Without doubt the only toy that the girls play with on a consistent basis is their ever growing Playmobil collection. Their love for Playmobil started when Amelie was about 18 months old. She was given a Playmobil 123 farm and we have literally played with it ever since. The farm animals went everywhere with us and now that Amelie has migrated to the next stage Harriet now brings the same animals out and about with us.
It is now becoming a daily battle of tidying away the Playmobil. The temper-tantrums I get when I suggest its time to tidy up are unbearable. I find it everywhere and occasionally I have to break up the odd fight because Harriet has stolen one of the babies and won’t give it back either that or she has ruined Amelie’s game. Whilst I struggle to maintain the Playmobil chaos when all is quiet and the kids are in bed or Amelie is at school I love looking at the little parties and gatherings that take place at the Playmobil house or on-board the pirate ship. I love listening to Amelie playing with it. I can hear her talking away to herself. She sets up campsites and gardens, playgrounds, picnics and parties. The other morning when I went downstairs at 6.00am (I wish she wouldn’t wake up so early) to find they were rocking it at a fancy dress party.
Whilst Harriet is still a bit small for Playmobil she tries to join in bless her. The other day Amelie spent ages setting up a playmobil playground for her to play with, and was distraught when Harriet appeared and demolished it.
I am so pleased that the girls have found a toy that they genuinely like playing with. We have brought so many toys which lie abandoned on the shelves collecting dust. Watching my girls playing on the floor surrounded by Playmobil reminds me of when we were little. We would spend hours playing with the Lego strewn all over the floor with my Mum moaning at the mess we had made.
In between tidying up all the Playmobil one of my favorite things I love to do at the moment is pull silly faces with Harriet. She is so cute, she tries so hard to copy and when we say pull your funny face she grits her teeth and scrunches her little nose up. I just had to include this crazy photo of us pulling faces. These are the memories I want to hold onto forever.