It’s a Long Way Down the Holiday Road

So, this blog has been a bit hit and miss lately with everything going on, but I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things very soon.

First, though, it’s time for a much needed vacation. Time to see some friends and family and spend some quality time with the kiddo and the hubby. If I can find time to post, I will. Otherwise, I’ll see you on the flip side.

And, just for fun, here’s an old picture of me doing the family vacation 80’s style.

Oh yeah baby. It doesn’t get much cooler than that! 🙂

Excavation 2012 – Day 22 – Whatever Happened to the Pop Pop Popples?

So yesterday’s high school ceramic treasures were only the tip of the iceberg folks. There is soooooo much fun stuff to go through in the boxes my Mom brought–things that I love, things that I totally forgot about, and things that I can only wonder what the hell was I thinking? (And, more importantly, why the hell would my mother save these things?)

Funny thing is, as a child, I was obsessed with things like time capsules. I always thought it would be fun to collect some random assortment of things that meant something to me, write a few letters, bury it deep in the ground, and return 20 or 30 or even 50 years later to rediscover the treasures from my youth.

If memory serves, I did bury a coffee in the backyard of one of the houses we lived in in Bird City, Kansas, but I doubt the good folks that live there now would allow me to excavate their entire backyard just to find it because honestly, I’m not even 100% sure of its exact location. At 6-years-old, I wasn’t wise enough to draw myself a detailed map or put it in a place where I wouldn’t lose it.

Oh well, I’m not going to fret too much about it. After all, when things like these were left in boxes in my parents’ basement, I have a hard time believing that I actually put anything in my old coffee can capsule worth digging up…

Hell yeah! That’s right all you 80’s kids, I’ve got Popples!

Seriously, any kid who lived in America during the 1980’s should know what these are. I have to admit that I am seriously disturbed that my husband wrinkled up his nose and said, “Uh, what the heck are those?” when I pulled them out of the box. Are you freakin’ kidding me? Popples! Between Mattel’s huge line of large plush Popples, Rock Star Popples, Pufflings, Sports Popples, Flower Popples, Fruit Popples, Pillow Popples, Costume Popples, Special Edition Animal Popples, Pocket Popples, a four-issue comic book series and a Popples cartoon series in 1986 and 1987, how the hell could you possibly miss these things?

In my husband’s case, I blame Star Wars. For any other 80’s kids, I am going to need one helluva good excuse.

After a good cleaning to get rid of the 20 years of dust, little Bibsy and Prize Popple are ready to be loved and played with again, and Miss Cadence has already adopted them into her collection of favorite toys.

How’s that for recycling?

365 Project – Day 302 – Best Halloween Ever

Saying that my sister Lindy and I spent a lot of time with our cousins Tonya and Shelly is an understatement. Thinking back to my childhood, it is hard to remember a holiday or celebration or vacation that didn’t somehow involve my cousins. All of us are relatively close in age (Tonya the oldest, Lindy and Shelly in the middle, and me the youngest), and we always had a great time together.

With Halloween always being one of those holidays that kids never actually got off school, I only really remember spending one Halloween with Tonya and Shelly, back when my family was living in Bird City, Kansas. It was the late 80’s, and with a stroke of really weird/rotten luck, Halloween fell on a weekend, but winter arrived early and nearly spoiled the fun. We were all forced to bundle up in heavy winter coats over our costumes, and Dad must have been feeling sorry for us, because somehow we got him to agree to let us drive his golf cart trick-or-treating.

I don’t quite remember what our costumes were that year, or really any other details about that particular weekend, but what I do remember is that we ran that golf cart until the last bit of battery was exhausted, and managed to hit every house in the whole town twice.

Best Halloween ever.

And while any photos of that particular Halloween are still packed away in boxes somewhere in my basement, I did manage to dig up this little gem. I would date this photo sometime in 1986. Tonya and Shelly had come to Bird City for a visit and we girls decided to spend an afternoon playing dress up. And wouldn’t you know, I’m the only one in the group that opted for a black cat Halloween costume and some clown-style makeup over a dress. 🙂

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to all the best Halloween memories. I can only hope that my daughter will have a few as good as this!

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