Monthly Archives: February 2017

More Gabriella to Come!

Short but sweet… American Girl responded to a comment on Facebook that there will be more items for Gabriella in late April, early June, and fall. Hopefully the new items relate to her story and aren’t rehashed items from other collections.

It’s been a crazy week at work (already) but I celebrated a little tonight by changing Addy into a new outfit and letting her hair down.  We never got to the Valentine’s shirt a few weeks ago so I’m squeezing it in before it’s March!


Fat Tuesday Strikes Again


“Lanie, you have been so generous letting me and Nellie stay with you this winter.  We would love to make everyone dinner Tuesday night.”

“That would be great, Samantha–help yourselves to the kitchen!”

Samantha and Nellie got together to plan.  Nellie, being Irish, was well aware of the Lenten season beginning.  “Samantha, let’s plan a Fat Tuesday meal!”


They headed to the kitchen looking for ingredients and dishes to use up before Lent.


“Grace must have been making macarons again… they’re everywhere!”

“Nellie, let’s see what we can find in the refrigerator,” Samantha said.


“Umm, French tarts, garlic bread, strawberry lemonade…”

“There are more tarts in a bakery box, too!  Better add those to the pile!”


“It seems like most of the food in the house is rich and indulgent.  Is there anything left in the refrigerator?” Nellie asked.

Samantha looked. “Well… some grapes… and a blueberry bran muffin.  A leftover sandwich….”


“Well, my work here is done,” said Nellie proudly.  “I can’t wait until everyone gets home!”

Samantha and Nellie carried the food to the dining room and waited.  Nellie said, “Do you know some people call today Pancake Day?  That always sounds funny to me.”

Samantha added, “And have you heard the word Carnivale?  In Latin that means meat going away!”

Just then Grace and Lanie came in.  The look on their face was a mixture of surprise and confusion.


“Happy Fat Tuesday!”  Nellie and Samantha exclaimed. “We helped prepare your house for Lent by making a meal of all the rich and indulgent foods, and there were a lot of them!”

Lanie shot Grace a look which said, ‘I can’t believe they cleaned out the fridge!’ Grace quickly recovered from her speechlessness and said, diplomatically, “That was so kind of you to think of us.  Let’s dig in!”

Have you ever had a guest stay with you who has different traditions than your own?  Fat Tuesday and Lent seem to have lots of variations depending on geographic location and type of Christianity.  At our house we have pancakes at church the night of Fat Tuesday and games and beads for the kids.  And nothing goes with pancakes like some King Cake!  I once hosted a recruiting event on a Friday during Lent and guess who had a bunch of chicken salad sandwiches on the menu.  D’oh!  Maybe I wrote this post to relive that faux pas.

My Valentine, A Dear Old Girl

This week we have a special doll visiting with us.  My friend is a snowbird and lets us enjoy her Pleasant Co dolls and accessories when she is traveling.  You might recall last year we used this time to send her Nellie for a joint replacement.

Her Pleasant Company Samantha is so beautiful.


One of the first things I noticed about her is that her body is kind of squishy.  Just soft enough that she would be comfortable for a child to cuddle at night.

Her other unique feature is her hair.  Her hair is so thick she is a little difficult to take a picture of because you just get so much hair.  Look at these bangs!


Her wig cap is unusual… it is trimmed with black ribbon and the hair seems to be rooted to black mesh.  It’s very beautiful.


The neck strings are very long and thick – quite different even from our PC Josefina.


Samantha is baking some treats for Valentine’s Day.  Hope your day is sweet, too!



We Say ‘No’!

I feel I can’t move on to Valentine’s photos and stories until I briefly share my thoughts on American Girl’s decision to ship dolls with permanent underwear that is a part of the torso fabric.

The true reason for this decision has yet to surface… cost savings?  Plans to expand in the Arab world? modesty when Logan releases with his boxer shorts? Royalties on the existing body design?  I hope these sneaky changes aren’t to get out of some of the obligations that originated with the sale of Pleasant Company to Mattel, such as the Madison Children’s Museum (Charitable) Benefit Sale.

First and foremost, this brand has a history of supporting the cognitive development of girls through creative play.  The “perma panties” send a subtle message that being a girl is shameful.  Do you swim with your underwear on?  Julie’s bathroom is about to be released at a cost of $175.00 and she is supposed to shower with underwear on?!

Young children are going to want those underwear off, and I predict some ripped dolls.  

I encourage you to view this photo story from our friend Flo.  We urge American Girl not to limit the way girls play.  JUST SAY NO TO PERMA-PANTIES!!