hanukkah. Potty training continues being stupid and costly 3.5 years after I started trying to get this girl on the potty.

We thought about putting Woof Woof in a plastic bag, but that seemed like it could suffocate Lily. Then I thought about putting Woof Woof in a diaper, but that didn’t seem to cover enough ground. In the end, my husband had a brilliant idea. If a space suit could protect Woof Woof in outer space, surely it could protect her from a little pee.

We won’t know until morning how well this suit protects Woof Woof, but it’s pretty well padded and has a vinyl feel to it, so we’re hopeful!

Whether exploring other galaxies or protecting yourself from pee, you can never go wrong in a Buzz Lightyear costume.

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Balloon Ride

Apparently the Toy Story Friends have a hot air balloon that takes them on rides from the floor back into their “house” of a tall plastic hamper.

No wonder it takes so long to get the playroom clean. Even cleaning is a game!

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Life Imitating Art

In “Toy Story 2″, Stinky Pete the Prospector longs to be on exhibit in a museum. He’s proud of being mint condition and doesn’t want children to play with him. He wants to be a valuable toy.

Stinky Pete is a sneaky jerk played by Kelsey Grammer. Who wouldn't want a doll of him?


Well, in real life, Stinky Pete has gotten his wish. Lily really wants a Stinky Pete so she can play “Toy Story 2″. She goes on and on about how she really NEEDS Stinky Pete the Prospector (she’s always sure to add “The Prospector” to the end of his name) and how he’s the only thing that’s missing. She wants the “actual movie size” Stinky Pete as opposed to like a Lego sized one so he can fit in with her other Toy Story “friends” (that’s what she calls them).

Clearly the child is lacking in Toy Story "friends". And by the way, she sets them up like this daily. This is pretty much how that chair looks all the time.


I thought the other Toy Story friends were pretty overpriced, but it was nothing compared to what I found when I went to go get Stinky Pete for Lily’s birthday. Stinky Pete is out of production, so he’s now a collector’s item. One of the dolls is selling for $649 on ebay. For just $900, you can buy him now!

Seriously? Even if this Stinky Pete were made out of gold, I wouldn’t pay $900 for him. He’s a toy. To quote Woody, he’s a child’s play thing! He’s meant to be played with, not to be put on a shelf.

But no. Someone out there is going to pay a minimum of $649 to put the likeness of Stinky Pete the Prospector on a shelf somewhere while my 5 year old whines about wanting her own Stinky Pete to play with.

Most of the Stinky Petes seem to be going for about $80. The cheap stuffed animal type Stinky Petes that were probably $15 originally are going for $50+. Squinkie Stinky Petes are $15.

Needless to say, Lily will not be getting a Stinky Pete. Our Stinky Pete purchase will not be an investment piece. He will get dumped in a giant plastic laundry basket with his friends and then come out to play. He will probably get dirty pretty quickly. We’re on our second Slink Dog, and he’s not doing very well.

All I can think of when I see these expensive Stinky Petes is how proud the REAL Stinky Pete would be if he knew how valuable he is now. It’s easy to find a Woody doll. Sure, there are expensive collector’s item Woody dolls, but it will probably be years before we aren’t able to just walk into Toys R Us and get a Woody doll for a semi-reasonable price. Stinky Pete is rare and impossible to find. If you want him for any purpose you have to pay big bucks. Real Stinky Pete is grinning menacingly and plotting his rise to fame somewhere.

For now I’ll just hope “Toy Story 2″ is rereleased at the theaters in 3D so that maybe Stinky Pete will be back in stores. Lily will just be stuck playing without him, because God knows she doesn’t have enough Toy Story toys!

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Wordless Wednesday: Toy Story Tea Party

Note that TWO Bullseyes were invited, but not Buzz.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Green Aliens Around The Rosie

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Emi

Last weekend the girls became absolutely ecstatic when we came home with the last two “actual movie size” Toy Story toys they needed. We now have three Pizza Planet aliens.

We weren’t even planning on buying toys that day and, in fact, had bought OTHER toys that very week for no good reason, but Toy Story aliens have been slim for the pickings lately. When we saw them, we knew they had to come home. At the last minute, I threw in a “Oh, wait! You get these aliens because you stayed dry this week… yeah, that’s it.”

Since we brought them home, every time Rose sees one of them she yells “EMI!”  (Pronounced “Ee-Me”.)

Now, Rose speaks VERY clearly for a 20 month old. We can almost always tell what she’s saying, and this is very clearly “Emi” and not a toddler bastardization of “alien”.

“Emi” is what my girls call their aunt. “Imo” (ee-mo) is Korean for mother’s sister, but my sister and I thought it would be more fun to spell it “Emo”. When Lily started talking, she called my sister “Emi” and we liked that better than “Emo”, so that’s what the girls have called her ever since.

So, we have reason to believe Rose thinks the Pizza Planet alien is her Aunt Emi.

Actually, that’s a pretty accurate assessment.

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Kids Play: A New Way to Look at Coins

Lily was toting Hamm the Pig around all day yesterday. I heard her shake him and realized something was inside him. While he is a functioning piggy bank, we do not feed him coins because his cork comes out too easily and we have a chokeable toddler wandering around. I asked Lily what was inside Hamm. She said “coins”. It didn’t sound like coins, also, as I said, coins are forbidden in this particular piggy bank. So I opened him up and discovered this.

That looks painful.

Those are the pieces to her wooden number puzzle.

Apparently numbers and coins are the same thing… which isn’t exactly wrong. Coins do have a numerical value and she has been learning about this on a really cool computer game on starfall.com (which is an awesome learning tool if you haven’t discovered it yet). But I guess learning about the numerical value of coins means that numbers ARE coins.

So Hamm the pig is stuffed to the brim with these giant numbers. He looks really uncomfortable and it’s going to be difficult to get those things out of him, but I love it.

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Kids Play: A Good Drink

Apparently, Toy Story Woody drinks from bottles. He’s totally the same thing as a baby doll.

Cowboy hits the bottle.

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Toy WTF: What’s Missing?

Katie S sent in this Toy WTF.

When Katie bought Toy Story wall stickers, she was happy to discover that most of the major characters were in it, but something was missing. In fact, something was very odd, if you think about it. What is missing/wrong with this picture?

Can you see it?

There are only TWO Toy Story Pizza Planet aliens. ONE alien is missing. Why, why, WHY would you put more than one alien in, but stop at two instead of the three that are in the movie? It’s bizarre! Whoever put these stickers together, just wasn’t thinking.

Katie also pointed out that she put Lotso way off to the side because he’s so mean.

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