Category Archives: Addy

Maryellen’s New Friends

Maryellen was looking forward to some quiet time around the house on Sunday when most of the girls would be doing homework at friends’ houses or at sports practice.  She grabbed a snack, a good book, and joined Tutu in bed.

Not long after, Addy came in.

“Hey Maryellen, I was just looking for my Algebra book. . . .” Addy’s voice trailed off as her eyes realized the situation before her.

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“Are you eating tortilla chips in Isabelle’s bed?! And those are Julie’s slippers!”

Crunch Crunch.  “Don’t worry about it Addy.  The fairies will take care of it.”

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Maryellen brushed all the shards of tortilla chips right onto the floor.

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“What are you talking about Maryellen?! You’re making a huge mess and Isabelle will kill you if her sheets smell like Taco Bell!”

“My book.  It says I’m helping fairies.”

Addy didn’t know whether to bite and ask what Maryellen was reading or whether to walk away and pretend she never saw any of it.

“You’re reading about fairies?” Addy couldn’t resist.

“I’m reading Betty Bib’s Fairy Handbook.  She is THE expert on all things fairy.”  Addy’s simple question had opened the fairy floodgates and Maryellen kept on talking.

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“It says here that it is important to support fairy populations.  In fact, ‘thank-you-note fairies’ and ‘handkerchief fairies’ are almost extinct!  Let me read this to you:

Foraging fairies are very useful to have around.  It’s their job to sweep up forgotten crumbs, which are just the right size for a fairy snack and make a good base for a fairy trifle.  So don’t worry if you drop a few morsels here and there, because you are actually helping to keep up fairy numbers.

“Here, I’ll show you a domestic fairy.  She’s so sweet, Addy!”

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“Yeah, I hope there is some kind of ‘Angry Sister Protector Fairy’ because you are sure going to need one when Isabelle gets home!”  Addy grabbed her book and left.

Maryellen shrugged her shoulders.  Anyone doing Algebra on a Sunday couldn’t possibly understand the importance of fairies.  She went back to reading her book.

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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!

Winter People

by Kit Kittredge

As a crack journalist, I study people everywhere I go.  I have noticed that my neighbors in Cincinnati all have different ways of coping with winter.  When you live in a winter climate, you know the feeling of the snow being deeper than the top of your boots.  Brrr!  At the Cincinnati Register, we call stories like this one ‘human interest’ stories.

Caroline lives nearby, and she looks forward to winter because it means completely changing up her wardrobe.   Wintery weather means an opportunity to get out her fluffiest pink coat and  shearling boots.img_8284Don’t let the blond hair and shopping bags fool you — she is more than a pretty face!  Caroline’s love of winter clothing was the start of our neighborhood coat and mitten drive for needy kids.  She uses her shopping talents to scoop up items to donate when clearance sales start.  (It’s important for journalists not to reinforce stereotypes – K.K.).   Having a fashionista among us is just the encouragement we need to try a new winter look and pass down our still nice coats to those in need.

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Every Northern inhabitant has a neighbor like dear Addy.  Addy is our winter dog walker.

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Winter dog walkers are often so bundled up that you aren’t quite sure who is under the hat and scarf!  A big dog like Rembrandt needs exercise, even when the temps are below zero.

Grace can’t wait for the first snowfall to hit the slopes.  There is no winter sport that Grace won’t try, and she has heaps of winter sports gear to prove it!  She always talking about black diamond runs and half pipes.  After school she takes a bus with her classmates to the local ski hill.  She hasn’t broken anything yet!

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One of the most delightful parts of living in a winter climate is having an excuse to slow down, stay home, and hibernate.  And you guessed it… that is my approach to winter!

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Here I am with a good book, flannel night-gown, and a warm quilt.

What do you like to do when north winds blow?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ringing in 2017

There was a sleepover party next to the Christmas tree last night, and everyone stayed awake until midnight thanks to snacks and the movie “Into the Woods.”

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This was the scene this morning.

fullsizeoutput_5eb5Kit was awake, but no one else could be roused to get up for church.  Ah well!

Christmas is Coming…

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by Jen

How are your holiday preparations coming along? This weekend we celebrate Christmas with my husband’s family.  The tree is up, stockings are hung (including for Dakota and Julie), and Addy is ready to party.

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Every year I get one of the historical doll’s Christmas outfits as a gift, and I always appreciate having them when I pull them out in December.  Addy’s tartan dress is so beautiful and the quality is astonishing.

Brianna and are I a little bummed that there won’t be any new additions under the tree this year.  I tried to score a Kirsten off eBay, but the price went too high.  We just spoiled ourselves last year with both Maryellen and Dakota (JLY  #60).  We are planning to go to the Madison Doll Sale this summer, so we have to pace ourselves.  Is Santa bringing you anything from American Girl?

I’m pretty excited about all of the new dolls coming our way in 2017.  We have a GOTY doll of color who likes poetry, a country singer “Tenney” and her boy friend Logan (complete with boxer briefs), and possibly a Z Crew doll.  And Felicity… we can’t forget Miss Merriman!

It’s a good thing I am starting a new job in 2017, because American Girl has big things in store for our wallets apparently!

I want to thank all our readers and blog friends for so much fun and friendship this year.  Flo, Heather, Xyra, MerMade9, Emily, Jennifer S. and Jen.. if it weren’t for you who would I discuss the joys and tribulations of American Girl with?

I hope your holidays are fantastic and I hope Santa is good to you!

 

Postcard from Julie

Julie Beach

“Maryellen, did you see the postcard from Julie?”

“Yep, she goes on a trip and sends a postcard to remind us to take care of her responsibility!” protested Maryellen.

“At least the chore is cute and furry!” said Addy.

The girls packed up Nutmeg and took her out for fresh air and green grass.

IMG_7668Nutmeg usually stayed at Julie’s Dad’s house, but this summer she relocated to live with all of the girls — there was always someone around to give her attention.  If Nutmeg got bored, no lamp cords or computer cables were safe!

IMG_7669IMG_7672Nutmeg always preferred to nestle in a laundry basket.  Julie’s Dad made sure the laundry basket went where Nutmeg went.

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I got Julie’s bunny and basket quite a long time ago and am just now sharing it with you.  The basket has real ribbon interwoven around the outside and Nutmeg’s cushion is embroidered on a denim cushion.  Nutmeg herself leaves a bit to be desired.  Maybe her “velvet brown” color makes it hard to tell what kind of animal she is.  Hey, at least she isn’t a “pet rock”!

 

 

Addy: Let Your Spirit Sing

A few months ago I purchased Addy’s benne candy tin (Pleasant Co) from eBay, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day seems like a good date to revisit this part of Addy’s story.

Words below are from Connie Porter’s book “Happy Birthday, Addy!”  The character M’Dear is an elderly neighbor who encourages Addy to claim a birth date of her own, since she does not know her actual birthday having been born a slave.  The date she chooses is the end of the Civil War.

Momma led Addy to one table, and there at her place was a tin of benne candies from M’Dear.

Addys Birthday Outfit

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Addy opened the gift to find two of Sunny’s bright yellow feathers tied together with a bow.  Addy held them gently, a bit of bright sunshine in the palm of her hand.

Addy Birthday Benne CAndy“Thank you,” Addy said.  She kissed M’Dear and pinned the feathers in her hair.

Addy Sunny Feathers“Let these remind you to always let your spirit sing out,” said M’Dear.

“I will,” promised Addy. “I will.”

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