For her birthday, a group of my friends gave Little Miss a dollhouse. I never opened it, thinking that a) she’s probably too young for a dollhouse and b) we already have so many toys, we don’t really need any more.
On Thursday, my mom opened it up and started putting it together. Those last four words still crack me up. My mom isn’t exactly the most mechanically inclined person I know. She can’t read a map, and the way children’s toys provide instructions work about as well for her. It was rather entertaining to watch her try to put it together — or rather to hear her, since I was working while she was doing this.
It finally all came together, and this has been the favorited toy for both the wee ones ever since. What, you say her birthday was awhile ago? Well, yeah it’s true that her half-birthday is tomorrow. But I really didn’t think she’d be interested in it. I was wrong.
It comes with a mom and dad and two babies. They have a swing, a slide, a kitchen table and chairs, and I think that’s it. After the wee ones had been playing with it for awhile, my mom turned to me and asked, “Do you suppose they might make any furniture or anything for this dollhouse?”
I’m a smart alec. “Nope, this is it. They decided they didn’t need to make any more money off this franchise. It’s really a shame though, isn’t it? They don’t even have a bed to sleep on.” My mom agreed with me. I sighed and pointed out that it was made by Fisher Price. I probably don’t make enough money in a year to buy the acessories the company provides.
Regardless, the wee ones are quite content to play with it as is. They have the house completely in order.
This is the kitchen where everyone eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Apparently they don’t fear carbon monoxide poisoning, as the gas grill is in the kitchen.
After dinner, the babies go up to their room. It’s the nursery, according to Little Miss.
Then, the mommy and daddy walk up the stairs to their bedroom. I’ve decided the babies must fly to the nursery, as Little Miss didn’t need them to walk up any stairs — not even the set of stairs to the second floor before flying off to bed.
This is the mommy and daddy bedroom. I found it interesting that the mommy and daddy sleep head to toe. In our house, Mommy and Daddy sleep in the same bed with our heads facing the right direction. Eh, she’s three.
And this is Sir Topham Hatt’s bedroom. He is apparently a boarder in the dollhouse, and he brought some of his friends from the Island of Sodor with him. Ahh, this explains why Harold the helicoptor and friends were around the kitchen table eating with the family!
And this is Snowy’s room. Yes, the famous Snowy the bear who wears underwear that Little Miss steals to wear on her head. He is apparently also a boarder who sleeps in the bedroom next to the mommy and daddy. Do you like the Thomas underwear and bowtie? Apparently he takes his socks off for bedtime though, as those aren’t on him at the moment.
The rest of the trains sleep in the trailer in teh back yard. Lucky for them, they each have their own compartment (just like those creepy hotels in Japan!) with their names labeled so no one ever gets confused. Gotta love the little bit of hillbilly in Little Miss. It comes from her father’s side of the family, just in case you were wondering!
After they’d been playing with the dollhouse for awhile, I asked Little Miss if she had named any of the dolls yet. I was pretty sure she had, and her vehement nod confirmed it. I was expecting more “Snowy, Snowy, Snowy, Snowy.” Nope. “This is Michelle X. This is Little Miss. This is Mister Man. And this one is Daddy X.” Yep, apparently I have a first and a last name in Little Miss’s world, but Daddy… he only has a last name. Awwww, how sweet.
With as much fun as they’ve been having with the dollhouse, I’m really wondering why I didn’t open it before. Then again, ask me next week if they still even notice it sitting in the middle up our upstairs hallway!