Tag Archives: kids toys

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

16 Apr

Transformers — Optimus Prime

Apparently they are more than meets the eye.

They are robots in disguise.

They are supposed to change easily into their jet planes, cars, or trucks.




Lies, all lies.

Change is never easy, even when you have the instructions.

Weekly Image of Life: Rekindle the Joy

1 Dec
One of my first gifts ...

One of my first gifts …


Walking through the store during the holiday season I was mostly annoyed by all the people who hadn’t finished their Christmas shopping during the Black Friday or Cyber Monday craziness.

I thought everybody was done.

The other part of me was stressed out that I had run out of Cheerios and Goldfish Crackers and my daughter was so not interested in running errands.

And then I saw it … and something happened. I took a field trip back in time and all the annoyances of 2012 had disappeared as I was revisiting the early eighties. The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine … there it was sitting on the shelf and I couldn’t believe it.

I smiled as I remembered cranking the lever so that the shaved ice would pop out of the front of the house.

I smiled as I remembered using the small paper cups to catch all the shaved ice.

I smiled because I remembered squeezing the plastic snowman so that the sweet artificial fructose corn syrupy tasty concoction would cover the entire cone.

I did this for about two years … even when it rained, even after I lost the red shovel, even after the snowman’s red hat disappeared, even after all the small paper cups ran out.

Awesome childhood memories.

I looked at the box for a minute and then put it in the cart.

Hoping to rekindle the joy.




Weekly Image of Life Challenge Courtesy of This Man’s Journey





Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

20 Nov

Playtime with green.

Morning begins with the Grave Digger and  monster truck races. Green is my son’s favorite color so Grave Digger always seems to wins, while everyone else crashes.

In the car, during traffic jams, we play Angry Birds. The green piggy according to my son is an Angry Bird nemesis, and because of this little game my son has learned to deal with traffic quite well.

Train time is when Percy comes out. This train is one of my daughter’s favorites. She constantly runs around choo-chooing and chasing her brother.

Music time. Apparently during our dance sessions my daughter enjoys styling her lime green witch’s tutu and spinning around during Psy’s Gangnam Style.

The Great Outdoors calls for the existence of  The Big Green Ball. Fun for everyone who doesn’t fall on their face.

Sports time requires my son to wear his championship golf shirt, proud of our little golfer’s back-to-back victories.

At the end of the day, it’s story time. Last month because of Halloween we had Superheroes … Bruce Banner happened to be one of the profiles. I did not pick that one out.

Playtime with green.