Thank you, everyone, for being so understanding, even though this post came so much later than I'd promised! :} ~Emma
Last Friday started out like any other typical day for all of us here at Mama's house. But I knew it was different. It was Tess's birthday, and I couldn't wait to give my friend her gift. :)
Up in their room, Hayden and Jenna were brainstorming about the Literary Ladies Society.
Since the idea had started with Jenna, she'd become the honorary leader and coordinator of the group, and Hayden was her right-hand doll. But at the moment, they were both a little distracted trying on some of the new dresses from Mama. Jenna felt elegant enough for a stage performance in this formal one.
Hayden especially loved her new Kirsten dress. She's been reading the Kirsten series lately and has really gotten into them. I think a Kirsten doll is now on her wishlist! ;)
Oh, and we all finally got posters and other wall art up in our rooms! Jenna had her "The Princess Bride" movie poster and the "Fiddler on the Roof" poster that Hayden made for her.
Hayden had her Aladdin poster, her Northanger Abbey poster (she's been obsessed ever since deciding that her LLS character is going to be Catherine Morland!), and a small poster from "Rigoletto", the Feature Films for Families movie. It's kinda like "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Beauty and the Beast" combined, with no objectionable content.
Hayden was thrilled to hang this picture up, too. :)
Meanwhile, Charlie and I were in our room. It must have been a day for trying on new dresses. :) I was modeling the beautiful new dress Mimi got me from American Girl. It will be just perfect for our Christmas pictures! :)
I'd convinced Charlie to try on the new sundress Mama got for us. Of course, my sister still wore her cowgirl boots, her Buzz Lightyear necklace, and her silly bandz bracelet. ;)
"Look!" I told Charlie. "Now Cecile and I match!"
I love how beautiful our painting looks on the wall (and no, it's not as crooked as it looks!). :} It's the "Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette" by Renoir. (Don't you just love saying words in French? You can't help but feel elegant!). It's just a print, but still, it makes me feel quite refined. ;)
Of course, Charlie was overjoyed to put up her "Toy Story 3" movie poster. :)
She was very gracious and let me put my Thomas Kinkade "Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love" poster at the head of the bed. :)
On the wall next to our bed, we have Charlie's "Cars" and "Wall-E" posters, and my "Veer-Zaara", Shahrukh Khan, "Emma", and "Tangled" posters. I love how it brightens up our room and gives it more character. :)
But I'm getting distracted. :} I should get back to the point of this post.
"Charlie," I told my sister, "I'm going to go give Tess her birthday present. Can you round everyone up so that we can give her the present from all of us?"
"Sure," Charlie agreed cheerfully.
You probably won't be surprised to find out that there were no dresses being tried on in Maggie and Rachel's room. ;) They were too busy trying out our new Rollerblades from Walmart. They'd pushed Rachel's trundle bed in so they would have more room.
Personally, I don't think rollerblading in one's bedroom is the best idea, but I wasn't about to mention that to Maggie. :} Rachel might have been a little more understanding, but it wasn't worth risking Maggie's wrath. ;)
Okay, and I have to rabbit trail again, because Maggie and Rachel got a chance to hang up their wall art too. :) Here is Maggie's "Lord of the Rings" poster from the stage musical.
And here is one of her unicorn posters.
Oh, and I think this is new to all of you, too. Mama found this shelf at Goodwill and thought it would be perfect for all of Maggie and Rachel's collectibles. :)
Here are their "Lord of the Rings" and unicorn posters.
Beside their bed, they put up two "Pirates of the Caribbean" posters, a Captain America cutout, and a "Despicable Me" poster.
They still have some room on their walls. Rachel informed me that she wants to keep her eye out for a "Muppets" poster, and maybe some other "Avengers" wall art. I'm sooo glad I'm in my room and not this one. ;)
And back on track again! :) It didn't take me long to get Tess's present and head over to her room.
"Happy Birthday, Tess!" I told her.
"Thank you, Emma," she said happily.
I handed her the gift and waited as she opened it.
I noticed that Pemberley had taken over the wrapping paper from Tess's previous gift. ;)
I was a little nervous. I was pretty sure Tess would like her gift, but I hoped I'd made the right choice.
"Oh!" Tess cried out happily. "Calico Critter kittens!! I love them!"
I guess I shouldn't have worried. ;)
I informed Tess that the package said their names were Midnight (in the blue), Peppermint (in the red), and Angelica (in the yellow). She thought they were perfect names.
She immediately put them on display on top of her curio.
I thought they'd be perfect since both of us are the oldest of 3 sisters. Of course, it's not a perfect comparison, because Midnight is supposed to be a boy...but it was close enough. I explained all this to Tess.
"Thank you, Emma," she said. But I almost thought I saw her tearing up. Of course! She must miss her littlest sister on this special day. I hoped that Ella would be able to get to a computer to email her.
Before I could say anything else, the whole crew arrived with Tess's final present. It was something we'd all pitched in together to get her (Mama had picked it out for us).
Tess once again started opening her package.
"Oh my goodness!" she gasped.
We'd gotten her a Calico Critters bedroom set. It was cute and frilly, just perfect for our friend.
Even better, everything was just the right size for her Holly Babblebrook bunny. :)
"Thank you so much, everyone!" Tess told us. "This has been a perfect day."
I'm so glad Tess enjoyed her gifts. Aren't you? :)
P.S. I always feel like I have to apologize after my posts. I'm not the greatest at writing things out. I just read Tess's birthday post, and it's so amazing and detailed and flowery. But I'm not that type of a writer, I guess. Oh well. I hope you enjoyed the post anyway! :D It's great to be blogging again!