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Merry Christmas AGDC Dolls! December 25, 2010


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope you guys had a WONDERFUL day and that you got everything you wanted. Let us be reminded that today is NOT about Santa, presents, treats, etc. It’s about our Savior Christ Jesus being born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. He is the TRUE reason for the season and why Christmas is what it is. Unfortunately people nowadays try to block that from us, saying how Christmas is about gifts or winter or whatever. CHRISTmas is about CHRIST, and we can’t forget that this holiday season. I pray that all of you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and Christmas break! (and to you guys up north, don’t take advantage of the snow! We don’t have any 😉 )

It was early December 25—Christmas morning. It was the day people had been talking about for months. The dolls were still asleep, dreaming about what the morning would bring.

“IIIIIITTTTTTSSSSS CCCCCHHHHHHRRRRRIIIIISSSSSTTTTMMMMMAAAAASSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” shouted Samantha on the top of her lungs.

“IIIIIITTTTTSSSSSS CHHHHHRRRRIIIIISSSTTTMMMMASSSS!” repeated Kit.

The girls got up and began jumping on their sisters to wake them up.

“What’s all this about?” asked an annoyed Kathleen.

“ITS CHRISTMAS!” shouted Kit in reply.

Poor Eva and Addy were getting stomped on by Samantha.

The rambunctious two soon awoke the whole gang. The girls had decided to sleep in their Christmas dresses, because for one, Madeline was too lazy to change them, and second, because they had been so tired after their Christmas Eve service and gift exchange that they just hit the sack. 

“Oh my goodness, sisters,” said Elsie. “It is again the day of our Saviors birth! Now let us go and see what treats Saint Nicholas brought!”

“Oh Elsie, you’re so old fashioned.” Samantha sighed. “PRESENTS FROM SANTA EVERYONE! LET’S GO!!!!!”

The girls walked quietly into their living room, filled with beautiful gifts. 

Delete caption“Santa” had eaten the cookies and milk and left a special note to the girls. 

Molly picked up the note to read it.

“Dear girls, Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! You all were very good girls. Thanks for the cookies and the reindeer food. Comet couldn’t get enough!
*Samantha – watch that mouth of yours. I don’t want you on my naughty list.

Merry Christmas!
Santa Claus

Next the dolls darted to presents. Unfortunately Madeline did not have time to wrap them like normally but the dolls were excited anyway. Kit and Sammi got into all the candy.


Felicity and Eva loved the clothes Santa brought them.

Felicity loved the crimson red color of Kit’s Christmas Dress and Eva loved the Cheerleading outfit and Diva nail stickers!

Julie loved the Rebecca Play Scenes and Paper Dolls and the Princess and the Frog movie she got.

Kathleen and Lulu were the first the open the stocking. They also loved the Rhema Marvanne CDs. She is the dolls’ favorite singer!

Josefina loved the Shirley Temple movie collection she got, with 14 features!

*Note the Shirley Temple autobiography in the background- I got that too (you can probably tell I love Shirley Temple). I am on chapter 3 and it is great so far! I’s a huge book though!

You can just guess the two girls who were ecstatic about the old-timey sewing machine.

It was a great morning in itself.

Just as Josefina was opening her dvd to see what disks were inside, a small piece of paper dropped out. It read:

“There’s one more gift yet to meet – Follow these clues, this fantastic gift can’t be beat!
Clue 1:
When I first got here, I had a look. Then a bubble bath I took!”

To read the rest of the story, click HERE. If it doesn’t load on your computer, let me know. 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

 

Baking with Julie October 25, 2010

Filed under: Baking and Cooking,Doll Fun,Julie,Real Recipes — Madeline@AGDC @ 2:40 PM

Hello! Welcome to baking class! I am your host, Julie Albright!

Julies_Cooking_Class_2 Today I will show you how to make vanilla cupcakes using a real recipe so that you can make them at home, too! Before you begin, preheat the oven to 350º and line cupcake pans with liners.

Combine 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup 2% milk, and 1/12 teaspoons vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.

Mix at low speed for two minutes and scrape bowl.  Then add 4 egg whites and mix at high speed for approximately 2 minutes and until fluffy and smooth.

Fill liners 1/2 to 2/3 of batter. Be careful not to overfill.

Bake cupcakes 20 to 25 minutes in the oven or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

When the cupcakes are done baking, let them cool for 10 minutes in pans. Then remove from the pans and place on wire rack to cool completely.

Now it’s time to decorate! Frost cupcakes with an icing bag.

You can also add sprinkles if wanted.

Ta-da! All done! Thanks for baking with me! 🙂

 

Doll Halloween Costumes! October 10, 2010

Filed under: All Dolls,Doll Fun,It's Fall! — Madeline@AGDC @ 5:04 PM

Hi! Today my dolls chose their halloween costumes!

Kit chose a silly ghost as her costume. To make this outfit:
1. Lay a white sheet of fabric/cloth over your dolls head equally.
2. Using a fabric pen, trace eye holes based on where your dolls eyes are.
3. Remove the sheet and cut out the holes.
4. Cut out a “smile” from black felt and hot-glue on.
OPTIONAL: Cut arm holes. Use a fabric pen to draw squiggly eyebrows.
5. Lay back over your dolls head and ta-da!

Eva Grace chose a Asian Geisha. It is made from Ivy’s New Year Dress, and I added a small fan in Eva’s hair, then putting it in a bun with chopsticks.
Julie chose a Pioneer. I made this costume-it is a McCall’s pattern. 🙂

Addy chose a Phoebe Fraunces costume, which is made from Felicity’s meet dress. Phoebe Fraunces was a freed African-American girl during the Revolutionary War era (we read about her in school).
Molly chose a Hip Ghostly Girl costume. We found this top in the dollar section at Target-they have tons of doll-sized seasonal T-shirts  throughout the year! The pants are from build-a-bear.
Josefina is a pet trainer. Her clothes come from different Our Generation outfits.

Samantha is quite the class clown- HER outfit is a “Hawaiian Seaweed Monster Princess”. Heehee! Her costume is made from Chrissa’s Swimsuit and yellow flower accessories from Molly’s Hula Dancer Costume (the green lei is from party city) and a grass skirt. How to make the grass skirt:
1. Take a green sheet of construction paper and cut lines from the bottom to the top (leave an un-cut space at the top).
2. Shape it around your doll’s waist. If the skirt is to big, trim the sides. If it is too long, trim the bottom.
3. Secure with a safety pin or scotch tape.

Lulu is a Candy Corn Cutie. Her top is part of her meet outfit with a candy corn sticker on her right chest. The skirt is made from a white piece of fabric being wrapped around her waist and secured with a safety pin in the back. The socks are from the dollar section at Target.
Felicity is a Ranch Gal. Her outfit is a Cowgirl Outfit from Our Generation.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the costumes and learning how to make them! To read the mini-story that goes along with it, please visit HERE.

Have a great day! God bless you!
Madeline

 

Apple Orchard! September 6, 2010

Filed under: Doll Fun,Felicity,It's Fall!,Pepperlot dolls — Madeline@AGDC @ 9:55 AM

As I told you about in my previous post, this past Saturday I got to go to the mountains with my family, close friend-family, and best friend. We only live a two hour drive from the mountains, so it was a day trip, but it was really fun! Our dolls got to tag along.

My friend Abby and I brought our dolls. She brought her Nicki, and I brought Lissie. Here are our dolls in one of the signs! It was so awesome stepping out of the car and feeling that cool mountain breeze. Fall is here again!!!!

It was just fields of apple trees and wild blackberries you could just pick and eat!!!!!

Justus Orchards rocks!!!!!

Oh, it was just so fun picking apples off the tree and just eating them!  After trying an apple and you liked it, you could pick more to put in your bucket. If you didn’t like it, you just threw it on the ground. Of course there were many rotten, half eaten apples on the ground.

If you needed a certrain amount of a certain type of apple, you could just buy a bag. Here Felicity and Nicki look through some of the bags, although I’m sure they were eager to get outside and pick their own.

APPLE DONUTS ARE SOOOOOOOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The baskets.

There were lots of other stuff here then just apples- you could pick your own blackberries, buy fresh veggies, or even try boiled peanuts.

Me and Abby( you may know her as “pepperlot”) picking apples. (I’m the brunette in the red shirt). Oh my goodness, these apples we are picking were SOOOOOOO good! They tasted like candy!!!!

Nicki poses with a fresh pumpkin.

Yummy! These were the Ambrosia apples, I believe.

A green apple tree.

Nicki and Lissie hitch a ride.

Headin’ back for some cold apple cider (it got pretty hot after a while) and some yummy apple donuts!

The end! Hope you enjoyed!

COMMENT, RATE, SUBSCRIBE!!!

 

Felicity’s Horseback Riding Lessons June 2, 2010

Filed under: Addy,Doll Fun,Felicity,Molly,Summer — Madeline@AGDC @ 2:55 PM

Some of you are probably saying to yourself, “Yes! A photostory!” Well, here goes:
It was a beautiful June morning, June 2 to be exact-the first real day of the doll’s summer. Yesterday, all the dolls had their awards and promotion ceremonies. Felicity, who had been in 3rd grade, was still asleep, hoping to be able to sleep in. She held her stuffed duck, Mr.Muggles, close. She had had him since she was a baby. Molly, who had been in 6th grade and was going to 7th grade next year, crept in slowly. “Lissie,” she whispered. “Wake up, Lissie…” Molly felt bad to wake Felicity early on her first day of summer. But she needed to, if she was going to get Felicity on time to her……

“HHHOOORRRSSSEEEBBBAAACCCKKKKRRRIIIDDDIIINNNGGLLLEEESSSSSSOOONNNSSS!” Felicity screamed. Molly slapped her hand over her mouth. “SHUSH! The other girls are sleeping.” Felicity nodded. “I know!” she whispered as loud as a whisper would go. “But I’m so excited! I’ll finally ride a horse like my Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother and namesake! Oh, do you think she’ll be brown like Gramma Lissie’s Penny was-” Molly put a finger over her lips and giggled. “We can talk ALL we want on the way to your lessons. But let’s get out of this room. We don’t want wake up our sisters. And get dressed”

Felicity changed into the horse-back riding outfit Madeline had bought her. It even had an “LA” emblem on it, which stood for Lipton Anderson, which was where Felicity would be taking her lessons. She tugged on her boots as her and Molly headed out the door.

When they got to the stables, Felicity saw a small, plump African-American women who would be her teacher. “Good golly!” she exclaimed in her sweet southern accent as Felicity and Molly approached. “I had no idea my student would be such a fine lady!” Felicity smiled but before she could say her thanks the women started again. “Anyway, you’ll have to excuse me. I’m not in usual uniform. You see, it was my day out of the staff to clean the stables. I tried to tell them I had a gal to teach, but I couldn’t get out of the job. And oh my, I didn’t have no time to change. Oh dear me, I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Anderson, I’m the co-manager of the stables next to Mrs.Lipton, and I love to teach kids like you. It’s wonderful that kids have an interest in these animals,” she said as a horse snorted. “Nice to meet you, Mrs.Anderson.” Molly spoke for Felicity. “I’m Felicity’s older sister. Could I watch her over on that bench?” Mrs. Anderson smiled a smile filled with pretty white teeth. “You sure can.” she answered. Then she turned to Felicity. “So who is my student again?” she asked. “Mrs.Anderson, my name is Felicity Merriman, Mrs.Anderson. Nice to meet me–OH I MEAN you, Mrs.Anderson!!!! I’m so sorry!” The lady laughed. “You don’t have to repeat my name so many times, child. And that’s fine. Now what got ya all roused up in horses?”

“Well,” Felicity began. “My great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- Grandmother was the FAMOUS Felicity Merriman. They even wrote a series of books about her and made a doll of her, you see. My mother named me after her. Sometimes I even dress like her. She’s my hero.” Mrs.Anderson went, awwww and muttered “Bless her heart!” as Felicity went on. “Well you see, when my Grandmother was ten like I am, she fell in love with horses. There was an awful man named Jiggy Nye in her neighborhood, who beat horses, (Mrs. Anderson puts a hand on her chest and goes, “Ooh!”, wrapped in the story) “And, one day she was helping her father’s apprentice, Ben, deliver some horse things to him. My many-greats grandmother saw his new horse, Penny, and saw how badly he treated it. So in the night, my Grama Lissie-that’s what I call her- visited the horse to give it food and treat it well. She even learned to ride it. She eventually set the horse free so it wou;dn’t die from Jiggy’s harsh treatments. One day at her grandfather’s plantation, Grama Lissie was reunited with Penny, and she loved her and took care of her. I’ve read my Grama’s 6 biographies about her and Penny. I want to follow in her footsteps of being a hero and saving Penny. Also, I want to glorify God.” Mrs. Anderson grinned. “What a great story! That’s a better answer than any of my students have said when I asked them why they wanted to learn to ride. C’mon, I’ll let you meet Blackie.”

“This girl always ends up being my students’ favorite. Meet Blackie.” Felicity reached her hand out. She was a little nervous about how BIG the horse was. But the anxiety melted away when she felt the horse’s soft mane. “Now,” began Mrs.Anderson, “The first and most important step for being a rider is to get familiar with his/her horse. You need to meet your horse and give her the ability to trust you. If she doesn’t, she won’t let you ride her. But Blackie does nice on children after she meets them, and I can already tell you’ll be a natural.”

“Here,” said Mrs.Anderson, handing Felicity a bucket of apples. “Try feeding her. That’s a good way of earning trust from her.” Felicity took an apple from the bucket. “Here, Blackie, sweet darling, c’mon, Blackie, I won’t hurt you.” Then she made kissy noises as a coax to get Blackie to come near her. Like magic, Blackie took the apple out of Felicity’s hand. A wave of astonishment passed over Felicity. The horse’s tongue tickled. Excitedly, Felicity pulled another apple out, and the horse took it. After that she patted Blackie, guessing two apples were enough for a snack. Mrs. Anderson, who had been watching from afar, came over. “I’m impressed, Felicity!” she said. “It usually takes a while for Blackie to get near kids, even though she ends up loving them. But she came right up to you. And you even knew when enough apples were enough, you didn’t over feed her. Maybe I’ll let you brush and wash her. How’s that?” Felicity nodded.

Felicity washed Blackie and brushed her in circular motion the way Mrs. Anderson had taught her. Soon, the horse was clean and “neighed” at Felicity. “That means he loves you!” her teacher assured her. Felicity giggled and petted the horse. “I love you too, Blackie!

Finally, it was time for riding. Felicity sucked in her breath as Mrs.Anderson hooked up the bit and saddle and other supplies and secured the helmet on Felicity’s head. “Hop up. Uppity up!” Mrs.Anderson coaxed her and helped her up onto the huge saddle. Felicity felt as if she were on the top of a mountain. “We are going to trot. I will hold the reigns.” Mrs. Anderson said. Felicity felt amazing on top of the horse. It was great. Felicity leaned forward and held onto Blackie’s mane as if she were going 100 miles per hour. “Don’t worry,” Mrs. Anderson said. “You won’t fall off.” Felicity laughed from the joy of riding a horse. “It’s not that,” she said. “I’m pretending I am in a horse race, and I must go super fast! Hee-yah!” Now it was Mrs. Anderson’s turn to laugh. You deserve to try it on your own. I will be right here to catch you if you fall. Now ride to you hearts desire.” She handed the reigns to Felicity, who rode quite fast for a beginner around the large prairie. She felt just like her Grama Lissie. Finally, the miraculous ride had to be over. How could Felicity bear it?

“My Golly oh MY!” exclaimed Mrs. Anderson. “I am going to enter you in a fine respected horse show. Don’t doubt it. Just a few more lessons and I WILL. That canter–from a first-timer! It’s in your heart, child, not your brain or mind like with most children. You don’t need me to teach you. But we both want me to. You are AMAZING, let me say!” Felicity hugged her. “You are a great teaher, Mrs.Anderson!!!! I cannot wait till next week for my lesson!”

 

Happy Easter, AGDC Dolls! April 4, 2010

Filed under: All Dolls,Doll Fun,Holiday,Maria Kit,Mia,Spring has Sprung! — Madeline@AGDC @ 8:47 PM

It was an early Sunday morning in April—Easter Sunday, to be exact—and Elsie and Kathleen were dressed and all ready for the celebration. “Good morning, my sisters!” Elsie’s sweet voice rang out in a song. “It is Easter, and we must arise early!” Felicity rolled over in bed on the other side of the room. “Whhhyyyy???” she asked sleepily. “Because!” said Elsie. “The Lord has risen!” Felicity yawned, got up, woke her sisters up, and told them, “The Looord (yaawn) has risen (yawn)…” One by one the girls popped out of their beds and dressed in their Easter dresses.

The first girls to get dressed were Addy (FAQ: Q: Did it take a while to do Addy’s hair? A: Yes, Yes it did.), Samantha, and Josefina. Addy was wearing her Christmas Dress, but today she would pretend it was a springtime dress. Josefina was wearing a spring flowers outfit and Samantha’s dress was sewn by Madeline.

Kit leading the way, the girls trudged down the hall excitedly, anxious to see what the Easter Bunny had left them.

Kit was the first to notice two colorful Easter baskets just the size for an American Girl doll parked on the table. “Look at this!” she cried. “Look what Mr.Easter Bunny left for us!” *Madeline winking to herself in the background*. “Oh my goodness!” shouted Kit. There’s candy and stickers in here!”

“And, oh, there’s one of…of…. of ME!” Kit sighed dramatically. She was almost jumping up and down at the fact she was a sticker. “I have got to show Maria Kit this at our next playdate! She’ll FLIP to see ourselves as a sticker!” Kit hugged the sticker pack close. But she wasn’t the only one surprised.

Not only Kit, but Josefina, Felicity, and Addy also had stickers of themselves!!! Wow!!! It was incredible! All the dolls wanted a chance to see their sister as a sticker.

“Yall look!” cried Addy in her sweet southern accent. “There are not only stickeroos of us, but there is an envelopes and stationary kit, and also word stickers!” The dolls were fascinated as they munched down on mini chocolate rabbits.

This is what Madeline came out to. A bucket of chocolate eggs and candy, a movie called “A Little Princess“, a book called “Amelia’s Middle School Survival Guide”, and a summer-time dress and  knee socks.

Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. It was Maria Kit and Mia! Maria Kit and Kit were best friends, and Madeline’s family knew Maria Kit and Mia’s owner’s family very well, so the dolls got to come over a lot. But it was still a  great surprise! “What are you doing here?” Kit laughed, hugging her friends. “We couldn’t miss Easter!” said Mia. “Well, come in,” said Kit. “Your just in time. We are just about to read  ” The First Easter”.

The girls gathered around. “Ok,” began Elsie. “I am going to read you the story of the first Easter. Is everyone ready?” Everybody nodded. “yes.”

“Once upon a time, over 2000 years ago, a baby named Jesus was born in a stable. Do you remember me telling you that story? Jesus was born in Bethlehem. His parents, Mary and Joseph, were visiting there because of the census, which was when Caesar Augustus wanted record of everybody and wanted them to be taxed. Mary was pregnat with the holy baby, which an angel told her to name Jesus. When they got to Bethlehem, there was no room in any of the inns. One man who owned a inn felt sorry for the ill and pregnat women and her husband and told them the only place they could stay was a smelly stable. Imagine…..the holy King of Kings who would die for us and rise again, the Prince of Peace, was born in a smelly, old, nasty stable with His only company some donkeys, sheeps, and shepherds.”

“Jesus grew up like a regular boy and man and did many miracles. He was the only perfect one, and He never did anything wrong. Not even the teeniest little white lie or bad thought. He was perfect. Many people wanted to see Him and touch Him.”

“One day, he rode into town on a donkey on what we now call “Palm Sunday.” The reason it was called that is because the people took palm branches and waved them at Jesus. They called, “Hosannah! Hosannah is the King of Isreal!” Some men ripped the clothes off their backs and made a walkway for Jesus. But Jesus was sad because he knew that by the end of the week these same people would be calling out something very, very, different.”

“One of Jesus’s disciples, Judas, betrayed Him and helped the Roman soldiers arrest Him if they gave him money. So the soldiers gave Judas the money and he told them where Jesus was. Jesus knew that they would kill Him. But it was the plan to save the bad, sinful world, so Jesus knew He had to do it. They beat Jesus and put thorns on His head. You may think, “Oh, he must have done something really terrible!” But Jesus did nothing. Nothing at all. Pilot didn’t think he did anything wrong either, but the people insisted so. So Pilot ordered the soldiers to beat Jesus more so the people would be happy. After, Pilot took Jesus and a cold-hearted, mean, scoundrel criminal who killed people and murdered and stole. That man’s name was Barabas. Pilot told the people he would kill one of them. The mean criminal and muderer, or Jesus. The people said Barabas shoudl be let free, and they yelled “Crucify Him!” at Jesus. The people yelling “Crucify Him!” were the same people who earlier in the week were calling out “Hosannah!” So why were they now calling “Crucify Him?” Maybe they didn’t want to be different. They didn’t want to be made fun of. “If I stand up for Jesus,” they thought, “Will I be crucified?” So they went with the crowd and thought of themselves. So Pilot, even though he didn’t think anything was wrong with Jesus, he decided to go with what the crowd thought, too, and he ordered Jesus to be killed. Jesus died on the cross on what we now know as Good Friday. It was sad and horrific, but Jesus was saving the world and relieving them of their sins. Jesus was perfect. We are all sinners. Jesus, a perfect one, had to take all the sins of the world on Him and suffer so we wouldn’t have to. When we sin today, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us, and He will.”

“But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Three days later, on the very first Easter, He came back to lie. Jesus is still alive and is all around us. We celebrate Easter because Jesus has saved us and then He did not stay dead, but He rose again. We can thank the Lord for saving us, and we can ask Him to come into our hearts.  He will always be there for us, even if we can’t see Him. That’s what faith is.”

“That’s the end of the story!” Elsie said, shutting the book. The girls clapped and cheers. Elsie held up her hand. “Let us pray. Dear  Jesus, thank you for this day. Thank you for dieing on the cross for our sins and suffering so we didn’t have to. But you did not stay dead, for three days later you rose again. We thank you that we can put our trust in you and can say we are Christians. Please forgive us for everything that displeases you. Help us to live a life of faith, and help us to be more like you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.”
The girls clapped. “Time for the egg hunt at Julia and Hannah’s house!” shouted Samantha! “Yay!” the AGDC dolls cheered. Felicity clapped. “Come on! Last one there is a rotten Easter Egg!”

THE END! 🙂 🙂 🙂

HAVE A HAPPY, HAPPY EASTER!

 

Which Doll should tag along with me and come to the Mint Museum? April 3, 2010

Filed under: All Dolls,Doll Fun,Poll,Spring has Sprung! — Madeline@AGDC @ 10:00 AM

This is a half photostory/poll. First, read the story, than vote who you think should come with me to the Mint Museum of Art!

It was the pretty Saturday morning in April, and the dolls were doing there own things around the house.

Some of the girls were reading. Josefina was reading the newest American Girl Magazine. Molly was reading “Meet Rebecca”. And Elsie was reading her favorite verses in the Best Book of All, the Bible.

Kit was reading too. “What REALLY Happened to Humpty Dumpty?” was her favorite book. Since Kit, being only in first grade, wasn’t the BEST reader yet, she mainly looked at the pictures and guessed what the characters were saying.

Kathleen was doing the laundry. Addy was helping her.

Felicity, Samantha, and Eva Grace were watching morning cartoons, and Lulu was dressing the mini dolls.

Suddenly Kit stood up and walked over to Lulu. “Can we go to the park today?” she pleaded. “You can practice your soccer and everything and I will be a good girl and I won’t knock that girl off the monkey bars again!”
“Last time you were a nuisance, Kit. Says the other childrens’ moms to eachother.”
“What did I do so bad?”
“Well, you sat on top of the monkey bars and crushed that girl’s fingers, causing her to fall off.”
“On accident!”
“You kicked up all the dust into a dog’s face.”
“I was TRYING to kick a soccer ball. But a weird boy took it away before I could finish kicking.
“Then you climbed UP the slide and roared at the little kids who were trying the slide DOWN.”
“I was being a lion! A friendly lion! I wanted them to pet me!”
Lulu laughed. “Ok, I’ll take you to the park if you PROMISE to act like a normal kid. Get dressed.”
“ICE CREAM?” Kit asked wildly, jumping up and down.  Lulu sighed. “I guess so. It is the hottest week of the year so far.”

Molly, Josefina, and Elsie stood up, yawned, and got up from their readings to get breakfast. Molly brought up, “You know, ALL of next week is Spring Break for Madeline. That means she’ll have time to do all kinds of stuff with us.” Josie nodded. “I think I heard that Madeline, her mom, and her sister are going to the Mint Museum of Art sometime next week. That should be fun.” Elsie agreed, pouring her cereal. “I wonder,” she spoke softly in her beautifully delicate voice. “If she will take along one of us to accompany her.” Molly got the spoons and passed them out. “Why not?” she said. “It would make a jim-dandy photo story.” Elsie and Josefina looked at her with their heads tilted, looking confused. “Jim-dandy?” they asked. Molly sighed. “Your not from the 40’s. Anyway, she probably will, anyway. Who do you think she’ll take?” Elsie curtsied, a sign to show she’d like to speak. “Well, I believe she will take the doll who’s character or time period matches the destination. For a valid example, she took along me to the Biltmore House because it the Vanderbilts were much alike the Dinsmores, and the Biltmore House was similar to mine. And I was alike Cornelia Vanderbilt. Do you understand why she chose me?” Molly and Josefina nodded. “You have a point. But who is like the Mint Museum of Art?” I’ve got no clue.” Elsie agreed. “I am aware of a clue neither.”

Samantha, Felicity, and Eva Grace walked in, just as The Penguins of Madagascar shut off.What even is the Mint Museum of Art, anyway?” Samantha asked. “Well,” began Molly. “It’s a museum.” Samantha gasped sarcastically. “NOOO! I would have never thought that the Mint MUSEUM of Art was a MUSEUM! Wherever did you hear that?” she sighed. “Molly, I meant what is IN the museum.” Molly shrugged. “Art.” she said simply. Now, Felicity, Eva Grace, Samantha, Josefina, and Elsie all together went, “NO!” Molly understood their sarcasm. “Ok, it’s like a museum, ok, and there’s art in it. But different kinds of art. Like there’s a whole exibit of clothing from long ago up until now. There is everything from ball gowns to shoelaces, in that exibit, I promise you. There is one part where they have Native American basket weavings, and they have another section where they have like, LIFE SIZE portraits–No BIGGER than life-size portraits of people like Anastasia and stuff.”

Eva Grace clapped. “I love that movie! Oh, Once upon a December….
“Not the movie.”
“Oh.”

Molly went on. “There’s all kinds of stuff.  Everything from Native American little clay people, I guess you could call them, to modern art. It’s really fun.”
Felicity said, “Well who is gonna go with Madeline and her sis and mom?”
Samantha raised her hand. “There’s only one and ONE only person to ask.”