The Beacons Perform!

The big night had arrived and the Beacons were ready to perform their show at the Lighthouse. The girls were very excited, but there was some other excitement thanks to Ryan.

He had ordered t-shirts with the band name on to sell at the show! “Wow, these are awesome!” exclaimed Rebecca. “And only $9.50?” questioned Allie. “My uncle’s band sells their for $25. But they are a little better known than The Beacons I guess. I’ve got to get one!”

The rest of the crowd was starting to show up and it didn’t take long for it to get very full.

“I’m so excited!” Emily told Cassandra.  “I wasn’t sure I’d be allowed to come since it’s way past my bedtime, but mom made an exception.”  “It’s going to be a terrific show,” Cassandra replied.  “I’m glad you could come!”

Some of the gang from Pittsburgh even came to cheer the girls on!

Once everyone got seated, it was time for the band to come on the stage.

“The Lighthouse is proud to present our first act of the season–THE BEACONS!!!”

The girls were met with a round of applause. “Thank you everyone for coming tonight! Welcome to our first official show!” said Louisa.

The girls started out the night with one of their favorite songs-“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benetar.  They have been practicing it a lot and sounded really good.

After a couple of more songs, Marie-Grace surprised everyone by singing “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (Shania Twain).  We knew she liked the song, but we didn’t realize she was so good at singing it too!  She got a huge round of applause.

As you can see, Jenny takes her drumming seriously!


Kit surprised us too when she sang the Willie Nelson classic “On The Road Again”. She knew that it was a favorite song of both mine and Evil Twin’s, so she said she just had to sing it. (I told her one time it was my ring tone for a while before it was replaced by The Monty Python theme!)

They did several more songs: “Back In Baby’s Arms” and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, “Learn To Fly” by The Foo Fighters, “Mean” by Taylor Swift and “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club. Everyone was impressed by the variety of songs the girls knew.

Towards the end of the show they played “Middle of Nowhere” by Hot Hot Heat which really showed off Alya’s keyboard and singing skills.

After about an hour it was time to rap it up, so the girls played “Disarm” (Smashing Pumpkins).  It was the perfect ending for the show and it sounded really good.

The crowd gave them a standing ovation!

“Thank you so much for coming!  We couldn’t have done this without all of you!!!”

After the crowd left, the girls posed for some fun pictures without their instruments:

“I think it turned out fantastic!” said Jenny.  The rest of the girls agreed.  “Now we need to start practicing for the next show!”  “NEXT SHOW???” exclaimed Kit, Alya, Louisa and Marie-Grace. (Oh dear…)


You too can show your love for The Beacons!!!  T-shirts are available for purchase over at If Dolls Could Dream!  Just click on the photo below and it will take you to her Etsy shop.  And unlike Ryan, she is only charging $8 each for hers!

Thank you Maggie for helping me with this!  If you purchase a shirt, be sure to share a photo link in the comments so I can see all of the love for The Beacons!

Decorating for the Big Day!

The Lighthouse has been opened for business for about 2 weeks, and The Beacons are getting ready for their first performance! Jenny and Ryan were going to do some special decorating just for the occasion.

“I can’t wait to get this done and see how it looks!” said Jenny. “Yeah, I think it’s going to be pretty cool,” replied Ryan.

“I asked Kit and Rebecca if they would come and help us,” said Jenny.

“We can use all the help we can get!” Ryan responded. “Especially since we have lights to put up.”

Just then Kit and Rebecca showed up.

“Here we are!” yelled Kit. “Kit and Rebecca, reporting for duty!”

“Rebecca, can you help me with these lights?” “Sure Ryan, I’d be happy to.”

“I think those ones there look higher than the other side.”

“Check these ones out Kit! I think they are going to look so cool!!!”

After a lot of adjusting and Ryan mounting the spot lights, they were ready to test it all out.

“Turn off the house lights!!!!”

“It looks so pretty!” said Kit. “This is going to be awesome,” replied Jenny. “I can’t wait until you see the other surprise I have for you all,” said Ryan. “But you don’t get to see it until the night of the show!”

What do you think Ryan’s surprise is? I’ll give you a tiny hint. Go check out If Dolls Could Dream’s Etsy page, and see if you can figure it out!

Samantha’s Bicycle

I was so excited when American Girl decided to mark down Samantha’s bicycle, this was an item that had been on my radar since it came out.  I just couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for it.  I got it when it was $69, it has since been marked down even more.  I picked up several items when I ordered it, but this was the thing I wanted the most.  And wouldn’t you know it, when mine arrived, it was broken!  I’m not sure how it happened either, I suspected it occurred either when it was assembled, or due to the way it was packaged.  The rod that goes down through the handlebars that holds everything together was sheared off completely.  A phone call to AG took care of the problem, they shipped another right out and I was able to return the damaged one at no expense to me, but talk about a disappointment.

That problem aside, it’s really a well made piece (which makes me wonder even more).

Even though it’s a bike that was supposed to be made in the Edwardian era, it looks way more like a modern bike to me.  I’ve seen plenty of bikes for sale in this color scheme.  About the only thing that gives it even a hint of an older style is the chain guard.

The basket is very well done, even if it isn’t made out of traditional basket materials. The plastic looks realistic enough and will probably hold up better as it won’t get dry and brittle. It’s even attached like a real bike basket would be. I don’t have the bouquet of flowers in it (sunflowers) as I don’t think it will ever be in it!

A closeup of the chain guard so you can see the pretty detail.

And the reverse side so you can see the chain detail. The chain does not move like it does in Molly’s bike. Minor issue as far as I’m concerned, it looks realistic enough. One less thing to worry about breaking in all honesty.

Allie said she would love to try it out.  She even joked that she would be the best model since it matched the pink tones in her hair!!

I didn’t pick the best shoes for putting her on the bike, I had a hard time getting the elastic on the pedals over it, but it still looks very realistic.  I like the way this bike is set up a lot, more so than the Our Generation bike.

Overall I’m very pleased with it, once I got one that wasn’t defective. I will be curious to see what happens with pieces farther down the road since AG seems to be gung ho on making everything out of plastic. I’m wishing now I’d bought Julie’s bike when it was on clearance as well. I guess I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled for another deal like I got when I bought Molly’s!