Saturday, March 25, 2017

Journey Girls - Photos and Review

Today I thought I would take over Kiki's blog to share two of my Journey Girls. I actually have four of them. They were all purchased at a very deep discount from Toys R Us. My opinion only, but I think the faces are very pretty and their eyes are beautiful. The bodies are not as nice as the AG's, and kind of look like where AG might be heading with the flatter bottoms. I like the vinyl breastplate which makes sleeveless and lower collared clothes look good. The hair is rooted and is probably not the quality of an AG wig, but is pretty. The clothing made by JG is excellent with lovely fabrics and finished seams. It's actually better than many of AGs newer outfits, but won't fit the AGs since the JGs are slimmer which is too bad. The shoes don't fit AGs either. JGs have narrower feet that are also a tiny bit longer. I think of these girls as a bit older than my AGs, perhaps 12 - 13 years old, whereas my AGs are only 9 or 10.

Friends

Here are two girls with Kiki for comparison. Kerry on the left is wearing an outfit from Michael's. Kerry's hair is very thick, a lovely color and her green eyes are especially nice. They are a bit more green in real life, but this was just a photo taken with my phone. Julia in the middle is wearing an OG outfit. By the way, this OG outfit has real embroidery on the shirt and it's a nice sturdy cotton. The shorts are cute with a tie in front, but were much too tight for Kiki to wear. The outfit came with the bag, headband and sandals which I forgot to use. Julia's hair is not as thick as Kerry's, but I like the color and shine.

And a few more photos:

Kerry

Julia

Twins?

The dolls are not the quality of an AG, but are also just a fraction of the price. I find these girls to fit nicely in my doll collection, like the variety, and appreciate being able to pick up a little something for them at a low cost. I'm not trying to convince anyone to like or buy them, but I do have a variety of dolls in my collection and enjoy these so thought I'd share.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kiki Catches Cold

Kiki is Sick!
"What are you doing in bed, Kiki?" asked Rosie. "It's a gorgeous, warm day outside and you of all people should be out there enjoying it. The daffodils are even blooming!"

Sorry Crouton
"Sorry, Rosie. I have a terrible cold and have to stay in bed," replied a sad Kiki.

Chicken Soup
Word got out that Kiki was sick in bed and friends began to arrive. Grace made her some chicken soup.

Anna helps
Anna arrived and knew just what Kiki needed...

Hot Tea
Hot tea and honey!

Too Much!
But, soon too many people were coming in with too many things and poor Kiki was overwhelmed, until Josefina arrived.

Stop!
"¡Basta! That's enough!" called out Josefina. "You've all been helpful, but now it's time to let Kiki rest."

Kiki Needs Rest
Josefina tucked Kiki into bed and told her to have a nice nap.

Time to Go
The girls left the room quietly. "Feel better, Kiki!" they whispered. I hope she feels better quickly and can get out to enjoy this lovely spring weather.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kiki Visits New York City

I just spent six days in NYC and Kiki came along. She spent quite a bit of time in the hotel room because I didn't want carry her around on the subway and through the crowded streets. We stayed on Times Square, right in the heart of things.

Out The Window
This is one view out of the hotel, looking toward the Hudson River.

Bright Lights
NYC
And the streets outside at night.

But, of course, there was one outing where Kiki had to come along...

AG Store NYC
The American Girl store!

The Newest Kids
Two new kids were right at the entrance to greet us: Tenney and Logan, of course!

Kiki Meets Logan
Logan was very popular. One little girl had hers already out of the box so we asked if we could take a photo.

AG Shopping
The store was really busy, but we had fun looking around.

Kiki at Rockefeller center
After visiting the store, we stopped to watch the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center and then walked back to the hotel.

Melinda's last outing in the city was a very special one:

Hamilton!
Outside the theater...

Kiki at Rockefeller center
And the set before the show started.

Yep! She got to see Hamilton and it was all she had imagined and much, much more.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Virtual Birthday Party

We were invited to a birthday party for a little doll named Peggy Sue. She is a Schoenhut doll about the same size as our AG girls. The only problem is she lives clear across the pond in the UK, so we had a virtual birthday party and exchanged photos.

Chef Grace Baked!
Grace was called upon to bake a cake, but she made two of them!

A Piñata for the Party
Gabi brought a piñata.

Singing Happy Birthday
Before cutting the cake we stood around the piano and sang Happy Birthday.

Dressed Up Girls
At the end of the party we stood together for a group photo and gave our final birthday wishes to Peggy Sue. (Left to right we have Ciara, Gracie, Claire, Rosa, Gabi and Kiki)

~ Kiki

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Autumn Days With Hazel

Rock climber

Tah Dah! Here she is, my very outdoorsy girl, Hazel. She's only been here for a few days and kept begging to go into the mountains to hike and climb. She had a great time on this gorgeous fall day and I didn't think I would be able to drag her home. I insisted she wear a helmet when climbing.

Mountain Lake
This was the perfect day for a hike so we went up to Brainard Lake, which is a crystal clear lake at about 10,500 feet in elevation in the Roosevelt National Forest.

Colors
We hiked up a trail from the lake and had a picnic. Even at this altitude is was nice and warm in the sun. The ground cover has started to change color because the nights are very cool.

Hazel and the Aspens
This is the time of year to go see the aspen trees and they were truly spectacular. Every fall is different in terms of coloring and this year there was a nice variety of golds, oranges and reds. I'll include a few more photos from our day.

Aspens

Timberline

Brainard Lake

Have the leaves started to change where you live? I'd love to see photos of them.

Friday, June 24, 2016

WellieWishers Store Preview

Gabi went to see the new Wellie Wishers and her person was lazy and only took photos with her phone. We still thought it would be nice to share the visit.

Follow Follow
When we walked into the store there were footprints for us to follow to find the WellieWishers.

Welliewishers
A shot of the crew. They are really adorable and the outfits and boots are super sweet.

Socks and clear wellies
Packs of socks and clear wellies for girls is a brilliant idea!

Pjs for welliewishers
The pajamas look nice and soft and cuter than in this photo.

Tic-tac-toe
You can play tic-tac-toe on the garden table with little bugs. So cute!

Tea party
And later have a party. There are lots of accessories in every set.

Bunny!
I love the bunny and the hutch is really cute.

Little Sister
I think the girls work as little sisters. Gabi thought we should bring this one home!

Three is good
Or maybe bring home two!

Visiting
There is a playhouse...

Playhouse
With a sleeping loft.

And there is much, much more. None of the WellieWishers actually came home with us, but we did get a few pieces of the new mix and match outfits and Gabi got her ears pierced. We will have a fashion show later!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gabriela's First Night

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Anna and Gabriela put on their pajamas, but they were still too excited to go to sleep.

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"If you like doing crafty things I have a great idea. We could decorate t-shirts!" exclaimed Anna.

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"Look! There's a pink shirt for me and a purple one for you! Plus our person has a whole big pile of felt in her sewing room that we can use." added Anna. "That's perfect!" said Gabriela.

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The girls worked on their t-shirts and put them aside to dry, so we will see those later. They were finally tired enough to fall asleep.

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The next morning Anna gently woke up Gabriela. "Buenos días." she whispered. "We have a little surprise for you."

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Gabriela sat up a bit confused as Anna announced, "Breakfast in bed!" just as Edie walked in carrying a tray with pancakes, hot chocolate and a muffin.

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"Wow! I've never had breakfast in bed!" exclaimed Gabriela.
"Rosa gets all the credit for making it," explained Edie.
"Well, I do love to cook!" said Rosa.

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After Gabriela finished eating the girls played some card games.

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Finally Edie said she'd better go get dressed and the girls agreed it was time.

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"Thanks so much for the breakfast and playing games." called Gabriela.

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The girls started to make their beds.

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"Hey, Gabi! We need to go see if our t-shirts are dry!" remembered Anna. "If they are, we can wear them today!"

More to come...