The Story of Loved Toys: Life Stories Series

Welcome to part VI of my “Life Story Series.”

If you missed out on last months adventure, feel free to click here: “The Story of Bedtime.”

In case you need a refresher, “Life Story Series” is a 12 month personal project that myself and a group of  very talented photographers are participating in.  It shows just a little glimpse into our lives. It’s a way for us to capture our memories creatively – just us.  At the end of this post you’ll find a link to one of my photographer friends that’s playing along and she’ll be linking to someone else. It’s a whole big circle of stories in pictures. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine), click through and enjoy!

This month I’m sharing a story of some well loved stuffed toys. Some are older than others…okay, most in this post are nearly the age of me…

First up. Meet Snacky & Snicker. My husband’s twin bears.

Next, meet my very own beloved Bunny Brown Juggley. Yes, that’s his real name. The name I gave him when he arrived in my Easter Basket when I was about 3 years old. And I swear he still smells like chocolate.

Cute little buggers, aren’t they?

Anyway, one rare occasions we allow our children to play with our beloved old toys. Only supervised, of course. You’ve seen Toy Story 3, haven’t you? I mean, toddlers are sticky. They don’t know how to play with toys (gently).

Eagerly, they await on the bed. Our bed.

Where, oh where could they be?


Mothering twins is hard work, you know?

Ahh, the babysitter’s here!

He’s a little inexperienced so he can only handle one at a time. Incidentally, he also has a habit of charging at the Mamarazzi and climbing into her lap when she’s trying to document their lives.

Ahh, some one on one time.

I guess the babysitter is done. Good thing there’s another sitter nearby – with her model-esq. ‘tude.

And then, Bunny Brown Juggley is spotted. He needs some love, too.

Sadly, in that last image, she’s pointing out that my poor bunny is losing an eye 🙁

All of this play is just exhausting. Parenting is hard work, amiright? Time to go nigh-nigh.

And then it’s time to put away Bunny Brown Juggley, Snacky & Snicker.

Let’s face it – they’re just exhausted! Being a toy to toddlers is a tough job – and they’ve already done it once.

It’s time to return to loving their own toys.

I’d like to think that she’ll always have her beloved Pengy. Who knows, maybe in a few decades (ack!) she’ll look onto him lovingly as she let’s her own child(ren) manhandle love him too.

I hope you enjoyed meeting our friends from long ago. If you’ve enjoyed the “Life Story Series” CLICK HERE to see the next photographer participating  and be sure to like my facebook page so you don’t miss out on Part VII!

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so adorable!!! i remember showing my daughter my old stuffed animal and she said it was ugly and creepy…poor mother lamb. you captured some really adorable moments!!!

I LOVE THESE! Your posts on this series always make me smile! What a wonderful story. Your stuffed animals are so sweet, and your kids are perfect.

Kate Craft

What an adorable tradition…I still have my bunny I was gifted in the hospital…but he is in sad shape and on a lonely shelf.

How adorable! I’m not sure I trust my beloved toys yet to my kiddos but it’s a great idea that I might have to get up the guts to do one day.

Barbara Hurst

Such a sweet and delightful post Danielle, loved seeing all of it and your lovies.

Love these Danielle. So much. We have some old, well-loved toys around here too, and they are still just as special as when they were brand new. I love how sweet your kids are with the old toys and I love that your husband had twin bears – I think you were destined to have twins because of those bears! 🙂

Oh goodness. Not only are your children some of the most ADORABLE I’ve ever seen, your images and light make me swoon!! Love these!

soo sweet!!!! Love, loved buddies!

Love, love, love!

Oh Danielle I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series of images and fabulous storytelling!!!!
I was a stuffed animal addict as a kid, and my kids love them too. I can SO relate 🙂

Oh my goodness. This was so cute. It made my night! I love that you both still have your childhood treasures!

Loved every seconded of this post. Thanks Danielle.

Taryn Jowers Chrapkowski

Love the little curled toes!

Jennifer Kilgore Reif

I loved reading your story about beloved toys. I also have a well-loved stuffed bunny that generally lives on a high shelf in my closet.

Nancy Wilkins

So, so sweet! I have several "stuffies" that I cherished and shared w/ my own kids. Nothing like a well-loved toy!

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