Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I found this advent set at ToysRUs in a random moment of shopping before Thanksgiving. I had Playmobil as a kid (actually, my mom still has it at her house, a set of castle folks that is still in mint condition after 35 years and several generations of play) so I have a special place in my heart for it. I wish I had a special place in my wallet to buy more. Great Scott, that stuff is expensive! But this set was on sale and I thought it was something my kids might enjoy doing.
Understatement. They ADORE it. Thing 1 has even days and Thing 2 has odd days, and it is the first thing they ask me to do each morning. A typical morning conversation: (Me: Reaching to hug them.) "Good morning, girlies." (Them: Rushing through a perfunctory hug in which they barely close in) "GoodMorningCanWeDoThePlaymobilCalendar?"
I also have this Target mirrored advent box on the mantel I fell in love with and scored at the 50% off sale after Christmas two years ago, so they each get to do one calendar door a day. That one is filled with candy this year. But they are much less thrilled with the candy then the slowly expanding Playmobil woodland scene. Gotta love that.
I confess I play with the woodland set when they are not looking. It is really cute. I have pondered many times doing a handmade countdown calendar one year, but motivation is low when I already have these two. Check out this one by talented Katie of So Happy. It's gorgeous.
While I'm throwing out links, if you are pondering making some felt cozies from my Gadget Cozy pattern, Peas In A Pod has posted a comprehensive pattern review. She is a gift-making machine, I tell you, and it is a very detailed review. Which of course I'm thrilled to say is completely positive about the pattern! Thanks, Mama Pea!