Fun with Pip in Washington

Oh, gumdrops!  I ain’t been writin’ here much.  I’ve been havin’ too much fun with Pip an’ Amalynn!  Right quick, while they’re still sleepin’, I figured I’d take a sec to pop in an’ write a li’l bit.

First major thing was figurin’ out where we was gonna sleep.  Cuz Pip’s small, her house is small.  An’ maybe just me woulda been ok, or just her sister Amalynn, but alla sudden she got two big dolls tryin’ move inna her house, an’ we complicated stuff a bit.  Now, I’m right good at thinkin’ small thoughts, cuz lotsa my friends are small dollies, but seems I ain’t so good at bein’ small…

I’m gettin’ ahead, though.  First, Pip’s house.  It’s right beautiful!!


There’s loads of stuff to look at.  I wanted to go see Pip’s room too, so I hopped upstairs an…wow…!  She hadda unicorn, an’ a dollie, an’ a minion, an’ a vase, an’ alla neat signs, an’…  Wow!  But more’n’anything, I realized I’m an awful big doll.


She also showed me she gots a li’l bed under her bed.  She called it a trundle?  It looked so comfy!  Pip said she thought maybe I was too big, but I said nah, for sure I could fit in it.  An’ yea, I squished on…  See?  I ain’t so bad at thinkin’ small thoughts.


So Amalynn slept downstairs inna sleepin’ bag, an’ Pip crawled inna she bed, an’ alla we fell asleep.

Inna middle night, though, I guess my brain shut off, an’ it ain’t remembered I outta be thinkin’ small thoughts, cuz I turned inna giant inna tiny house 😦

Yeah.  I sleep-stretched.  Knocked a buncha stuff down onna Amalynn.  Felt super bad!  An’ Pip even hadda wake me up, cuz I was snorin’ like some bear.  Gumdrops!  I cleaned alla stuff up, the books an’ telephone an’ papers an’ crayons, then I crawled inna downstairs sleepin’ bag with Amalynn.  Seemed loads safer there.  An’ Riley gotta curl up on m’ feet, so it was good.  Pip’s gotta really sweet trundle, tho!





One day, we went explorin’ inna Pip’s garden.  Oh, gumdrops!  I wanna take Cooper there.  He’d love lookin’ at alla she flowers an’ plants an’ diggin’ inna dirt!  There were these things that looked all pre-hysterical.  Pip said they was just ferns (baby ferns, maybe?), but I ain’t never seen no fern like it afore!!


An’ she had alla different plants, like foxglove (super big foxglove!) an’ japanese maple trees an’ azaleas an’ plants I ain’t able remember.


But I was all pointy an’ “ooh, look!” an’ “whassat??”  But they didn’ wanna go climb the Japanese maple trees (see ’em back there?  all red an’ pretty an’ beggin’ to be climbed!), so we took pictures with alla different flowers.


Sometime soon, we’re gonna go back an’ find a fountain.  Pip says it’s inna garden somewhere.  We just gotta explore some more.



We spent a day bein’ art dollies, too!




We hadda playtime day.  Pip an’ Amalynn built somethin’ with Legos, an’ Hittys an’ me went bowlin’!


Pip said Legos was fun.  There was lotsa instructions, tho, an lotsa li’l parts.  I dunno if I wanna try makin somethin’ that’s got so many li’l bits an’ alla instructions.  Maybe if I’m just puttin’ somethin’ together how I like?  That’d be fun.  Cooper said Dolli Lane got some Legos earlier, an’ Meikiko an’ Sparrow gotta play with ’em some.  They had fun.  So it’s gotta be pretty neat.  But I liked bowlin’!

Pip an’ Amalynn worked a bit at readin’ instructions an’ buildin’ stuff.

An’ inna end, they made somethin’ super cool!


So maybe alla instructions are worth readin’.  Maybe I could get Cooper to help too if I getta Lego set, instead of makin’ somethin’ outta what’s inna mind.

An’ Hittys an’ me had loads of fun, bowlin’.  There was alla these pins, an’ a couple balls we gotta roll, an’ a thing you gotta aim at alla pins.  You’re ‘sposed to knock alla pins down by hittin’ em with the ball when it rolls down the alley.   It was kinda tricky to aim.


An’ harder still to guess what aimin’ would work, an’ what aimin’ might just wind up rollin’ down those gutter lines.  I did a lotta that.  Gutterballs, alla Hittys called it.


I got pretty ok at it inna end, tho, an’ alla we figgered out how to hit the pins an’ knock ’em down.  If you knock ’em all down, it’s called a strike!  I wasn’t that good, but it was awful fun to knock some of ’em down.


Playtime days are fun!!



We had some bad bad news at first.  Aunty Glenda’s puppy, Leo-dog, got awful sick.  An’ now he can’t play with us anymore.  He hadda go sleep?  But she says he can play ‘cross a Rainbow bridge with other pups.  We’re gonna miss him.  Aunty Glenda was awful sad, an’ I was awful sad with her.

She has another puppy, Haley-dog, who could still play with us.  Well…not with us.  We’d get all sortsa drooly, an maybe I loves puppies, but I don’ really wanna take a bath in puppy drool.  But Haley’s a right warrior dog!  Aunty Glenda’s yard hadda mole that kept diggin’ inna dirt, an’ Haley went after it to make it go away.  I offered to get m’ sword an’ help, but Haley was so good, she didn’ need my help at all.  She got the mole to leave the yard all on she own!! She could be a monster hunter too.

Riley’s been a good pup so far.  I’m glad for that.  I was worried she’d make messes an’ be bad an’ stuff, but she’s been good.  I take her out when she’s gotta go, an’ use some of Aunty Glenda’s puppy food when she’s hungry, an’ it all works ok.



Cooper’s Eyes: Brotherhood


I am encouraged by today’s events. Falcon seems to be warming to Meikiko’s affections. Every now and then, she would release her grip on his leg (and her seat on his foot) and resort to hauling him around by the hand. It was fairly adorable. And he bore it all with apparent good nature, as if this made the most sense in the world. Hopefully this trend will continue.

There truly is something magical and wonderful about being a brother.


Cooper’s Eyes: New Boy

A new lad has been sent to our door.  I thought I would let you know so his presence was not so surprising upon your return.


He is a striking fellow, with a shock of messy black hair and violet-colored eyes (similar to ours). Wren located some more clothing for him, as he showed up in what appeared to be under-garments? I believe he said his name is Falcon.

Meikiko took an immediate shining to him.  She abandoned her totoro figure and ran over, staring up at the fellow with her big brown eyes.  Then she reached up, as if begging to be picked up or hugged or held.


I don’t think he knew what to do.  But she did.  After grabbing his hand and holding on, but getting nowhere with her attempts to woo his attention, she wrapped herself around his leg and sat on his foot.


I believe he was surprised.  I certainly was.  I have not seen Meikiko act out in such a fashion.  But she started talking to him as if he was her brother, and it made me wonder if perhaps she used to have a sibling?  But she is so young.  At what age do we start to remember our family?  After what length of separation would we begin to forget each other?


I don’t know how long she intends to stay there.  After a time, I’m sure she will fall asleep, and he’ll be able to extract his leg.  But, once she wakes, will she return to her perch?  Or will he begin to accept his role as a big brother in our little flock?

I’ll advise as the situation develops.



Cooper’s Eyes: In your stead

We miss you, Kestrel.  The house quite simply isn’t right without you.  I’m glad that you are having a good time with your friends, but frankly we look forward to your return.

I have attempted to make up for your absence by importing something small and humanoid.


I thought it would work.  But it does not.  It is not inventive.  It is not witty.  It is not adventurous or active or stubborn.  It falls over.  A lot.  It lacks any of your mickleness.  It is, however, green.  That seems to be its only redeeming quality.

There is an unusual expression on its face.  I have heard others call this a “derpy” look?  That seems a relatively appropriate adjective.


I have left the green of the rubik’s cube showing on the bedside table.  Perhaps we can work on it more when you get back?  I like it when we figure it out together.


Cooper’s Eyes: Legos

Kestrel, since you’re away, I thought I might try my hand at recording things of interest that we’re doing around the house.  This one involved something I think you too would like a great deal: Legos.

I had never heard of these before.  They are small plastic bricks used to build, construct, and create.  They are truly amazing.  Sparrow said there was a basket of them at the side door this morning with a note from Vega, saying that the government sent some to Dolli Lane and that Nim wanted to share them with us because the Littles enjoyed them so.  (no, she did not send everything they have, so thankfully they are still entertained)

The bricks stack on top of each other and latch together fairly tightly.  It’s akin to building with blocks, but the blocks don’t tumble apart if you touch them the wrong way.  At first, I had to stop and look at them, considering what to do with them.


But then Meikiko came over with a brick and suggested that we build a house.


There was a doll made of the same material, and Meikiko has her Totoro figure, so making a house was logical a idea.  So we each picked up some different pieces and started building it up.

Sparrow was less invested in the construction phase.  She was fascinated by the doll figure.  (I did not mention to her that it had a face on the back of its head as well.  I was concerned that might be upsetting.  I don’t think she has noticed yet.  I would rather not  be the one to bring it to her attention.)


I was still busy working over the finer points of the house when Meikiko decided that no, we were most definitely done, and it was time to play.  Sparrow had set the Lego figure in the house area, and that was enough invitation for the both of them.


I watched while Meikiko and Sparrow worked with the figures, moving them in and out of the house area.  I wish we had more bricks, though: the walls were fairly short, and I could see definite possibilities for making Lego-based furniture for the dolls.  Perhaps another time.

These toys seem like something you would greatly enjoy, Kestrel.  We’ll probably return these bricks to Dolli Lane, but I’m sure Nim would loan us some more when you get back from Washington State (or we can go over there and play with the Littles).  In the meantime, I hope you and Pip are having a good time!  We do miss you and Riley around here, but I know we’ll see you again soon.  Please say hello to Pip and Amalynn and Auntie Glenda for us.


Flight to Washington

Oh, my gumdrops!  PLANES!

1_our suitcases maybe

An’ airports!  An’ luggage carts!  An’ SO MANY PEOPLE!!  I ain’t seen so many people in one place before! There was so much rushin’ an’ hurryin’ an’ gettin’ places fast.  Alla them had bags, an’ we hadda check luggage in on a belt, an’–oh. my. gumdrops.

Ok.  I’m ok.  For real I am.  The trip.  It was awesome.  It was like bein’ a bird, high up inna sky.  It was somethin’ amazin’ an’ somethin’ terrifyin’, all rolled inna one.

See those carts?  They got luggage in ’em.  Maybe Auntie Glenda’s bag!  An’ my bag!  She said sometimes luggage gets lost, an’ you dunno where it’s gone, but it can take an awful long time to get it back.  Lucky me, I kept m’ backpack (where silly Riley pup was hidin’!) in my carry-case with Auntie Glenda’s stow-on bag, so that didn’t get lost.  None of it did, but Auntie Glenda says she’s lost her luggage before.  Not fun.

2_not sure that little wing will hold us

After loadin’ us inna plane an’ loadin’ luggage inna plane’s belly, they got us all to strap in with seatbelts an’ we took off.  I was kinda sorta worried that the li’l plane wing weren’t gonna hold us all up (cuz there was loads of people onna plane!), but Auntie Glenda said there was another wing an’ another engine an’ it was for sure gonna be ok.  I took a deep deep breath an’ told m’self I hadda believe her.  Takin’ off was like zoomin’ through a crazy wind tunnel or somethin’.  Alla world zipped by so fast, it went inna blur, an’ my ears popped, an’ I felt like m’ stomach dropped down inna plane belly.  Ugh.  Pip says it’s like that every time she flies.  I dunno if birds feel like that when they fly too?

When we was flyin’ over Richmond (cuz the plane flew inna circle over the city), I kept peekin’ out the window, tryin’ see our house.  Amalynn said she didn’ think we’d be able see it, but I outta try just in case.  I think she was right.  Alla world looked like ants from up high.  I could see roads, an’ sometimes ponds, an’ sometimes maybe parkin’ lots, but one house?  Nope.  I waved anyway, thinkin’ that maybe even if I weren’t able see the house, maybe alla we friends could see the plane.

Up high, everythin’ smoothed out an’ my stomach came outta the plane’s belly.  I felt loads better then.  It was fun lookin’ out the window.  There was so many clouds!  We went in clouds an outta clouds, through clouds an’ above clouds.  It was like bein’ a bird, flyin’ up high above the world.  Auntie Glenda said most birds weren’t gonna be so high up, though.  It was too cold for ’em.  An’ there wasn’t enough oxygen? But the plane was ok, cuz it was heated, an’ the cabin was pretzelized or somethin’ that made it all comfy.

When we got further west, we went over a place called Denver.  It was covered with SNOW! Alla warm in Richmond, an’ there’s still places what got snow!  I loved lookin’ out the window an’ seein’ that.  Too cool, right?

7_close to Denver_ SNOW

An’ an’ an’ an’–get this!–there was snow onna window too!  Totally WOW!  I asked if it was snowin’ onna plane, but Amalynn said no, it was cuz we were way high up an’ it was super cold an the warm plane sorta like sweated, like I do onna hot hot day, an’ the plane’s sweat froze up solid cuz it was so so cold up high above the mountains.  (Amalynn’s smart, like Cooper an’ Wren.  Pip’s lucky she’s gotta smart sis).

8_snowflakes on plane window

We hadda stop inna middle to jump from one plane to another.  Dunno why they ain’t taken the first plane alla way out to Washington, but Auntie Glenda said most trips was like that.  I said ok an’ followed.  There were lotsa other planes there too, with lotsa other people movin’ from they first planes to they second planes, an’ it was all sortsa confusing.  I was mighty glad Auntie Glenda knew what she was doin’ an’ where she was goin’, cuz I think us dollies woulda gotten lost inna rush without her.

But then we was back inna air, an’ there was more clouds!  Awesome clouds.  I mean, ones what looked like we coulda stepped outta plane an’ walked on ’em.  Made me wanna jump out an’ go bouncin’ onna cloud, like some fairy bouncin’ onna mushroom.  I’d go leapin’ from cloud to cloud.

13_up above the clouds14_clouds so thick

But Amalynn said that wasn’t maybe such a good idea, cuz clouds ain’t firm like land or sand or even mushrooms.  They’re just water hangin’ inna air.  An’ I’d drop through em’ like a rock through water if I tried bouncin’ on ’em.  But I swear it looks like it’d be loads of fun!  Maybe someday, when I’m all fairy-light, I’ll getta try it.  But now, we just go zippin’ through ’em, an the clouds go trailin’ behind, like smoke or fog.  That’s pretty neat too.  Maybe not so neat as bouncin’ on ’em, but still way cool.

15_chasing the sun

I think I fell asleep, cuz next thing I known, the sun was all set an’ we was flyin’ over Seattle.  Auntie Glenda an’ Pip pointed out some stuff to Amalynn an’ me, like the Lake Washington an’ its floaty bridge.  I think that sounds pretty neat.  How’d they get a big bridge to float inna water?  An’ how come the cars what drive on it don’t go sinkin inna water?  But they say it works good!  Pip’s even used it afore, an’ she ain’t fish food, so I bet it’s safe.

16_I90 floating bridge

An’ even though I took a good nap, I was still tired.  That’s somethin’ called “jet lag.”  It’s my least favorite part of travellin’.  But once we landed, we hadda go through the airport in Washington (it was called Sea-Tac, I think?) to find the luggage.  An’ I was awful glad Auntie Glenda didn’ mind carryin’ alla we, cuz I think Pip an’ Amalynn too was feelin’ jet-laggy.

But now we’re here, an’ I’m all ready for great adventures with Pip an’ Amalynn an’ Auntie Glenda!  An’ Riley too, cuz Auntie Glenda says it’s ok if she stays an’ she ain’t gonna be too much trouble or nothin’, long as I take good good care of her m’self.

Hi, Washington!  I’m excited bout what’s gonna come next!


17_Hello from Seattle

Riley: Stowaway

Cooper!  Stop worryin’!  I know where Riley’s gone.

I was gonna show Pip my camera so we could get some pictures taken.  But when I unzipped m’backpack, guess who popped out?  Riley!  I dunno if she just sorta knew I was goin’ away or if she wanted a snack (cuz that’s where I put alla li’l bones for Pip’s Bean’s puppy…at least Riley ain’t been hungry!  I think she gone an’ ate ’em all.)

I know you felt bad cuz you weren’t able to find her, an’ you thought maybe you’d lost her, but it’s ok.  She’s safe.  Pip’n’me are gonna ask Auntie Glenda if it’s ok that she stays.  Since she’s got puppies too, it’ll be ok for food an’ all.  An’ Riley’s a good girl now (mostly!), so she won’t be makin’ messes or whinin’ or nothin’.  I just hope Auntie Glenda’s not too upset.  An’ Pip too.  I think Pip thought ’twas all funny.  Hope havin’ her ’round won’t cause too much mess with things Pip wanna do.

I kept wonderin’ why my bag was makin’ noises an’ movin’ some.  I thought Vega’d dropped somethin’ funny in there afore I left, just bein’ silly.  Or else I was imaginin’ it an’ the movin’ was just from whatever the plane was doin’.  Oh, the plane!  That’s a whole other story!


So glad Riley’s safe!  Thanks for lookin’ for her.  Such a silly, sneaky pup, tho.