Jeremy’s Childhood Stuff: Care Bears
Ah yes, Christmas day 1985…what a glorious morning that was. My sister got some ‘Princess of Power’ and Ken dolls, my brother got some Transformers (including an awesome Optimus Prime huge truck), a motorized Construx set, and a belt…and I, I got a box full of awesome Care Bears figures (I also got a huge red Tonka firetruck on Christmas Eve). Of course, I don’t remember any of this, being a little more than 2.5 years old, but luckily we’ve got some great photos to fill in the gaps (thanks Mom and Dad!).
I may not remember that morning, but I do remember the Care Bears figures. My mom said I played with them quite a lot, and I especially can think of playing with a green one with a shamrock and a lion one.
Flash forward almost 30 years, and I’ve finally grabbed tons of my childhood toys, games, trophies, sports memorabilia, junk, etc. from my parents’ attic (so stay tuned for more childhood memories centered around this stuff!). Amongst all the goodies, we found a beat-up bag full of 20 Care Bears figures, and with a little scrubbing, they look almost brand new! The photo below shows them all lined up after their cleaning, and now they are ready for Nolan to play with himself. Maybe he’ll like playing with them as much as I did!
In case you are interested, the inspiring names of these figures are (from left to right, front to back): Good Luck Bear, Cheer Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Grumpy Bear, Bedtime Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear, Funshine Bear, Birthday Bear, Grams, Baby Hugs, Baby Tugs, Champ Bear, Share Bear, Professor Coldheart, Cozy Heart Penguin, Lotsa Heart Elephant, Swift Heart Rabbit, Bright Heart Raccoon, Brave Heart Lion, and Cloudkeeper.
Toppled Nolan on Christmas Eve
Taking photos of infants can be fun, lots of fun actually. It can also be fairly frustrating, but mostly fun.
A year ago, on Christmas Eve, we were attempting to take photos of Nolan in his Christmas pajamas in front of our tree. Nolan, however, had other plans, and he didn’t really feel like sitting nice in front of the tree. Instead, he plopped down on his back and started trying to grab any ornament he could reach. It was, as usual, funny just to watch him play around, and it’s nice to get non-posed photos of babies just being babies. We’ll see tonight if Nolan wants to get Christmas Eve photos in his pajamas again…and if he won’t mind sitting still in front of the tree for a second or two.
Have a Merry Christmas tomorrow!
Nolan Loves Saint Nicholas
Christmas is fast approaching…and as you can see, Nolan is super excited!! Well, he has enjoyed the finding-a-Christmas-tree, and the house decorating (especially all the lights), but he was not all that thrilled to be sitting in Saint Nicholas’ lap last weekend. At least he didn’t cry and wail, and he had a fun rest of the day checking out the Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt.
Noah Paints a Car
My nephew Noah loves his cars. So you can definitely understand his excitement when he got a crafty paintable car for Christmas. He was able to not only play with messy paints, but also make his own model car. He did take a quick break to smile big for the camera before going back to painting his wheels.
Christmas Eve Snow Shrimp
This past Christmas Eve, Heather’s Uncle Jakie braved a bit of Christmas snow to cook up some big barbecue shrimp. Thankfully, the shrimp were delicious and his efforts were not in vain.
Oh cinnamon-y goodness that is a snickerdoodle, how I enjoy thee.
These snickerdoodles that Heather made this past Christmas were of course delicious, and I am longing right now for a couple of these…
Bubbles in the Night
I took this photo of a glowing, bubbling Christmas decoration to capture some of the fun decor in our home…but I think the photo turned out a little eerie and doesn’t exactly exude Christmas cheer. The reddish-orange glow is a little disturbing, as are the elongated ‘eyes’ on the wall behind the bubbler.
Did anyone ever have these bubbler things on their Christmas trees? I remember my neighbor had a bunch of them on his tree and I thought they were neat.