Well, we've fiinally done it. After hoping and looking everywhere for ages for just what we had in mind, we finally have out own cottage! It cost us a pretty penny, but oh and it was worth it. The perfect little A-frame, all the classic details that make a little getaway in the country ideal, complete with a balcony and a bell by the door. Not too big, snug in fact, but enough room for a whole family to get away from it all. Just look! See! Isn't that darling? I've been wanting the Fisher Price Chalet forever, and I finally found one. It was in the "showcase" area of our Value Village, which meant that it was not eligible for the half-price sale day, and also that they had an idea of its value, so it was not cheap. Or not as cheap as I'd like it to be. Still a better price than the ones you see on line. And they kindly let me talk them down a bit, which was good.
But that all pales by comparisson with the most exciting thing ever. A teeny tiny potty! Really, the Little Dude could not have been more excited about this. It was actually a gift from one of the V.V. staff. We were walking, absentmindedly down the aisle, the Little Dude riding on the front of the cart, and I was distracted by something or other and I ran him right into a pillar! A solid metal I-beam type thing in fact, and he had been looking back over his shoulder and even though I was dawdling along very slowly he still got quite a knock. Bonked his poor little head and ended up with a bruise. One of the nice cashiers saw what had happend and whisked off right away to get us a cold pack for his wound. He wailed for a few minutes, and the kind cashier, to sooth him offered him a free toy from another Fisher Price set she had behind the counter. There were little cars and a merry-go-round and I was sure he'd go for a little cunning little red jeep, but no, he saw that tiny green toilet and the tears were gone in an instant.
And now we have a full bathroom. Such fun! Now everyone can take a bath and have a pee and wash their hands. I must say, all our little people have a much improved level of hygine.