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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I am still on vacation in the states, but during a lull I found myself reminiscing about when my two boys were still children and what they did for playtime/fun.  I found myself remembering all kinds of toys and games that they had from toddlerhood on up.  One toy they both enjoyed was this record machine.  There were five discs and each played a different song (Twinkle Twinkle, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.).  I recall how much fun they had with this one.

When they were infants, they had one of these activity sets that lasted well beyond the crib.  They were still playing with it when they learned how to walk!

This toy, also by Fisher Price, is a standard still.  Stacking rings provided not only fun, but help with teething as I recall.  I remember the rings at the bottom of the toy box--never on the toy itself, much to my dismay as a young mother.

As they grew, the toys became a bit more sophisticated.  This Water Ring Toss would send the small, colored, plastic rings scattered throughout the water with the push of a button.  Hard to believe something so innocent and lacking in technology would amaze them.

The Big Wheels were a big hit with the boys.  Five years apart, this tricycle was indestructible and both of my sons used the same one with equal enjoyment.  I would venture to guess that this thing outlived two of our cars!

I could never forget this little pull toy!  How are little ones today going to pull a cell phone around on a string as they begin to learn to walk?

I found these characters everywhere around the house; in the lounge cushions, in the bathtub, on the window sills, and in my purse.  At times, I'd swear that they were procreating.  The boys always had one close by.

This last photo isn't one of the toys they enjoyed, but certainly is reminiscent of much of their childhood.  Children of the 70's didn't enjoy 15 cent hamburgers, I know.  They were 15 cents in 1948 -1968 and when my first son was born in 1972 they cost a whopping 25 cents.  Still, I remember it was a treat for them.  


Formerly known as Frau said...

I had all those toys too! Wow that was a trip down memory lane...thanks! I have been visiting a lot of Antiques Stores lately and have had flash back to my childhood...Also live in the town where Fischer Price world headquarter is located all those toys are icons around here. Have a wonderful rest of your vacation!

Expat Traveler said...

I had all of those toys down to the big wheel. I used to love the big wheels, everyone on our street had them. I used to ride up higher on them and go down the street.

And I loved that record player. I think my brother used it later on too...

I know hamburgers weren't more than .29 and .39 even well into my teens.. Shocked to know the cost now that I never go there...

Wow - thanks for bringing back those memories!!!

swenglishexpat said...

Reminiscing, ...aaah! I bet one group whose records would play very well on that player would be The Plastic (!) Ono Band! ;-)

blueviolet said...

We had everything but the Sesame Street toys!

Kristin said...

I had forgotten about that water ring toss! Thanks for the good memories =)

Alex Bogdanovich said...

perfect! very good toys and we're going to release one of them - as facebook social game - Water Box (water rings) - stay with us to get the event in time when it happened.

our community is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/WaterBox/266673386755235.

Alex Bogdanovich