Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!


From our house to yours:


Peace on Earth; Goodwill towards men!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Skylar!


We got our first Hopscotch Hill School doll this week. Her name is Skylar. HHS is a series of four 16" tall, hard plastic, jointed dolls with books that American Girl made for the early elementary aged girl. They were only available from 2003-2006.

Meet Skylar!

Monday, November 12, 2007

AGB&B Atlanta


We haven't been to the American Girl Boutique and Bistro since September, but I didn't post any pictures then.


The outside of the store in the North Point Mall in Alpharetta (just north of Atlanta) and Traveling Nora.




The main entrance from inside the mall





Julie choosing something to eat at the Bistro

We all had fun shopping at AGB&B Atlanta. I can't wait to go back again sometime.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Meadow at the Zoo


We took Meadow to the Knoxville Zoo for her last trip while she's here visiting us.


Here is Meadow looking out at the bears from inside a 'cave'. You can't see the bears in this picture, though, but we had a good view of them!



Here she is visiting with some flamingos in the bird sanctuary.



She got to go inside the petting area and visit with this goat. He was very friendly.



There are always fun things to see and do at the zoo!



Meadow is pretending to be a wild animal in a cage.
She's not very wild though, she's a really sweet girl.



Now Meadow has to leave today. We are very sad to see her go.
"Goodluck on the rest of your travels, Miss Meadow!", "We'll miss you!"


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Meadow's Fall in Tennessee


Meadow has been having fun here this fall. She has gotten to do and see lots of things in East Tennessee.  Here are some of the fall things she's gotten to do.


Meadow enjoying a hayride with some of her new friends.

Meadow inside the bouncy house at a local Harvest Festival.

She even got to try her hand at a big sized bean bag toss.

Of course, getting candy for prizes is always the best part.

Here is Meadow trying the Plinko game.

And she got to color some pictures too.


I think Meadow had a good time, don't you? She is only here for a few more days...what else can we do together?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Meadow visits Knoxville


We took Meadow downtown to show her some of the sights. First off we stopped at Fort Dickerson where one of the battles of the Civil War was fought.




Then we went to the University of Tennessee where Meadow had her picture taken next to the stadium where the UT Volunteers play football. Go Vols!


Of course, since it was a beautiful day, we went to the World's Fair Park and visited the Sunsphere.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Meadow at the pond


Here are a couple of pictures of Meadow as she enjoys the pond near where we live.



Thursday, October 11, 2007

Monday, October 8, 2007

Meadow in the Mountains


On Saturday, we took Meadow around to show her some East Tennessee sights. First off, though, we had to stop at Home Depot Kid's Workshop.  October is fire safety month, so this month the children were building a fire truck.

Meadow helping with the construction!

This hammer is awfully big!

Then we took her to the Smoky Mountains where we stopped to try to get a view of the mountains. It's hard to get a nice picture of the mountains when you're already in them!
Welcome to the Smokies!

Then, of course, we had to go to Dollywood. It is Harvest Celebration time at Dollywood, so Meadow got to learn lots of things about how things were made in the olden days.

Meadow welcoming people to Dollywood

Watching the bees make honey.

Learning how meals were cooked along the open prairie.

Watching and learning about weaving.

Meadow even got to make her own jump rope (or lasso) to bring home.

Meadow certainly enjoyed her visit to Dollywood, but her favorite part was visiting with this horse who had been helping grind sugar cane to make sorghum.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Traveling Meadow


Traveling Meadow (GT#6) has arrived for her visit with us. She's originally from Colorado and has been to New Hampshire, Virginia and New York so far on her travels. I believe her next host after us is taking her to the United Kingdom. What fun!



Meadow meets all the girls who live with AGR in Tennessee


Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the new girls and tired after her long trip from NY, Meadow decided to rest for the afternoon.


Curling up to relax and read, Meadow dozed a bit in Josefina's bed.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Addy & Adele Rose


I found a lot of Addy things on eBay that I wanted to get for my Addy. The lot also came with another Addy. I figured we'd just sell her and keep her things. But NOOOO!!! This new Addy that arrived in this lot was a 1993 original issue Addy!! We just had to keep her. Here's a comparison picture of our Addys faces:


Our beautiful 1993 Addy has her hair in the original braid and has softer, more pliable vinyl unlike the newer Addy. She is just gorgeous. (Addy never photographs as well as she looks!)

So we've decided we needed to keep both Addys. And to minimize the confusion, we've made the 1996 Addy into a modern American Girl.



Meet Adele Rose our new Haitian American Girl of Today.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Willow comes aboard


Recently, on the very fun doll forum at American Girl Playthings, I came across a person selling this beautiful, cut hair Kaya.



I thought she was perfect for a "girl of today" doll, since she no longer had those long braids of Kaya. Also, I've always wanted to play with my Kaya's hair, but didn't want to take down those original braids. The seller also mentioned that she would consider a trade. So I sent her a picture of the re-furbished Josefina, that we had fixed up from her horrendous state.

The seller was instantly in love with our Fosterfina and agreed to a 'trade'. So trusting one another explicitly we mailed out our respective dolls (UPS with tracking) and waited. It only took two days, and our lovely "Willow" was here! What a great deal. Welcome to the family, Willow.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Nora's adventures conclude


Nora has two more blog entries about her adventures with us:

We took her to Georgia to visit American Girl Boutique and Bistro

And she went on vacation with us to Florida

We had lots of fun with Nora. It was very hard to send her on her way to her next host. We are going to miss her very much.


Goodbye!


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Julie


We went to American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Atlanta last weekend. Look who joined our family from that store:



Ms. Julie Albright

Now we need to get a wide angle lens to get everyone in one photograph!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Nora goes Downtown


We have been having so much fun with our Traveling Nora. I really hope to someday get her pictures blogged over here as well as on her blog. But not right now! Here are her two latest installments:

Nora Goes Downtown

Fun Things

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Traveling Toast


Toast is the sweetest little American Girl Coconut dog. He's come to spend a little time with us during his travels.



Traveling Toast arrives at his first host's home in Tennessee


Toast meets the other AG pets that currently live there.


After Toast got settled in his new home, he went out golfing with his new family.


"This ball is huge!" he says.


After a LONG walk on the beautifully landscaped golf course, Toast is ready for a rest.


Later in the week we take a trip to Dollywood.


Toast tries to get on the Thunderhead (roller-coaster) but the ride officials say he's too small.


"Finally! Something that I can do!"


Toast gets to meet the real dog that lives with his host's family.


Toast and Traveling Earhart have to wait outside on the trip to the library. No dogs allowed!


While we were downtown, we went to the Sunsphere. Toast has a great view of Knoxville from up here (even though it's raining)


The next day we stayed home and Toast got to climb trees at his host's home.


Toast curling up to rest with one of the real pets.


Toast's last day with his Tennessee host it's
raining outside, so I can't get off the porch and go play!


Oh well, I'll just stay inside and play with my new friends.
Goodbye sweet little puppy! We're going to miss you!