Posts Tagged ‘chrissa’

I picked up all the new BeForever outfits a few weeks ago, immediately after they were released.  Now they’re all on sale for about 20% off.  Sigh.  But these photos I took may benefit some of you who are thinking about grabbing these items now that they are on sale.  I was gonna post a really clever story about all of them, but I ran out of energy.  I’m pretty sure I have pneumonia, because everything inside my rib cage is aching as if I’ve done hours of heavy lifting (I haven’t).

So enough complaining, and on to the photos I took a couple weeks ago!

Ivy in Julie’s coat and beret:

Kirsten in Julie’s skateboard outfit:

Mia in Julie’s Maxi Dress:

Kailey showing off Julie’s new sunglasses (she dropped Julie’s tie-dye bag behind the TV…I think I’m gonna have to punish her):

Lindsey in Julie’s Funky Flower Outfit:

Ruthie in Kit’s Springtime dress:

McKenna with Kit’s new overalls and chicken:

Isabelle in Rebecca’s bathing suit:

Julie in her holiday dress and egg chair:

Nellie in Samantha’s Special Day dress:

Felicity in Samantha’s dress:

Chrissa in Samantha’s travel set (and Samantha’s old dress):

Saige in Samantha’s Flower Picking outfit (and the hat from her hairstyling set):

Addy’s new dress:

Marie-Grace in Addy’s sewing dress:

Kaya’s new shawl outfit:

There are some really great outfits in this set.  My first thoughts were “nice, but I wish they didn’t cost so much.”  The sale prices make them just about right.  Not exactly a bargain (like $55 Julie doll from the today show), but a fair price.  I wonder how long these “limited edition” outfits will be around.  I’m also surprised Caroline and Josefina got left out for this release.  Are they on their way out?  While I would be sad to see them go, I hear we’re getting new historical characters soon!  We’ll talk more about that later.  So long for now!

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Ever since I posted old vacation photos on Monday, I’ve been yearning for another vacation!  Too bad my boss is failing to approve any vacation requests.  So, let’s look back on the adventures that my dollies and I have been on over the last few years…

February 2013, Seattle with Leonie


April 2013, Tulip Festival with Brianne


April 2013, Oak Harbor with Saige, Elizabeth, and Mia

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May 2013, Disneyland with Mini Kit


June 2013, Chicago with McKenna


June 2013, Mackinac Island with Caroline

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July 2013, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia with Jenna

August 2013, the state fair with Brianne


September 2013, Rieke came home with me from London


October 2013, Albuquerque with Saige

November 2013, Disney World with Mini Dolls






January 2014, New Orleans with Cecile

March 2014, Seattle with Henriette

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March 2014, Bellingham with Ruthie (and Valerie and the twins)

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April 2014, UW and a Mariners Game with Sonali



April/May 2014 Maui with Kanani


May 2014, pageant in Texas with Kit


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July 2014, Whistler with Taryn

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July 2014, Nauvoo, Illinois with Chrissa

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August 2014, the zoo with Jess

October 2014, Manitoba with Saila

December 2014, the ballet with Isabelle

January 2015, Sing-a-long Sound of Music with Kirsten

January/February 2015, Disney Cruise with Grace

Where to next?

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Finally, the last chapter of what I got for Christmas!

My mommy has been hunting on ebay lately, and she found me 4 retired American Girl outfits!  Four!!!!  Chrissa is modeling a Halloween costume from the late 90s, Felicity is in her Spring Dress and Pinner Apron, Kirsten is in her work dress, and Samantha is in her bathing costume!  So cute!

So that’s what my dollies got for Christmas.  I got a kayak and a unicorn wearing Lederhosen.  Pretty great Christmas,  I’m a little ashamed that I will still have a Christmas tree up in February.  I wanted to leave it up for a little bit past new years, but then January slipped away from me, and I’m leaving for vacation on Tuesday, and yeah, the tree will still be up in February.  Oh well.  It’s a really pretty tree!

Merry Christmas!

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6 days to go!

I’m going to American Girl in 6 days!  To celebrate Girl of the Year 2015, here’s Chrissa (girl of the year 2009) and her 2 best friends.  2009 was the only year we got more than one doll of the year.  The word on the street is that the concept was a flop and will most likely not be repeated.  Whatever.

My weird new camera thought this photo would look better in sepia. Whatever.

Heres a photo from when I got Gwen (this year!) of all three girls in the dresses they came in:


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Josefina is from New Mexico.  New Mexico in 1824, which was still part of Mexico.  I think her clothing is pretty awesome.  I heard a rumor that she’s getting new outfits next spring, along with a Beforever journey book.

Group photo:


Kanani looks like una santa in Josefina’s holiday outfit:


Nicki in Josefina’s Spencer Jacket:


My mommy made this nightgown!  Here’s a photo of Chrissa wearing it while hugging Sombrita:


A Gwen le gusta el sombrero y el vestido del verano:


Kaya looks really nice in Josefina’s vest dress:


I can never remember if this dress is called the feast dress or the fiesta dress.  Either way, here’s Josefina and her oven:



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Kit got 3 new outfits with the launch of Beforever, as modeled by the 3 girls in the front row:

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Back row: Kit in the Reds Fan Outfit, Nellie in the summer dress, Ivy in Ruthie’s Christmas dress, Caroline in Kit’s birthday dress, Kaya in the winter coat

Row 4: Felicity in the Scooter outfit, Samantha in the Hobo outfit, Marie-Grace in the School Skirt set, Emily in the Christmas dress, Kailey in Ruthie’s Play Outfit

Row 3: Marisol in Kit’s Reporter Outfit, Rebecca in the Floral Print Dress, Ruthie in Kit’s school jumper, Lindsey in the swimsuit, and Kirsten in the Play Suit

Row 2: Julie in Kit’s meet outfit, Molly in Kit’s beach pajamas, Elizabeth in Ruthie’s pajamas, and McKenna in Ruthie’s meet outfit

Front row: Saige in the new photographer dress, Cecile in the new meet outfit, and Chrissa in the new reporter dress

Here are some closeups of my favorites:

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And I forgot her relatively new candy-making dress in the group photo:


I really like Kit’s new outfits, but they seem more 50’s than 30’s to me.  But what do I know, that was decades before my existence!

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Here are some photos from my most recent vacation!  I went to Illinois (and a little bit of Iowa) and I brought Chrissa.

First stop: breakfast at Cracker Barrel:

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Then we hit the road and headed out to Nauvoo, Illinois.  Nauvoo is a tiny village on the banks of the Mississippi.  It was settled by the Mormons in the 19th century, and they lived there for a few years before they got kicked out and headed to Utah.  The church has since bought back the property and made a really fun historical site.  And it’s free to all visitors!

We started our day with a wagon ride:

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We also visited the blacksmith shop:


The blacksmith let Chrissa keep the little horseshoe he made!


Here’s a cute wagon outside the blacksmith shop.  Only the first few families to leave Nauvoo for Utah were able to take advantage of wagons.  They didn’t have enough time or labor to build everyone a wagon.  They also ran out of able horses and oxen.

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We also visited the drug store and general store:

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Then we went to the brickyard:

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They give everyone a free souvenir brick!

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Outside the brickyard, we ran into a doll I thought was Caroline, but if you look closer this doll has blue eyes and line brows, so isn’t Caroline.  But she was dressed the same way that my Caroline dressed when we went to Mackinac Island last summer!

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We also made rope and yarn, visited the bakery, watched 2 shows and went to the pageant.  It was a really fun time.  I highly recommend a visit to anyone in the area, church members and not.  It was a fun pioneer village.  Temple’s pretty too:

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The temple was rebuilt in 2002, but here’s a sunstone from the original temple, that was torched and then blown off the map by a couple tornadoes:

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We stayed 2 nights in Nauvoo, and we headed a few miles down the road to Carthage, Illinois on Friday morning.  Carthage is the county seat of Hancock county.  Joseph Smith was in the jail when he was killed.  The Carthage Jail is now an important historic site for the church.  Here’s a statue of Joseph and his brother Hyrum (also killed at the jail):

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Then I begged my friends in the car to cross the river into Iowa.  Iowa is now the 44th state I’ve ever been to.  We ate lunch there:

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After lunch we headed back to Chicago.  We spent Saturday at Valarie’s family’s house.  One of her nieces has a very nice hand-me-down Kirsten:

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Don’t you love Kirsten’s jacket?  Valarie’s brother took his daughters to a Cub’s game this summer and they gave them away.  The best part: each jacket came with a coupon to give to a friend, and they gave a coupon to me!  The next day I took the coupon to American Girl Place in Chicago and got my own jacket for free!  So cool!!

So on Sunday we went to Chicago.  I didn’t take a lot of photos of Chrissa in Chicago because McKenna has already visited Chicago, but I did take a photo of Chrissa and Chrissa:


And on Monday we headed home.  It was a pretty good vacation.  The weather was very cooperative.  I’m ready to plan my next vacation.  Maybe Canada, maybe one of the 6 states I haven’t seen yet (which are Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama by the way).  That’s in October.  I might try to squeeze in a quick getaway before that.  Stay tuned!

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…and it feels so good. Best friends Chrissa, Sonali, and Gwen are finally together again. Chrissa’s even out of the wheelchair! It’s like a miracle!


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Dolly A-Z: Chrissa

Chrissa is girl of the year 2009. She was the first girl of the year to get a movie. She was the first girl of the year to get friend dolls (who sold poorly, so she will most likely be the last girl of the year to get friend dolls). Here’s a collection of Chrissa photos:

So what do you think of Chrissa? I think her short hair looks adorable with her round face. I feel like she has a lot of personality, but I think that’s just because she has a movie, and I’ve watched it about a dozen times!

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If you were born yesterday, and therefore know nothing about American Girl, then I’d like to introduce you to the Girl of the Year. Well, 12 of them actually. American Girl didn’t start calling them Girls of the Year until Jess was released in 2006. Lindsey and Kailey were released as limited edition–while supplies last, and if I recall they lasted a little longer than a year. Since then, each girl has been available for only 1 year. I was going to stop after Jess, but then I saw Nicki in person at American Girl Place Chicago, and I had to take her home. After that, I just had to keep collecting. Here they are, from left to right, back row to front:

Lindsey Bergman, 2001
Kailey Hopkins, 2003
Marisol Luna, 2005
Jess Akiko McConnell, 2006
Nicki Fleming, 2007
Mia St Clair, 2008
Chrissa Maxwell, 2009
Sonali Mathews, Chrissa’s Best Friend (absent from my collection is Chrissa’s other best friend Gwen. 2009 is the only year they released more than 1 doll.)
Lanie Holland, 2010
Kanani Akina, 2011
McKenna Brooks, 2012
Saige Copeland, 2013

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Who’s your favorite Girl of the Year?

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