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Maisie’s 1st Birthday in PHOTOS

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We just had a small family party- my parents, Jeff, R, her 3 brothers- with a cake and a couple of gifts. It was a lovely time. We will be having her ‘big’ party on Sept. 19th.

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close up of her new kitchen set

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This is by KidKraft and I found it on Amazon- the pots n pans are from Melissa and Doug toys

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toy donuts from Melissa and Doug toys

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a kidkraft coffee maker set- because all she sees all day long is adults drinking coffee!

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B Toys keys- love this brand!

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my folks showed up when she was getting dressed- and brought her a huge “MR TEDDY”– she’s giving him a kiss here

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getting her outfit put on by Daddy

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she and Mr Teddy are matching 🙂

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I put her in a little custom made pinafore to keep her dress clean- playing with the kitchen with my mom

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more playing kitchen with Mama

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laying around on porch with her oldest brother

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with my mom

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closeup of her rad hair ribbon

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the back of the pinafore was ADORABLE

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she’s not too sure about this cake on fire stuff

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but she liked the cake just fine

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she was VERY careful about not getting her dress dirty

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yummm… cake

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I can’t believe she’s a year old!

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caked out

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more time with Sam

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opening presents with her Daddy- a new Dyson baby vacuum!

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Maisie and Jay- her second oldest brother

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the toy makeup vanity

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vanity and vacuum cleaner

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drinking ‘coffee’

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my father pointed out that this coffee maker looks suspiciously like a toilet

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so, we tried it out with GI Joe

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Probably NOT how we teach young kids how to make coffee

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looks cute in her kitchen, though

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coffee mugs, creamer, sugar

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Pongo the Dalmatian, Maisie and Sam

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by the end of this, she was nearly naked with a pearl necklace on- attempting to polish her toenails

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naked-ish bday girl and my mom

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trying on my mom’s tsinelas (flip flops)

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Today in Maisie History: She thinks the GI Joe is “Daddy” and piano playing time…

2 out of 3 of her favorite things today

2 out of 3 of her favorite things today

I have decided to do posts with pics of my sweetums going about her day (because I am one of THOSE mothers… and I do what I want when I want… lol)

piano playing is serious business...

piano playing is serious business…

Jamming out, because she heard her pianist brother doing so from his real piano

Jamming out, because she heard her pianist brother doing so from his real piano

Today, Maisie was all about 3 things: Her new Fisher Price dollhouse, her Melissa and Doug toy piano, and her GI Joe doll. She likes to kiss and kiss Joe and call him “Daddy”.

she is convinced that Joe is a doll version of her daddy

she is convinced that Joe is a doll version of her daddy

probably because he plastic head is delicious to teething toddlers

probably because he plastic head is delicious to teething toddlers

this ugly thing gets all the kisses

this ugly thing gets all the kisses

I love the Melissa and Doug piano because it is so sturdy and well built. It’s a toy, so it’s woefully out of tune, but still comes with a little songbook. It’s a heavy piece, too… not prone to tipping at all.

The GI Joe was probably out of her brothers’ stash from long ago, when they were children. It’s ugly and has a green face.

So ends my toy review efforts for today 🙂

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My 10 month old is way too smart for her own good

Maisie lost the Fisher-Price baby already and when I questioned her about it she went to her toy box and pulled out a tiny teddy bear to replace it!

She decided that Teddy would be the baby's changeling

She decided that Teddy would be the baby’s changeling

...and artfully puts the daddy next to it, like I wouldnt notice the difference

…and artfully puts the daddy next to it, like I wouldnt notice the difference

“See Mom, nothing is amiss here”

I finally found the hidden FP baby- When she saw that I had it, she snatched it and put it back where she’d hidden it.

*SMH*

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Maisie’s 1st Doll House: Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home Review

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Maisie’s rather skimpy toy collection was due for a boost. She’s been really into independent play lately, so I was in the market for something that would amuse her and was a little less ‘infant’ like.

A lovely friend suggested the Fisher-Price Little People House. Amazon had it on sale for $25, so I bought it immediately- and thanks to my Amazon Prime subscription- it arrived in 2 days with free shipping! I use my Prime almost daily. Best subscription EVER.

What could be in this big box?

What could be in this big box?

The packaging was perfect, as I’ve come to expect from Amazon shipments. Her little eyes opened wide in awe when she saw the house.

Maisie and Dibble the Cat check out the packaging...

Maisie and Dibble the Cat check out the packaging…

The house itself came with a couple of screws (to screw the front piece together) and a long screw (for the hinge). The screws required a phillip’s screwdriver. It was simple to assemble. It had a couple of yellow pieces that were a bit confusing and just attached to the sides. The baby was able to rip them off in seconds- they didn’t make much sense.

these pieces made no sense and the baby was able to rip them off every time I tried to attach them. I can see them getting lost very easily.

these pieces made no sense and the baby was able to rip them off every time I tried to attach them.
I can see them getting lost very easily.

Another minor complaint was that the front of the window looks like something attaches to it, but nothing comes with it from what I’ve seen.

see the little holes in the window?  they drive my OCD bit mad. Apparently nothing attaches to them...

see the little holes in the window? they drive my OCD bits mad. Apparently nothing attaches to them…

Other than what I mentioned above, this is a really clever little starter doll house. It has sounds in almost every room- you push a button and the toilet flushes, the stove makes cooking sounds, etc.

A video of the sounds the house makes- please disregard my horrible, chipping manicure:

Maisie loved playing mostly with the doll family that came with the set. It includes the daddy, mommy, and baby. It also comes with a car, baby bed, and dining table.

mommy and baby in their beds

mommy and baby in their beds

the new Little People have holes in the bottom like the old ones did

the new Little People have holes in the bottom like the old ones did

Daddy in the bathroom

Daddy in the bathroom

The new Little People are much bigger than the ones from my childhood and made from a child safe type of plastic. They still have holes in the bottom. She enjoyed sucking on their heads, just like kids used to with the original Little People.

I miss the old style wooden and plastic head-ed Little People of my childhood.

I miss the old style wooden and plastic head-ed Little People of my childhood.

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She’s loving this

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a happy Maisie playing with her new dollhouse

I can see her playing with this toy for a long time to come. The reviews on Amazon are nearly 5 stars.

My rating: 4.5/5