Friday, June 09, 2006

Oleson's Mercantile with a Fairy Shopper Twist

Last night we played a rousing rendition of Store. I've loved playing Store (and Library and School...) for as long as I can remember. And even though Nellie Oleson was the Little House girl-we-loved-to-hate, I was enamored that her family owned the Mercantile. I loved to imagine climbing up the rolling wall ladder to retrieve bolts of calico for Ma, or handling the glass apothecary jars to get herbs for Ms. Beadle, or a peppermint stick for Laura. And lets not even get started on how amazing it would be to work the till. Yipes.

Jack and Max were the Shopkeepers, Zoe was Betty Q. Shopper and I was the bad, bad baby. Thankfully there are no photos of me in the act because it was ugly. I play a pretty darn good bad, bad baby (think Nellie here, or perhaps even Veruca Salt as a toddler) and the kids just think it's hilarious, which usually gets me acting like the baddest bad, bad baby they've ever seen. For the record, however, Zöe maintained her sweet mommy composure, patting my arm and telling me that it was all going to be okay, as I wailed and flailed because I'd eaten all of my cupcakes. Then she whipped out her credit card and bought me some more. That's love.

11 comments:

rebecca said...

what cute pictures! peri was playing in her fairy outfit the other day too. you were right, those dresses fit them for a long time! i was just thinking that i need to get some really great shots of her in it before she does eventually outgrow it.

monday-wednesday-friday said...

Well you grew up, at least as a home-from-school college student, to work in the best of all real shops in the known universe, Finnegan's Toy Store. They didn't have peppermint sticks (but they had smarties) and bolts of fabrics but they had wind-up toys and BRIO!
I wonder where that "bad baby" business got started?

Alicia A. said...

Look at Zoe's sparkly shoes! I can't wait for games like this with Nora. Jack's not really into this kind of stuff. :(

Ali said...

I wish I looked that cute when i went shopping - a perfectly accessorized fairy.

craftymodster said...

What a nifty-great mama you are, filling in as 'bad, bad baby.' Sometimes when I try to be a 'character' of some sort during playtime, my 4 yr old shouts, "hey mom, don't act like a kid, you're a grown-up!" I spout back, "why should you get to have all the fun?" Truly. We love to play!

Your kiddos are too darn cute! I adore you blog, btw. Very inspiring.
anjo

Gina said...

What dolls, how sweet.

Kai said...

I loved Little House - both in book and TV form. Nellie was wonderful in an awful way but remember how she married and turned over a new leaf as an adult? Only to be replaced by the terrrrrible Nancy....

Megan said...

Ha! Too funny.

lisrobbe said...

what a cute picture of your daughter and that dress. My daughter is only two and Ican't wait until we can play games as such.

Alicia P. said...

You cuties can come work at my real store any old day.

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