Thanks for all of the welcomes!
Sorry I haven't been around for so long. February and March really have not been the best of months for us. It's truly just been one thing after another and I'm still kind of reeling from everything. However, here's to hoping that April will be better!
I ended up going back for the cow and chicken sets. I also stumbled across an ad on craigslist for what looked like quite a few parts of another 3666 castle for a really good price. It was out of town, but the seller ended up being about 30 minutes away from a good friend of mine who was moving back this way in a couple weeks. She graciously picked it up and brought it back for me. Well, it turned out to be an almost complete 3666, a catapult, battering ram, two dragons, lots of people (including some Civil War soldiers, red coats, 2 or 3 Vikings and a Roman soldier). All for the huge investment of $35! Needless to say, I was thrilled. But the best part was yet to come! I couldn't resist setting this one up, and as I was unpacking it all my daughter came over and said, "This is for me?" She immediately started playing with the knights and "djha-gons".
It's always gratifying to see your kiddo enjoying something you were excited about getting for them. Our daughter is 2.5 and she has a fairly significant delay in communication and speech. So needless to say, hearing her ask about something and use a complete sentence took everything to a whole different level. (She has come a long way since she had tubes put in her ears back in late November and we're confident that with time she is going to catch up to her peers.)
It's been up for a few days now and she loves it! She calls it her "cassul" and it has already gotten tons of play time.