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.


Saturday, September 22, 2007


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!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Nora's adventures continue

It is kind of hard to keep up with this blog AND Nora's blog while she's here. So for this entry I'll just direct you to Nora's blog entry about what she's been doing. That way I don't have to re-post all that stuff twice! (I'm writing on her blog as her while she's with me. When she goes on to her next host, then the next host will be writing as her on her blog...get it?) So now you can keep track of her even after she leaves our house. This will be fun!

Read about Nora and her "Fun Friday" here.

Read her entry about visiting "Dollywood" here.

Here are a few more pictures on her blog.

Whew...that's much easier than me trying to re-post all that on here! Enjoy!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Nora's first day here

We have a traveling doll at our house! A traveling doll is when someone takes one of their American Girl dolls and sends her to different hosts for a couple weeks at a time. The point being to learn about different states and countries. Traveling Nora (GT#23), along with her pet dog, Earhart, is originally from Wisconsin, but she came via her first host in Florida yesterday. She will spend two weeks with us before I send her on to her next host. Fun!

"It's been a long, hot week, Earhart," said Nora, "But I think we're almost to our new host's home in Tennessee." Nora and Earhart continued their journey down the lane.

"Yep, this certainly looks like where we're supposed to be. Let's go up to the door and see if anyone's home," declared Nora.

Nora gets to meet all the other sisters who already live at her new host's home. "Boy, there certainly are a lot of other girls who already live here," Nora exclaimed. "Are you all traveling too?" "No," said Jess. "We all live here."

Earhart is introduced to the other AG pets that live at his new host's home. Rascal (Marisol's kitty), Posie (Felicity's lamb), Tatlo (Kaya's dog), Sandy (Kailey's dog), Original Coconut, Coconut, Licorice, another original Coconut and another Licorice! That's not counting the two real cats and one real dog that are here!

The other girls clear out a closet for Nora to be able to unpack and hang up her things. "Wow, I'm going to have a lot of fun at this house, I can tell," Nora exclaimed. "I'm glad I got to come to Tennessee."

After getting all unpacked Nora and Earhart decide to go on a golf outing.

Earhart has his own set of clubs and he and Nora head for the links.

"Wow, my club is a bit big for me, but I'll try this anyway." Nora declared.

"This place is HUGE," Nora said. "Do we really have to walk it all?"

"The flag is pretty big too, but I think I can manage to get it out of the hole," Nora added helpfully

"The hardest part of golfing is trying to convince Earhart that he shouldn't be chasing the balls!

"Wait, I see a beautiful pebble in here.....if I could just reach down a little further."

After her long day of traveling, moving in and golfing, Nora is greatly relieved to be able to get in her jammies and into a comfortable bed. "Goodnight!" she says.