Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hodel in Times Square

My friend Hodel has been enjoying her time here in New York City.  A few days ago, we decided to explore Manhattan a bit.

Hodel in NYC

We started out on the Lower East Side, where we stopped by my favorite deli to get egg creams. I took a photo of Hodel in front of this pretty mural. Doesn't Hodel look lovely?

Hodel in NYC

We walked up 2nd Ave to St Mark's Place, and then walked along St. Mark's to get to the 6 train at Astor Place. Of course, Hodel had to have a photo in the subway! I remembered how excited I was to visit the subway on my first trip to New York. Even now, it is exciting to ride it!

Hodel in NYC

After switching trains at Grand Central Station, we made it to Times Square! Hodel wanted to have her photo taken in front of a giant lit-up flag. Both of us are originally from the former Soviet Union and have begun new lives in the United States.

Hodel in NYC

Hodel was so excited to see the lights of Times Square! I had to admit, it was pretty fun to see all the different kinds of people in one place. Of course, we stopped by the big Toys R Us store to look at the Ferris Wheel.

Hodel in NYC

Hodel got to pose for a photo for one of New York's Finest- a member of the NYPD! He was very nice.

Hodel in NYC

Hodel was so excited to see the Mary Poppins theatre! We didn't see a show, because all the theatres are closed on Monday nights, but I took her photo outside anyway.

Hodel in NYC

Finally, it was time to go back to my house. There was time for one last photo, so Hodel posed in front of the sparkling Subway sign. It's so cool! I wish we had one in my neighborhood.

Even though we didn't stay in Times Square very late, Hodel and I both had fun. If you came to visit New York City, what would you want to see? Where should I take Hodel next?

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P.S. Don't forget to enter my photo contest! Details are here. The entry period ends tomorrow night (Friday, August 31) at 11:59pm. Just email a photo of your doll with her favorite accessory to me at inkymarina@gmail.com!  The winner will receive a prize pack with four different toys.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hodel Arrives & a Tour of my Bedroom

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This afternoon, I was in my room playing with Chaika and Niko, waiting for someone, when I heard a voice call my name.

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"Inky? Hello?" called a voice from across the room. It was a pretty girl with brown hair and a Yiddish accent.

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"Hodel! Welcome to New York City!" I exclaimed! Hodel and I ran to the middle of the room and did a little awkward "We're good friends online but have never met in person" hug. "Let me show you around my room!" I said.

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"This is the bed where you'll sleep. You can put whatever you'd like in the nightstand."

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"And here are my closets," I went on, "You can have the one on the right."

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"Here's my desk! I use it for homework, drawing, and journaling. You can you use it whenever you want. Just tell me, so I can put away my stuff," I said.

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"This is my bed and nightstand!"

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"Please meet Niko and Chaika! Chaika is the Russian blue with the missing ear and Niko is the tuxedo kitty," I explained.

"Oh kitties!" exclaimed Hodel, "they're so cute!"

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"I keep my little toys and collectibles on these shelves- if you see Niko try to jump up there, please help stop him! Just say 'No Niko! No!'"

"Got it!" said Hodel, "I'll be sure Niko doesn't knock down any of those snow globes!"

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"Thanks for the tour!" said Hodel. "Do you mind if we sit down for a little while?"

"Not at all! How was your trip? Did you get juice or soda on the plane? Did you sit by a window?" I started to pepper Hodel with questions. Soon, Hodel and I were chattering like the old friends we are.

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I'm glad Hodel has come to stay for a few weeks! I can't wait to explore NYC with her!

In this entry I'm wearing: shrimp and angelfish tee from DollCloset and shorts from Royal Doll Boutique.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

My Favorite Things Giveaway!

Inky and her Toys!

Being an only child, I get a lot of happiness from my toys. Some of my favorite toys are in this picture- Squishables, Uglydolls, Calico Critters, Cheburashka- I love them all! So, I decided to have a toy giveaway/ photo contest!

To enter, just send me a picture of your doll with its favorite toy or accessory! E-mail the photos to inkymarina@gmail.com with a short description of your doll and its favorite thing. If you are under 18, please ask a parent for permission to enter the contest, as I will be requesting the winner's address to mail the prize.

The contest entries are due on August 31. I will post the entries and choose a winner by September 3. Without further ado, here are the prizes!

Prize for Inky's Blog Photo Contest

The winner will receive:
  1.  A Squishable Micro Narwhal
  2. Gragon the clip-on Uglydoll (NOT CROUDY as pictured- my cat ate Croudy!)
  3. a small Cheburashka plush
  4. Toffee Cocoa Cuddles the mini Lalaloopsy 
Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kayaking in Sabino Canyon

Kayaking in Sabino Canyon

On my last full day in Arizona, I went with Raven and our parents on a special day trip. We went to Sabino Canyon and rented kayaks! I had been waiting for this activity my entire trip and I was so happy our parents were able to make it happen. We started the day by taking a tram up Sabino Canyon and getting off at a secluded section of the creek.

Kayaking in Sabino Canyon

Raven and I had been watching the kayak events in the Olympics, so we were very excited to try the sport for ourselves. We put on our lifejackets and got right into the water.

Kayaking in Sabino Canyon

It was so cool! I loved floating down the creek and over the tiny waterfalls. We were beginners, so we only went on the lazier parts of the creek, but it was still very exciting and fun.

Kayaking in Sabino Canyon

As we navigated down the creek, I imagined being an adventurer exploring the wildest of jungle rivers, avoiding crocodiles and jaguars. Someday, I would love to go camping with the kayaks; I think that would be so cool.


Kayaking in Sabino Canyon

It was so much fun experiencing Sabino Canyon with Raven. She was very determined and was excellent at navigating between the rocks. She's only ten, so she still has a chance to get really good and compete in the Olympics someday!

Kayaking in Sabino Canyon Kayaking in Sabino Canyon is probably my favorite memory of my whole summer. As Raven and I packed up our paddles and life jackets, I thought how, that time the next day, I would be back in New York City and far from the desert, mountains, and cool streams. Even though I'm homeschooled, I don't do much schoolwork in the summers. I could feel the school year looming ahead and felt sad that my magical Arizona summer was ending. Do you ever feel sad at the end of the summer? What were your favorite summer memories this year?

In this entry I'm wearing: 2012 Sporty Sandals by American Girl, 2010 2-in-1 Surf Swimsuit for Dolls by American Girl, lifejacket from 2009 Kayak and Gear by American Girl.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Casa Grande Pet Hospital

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One sunny Monday, Raven and I took a special trip to Casa Grande, Arizona. Raven's mom had finally given Raven permission to pick out a pet! When we walked in, the hutches were full of animals.

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On the top row, there were four kittens. They ran to the front of the hutches and looked out at us.

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Right away, Raven saw a pair that looked especially playful. We walked up to them and looked in their hutch. They walked right up to the door and looked back at me and Raven.

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They were very good kitties. When the attendant let us open the hutch, they stayed right on their cushion.

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There was a little orange one with a silly smile and a tuxedo with a little frown. "Hello!" we said to the kitties.

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The attendant let us take the kittens out to play with them. They were so sweet! Right away, the orange one went up to Raven and the tuxedo one came to me. We pet them very gently.

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It was clear that Raven was going to choose to take the orange kitten home with her. He stood up on his back legs and gave her little kisses on her hand. Raven was so happy!

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Meanwhile, I couldn't take my eyes off the little tuxedo cat. When I had gone back to New York City earlier in the month, my cat Chaika had finally come home. I looked at the little black kitty and knew he needed a home too. Earlier in the year, we had to give away our second cat, a Siamese, because he was very aggressive and wouldn't stop attacking Chaika. He is in a happy new home now, as an only kitty- but I knew Chaika would want a friend. I looked over at Mama and she nodded. Yes!! I could take the little tuxedo kitty home!

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We had new pets! The pet hospital also sells pet furniture to raise money for the animals. My mama let me pick out this awesome kitty tree that matches my bed! The attendant brought it out into the playroom and right away, our kitties jumped up on it. Raven is so happy with her new kitten. She named him Rico! I looked my little tuxedo kitten in the eye and he told me his name- Niko! I'm so glad Raven and I got to visit the Casa Grande Pet Hospital- they had just the right kitties for our families!

In this entry I'm wearing: tee from American Girl Place with homemade decal, green shorts from Royal Doll Boutique, 2012 Sporty Sandals from American Girl, homemade bracelet and anklet

**Furniture in this entry is made possible by the generous folks at Payne Street Doll Boutique!**

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Albuquerque Biopark

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

While I was in New Mexico visiting my Grandma, my family set up a playdate for me at the zoo! I was looking forward to it so I could meet my new friend Josh. Josh is younger than me, but he's still fun. I was also excited to visit the Albuquerque Biopark because they are one of the only zoos in the country with koalas! Josh was very familiar with the zoo, so he gave me an excellent tour. First though, we stopped at the zoo cafe for some chicken strips. While we were eating, Josh and his mom surprised me with a special Albuquerque tee! I went into the bathroom to change to my new top.

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

Our first stop was at the Australia section. The zoo has many animals from Australia, like koalas, tree kangaroos, and wombats! I wanted to see the wombats, but they were sleeping.

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

See this little green splotches behind me? Those are parakeets, which are native to Australia! They were really cute, but you have to be careful and make sure not to let any out of their exhibit.

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

Once you walk through the parakeet exhibit, you enter a big room. Just to the left is the koala! Isn't it cute? It was much bigger than I thought it would be. It was sitting there sleepily munching on eucalyptus leaves. Aww!

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

Over in the next exhibit was another special animal- a tree kangaroo! He's the brown splotch in the background of this picture. They're very cute too.

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

After we left Australia, we contined to wander around the zoo. Near the café, we saw these awesome polar bears. It was a very hot New Mexico day, so the polar bears were enjoying themselves by swimming. I was so hot that I wanted to jump in with them, but I know polar bears are wild animals, even if they do look very cuddly.

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

We also checked out the giraffe exhibit. While I was having my photo taken, one of the giraffes came right up behind me! Doesn't it look cool? Awesome pants! I love giraffes, though they make me feel very short.

Inky and Josh at the ABQ Zoo

One of the nice things about the Albuquerque Biopark are all the pretty and refreshing water features throughout the zoo. Before we left, we took photos by this pretty waterfall. It looked so cool, I wanted to jump right in!

 I had a great time at the zoo with Josh. I'm really glad he invited me on a playdate. Have you ever hung out with someone older or younger? Did you have fun?

In this entry I'm wearing: American Girl 2011 sporty sandals, shorts from the American Girl 2012 Hiking Outfit, a homemade white tee, and a red tee from Royal Doll Boutique.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park On my trip, I was able to visit Petrified Forest National Park with my mama and grandmother! Petrified Forest is a beautiful park in northeast Arizona, home of the Painted Desert (which you can see behind me) and many deposits of petrified wood.  My family drove a few hours to spend the day there so I could earn my Junior Ranger badge.

Petrified Forest National Park

After we stopped at the Visitor Center to pick up my Junior Ranger booklet and watch an orientation video, we drove along the park loop road. There are little outlooks all along the painted desert so you can stop and look at the beautiful scenery. We made sure to stop at some to take pictures. I thought the landscape reminded me of Mars, because of the beautiful red and pink colors.

Petrified Forest National Park

Though the sky was sunny while we were driving near the Painted Desert, a storm started started to roll in as we drove through the park. Luckily, we had time to walk the short Puerco Pueblo trail before it began to rain. In this photo, I'm waiting for my family to hurry up so we can start hiking the trail. I loved seeing the remains of the ancient Pueblo. There was a trail extension with petroglyphs, but we didn't get to see them because the extension was closed due to swarming bees!

Petrified Forest National Park After we drove through the rain, we stopped at the Rainbow Forest Museum, another of the museum's visitor centers. The center has several skeletons of ancient crocodilian creatures- awesome! Behind the center is the Giant Logs Trail, where you can see many beautiful petrified logs. Here I am with the storm off in the distance behind me.

Petrified Forest National Park

Here I am on one of the giant logs. Isn't it amazing? It's so cool to think that these logs used to be regular wood, but now are petrified. You can read more about the process, plus the animals and geology of the park, on the Petrified Forest National Park website.

Petrified Forest Here I am on the enormous petrified log called "Old Faithful." It was so big! I love its beautiful colors. I'm so glad I had the chance to go to Petrified Forest.

Petrified Forest National Park

At the end of the day, I stopped by the Rainbow Forest Museum, where Ranger Kait swore me in as an official Junior Ranger at Petrified Forest! Petrified Forest has a really nice badge and patch. Plus, if you do all the activities in the book, you can earn a free rainbow pencil! I had a great time at Petrified Forest. I hope I can go back someday and bring my friends. If you are ever in the Four Corners region, try to take the time to visit this awesome park! Have you ever seen petrified wood or fossils?

In this entry I'm wearing: homemade Junior Ranger tee (blank tee from American Girl Place), shorts from American Girl's 2009 Outdoor Play outfit, and sporty sandals from American Girl.
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