Girls of American History Review and Giveaway!

My nearly eight year old daughter, like many other girls her age, is desperately in love with American Girl dolls and books.  We have been slowly working our way through the historical books and doing activities to accompany them.  It’s been a blast, though it had gotten put on the back burner for a bit […]

Biscuits and Potpourri

Samantha’s Surprise is the third installment in the Samantha Parkington American Girl series.  This volume is set during the Christmas season and follows the young Victorian girl as she struggles with some changes that are happening in her family.  Will she learn to love her Uncle Gard’s beautiful friend as he does or will she […]

Gingerbread and a Basket

We finished up the second book in the American Girl Samantha Parkington series, Samantha Learns a Lesson., In this book, young Ms. Parkington shows how to be selfless and to serve others when she spends a great deal of her free time teaching her best friend Nellie, a poor servant girl, how to read so […]

New York, New York

Our American Girl mommy/daughter time has now taken us from a Swedish immigrant living in the 1800s to a wealthy orphan being raised by her grandmother in New York City in the early part of the twentieth century. If you missed my earlier posts, Gabriella and I are reading through the historical fiction series available […]

American Girl Wrap Up: Kirsten

Oh, our poor neglected American Girl activities. 🙁 We’ve been so caught up in school and other things that unfortunately, these got put on the backburner.  We’ve still been plugging along, but at a MUCH slower pace.  Alec has also been working many, many hours, so it’s been harder for Gabriella and I to carve […]

Giving Goldilocks a Run for Her Money

It’s time for Round Five in the American Girl journey that Sweetpea and I are taking together. We finished up the fifth book in the Kirsten Larsen series, “Kirsten Saves the Day,” and after we flipped through the pages of the corresponding cookbook,  Sweetpea chose this traditional Swedish breakfast food as the recipe that we […]

One Potato, Two Potato

Oops! I realized that it had been awhile since I’ve updated the American Girl journey that Sweetpea and I are taking together! *blush*  We’ve actually completed the six books in the Kirsten series, but we’ve fallen a wee bit behind in the cooking/crafting part of our adventure because of vacation, holidays, etc.  It had just […]

Christmas in the Fall

Time for an American Girl update! We have still been reading through the Kirsten Larson series, but the pace has slowed considerably now that our school schedule is back in full swing.  Sweetpea really enjoys just carving out a little slice of the day for just she and I to curl up together and delve […]

A Little Taste of Sweden

I told you all about how Sweetpea and I have started reading through the American Girl series, starting with Kirsten Larson.  This is our special time, just the two of us. We curl up together on the couch and read about Kirsten’s life as an immigrant from Sweden learning the ways of pioneer life in […]

A Journey to 1854

Recently, I had noticed some behavioral changes in Sweetpea.  At first, I thought it was just a phase, or a funk that she was in for a few days, but after watching her I realized that she was misbehaving more than normal to get attention from me.   Uh Oh.  I guess that I had been […]