Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Scrappy Jessi's Toy Party

Lolly~ My MOST Favorite Childhood "friend."
I don't even remember where I got Lolly~ I just know that I WOULD NOT go to sleep without her in my arms at night. Even to the point that one night my dad drove all the way back to Akron to my grandparents house to get her for me- where I had left her on accident after a sleep-over, just so that I would have her to go to sleep that night. Wow, I must have really thrown a royal fit-LOL. Gosh, I was so lucky to have such loving and caring parents~ and Lolly.
Even while I am typing this she is sitting on the bookshelf beside me :)

Scrappy Jessi is not only a total sweetheart but she is also one of my favorite bloggers!
I just had to join in on her Favorite Childhood Toys Party today!!!
To see ALL of the bloggy crafty girl's photos, click here.

This is me~ at Disney World, I am seven years old. I have on a t-shirt from one of those Florida Alligator Farms- only I remember I was too scared to get out of the car, but somehow my parents managed to still make sure I got a t-shirt.
The real story of this picture though is the Minnie Mouse doll~ I just had to have one from inside the park~ which my mom still claims was $40~ I guess I threw a fit when my thrifty dad attempted to try and tell me I could get one outside of the park at God-forbid one of the 8 Million roadside stands or gift shops around the area that sold the same exact doll for half the price. What can I say? I was a girl who knew what she wanted...and I got it :)
Also~ I LOVE that my mom had me in those lace-trimmed socks~ too cute!!!

This is where my FASCINATION with collecting started~ stuffed animals!!!! This was my whole collection as of 1986(I wrote this on the back of the picture,LOL). Some favorites include "Frank" (back row, middle) my giant teddy bear that I received as a Christmas gift when I was in the 2nd grade and my E.T. doll(far right) that my Grandma Kreakbaum bought for me at May Company~ after seeing the movie at the mall~ I thought I was sooo cool.

Remember Underoos??? Well as in many households with young children in the 80's, underoos were a daily thing at our house when we were kids~this is a photo of me in my bedroom when I was 3 years old~ my favorite things about this photo are- my diaper sticking out of the bottoms, and that my mom made sure that I had on lace-trimmed socks(again) and saddle shoes~ too cute! P.S. My thighs still look exactly the same~ I gotta laugh~ so I don't cry :)

And I couldn't be a girl that grew up in the 80's without showing a group photo of my Cabbage Patch Kids!(from L-R: Thomas Nicholas, Cherry Mary, Dottie Darla and Madeline Ronny) These were BY FAR my most played with dolls! In this photo I was putting on a play~ see the "stage lights" (flash lights) LOL. I have to Thank my mom for sitting through these plays~ I am sure she thought they were pure genius and cute as all get-out. Thanks, Mom.
Also, even though I don't have any pictures I have to add that I was MAJORLY into BARBIE DOLLS! I must have had 50-100 Barbies~ and I played with them ~constantly with my BFF Kelly. My dad made me a Barbie house out of Reiter milk crates! A wash rag would fit perfectly inside as carpet!!! I was recently razzing my mom about how I always wanted the REAL Barbie dream house when I was little and that even though I LOVED the one my dad made me~ let's face it~ it didn't have a pink elevator! We laughed and she told me that she was happy that I didn't always get the "toys" that I wanted because it probably helped make me the creative woman I am today. And I gotta say~ I think she is right.

Thanks Jessi~ this was SOOOO much FUN!!!


tattered 'n torn prims said...

This is just too cute...remembering with thanksgiving everything you had and enjoyed and cherished as a child; what a great idea to share such memories!! It sounds as though you were and are truly blessed with a great family!!

Lori said...

oh my goodness how FUN!!! love the picture of you in you underoos!!! so cute:) thanks for sharing!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

How adorable. I remember those cabbage patch dolls. Such a great post, filled with such wonderful memories. Blessings, Karen

Scrappy Jessi said...

so so cute!!!
love all the cabbage patch kids!!
what a fun childhood!!
thanks foe joining me today!!

Rosa said...

Lolly is just precious, I'm glad you still have it with you!

Sherry said...

My older boys used to wear underoo's. I think we probably had every set they made to encourage "dry pants".

Kimla Kay said...

Oh yes...I had a Minnie Mouse doll too. Loved her. And Cabbage Patch Dolls too. I enjoyed hearing all of your memories. You were a cutie in your underroos...thanks for sharing.

Kristin said...

Ohmygoodness! I loved my Wonder Woman Underoos! I would wear them with my cowboy boots. lol Oh my. And those Cabbage Patch dolls...I remember standing in line outside a store before it opened the day they were released. We stood in line just to get a number so we could go back later that day to get the doll. Crazy!

Mya said...

Love the underoos that picture is such a hoot! I remember Disney world and the aligator farm. Stuffed animals were my fav too.

Dianne said...

What sweet memories and so many stuffed toys and dollies! Even though I was a young married lady in the 80s, but also got a Cabbage Patch kid from my husband.
No Barbie photos? Bummer. ; )

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Cute pictures. Love your photo at Disney Land. You lived the dream getting to go there:)

Fabulous Finds Studio said...

I'm so glad that you still have cute! I love the Wonder Woman underoos :-)

Have a fabulous day!

Cami said...

Did I spy a Rainbow Brite in your pile of stuffed animals??! My sister had all the same toys you did including the requisite underoos. So cute. And the Cabbage Patch dolls take me back. I had one named Stasia Mackenzie. I swore I was going to grow up and name my daughter that. I didn't! ;)

Vintage Tea said...

Those stage lights.... too cute!

Victoria x

bluemuf said...

Wow, you had quite a collection of dolls and stuffed animals. I'm sure they were well loved.


fated follies studio said...

oh my goodness, how fun! i can't believe you still know the names of all your cabbage patch dolls! that's great.


happy may day!

Sugar Bear said...

Oh I remember Wonder Woman Underoos! Fun stuff you posted.

Alisa said...

Wow, all of those Cabbage Patch Kids! You know what? I think we had the exact same couch!! Thanks for sharing.

obsessed scrapbooker said...

Woo hoo, Wonder Woman Underoos! I had them too and would actually wear them outside and twirl around just like her! Cute pix! Love the bed full of animals, mine always looked like that too!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love your Cabbage Patch Kids! I loved that there bodys felt like panty-hose!
I loved the care bear too!Thank you for sharing such a neat collection.

Beth Leintz said...

Your pictures are just darling!!! Love all those dolls and your stories!

Michele said...

Love the pictures! So sweet and sentimental. What a fun thing....a "toy party." Boy, just get sick for a few days and all of blogland is having fun without ya.
Michele :)