I have been pondering doing something for a while now.
It is a grave decision for me, and takes me down a road that, once begun, cannot be undone. Future life happiness of all three of us could be seriously affected by this decision to act, and attempting to moderate potential damage would be difficult, time consuming, and expensive.
That's right, I've been seriously considering giving my My Little Pony Celebration Castle to Adrianna for Christmas.
I was a deprived child and did not have the My Little Pony Dream Castle of the '80s (nor the Barbie Dream House, for that matter, but we shan't get into my lacking childhood today), and therefore felt overwhelmingly compelled to purchase the new generation's version during my collecting phase (which probably would have continued much longer had I not gotten slammed into the motherhood phase of life when I did, as I'm still maintaining that My Little Ponies are AWESOME) when it came out.
The castle was truly magnificent, if only because it played the original My Little Pony theme song when one of the magnetic pony hoofs stepped on the magic button. And it was an excellent cornerstone of my pony display during the few months I had the collection up in full.
(That would be during the post-dorm-living-and-before-baby-while-Peter-was-deployed-and-the-space-was-all-MINE period.)
But sadly, it has been residing boxed up in the pony corner of my parents garage for the last 3 years along with most of the rest of the pieces. There are a few ponies floating around that didn't make the pack-up, and a large plush Pinkie Pie that Kristina had already adopted and the girls' love dearly, but the vast entirety of ponies are merely accumulating dust at this point.
And that makes me sad.
They shouldn't be sitting out there collecting dust! I have two little girls who would love to play with them and would create beautiful memories of childhood with those beautiful pastel equestrians! Adrianna in particular has a strong love for the ponies we have out, as well as most any toy that has hair on it. In fact, she constantly sits there and plays with the fake plasticy hair of whichever lovies she's taken to that day.... which is why they all have hair that looks absolutely terrible....... and she'd probably do that to any new ponies that came into her possession...........
But I can't just pull out the castle and NOT a reasonable assortment of ponies to play in it, that's just stupid. And it seems silly to go to great lengths to hunt down an assortment of G3 ponies on eBay just so they'd have some with the magnet in their hoofs to operate the fabulous My Little Pony theme song (no really, it is just EPIC).
And if I pull out the castle, it seems as though I should also pull out the other play-sets for them. There's the amusement park, with a flying pony ride... I bet Kristina would really like that one.... and several cute little shops, with all the little accessories they came with.... which would never again be fully accounted for much less properly sorted and stored with the correct play-set should I give them over to my children.
Not to mention details like the fact that I could pretty much furnish an entire AWESOME Christmas morning for them just with those boxes sitting out in the garage (assuming they don't start hating the color pink before then) and therefore wouldn't have quite the same stress with finances for the season, much less the need to go shopping.
It's a good thing December is still a while away, and my inner Mommy guilt can battle my inner love of my pony collection some more.