My American Girls are trying on Maplelea clothes again! And this time they are wearing all the available outfits from Taryn’s collection.


And they fit!  Let’s go through them.

Nicki is wearing Outdoor Odyssey. The Maplelea girls usually wear this outfit with the sunshine shoes, but those were a no-go on Nicki. The clothes fit well though.


Mia is wearing the Pack-it Jacket. It fits well, and she loves the turquoise color.


Grace is wearing Close Knit. The jeans went on okay, but they were right in some spots, yet baggy in others. It was a bit odd.


Sonali is wearing Wild Rose and McKenna is wearing Garden of Discovery. Sonali could get the shoes on, but they’re not the right size.


Next up is Saige is Stampede Style. Same shoe issues as always, but otherwise adorable.


And we have Nellie in Green Team, an easy fit.


Addy loves Taryn’s pajamas, but the slippers wouldn’t stay on at all.


And we’ll finish up with two adorable winter outfits.


I’m a little surprised that all of these outfits fit. Both Charlsea and Saila’s collections had a couple outfits that didn’t work very well for American Girl dolla, but all of Taryn’s outfits work. So what’s your favorite Taryn outfit?

Wellie Wishers are new from American Girl–they’re about 13 inches tall, all vinyl, and designed for smaller hands. I don’t live near an American Girl store anymore, so the only way for me to see these girls in person was to order one. I chose Camille.


I chose Camille because she’s blond like me. And I liked her even more when she arrived and I discovered the little freckle by her eye.

I call this my first Wellie Wisher post because this is the only photo I have so far. I picked Camille up from the post office on the way to work, and I snapped this photo at work. I expect more photos to come because she’s so cute…and because I ordered all 4 of her friends. They’ll be here next week.

Disney Attractionistas

These 6 girls come from Disney World. I actually bought them online after I got back from my trip in February. From left to right their names are Pearl, Celeste, Gracey, Nellie, Maddie, and Carrie. Here are the descriptions I copied off of their boxes.

Pearl is an adventurer at heart. It seems she is always off to some tropical destination. On her many travels–with her parrot, Jolly Roger, in tow–Pearl comes back with a story for every treasure she finds. She’s always coming up with new ways to accessorize her cute outfits with her latest acquisitions. On board her favorite attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl can usually be heard “yo-ho-ing” right along!

Although she loves the fireworks at Disney Parks, Celeste feels nothing can match the light show that is our galaxy. Through her telescope–with her greyhound Rocky by her side–she gazes at stars, planets, and her favorite attraction, Space Mountain. She is very scientific and loves learning how Disney Parks are created. Her dream is to design and build a way to the stars and beyond. Each time she blasts off on Space Mountain, she feels one small step closer.

Gracey loves the night and the things that go bump therein. She enjoys being different, but Gracey is always there when her pals need a kind, reassuring voice in scary situations. She is also a killer interior designer. Along with her trusty bat Grimm, she can decorate a room that’s “to die for!” At the Haunted Mansion attraction, the Ghost Host and the singing busts are just like old pals that she feels like she’s known for an eternity.

Since her childhood expedition to the Belgian Congo, Nellie has been a nature girl. She and her tabby cat–also named Congo–find natural beauty everywhere, from rolling landscapes to bouquets of flowers. Nellie is a friend to all animals, so naturally, her hobby is wildlife photography. On her many Jungle Cruise Attraction journeys, she dreams of her next expedition to a far off land to photograph some new friends.

When London-born Maddie first set foot on US soil with her white rabbit Sugar, she was delighted to find America just as whirly-twirly as it is across the pond. She loves to spin around and say silly rhymes, so she’s right at home on the Mad Tea Party attraction! At 4pm, of course, her spinning stops for a proper spot of tea, scones and finger sandwiches. But any other time, look for a blur of pastel hair circling the Mad Hatter’s teapot–it’s Maddie having another right jolly romp!

Horses and her faithful dog Calliope are what equestrian Carrie loves. She also revels in the elegant fashion that is associated with the premiere horse shows and racing events. As graceful on the ballroom dance floor as she is riding in competitions. Carrie believes that for every “down” there’s an “up!” She is the epitome of grace and beauty; that is why the girls usually find her aboard a Disney Parks carousel, her snow-white hair swirling along with the steeds.

These girls are still looking for a nice place to live in my house.  They don’t really stand on their own, and most of their outfits prohibit them from sitting.  So they’ll probably live in a pile somewhere.  I think they’re lucky to have been freed from a box (some of my dollies are still in boxes from the move)

Well, I brought Molly on a vacation to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona. We touched on parts of Route 66, but it was hardly the route 66 adventure I imagine Molly took with her family in the 40s. But I packed her route 66 dress just in case. She also packed a couple of hiking outfits, because a lot of hiking was planned. So much hiking. That’s what I get for letting a boy come on vacation with me.

Vacation started in a city with cheap airfare…Las Vegas. We stayed at the Paris, so Molly borrowed Grace’s t-shirt.


We wandered across the street to the gardens at the Bellagio





And a couple more photos back at the Paris:



That evening we hiked around Red Rock Canyon outside of Vegas (Molly changed her clothes; I didn’t but should have!)


And the next morning we drove to Sedona. It snowed a lot (I didn’t know it snowed in Arizona at all, let alone in late April), and it was windy. I mentioned that the weather made me crave a blizzard, and bam! a Dairy Queen appeared in the middle of nowhere, Arizona:



We survived the blizzards made of both snow and ice cream and finally arrived in Sedona. We got lunch and explored town, waiting for the weather to improve before hiking. It did slightly. We got in one hike in that day.



The next day we went to the Grand Canyon. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon once before on a tour bus, but this was my first time in our own car, so we saw parts I had never seen before, like this Desert View monument:






It was crazy windy. Look how askew Molly’s braids and glasses are in this photo!


The next two days were spent back in Sedona, doing an insane amount of hiking. It was beautiful but exhausting. Molly is so lucky she got to spend most of it in the car.



And I think we need to close with a photo of the humans on the trip:


It’s been a while. Again. I wanna thank everyone for sticking with me, and new friends who are discovering old posts. I feel like I have a pretty good excuse for being away because I moved away. I hope to get more posts in now that I’m settling in to a new home and a new job. I owe you a vacation post from before I moved, and I think I owe you a Wellie Wisher post too. But today you get a moving post.



Dolly lovers will recognize some of the boxes in the moving photos. It was hard work to move this many collectibles. I’m so lucky to have a bunch of friends move at the old house and the new house. Here’s a photo of my smaller helpers playing in my new front yard:


And some additional shots of this beautiful area I’ve moved to:


I hope to see you again soon!

Did you know that I also have a Lego addiction?  Yup, so when I heard about American Girl Mega Bloks, I had to jump on them.  I found 4 sets on toysrus.com, and bought Saige’s Art Studio, Isabelle’s Studio, Grace’s 2-in-1 house, and Nicki’s Horse Stable.  Here’s the box for Saige’s set:


I was super excited to get to play with Girls of the Year who have been retired. Even their original outfits!

The box opened over the face. I dumped the pieces inside while I built.


And here’s a photo of the instruction book. It’s bound instead of stapled, and it has some pieces from the character’s story and ideas for play.


So far I’ve built 3 of my 4 sets, and I’m pretty pleased. I still like Lego better, but the sets exceeded my expectations, until I think about how they cost as much as Lego sets of similar size. But if I put a price on using the American Girl brand it evens out. I’m ready for more sets. I think Kanani’s would be pretty awesome.

And look how cute these sets look in my current Lego town:


Clockwise from the top, that’s Anna and Elsa’s Arandelle castle, Saige’s Art Studio, Grace’s Patisserie, Grace’s room, the Big Bang Theory living room, Isabelle’s Studio, and Sheriff Woody’s office. In the center is a Lego Friends market and Jungle treehouse, with Grace ziplining across the street to her room.

I think I’m gonna go build the 4th set! Bye!

This Tuesday, I had plans to hang out on my day off with my coworker. Well, she bailed, and I found myself with 2 days and no plans. A TV show mentioned Vancouver, and I knew I wanted to go. Now. I got online to see if it was possible. I don’t drive, so I checked with greyhound, and yes, there was a bus that left in about 2 hours, and would arrive in Vancouver just in time for dinner. Hotels.com had good availability, and I found a nice place in the heart of downtown for under $100 USD.

Charlsea is the newest Maplelea girl. Her character is from BC, and my Charlsea doll has yet to take an adventure. My personal luggage was light, so I let Charlsea come along.

Here we are at the bus stop at home:
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We arrived at the greyhound station to a sad sight:

It was not quite 4:00 when I arrived for a 4:15 bus. I had paid for a ticket online, but I still needed to pick it up. I asked the bus driver for help, and he let me get on the bus to try to pick up my ticket at the next station. But he knew that our arrival would be close to the time that ticket office closes too. Yikes. I was a little stressed out for this leg of the journey, but we arrived on time, and I was able to get my tickets with little difficulty. So we were officially Vancouver-bound!


Riding a greyhound bus across an international border is pretty annoying. I had done it once before on the way home from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and thankfully we had fewer passengers this trip. All passengers have to get off the bus to talk to Customs/Border Patrol. It takes a pretty long time. We arrived in Vancouver about 30 minutes after scheduled.

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My dinner craving was for this super-yummy BBQ place in Gastown. I made the customs guy chuckle when I told him I was going to Canada to eat American-style BBQ, but it is really tasty. And it’s always fun to window shop in Gastown! Here’s Charlsea in front of the restaurant.

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I got a window seat at the restaurant, and enjoyed people watching and watching the moon come out. After dinner it was a short walk to our hotel. The hotel was far nicer than I required for a one-night stay. It had a small, but complete kitchen, and a separate sitting area. Here’s Charlsea basking on the king-sized bed under a fun photo of John and Yoko:

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In the morning we took a few moments to enjoy our lovely view (woohoo, corner room!)

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Sadly that’s the last bit of Vancouver that Charlsea was allowed to see. In true Vancouverness, it rained all day. I kept her in a plastic bag while I got yummy breakfast, a food truck lunch, and shopped for shoes and candy. But here she is back at the greyhound station:


I had a good trip, but I think Charlsea wants to go back when it’s not raining, or maybe to explore other areas around British Columbia. Hopefully we’ll be back soon!