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Heirloom toys

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When Steve was younger, he was very into Star Wars (o.k., he still is, but understandably, amiright?) One Christmas, he wanted the hot toy at the time, a model of the Millennium Falcon. However, it was sold out, everywhere. His mom searched and searched but couldn’t get her hands on one, remember, this was all pre-internet, pre-ebay, pre- apps that notify you of where you can score sold out toys, etc. So, his mom went to the one place she thought she would still be able to buy one, New York City. She got on a bus, took it all the way from Hanover, Massachusetts, into NYC, by herself, and set her sights on Han Solo’s fateful ship. She found one! And rode all the way back with it on her lap. (It was a pretty large model too!) This is a story Steve has shared with me on a few occasions, because, A. it’s a pretty cool story, and B. it totally exemplifies the stuff we are willing to do to make our kids smile. Unfortunately, that version of the Millennium Falcon is long gone, who knows where most of our childhood toys went at this point, but the memory of that story and the feeling that Steve had on Christmas morning when he opened that gift will stay with him for life. Fast forward about 28 years later to Steve’s 40th birthday, a couple of weeks ago. I had come across a cool model of the Millennium Falcon online and couldn’t stop thinking about how cool it would be to get it for Steve, to even just relive that excitement for a little bit, plus, I loved the idea of Steve getting to play with it with Dash! (Even though Dash doesn’t know Star Wars yet at all…)

This got me thinking about the idea of heirloom toys, toys that can be passed down throughout generations, that will withstand the test of time, and the wear and tear of little hands (and mouths.)

Here are some that I think would be perfect gifts for a new Mama and baby team. (…that can later be enjoyed by siblings, and maybe their own kiddos one day!

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Wooden tree (spinning) tops
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Wooden slingshot with felt “ammo”
midcentury dollhouse
This amazing mid century dollhouse with furniture and accessories
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Forest Stacker
hape bike
My first bike

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Counting Koi- Comes in b&w and color!
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Custom handmade dolls
car
Woody car
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Grimm’s water stacker
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Multi-way puzzle
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Grimm’s Rainbow Stacker
Fun and Games · Self Exploration

Scruples!

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scru·ple
ˈskro͞opəl/
noun
plural noun: scruples
1. a feeling of doubt or hesitation with regard to the morality or propriety of a course of action.
2. A game of moral dilemmas invented in Canada in 1984, when a man who was studying mortality amongst baby boomers came up with a questionnaire for his friends, who had so much fun discussing the answers at length, they said, “hey, we ought to make this into a game!”
Have you played before?
This weekend, while at Steve’s family’s house, we were immersed in our own little game of a “scruplesesque”  moral dilemma. Here’s the quandary- Steve’s brother, who has always been a big baseball fan, and has collected cards since he was younger, found out that a certain baseball card was worth approximately $10,000. A certain run of these cards had been printed with an error, making these rare “mistake cards,” a valuable treasure!
Around the same time that he had heard about the value of this card, he recalled that a friend of his, about 25 years ago, had left a binder of his baseball cards at his house one afternoon while they were playing. As luck would have it, my brother in law recalled that his friend’s collection not only contained a copy of this player’s card, but that this binder also still happened to be collecting dust in the crawl space in my in-law’s garage! Over 25 years had passed since his friend had left these cards at his house, the friend in question had never asked for or attempted to retrieve the binder of baseball cards. (And although they technically once belonged to him, they had now been in my brother in law’s possession for the last 25 years, and my BIL wasn’t even sure the friend even remembered once owning or leaving these cards at his house.)
Now for the dilemma… do you try to get in touch with the friend to tell him that you have this baseball card that once belonged to him, and it is now worth 10 grand? Do you call and tell him and offer to split the pot with him if you can dig up the card? Do you keep your mouth shut and cash in for yourself?
Turns out that although my brother in law did actually find the card! – it was not the one with the printed error and was only worth a couple of bucks. But this interesting predicament got us all talking, and debating, and discussing for quite a while. (Hey! this ought to be a game!) It was so intriguing to hear what everyone’s justification was, for either side of the argument, and it was genuinely surprising to hear some of the answers- especially from people you think you know a lot about!
This stirred up memories of the board game Scruples, and although I had never played, I remember it vividly in my parent’s hall closet where they kept all the board games when I was growing up. After a quick Google search, it turns out that the popular 80’s game is now a free app!
And just for fun, here is Scruples on The Johnny Carson show:
 
And… on Everybody Loves Raymond
Fast forward to 6:42
 

Fun and Games · Spouse

20 Questions…

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Did you ever play 20 questions when you were a kid? Steve and I love to try to guess/figure out stupid facts and puzzles the other one is thinking about using the 20 questions format. Last night, for some reason, we were talking about People Magazine, and I recalled to him that I had just seen the cover in Walgreens the other day and it was the Sexiest Man of The Year. I challenged him to guess who he thought it might be, using 20 questions, and it was totally harder than expected! We usually don’t really keep track of how many yes or no questions, I kind of let him ask until he figures it out, or is too frustrated to continue (although that rarely happens, he gets pretty determined…)

The funniest part about it was he kept asking questions that I answered, “sort of,” or “in a way…” and he was totally confused until he figured out who he was and then all the pieces fell into place.. don’t you love that?!

Him: Is he known for acting?

Me: Yes, and something else.

Him: Music?

Me: No.

Him: Comedy?

Me: No.

Him: Sports?

Me: …in a way

Him: So, he’s an athlete

Me: …sort of

Him: Can I/ have I played this sport?

Me: …In a way (like, when you were 10 years old with your brother in your parent’s living room)

Haha! By the way, it was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. (Is the kind of wrestling The Rock did a sport? Or pure entertainment? Hmm…)

20 Questions image taken from https://youthministry.com/20-questions-connect-new-students/