And a school. And some more stuff.
Last Saturday, I worked a booth selling donated books and games at a flea market to raise money for the Organization for Autism Research.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Almost everyone has heard of Autism Speaks and Light It Up Blue, which is cool, but if you dig deeper, Autism Speaks spends a lot of their money trying to find a ’cause’ or a ‘cure’ for autism. (Hint: it is not vaccines.) There are other organizations that spend more time and money advocating for those with autism and helping families with important resources. OAR is the latter, and I heart them for it. I digress.
I didn’t even LOOK at the other vendors until the ToddlerMonster came to visit. She wanted to walk around. Well, really she wanted to run but we compromised.
We came home with a vintage Fisher Price airplane ($10), schoolhouse ($10) and dollhouse ($5, not pictured because I think it is still in the van) that all need a good cleaning. (These might really be for me, but I pretend they are for Babystar. Or maybe the other way around? I think I need to do a post on ALL of the vintage Fisher Price I have acquired since Babystar’s birth…)
We also found other cheaper plastic airplanes for one dollar each ($4) and a yellow bouncy ball (free) and some old Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars ($5) and a stuffed penguin ($1) and like a million PONIES ($1). I only had one dollar left and Babystar kept pulling tiny ponies out of a giant bin of plastic toys and screeching in joy and hugging them so the girl selling them insisted that we take as many as we could find for that dollar. (I also bought a chair for myself from her mother so I don’t think we used Babystar’s cuteness to take advantage of them. Too much.)
RAISING BABYSTAR: $16,003.94
Once upon a time my little brother brought a slide into my living room for Babystar. Last month, he added a ball pit. It is her favorite thing ever. She plays in the ball pit every day. Her snowman plays in the ball pit. Her dinosaur plays in the ball pit. Her babies play in the ball pit. Errybody plays in the ball pit.
It used to belong to her cousin V, and some of the balls were crushed in the past two years. Babystar has upped her stunt game to include diving head first into the ball pit, so we decided to Amazon Prime a few more balls for some extra cushioning. $38.16 for two packs of 250 Fisher Price balls.
Guess who stopped by when there happened to be a giant Amazon box on the front porch? Yes, the awesome uncle who makes ball pits appear in the living room as if by magic brought the box in with him. Of course I had to let him dump all the new balls in the ball pit for Babystar. She stared up at him with so much joy. I think she likes him better than me now. I think she likes him better than PENGUINS now.
Babystar looks like a little turtle swimming in all those balls with just her head popping up. The new balls were smaller than the original ones, which actually makes for a nice mix. After two days of picking up ballsballsballs and putting them back in the ball pit, I took some out and hid them in a closet downstairs. She didn’t even notice, and now we have backup for when some of these get squished or lost or whatever happens to small plastic balls in this big scary world.
RAISING BABYSTAR: $14,263.39
Our weekend road trip left us with a large chunk of down time in the middle of nowhere.
(PS I love the middle of nowhere. All the nowheres. I like it when my soul can spread out.)
We went treasure hunting in antique shops. I was looking for vintage Fisher Price toys for Babystar and old cool looking cameras for Miss Teen USA. I found a few things, including some toys for the small one. All of these will be hers after some cleaning. I think the best score was that Fisher Price airplane for $4. Also, one of those plastic baggies has an old FP car inside. I’m sorry, I mean a vintage FP car.
I spent $26.30 for toys she will probably hate. But it was fun! Look — Smurfs and Weebles! (“Smurfs and what, Mom? Where’s my iPad?”)
RAISING BABYSTAR: $6,307.53
Spoiler Alert. I have been playing with eBay since we came home. Whoops. The mail should be fun soon.
Babystar is eight and a half months old! Wow. How?
We needed a shape sorter. HOW ELSE WILL SHE LEARN TO SORT SHAPES!?
Toys R Us was having a ‘Buy One, Get One 50% Off’ sale so she got a new Fisher Price Shape Sorter AND the delicious plastic stacking rings just like the ones at the library. Oh, and we also bought a Little Tikes piano because she loves the doorbell on her garden house thingy from Santa and the piano is like a bigger version of that. Most of her new toys so far were of the chew and rattle variety. We are stepping up the skill level.
(When can we play with Legos?!?)
RAISING BABYSTAR: $6,049.54