Christmas afternoon my daughters eventually unwrapped their new Austalian Girl dolls, the first to arrive in England I believe. We always spread presents out over the day, and had gone to Church in the morning, so the large boxes waited beneath the tree until after we'd had Christmas dinner, been for a walk with the dog and eaten Christmas pudding! It prolongs the excitement to spread the presents over the day. Welcome Belle and Matilda - my girls are happy to have you. My younger daughter also got two Gotz deck chairs, a swimming costume and a paddling pool with accessories, so these were used to make the new girls from Australia feel at home despite the fact we still had the previous Monday's snow on the ground outside.
Peter is transfixed by Matilda's beautiful hair and forgets to tie his shoe laces!
Anna and Belle get to know each other 'Aussie style' despite snow on the ground outside
Harriet and Samantha showing off their new Kimonos from Hong Kong
Jayne models Lacey's new skating dressOn Boxing day we took the handmade Barbie clothes etc amongst other presents to my cousin's house and later that afternoon had the pleasure of watching them being unwrapped. The long blue dress and matching felt handbag was a definite hit and went on one of her many Barbies straight away. Prince Charming who had arrived for her on Christmas day was given some casual clothes (Bermuda shorts and Tshirt) and there were another couple of casual sets for her Barbies (she has about 10) too.
My daughter's Barbie showing off the handmade outfits just before they were wrapped
Prince Charming's casual outfitShe was absolutely delighted with the new skating dress, silver skates, silver shoes for off the ice and knitted bag I had found at a sale and changed Lacey into the dress immediately. We had taken ALL our Gotz girls and boy, my girls insisted that even my Anna doll had to be there, so we ended up with 8 Gotz dolls and 2 Australian Girl dolls whilst with my cousin! The men in the household were remarkably understanding.
The whole line up l-r: Sarah*, Jayne, Mia*, Matilda, Peter, Belle, Harriet, Samantha, Lacey* and Anna
Sarah*, Jayne, Mia*, Matilda and Peter
Belle, Harriet, Samantha, Lacey* and Anna* Sarah, Mia and Lacey are my cousin's daughter's dolls
And now it is New Year's Eve, we are watching DVDs, eating popcorn and lazing at home whilst waiting for midnight, so I'm taking the opportunity to blog at the same time to wish every one a very happy continued Christmas tide (not over until the 5th January) and peaceful and prosperous 2010.