After Sunshine and I drank from the American Girl Kool Aid cups I started planning her AG birthday and Christmas gifts. There may or may not be a list. That's been highlighted with color coding to denote which holiday. Oh what the heck, I'll share it:
Such & such date-- ATL store--shop & lunch
*insert time here indicating appointment with personal shopper*
*insert time here indicating lunch reservation* I do have these times but I'm not sure who reads my blog and I'm not comfortable throwing those times out there.
Kit doll ($105)
kit's nightie & girl's size ($42-girls $24 kit's)
Kit's school outfit $32--Ordered 1/15 sale $26--Christmas
Kit's school skirt set $34
McKenna doll (doll/book 105 starter collection 185)
practice wardrobe $34
school outfit $28
fancy outfit $28
beam & bar $85
cast & crutches set $30
chocolate chip dog set $20 Ordered 1/15 Sale $16---Birthday
Felicity's Traveling dress--bought from agthings -Valentine's Day
Felicity's Christmas gown--bought from agthings--Christmas
Felicity's Christmas shoes--bought on ebay--Christmas
Elizabeth's Christmas gown--Bought on ebay--Christmas
Elizabeth/Felicity ornament (ebay)
Elizabeth's Tea outfit
Midnight Skate Outfit $34
Flute Set $34
Ski Outfit & Charm --$30
Julie's Pajamas--$24 Ordered 1/29 Sale $20--Birthday
$125 gift card from mom for Julie's bed--birthday
Pizza slices from Etsy --birthday
Now, you're either sitting there, mouth agape, thinking "holy chowder, that is BRILLIANTLY organized!!" or you're thinking "woman, get a hobby---you are clearly in need of major psychiatric help" Regardless of which side you occupy, there it is. Sunshine's AG gift list.
She decided that she wants to buy McKenna with her own money, which is so great for a soon to be 8 year old. We've been setting aside money that she's received for Valentine's Day, "surprises" from Memere and Grandma/Papa. I've told her that I will help her with whatever else she needs to make up the rest. I'm torn on whether she should get the doll ($105) which includes the doll and book or whether we should "upgrade" to the starter set ($185) which includes the doll and book, a 2nd book, the $34 practice wardrobe set, her accessories kit and an additional outfit. Apparently the savings is around $15. I know she wants the practice wardrobe and would love the accessories kit so we'll see.
She decided after Christmas that Santa would bring Kit to her on Christmas 2012. As you can see, I've already purchased one of Kit's outfits when it was on the spotlight sale back in January. A friend of mine from home has told me that her daughter, now a young teenager, might want to sell her Kit doll, her bed and several of her outfits to us. I'm waiting to hear back if she's decided to do so. If Kit needs any work done, it would allow me enough time to buy her when we're home this summer and then get her shipped off to the doll hospital and get her spiffied up before Christmas. Since we're planning on being in Vermont I'd just have the doll shipped to my Mom's house. We can put everything out on Christmas eve. My plan is that Sunshine's Christmas Eve present (we open one present on CE) would be the girl size version of Kit's nightgown, that way she and Kit would be wearing the same nighties when she wakes up on Christmas Day. The dresses for Felicity and Elizabeth will be in our living room here in GA just waiting for her when she gets home, along with whatever we decide we don't want to lug to VT and back.
I've also have plans for my Mom's Christmas gifts as well as a couple other family members. I've purchased one gift already and had I been smart, I would have bulked up my Christmas wrap after Christmas this year. Oh well.
This week is lazy PTA week---they are few and far between so I am enjoying it to the fullest. Yesterday I had the exhausting (ha) task of helping to choose tie dye designs for the 5th grade's Field Day t shirts. We chose 3 designs and the kids will choose their favorite. A change in Read Across American Day means I won't be going in to read--or will I? There will be a "read in" called Stop Everything And Read across the entire school in the afternoon but Sunshine's teacher usually does some reading in the afternoon after lunch so perhaps Hunter or I will go in and read.
Right now I'm being super lazy and watching a show on the French Revolution on the History Channel. (geek geek!) I read a book last month about La Revolution so a good bit of it is still fresh in my mind. It makes me wish that we'd gone to the Bastille while we were in Paris. We went to the Tulleries, the Place du Concorde, Hotel de Ville, etc but managed to miss the Bastille. Must have been I was too into going to Pere Lachaise to see Jim Morrison's grave. My inner History geek thinks it must have been amazing to have lived during the time of the Revolution, but The Terror that followed? Not so much. Way too much nuttiness with the destruction of the churches/religious articles, the renaming of the months, etc. We know that my great-great grandmother's ancestors came to Canada from France in the 1600s as part of the Daughters of the King. My first female ancestor in the New World was named Madeleine DesPres & her husband was part of the "Soldats du Roi". But little is known of my great-great-great grandather's family beyond the early 1800s except for that they came from France as well. We've always wondered if my g-g-g-grandfather's family fled the Terror or the Napoleonic era. I'm too cheap to buy an Ancestry.com membership so until then we'll never know. I'm sure names were changed to protect the innocent, or guilty---whichever they were!
Have a great week---we're enjoying the cooler temps and hope they stick around a little longer! Our mild winter means lots more bugs here in SW GA. And we don't like bugs!
I need to call the guys who put our new roof on as they punctured the line for our AC. We discovered this last week when temps hit 80 and we decided to turn on the AC. It was 76 in the house and never got any cooler. Yesterday, our home warranty people sent someone out to