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Look What You Did

Would you look at that? YOU did that.

That's $2425.60 worth of toys. Well, actually, it's more like $3000 or so worth of toys because I *LOVE* playing the How-Many-Discounts-and-Deals-Can-I-Find Game on Amazon and I *LOVE* coupons (never ever go to Target without checking their site for coupons first, people). This year's coupons and free stuff total went over $500. Just thinking about it gets me all giddy.

In case you were wondering how tall and wide that was, here, have a 4-year old to give you some scale:

She was trying to figure out what in the pile was meowing. She eventually found it:


A FurReal Friend in the form of a big fluffy white kitty. After having it in my car for an hour today, I can now honestly say I will destroy anyone who ever gives one of those things to my kid. I'm truly very sorry to anyone who ends up with one of them in their house because OMG THEY NEVER SHUT UP.

Anyway. Back to sunshine and fairy farts.

All that stuff got loaded up into the back of a truck today, covered with a tarp thanks to the lovely rain (OMG, THE RAIN!), and then was attacked by a pallet of art easels at IKEA. It was sort of magical. Then it all made it's way to Toys R Us where several really fantastic and amazing and kind people took time out of their day to help me spend another $790.

That's their "I'm pretending I'm not ready to scream" faces. Let's just say SLOWEST. CASHIER. EVER.

After that was all done, we headed over to Stuff a Bus and, well, we stuffed a bus. A whole bus.


Somewhere in there was a little Crazy Scary love. Ignore the drowned rat holding the cute little ScareHouse Bunny and hideous blue dress (Did I mention it rained all day long? IT DID.)

Photo by @pghrugbyangel

There's video of some of the magic over at 96.1's website. Not shown is the FIVE other vehicles we needed to get it all there.

Huge thanks to everyone who donated or in any way helped, and an extra little shout out to @tehamy, @kdudders, @duddersmom, @pghrugbyangel, @lisajenkins3177, and my husband.

Y'all are the bestest.

And there's still more Christmas Crazy to come.

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Reader Comments (25)

Amazing! What good work you do!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen - Mommy Always Wins

Wow, that is just wonderful:)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstee

UM...Best shopping trip ever?!?!?! Who wouldn't want to attack a toy store like that? Fantastic job! You are truly amazing :-)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdisplaced burgher

Kudos to you for all of the work you have done to make Christmas happy for so many children. As my 7 year old would say, "You are "the bestest!"

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMomexperience

yay for stuff a bus! does your husband ever smile? does he need a smile transplant of some kind?

@Juli--Never. He never smiles. He's allergic to it or something.
~~Michelle (burghbaby)~~

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuli

I loves my blue raincoat. And I'll always help you with Christmas Crazy. Can't wait till Little C is older and I can spread some Crazy love her way in Florida. :-) I'd prefer here, but I gotta do it where she is. She would love it. She is already a crazy loving, empathic little one!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpghrugbyangel

that is awesome!! Well done!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette Verster

You did all the work. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it. Sunshine and fairy farts rock!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa J.

That is a lot of toys!! Fantastic! At least it wasn't today - with the snow! : (

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Thank you for allowing me to be a giant Hello Kitty wearing elf again this year! There are going to be a lot of happy kids Christmas morning thanks to you.

P.S. Mr. Husband is getting some serious media exposure on 96.1 KISS' website!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDudders


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December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndy T

Aww, yay! I'm a little verklempt reading this. You guys rock!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

i love that you clip coupons and watch for sales. thanks for stretching the christmas crazy funds even further!
great job. you all did an amazing thing!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

Just amazing. I'm all tingly now.

PS. Fairy farts smell like strawberries.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbluzdude

Amazing! You guys done good.

I think it's wonderful that Alexis is involved, too. As parents, we feel like we reach a milestone when our kids learn to share, but when they can appreciate GIVING and want to do it, that's when we should be most proud. You're setting a fine example.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrsWoy

Just kind of weepy-crying over here. I love you and all that you do. I love your heart.

I do not love Furreal things though. Thankfully they're not on any radar in this household. Whew.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFireMom

Once again - you are amazing and Pittsburgh kids will have smiles on their faces again this year because of your efforts! As a former recipient of Toys for Tots - it really really really is a big deal and such a huge help at Christmas when you are down on your luck.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMia

Absolutely awesome! Great work, and thanks for all you do!

Abby got that kitty for her birthday. Fortunately, while she really likes it, it's not a constant obsession, because as soon as you touch the thing, it won't shut up for WAY too long. It just keeps calling you to come touch it again, starting the cycle over. Heh!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave (Scrumpy Daddy)

Awesome work you're doing! I'm glad so many kids in Pittsburgh will have a much happier Christmas because of you!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelysianfantasy

This so warms my heart!!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiaras & Tantrums

Snorkle. Choke. Cough. Splutter. "Anyway. Back to sunshine and fairy farts." BEST LINE EVER! Although choking on laughter and lasagna at work took a wee bit of esplaining.

YOU - YOU are the very bestest! A huge thank you for all of the Christmas miracles you helped make come true.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in MA

AWESOME!!! I love that you do this, mainly because I get a huge vicarious rush out of all the freebies you manage to rack up :D It's like there's so much EXTRA.

Also, I think it's hilarious how in that last pic, Mikey looks like he's on tiptoes even though he's like a full head taller than you, hahaha!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

@Carly--I know, right? I'm not even that short, he's just THAT tall!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle (~~burghbaby~~)

You're amazing!

December 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
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