I am sitting here, just past 11 pm, with the bed covered with googly eyes, ant stickers and Einstein. Lots and lots of Einstein. I just made 25 invitations for Nick’s upcoming science-themed birthday party and I am spent. So no food tonight, but I will leave you with this…
A few weeks ago, a neighbor and I hit a ton of garage sales. By the 4th one on the list, the car was full. Beyond full. We actually hadn’t bought that much stuff by that point, but what we had bought just happened to be big. When I saw this space-themed playhouse at the second garage sale, I hemmed and hawed about it. I left it and went to look and other stuff and then went back again. I just couldn’t decide. Nick is in the build-a-fort stage and usually that entails using whatever comforters he can grab and transforming the playroom into a giant fort. To ward off future extra loads of laundry, I’ve been looking for something he could use as a more permanent fort inside and I wondered if this playhouse would do the trick.
The price, at $20, was right, especially when I noticed the familiar Pottery Barn stitching (hello score!), but it was a little on the small side, and now that Nick is nearly seven, I knew I probably wouldn’t get more than a few months of use out of it. Eventually I went for it and we carefully loaded it into the car. By the time we got home a few hours later, two pieces of the wood frame had broken. I was nearly heartbroken because I was excited to get it home and set it up for Nick to see right away. Instead the babysitter (love her!) spent the better part of last week trying to get the wood pieces glued back together. By this past Friday, all was finally better and I slipped the space station cloth covering over the wood frame. As soon as Nick came home and saw it, he started screaming.
And as you can see from the squished faces, I have totally gotten every penny of my twenty bucks worth (even more so when I found the $80 pricetag on the playhouse for the frame alone!).