I’ve decided I’m not going to say that I don’t have anymore room for dolls because every time I do, someone else joins the party! It doesn’t help that new dolls keep coming out too. But I can’t even blame this on them. This was all my doing.
I’ve got several of the more recent Girl of the Year dolls–Saige, Lanie, Lea (Sophia), Kanani, Isabelle (Zara). I was only missing one that I’d had any interest in, and I wasn’t even 100% sure I wanted her. I went back and forth more times than I care to think about. Finally I decided I would like to have her. But Ebay prices–yikes! And after the issues I’d had with Allie, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy her from Ebay at all. Then I found out that a friend was going to the Madison Children’s Museum sale. Hmmm…dare I ask. I finally decided to go for it, telling her that if she didn’t want to bother, I completely understood. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d want to lug around a doll for someone else, but much to my surprise and happiness, she agreed! Now we just had to have our fingers crossed that they would still have her when she got there. Luck was on our side, and now she’s here and ready for her closeup!
Meet Allie’s sister–Christine Irene Rhodes!
I liked Grace, but like I said before, I wasn’t fully convinced I wanted her. Really, it’s kind of ridiculous, especially considering I have more of Grace’s collection than any other GOTY. And then when I got the doll that would become Allie, I thought they would make a cute set of sisters. Yeah, they have completely different coloring, but lots of sisters do. They have each inherited different traits from their parents, but their basic face shape is the same.
I promised when I unveiled Allie that I would tell you where her name came from. Christine’s isn’t too far off from where Allie’s comes from either. My favorite band is the Gin Blossoms. And my favorite song of theirs is “Allison Road”. Get it? I always used to joke that it would be fun if your last name was Rhodes to name your daughter Allison. Since my last name isn’t Rhodes and I don’t have a daughter, this was the next best way to do it! The story behind the song is kind of funny too, the lead singer was driving through Texas with a friend when they saw a sign for Allison Road. The friend’s sister’s name was Allison, so they decided it would be funny to stop and take a photo of it. Some time passed and one day the idea for the song came to him, and he started writing it. He has said it’s one of the fastest songs he’s ever written!
“Christine Irene” is another song by the Gin Blossoms, but not quite as popular as the other. I just thought it would be kind of funny to keep with the same theme. The post about Allie contained several hints too, I’m really surprised that no one figured it out. The title of the post “I’ve Learned Not To Say Never” is a line from their song “29”. Allie’s comment “No Chocolate Cake” is a reference to the name of one of their albums. And the girls are from Arizona which is where the band is from. Plus Allie is a fan of 90’s alternative which is the time period where the Gin Blossoms really hit it big with their album “New Miserable Experience”.
Look out Kennedy, the Rhodes girls are here! 😉