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My mom’s best friend had a son, Bobby, who was a year younger than me. We played together all the time, and my favorite of his toys was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles play set. It was sort of like a dollhouse, but instead of being pink and girly it was set in a sewer — and it was awesome. I loved the Turtles! I remember standing in a line that stretched a block away from the theater to see the movie when it came out, and I still know all the words to T.U.R.T.L.E. Power. I had the soundtrack. I had the video game. I even got my parents to take me to a live-action TMNT performance.

When August started expressing an interest in the heroes in a half-shell, I was maybe a wee bit into it.


Eleanor started kindergarten on Monday, and August doesn’t start nursery school for another week. E absolutely loves school, but the transition for August has been rough so far with him missing his sister. To give them both something fun to look forward to this weekend, Brandon and I decided to throw a little back-to-school party. It will be low-key with just a few kids, but we still want to make it special for them and we’re going to decorate with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme. Eleanor likes that they’re ninjas, like she is, and August just thinks they’re awesome. Plus we get to order pizza! After all, “these ninjas are into pepperoni and cheese.”

Playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The kids have been having fun with their Ninja Turtles toys and those will make an appearance at the party this weekend, but I also have some decorations and activities in the works. I’ll share the details next week!


p.s. Have you seen this DIY TMNT Assault Van video? That thing is amazing!

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  • Julie
    August 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I love when kids start liking the same things you did! I’m waiting for Rainbow Brite to make a comeback in my house. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      August 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I was a Rainbow Brite fan, too!

      • Marcee ... ILLINOIS
        September 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

        August looks so big (AND adorable) these days! How funny …. I have my very original Rainbow Bright secured well in my basement. Although her blonde mane is kinda messed up! Will give her to my great niece one day. Trying to think what happened to the pony.

  • Cindy Sassaman
    August 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Your Target links are bad. Am I correct in assuming, that with a sponsored post, the more people that click on a link… the better for you?

    • Making it Lovely
      August 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      They’re working for me, but I’ll let my ad network know, thanks. They keep track of engagement for advertisers with them.

  • Catherine
    August 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    This is so adorable! My older son started kindergarten this week, too, and my younger guy is having a really hard time with the separation. I’ve been spoiling him all week. :P

    • Making it Lovely
      August 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      It’s hard for them! I’ve been taking daily photos for that 4-6 Weeks Project I’m doing, and the shift from almost every photo having both kids to almost every photo featuring just one or the other is immediately noticeable. Kindergarten in Oak Park is a full day, so E has never been gone for so long each day before. I hope your little guy adjusts soon. In the meantime, we spoil them, right? ;)

  • lucinda
    August 29, 2014 at 9:29 am

    first of all, i have to compliment you on giving your son such a great name (my little boy is called August too!) ;) also, your photos are great – you’ve captured such sweet, candid moments here! i love how tredns cycle back making it easier (an so nostalgic) to connect with our kids. i was a HUGE ninja turtles fan: knew the theme song and wanted to BE micheangelo. hahaha. so fun. have a great holiday weekend!

  • Bonnie Morscher
    August 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

    My youngest son (now 30) was a huge TMNT fan, too. We went to the movie(s), the live action show, had so many toys, comic books, etc. This brings back memories for sure. Enjoy this little interlude with your “only” child. Time flies.

  • Jessika
    August 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Ha– Little Bobby’s last name wasn’t Kaiser, was it? You’ve described my husband to a T. :) I think our son is going to have a lot of TMNT things.

  • Ally
    August 30, 2014 at 12:48 am

    My son Emmett is 16 now, but one of our favourite memories was setting up his TMNT Sewer HQ set on Christmas Eve so that he’d see it first thing Christmas morning (from Santa of course!)… We had so much fun staging the ‘scene’ with all the turtles and bad guys… Those were the days! Cowabunga Dude!

  • judy
    August 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Dear Nicole; Someone may have already made you aware of a post from you RE: your sometimes I come across Etc. But this ridicules Anthropologe furniture and the Arbys sandwich-I didn’t read all of it but it does use the F word which seems totally out of character for you. Very weird and I thought you would want to know. If you give me an email address I could forward it to you Sorry this happened but I guess its just the nature of Human beings somebody always has to put a fly in the ointment or they are just not happy.

  • Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    September 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    In second photo ….. wondering (very curious!) what August is thinking? For sure, deep thoughts. Kids, you just gotta love em w/their imaginations. Ha!

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