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.
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.
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.
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.
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.