October 29, 2014

A Special Day!

 Remember how I said that Paige was earning money for an American Girl doll? She did it! She worked so hard, crocheting a million bracelets and I helped her make headbands and necklaces and then she set up a table in our front yard, which faces the high school. She got a few nice customers (including her Daddy, who was the first customer) and after a while some good friends stopped by to shop. Thanks to their generosity, she made half her money in one day! Another week later and she was ready to go to the AG store.

We had to go over to Kirkland on foster care business, so while we were there we hopped up to Lynnwood and picked out our dollies! After much deliberation, about 3 tours and 20 circles around the whole store, Paige picked Caroline Abbott. I love her blonde ringlets and pink dress! I had asked my husband for a Samantha doll for Christmas so that Paige and I could play together and he got it for me early. He quite spoils me!! :o) So I got to live my childhood dream, 20 years later. I'm not gonna lie, I love her. She's so pretty!

We've been playing dollies nearly every day since, after the boys go to bed, which is usually fine with me. I love spending the extra time with her. So grateful for these lovely little things in life.

Have a good night. :o)
Love,
Disney

29 comments:

  1. Awww Disney.....that is so cute!! And I'm pretty sure that Paige will love her dolly even more knowing that she worked for her and earned her :)

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    1. That's my hope! I think it will help make sure she takes care of it as well. :O)

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  2. so sweeeeeeet.. love it.. such cutie Paige...

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  3. Disney, I can just imagine you playing dollies with Paige at night. Your dolls are so sweet. I don't know if they are available here in Australia. Good on Paige for earning the money for her doll!

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure you could ship from their website! Americangirl.com :O)

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  4. This is so fantastic. I love that you had her earn the money for it. That must make it so much more special for her. And congrats to you to on your new Samantha!

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    1. Yes, I think it did make it more special. And thank you! We're having a blast with them. :O)

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  5. What a special day for you two. And Paige has the most gorgeous hair! As a 28 year old who has never cut/trimmed her hair I think this is so neat.

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    1. Thank you! I love her hair, too. Although it needs a little trim, for sure. Wow, I'd love to see your hair! It much be gorgeous after all these years!!

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  6. Paige did awesome- I feel like she'll definitely cherish the doll now that she put so much effort into saving up! Paige's glittery brogues are too cute- can you tell me where you got them? Also- much props for the book birthday party feature in Parents mag this month!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I got her shoes at Gymboree, and I love them too! I was looking for something neutral to go with everything and I was like: "What's more neutral than glitter??" haha :o)

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  7. I am totally impressed that Paige made things to sell and saved up to buy here doll. (Good parenting, BTW)
    I enjoyed the pictures of the dolly store too, and the fact that there are dresses to match the dolls for the girls to wear. Do they sell patterns for the dolly clothes? I think you, Disney, should design some for them to offer.
    Hugs

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    1. Haha thank you, Terri! I'm totally impressed with her, too. I've seen quite a few patterns online, but I should design some! That would be so fun.

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  8. How exciting! Our daughter's birthday was in September, and she got one from her grandparents. She also chose Samantha! Seeing her delight walking through the store to look around is something I'll never forget! Enjoy!

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    1. Right?! Paige wanted to order them online because she's not into long car rides, but I knew it would be worth it to her to go to the store. She was in heaven!!

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  9. I love the look on her face as she is staring up at the Caroline doll. So precious. Enjoy the doll play, what a wonderful way \of build lasting memories.

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    1. Thank you! That is my favorite photo. :o)

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  10. I thought they discontinued Samantha! I have a Samantha doll from when I was a little girl and my daughters are dying to be old enough for me to pass it down.

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    1. Yes, they did, but they just brought her back. Yay!! They didn't bring back the old outfits though, so yours will be quite special!

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  11. Ah, how cute! I always wanted an American Girl doll growing up, but never got one. I love that Paige earned the money for it herself.
    Paige's hair is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you!! I wanted one growing up, too. Better late than never, haha!

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  12. That is adorable!!! Now we want to play dolls with you next time you are nearby again! Sort of want to send you some of these extra outfits I have from a sale of handmade ones they do at my kids' school to benefit the autistic program. Let me know if you would like them! It's the teacher's Mom who makes them from donated fabrics. :)

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    1. Erin, thank you so much, I would love that!! What a wonderful thing for that woman to do, I hope to do something like that when my kids are grown as well. :O)

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  13. Way to go, Paige! Although I have to admit most of my focus was not on the dolls but on the awesome gold sneakers Paige is wearing. ;D

    I wanted a Samantha doll SO BADLY when I was a kid - mainly cuz she shared my name (which in the late 80's was an uncommon name, so I felt left out), but also because she had my favorite "era". Oh man, I used to spend hours just looking at the catalog. My mom could only afford the books, but she made sure I had every Samantha book and the specialty books (there was a cookbook and another memory/craft-type book I can't quite remember - but man, I remember that cookbook, it made me want to cook!)

    Congratulations to Paige and thanks for the inspiration to stroll down American Girl memory lane!

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    1. Haha, I know, I totally want her shoes for myself! Your childhood self sounds just like me. We couldn't even afford the books, but I went to the library and read them over and over again. Samantha was "my" girl, I'm pretty sure it was because she was nice and ladylike and rich, haha. I hope you're able to get her someday! ;)

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  14. That's very sweet. That's great that she earned her own money. My kids earn their own money for things they want to buy as well. They have a pet sitting business, and Emily at 14 is teaching sewing lessons from our home.

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    1. Thank you, Trudy! Wow, I'm so impressed by your children!! (And you-great job, Mom!) I hope Paige is that motivated when she's that age.

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