Friday, July 07, 2006

Who Needs All Of Those Toys in the Basement, Anyway?

The past few weeks have been tough on the girls since we put our house on the market. We took probably 75% of their toys and books and put them in the basement in a ridiculous attempt to pretend that no one lives here. We no longer do painting projects in the mornings, for fear that a huge mess will be made. I no longer do much cooking with Baby Girl because she is a messier cook than I. I spend my days vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows and stainless steel appliances.

I had been feeling so guilty for taking the toys away for the sake of keeping the house clean until today:

17 comments:

Mary P said...

I have a gazillion pictures of my kids at Christmas over the years, and in the first five or so Christmas-es for each of them, in a gazillion-less-three pictures, they're ALL playing with either the boxes or the wrapping paper or the ribbons.

Who needs toys?

Misfit Hausfrau said...

I'm with you. I am tempted to donate all of the toys in the basement and not move them with us...

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

Um, did you find any truffle brownie mix in that box before you gave it to the girls?

BTW, I made the cucumber dip, and basically ate it with a spoon. The pretzel on top was a lovely garnish.

Melissa said...

So...you're going to pack them in a box until you move????

Love the little princess outfits. Too cute.

Pendullum said...

Classic shot...Beautiful Princesses

I used to take my kid to FAO Shwartz...
a store with every toy imaginable...
and she would hang out and play with the marbles... we would be there for hours...
her playing with all the marbles as if they were dolls.

Dan said...

The kids look like they are enjoying the transition, and they are so cute!

Metrodad said...

Those ics are too cute, Misfit! I love that Baby Girl and Peaches are in their little princess dresses. Absolutely adorable!

Kristen said...

LOL. Kids and boxes, a magical combination.

You and June need to cough up that cucumber dip recipe, because now I'm hungry.

Rhea said...

Good luck with your move back East. What part? I am in Boston. Just discovered your blog.

OTRgirl said...

Boxes are the best toys ever! Club house, puppet shows, sleds, doll-houses, monster-shells. Hours of fun. Leave the toys.

I'm in the middle of model-home hell, too. It's awful. I hate wasting so much time cleaning. Ugh. It sounds like you have a much bigger house than mine, so that's even less fun. Is the housing market slow there, too?

Dutch said...

I am constantly amazed at the way you get them to look at you and smile simultaneously. super cute.

kimmyk said...

They're so darn cute!

Isn't it funny how kids love empty boxes to play in?

Just think how much fun it will be when they unpack all those toys...it'll be just like Christmas all over again!

Stevo said...

Oh... my... God! JenJen has a princess dress too!!!

wordgirl said...

When we moved our young kids just freaked out with all of the packing up of their toys. On second thought, maybe they freaked out because we were so tense. Hmmm.

Andie D. said...

I'm in "show ready home" hell too. Poor Ben would give his left arm to play with some damn Playdough. But nooooo. It might mess up Mommy's fucking clean for one minute PLEASE! floor.

Ahem.

My daughter JUST turned 1. The Disney store had this incredible sale on princess dresses (too big for her still) and I almost bought. But didn't because I feared the wrath of the hub. Fuck if I don't regret it every day. Especially when I see the pics of your beauties. ;)

JustLinda said...

Oh, goodness, they are adorable!! Great series of pictures... glad they were able to make due with the toys of a cardboard nature!

Suburban Turmoil said...

How cute! I have an empty storage bin in my bedroom right now and every time we're in there, my toddler gets right inside with all her toys. I think there's something comforting about the small space when everything else must seem so big.