It's American Girl Doll fever around here these days and Abby and I both have it BAD! We recently started doing a unit study on Pioneer Life and we decided to do it using the AG Kirsten stories. Way back when, when I was in my late teens I received my very first AG doll from Santa for Christmas and it was Kirsten. She's been packed away until just recently and Abby fell in love with her. But she said "Mommy, I don't want to mess your doll up." So, we went onto Ebay and found a pre-loved doll who was in pretty rough shape when she arrived. I was ready to pack her up and send her to the AG hospital because her hair was pretty much hopeless. However, the other night I couldn't sleep. . . imagine that! So, I decided to see what I could do to try to fix her. So, Miss K and I stayed up all night doing a very deep spa treatment and after A LOT of patience and love I actually brought her back to almost new! I was so pleased and Abby couldn't believe her eyes the next morning when she saw the new and improved Kirsten. Yet, another thing to add to my mommy resume..."doll repair expert". We've also been collecting Kirsten's accessories off of Ebay and there has been a steady stream of packages arriving daily from every corner of the USA. Needless to say we are having an absolute blast. This morning Abby and I set to work on trying to make some new dresses for Kirsten to add to her wardrobe. Abby picked out these gorgeous prints and mama set to work on sewing up my very first AG outfit. Oh, and now I think I'm hooked. This was so much fun to make and I can't wait to make the next one. Abby already has fabrics picked out and she has requested a Valentines Day dress for Kirsten. The wheels of my imagination are just spinning and I'm going to get started as soon as I finish this blog post. If it turns out cute I will be sure to take a few pics and show you what I came up with!
All this is leading up to Abby's Big Birthday celebration that we are planning at American Girl Place up in DC in a few weeks. We are beyond excited and saving our pennies to do it up big! 9 is going to be a great age and I can't wait!