Thursday, January 1, 2015

Eavesdropping On The Boys

Last night Clara and I were doing some work in the doll house, cleaning up before having a little New Years celebration. I nudged Clara because the boys were having such a funny conversation. We eavesdropped, but I don't think they'd mind. Here's what we heard:

Eric: Dude! What are you wearing?

Teddy: What? It's my suit. Our person thought we might want to dress up for New Years. All the girls are.

Eric: Wait a minute! Did you say "WE?" You mean I have to wear one of those, too?


Teddy: Fine by me! I'll be the only handsome dude at the party!

P.S. Eric is a new boy here. Our person thought Teddy might need a friend. We'll see how that goes!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Holiday Catch Up!

We have been so busy lately and having so much fun that I have neglected to update you on our fun winter/holiday activities! Here's what's been going on around Pleasantview Doll Town.

Lora Lee started helping out in her parent's diner on the last day of school before the holiday break. She is hoping to earn enough money to buy her own horse! Sophie and Maggie came in for some yummy diner food.

Lora loves the fact that she gets to wear roller skates while working in the diner. It's much more fun that way.

Last week Kanani, Tara, Rosa, Clara and Izzy got dressed up and opened the gifts we received in a holiday swap.

There's been lots of action outdoors! The mountain was so busy and crowded that I had to wait my turn to go sledding. That's what happens when we get our first snowfall and it was right in time for Christmas. Teddy got a little carried away on his tube and went spinning down the mountain at top speed.

Things have been busy over on the skating pond, too. Holly is coaching Toni on some fancy figure skating moves.

Luci waited for her turn and had some hot chocolate in the warming hut.

Nicey Melinda and Sethany Anne went out with the sleigh to get a Christmas tree. They are named after the dolls in Tasha Tudor's book, "The Dolls' Christmas" which I highly recommend.

Later the two girls came inside and baked cookies. YUM!

More to come soon!

~ Kiki

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Colors and Birds

I've been looking at photos on the internet of the pretty leaves that have turned red and gold. I thought I'd show you the reds and golds around here:


And gold! I guess you can tell that fall here does not include falling leaves. In fact it feels just like summer. I have to enjoy the lovely flowers that are blooming rather than leaves changing their colors.

One important thing, however, is that the birds here are in their fall plumage. Even the gulls look very different and the laughing gulls are quiet for a change. But, this makes identifying birds quite tricky!

We go to a nearby bird and nature center at least once a week. Each time we see something different because of fall migration. As it gets cold up north the birds are coming south. Many stop by right here to eat and rest and then go farther south for the winter. This sign is in front of the center and I thought it was a funny sign. If I stood behind it you wouldn't be able to see me at all!

I have my binoculars ready to look for birds.

Some of them are very far away.

I grabbed my camera and took some photos so you can see some of the birds we saw on this day:

These are white pelicans, terns and gulls.

This is a great egret.

Peek-a-boo! This is a young heron.

And this is a tri-colored heron.

That's about it for now. Next I hope to do a post on the celebrations here for Día de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. It's more important here than Halloween!

~Kiki signing off

Monday, October 6, 2014

Life On An Island

Hello everyone! I am writing from a very different sort of place today. While many people are enjoying fall colors and digging out sweaters and hats, I am practically living in my swim suit and glad we have AC! I am on an island far, far south. If we went a few miles farther south we would be in Mexico. In fact, we feel like we are since we see mostly all Mexican families at the beach and in stores and hear much more Spanish than English. Clara and meli are delighted!

Toni and I spend most of our time at the beach.

"Come on, Kiki! Surf's up!" We actually boogie board, but we like to say we are surfing.

Here's Clara standing in our garden. It's all cactus plants, but still has some colorful flowers.

In the north you might be picking apples while here we are picking the cactus figs. They are edible and no animals can get to them because of their sharp spines. You can't see them, but the grey dots are actually lots of tiny but sharp hairs.

Being careful not to touch those stickers, Clara picked a bowlful.

Meli very carefully cut them and removed the sweet fruit from inside. She is going to mix them with other fruits for a fruit salad for tonight's dinner. It's also very common to make jam out of them and I hope we get to do that later.

As Toni says, surfs up, so I have to go. More later!

Kiki, the island girl.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Picnic on a Hot Fall Day

An old friend of ours wanted to meet at a park and have a picnic yesterday. Ivy and Jazzi decided that was a great idea.

It was a hot day, after having a few cool ones. That's fall around here. Ivy and Jazzi are best friends.

Ivy took the short cut to get to the playground.

"Hello down there!"

Time to eat!

BFFL - best friends for life!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Part 2

Lady is ready to ride, so Fiona gets on from a special mounting platform with the help of all the girls. Like all riders at the ranch, she has on a helmet.

During Fiona's ride Charlotte and Kaya will stay on either side of her to help her feel comfortable on the horse and give her support.

Horses are good at following each other, so Clara will ride in front on Bill.

Fiona is feeling more comfortable on Lady so Kaya and Charlotte talk to her about horse behavior.

We have come to the end of our story. Fiona had a wonderful time riding Lady and is going to keep coming to the ranch. Charlotte, Clara and Kaya are looking forward to helping more riders and so are the horses.

~ Kiki

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Part 1

This summer Clara, Charlotte and Kaya are volunteering at a ranch in the mountains. They get to help take care of horses and help other children go horseback riding. The children that come to this ranch have various disabilities and riding horses is an exciting type of therapy that has physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and educational benefits. As usual, there are lots of photos, so please be patient as they load. I know you will enjoy them!

Here are two of the therapy horses, Bill and Lady.

Clara and Charlotte bring the bridles and reins so that Bill and Lady know it's time to work.

All the horses at the ranch are calm and gentle and work well with all kinds of kids.

When a new rider comes they get to watch the horses for a while to get to know them and then choose which one they want to ride.

Fiona decided she wanted to ride Lady.

Sometimes the people and horses are a little nervous when first meeting each other. Horses are more comfortable being approached from the side and since Charlotte has a lot of experience with horses, she is holding Lady's lead and helping her stay calm. Fiona is getting brave enough to pet Lady.

It's time to get Lady ready to ride, so Fiona helps Charlotte brush her and put on her blanket.

Then they put on the saddle. Now it's time to ride!

Please see Part 2 for the rest of the story.