New Girl

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I really was not planning on buying another doll. But as I do not have much self-control in the AG store, a new girl came home with me yesterday.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

Please welcome Parker (#40) to the HHOAG family.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

I haven’t quite figured out her personality yet. But I believe she’ll be fourteen, with a love for the paranormal. I’m not entirely sure, though.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

I almost got #64 instead, but I fell in love with Parker’s short hair.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

I also bought the Tropical Print Dress from the new mix-and-match set.

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My dad bought the Blue Sandals for me.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

Would anyone like a review of her? Maybe a comparison between Parker and Ivy?

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

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American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

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I got a pink hoodie and jeans.

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And the Geo-Print Shorts.

That’s all I got at the D.C. store. I’ll probably do some reviews.

Anyway, please welcome Miss Parker.

-Loren

*DRUM ROLL* Introducing . . .

Hello, hello!

My new American Girl doll arrived today! I decided to sit in the driveway and read a Sherlock Holmes mystery while waiting for her to arrive. Because reading about a British genius will make the mail arrive sooner.

LOGIC.

So, isn’t it cool that it’s Leap Day? I always wished that I had been born on February 29th . . . (btw, who else saw today’s Google Doodle? I almost died from the cuteness of it.)

Anyway! Are you ready to see who I got?

Drum roll, please . . .

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 American Girl Beforever

Here’s a hint: she’s a Beforever doll!

Everyone, please give a warm welcome to . . .

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

ELLIE LARKIN!

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Yes — as so many of you correctly guessed, I bought American Girl’s 50’s doll, Maryellen Larkin.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Since I already have a doll with “Mary” in her name (I’m looking at you, MJ), I decided to rename her Elise — Ellie for short.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Wave hello, Ellie! 🙂

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

She is so beautiful, and I’m super happy that I got to add her to my collection.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

The Happy House of AG doll count has been upped to twelve! O.o

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

I love how innocent she looks. ☺

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

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American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Can we talk about her ponytail? ‘Cause it’s just super cute.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Do you have Maryellen Larkin?

-Loren

The Guessing Game

Hey!

This is going to be a short, picture-less post, but it’s sort of important anyway.

*deep breath*

I GOT A NEW DOLL!

I ordered her a few days ago, so she should arrive . . . um . . . I honestly don’t know when she’s going to arrive. Hopefully soon. (btw, I used my own money to buy her.)

Which American Girl doll do you think I got? Post your guesses in the comments!

-Loren

“Can I Stay?”

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We were gathered around the sliding-glass door, watching the snow fall. There was already a foot of the powdery white goodness on the ground, and it showed no signs of letting up anytime soon. Everyone was excited to run outside and romp around in the snow, but Loren advised us to wait until the swirls of wind died down.

That was when the doorbell rang.

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No one seemed to noticed it.

Even Caroline, who usually answered the door, was too caught up in the drifting snow.

I sighed, fixed my beige and white scarf, and trudged to the front door. I was hoping that it wouldn’t be some kid asking to shovel the driveway.

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When I cracked open the door, I saw a girl standing on the snow-covered mat. She didn’t have a winter coat, just a white T-shirt, and was shivering from the cold. Her lips were almost blue.

“Come in!” I exclaimed out of pity, stepping to the side to let the girl in.

“Th-thank you,” she whispered through chattering teeth.

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The girl came inside, stamping her boots on the mat and shaking snowflakes out of her long caramel hair. We stood in an awkward silence for awhile, watching each other.

Finally, I asked, “Pardon me, but, um, why aren’t you wearing a coat? It’s freezing out there.”

The girl shrugged. “The weather in Brazil is really different, and nobody bothered to tell me that there was a snowstorm going on here.”

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I reached out and shook her hand. “I’m Nevaeh.”

“Eve Cortez,” she told me.

“Uh, Eve, I think that maybe you should stay here until the wind calms down,” I said. “As long as you think your parents would be OK with that, I mean.”

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Eve brushed a snowflake off her cheek. “Thanks for the offer. I’m sure my parents will be fine with that.”

I twisted one of my blonde curls into a tight rope. “Great!” I smiled. “If you’d come with me into the kitchen, I could get you some cocoa and introduce you to my sisters. We’re adopted sisters, by the way, not biological ones.”

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Eve jerked off her hiking boots and followed me into the kitchen.

I silently congratulated myself on being so bold. I was painfully shy by nature, and talking to strangers — even friendly ones my own age — was hard for me.

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Eve’s POV

Nevaeh lead me into the kitchen, where a bunch of girls were crowded around a glass door, watching the snow fall.

“Um, this . . . this is Eve Cortez,” Nevaeh announced to the people that I guessed were her sisters. They all waved hello, and Nevaeh told me their names: Tracy, Caroline, Saige, Molly, Emily, Isabelle, Ivy, Savannah, and MJ. Nevaeh was the newest girl in their family, having been adopted in October.

“Eve is staying with us until the wind dies down a little bit,” she explained.

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After we’d all gotten acquainted, Nevaeh asked, “What were you doing in Brazil?” She hastily added, “Remember? When I let you in, you told me something about the weather in Brazil being really different, and that’s why you were wearing a T-shirt.”

“Oh, yeah,” I said. “OK. Well, I went to Brazil with my parents so that I could visit my older brother Zac. He was living in the Amazon with some Brazilians as a part of his college experience or whatever. We visited with Zac, blah blah blah. Then my parents decided to extend their vacation — you know, go on a trip without kids — so they sent me home to Missouri on an airplane, but I kind of boarded the wrong flight. So here I am! I couldn’t figure out how to contact my parents to tell them I wasn’t in St. Louis, so I walked around for awhile looking for someplace to stay until they got back to America.”

I took a deep breath. I’d already repeated that story several times, asking other people on this street to take me in temporarily. They’d all refused.

“So, can I — I mean, well . . . can I stay?”

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Nevaeh’s sisters exchanged sympathetic looks. “Of course you can!” promised the one with curly blonde hair and light blue eyes.

“Group hug!” exclaimed someone else.

Everyone came rushing forward, surrounding me on all sides and hugging each other. I was squished in the very center.

But the smothering hug was worth it, if it meant that I could have a home.

Nevaeh 

and

«EVE»

Photos of GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Hi! Happy New Year!

I just got back from the AG Place in D.C., and the first thing I did was take some pictures of my brand new Lea Clark doll! Enjoy. 🙂

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark - hair color

Lea’s hair isn’t all the same color. It’s blonde, and has some caramel and light brown mixed in. It’s parted on the side.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark - hair length

Her hair — which is incredibly soft, by the way — goes down to her hips, and forms loose curls.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark - eyes

I’m pretty sure that Lea has unique eyes. They’re ringed in black, and are hazel with a bit of brown in them.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

As far as I can tell, Lea Clark has the Josefina face mold, with Grace Thomas’s thick, feathered eyebrows.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

GOTY 2016 Lea Clark is $120. For that amount, you get the doll, her first book, Lea Dives In, a compass necklace, and a messenger bag.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark -- compass necklace

Here is her compass necklace. The arrow really spins!

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark -- messenger bag

Lea’s messenger bag.

Lea Clark and Grace Thomas comparison

Her skin is darker than the skin of my other dolls. This is a comparison between Lea Clark and MJ (Grace Thomas). You can see how similar their face shape is, as well as the difference in the color of their skin.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark - skin comparison

Another look at their skin. MJ (Grace) is on the left, Lea is on the right.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark - no strings

Sadly, the rumor is true: Lea Clark has no strings. American Girl replaced the strings on the Lea dolls with zip-ties. I was afraid that the zip-ties would make her head harder to move, and I was right. It takes some effort to make Lea’s head move.

American Girl GOTY Lea Clark

Overall, I am very glad to have gotten the new Girl of the Year, Lea Clark. I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of her soon, as well as pictures from her debut. 🙂

I want to rename her, but I don’t have very many ideas. Two names that I’m currently thinking about are Phoebe and Megan. Any name suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

–Loren

Molly and Emily’s Welcome Party

A very, very long time ago, I mentioned that I had taken pictures from when I’d just opened Molly and Emily. I promised that I’d tried to find them, and guess what? I just discovered them a few days ago!

Keep in mind that these pictures were taken back in 2013, so that’s why they aren’t very good quality.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

The dolls (Tracy, Saige, and Caroline), invited Molly and Emily inside for a party. They gathered around a table to eat.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Let’s take a closer look at the table. There’s a table runner made of napkins and decorated with colorful pens; tiny napkins cut from a larger napkin; place cards; and a tea set.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

There was a tray laden with treats: green grapes, mini marshmallows, Smarties, and small pieces of green sour Twizzlers.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

There was a pile of presents for Molly and Emily on a table.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Tracy gave Molly a card made by all of them. It said Welcome, sisters! on the front.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

I found the original card. This is what it says:

Dear Molly and Emily,

Welcome to our family. We hope you like it here!

Emily, We love your red hair! Molly, we think you look really cute with glasses.

Emily, please tell me about England! ~Caroline

I hope you guys like art. I love it! ~Saige

Molly, I hope we will be good friends! ~Tracy

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Then they pulled out the presents!

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

(Excuse my hand 😛 )

Emily opened the gift, finding a multitude of colorful headbands handmade by me.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

There were also cute friendship bracelets for both of the new girls (They still have them, and wear them often!).

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Caroline showed Emily the different colors of crocheted headbands.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

There was one present left for them to open!

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

They went over to the couch, where the girls waited for Molly and Emily to open the gift.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Together, they began peeling off the wrapping paper.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Almost done unwrapping . . .

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

There were two yarn dolls inside! The dolls even looked like Molly and Emily.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

The girls pulled their new dolls out of the box, squealing excitedly and thanking Tracy, Saige, and Caroline.

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

They posed for a picture with their new dolly friends. 🙂

Molly and Emily's Welcome Party. Happy House of AG

Group hug! ♥

–Loren

P.S. Make sure to check out a leaked picture of American Girl’s GOTY 2016 Lea Clark HERE if you haven’t already!