Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday......I'm So Glad You're Here....

Good morning Sweet Chickies!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be asleep, I'm sure, if you're a happy, early girlie. It's 2:15 right now and I'm totally rummy, so I'll be sleeeeeeeeeeeeping late tomorrow.

I'm soooo hoping this is going to make any sense at all. I've been struggling all night trying to re-do my header for Christmas....and then there was the music. Oh my gosh that was frustrating. I wanted to put a skin behind it, but darned if I could figure out how to do it. I had one on my old Playlist, but nada....nothin' today. Maybe I'll try to address that once I'm awake!

Ok.......'nuf complaining.

Our wonderful Beverly had a wonderful idea for the next few weeks for Pink Saturday to celebrate Christmas. We can post any color and each week she assigned a special subject...

This week:
Childhood Memories

I think most of you know that Barbie is 50 this year, right? Well, when I was 9 years old the ONLY thing I wanted for Christmas was a Barbie. At that time they were only $, what a deal! :-)......because I had watched this commercial over and over....

Click right here to's quite different from today's commercials, that's for sure.

Yep, I spent at least 30 minutes trying to do the little link thing again to no avail. How the heck do you girlies do that?

Anyway, being the little scout that I was, I made a beeline for the tree on Christmas morning. I knew the exact size box my new Barbie would be in.

I looked, and I looked and I looked..........NOTHING. Surely my wonderful Mummy would never disappoint me on Christmas? I did have lots of presents....I kept opening them...and opening........and Barbie. Finally, I was to the last gift.....near tears. Heartbroken.

The box was way too big to be my Barbie.....I opened it and there, in the center of that box?....Sure Barbie....part of a very large set. It was Mix and Match Barbie with a lovely wardrobe. I remember she had an orange twin set and gray skirt...I think it had pants too.......and maybe jammies and some other things, including several pairs of shoes. Now, that was a REALLY big deal.

Sooooo..........Fifty Years ago and I can still clearly remember where the tree was and how thrilled I was to open that gift. :-) wunnerful Mummy. :-)

I so wish I still had that Barbie. I have no idea what ever became to 'ol Mix and Match Barbie....but she gave me hours of enjoyment as a kid.....and even then I was designing homes for her.......and furniture.

Now......I'm just certain there are some REALLY wonderful stories from our Wonderful Pinkies out there.....

Just zip on over to see Miss Beverly.

Her link is missing off my sidebar since I had that disaster, but her blog is:

I'll bet we're in for lots of fun today.

Thanks so much for coming and for hanging in there with me.

Lovies and Huggies!

A Really Pooped Spence



  1. Oh WOW.... I had a Barbie identical to this.... That was in the late 50's!! OMGoodness.... I played that doll to death!!
    Loved the Post!
    Have a Wonderful Day!

  2. Oh dearest, you brought back so many memories for me! I had the same dolls and cloths that appear on that commercial! And like you, my mum was so generous with her time and little money that she had; but you know what I did? I would actually find the presents hidden in a closet weeks before Christmas and open them to take a peek! I was a naughty kid. Thank you for this darling post and don't worry, you are in good company when trying to do a trick on the blog.....these 50 something fingers make a lot of goof-ups....I am like King Midas in reverse when it comes to computers! I hope you have a great sleep! Bisous, Anita

  3. "You can tell it's Matel- it's swell!" Ha-ha!

    I've never tried putting music on my blog because i can't listen to music and read at the same time. In other words- If you have music playing, I never hear it unless it's by accident!

    When I've put a video in a post,I've used the add a video button. But I can't save it to draft, I have to post it immediately or else just put a link like you did. Links are just fine, through! ♥

  4. I'm so enjoying reading everyone's childhood memories. I gave away my Barbie, dumb, dumb, dumb I am. I wish I had kept it, oh, well. She looked just like the one in the picture. And I remember that box she came in too!!

    Have a wonderful Pink Saturday!


  5. That is such a wonderful memory Spencer!! I think of all my toys, Barbie was my favorite too. My mom had a friend who could sew Barbie fashions that were just incredible and I had many clothes. Wishing you a great Saturday.

  6. Oh Spencer, I wish you still had her too but she is still with you in your heart of memories. Happy Pink Saturday, Mollye

  7. On this first Saturday of December ♥Jappy Pink Saturday♥. I was away for a while and sure missed running around the blogs arnd seeing all of the goodies everyone was sharing.

    Thanks for the memory...

    It was a blessing for you to make my morning so much fun. Hoping that you and those you care about spend a wonderful weekend making memories that will last a lifetime☺

  8. Oh Spencer..those Barbies were just the love of my life too. Thank you for sharing..what a wonderful post today!!!
    Many Blessings..xo Tami

  9. Oh, Spencer... such a sweet story! Loved reading this, and your sweeter than sweet Mum really surprising you with that Barbie! Awwww... I love her smiling face on your sidebar.

    Get some rest, my friend, and we'll see you later!

    You did well on your header. Looks great!

    Happy Pink Saturday...


    Sheila :-)

    P.S. Spence, if you take a photo or copy a photo of some paper you like and save it in your Windows photo program (or wherever you save photos on your 'puter), then you can download that to be your header. You go to the page for layout, and remove what's there and then click to download the new header. First, though you check that little box that says to size it properly. That's important. then you download, then you hit save and go check it out to see if you like it. Be sure to download a HORIZONTAL pic. That works best. Love your Christmas header! Hope this helps. I am about the most techno-challenged person on earth, but sometimes it takes somebody like me to help... cause if I can do it, you can! LOL! Love u!)

  10. What a great memory of your Barbie doll. I can just imagine the complete joy in opening that last gift and seeing her in the box. I had Barbie dolls growing up. My mom has always been a seamstress and she would make clothes for our dolls. They are good memories!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Oh the joys that Miss Barbie would bring to all of us little girls. I used to get excited when my Mom would make all kinds of little outfits for her, right down to her hats and coats.
    Thanks for the wonderful memory!

  12. Spencer,
    I hope you are still sleeping peacefully and all memories of computer frustrations have vanished into thin air! Ha! We can all relate..unfortunately.

    I loved how your much-wanted Barbie was in a larger box! Oh, the emotional curve of sinking to the depths knowing your coveted gift was not to be...only to soar to new heights when it was EVEN BETTER and BIGGER than your expectations. Such a sweet story!

  13. Oh Spencer I too wanted a Barbie but got one before Christmas due to an injury I had and my brother convinced my parents to get me Barbie. In those days we didn't get toys except on Christmas and birthdays. I had my Barbie and let my own daughter play with her. She is a much loved toy. What memories you have shared. If I can add correctly you are 59? Hey me too! Still young and fiesty well most days anyway. Your blog is so special love your stories.

    Linda Mac

  14. I never had a Barbie, guess I was too old at that time, sugar. I was in my teens when Barbie was "born."

  15. Hi Spencer. Thank-you for visiting my blog...Hutch studio. Yes it is still bunnies by the bay. We have been there 18 years. We now have it dedicated to the wonderful artists at bunnies, and a chance for me to make lots of fun stuff that I love to do! Next door is our baby shop. We have been making baby gifts for the last 7 years. We no longer make bunnies. We are 24 years in business and happier than ever! I just read your story and it is amazing. You have inspired me to tell my story....

  16. Hi Spencer,
    Wasn't your mother great to surprise you like that? Wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday.


  17. Ah the days when a little girl could be completely happy with one Barbie! I love that your parents tricked you with the box.
    Sorry to hear of your blogging woes. I've tried to add a skin to my Playlists to and have never been able to do it. I like your new header, it's very Christmas E!

  18. everyone loves barbie!!!! i think every christmas has been a favorite of mine, its like a new adventure each

  19. Spencer what a wonderful story! Your mum was a true amor :) I still have my is bi-lingual English & Spanish but when you pull the string now it warbles...but you know, I am gonna have to take some pictures to show you, because I have most of her clothes still included some sewn on the cardboard...all thanks to my Ita (grandma) who took such wonderful Some of her clothes...well my daughters say they look like they belong to a hootch lol...I almost 42...ouch that hurt to say lol maybe that explains the clothes end of the 60's beginning of the 70's :) Besos, Rose

  20. Hello Spencer, it´s great to know someone like me, staying late at night enjoying this blogland, so much to see, so much to learn.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment the other day.

    Muchos cariños
    Maria Cecilia

  21. Love the Barbie memories, Spencer! I,too, wanted a Barbie and mine was one with a Platinum Bubble haircut. Oh, I can still see her and all her clothes. I also had a Barbie car at one point and a Barbie case. Gosh, they were wonderful, weren't they?

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  22. Hi Spencer

    Especially for you, I've done a tutorial on how to embed YouTube videos.

    Hope it helps! And what did you do to lose all your links etc - can I help at all?

    RE Barbies - always wanted one, never got one (I had Sindy and Tressy). I am trying hard not to be envious!

    Happy Pink Saturday.

  23. Great post, Spencer! I was 6 when Barbie came out and I very vividly remember my mother taking me to the store to buy one (which looked like the one pictured) and I got to pick one outfit. Oh decisions, decisions! I ended up with a yellow babydoll nightie set and it even had a little alarm clock! When my daughter was born I thought I was going to get to play with Barbie dolls again but alas, she never much cared for them. She was a horse-lovin' girl from very early on and was always more into "My Little Ponies." Go figure. :o

  24. What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  25. My memory of receiving my first Barbie for Christmas is as clear as if it was yesterday. To this day that was still my favorite Christmas present.
    Hugs, Sue
    P.S. I hope you got a good nights sleep.

  26. You did a great job with your header and music:) Love the old Barbie, I remember when I was quiet young I wanted a Barbie, I don't think my parents could afford it and I was given a old one by my aunt... still loved her. Barbie is Barbie. Pink Blessings!

  27. What a sweet memory. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you have a wonderful day and are looking forward to the holiday ahead.

  28. What a great blog! Thanks for stopping by to see me. I would never be able to stay up as late as you I am an early birdie!
    I will come back again........

  29. I love, love, loved your Barbie story Spencer! Such a clever mum you had.

  30. Hello Spencer, I remember I also had a Barbie from the late 50"s. She had a bubble cut and was my very favorite doll. I don't remember what ever happened to her either. Wouldn't it be nice to go back and have a do over!? Your mummy was so smart to trick you and make you worry, what a surprise she must have been, AND well worth waiting for, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  31. Spencer, I am late...we were in Galveston for Dickens on the Strand.....great story....Mom's are good at tricking us...wish mine was still here to celebrate one more Christmas.


  32. I love your Barbie. I have my Barbie Doll posted on today's Vintage Christmas Monday. That was the best Christmas ever and the best present ever. Thank you for sharing your story.

  33. Thanks for your comment!! I loved my barbies too. . . no idea where they are either!!

  34. Girl, I hope you got some rest. Anything computer related can be so frustrating.

    I was so relieved when you found your Barbie in the last box. I got my first Barbie when I was nine, too. She was just like this one - but blonde. I still have several of my Barbies, my Midge and Ken.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Spencer.

  35. I still have my first Barbie (now don't get jealous). She has the black and white bathing suit and she is blond. I am 57...not sure when I got her.

    nannykim from spindlecottage

  36. You still sleeping in there? Hmmm? Love your story Spencer ... we can all have a moment to relate to that one special gift that we didn't 'think' was there ... & then WAH-LAH!

    Hugs, Marydon

  37. You had the sweetest mom. You got your Barbie. I'm so glad and you kept her all this time?

    Gosh I wish I had kept mine - I hade a couple too.

    So how are you doing?

  38. Hi Spence and Happy Belated Pink Saturday.

    I love the Barbie doll. I was never allowed a Barbie (supposedly we couldn't afford them)! Well I got a Tressie instead. lol

    Have a wonderful week.

    xo Cathy

  39. Isn't it wonderful what small things make such wonderful memories. I enjoyed your Barbie story so very much. Thank you for sharing.

  40. A delightful post! I had this Barbie and some of the other early Barbies and wish I still had them! I would even be happy to get a new Barbie for Christmas! heehee! I still love dolls! Your blog is great fun! Happy holidays!

  41. Hello Spencer, thanks for your visit. I hate you admit it but I was 22 years old when Barbie came out. I remember getting a life size doll when I about 6 or 7 but it was from a lovely neighbor gentleman who walked by my house everyday to work. He knew we probably would not get much so he got me a dolly.Blessings

  42. I didn't keep any of mine. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Ax

  43. Hey I just read a blog where someone had all the Barbies - you know Barbie is 50 now (at least)lol.

  44. Hi Spencer....great post...I had the same neighbor girlfriend got it for me for my birthday that year...I can't remember if I had any of the other dolls like Ken and ofcourse back then there wasn't all the fancy cars and Barbie houses...I was lucky to have that black case to keep her in....I have the reproduction that came out about 10 years ago and I'm thrilled to have it as the original is long gone....

  45. Spencer, that IS my Barbie in that picture you posted, and I know you won't be surprised to learn that I still have her - not sure where the swimsuit is, and her hair is not nearly as neat as it used to be, but I've got her, and I've got my pink Barbie clothes case too! Nope, I don't throw away anything! You brought back some fun memories of opening my Barbie on that Christmas morning years ago. It was the first year for Barbie, and every girl I knew got one. Now I'm going to click over to look at that commercial. Thanks for the memories! laurie

  46. Hi Spencer, I do have my barbie and I was going into the seventh grade. So I didnt play with her much.I think it was 1959. Yeah you guessed Im a little older than you. My mother didnt like Barbies and didnt want to get it for me. Anyway she is in alright shape.My nieces played with her some. Neat story of how you got her for xmas. The commercial I dont remember..but sad for days gone by. Love your blog. If you go to my blog you will see my hubby and I in 1972 picture at xmas. We are so young. Sally


Sweet and dear little Chickies....thank you so much for your comments. I read each and every one. I always try to make a return visit........sometimes I fail miserably... but you're alllll soooo special to me!

Many, many hugs!