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The Adventures of Lucy(ita) – Part 11

Ack! The adventures are a day late, I am so sorry. I’ve been at the computer a lot trying to upload stuff on to the new shop and sewing like mad to get stock ready. Busy. Since this is Lucita’s first time in Guatemala and everything is such a new experience, she thought it might […]

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Sheri - March 30, 2009 - 12:53 pm

We have spent 2 weeks in Guatemala while adopting our daughter in 2007. I so agree with your list and would add….seeing people buying goat milk in the middle of the street straight from the goat and serving ketchup with every food. Seeing the women dress in handmade tradional clothing and fresh tortillas!!! I also read that you are starting an orphanage. We have a group here at home that are trying to do the same thing. We are in the beginning stages trying to gather information for Guatemala and Honduras. We love the way you have designed the homes with the nannies living in the homes like a huge family. We also are wanting to make sure that our orphanage can sustain itself with its own food. How long have you been working on your orphanage project?

Cate - March 30, 2009 - 1:17 pm

Oh That was a beautiful post. So easy to read and imagine. I could almost hear the dogs barking and the children playing. The second half balanced the first half so well. I can’t imagine how confronting this place could be.

Leah Killian - March 30, 2009 - 9:01 pm


CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) - March 31, 2009 - 8:52 am

When I was in China we used to use a wastebasket for our used TP as well. I really didn’t like it! 🙂

My son has enjoyed Lucy’s adventures.

Caci (Homespun Momma) - March 31, 2009 - 9:36 am

It sound like such a wonderful place with so many terrible things happening. I love the lists!

Heather - March 31, 2009 - 10:38 am

Yeah, the toilet paper thing definitely takes some getting used to. So glad your son is enjoying Lucy’s adventures. She’s about to embark on her first excursion outside of Antigua. We’re off to visit a project in the mountains near Huehuetenango tomorrow. Will be back on Sunday in time to share her time away!

Nicole - April 1, 2009 - 12:19 pm

How interesting! Thanks for sharing this! : )

few of my favorite things…

I’m starting a new thing on Thursdays where I’ll list a few things that I’ve found while clicking around the internet. I love when other bloggers do these kinds of lists – almost as much as I love to see studio shots. You know those things that you go through as a parent that you […]

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Monica - March 26, 2009 - 10:04 pm

Great post!! I want two bibs now. 😉

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) - March 27, 2009 - 9:25 am

I just got my Mally bib! We have the sushi motif. I meant to take pictures of it today actually but the sun went down too fast. You know how it goes.

bethany - March 27, 2009 - 2:21 pm

I wish I had seen these things for the baby when mine were little!! I love the tea cups!!! My husband is the exact same way… but he got a chainsaw… now I fear for all the trees in my woods!!!! And for his life! If you can buy the teacup, stick with that!!

Robyn - March 27, 2009 - 4:13 pm

I too have seen the men carve eagles out with chainsaws, it’s pretty incredible actually!

dottyspots - March 28, 2009 - 4:48 am

ROFL! Men and their ‘toys’ – really the number of not-necessary items my husband gets that then sit in the shed…

They look like fab cups though.

The Wool Fairy - March 30, 2009 - 7:00 am

Love, love, love the cup!

My hubby does own a chainsaw…..but the purchase was actually justified in my case. Sadly he’s not carving eagles for me, just firewood (: All I can say is that it scares the heck out of me!! I’d stick with the chainsaw cup for sure (:

Cheryl - April 1, 2009 - 11:27 am

We live in the middle of Calgary and my Hubby has a chainsaw. There was no stopping him. But he has used it to help a neighbour take down some trees. And now we have wood for the firepit this summer!

Boys and Dolls

I’m sure most of you have read that great article in Mothering  Dec 2008 about boys and their dolls. It actually just became available today, which is fantastic timing for this post.  I just wanted to write a little bit about how I feel about boys and dolls, from the perspective of a mom with […]

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Sue - March 25, 2009 - 5:32 am

Great post Christina! :0)
We have 3 boys and I too believe that boys need to develope the “softer” nurturing side in them to become rounded beings.

Have a wonderful day! :0)

Shawn - March 25, 2009 - 8:11 am

Perfect. A while back you talked about writing about boys and their dolls and I was so glad to see your post today. I enjoyed reading how you helped foster the relationship and then how it took on it’s own life. I’m new to parenting and this helps so much. Love the part about the secrets. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings, Shawn

BTW I did enjoy the Mothering article. That was one I earmarked for husband. He actually didn’t need too much convincing, but it helped him understand what my goals were with regards to doll play.

Naomi - March 25, 2009 - 10:38 am

The picture of Ben is priceless! How funny.

I will have to get a Bamboletta for Jasper’s second birthday in July. Although I think it might need to have a robot costume… think you can do that?

cheryl - March 25, 2009 - 10:45 am

My son still wonders what antics his bear that he recieved when he was born will do,( I suspect this would work equally with a doll ) Daniel (the bear) will be reading or have set up a castle out of blocks or a pinic with other guys, while my son is out playing or at school. He is older, 9 now, but still enjoys very much the things Daniel decides to do, on his own of course.

Meike - March 25, 2009 - 11:56 am

Excellent post! I made my son Olivier a doll for his fifth birthday last December, and he will defend his ‘Poppie’ (Dutch for dolly) most adamently when he’s got friends over after school and they have the audacity to utter the words ‘doll’ and ‘girls’ in one sentence. They’re inseparable. It’s the best present I’ve ever made him. 🙂

Hilary - March 25, 2009 - 1:19 pm

What a wonderful post! Thanks for the insight. I have also enjoyed reading about the idea of a doll before a new baby in both your situation and in the winner of Jasmyn. I am expecting our second in August. They will be about 23 months apart. I have debated about whether Mary is still too young for a bamboletta or if this would be a good tool. Any thoughts on her age and a Bamboletta baby? Thanks for all your great parenting insight in addition to your beautiful products.

Hilary - March 25, 2009 - 1:19 pm

Sorry, Mary will be 23 months when the new baby joins us!

Tara - March 25, 2009 - 2:03 pm

I love Mothering mag and I love this post. Ben’s pic made me laugh really hard! It is so great that these boundaries are being broken down. Every boy should have a doll to nurture! The absent father is becoming something of the past.

Leah Killian - March 25, 2009 - 5:23 pm

This post made me get a little weepy (will the hormones ever leave?) “Thanks for being who you are. . .” That part got me. I have to use that line with my kids.

Speaking of boys and dolls- you should see my boy with his baby brother right now- all snuggled up. We need to teach these boys how to be good fathers- the world needs more of those 🙂

Christine - March 26, 2009 - 3:21 am

Great post, love it! My daughter is not really a doll person, although it’s getting more now, but my son is so funny with a doll. He will put on this soft and high-pitched voice and ask the doll “are you hungry?” or “come, come with me and let’s look in the fridge together!” It’s so cute. He’s 26 months old now. Of course boys can play with dolls too and I think it can also help with working through emotions or replaying what happened that day (or some other time). Personally I never pretend the doll can talk or anything, but if the kids ask me I will acknowledge the doll is hungry/tired/whatever and play along with them.


Elizabeth - March 26, 2009 - 8:06 am

My son was introduced to love dolls shortly before his sister was born. I used the doll to show him how to take care of a baby…. needless to say it was natural process for him. Today they both play with their dolls together. I recently ordered the bamboletta dolls for both and can’t wait for them to arrive…

thanks for sharing!

Tressa - March 26, 2009 - 12:34 pm

Bamboletta, inspiring the empathetic spirit of little ones, one doll at a time.

Tressa - March 26, 2009 - 12:34 pm

And, their parents!

Catriona - March 26, 2009 - 3:17 pm

Fabulous! As a mother of 3 boys myself (15,12 & 7), it was really interesting to see their reactions to the Thyme doll I purchased from you for their sister (5) for Easter. They were all suitably impressed, and I was surprised when not only my 7 y.o., but 12 y.o., expressed interest in a Bamboletta of their own! So bring on the boy dolls!

Monique - March 26, 2009 - 6:18 pm

Great pic of Benjamin! he’s growing up so fast- miss you!

lauralee - March 27, 2009 - 6:31 am

I have three boys. My middle son particularly is attached to his doll and I get so gooey watching him interact. Out of my three, my middle one oozes testosterone which I find particularly interesting he became the most attached I am so thankful for posts like this and books that gave me the idea in the first place because I feel strongly it will help my sons in the future to be compassionate. When they opened their boxes with new dolls… I couldn’t have been prouder of them with their response. thanks for this great post! ~lauralee

bethany - March 27, 2009 - 2:26 pm

My son has always loved stuffed animals, etc. and I wish I had found you back when he was younger. Whenever he does or says anything nurturing, I always say “You’ll make a great Daddy someday!” He likes to hear that. I don’t see why boys showing care to a baby isn’t seen as strong. It takes a lot of strength to raise a child!!! Strength of energy and especially strength of character!!

Heather - March 27, 2009 - 10:13 pm

I have a Ben too. When he was two years old he would sit next to me, while I was nursing his baby sister, and nurse a tiny white stuffed animal seal, or sometimes Mr. Potato Head. He’s 9 now, and not at all girly. Nothing to worry about! Little kids are just so innocent and sweet.

Melody F. - December 13, 2009 - 6:10 pm

My husband was not for dolls for my sons but i am a collector of creepier collectible dolls, so he is use to seeing them. I wanted my son to sexperience the feeling i get when i get a new doll or the love i feel when i see my sweet doll. I cuddle her and generally enjoy just snugging whenever i am not snuggling my lo. Ive been told i cant have more children but to have one of these cuddly dolls to share with my son would be a gift in itself. I have only one child a boy but i think showing love a learning love is gender neutral so if he loves his boy doll then i have done a good job as a parent. Atleast i think so.

Jasmyn Has a New Home!

Jasmyn (contest doll from March) has arrived at her new home with Colleen and her 3 (!) little girls. I posted a few pics here and the lovely letter that Colleen sent me – Jasmyn could not have gone to a better home. I’ll have another doll giveaway sometime in April, sign up for my […]

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Naomi - March 23, 2009 - 6:54 am

As usual, you are such a generous soul! How great to see all the pictures on your Flicker stream with all the happy kiddos and Bambolettas… I am especially in love with that mermaid outfit. Wow!

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) - March 23, 2009 - 8:42 am

My birthday is in April! *waggling eyebrows*
Maybe it will be my month!

Maddie - April 2, 2009 - 11:54 am

Your dolls are just fabulous! I have just discovered your website and have been drooling (alas, it is true, but mainly because I have had braces fitted yesterday lol) over it! The pictures of children and their loved ones are wonderful.
I will show your site to my better half and try to convince him that we need to ‘invest’ in one of your dolls for our five year old daughter.

The Adventures of Lucy (ita) – Part 10!

Another week, another installment of the Adventures of Lucita! For those who may be just joining me, Lucy is a Bamboletta ambassador joining Heather and Greg from Project Somos –  A project that is creating an eco village in Guatemala for abandoned and orphaned children. For more information, please visit the Project Somos website. Happy […]

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cheryl - March 24, 2009 - 6:55 am

I’m glad to hear you helped Harry and he looks to be right at home there. I’m glad Lucy was able to take good care of him. I love to see the pictures of her in all the scenic places. Thanks!

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