Most of you know I love toys. One of the toys that has always been my favorite is Playmobil. Playmobil is a German made toy that has been in the states for years. I remember saving my money as a kid, and when I finally had enough, Mindy and I would ride our bikes to the junior high school. Once there we would stash our bikes, climb through a fence, run past a donut shop and into Red Balloon, the greatest type of store, a toy store!
Memories of those summer days will always stick with me, ridding your bike and climbing through a broken fence to get to a toy store sounds so classic American to me. But this blog post isn't about that summer with Mindy, it is about Alex! Alex is my all time favorite Playmobil doll. In the old days, Playmobil people were very simple, one color shirt or dress and another color pants. But one day when I was about 10 years old Playmobil came out with a Victorian set that had a little girl in a sailor suit, a white dress and blue collar. I bought the set, and from then on Alex was my favorite. Plus, stamped on the bottom of her foot is the year she was made, 1981, the same year I was born. Today the Playmobil people are quite detailed, none are as simple as they once were.
So when I travel and don't have enough room to carry Violet, or before I even owned Violet, I carry Alex. Alex has joined me on all my backpacking trips, and this summer she will join Violet and I on the Queen Mary 2. I am kicking myself because I didn't take her to Africa.
Anyway, Alex came along to Lake Alexander this last weekend, so I thought I'd share a few photos. I think she is so darn cute, I hope you agree:
Alex on a lily pad. She is small enough that the lily pad doesn't even sink!
Soon she finds a little house in the woods. The moss had grown over some roots and wild flowers surrounded the entrance of a tiny hole under a tree.
Alex loves to explore, just like any girl.
After exploring Alex takes a dip in Lake Alexander. She wanted to know if her name is Alexander, and I told her no, it is Alexandria.