10 Toys From The 2000s That Will Have You Drowning In Nostalgia

10 Toys From The 2000s That Will Have You Drowning In Nostalgia

RIP Toys-R-Us and my entire childhood honestly.

The late 1990s/early 2000s were a sort of scary time in fashion, but they were the perfect time to be a kid because the toys were fantastic. If you're between the ages of 16 and 25, you probably remember every single one of these and are about to get hit with a solid dose of nostalgia.

1. American Girl Dolls

American Girl Dolls were my jam. I proudly owned 14 of them. I got my first one when I was four (Molly was the best, right?) and I was hooked for the next eight years or so. Every birthday gift and Christmas present was an American Girl. Every time I had enough money to buy one for myself, I bought one. But hey, they were educational, so my parents couldn't really complain.

2. Webkinz

Blessedly cheaper than American Girls, Webkinz were another favorite of mine. Every time my mom made me go buy new clothes at Justice of Limited Too (RIP), I got a new Webkinz. The stuffed animals were clutch, but the real draw was having them online and building them little bedrooms and playing the games with them. Basically, I lived my life to go gem mining and wish at the Webkinz wishing well every chance I got.

3. Polly Pocket

Yes, '90s kids, I am aware that you had Polly Pocket before we did, but we still loved them just as much. I had more than 100 of those little plastic dolls with their weird rubber clothes that are impossible to change now that I am old and have big hands. Polly's friends, accessories, cars, boats, pools, rockstar stages, and every other unnecessary thing that I thought I needed at the time were the coolest. They were always my best friends when I went to the beach or the pool because they could go in the water and not be damaged. Plus, they were decently cheap and her computer games and movies were awesome. Win.

4. Build-A-Bear

We were born right alongside Build-A-Bear, which was founded in 1997. We grew up with them. Everyone remembers the commercial of the girl whose mom takes her in the silver minivan to build the tan bunny that she dressed like a rockstar and the voice saying that she had built her best friend as she walked out of the store. I had an embarrassing number of these too, so obviously, the marketing strategy worked well.

5. Barbie

I am fully aware of how old Barbie dolls are and the fact that millennials (whether on the young end, like me, or the older end) were not the first to play with them. But we did still play with them. A lot. Barbie got really cool when we were kids too. Suddenly she wasn't just pretty, but she had jobs and her friends were diverse and all kinds of other awesome stuff.

6. Calico Critters

These fuzzy little guys were such a great time. I only had a couple of sets, but they were fabulous. Soft little animal families that wear cute outfits? Yes, please!

7. Gameboy (Advance) SP

If you didn't have a Gameboy (Advance) SP, I can assure you that you didn't live. If you did have one but didn't play the Kim Possible game, then you majorly missed out and I'm sad for you. Basically, this was a roadtrip life-saver.

8. Littlest Pet Shop

Littlest Pet Shop, those tiny little plastic animal bobble heads, were adorable. They had cool houses and some of them had magnets in their paws/hooves/feet/whatever else so that they could do stuff like open doors. If you didn't have 50 or more, you're either lying or were very sad as a kid.

9. Lite Brite

Another one that isn't uniquely in this age gap, but still a staple for us, the Lite Brite was fantastic. The miniature ones came in clutch on road trips and basically they were just cool.

10. Club Penguin

Club Penguin was Disney's way of taking us over and making us little brightly colored electronic penguins who wanted to do nothing but run around annoying each other, getting puffles, and eating pizza. It might sound weird in hindsight, but you know how cool it was at the time.

Basically, if we weren't playing outside, you could catch us with one or all of these toys living our best lives.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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