Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Spice Girls' Christmas Eve

Hey, y'all! Excuse me for being a few days late with this Christmas post. I didn't really have very much time to put this photo story together during the Christmas festivities! But anyways, here it is-- the Spice Girls' Christmas Eve!
It was Christmas Eve! Most of the Spice Girls were very excited to be getting dressed up for a fun night out at a Christmas party. Ivy, Emily, and Samantha were standing in the living room waiting for Jess and Jessica to finish getting ready.
Emily looked expectantly at Jess's and Jessica's doors. "Why is it taking them so long? I mean, I understand that Jess takes a while to get ready, but Jessica?"
Samantha shook her head and said, "I know, Jessica should have been the first to be ready! She doesn't care about getting dressed up for-- well, anything!"

"Alrighty! I'm ready!" Jess announced as she stepped out of her room. "What do you think?" Jess spun around, making her bubble skirt puff up.

"I think you look great!" Ivy smiled.
"I agree," Emily nodded. "That is the perfect dress for you!"
"I like your hair clip!" Samantha pointed out. "It really complements your outfit."
"Actually, it's a tiara... But since the comb part fell off, I'm using it as a barrette," Jess explained. "But thanks, Samantha." Jess smiled at her friend.
"So, where is Jessica?" Emily asked.

"Here I am!" Jessica declared, striding out of her bedroom door. She was painfully under-dressed for the party, and everyone noticed immediately.

Jess was the first to voice her opinion. "Um... Jessica? Is that what you're wearing to the Christmas Eve party?"
Jessica looked herself up and down, then grinned. "Yep! It's quite Christmas-y, don't you think? You know, green and red? I'm even wearing a bracelet!"

"Oh, but I forgot my sneakers, so give me ooooonnnneee miiiiinute..." Jessica drawled as she slunk back to her bedroom.

"UH! NO!" Jess grabbed at Jessica's wrist and squealed, "You are not wearing sneakers to the party!"

"Well, I guess I could wear my cowgirl boots, but I'd prefer to not wear heels..." Jessica mused.
Jess sighed. "Let me clarify. You can't wear what you're wearing to the party! Sneakers or no. Did you even brush your hair?"
"Hmm..." Jessica thought for a moment, then answered, "I don't remember."

"Samantha!" Jess babbled. "She doesn't even know if she brushed her hair! What am I supposed to say to that?" Jess exclaimed, flabbergasted.
Samantha patted her exasperated chum on the arm, then directed her attention to her more casually dressed friend. "Jessica, what we're trying to explain is that this party is formal. I mean, look at how the rest of us are dressed!"

Jessica cocked herself over to the side to peek at what her other friends were wearing. Ivy waved at her.

"Oh... Yeah, I see what you mean now," Jessica admitted. "But I hate dressing up! I never wear dresses-- they're much too frilly for me." She stuck her tongue out.
"Well, you don't have to wear a dress to look good," Jess explained. "Come with me, I'll help you put together something that you'll be comfortable in, but still look appropriate for the party."
Samantha tagged along as Jess dragged Jessica back into the bedroom. "And I'll do your hair! You are going to love it!"
Jessica groaned.

After waiting for about fifteen minutes, Ivy said to Emily, "I wonder how things are going in there?"
Emily was skeptical. "I don't know. This is Jessica we're talking about. She would rather die than dress up!"

Just then, Jess waltzed out of the bedroom, looking proud of herself. "Presenting, Mademoiselle Jessica!"

Samantha and Jessica came out of the room together. Jessica was very much improved! Her hair was wrapped in a fun braided ponytail, and she wore a stylish outfit.

"Well? What do you think?" Jessica hesitantly asked.
Jess stood to the side, smiling like the Cheshire Cat, while Ivy and Emily sang Jessica's praises.
"You look fantastic!" Ivy exclaimed.
Emily's blue eyes sparkled. "You look like you, but more put together! It's wonderful!"
Jessica smiled, a little embarrassed by all of the attention.
I walked into the room and noticed how pretty everyone looked. "Wow, girls! You all look fabulous! Let me get a picture of you all together by the tree before you leave for your party."

The girls all gathered around the tree on my desk and smiled. As soon as I snapped a good shot, they left for their party, all still chattering to each other about Jessica's new look.
And what did Jessica have to say? "Well, just don't expect this to happen all the time!"

They left the house and turned off the lights, but left the Christmas tree lights on. The lights sparkled and played with each other as they danced around the Christmas presents underneath the tree.
What a perfect night.
I hope you enjoyed this story! I realized that I didn't take a picture of Jessica's new 'do, so I'm adding that in now.

I wanted to do something with a braid, while still staying true to Jessica's style. Meaning, a ponytail!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I certainly did.
XOXO Ginger Spice
P.S. Did you get anything new for your dolls for Christmas?

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Spice Girls Decorate the Christmas Tree

Twas about a week until Christmas, and all through the house, every girl was up, and standing about. They all were dressed in their cozy pajamas, waiting for the Christmas tree, and in their own special way, each was as excited as could be.
(Yes, it rhymes!)
The girls and their dogs were all gathered together in the living room on a chilly night. They were eagerly waiting for me to bring them their Christmas tree.

"I hope we get a big tree this year, like we asked for!" Samantha said.
"That would be nice," Emily smiled in agreement.

"Are we going to make popcorn strands to put on the tree?" Jessica asked as she munched on her favorite snack. Coconut sniffed at the bowl.

"Who has time for that?" Ivy asked. "We just need to use what we've already got!" Ivy's dog Teddy leaned up against Ivy's legs, expecting a scratch on the head.

"How long have we been waiting?" Jess inquired as she flipped through her magazine. "It feels like it's been an hour!"
"Alright, girls!" I exclaimed as I walked into the room, carrying their tree. "Here's the tree! Have fun decorating! If you need any help with anything, just let me know." Then I left the girls to their decorating.

"Woah! Now that is a tall tree!" Samantha said excitedly. "It's taller than I am!"
Jip barked in agreement.

"Come on! Let's get it out of the box!" Jess said as she attacked the box. Emily and Samantha quickly jumped in to help, each of them grunting with the effort of pulling the big tree out of the box.

"Now that it's out of the box, let's take off the bubble wrap!" Ivy exclaimed.

"There we go!" Ivy said as she threw the wrapping onto the floor.
"I can't wait to decorate!" Samantha laughed.

"Jess, will you help me adjust the tree branches?" Emily asked.
"Sure! It's going to look great!" Jess agreed as she stood up.

The two girls got busy stretching out the branches, making the tree look its best.

"Alright, so I have popcorn, and bubble wrap?" Jessica said in disbelief. "This Christmas can't get any better!" Jessica shrieked in glee.

"Time for decorations!" Emily grinned. "Everyone gets to tie ribbons to the tree!"
All of the girls eagerly grabbed some ribbons and attached them to the tree.
Samantha looked carefully at the tree when everyone was done tying their ribbons on.
"Something is missing..." she told the others. "I just don't know what!"
Emily scrutinized the tree, then exclaimed, "Ah! It's missing a garland! I think I have something that will work really well for this."

"Emily, the pearl strands are so cute! Very classy," Jess complimented.
Emily blushed. "Thanks!"
Ivy tied one last ribbon to the tree, while Samantha adjusted the garland a little.
"Jessica, aren't you going to help decorate?" Ivy asked.

"I only care about lighting the tree," Jessica explained. "I want to be the one to light it up!"
By now, all of the girl's dogs had gathered together beside Jessica's lounge chair, in hopes that she would drop them some popcorn.

"Well, it's that time!" Jess exclaimed. "Time to light the tree!"
Ivy's forehead wrinkled when a realization dawned upon her. "We don't have an outlet nearby! How are we going to light the tree?"
That was when I came back into the room. "Oh! Your tree is so pretty!" I said.
"Thanks, Ginger," Samantha replied. "But we have a problem-- nowhere to plug in the tree!"
I thought about it a minute, then suggested, "What if I put the tree on my desk? There's a plug nearby, and your tree would be on display all the time!"
"Yes!" the girls all exclaimed in delight.

I placed the tree on my desk, close enough to the outlet for them to plug it in.
"Thanks, Ginger!" the girls said together.
"No problem," I replied, then left them to light their tree.
"Are you ready, Jessica?" Samantha yelled.

"READY!!!" Jessica hollered back. Then she slid the plug into the outlet.

The tree lit up and shone for all to see! Each of the girls clapped and cheered when they saw the tree's lights twinkle.

"Way to go, Jessica!" Ivy screamed.

"Thank you, thank you very much!" Jessica took a bow. Then she raised her voice and said, "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!! And to all, a GOOD NIGHT!!!"

The dogs celebrated in their own way-- gathered around Jessica's popcorn bowl!
I hope you enjoyed this Christmas photostory! I have one last photo to share with you. I saw the Christmas tree lights shining in Jess's eyes, and I took the opportunity to capture the moment. I'm rather fond of this picture myself!
Whatcha think?
XOXO Ginger Spice

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Emily and I Bake Cookie Bars!

Hey, y'all! I know what y'all have been thinkin'... Ginger must have died. Nope! I'm still going strong over here. The past week or so, I've just been super busy with Christmas-y things, hence the lack of posts. But I have one for you today! Emily joined me for some fun in the kitchen!
"So, what are we making, Ginger?" Emily asked me.
"We're making cake mix cookie bars!" I replied. "I've never made them before, but I'm hoping that they turn out well, since I'm taking them to the Christmas party at Bible study tonight."
Emily smiled. "I'm sure they'll turn out fine! Let's get baking!"

"I have enough ingredients to make two batches of these bars," I explained to Emily. "I need to make sure that I have enough for everyone."
"Of course!" Emily agreed. "What's first?"

"Cake mix, pudding, and water!" I told her.
As soon as the water splashed into the bowl, Emily shrieked a little.
"The mix turned yellow!" Emily exclaimed. "I wasn't expecting that! There aren't any eggs or butter in the bowl yet!"
I laughed. "Yeah, well, I guess since it's yellow cake mix, it turns yellow when water hits it!"

Then we added the veggie oil and eggs.
"It kind of looks like mold," Emily wrinkled her nose.
"Yeah..." I said. "But it should be fine once we mix. Besides, doesn't the cake mix smell amazing?"
Emily breathed in deep. "Yeah, it does smell good!"

After I had added in the chocolate chips, Emily insisted on pouring the Christmas colored M&M's into the batter. "This is what makes this dish suitable for a Christmas party!" she exclaimed.

She poured them in, but rather quickly! She ended up dumping about half of the bag of M&M's into the bowl. But then again, when is more chocolate ever a bad thing?

Then, Emily and I mixed the batter together.
"I think this is going to taste so yummy!" Emily smiled.
"I think so too!" I agreed.

We then proceeded to pour the batter into the greased baking dish. Emily couldn't do it, since the bowl was about as big as she is, so she allowed me to do it.

"Oven time!" Emily squealed. "I can't wait to try this when it comes out!"

We popped the cookie bars into the oven. Emily helped me close the oven up.

After twenty minutes, I took the hot dishes out of the oven to cool.
"Look at these!" Emily said. "They look great!"
"Totally!" I grinned. "They smell great too."
Later I tried the bars. They tasted wonderful! The people at Bible Study loved them too.
Mission accomplished!
XOXO Ginger Spice
P.S. Have you done any Christmas (or holiday) baking yet?