Yard sale goodies.

I’ve gotten waaaaay behind on reporting the things I’ve picked up at yard sales lately. You might think that I’ve been restraining my yard sale habits, but you would be sadly mistaken. Instead, I’ve just been too crazed to get photos taken and posted. The Saturday after Labor Day is the Andersonville Neighborhood Sale in Chicago — it’s pretty much a tradition that Justin and I will go every year. I think I wrote about it last year as well, because I got a ton of good stuff for the kiddies last year. It was les successful this year, but I did get a few fun things.

The babies got one of these Leap Frog magnetic sets from their cousins for Christmas, and they adore it. So it seemed, at the time, like a good idea to pick up three more sets at the yard sale. In reality, it causes mass overload and their goal right now seems to be to press all available buttons at the same time to get a real¬†cacophony¬†of aural nonsense going in the kitchen — Farmer in the Dell, the Alphabet Song, and the “You Made a Match” song from the original set, played in tandem, could drive a Jesuit monk to murder. Not to mention the fact that we seemed to have already lost a great deal of the pieces, which makes me insane. Still, it was fun for a day or two.

The real hit of the day was the talking Elmo we picked up for $2. Emme immediately claimed it as her own, which was okay, because Jack seemed only mildly interested in it.

She was eyeball to eyeball with it for most of the afternoon.

Then she spent some quality time with him snuggled into her neck; she would make him talk so that he was talking right into her ear, all snuggled up to her. Love at first sight.

More posts to come…I have a ton of photos I’ve been sitting on. This working mother thing is for the birds.

Janie Hightower - September 23, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Oh my lord, those photos are prize-winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robert M. Hightower - September 23, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Great pictures. You captured some wonderful expressions on Emmeline’s face. Great one of work at the refrigerator. Looks to me like they are quite busy.

Richard Ragsdale - September 26, 2012 - 4:48 pm

I want to know what Elmo is telling her in those first two shots…

Justin - September 27, 2012 - 11:48 am

Perhaps a few choice words about Santa Claus. But I think it was less the message than the proximity. We had just dumped him on her lap in those pictures, so Elmo is about two inches from her face. Imagine your favorite TV character was suddenly standing nose-to-nose with you saying his or her favorite catchphrases. Disconcerting to say the least, especially with this thing. It’s not an Elmo doll; it’s an Elmo ROBOT.

Richard Ragsdale - September 27, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Like a Buffy episode for toddlers…

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