Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Next GOTY?

What does that crazy title mean? It stands for Girl of the Year. Each year a doll is made by American Girl that has an lot of special clothes, furniture, accessories, books and even movies just about them. She is only available for one year and is called the Girl of the Year. Everyone knows about her! She's a big celebrity for one year. She's on the cover of catalogs and featured on the AG website and in their stores.

I was one of those lucky dolls myself way back in 2006. My person looks a little bit like me except with curly hair and I think that's one reason I'm her special buddy and blogger. As you know I am half Japanese, half Irish. My friends and I here have a nice variety of different faces and skin colors and we are all beautiful! We know that little girls have different skin colors, hair colors, textures and different shaped eyes, lips and noses and they are all beautiful, too. We think that those little girls should all have the chance to have a doll that resembles them. And not just any doll, but the GOTY!

Anyway, I wish AG would make a GOTY that is a doll of color. So far there has not been a GOTY that represents a black girl and that makes me sad, and there have only been a few that are dolls of color. I want to show you some photos of my friends here that could easily be a GOTY and am hoping that soon AG will have one like them to be that special girl for one year soon.

Gracie is smart and artistic. She loves to play practical jokes on people and gets away with it every time because of her innocent face.

Toni is one of my best friends because she and I both love the outdoors. She's an amazing surfer.

Ivy and Gracie like to hang out a lot.

Rosa's newest passion is baking.

Laila is super smart, loves to read and wants to be a doctor.

Here's Clara taking a walk by the creek with Laila.

Clara is proud of her Latina heritage.

I know there have been GOTYs that were DoC like:



And Sonali who wasn't really the GOTY, but a friend of the main character.

Don't get me wrong, because I am good friends with some of the recent arrivals like:

Lily Mae (Isabelle) who is named after a friend's niece.

And Blanca (Saige) who is named after a friend of our person who she resembles.

Anyway, sorry this got so long. I just wanted you to know that this matters to me and my friends so we are hoping AG will make a GOTY that is a DoC soon! Now I will get back to my favorite activities like playing outside! It's a gorgeous day and I better take advantage of it because it might rain tomorrow.

~ Kiki

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Rainy Day

I was hoping to go out and look for birds or play on the beach, but the weather had something else in mind: RAIN! I know many of you are buried in tons of snow, so I won't complain. At least it was fun to stay inside and read a mystery. I just read "Whistler in the Dark" by Kathleen Ernst and it was really good. It's part of a series of books by American Girl that are set in different parts of history, but don't relate to any specific doll. They're called Mysteries Through History. This one takes place in the Colorado Territory just after the Civil War and I like imagining what it was like in my usual part of the country way back when they were digging for gold and forming new towns. The main character's mom is very forward in her thinking and makes herself a "Reformer Dress" that is actually trousers under a knee length skirt. Wow, she was really brave to wear that because she got lots of grief from both men and women.

What do you like to do on indoor days? And, what are your favorite books? I'm going to the library later and need some ideas since it's supposed to rain off and on over the next week!

~ Kiki

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fina on South Padre

Fina is happy to be back on South Padre Island. She gets to hear Spanish spoken all day long and the weather feels like summer time.

This is the view from our spot on the island. We look over the channel that leads from the Gulf to Brownsville. The Gulf is just a couple hundred yards to the left, but there are sand dunes blocking that view. We can see waves from inside, though, just a bit higher than ground level.

Fina is relaxing in the flowers that cover the grass right now. We had to get out and enjoy this gorgeous day since it is supposed to be rainy later this week. Oh well... The rain is needed after a long period of drought here, so we can't complain too much.  We spent the afternoon at the beach and enjoyed every minute of it. I still can't wait to go bird watching!

~ Kiki