Yesterday, while I was browsing through one of my favorite buy/sell pages I noticed the kids castle that I had been searching for for months up for sale for only $160. Quickly, I snapped up that deal and made arrangements to pick up the castle that evening. After all, I’d been considering buying it new last year but couldn’t find them in stock when we made the decision to buy it this year and $160 was a steal of a deal.
As expected, the kids loved it.
Olivia let Violet out the door this freezing morning and she took off without shoes or a jacket into the backyard, towards the castle. I hadn’t even had the chance to put on the tower. And, it took me back. Took me back to the days of my childhood when a neighborhood kid had a castle just like this one. I thought it was awesome and I remember spending hours in that backyard filled with all of the ‘kid junk’.
A fantastic deal, I found a few things around the house that the kids aren’t any longer playing with/using (some baby stuff and a couple of toys they don’t touch) to put up for sale and put towards the cost of the castle. After all, it was an unbudgeted splurge and that was one of the conditions Jamie gave me when I told him I was buying the kids yet another item from the backyard.
I showed Olivia pictures of the castle, explained that we were thinking about buying it and explained that she had to choose two things if she wanted to get the castle. Those two things were going to be given to other kids, so she should choose things that she and Violet no longer played with.
She chose the small mud pie kitchen, and the slide climber. Since the Little Tikes slide castle was Violet’s, I told her she had to choose something different.
She did. She went inside and brought me her V-tech globe (the one she plays with daily, the same one she just received for her birthday).
“I still yove this and it’s my special toy but we can give it to a girl that has no toys”