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Maddie and Lily

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Tuesday, 05 August 2008

I’m not sure if it’s a toddler thing or a girl thing or what, but Cora and Maddie both love purses and bags, and have recently found a few they just adore.

It started in July – we were walking around for a July 4 celebration and saw a little girl with a water bottle carrier slung diagonally over her shoulders. The bottle carrier was made to look like a butterfly and was sized for a little person to wear, and Maddie thought it was the coolest thing ever. I stopped the family to find out where they’d gotten it, and the rest is history.

Maddie’s now got her own water bottle carrier, and as cute as it is, the thing serves a much more practical purpose – freeing up Mommy’s hands! Maddie happily wears it out and about, especially since it’s pink and green and matches pretty much everything she’s got, and I don’t have to constantly stop to help with a water break. Cora’s got her own carrier – a very cool giraffe – and isn’t as interested in wearing it (why should she when she has Mommy at her beck and call?) but the more she sees Maddie with hers, the closer she gets to using it.

I had to dig deeper into the company, Stephen Joseph, and see what else they have. Big mistake.

They’re a Texas-based company (love supporting local businesses) with a totally cute line of bags, purses, you name it. Maddie now has a butterfly Silly Sac – a small backpack perfect for storing a few treasures, or Silky and a book – and a butterfly quilted backpack. Apparently the quilted backpacks are a big seller, and I can see why – very roomy, very cute and well-made, and machine-washable. With Maddie starting some classes this fall, I know where she’s going to put her dance shoes/soccer gear/musical instruments. Cora’s got a totally cute hippo backpack, which she thinks is just the bee’s knees.

So far the backpacks have gotten tons of use and they haven’t even left the house! The day they arrived, Maddie grabbed hers excitedly and said, “Can we fill it and go somewhere real to play with our things?” Mind you, the girl was naked but for a diaper, and when I said she couldn’t go out of the house like that she ran around stuffing treasures in the backpack, threw on a pair of clogs, slung the backpack over her (still naked) shoulders and announced herself ready to go. Dressed that way, I limited Maddie’s trip to the back yard fort, which she accepted with good grace. This meant re-packing, though, so she sat down and emptied the bag before restocking. Filled up, she bid me a solemn farewell and stepped out of the house.

Cora didn’t quite understand everything going on, but she’s a keen observer and got the gist of her big sister’s actions, so she spent the rest of the day filling her backpack with toys, carrying it to another room, and then unpacking it. Maddie suggested she fill hers and take it to church, but I quickly nixed that idea, visions of small talking Elmos and bouncy balls skittering across the church floor filling my head. It’s enough that she uses her water bottle carrier on Sundays and points out the butterfly design to Father Mike. Every. Sunday.

There are a few more things from the line we’ve got our eyes on – they’ve got two lunch bags (one snack size for the pool and such, one full-size), a very cool small purse, and even a duffel bag for weekend trips. Maddie’s butterfly theme is found in pretty much everything they make, while Cora loves the flower pattern we’ve seen in some of their items. One of their newest items, a nap roll with a small pillow, I could totally see us getting for “sick days” and visits to other houses. Boy-wise, I really love the dinosaur pattern and know my friends would be happy to see they’ve got trucks and rocket ships galore.

If we were heading into preschool this fall I’d definitely let Maddie carry one of their backpacks – either the quilted or the vinyl – to school, but as it is we’ll have to stick with using it for her various upcoming classes. Just something for her to look forward to in the spring, I guess, when the bag will have permission slips and artwork and homework bulging from its pockets.

And for now, we’ll keep filling it with the important things- Elmos and Leggos and books. Oh, my!

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