She found a woman selling four Bratz mansions.
These are huge. Above my knee. And the woman was selling four Bratz high rise pads.
She also got one other structure. And these things are huge. And heavy.
Trina got them for her granddaughters (Mike and Elaine's child and Mike's oldest brother's child), one was for Rebecca's daughter and one for her best friend's granddaughter.
This was probably the most fun I had all week. And I had a pretty good week before! But it was a lot of fun to take a mini-road trip. It was about an hour and 30 minute drive there (to where the woman selling the items was) and then the same back (actually we made better time on the way back).
And we even stopped on the way back. Kat was starving and hadn't eaten since lunch and it was after nine o'clock. So we stopped at a drive through and got some fries and burgers and Kat and I both had shakes. (C.I. didn't get anything, she was dictating the snapshot and didn't want to be in her friend's ear muching away.) I don't have a big sweet tooth but every now and then I do like a malt. I got my favorite: Strawberry. That's always been my favorite malt (but I also love chocolate and vanilla).
So we were laughing and joking and that was fun. But what made it so incredible was getting back and seeing the little girls so thrilled and so excited. They were on cloud nine.
And they had to divy up some treasure -- a Macy's sack of dolls and a Macy's sack of clothes. And then, finally, it was play time. The first thing they did? Put their furniture in their homes the way they wanted. Then have the Barbies visit each other's home and show them around. I thought that was so cute.
And so practical. You get a new home, you fix it up and then you invite friends over to see it.
And the stories they came up with for their Barbies.
We didn't have structures like that when I was little. I had the Barbie Country Home for most of my Barbie playing.
That's not as wonderful as it may sound. This was a cube that folded out on both sides. It was vinyl and to one side you had your living area and to the other you had your bedroom. The coolest part was that you had these little yellow half-doors going to the kitchen. What do they call those things, they swing back and forth. But anyway. Also there was a cabinet made into the wall that you could pull drawers out of.
I also had a knock-off (non-Barbie, Barbie look alike) carry case that I wanted -- I remember being at Woolworth's and asking for it, begging -- because it was big, thin and wide. It swung open and one side was a spot for dolls and a closet (with drawers underneath) and the other side was a viynl pull down that provided two beds and an end table when you pulled it down. So after I had that, it went right next to the Barbie Country Kitchen. And I put it next to the living room. So I now had two bedrooms! I was so thrilled.
Near the end of my Barbie stage, we had a beach house which, for some reason, didn't interest me. So I didn't ask for it. But then came the Barbie townhouse.
My parents heard about it, they heard me yelling every Saturday morning if they were up, "This is it! This is it! Come look!"
They still do the townhouse because it was and remains so hugely popular. It's still three stories and still has an elevator but they've modified it. The elevator's strudier now and to make it look less "boxy," they've altered the third floor just a little. They also gave it better drawings on the vinyl backing that goes up for the only wall. They've got some really nice drawings now and they use pink as a theme. In my day, it was this ugly piss-yellow in the kitchen. I hated that yellow. My dad got some poster paints and he took the backing off the house and we painted over it. We drew in our stuff on top of the first layer and then painted it (fridge, sinks, etc.).
I really think there's too much pink in the Barbie townhouse today but at least it's an attractive color, that piss yellow was awful.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"