Friday, October 31, 2008

More Stuff with JD


It's so much fun to have JD visiting with us. He's a great house guest.



Baby Polly and I enjoy a time of 'outdoor' fun with the TreeHouse Swing.


I got to go to a Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game! That was lots of fun, even if they didn't win. This picture is from pre-game warm-ups. That's why there are so many players on the ice (and so few fans in the stands.)
 
 

I even got to get up-close and personal with one of the Ice Bears Hunnies. This beautiful lady even recognized me as (formerly) being an American Girl. We briefly talked about her having, who else, Samantha.

Monday, October 27, 2008

JD enjoys Dollywood


JD took a trip to Dollywood Amusement Park in Tennessee this weekend.

First I got all buckled up in the doll-sized car seat for the trip.

 
After about 30 minutes in the car, we were there!


Dollywood was having their Harvest Celebration so everything was
all decorated for Autumn. It was so pretty.
 
 
I got to eat a nice, home cooked meal at Granny Ogle's.
No, I didn't eat ALL this cornbread, but it surely was delicious.
 
I got to play the pick-a-duck (or frog) game.
 
And I took a fun ride on the Carousel.
 


I did NOT ride the Mystery Mine. That looks a bit scary.

I had a great day and the weather was perfect!
I can't wait to see what I get to do next at AmericanGirlRescue!



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Too Early?


JD has been having lots of fun with the motorcycles at AGR. Maybe too much fun.




Is it too early to fire up the dirt-bikes, Charlie?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

JD relaxes



I thought I'd post a couple more pictures of JD; he really hasn't done too much lately.


Rusty and I pose in our "Sunday Best" before we head out to church.

 
Just chillin' in my room with a great book!
 
 
Enjoying a bit of NASCAR, the PS2 way.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Treehouse Triumph


JD has Cerebral Palsy and can't run and climb like other children. Now that he has his glasses, he can better see what the other children are doing, but joining in is another challenge.



I noticed that in the backyard of AGR is a really grand, human-sized tree house!
It looks like fun, but how can I get up there to play?
 
Willow, Marisol and Adele devise a plan to help me get up into the tree house.
 
AAAAAAAHHHHH! Here I go! Whoa, steady there, Adele!
 
 Almost there!

 

YAY! With the girls' help, I'm able to play up here with them!
Thanks, new friends!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Nellie arrives!


Since Ivy arrived a couple months ago, we decided that the rest of the Historical best-friends would have to eventually come to live at American Girl Rescue.  Arriving brand new from AG last week, meet Nellie.


Welcome to Nellie!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

JD can see!


We were noticing that JD didn't seem to be able to see things far away and we were concerned for him. So we had his eyes checked:

It turned out that I could hardly see at all; I needed glasses!


 
I selected these brown, oval glasses and now I can see more of this
beautiful part of the country in east Tennessee.


First off, I noticed the beautiful rolling hills and the hay being harvested.
 
And I could see the colorful fall leaves!


Oh, and the ground dried up so I got to take a spin on the dirt bike!
AAAAAAAAAHHH!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fun Stuff with JD


Just a few things JD has done so far hanging out at AGR.
 
I was having a little trouble waking up, but then I discovered NOS.
 
After breakfast I got to play dominoes with Jess, Kit and Nicki

The dog that lives here is much bigger than Rusty.

 
We went to the college cafeteria (Dining Facility is it's proper name) for some lunch. 
I like pizza.
 
The best part was dessert: some great apple cobbler.
Unfortunately this student thought I looked like a snack.
 
It's really too bad that it's a bit rainy and the track is muddy. This motorcycle looks like it's gonna be a BLAST to play with. I hope it clears up soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Traveling JD arrives

Jagdish is a boy traveling doll. He's traveling for the very first time and we get to be his first hosts! Here is JD meeting some of the girls who live in the Dolls' House.



 JD happened to arrive in time to share lunch time with Rosa, the new girl.


Wednesday is piano lesson day, so JD got to play a little on the piano himself.


The song he learned just happened to be his favorite Queen tune.




Being that Maggie had to go the Hospital this week, JD gets to have his own room in the TreeHouse.

 



We hope that JD and Rusty will have a grand time with us here at AGR.

Rosafina


Our newest girl arrived yesterday from New York. She is a Josefina, but since we already have two Josefinas, we call her Rosafina.



Meet Rosa


Edit 10/13/08: Since I thought Rosa was coming with much shorter hair (see her make-over photos here), I have always imagined her with shoulder length hair. So I trimmed it up a bit, steamed out the kinks and now she's perfect!

My beautiful, modern Hispanic girl, Rosa!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rosa needs some work


Recently, I found a BIN $20 Josefina on ebay. So she came to live with us this week. She needed a lot of work. She had one eye that was broken, her torso seemed to be narrower on the top, and she had various paint and dirt marks as is common with play.

Rosa's ebay photo.

I took off her limbs so I could clean her torso and fluff. I discovered that a previous owner had tried to restring her by filling her arms with plaster and bungee-ing her arms together. That's why her upper body looked so narrow. Her arms were being pulled towards each other at the shoulders!


I cracked and removed all the hardened plaster and restrung her properly.

As I mentioned, one eye was broken and I've never done an eye transplant, but figured it wouldn't hurt to try on this dolly. I got the eye out, glued back the broken piece, and, with a great deal of effort, got it back in!




Here's the eye outside of Rosa's head:





Finally after working on her most of the day, she's a new girl!





Now we have three Josefinas. They are all beautiful in their own way.


Josefina (1997)                   Rosafina (2000)                       Kayafina (2002)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

AGBA - September


We took Willow down to Atlanta to the American Girl Boutique & Bistro last month to have her ears pierced (among shopping, of course) and had a wonderful time. Here are a few pictures of our time there.

The display window that's facing the mall.
 
 




The ceiling in the store. Pretty creative.
 
Willow in the salon chair at the Hair Salon.
 
 
 Willow visiting Kit in her new kitchen.
 
 
 
 Kit, Willow and Ruthie in the tree house.
 
 
 


Willow's new earrings.


We had a fun time, as always. The AGBA is always a fun place to visit.