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Warning: Hannah Montana Invasion


On Saturday afternoon, we went to Wal-Mart.

We psyched ourselves up for it.

OK, don’t freak out. Everything will be there. There will be lots of variety. It will be fun.

We are in this together. We will stick together. We will leave as one family.

First stop: toothpaste.

Recently, Hubs has variated from our standard toothpaste (something whitening and minty) and gone to an all natural baking soda toothpaste.

Yes, we – who share a toothbrush (because our love is that deep) – now can not share a tube of toothpaste. Perplexing. I know!

Next stop: face lotion.

While I was perusing the 1473 brands of facial products, I ran into Hannah Montana. I turned around and there she was. I didn’t think too much about it.

OK, cute tween hair clips.

But then I moved over an aisle and there she was again.

She has her own candy.


Light-up dance party.


This poster says “Secret Star” but I don’t think she’s a secret.

Here she is in the purse section.

She was so totally everywhere that I stopped taking photos.


Why has she invaded Wal-Mart?

Where is the National Guard during this time of crisis?

Believe it or not, there is an entire part of our planet that does not know who Hannah Montana is or why she wants us to eat her candied guitars.


Schäfer was asleep during the beginning of our shopping so Hubs and I took a good 45 minutes to soak it all in. First, we browsed new kitchen gadgets then we divided and conquered. He went to hunting/tools manly section while I went to crafts.

Once Schäfer woke up, we took him to the toy section. Big mistake.

In China, the toy section is about half a row. He looks. He leaves. The end.

At Wal-Mart, there were 5 rows of toys. He came. He saw. He was ready to set up camp.


Trains! Trains! After this photo, we nabbed Schäfer and tried to pick up the remaining items on our list.

We went to the children’s section to find sippy cups and bibs. There was 389 varieties of sippy cups to choose from. This took 30 minutes. Schäfer was melting and trying to walk back to the toy section. Toys! Toys!

Next item: a bib.

It took us 10 minutes to find the bibs. When we did, there were 937 to choose from, but none were large and plastic with the scoop-up at the bottom like our favorite bib.

OK. The end. We had to get out of Wal-Mart before we went bonkers.

As I was tired and over stimulated and processing the experience, I realized that Schäfer doesn’t normally go shopping in China. In fact, we don’t really go shopping in China.

What is there to buy? Hubs normally buys our supplies (t.p., paper towels, the occasional bottle of windex) while he is out. Schäfer and I walk to buy veggies or yogurt at the open market or in a mini-shop.

Maybe it’s best if we avoid Wal-Mart with Schäfer.

10 comments to Warning: Hannah Montana Invasion

  • You share a toothbrush. That would never work with us. My toothbrush gets all shaggy and needs replacing every month. Aaron’s stays all perfect like for so much longer… months, maybe even close to a year. Sometimes I look at his longingly and sneak having a brush with it, but he always knows and gives me angry-eyes.

  • Hey girlie!
    I love reading your blog! You’ve been SO busy! Welcome back to America… how long is your stay? I hope you have a great trip! 🙂 Do you have plans to visit Arkansas anytime soon?
    About Hannah Montana: I completely agree… so over her! She’s everywhere! I have 2 girls who think she’s so cool, too… my trips to Walmart have become limited to school hours only! Much more affordable for the family budget. 🙂
    Safe travels! Jaime

  • How funny. Yep, the Hannah Montana craze is out of control. I’m sure you’ve been told by now that she’s Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter…the guy that was the one-hit-wonder back in the late 80’s or early 90’s with “Achy Breaky Heart.” Anyway, yeah going to Wal-Mart again was even overwhelming for us since we never went in the Bay area! Welcome back to America!

  • nanamaw

    Hannah Montana is really Miley Cyrus. Hannah Montana is her character on Disney channel. She is the bubble gummers rage. Her dad is Billy Ray Cyrus of Achy-Breaky Heart fame in the 80’s. Yes, you went to a really good Wal-mart, ours is not that big, good idea to leave Schafer out of Walmart. He may be overstimulated, too.

  • I try not to go in Wal-Mart at all, but I REALLY try not to go in there with my kids…it’s enough to make my head hurt a LOT.

  • Hey Jamie! Yes, we will be in Arkansas briefly Sept. 26-Oct. 1st then again for OBU homecoming and then end of October and all of November. Got it? Totally clear, I know! Let’s get together! I’m sure we’ll be in the big city at some point. I’d love, love, love to see you!

  • Walmart! We do everything possible to avoid going there! Fortunately it’s 60miles away! I usually have the kids but we try to just avoid the toy section. This was once harder as the toys were in the front, but now they’ve moved them to the back as some marketing philosophy to force you walking through the entire store before getting to the toys. I have a theory that the money you spend in walmart is directly proportional to the minutes spent there. Yikes!

  • I pretty much avoid Wal-Mart with the kids at all costs. And I am annoyed by Hannah Montana. Jaiden is not allowed to watch it because it is more for a 10-12 age group and I don’t need her acting like a seventh grader. However, ever little girl we run across has a hannah montanta t-shirt. Barf. She also posed for Vanity Fair nearly naked with a a sheet draped partially around her. Great role model for young girls eh?!

  • Patti

    I had a thought today…they are in america I must see what they are doing with their time and I’m jealous. Those mountains look beautiful! and oh public libraries…they are great, I told greg I’ll never buy another book again. And oh, your college pics…wish I could see all of those, bring back some good memories…I could always file them for you 🙂

    As for the hannah montana…you have figured out you are not missing much. Have you seen high school musical yet? I refuse and pray my son doesn’t get interested in such.

    well, I can’t wait to see what exciting things you get to see and enjoy next. And I’ll be at OBU homecoming for sure. can’t wait to see you and meet the Shorel and maybe the little one, no pressure.

  • Beth Ann

    Sandra–That is the funniest post I have read in a while!!! Hannah Montanna is EVERYWHERE in America–I think it was harder on me the day Laynie asked to watch Hannah Montanna than the day she started Kindergarten–crazy! So glad you are home for a while–how long? Enjoy!

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