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What I Did This Summer

by Molly McIntire

This summer I went to Camp Gowonagin with my friends Linda and Susan.  My mother said it would be unpatriotic to take a family vacation during wartime, but being at Camp Gonwonagin was as much fun as being on vacation!

Every day we did crafts, sewed sit-upons, swam, and learned outdoor skills like first aid and cooking over a fire.  At camp, you don’t eat your meals in a cafeteria, it’s called a mess hall, which is the same thing they call it in the US Army!

I was pretty nervous that I might have to swim underwater.  I can swim OK on the surface but feel nervous going under the water.  My mom sent me off to camp with a new swimsuit that made me feel like a movie star!  I could swim much better in it than in my sister Jill’s hand-me-down suits.

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Molly AG Swimsuit

I got a few care packages at camp, including one from my English friend Emily and her Aunt Primrose.  They sewed a pillow for me that looks just like my Jack Russell terrier, Bennett!

Every night at Camp Gowonagin Miss Butternut, the camp director, would play taps on her bugle and we sang “Day is Done, Gone the Sun” in our bunks.  Sometimes I fell asleep before the end of the song.

In conclusion, I had a swell summer at Camp and also learned how to be a better citizen.


Jen says… parts of Molly’s school composition follow her book, and parts I made up.  Her swimsuit, for example, plays no role in her books.  The pillow, which does have a 40s vibe, was purchased in England by my mom.

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It’s a pin cushion!  Molly’s camp bed is Addy’s bed, and her camp blanket was knit by my neighbor.  The backdrop Brianna and I painted for Camp Doll Diaries two or three years ago, and probably to my husband’s chagrin, it is still stored in his office closet! I think there is something kind of magical about being so tired from a day at camp that you fall almost instantly asleep.

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Julie’s Hoop Dreams – Product Review

It’s pretty rare for me to see something in the AG catalog and actively pursue it.  Sure, there’s endless neat things for the dolls, but most of it I can carry on without.  Julie’s basketball outfit was not one of those things, however!

Every now and then I will check Amazon to see what is available for American Girl dolls via Prime shipping.  Amazon has most of the items for Melody, Julie, Maryellen, Gabriela… and probably more I haven’t searched on.

So, when Julie’s basketball outfit came up on Amazon, one click had it on the way to my house in two days!  It arrived in the usual Beforever box.

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I hadn’t fully appreciated that the trim on the outfit was such a cute green and white stripe.

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It comes with 70s style tube socks, and thick ribbon ties for your pigtails, naturally.  Shoes fit with ease!  It also comes with a basketball that is somewhat useless since Julie can’t hold it.

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Never mind about the basketball, though, when you look this awesome!  Julie’s open for a pass!

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I liked the careful sewing as the trim runs around the armhole.  The outfit it soft and comfy and easy to get on and off.  Definitely appropriate for kids.  This outfit is $34.00 new on Amazon.

I hope to bring you some stories about Julie and her hoop dreams soon.

Addy’s Special Christmas

by Jen

We have been so busy talking about Brianna’s new dolls that I haven’t had time to tell you about  my Christmas presents 😉

This year I asked for items for Addy that I would wish to have if she does retire this year.  Addy’s Christmas dress was at the top of the list. It is such a special part of the Addy books when Mrs. Ford gives Addy the returned dress just in time for Christmas, and Addy takes her gift and generates a gift for Momma in the form of a scarf when the dress is hemmed.

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What’s that below the tree?  It is way too big to be another dress for Addy!

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It’s Addy’s bed!  Brianna’s response was, “Where are you going to put THAT?”  Hey, I thought you were on my side!

Addy’s bed is strung underneath with heavy string/cord.  This is the probable origin of “Good Night, Sleep Tight” as the rope under an old fashioned bed could be tightened.

Addy Historical Bed

The cording under the bed seems like it could be destroyed by a smaller kid. The bed is assembled with screws and washers that can be undone for storage.

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Addy tried it right out!

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And here is the bed with the quilt.  One slight disappointment is the quilt’s stiffness… it sort of defies gravity rather than draping softly over the sides.  Another issue is the massive American Girl tags which cover every piece and make it hard to arrange the bed without a tag sticking out.

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TAGS!!!

Still, I am thrilled to have this special item, and you can never have enough beds for dolls!  Merry Christmas Addy!

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