Saturday, March 5, 2011

Maggie's Memos: Our Surprise

Hi everyone!  As promised by Tess, here is the blog post that you've been waiting for all week.  Thanks for being so patient...we had a few technical difficulties this week. :}

It all started last Monday afternoon.  We were all chillin' in the doll room on Mama's dresser.  Charlie, Katie, Lucy and I usually stay on our own shelves during the day, but today we all felt like socializing and catching up a bit.  

Tess and I were discussing ideas for our next blog post.  Emma and Charlie were doing some sisterly chatting, catching up on everything that had been going on since the last time Charlie and I visited from our shelf.  Hailey was telling her cousins Katie and Lucy about how exciting it was that Tangled would be out on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of the month (she's completely obsessed!). :}

At that moment, Mama walked in with something behind her back.  We all turned and gave our various greetings.  Mama returned them, then placed a Safeway grocery bag full of unknown items on the bed behind her.

Of course, we were all curious to know what was in the bag.  Dolls are even more curious than humans.  Even the shy ones like Tess have an almost insatiable curiosity.  Maybe that's why we do so much more than you humans think we do when you're not looking. :)

"What's in the bag, Mama?"  I asked boldly.  Tess gave me an astonished look.  She would never be so direct.  But I firmly believe in getting things out in the open.  I'm not one for beating around the bush.

Mama smiled a little.  I don't know what she found so amusing.  "It's a surprise...for all of you."

Instantly, the room was filled with an almost tangible excitement.  Now all of us were even more curious.  I thought I would explode if she didn't tell us soon!

"I know it's been a rough couple of months," Mama began.  She gave sympathetic looks to Hailey and Tess, who had suffered the worst from all the changes in our doll family.  I reached over and gave Tess's hand a little squeeze.  She squeezed mine back, a quiet thank you shining in her eyes. 

"For the past few months," Mama began, "I've been slowly building up a collection."

"Another collection?" I blurted out before I could stop myself.  You've got to understand, Mama has collections coming out her ears!  She's got us, her Breyer horses, her Boyds Bears, an overabundance of Beauty and the Beast dolls and paraphernalia...and let's not forget her CDs and movies.  I couldn't imagine what other thing on earth she would need to collect.  Before long, Papa will need a room of his own...there won't be any room left for him in here!

Mama was looking a little bit annoyed.  I knew it was time to shut my mouth and just listen.  "I have a little something for each of you," she finally continued.  "A collection of surprises."

I felt a little guilty.  Here Mama was, giving us gifts, and I was giving her a hard time.

Mama reached into the bag and pulled something out, which she quickly hid behind her back.  "I'll start with you, Tess," she said with a smile. 

"Me?" Tess asked incredulously.  That's so like Tess.  She'd never imagine that anyone would want to choose her first.  I could learn a thing or two about humility from my friend.

Mama handed her...what was it?  It was an American Girl Rebecca doll and book!! Tess gasped with delight.  "My doll!" she cried happily.

Of course, you guys already knew that Tess had decided on Rebecca instead of Samantha.  She had no idea that her doll would be here today, though.  I think she made a great choice.  You should have seen the way her eyes sparkled as she held her.  

"Thank you, Mama!" she said softly.

Mama smiled.  "You're welcome.  Now," she said, turning back to the bag.  "Let's see what else I have in here."

Once another mystery item was hidden behind her back, she turned to Hailey.  "This is for you, sweetie.  Your sister wanted you to have it."

Hailey looked up at her with curiosity, but her eyes widened when she saw what it was.  "Ella's Felicity doll and book," she whispered, blinking back tears.  She waited a moment before taking it from Mama.  Her eyes took in every detail, as if she was memorizing every bit of Felicity.  Then she gave the doll a fierce hug.  "Thank you, Mama," she said, wiping her eyes.  "I'll think of Ella every time I play with her."

Mama gave Hailey's shoulder a squeeze before going back to her surprise bag.  Charlie was next.  She was overjoyed at her surprise.  

"Kit! And her book, too!" Charlie squealed.  "Thanks, Mama!  She's just the one I wanted."  

I have to insert here, even though Charlie's big on being outside, getting dirty, and Pixar characters, she still has a soft spot for dolls.  And she loves Kit because their personalities are similar.  

When Emma's turn came next, Mama pulled out an actual American Girl doll box!  "I hope you can all understand," she said apologetically.  "I kept watching for Emma's doll on eBay and Craigslist for weeks and weeks, and she never went down in price.  It was actually cheaper to get her on  That's why she's the only one with a doll brand-new in the box."

No one seemed to mind at all.  The minute Emma saw her, she lit up with happiness.  "It's Ruthie!" she said excitedly.  We all leaned in as Emma sat down and opened up the box.  Emma held Ruthie up next to her face.  "Does she look like me?" she asked, laughing.  We had all decided that Ruthie was the closest thing to a look-alike doll that Emma had.  Their eyes were different colors, but other than that they looked pretty similar.  

It was down to three of us now, and I was getting a little nervous.  Mama had been so sweet to get all of these things for us.  But what if she got a doll for me, too?  I'm really not that into dolls.  You may find that ironic, coming from a doll.  It's the truth, though.  I've never wanted a doll of my own.  I'm perfectly content with my unicorn figurines and my cool jewelry box that looks like the Turkish Delight box in the Narnia stories.  What was I going to say to Mama if she got me a doll, too?  Contrary to popular opinion, I do have a conscience.  I may state my opinions and say it like it is, but when someone is nice to me I know I'm supposed to be nice to them, too.  I didn't want to hurt Mama's feelings, but I couldn't act excited about a doll. 

Katie was the next of us to get a treat from Mama's bag.  Katie's not as into American Girl dolls either, but she loves Blythe dolls.  You should have seen the look on her face when Mama handed her a Blythe doll of her own!

"Oh, Mama!  I love her!  And look...she even has a little 40s outfit on!"  Katie played with the trim on Blythe's dress.  "Thank you," she beamed, looking back up at Mama.

"You're welcome," Mama said. "Oh, and I almost forgot, here are her comb and glasses."

"Look how cute she is with her glasses on," Katie laughed.

"Lucy," Mama continued.  "You're next, sweetie."  She handed her a cute little Plum Pudding doll with real hair.  

"Thank you, Mama!" Lucy said.  "She even smells like plums.  And she has a brush, too!"  Lucy immediately began brushing through the long, purple locks.

For those of you who remember that Lucy is into Barbies and My Little Ponies, you might like to know she's been branching out in her interests.  Lately, she's been into Disney Princesses and Strawberry Shortcake.  Especially since she doesn't like the new version of My Little Pony.  

Well, here it was.  My turn.  I put what I hope was a pleasant, excited expression on my face.

"Now Maggie," Mama began.  "For you, I did something a little different.  This is something that belonged to me back when I was in college.  I thought you might appreciate having it for your collection."  She pulled something out from behind her back.

It action figure?  A Lord of the Rings Aragorn/Strider action figure?  With a sword and everything?!?  How cool is that!!!

"Wow...thanks, Mama!" I almost yelled.  I took him for myself and instantly tried out his sword swishing action (he swings his sword back and forth when you squeeze his legs together).

Now, I'll be the first to state up front that I prefer the books over the movies.  But hey, this guy is pretty cool!  I'm not going to complain.  And it isn't a doll!  Yay!  I guess I should have known that Mama would know me better than that.

Mama was watching me, a mischievous gleam in her eye.  "Are you sure you like him?  Because I'm pretty sure I could scrounge up another doll somewhere..."

"This is perfect," I said a little too quickly.

Everybody started laughing.  I joined in, too.  How could I help it?

"Come on, everyone," Mama said.  "I want to get some pictures of you with your new things."

What followed was a fun photo shoot.  I've included some of the best pics here.  That Mama is full of surprises!  She sure is good to us...even if she does like to change our family right and left.  I guess I can forgive her...maybe. ;)     

Our first group shot.  It was just a little bit crowded this way, so Mama decided to try a new pose.

First, she got a shot of all of the "big girls". :)

This way, we all fit a little better.  It was still a bit of a squeeze getting us all in the shot, though.

Yay!! Here I am with my awesome Aragorn figure.  He's one of my favorite characters in the books.  The others are Faramir, Legolas, Eowyn and Arwen. :)

A close-up.  Don't mess with this guy!

I kinda hit the jackpot.  After everyone got their gifts, Mama took me aside.  It seems that when Mama went to get my Aragorn, her Dad gave her two boxed Lord of the Rings actions figures that had just been sitting in his garage...and Mama said I could have them, too!

This is the first guy:  Treebeard, the Ent.  I liked his character a LOT better in the books than in the movie, but he's still pretty cool looking.  He and Aragorn are my jumbo action figures.

This was my next surprise:  a Frodo action figure just the right size for me!!

The paint job is incredibly detailed for how small he is.  I love it!

Here are the 4 sisters (well, 2 pairs of 2 sisters) playing with their dolls.

Hailey with Felicity

Charlie with Kit

Emma with Ruthie

Tess with Rebecca

Katie and Lucy with their goodies.  Katie is a little old to play with dolls (well, so are Tess and Emma for that matter, but they don't care...they must be like Mama!).  She always makes time to play with her sister, though.  She's pretty cool that way. 

Katie with Blythe

Lucy with Plum Pudding

And as a last, parting shot...I thought it was hilarious that Charlie wasted no time in finding Kit a Buzz Lightyear of her very own! :)


Miranda said...

Those pictures are super adorable! :)


Claire said...

Aw, what a sweet surprise! None of my girls have any dolls (well, Gwen has a stuffed bear and Lanie has a stuffed orangutan, but it's not quite the same), but Mia has been wanting a Julie doll, so I may have to get one for her. :)

beast'sbelle said...

Hi gals!! Thanks for the comments. :) Glad you like the pics, Miranda. And Claire, I think Julie would be a great choice for Mia. Not that I'm an expert, or anything. I'm the one who got the action figure. ;)


Caelen said...

It's so cute that all your dolls got their very own dolls. :) I have mini Rebecca.

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks Caelen, We love our new dolls...and action figures! ;)


Korianne said...

AWESOME SURPRISES! I have a Rebecca and a Felicity mini too, but my Felicity is in the newer dress. I also have the same Blythe that Katie got!

beast'sbelle said...

Cool! Katie was really excited that Mama was able to find a Blythe doll just her size. :)


The Crazy Doll Lady!! said...

It is always sooooo fun to get the girls their own dolls .. my girls have theres from Christmas this year .. I still have some to get but have to do it slowly looking for good deals .. LOL!!

Loved your stories and your new action figures .. kewl Jayd is wanting to come visit you and play .. LOL


beast'sbelle said...

Hi Kelsyee, thanks for commenting! :) Glad you enjoyed the post.

We'd love to have some of you over sometime. Mama just has to get a little more organized first. Katie's hoping to do some more traveling soon, too, once she has her limbs tightened and her eye surgery. Fun! :{

Talk 2 u later! :)