Growing up my girls had the Little Tykes doll house that was large enough for barbie dolls. I moved heaven and earth to buy it for easy child once xmas. It was a very cherish well loved toy that was well used through the years. When easy child outgrew it, it became Nichole's. When Nichole outgrew it..........well we were in the tiny house before this one and to be frank it was just in the way. I didn't really want to part with it, they are cheap by a long shot and hers still looked like new. But stupid me sold it in a yard sale. I've been kicking myself every since. I have been searching for one used at a reasonable price since the day Aubrey was born. (I just can't bring myself to pay full price for it twice lol ) I'd find them in great condition and at a wonderful price..........halfway across country and no one would ship because the cost would be horrible. I did my utter best to locate one locally for Kayla 2 yrs ago, but failed miserably. Still, I did not stop searching. Aubrey is 6 yrs old this year. This is a "big" year for her because it means she is finally old enough to have a barbie. Nichole is carrying on my belief that children should be certain ages before they're allowed to have certain things 1. to make sure the thing is cared for properly and 2. to make it more special ........not to mention giving the child something to look forward to as they age up. Aubrey is all excited. Well, as I said, Nana has never given up looking. I was watching our local "yard sale" facebook page when I spotted the house in a posting. I nearly fell out of my chair. When I saw that she was only asking 50 bucks for it when it had been an xmas present last year (so basically new) and that no one had inquired I jumped on it like a wolf on steak. Travis and I went and picked it up this afternoon. Nichole is so excited she can't stand it. Nana is just and "elf" on this one. There is no way I could give Aubrey such a large gift here, for one thing getting it home would be a no go. So it will be a Santa gift. Nichole will give me back the 50 bucks I paid and it will be waiting under the tree for Aubrey xmas morning. Nichole had been searching for the same for a very long time, running into the same problems I had. It upset her because she'd hoped to find Aubrey one to be from santa this year. Well, now she has one. And Travis is searching ebay for the furniture they used to sell with it which was the most durable things in the world. (kicking myself for getting rid of those too) I told him to watch the price, he tends to really spoil Aubrey awful. lol Aubrey is also just dying to have her very own American Girl doll. Nichole found her a few of the books at the 2nd hand book store and she reads her a chapter a night before bed. Aubrey told her the other night that she just didn't understand why she has to wait until she is 8 or 9 for an American Girl doll when her friend at school already has one. Nichole explained to her that it is because it is such a special doll, meant to be played with and loved but then later passed on to be loved by that child's daughter or granddaughter. (not since mattel bought them out, but this was the original concept behind the dolls) What Aubrey doesn't know is that her Mommy came down a while back and removed her American Girl doll from storage. She took it home with her to clean up the doll (she has Josephina) and to wash the clothes and such to make it look really nice. Then she is going to wrap it up and give it to Aubrey as a special gift from Mommy. At first she will only be allowed to play with her under supervision, but as long as Nichole sees she's taking care of her......well, she'll not worry about the 8 or 9 limit. Aubrey treasures her dolls and she usually "gets" the meaning behind something like that. Gonna be a big xmas for this little girl. Just because of patience. Meanwhile, Nana feels like she just scored the major touch down in the game.