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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Some amazing finds!

 My husband forwarded me an ad for these 
AG items being sold in our area. 
Apparently this lady was selling them for someone else.
She was selling this bed, which she thought was a bed from Target.
When I got home I realized it is the AG bed!

It had the trundle too.

She also had Molly's hairdryer. 

 And the complete baking set.

 So cute!

She also had this Julie.  
We already have a Julie, but I couldn't leave her!
So I decided to fix her up and give her away to a little 
girl who could not otherwise afford an AG doll.
Julie was very clean, but her hair was a bit rough
I used spray wig conditioner and brushed it out.
She had this horrible outfit on so I knew she needed something new.

  She liked watching me sew her new dress.

I've had this skirt I found thrifting for months,
And suddenly I knew it was perfect for this Julie!

 I made her a flower headband.

 So pretty!

I liked this dress so much I made one for our Julie too!

 So Julie is all set now with shoes and a shoulder bag.



 Here she is in her carrying case with new PJs,
ready to go to her new home.

So now I will be contacting my ladies group and asking if they
know a little girl who never had an American Girl Doll.
I'll keep you posted!

UPDATE: Julie went to a Grandma to give to her granddaughter.  She is raising her granddaughter alone, so this is just what I wanted for this Julie.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Evening walk

Hey where are you two going?
We're going for a walk before dinner, wanna come along?

Not me thanks, it's getting too cool out.

I'll go.
Ok, we'll wait for you to get shoes and a jacket.
No need, I'm ready.
Are you sure?
Of course I'm sure, this is California!  Ha.

Wow, the sun is already getting low.

Wow, my feet are getting cold!

 Martin, we told you to get shoes!
Oh, I'm not cold, just my feet.

You see?  It's great out here.

Whatever you say Martin.

 These rocks really feel cold huh?

 No Martin because we are wearing shoes.

Well uh, my arms and legs are kinda getting cold too.

OK Martin let's go back. (hehe)

Hey, dinner is...Martin! What happened?
Oh, nothing really, just went for a walk.

It must have been cold?
Nah, not really.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kirsten Jansen Chapter 5

 Hmmm, c'mon brain, think....

 Hi Emma, I thought some snacks might sound good right about now.
Wow, thanks Molly!  I am just stuck. There's so much I want to say.

 Take a break and see if that helps.
Yeah, I think you're right.

*munch munch*
OK! I got it!


Book Report on Kirsten Jansen           By Emma Savage

Part 5 The wagon Train West

The journey West for Kirsten and her parents was mostly uneventful.  The wagon train averaged 15 miles a day.  Kirsten and her friend Elizabeth enjoyed riding with their school teacher Mrs. Lunden in her wagon when her husband rode.

 Mr. Lunden was given a bit of ribbing by Mr. Conklin about his European style riding rig.  The teasing was all in good fun.  Mr. Conklin often spoke with Mr. Lunden about his fine horse.

The wagon train did meet some Indians, but they were following a herd of buffalo.  Mr. Conklin made a gift of flour and fabric and we parted ways peacefully.

Every night the wagons were arranged in circles. This was a way of protecting the wagon train from predators and hostile attacks.

 Families shared in large group meals and enjoyed talk, music and sometimes dancing.
Elizabeth and Kirsten loved the dancing nights.  Everyone laughed and danced so much they forgot about bedtime!

Too soon, the wagon train was passing Independence Rock. Kirsten and Elizabeth knew they had only a day or two more before the Oregon and California trains took separate paths from Fort Hall.  

After only 1 night at Fort Hall it was time for Kirsten to say goodbye to Elizabeth.  Neither father was willing to change their final destination.  The two girls hugged and said goodbye as Kirsten's parents finished packing in preparation to leave. Mr. Conklin was going to lead the California train and Mr. Carel the Oregon train.

Elizabeth and Kirsten waved as long as they could see each other.
Kirsten was lucky though, Mr. and Mrs. Lunden were going to California as well, so she would have their teaching at least until Sacramento.

The wagon train had to cross the Raft River in Idaho before turning Southwest into Nevada and then on towards Sacramento, California.

Later that same day a Mountain Lion was spotted on the far side of the river.  Mr. Conklin felt the lion was just at the river for water and not a threat to the stock, but Mr. Conklin said all the children must ride in the wagons the rest of that day.

Most of the journey through Nevada followed the Humbolt River.  This meant water which was very important.  As the wagon train drew closer to the California border it would Follow the Carson River through Carson City then on to Sacramento.

Just when it seemed that the wagon train would go on forever Kirsten's family was walking into Sacramento.  In comparison to the Forts and small towns the wagoners had seen since beginning their trip West, Sacramento was a very big city. Kirsten learned from her Papa that Sacramento was the Capitol of California.  

Kirsten was amazed to find that the Sacramento River was big enough for large ships to carry cargo from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay.  Time came for the wagoners to say farewell to Mr. Conklin and began to break up into smaller groups, some going north, some south. 

 Kirsten was elated to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Lunden had decided to follow Kirsten's family to Santa Ines!  They were intrigued by the descriptions of the beauty of the area.


As part of her geography assignment, Mr, Lunden had Kirsten copy and color a map of California showing the remainder of their journey.  Papa helped her by pointing out their proposed stops along the way. The Mission road or El Camino Real, was a good way to go. 

One of their early stops was Mission San Juan Bautista

And another, Mission San Luis Obispo

And finally Mission Santa Ines!


Kirsten's Papa successfully claimed a large parcel of land.  It was green and beautiful and surrounded by mountains.  Papa was eager to start building a cabin as cooler weather and winter rains were coming soon.  Kirsten's long journey to California was finally at an end, but her adventures were just beginning.


Well done Emma.  I can tell you enjoyed Kirsten's story.  Your book report was very good. There is another book by Kirsten Jansen if you are interested?

YES PLEASE! Thanks Ms. Smith!


Chapter 1 My California Home

Building our Home...

"Hello, I'm Josefina."