I can't do much of a post tonight; I've been really busy helping Katya to finish up her big "My Family" project for school. I'll go with her to school in the morning (on my way to work) and present it with her.
I'm planning on posting photos of her poster and the text (in Russian and English), but tonight I'll share this little SHOCKING news--at least Katya was stunned by it! MY ancestors were Patriots... and CHRIS' were Loyalists (with a few Patriots in there)!!!! Katya was flabbergasted when I told her, and I must admit that I was just as surprised when Chris shared that information. How had this never come up before? The girls have been interested in the Revolutionary War period for a year now, acting out the American Girl Felicity stories and playing with the dolls that my mom and dad gave them for Christmas.
Natalia's doll is Felicity, a Patriot... Katya's is Elizabeth, Felicity's best friend, whose family are Loyalists.
And now sisters face the same divide! I must admit, they're LOVING this intrigue. After learning about her ancestors, Katya devoured the Magic Tree House book about the Revolutionary War! I'd link to it, but she fell asleep with it under her pillow.
(The picture was taken when we went to American Girl Place in New York City with my mom this January. She made matching girl/doll period costumes for both girls and they're gorgeous! We hadn't finished hemming Katya's yet, however, before our trip--so here Katya's modeling a really cute "tea lessons" dress I snagged on ebay).