Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Welcome to Scrappy Jessi's Favorite Childhood Toys Party!

I would like to thank Scrappy Jessi for hosting this fabulous Childhood Toy Party! I had so much fun searching for my childhood toys on the Internet. I came across lots of toys that I forgot about, too! I'm sure I have pictures of me with some of my toys as a child but I didn't have time to look through the old family photo albums that are stored at my sisters house. I came across sooooo many toys so I had to narrow them down a little. The Barbie photos could have gone on and on because I know I had over 100 dolls as a kid. I don't have any of my original Barbie dolls because I passed them onto my 2 younger sisters and now they are gone, gone, gone :-( I am an avid collector and I have been able to replace some of my favorite childhood toys and dolls via estate sales, Barbie shows, doll shows, Internet and toy shows. I was fortunate to find photos of the exact toys that I owned as a child. As I was searching for retro/vintage toys, I came across these two cool websites that you might enjoy:

I started out with some of my toddler toys so here we go...
Baby Beans by Mattel. My original doll is gone but I found one just like it at a doll show years ago.

Yikes...a scary Jack-in-the-box!
Mrs. Beasley Doll!
My brother and I loved Little People toys and we had almost everything they made at them time! We could play with them for hours and hours. I loved arranging the houses and people. My youngest sister collected these toys as a teen but they took up so much room so my Mom sold most of them at a garage sale a few years ago. I wish I could have kept them :-o

Little People Hospital

Little People Garage

Little People House. We had the blue/yellow house.

I can't forget about the cute little puppy!

Tinker Toys

Baby Tender Love
Play-Doh Fun Factory

Now, who didn't own a Viewmaster as a kid??? I still love to look at these and I own a vintage Viewmaster with Moon landing photos.

I adored Holly Hobbie. I remember my Mom sewed me a Holly Hobbie dress and bonnet that I wore to church.

Magic slate. A required item for every car trip we ever took! I loved the Josie and the Pussycats cartoon.

Paper Dolls. This is one of my favorite Barbie dolls: Ballerina Barbie.

Coloring Book. Wasn't this a strange concept for a doll? I was able to replace my Growing Up Skipper doll at a doll show and she's NRFB (never removed from the box)!

Honey Hill Bunch Kids. Did anyone else have these dolls? I loved them and I included them when I played with Barbie dolls (they were used as " little children"). I had a blast with that tree house, too. I've been able to replace some of the dolls but I haven't been able to find the clubhouse.

Colorforms. Another "must have" for a car trip!

I remember that Jacks were all the rage when I was in the 3rd grade. We played with them at school during recess or whenever we could! I loved the brightly colored jacks with a metallic sheen.

Remember Stretch Armstrong? My brother got this doll for Christmas one year and we played with it all the time until the gel started coming out of him from a cut. I still wonder to this day if my brother cut this doll open because we always wondered what was inside of it!

Barbie Country Camper. I found one just like this at a doll show, it's like new (even the box is in good shape). Here is a YouTube commercial I found:

Barbie Townhouse. I had 2 different Barbie Townhouse's and they were both "pieces of junk", lol (they fell apart, we even tried gluing the pieces together)! My Dad built a huge Barbie house as a Birthday present for me after the second townhouse broke. I loved that Barbie house, my Mom decorated it with contact paper (for wallpaper) and it had real carpet and linoleum floors. I still have some of my original furniture from the townhouse.
Sunshine Family. I was able to find this exact set (NRFB) and the their house at a doll show. After lots of playtime , I remember that the baby doll's hair stood straight up, lol!

Suntan Tuesday Taylor Doll. I thought she was so beautiful. My Bionic Woman doll used to wear that robe a lot since she couldn't wear most Barbie clothes.

Dusty Doll by Kenner. This poor girl was a little bit "homely" and I don't think a lot of Barbie clothes fit her well. I guess I wanted her because she was different from Barbie!

Charlie's Angels Dolls. I watched Charlie's Angels religiously as a child, I thought they were so glamorous. I've been able to replace these dolls, too.

Bionic Woman Doll. My brother had The Six Million Dollar Man and we loved to watch those TV shows. Too bad Barbie clothes didn't fit this doll. I still have her red purse.

Dawn Doll. These dolls had really cool clothes and I carried this doll in my pocket a lot since she was so tiny. She had fake eyelashes that looked real. I've been able to replace most of my Dawn dolls and her friends.

Darci cover girl Doll. Barbie clothes didn't fit this doll either so I bought every outfit that was made for this doll. The clothes were super fab! I was able to replace this doll, too and she's also NRFB.

My absolute favorite Barbie: Superstar Barbie and her purple Star 'Vette! I was able to replace these toys. I found this YouTube Superstar Barbie Commercial but it's in Spanish!

Malibu Barbie and her friends were my first Barbie dolls. I found this old commercial on YouTube:

Barbie Boutique. I spent hours playing with this toy. I can't remember if I was able to replace this toy or not (everything is in storage). I remember bidding on it at Ebay a few times.

Princess Leia Action Figure from Star Wars. After my brother and I saw "Star Wars" we were hooked! My brother had tons of Star Wars toys and I bought Princess Leia so I could play along.

Clue board game. My friends and I always fought over who was going to be "Miss Scarlet"!

Operation Game. "It takes a very steady hand..."

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I can't wait to see what toys the other bloggers have come up with!

Have a fabulous day!

P.S. My suprise birthday party photos are coming soon!

Friday, April 25, 2008

An evening at the Kessler Derby

Cinderella goes to the ball, lol! We had a blast at the Kessler Derby last Friday evening. My sister, Jenny and her husband, Casey were so gracious to invite my husband and I to this fabulous event! A lot of money was raised for the Kessler School via the live and silent auctions. I have been to Kessler fundraisers in the past but this is one of the more popular events. Guests were treated to yummy food, drinks and entertainment via the the horseback racing at Lone Star Park. We were so fortunate to have a nice balcony to watch the horseback racing from. Here are some photos from the event:

Strike a pose! My daughter took this photo. I am wearing my new dress that I bought at the last minute from Kohls Department Store. It's a vintage style crochet dress...not too Bohemian. Notice that my sister and I both wore black. We have shown up to several events in the past wearing the same colors!

The event was decorated by 2 of the Moms at the school...I love the table decorations (notice the horseshoe)! We arrived late so I didn't get to take pictures of the decorations before the event started. Jenny and Casey
Chuck and moi
My donated gift basket! It brought $25 at the silent auction...I was happy with the outcome!
My sister put together several gift baskets, she really did a fabulous job. She had some great themes for gift baskets! I hope you are getting some good ideas :-) "Green" Method cleaning products from Target
"Parents Night Out" Basket. I think the value was $800! The live auctions items were expensive! Some went for several thousand dollars.
Up for live auction: kindergarten class matted and framed self portraits. My nephew's portrait is the second row from bottom, first from the left. Cute! I was hoping to meet a celebrity, Robert Knepper, but he was in Paris filming a movie. If you are a fan of the television show "Prison Break" then you will know who he is. "Prison Break" currently films in the Dallas area.
Place your bets!

I'm sorry to say that we didn't win any bets that night. Typical :-(
It's "pizza night" tonight. When we are home on Friday evenings, we order pizza...yum! "Lost" returned last night, so we will watch the episode that we recorded (I'm still hooked...cute guys really help). My husband said, "What are the odds that one will be stranded on a deserted island with a bunch of hot girls?" lol!

Next time I'll blog about my awesome surprise birthday party :-)

Have a fabulous weekend!