Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Meeting Molly

On Christmas day, I got my very first American Girl Doll.
Yes, I am 30 years old. Yes, I have a child of my own. Still, I cried when I read that Molly was being retired. I actually cried. Not only was she the doll that I wanted as a child but never got, but it meant that all of the "original" American Girl dolls from my childhood would be gone. Molly was the only one left since Felicity, Samantha, and Kirsten had all retired before her.
I remember vividly the first time I heard of American Girl. I was in the third grade. I think there was some sort of awkward moment and I tried to make friendly conversation with another girl.
I said "So, what do you want for Christmas?"
"American Girl." She said, in a sort of dignified tone. I did not know what that was.
I don't remember how I found out what it was, but before long I was browsing the catalog and imagining myself as a girl in times past. My first favorite was Kirsten, but at some point I moved on to Molly.
I was 13 for Christmas 1995 when my younger sister Holly, the blonde one, was going to get a Kirsten doll from our grandmother. I kind of still felt like I wanted a Molly doll but I thought maybe I was too old to get one. The mini dolls were released that year and she was going to get me a mini Molly instead, but they were sold out. I got a Molly Pastimes Collection which included a cookbook and theatre kit, among other things. I did really like those things, and especially loved reading the cookbook. I ended up really involved in theatre too. Looking back, I wasn't too old. Remember that, everyone. You're not too old for a doll at 13!
The next year my youngest sister, redheaded Amy, got a "Girl of Today" doll. After that, each granddaughter has gotten an American Girl doll from Gramma when they were seven years old.
In high school, two years in a row, I volunteered for the American Girl Pastime Parties at the library and performed in shadow plays featuring American Girl characters. I remember seeing some little girls in the audience from my church, dressed to match their dolls. The second year I did it was the year Kit was introduced.
thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131226-002 Fast forward to 20+ years later, and I'm crying about Molly retiring. I asked my husband if it would be silly to ask for a Molly doll for Christmas. Gramma heard about it and said she was going to make sure I got one. She was sorry she didn't get one for me earlier. We both thought I was too old for it at the time, but now we knew better. Anyone can have one.
So on Christmas morning I finally go the desired childhood doll. I'm glad I still got it as a gift from my grandmother. One of the things I always liked about Molly was that she was about the same age as Gramma, who was born in 1936. She was a little girl of similar age during World War II. 
So I got to open up an American Girl doll for the first time on Christmas morning, and my little girl was there to help me. I explained about how this was a special doll I had wanted when I was a little girl. She was very interested in all the accessories, and asked me to read the book to her.
I'm making a funny face, but you should know that I'm an excellent reader and she's not bored, just really tired.
I've also become interested in Saige because I think she looks a bit like me, so I ordered the mini doll and I love her. I can imagine collecting the mini versions of my childhood favorites.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PenPalGirls Emma Doll

Thanks to Doll Diaries we won a PenPalGirls Doll a couple weeks ago. I was so excited! I asked for Emma who has blonde hair and blue eyes like Guinevere, and is from England like my Pilgrim ancestors. She arrived Wednesday but we waited until after Thanksgiving to open her.
 A Package! Let's open it.
She came in this great box that is styled to look like a letter. We couldn't see the doll's face through the window until we stood it up and the package in the box with the doll slid down.
Guinevere wanted to take a picture with the doll, naturally. This child is Disneyland trained.
 She shipped with no clothes on! Good thing we live in California. I'm sure she wasn't cold.
She came with a letter I didn't really read it because Guinevere was so sweetly "reading" it. From what I saw at a glance though it was a cute letter from Emma which featured things about England.  I would have read the letter to her, but then something new happened. I asked Guinevere if what the doll's name was, and she said "Kelly". This is the first time that she's picked a name for a doll other than "baby".
 Guinevere is amazed by Emma Kelly. Her hair seemed to sparkle.

 We got her dressed in the outfit, I love the jacket! Guinevere has apparently not experienced sleep eyes before, and was very interested in having Kelly go to sleep.
I managed to get Emma Kelly alone for a shot of her in her outfit. Interestingly, Guinevere seemed insistent that the doll is mine, but was very upset when I put her on the shelf to take a picture. I only got one shot!
Guinevere added this build a bear skirt to Emma Kelly's outfit and gave her a ride on the rocking moose.
When Emma Kelly fell off, Guinevere decided to ride the rocking moose with her.
Like all children, Guinevere loves boxes. The doll box was an especially exciting bed/boat/bathtub.
I managed to get a couple of shots of the doll mostly alone in the box.
This is our first 18" play doll. I didn't have one growing up, and I can't remember holding or playing with an American Girl doll even though my younger sisters both had them. This seems strange, but I really can't remember ever touching their dolls. I mention this because Emma Kelly just felt different than I expected, like her limbs seemed loose. I'm not sure if they were actually loose, because they seem to be holding up to moving and carrying and everything just fine, but the feel surprised me.
She was joined by two Princess Aurora dolls, one animators collection and one Marie Osmond.

 And finally, by keeping them on the ground, I got a comparison of Emma Kelly and Animators Collection Aurora.
She is a beautiful doll and I look forward to enjoying her with Guinevere.