December 31, 2013

We Own an American Girl Doll


Notice I said 'we' up in the title up there! I feel like a proud owner as well! I was kind of hesitant about the whole American Girl Doll ENTITY, if you want to to know the truth. Julia has been asking for an AG doll for two years now.

I just felt like...they weren't even that cute, they were clearly part of some kind of little girl soul-sucking cult designed to part parents from their money, and what was the POINT of them anyway?

My attitude began to change last spring when I visited the mother ship of American Girl Doll stores in Los Angeles, when we were visiting friends. I couldn't believe it. It was like a department store, entirely filled with dolls. My heart kind of exploded at the sheer awesome excess of it all. This clearly could not be evil, this store devoted to little girl happiness on such a grand scale. Could it? They had a set of CRUTCHES for when your American Girl Doll gets hurt! That's attention to detail, my friends. I respect that.

Anyway, I knew that Julia would really really like a doll this holiday season and I knew that my mother (the ultimate doll lover, she gave me tons a child, and I never cared 2 hoots for them) would love to get her one. So we planned it as an early Christmas present, we went to the store in Seattle (not nearly as grand as the L.A. location!), had lunch, and then Julia picked out her dolly and a couple of outfits. She had planned for MONTHS to get one of the historical dolls and her choice never wavered from Caroline.

And now, I have to say....I'm a convert! I think the dolls are actually pretty well made, and I like how they have soft bodies, and their hair is fabulous and we've already curled Caroline's hair into amazing ringlets, and she has flannel pajamas. Flannel jammies! Santa also brought little bunny slippers for Caroline to wear.

Julia powered through the first Caroline book, and then a friend gave her the second one. We also watched the Samantha Christmas movie and I cried 3, maybe 4 times. It was so sweet, we loved it! I like how you can get a charm at the store that stands for an American Girl virtue, like confidence, intelligence, kindness, etc. Julia got the one for being smart, and she thought that was way cool, which it is.

I'm looking forward to collecting clothes and changing her outfits when Julia's at school. I love our new dolly! Someday I might want Kit or Rebecca next...they have divinely cute clothes......if we had two then I could justify getting the bunkbed that I saw........woosh! That's the sound of my money flying out the window....

21 comments:

  1. Ha! One of us, one of us, we accept her, we accept her...

    Welcome to the cult. ;o) I love the books and movies.

    Trust me, you did well to get the newest historical doll. Molly is now gone, so poor Little Sis can only add official Molly items if we get them used. Blah. And Caroline has that skiff! Did you see it in the store? Wow.

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    1. Oh, and I love the picture of your American Girl holding hers. ;)

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    2. i wish I had been using my nicer camera! isn't that quite an expression?? DOLL LOVE!!!

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    3. Skiff? I saw no skiff. :) I did see a table and chairs laden with faux treats. I wants it. :)

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  2. Hahaha, welcome dear, to the cult ;)
    I got the Kirsten doll when I was in the 2nd grade, and later Felicity (the colonial doll) even then, as a little kid, I KNEW-- even from just the expense of the doll, that they were special. My mom painted a little trunk to keep all my Kirsten pioneer clothes in. And as a history loving girl, I honestly think these dolls were great for me as a kid, and really tapped into things I loved. At one point my Kirsten doll's leg or arm got so loose from playing with that it fell off. We sent her off to 'the doll hospital' to be fixed, and she came back in a HOSPITAL gown! Totally blew my little girl mind ;) now I'm totally wanting to go to one of these big stores ;) I hope Julia loves and treasures her Caroline doll! she's beautiful :D

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    1. There was a pioneer doll?? I would have been ALL over that one! I just missed the AG Doll thing. I don't think they were around when I was in my formative years....#Melissaissuperduperold

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    2. She was the SWEDISH IMMIGRANT pioneer doll. Her Christmas story was about St. Lucia Day. (She's the one I wanted, too. My sis had Samantha, I never got one.)

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    3. Lol, see! This is where the Swedish obsession began for me! I remember making Swedish Pancakes out of my Kirsten cookbook for school :)

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    4. good grief. they want as much for the retired ones as they do for the new ones!

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  3. I had one of these as a little girl (I had Kirsten, the pioneer doll), and I will tell you what, it was probably the favorite thing I owned for years on end. I had so much fun with her. And the books were fantastic, as well! I couldn't get enough of them! I learned a lot from them, being historical books, which I'm sure my parents loved. I've never heard of Caroline, but I'm sure Julia will love and cherish her for years to come.

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    1. My mom was talking to a lady at the AG store who was telling my mom that her daughter had just stopped playing with her AG doll -- at age 16! That is so awesome!!!

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  4. SO fun! Our girls love theirs. The hubby made them both bunk beds for Christmas this year. WAY less expensive than buying them from the store.

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    1. Do you ever read the blog Posie Gets Cozy? One of my big favs. She just recently made a doll bed for her daughter out of thick cardboard and lacquered it -- it looks amazing! Crafty people.....(shakes head and sighs)

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  5. Can I just say that I always wanted an AG doll? I had a great abiding love for Kirsten, her stories, and of course her accessories! I never got one, and was always sad over the years when the company retired one of the historical dolls and started focusing on the modern look-like-me dolls.

    I love that photo of J. holding her new friend. You can see the love and tenderness radiating from her sweet face. And I love that she wanted a historical doll. A girl after my own heart.

    Have fun!!!! You'll have to post about her accessories and keep us updated on her, so I can live vicariously through you. Miss C. has zero interest in such dolls... though maybe I can hold out hope for Little Miss C.! xoxo

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    1. J was never a doll person either. But she has greatly enjoyed playing the the AG dolls at friend's houses and honestly, I think she wanted one b/c her friends all have them. But she does seem keen on changing her clothes and taking her around with her, which is really cute. (i kind of guided her in the direction of the historical dolls -- THE CLOTHES you know....but she was always keen on Caroline)

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  6. Oh, I remember my AG dolls ... I has Kirsten growing up. I really hope I have a daughter someday so I can give her a doll of her own!

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    1. I want an AG baby doll. Have you seen those?? They are so squishy and cute!!! I'm a total rabid fan now. Clearly I am very prone to brainwashing. :)

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  7. I feel like you when you talk about your hesitation. I am still not into the whole AG phenomenon because they are so big and so are their accessories! (and let's not even talk about the money involved!) But I think your girl looks adorable holding her Caroline doll! I can see how little girls would love to have her own AG doll! Please keep us updated on how Caroline adjusts to your life :) Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

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    1. Happy New Year!!! Mostly, I think I just want an entire line of pajama wear for this doll, and we can just change her into an endless parade of nightgowns and pajamas.....

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  8. I love it. I adored reading the books when they first came out when I was a little girl. (Back when there was only 3 girls) I can't wait to buy my kiddo one. I feel like it will be a right of passage. A trip to NYC to pick out our doll. LOL notice I said "our"? ;)

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