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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Daddy Doll

Right after Joe deployed Christina let me know about something called Daddy Dolls that a friend of hers ordered for her children when their daddy was gone. I thought this was such a neat idea, but the website requires a head-to-toe picture of the person...and Joe was already gone and I don't have any pictures of him like that. So I sent Joe the website to show him what I wanted to get for Kayla. He only has a disposable camera with him and didn't think it would take the high quality photo required; besides he would need to send the camera to me to get developed. I wondered if I would be able to order this doll at all.

Joe found someone at work with a digital and sent me two pictures. The first time I tried it the picture just wouldn't upload so I thought it didn't meet the requirements. I tried again several days later and finally got it ordered. Of course it takes several weeks to receive it - I figured Joe might even be back before we got this in the mail!

It arrived on the Saturday before Christmas and I managed to hold off on giving it to her until Christmas Eve when she opened a couple gifts. I'm so happy I ordered this, I wish I would have had it at the beginning of his deployment instead of the end, but at least we have it now. That night she brought it to bed and when she woke up the next morning she walked down the hall clutching it in her arm.



Kayla opened some gifts on Christmas and the rest we are waiting until Joe is home to have Christmas again!

I'm ready for the gift-opening Mom!


She wasn't really in the mood to have her picture taken, she just wanted to rip open all the gifts with no stopping in between! She really liked the extra food set she got for her kitchen - she loves to pretend cook.


This special gift came all the way from New Zealand...Karen's sweet daughter picked this out especially for Kayla.


She's loving the lounge chair from her grandpa Ken!


This stack of books from my aunt and uncle were a big hit...


...as you can see she loves to "read" books!


Her ladybug dress up costume (minus the cute headband)


In a few weeks we'll get to do this all over again when Joe gets home - how fun!

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47 comments:

Brent & Jodie said...

Michelle, the Daddy Doll made me cry! Kayla was so sweet, I love it!!

amy said...

You are soooo mean. I was not expecting to cry like that! Thats the sweetest thing i have seen in a long time

Mommatude said...

So sweet but about broke my heart!!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

That Daddy doll brought tears to my eyes! That is just the sweetest gift. What a wonderful thing for her to have. Thanks for sharing the video and all of the other pictures too. I hope you had the Merriest of Christmas'!

Jen said...

She is such a sweetie. I love the outfit she has on too.....and the Daddy Doll...be still my heart.

Me said...

Aww what a great idea the Daddy Doll is!! That's so sweet and how wonderful it got there in time for Christmas. :)

Trace

Michelle said...

Oh that doll is just too much - the look on Kayla's face was just priceless! So sweet. I had tears, too, watching the video.

Jennifer said...

Watching Kayla open that gift & the expression on her face was just heartwarming & brought tears to my eyes. What a priceless gift that she will cherish always. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I hope you & yours had a very Merry Christmas and that 2008 will be a blessed year!

Jennifer :-)

Dena said...

What a GREAT GREAT GREAT present! She looks sooo cute - And could it have been a more DORA CHRISTmas? how fun to do it again and how awesome Joe will be home soon!

Melody and Doug said...

Her doll made me want to cry. What a fantastic idea! I am so happy she was able to receive it before he came home. Sweet, sweet video.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Love the daddy doll..what a great idea.

Kayla looked so cute opening her presents.

Merry Christmas..how are you feeling?

Tammy said...

So cute...and what a wonderful idea!!

It looks like she is enjoying all of her new things just as my grands are...they are having so much fun!

I know you can't wait for Joe to get home!

Love & Hugs,
Tammy (My Gentle Retreat)

Amy said...

Michelle, why do you like to make me cry every time I come for a visit? I think I will grab my tissues before stopping by next time! I love the video, you know I do! What a cool idea too.

O Mama Mia said...

She is so darn SWEEEEETT!!! I adore those Daddy Dolls but can't get a pic of Griff to save my life. Fortunately he doesn't deploy for awhile... supposedly.
Thank you so much for sharing this awesome video! Sophia made me play it at least 4 times!

annie said...

I love the daddy doll, so cute!
She is adorable.
I'm so long the real daddy will be home soon!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

That is the sweetest thing!!! What a great idea. I am so glad you got that for her. And just think, you'll have the real thing soon!! How awesome will THAT be?

Hope your Christmas was awesome.

Happy New Year!!

Mrs. Mac said...

What a great gift for Kayla. I'm so happy it arrived in time for Christmas. Hope your second Christmas celebration is even better.

Christina said...

Awww I got tears in my eyes just picturing how much better the hugs will be from daddy when he gets home! That doll is cute!

Katie said...

Oh that brought happy tears to my eyes. "Daddy Doll" What a beautiful creation! Kayla looks so goregeous and grown up!
Merry Christmas to you, Kayla and of course Joe!

Christina said...

I am so glad she liked it. The movie clip was SO cute, i started crying too :-)
I am SURE Joey will cry too when he sees it.

Sara said...

Oh that clip was so touching!! what a great idea. Hope you had a great Christmas

Denise said...

Loved the video's. I finally received the book "Gifts" and enjoyed reading your story, since I visit your blog each day. Happy New Year!
Denise Pequignot
www.caringbridge.org/in/sydneylynne

LauraJ said...

your pictures are great! that daddy doll is too cute and the video of her with him... aww my heart melts all over the floor!

rylie's mom said...

What a great Christmas present. Kayla is so adorable, she really seemed to love the Daddy Doll. How sweet!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the Daddy doll. It was so sweet to see her hugging the doll.It made me tear up.She is such a sweet little girl! I just adored alll the pictures of her!
love,
mimi

Cindy said...

So, so precious. What a wonderful idea!!

Tracey said...

Now THAT was freakin sweet. Absolutely adorable. What a nice idea!

I can't believe he's home in few more weeks! Hope they fly by for you all...

Misslionheart said...

I cry *every* time I come here! lol

Jen said...

The Dady doll was the greatest thing!! That is the sweetest thing ever. Hoping time goes quickly for Daddy to be home!

chelle said...

awwwww that video was so sweet!

Only a few more weeks!

Glad Christmas was wonderful.

Heather said...

That's so cute! I'm glad she loves it! She's such a doll herself :)

Corey~living and loving said...

awwwwwwwwwwww that made me all teary. sigh.....I am so glad he is almost home.

Melany aka Supermom said...

That is SO adorable Michelle. Made me want to cry. That is so special

jennifergg said...

Thinking of you...Kayla looks so beautiful, as alawys!

Philip. said...

Wishing you all the best for 2008 and a Happy New Year.

Philip
www.disabled-help.org

Sandra said...

LOVE the Daddy Dolls they are wonderful for when the daddies are deployed :)

She is so adorable ;)

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I love that whole Daddy Doll concept. Whoever thought of that is a GENIUS!
Looks like Kayla had a great Christmas. She's going to be thrilled to get to do it all over again so soon. When is Joe expected back? (Not soon enough, huh? lol)
Tell Kayla to move over - that chair looks pretty comforable. I may need to kick back in it while she "reads" to me!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

OK I totally need to get Kennedy one of those! I had heard about them before but never got around to it. I think she would love it now! Now to get a picture... hmmm!

Tammy said...

Michelle, I just watched that video of her daddy doll and I am in tears!
(OK, I just now skimmed a couple of the comments here and see I am not alone!) Here I am off to bed, and my eyes are watering...so, so sweet and poignant!
I am so glad he's coming home soon! I must have missed the post saying when, but glad to hear it is very soon!
Glad you all had a good Christmas and wishing your family a very Happy New Year, Michelle!

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

I can't wait to get home to open up this post to see that doll. It won't open for me here at work. I can see the ones after that though. What a great idea it was. How nice to wait until Joe comes home to finish Christmas with him.

Killlashandra said...

Wonderful pictures! Looks like she had a wonderful Christmas and the Daddy Doll rocked! I'd never heard of such a thing either and it's a wonderful idea.

Kathleen Marie said...

Precious and that Daddy doll is a great idea! I pray Joe arrives home very soon and that time passes quickly for you. God Bless!

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

Oh my gosh, I just got on to see the "daddy doll" and that is too cute! It brought tears to my eyes! And Kayla kisses exactly like Gabi does with the tongue out! Hilarious! If you can figure out how to stop that let me know. I have been trying for years!

Glo said...

Daddy Doll what a sweet gift. Looks like you had good Christmas. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Can't wait to see more gift opening when Joe gets home.

Tara said...

That video made me cry! What a great gift....and by the way, Kayla is the sweetest thing i've ever seen.

Kari said...

Uhhuh still wiping the tears from the Daddy doll video. Very nice idea.

Megan's got 47 said...

I am just catching up and man this made me cry....that is just so sweet!
I am so glad she has her daddy with her now. How very cool!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!