Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pioneer Days....Ah, the good 'ole days!

Who doesn't remember running in the house after school and turning on the TV to watch the best show of all time? Apparently when I fell in love with this show I didn't have much homework after school, because my mom let me watch it everyday.

You know what I'm talking about.....remember the opening credits, Laura running down the hill on that bright green grass. I can still hear the music in my head.
It seems now, that my kids are experiencing the same "magic" except the show is not on our TV, just on a set of DVD's my mom so graciously gave to us.

It's also recently been spurned on because Grace's 4th grade class is having a unit on Pioneer Days. She had to make a rag doll, and so here is the process we went through, and the whole time, I was remembering when I was in 4th grade and we had Pioneer Days, and everyone dressed like pioneers and we made rag dolls, our own dipped candles, and we even made funnel cakes. Oh, those were GOOD!

First Grace used her tiny little fingers to stuff the legs and arms.

The arms and legs got sewn onto the body on my VERY OLD very apple green sewing machine.

Before the stuffing, the doll looked a little plain.

Grace did her best to get the stuffing into every nook and cranny of this baby.

I sewed the head together and we started putting on the "hair."

Our finished masterpiece. She was so proud of herself. She named it Anna.
We've even cracked open the storage box, and gotten out the Little House on the Prairie collection of books. I'm so proud. I remember reading every one of them, cover to cover. It took me back, and when I could see the stories unfold on the TV program, it was even better.

A couple of years ago my husband and I watched a series on PBS about people from today, being sent out to the open, and reinventing "Pioneer Life" in the 21st century. Some had a really hard time, and there was a lot of crying. Some did great, and really adapted well. I'm not sure how I would've handled it. To have baking be an all day experience, I don't know....let alone the way they had to wash their clothes. I'm pretty glad for modern conveniences, but I can't help to romanticize it a little in my head.

It's nice to be taken back to a good memory. I'm glad Grace is enjoying herself.


  1. You guys did such a good job on her doll! So cute! I loved watching Little House on the Prairie when we were little and my mom always read us the books. It brings back good memories for me :)

  2. I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to appreciate the Ingalls clan! I have so many memories of watching that show as a kid (And Brady Bunch) ;) Also, we loved the Frontier House series on PBS. I almost wanted to buy the dvds! I also LOVED and adored "Carrier", last year on PBS about the Navy. So fascinating!


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