ten on tuesday.

1. Tomorrow we head out for Fall Break in Boston. (Don’t worry, our home is well-protected while we’re gone…although everything everyone I’m concerned about will be on the plane with me!)

2. I’ll be working just a little but playing a whole lot. We’re looking forward to five days with our besties even though someone called today in a giggling panic wondering exactly which day we were coming. Turns out she was expecting us a day later than we’re actually arriving!

3. In honor of Sarah and Caroline turning 6 this month we’re taking the girls to the American Girl Doll store. Sarah is beside herself about it. Any tips on what doll would be best for Sarah at her age?

4. Speaking of birthdays, my super sweet sister-in-law and my super sweet sister-in-law’s sister had one yesterday. Happy Birthday(s) Parmy and Sharny!

5. Did you register for The Photographer’s Workshop yet? Registration is open as of last night and if you sign up I’ll get to hang out with you during your last week of class. Hooray!

6. During the course of this week I’ve had to write two letters in legalese. It’s not my native language. Good thing I have an attorney friend across the street to suggest phrases like “therefore, in an abundance of caution.” Left to my own devices I would have said something lame like “just in case, k?”

7. On Sunday I looked over during the church service to see Sarah scribbling furiously in her notebook. I had to suppress my proud mama laughter as I watched a Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting ocean animals, come to life before my eyes. I’ve kept it in my purse all week, showing it to anyone who will look. It totally cracks me up. Wanna see it? Just ask.

8. Has Target always had such a rockin jeans selection? I stocked up today. I’m loving their new “what’s your fit?” scale. I’m a Fit 4 in case you were wondering…”mid waist and curvy”.

9. Today’s trip confirmed that I still don’t understand the Missoni for Target rage.

10. See you soon East Coast!

MindyOctober 4, 2011 - 9:26 pm

I just signed up for Karen’s workshop last night! I’m so excited!! I already have your clean color video as well so I am set!!!!

donyaOctober 5, 2011 - 4:19 am

Okay, #8 must be true. I noticed this too just last week! And I am fit 4 as well!

MaureenOctober 5, 2011 - 4:39 am

Where exactly? My town borders Boston. As for the American Girl Store, pricey, pricey, and lots to choose from so pre-planning is key to keeping to a budget and avoiding melt downs. IMO she is too old for the bitty babies and ready for her own girl. Spend some fun time with the catalog so she knows what girl she wants before she gets there, grab her right away and then let them know what the limit is on accessories, because it is so easy to want everything. Most kids will spend hours agonizing over just the right_____ so if the doll is decided before hand it helps. Also just so you know the lights have a pink cast, that color cast is a lot of work to remove.

P.C.October 5, 2011 - 4:45 am

Thanks for the birthday wishes!! I love #7 🙂
Have a wonderful trip!

R. M.October 5, 2011 - 5:23 am

Just so you know, the longer the hair, the more of a pain. We have Kit (cute blonde bob) and her hair is so easy. A friend has the new Hawaiian one and her hair looked like a rats nest before we even got it out of the box. 🙁

Heather freemanOctober 5, 2011 - 6:11 am

So looking forward to meeting you Saturday! Heather

Jessica WOctober 5, 2011 - 7:25 am

Go for the Just Like Me dolls!

LaceyOctober 5, 2011 - 8:10 am

I’d totally love to see the Venn diagram! LOL Take a photo and show it off, Mama!

JuliOctober 5, 2011 - 8:11 am

I’ve been trying to figure out what the deal with that Missoni stuff is….besides ugly….
We don’t have any AG dolls, but I know from experience with my step daughter, short hair is best. The long hair is a disaster in the making.

EdithOctober 5, 2011 - 8:22 am

Thanks for the update about the photography workshop, I managed to get the last available seat! So excited. 🙂

Lorena MoraOctober 5, 2011 - 8:40 am

Don’t worry I don’t get the rage with the Target Missoni either. I personally do not think it’s pretty at all and I’m thinking a lot of people bought it just to buy it and say they did. I haven’t gone in a few weeks so I need to go and check out those jeans. I try to avoid Target because everytime I go in I come out with a bunch of stuff I didn’t plan on buying including toys my kids pick, we love Target or as Tristan calls it, “the red store.”

I want to see her Venn diagram if you care to share with us.

CarolOctober 5, 2011 - 9:19 am

I would go for the just like me doll – as for accessories we bought a few and each year during local festivals there are people who make clothes to fit the AG dolls at a fraction of the price. We bought a wedding dress with a veil for $10 – that way she was able to get a couple of new outfits each year. Enjoy your trip!

ShariOctober 5, 2011 - 9:26 am

THANK YOU for saying you don’t get the Missoni craze. I don’t like any of it, and yet people are going crazy buying it up as soon as it comes in.
Have a great fall break trip. We leave next weekend for the beach for ours and it can not come fast enough!!!
American Girl store is AWESOME! We had dessert in the cafe with the girls and their dolls. Oh, and their dolls got their ears pierced and their hair done in the doll salon. 😉

MelanieOctober 5, 2011 - 10:26 am

I don’t get the whole Missoni craze either. I thought the mugs were cute, but the rest just hurt my eyes. 🙂 I didn’t know about the jeans what’s your fit scale, I’ll have to check it out.

Both of my girls have historical dolls from American Girl. You guys are going to have so much fun there. Are you doing the lunch? If you can, it’s so much fun. I think I had as much fun (if not more so) than my daughters.

Also, for anyone that is on the fence about The Photographer’s Workshop….it was by far one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Combing Karen’s class with a week with Erin is an unbelievable deal and you should sign up before all the spots are gone. That class changed my life and I can’t say enough about it.

SabrinaOctober 5, 2011 - 1:12 pm

The publishers of American Girl used to really stress that you shouldn’t get a historical doll for a girl before she turned 8, and that is why they developed the ‘Just Like Me’ line. We let our daughter select one of those, at 6, and then we made a point of reading at least the first book in each of the historical girls’ series before she turned 8, so when she chose THAT doll it would incorporate some reasoning based on her story, her personality, etc. It worked for us. And yes, set $$ and time limits! What a wonderful, wonderful treat it will be for the girls and their mamas. Enjoy and take plenty of pics!

Kim ChestneyOctober 5, 2011 - 1:32 pm

I have an old Canon Rebel that I have had forever and I want to upgrade. I am torn between getting the Canon 7D or the 5D II. I took Karens class two years ago and she is awesome. I could not imagine having you join her, that is going to be an exceptional experience. The two of you are the ones that have convinced me to upgrade my camera. There is so much information and pros and cons on both of them. I would love to know which way you would go. If anybody else wants to join in on this please do. Thank you, Kim

KelliOctober 5, 2011 - 1:36 pm

I found some bedding from Missoni at Home Sense, it looked cheap and poorly made. I don’t get it. I’m in Canada, we don’t have Target yet, it’s coming next year!

Meridith S.October 5, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Oh what fun to have a new little “girl” in the house! I would stay away from the curly hair dolls. Sammy picked Ruthie for her first doll when she was Sarah’s age and the hair was tough to keep pretty. I asked both girls what advice they would give Sarah and they both said to look in the catalog to narrow it down before going in the store (yes…Sammy had a look of panic in our pictures of that day because she was completely overwhelmed!). Also…don’t forget to purchase a doll hair brush while you are in the store. You need to use a wire brush on the doll hair and always spray it with water to keep it from breaking off and getting tangled. The brush isn’t expensive and will keep her hair looking great. One more thing…Target has the Our Generation dolls that have tons of clothes and accessories that are 18″ doll size. Most of our accessories and “stuff” came from there. Wonder if AG dolls are also a fit 4? 🙂

BreeOctober 5, 2011 - 4:20 pm

We are a little American Girl obsessed at my house. My 6 year old has Bitty Baby, Rebecca, and a looks like me doll. Not to mention lots of clothes. I may mention that she is the only girl grandchild. 🙂 She plays with them constantly and I love how wholesome they are.

And I don’t get the Missoni thing either.

thesmallblondeoneOctober 5, 2011 - 5:14 pm

As someone who grew up on original American Girl dolls, I would say go for Kit if you’re looking for one of the historical dolls with a set of books. She has the same style and color hair as Sarah, so it’s pretty much like getting a lookalike doll too. 🙂 And if I remember correctly, her story takes place during the Depression which is just a teensy bit relatable today. 🙂 I was reading the books at six, and I’m sure Sarah, who after all draws Venn diagrams during church, will get into them fast! 😉

And whatever doll you get, brush that thing’s hair everyday! My Kristen and Addy doll’s heads will never be the same…

KelliannOctober 6, 2011 - 7:37 am

I wish I knew earlier you were headed to Boston-we had our family portraits done in August (about 1 day before you announced your visit) Please come back again soon-enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Let Sarah pick out what ever doll tickles her fancy most! She will love it all the more (but if I could pick one I would pick Julie!) Enjoy and can’t wait to here about your trip.

JanOctober 6, 2011 - 8:12 am

You have to try Mike’s Pastry in the North End. We were just there, and oh my the cannoli’s!! We tried several kinds, but the amaretto….the best! Have fun in Boston.

ChristiOctober 6, 2011 - 2:07 pm

If you can, make a reservation for lunch at American Girl. The food is really really good. You can even have a birthday cake! I took my niece when she turned 6. Super fun.

MelanieOctober 6, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Kim Chestney….my BFF has both the 7D and the 5DMII and would hands down say go for the 5D. She had terrible issues with the noise factor with the 7D. She loves her 5DMII but it doesn’t focus as fast as the 7D. I have the 5DMII as well and love it. I would say if the price is the issue, maybe consider going with the original 5D. I hope this is somewhat helpful.

Ellie A.October 10, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Oh the girls are gonna love AG last year for my little’s bday I took her & her doll there (she has the just like me doll) & took her for a Bday lunch IT WAS awesome! They had the sweetest set up the doll had a its on chair and “food” oh and to see her sweet little face SUPER priceless Ha.. After we took the doll to get its hair done Ha. (I’m in NY ) I do agree though the hair is CRAZY to take care of I had purchased her doll when I was expecting her even w/out knowing she was a girl.. ha.. I know nuts & I also have one.. YES SUPER NUTS right… I go on Etsy to get the clothes for the doll because $$$$$ = AG that’s for sure but it sure is fun!

tara pollard pakostaOctober 15, 2011 - 2:36 pm

My girls both have Kit and they love her!
I say get a Historical doll so she can learn and read about them! she’s at the PERFECT age to get a doll!!!!! enjoy every second! You will have to have her watch my girls You Tube Videos!!!
their usernames are: AGWinter6 (my older daughter savannah is at this account) and tarapollardpakosta37 (that’s ava on my account)

let us know which doll you get!

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