Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hiking in the High Country

Ella: Hey, Kiki. Where are you headed with that backpack?
Kiki: I'm going hiking in the high country today.
Ella: Oh, cool! That's a big pack. What all are you taking?

Kiki: When you go hiking in the wilderness you have to be prepared. I've got food and water, a compass, and my camera and binoculars. I should get my rain gear out and bring that, too, along with a trail map. I won't bother to bring my cell phone because it won't work up there. I'll be wearing my sweatshirt and hat because it's cooler at higher altitudes, but I also have on sunscreen because the sun is stronger up there.

Ella: Let me help you get that pack on. It's really heavy!
Kiki: Thanks! Yeah, it's full now. But, it doesn't feel that heavy once I get it on my back.

Ella: Have fun and don't get eaten by a bear!
Kiki: Okay, and I won't!

And THIS is why we call it the high country. Our hike will start at 10,300 feet which is about 3,139 meters. It's about 60 degrees here, which is about 15.5 degrees celsius. That's pretty cool for a summer day, but the sun feels strong! There is no rain in the forecast, but it often rains for a short while in the afternoons up here. There can also be dangerous thunderstorms that sweep in quickly, so we try to be done hiking by noon. Other important things to remember is not to hike alone, and to let someone know where you are going. This all makes it sounds scary, but it's really very safe if you know what you are doing.

First we followed a trail that is used for snowshoeing in the winter. There are a few signs to get people started.

The signs are way up high because the ground will be covered with lots of very deep snow. I want to come back in the winter and see that! And some more photos:

It is so gorgeous up here that it's hard not to post dozens of photos, but, these will have to do.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my visit to the high country. I'd love to hear if any of you go hiking and where you go!

~ Kiki

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Those Long Summer Evenings

Long summer evenings are delightful! The days are long and filled with activity, but the light lasts beyond bedtime and who can resist going back outside for just a little more fun? So, as the sun was about to set at the end of another busy day, I headed out to enjoy the last of it.

The evening was cool and smelled sweet as the flowers closed up for their night's sleep. The robins were chattering, talking about the adventures of their day and where they would sleep, making sure the whole family was settled together. One lone goldfinch perched on the roof of the house and sang a long, melodious song. He's a tiny bird with a big voice.

I found my friends out on the front sidewalk. Carmela and Lily were taking their pets for a ride in the baskets of their bikes.

Mia came whizzing by on her skateboard. I've got to get her to teach me some of the tricks she does!

I saw Fiona coming home from playing basketball with friends.

Rosa was in her own world, sitting on the ground and playing with her new dolly.

We were all together and ready to head indoors when I remembered a favorite poem by Robert Louis Stevenson called "Bed At Night." Maybe you know it, too:

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Good night!
~ Kiki

An important disclaimer! Human children should wear helmets and other protective gear when riding bikes or skateboarding. Our person felt that since we are dolls we could play without those things tonight, and she stayed nearby to make sure we were safe. Mia started to fall once, but our person caught her. Phew! Always be safe.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mia's Team Wins the AG Cup!

This is a long story with lots of photos so please be patient while they load. I am very proud to be a member of Mia's soccer team and wanted to let you all know that we won the AG Cup this year! We came home to our adoring fans and did a little demonstration about the game. As you probably know, most people call this "football," but since we have the American football sport we call it soccer. Boys and girls all over the world love this game.

Here are our fans cheering as we arrived on the field. It felt so good to see them smiling and calling out our names!

And here is the team. From left to right there is me, Holly, Mia, Carmela, and Gracie. Since Mia is the captain, she is holding our trophy.

We started with a little demonstration of Mia taking the ball down the field toward the goal.

But, suddenly she passes the ball to Gracie. You can see that Holly has to really concentrate to keep track of that ball.

Gracie quickly kicks the ball, but Holly is fast and grabs it before it can go into the net. Holly's great skills are a big reason we won the cup. She had to stop lots and lots of attempts to score.

I love to run with the ball down the field. In a real game I'd have my teammates nearby to support me.

Watch out! Carmela is running toward me and she is fast!

In the blink of an eye Carmela steals the ball! She is like our secret weapon.

Before we can react, Carmela prepares to kick the ball!

It's up!!!...

...Holly sees it and starts to move...

...but not quickly enough and it goes in the net!

GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! And that is how we win games!

We were exhausted at the end of the demonstration. It was just like playing a real game and brought back some great memories of our season.

Time for some refreshments!

Many thanks to Clara for photographing this demo.

She's available anytime to take photos for you if you need a photographer.

Blooper time!

Lucy always has fun when we are playing outside. She was tempted by the ball, but was a good girl and didn't steal it from us.

~ Kiki

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Daisy Chain Award!

I want to thank Tea Time with Melody Q for honoring us with the Daisy Chain Award.

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Here is her blog:

And the questions she asked us to answer:

1. What is your favorite AG outfit of your collection?
This is a tough one! I think our favorite is Samantha's coat. We love coats and hers is beautiful.

2. Which AG outfit do you wish you had purchased when it was available?
Felicity's tea dress

3. Have you read the Harry Potter series? If yes, which is your favorite book/movie?
Yes, and more than once! The first book is my favorite because everything was brand new and exciting.

4. Which is you favorite AG GOTY?
Jess (teehee) but we love all the ones that live here

5. Which is your favorite AG Historical?
Samantha, our first AG doll

6. Which is your favorite AG pet?
Coconut, our first AG pet

7. Are you a doll "do it yourself" crafter? If yes, what is your favorite thing to make?
Yep! Our person loves to sew and knit. She also likes using scrapbooking paper for wallpaper in our rooms.

8. What historical era would you like to see represented by an AG doll?
I was thinking the 1950's and rumor has it there will be a 50's doll next year.

I'm not sure who has been tagged yet, but if you haven't, consider yourself tagged! Feel free to tell us anything you like about your dolls and their favorite clothes, crafts, pets and things to do. They don't have to be AGs.

~ Kiki

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Part 4 - The Party!

Izzy's successful recital was a great excuse to have a party. Almost all of our friends were able to come and we had a great time.

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"I'm taking off the apron." announced Ella. She had done lots and lots of baking to get ready for the party.

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"You did an amazing job!" said Gracie as she gazed at all the goodies on the table. "You could be a professional caterer!"

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"Just look at all that food. I'm getting hungrier by the minute." continued Gracie.

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"Did someone say hungry? I'm starving!" announced Isabelle as she came into the room, eyeing the sandwiches and cupcakes.

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But, being polite, Izzy greeted everyone before sitting down with Clara to enjoy her food.

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More and more friends arrived and everyone stayed in the kitchen. People wonder why that happens, but I know: it's because that's where the food is!

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Ivy complimented Eva on the beautiful job she did with Izzy's makeup. Ivy plans to have her own dance recital someday, and is a big fan of Izzy.

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I handed the camera to Sophie and let her take a few photos.

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More and more people arrived and I stopped taking photos so I could just enjoy the party.

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But, the last thing I did was set the camera on auto and take a group photo. "Cheese!"

The End

P.S. I know that inquiring minds are curious to know about the doll family here. We have a few more friends that live in the modern world that were not able to come to the party: Saige (at art camp), Kaya (working at a very special dude ranch), Noelle (#33, more about her later), Mia (watching the World Cup) and Rosalie (#48, visiting Cécile). There are also 14 historical girls that are all in their own homes right now, doing their own historical things!

My next story will be about Mia's soccer team and then I will be visiting Kaya at the ranch. Let me know if you would like me to visit some of the other time periods in future stories, or if you have other requests.

I also apologize for the quality of the photos. I tried a different photo hosting site and I don't think the resolution is as good as it should be.

~ Kiki

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Big Performance (Part 3 of the Recital Series)

Kanani and Eva hurried into the theatre and grabbed the front row seats.

Lots of friends arrived shortly after them. Daisy and I were able to sit in the second row.

It wasn't long before the entire theater was full. There was the usual sound of low, excited voices chatting and carrying the feeling of expectation of something exciting to come. Soon the lights dimmed and all sounds were hushed as the curtains opened. I won't try to describe the wonderful lyrical feeling of Isabelle's dancing. Instead I will let you enjoy some photos.

Before we knew it, the dance was over and Isabelle was thrilled that it had gone so well.

Flowers were given to her as applause filled the theater.

When the show was over, Isabelle came out front and Kanani and Eva were the first to congratulate her.

Soon Izzy was surrounded by a crowd of admirers. After lots of hugs and congratulations, Izzy said she needed to go change for the after party.

And that means, this still isn't over! So, to be continued... (once more!)

~ Kiki

Monday, July 7, 2014

At The Ballet - Part 2

A note from Kiki: This is a short part. The next part will be following soon!

The girls left the dressing room and Isabelle went into the studio to warm up. A dancer has to be warm before performing to avoid injury and to be able to dance their best.

But, another big reason Izzy wanted to warm up was to help calm her nerves.

Moving is so much better than sitting and thinking about all the people out in the audience!

Isabelle took a deep breath and thought, "Okay, I'm ready."

to be continued...