Retro Toys {The Ordinary Moments}

August 3, 2014

This week has been a weird one; we started potty training Lucas on Monday and even though it has gone really well and he has done so much better than we expected it has been so intense. We’ve all got a bit fed up of being stuck indoors when we want to be out enjoying summer, Lucas is getting annoyed at us for constantly pestering him and by the end of Wednesday I went to bed exhausted and feeling like I was getting it all wrong. The next day I knew we had to get out the house, we just couldn’t spend another day cooped up with us all on edge. Luckily for us this was a day Lucas had a bit of a breakthrough! We went to my in laws for the day and I packed three spare pairs of trousers and six pairs of underpants all the while feeling fearful of their lovely fluffy beige carpets! Turns out I needn’t of worried as Lucas was accident-free all day and it was quite nice to see him fully dressed for a change!

My in-laws house is the same house that my husband grew up in and they have kept so many items from his childhood. I just love that Lucas can go round there and play with toys that his Daddy had and they always seem to have much more character for being so loved all those years ago. Every now again they pop up into the loft to see what new treasure they can find and as Lucas had been so good we decided to find something for a treat. Daddy went up and investigated (that’s his word, he was up there for nearly and hour playing) and came down with his hands full of his old cars and dinosaurs. Lucas’ little face lit up; I love how something so simple can bring pure joy. He spent ages ‘investigating’ them too and Daddy sat and told him what they all were and showed him how the bonnets flipped up. As we came to leave he packed them up into a bag to bring home and pottered off with it to the car. At home they were the first things in the house and he lay on the floor to line them all up and then drive them round the dinosaurs. It felt like after all the madness of the last few days we all returned to normality for a moment, there was a bit of peace, big smiles and happy playing.

Retro Toys



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  • Vicki

    I bet James had just as much fun as Lucas playing with all those retro toys. So glad the Potty Training is going well

    August 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      There is so much up there, I’m looking forward to the Batmobile coming down!

      August 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    I love love this photo. And I am a huge fan of retro toys too! They are always in fashion with the kids too. lol Kids are satisfied with anything to play with, even a box. My kids have been playing with my Dad’s old toys here in the states its been great watching them pick favorite toys among them that were my Dad’s favorites too. #ordinarymoments

    August 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I love old toys too, we haven’t got any of mine so I love to see Lucas playing with them. Like you said kids are happy to play with ANYTHING! So great that your two have been able to play with your families old toys too.

      August 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Carie

    My inlaws’ loft is similar – every must have toy from the 80’s is stored up there and the girls love seeing what they can discover whenever we visit and I know my husband enjoys finding things for them that he remembers from his childhood.

    August 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I think it makes it a little more exciting when they see what they can dig out, it’s quite fun for us parents too 🙂

      August 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Donna

    This is such a lovely post. Hubby and I don’t have anything from our own childhoods so this is so lovely that your Hubby, and his parents, get to pass this on to your children. The potty training sounds like it’s going really well. I remember that intensity of the first few days – Hang in there! x

    August 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Yep, I think we are at the other side fingers crossed, those first few days felt like the hardest bit of parenting yet! Lucas just loved these old cars, they are still being played with xx

      August 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Glad potty training is going well but you are right it is an intense old time isn’t it? How special for Lucas to play with your hubby’s old toys, my Mum and Dad divorced and have moved many times since then so I don’t have any toys from my childhood- I would have loved for Mads to have played with them! x

    August 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I’m the same Katie, my Mum and Dad divorced and when my mum downsized a lot of our childhood things were lost, it would be lovely to have kept them but I understand that they couldn’t keep being stored just waiting! Luckily James’ parents have kept EVERYTHING, haha, so there is plenty for Lucas to discover. I think we are over the worst of potty training now, felt like I was a new parent all over again! xx

      August 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm Reply

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