Random 5 Friday ~ old toys and traditions

It’s Friday! Time for 5 Random thoughts!  Here we go ~

1.  As is our tradition, the Grand kids spent time going through the various Holiday fliers and circling items for their “wish” lists.   I remember doing this with the Sears Wish Book as a girl.  In fact, my sisters and I would spend hours poring through the book and dreaming of so many pretty things in our stockings come Christmas morning.

Grandkids making 2014 Xmas lists

MJ and AB happily circling …an Emjayandthem (C) photo

2. Oldest boy took this picture before we all dished up yesterday – he’s so much taller than me that I’ve never ever seen my stove from this high up!  I would have to stand on a step-stool to do so.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! He’s 6”3 1/2″ and towers down over my stove.  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

3.  I don’t care how much prepping I do ahead of time the work is done the day of the Holiday ~ I stand and simmer and stir ~ for hours on end.  I love to cook and lose track of time but it’s no wonder I slept so well last night :).


I felt like this last night!

4.  As our grandson was happily playing new games I’d downloaded to my tablet, I asked our grand-daughter if she might like to play with my Barbie horses.  You see, we keep some Barbies and other toys here but, like me, she’s not into fashion shows or shopping.  Her eyes widened when my 40+ year old horses – Thunderbolt and Pancho – arrived on the scene.  Before long she had established a kitchen chair as the stable and her adventures had begun!

Happy to share my childhood toys with her! An Emjayandthem (C)  photo

Happy to share my childhood toys with my MJ! An Emjayandthem (C) photo

5.  I’m not a wine girl but this made me giggle.  And with that, I’m off to a date night with Hubbs and a big juicy burger!

all about the baste

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving!  Do you remember the Sears Wish book?  What childhood toys have you shared or encouraged in your children and grand-children?  How does a burger sound right about now?


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18 thoughts on “Random 5 Friday ~ old toys and traditions

  1. Aw….looks like a fun Thanksgiving at your house, MJ! I didn’t have Barbie horses, but SO wish I hadn’t given away my Barbies when I thought I was too old for dolls. It makes me sad to think about it.

    • It was very fun 🙂 I don’t have any of my Barbies anymore, either, so it was fun to buy some new ones. My sister buys the special Holiday Barbie every year =- for herself. I’m thinking you need a few Barbies, Dianna 🙂

  2. I didn’t know Barbi had horses! Barbi came in vogue after I transitioned out of dolls so I never had a Barbi but I had a bunch of others. Sounds like your holiday was perfect and your stove looks like my Mom’s always did. I do a lot ahead of time with a pop in the oven so I rarely have all the burners going. It all looks so good!

    • I no longer have the dolls but I did manage to save my horses – yay!
      Most of what I cooked was done in the oven and then all brought out to serve — good food, good times, a great day 🙂 MJ

  3. I love vintage toys. And boy can I still recall those Christmas wish books.

    • Absolutely! She’s at the right age to treasure the horses & wanted to know if I named them or if they came that way (they came that way; the mare, Thunderbolt, had a foal named Thundercolt but he’s long since gone. Somehow Pancho the pony made it through 🙂 ).

      The Christmas wish book brings back some of my most favorite holiday memories — looking through and longing for so many fun and pretty things! MJ

  4. Sharing childhood toys is really so sweet and I love it that your grandaughter got so “into” the old horses. I remember sharing my old jacks set with our grandgirls and how much fun we all had playing on the kitchen floor.

    • Thank you, Dor, I loved it, too. So fun to share those wonderful times with them and I think it lets them see us as little girls once, too! 🙂 MJ

  5. I can relate to the hours of cooking, stirring and simmering, as well as the level of exhaustion at the end of the day. It’s all so worth it though, isn’t it?

    I love that your granddaughter plays with your old Barbie horses! My mother in law saved so many of her kids toys and so our kids grew up playing with toys that were “out of style” or no longer made because they didn’t meet safety standards. And they LOVED them. I think the favorites were the Little People garage and the jingly-ringing rotary dial telephone!

    • Yep – I was in a heap Thurs night but it was totally worth it 🙂

      I know the toys of which you write — and those little People sets were GREAT – I still see them for sale sometimes and have bought a set before – the airport and the barn, for my boys! And who doesn’t love the ringly-jingling telephone — I love to answer it in a British voice, cracks little MJ right up 🙂 MJ

  6. Love that you still have your horses. Little MJ looks absolutely delighted with playing in her corral with Barbi, too. The next best thing to getting Christmas gifts has to be the anticipation of “circling.” What another fun tradition around the table.

    I’ll never forget coming home from college to my parents’ new home after they moved from FL to TX. I opened a side table drawer in the breakfast room looking for place mats and found toys, old toys galore. “What’s this?” I asked my mother. “They’re for the grandchildren,” she answered. At the time, flabbergasted, I could only ask “WHAT grandchildren?” She’s on to great-grandchildren now.

  7. My hubby still calls those catalogs wish lists. Ha

  8. Great use for the flyers. I lived in the Wish Book–always looked forward to it–oohing and aahing over it all. Love the kitten in the food–that was me yesterday. I gave my childhood tea set to the granddaughters.

    • I have super fond memories of the wish book, too 🙂 Hope you are rested up now and so neat that you gave your tea set to your grand daughters, nice!! MJ

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