These are the new babies in the nursery -
These are the premies -
This is the cabbage patch - where the babies are born out of a cabbage every so often and you can name them and of course, buy them -
Here is a cabbage giving birth!
And of course a lot of other things can be bought - kind of pricey.
Let me just tell you that my GS wanted nothing to do with 'Baby' Land General - he complained the whole entire way though - he was sure it was girly and he just couldn't have that. Now who would have put that in his mind - thanks Grandpa!
I have a good memory of cabbage patch dolls concerning my mother in law - she would never ever buy anything for herself - ever. She never drove. They saved every penny they had. Yet one Christmas when these dolls were so incredibly popular - she got Ernie (my father in law) and they went to Wal- Mart at like 3am in the morning and she and Ernie waited in line until the store opened. There was a mob! But my mother in law was one tough cookie and she had made her mind up - she was going to get her granddaughter a doll. And by golly SHE GOT MY DAUGHTER A DOLL! Thank you Anne and Ernie.
Happy Birthday Catherine the Great - Wikipedia
Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great,reigned as Empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. Under her direct auspices the Russian Empire expanded, improved its administration, and continued to modernize along Western European lines. Catherine's rule re-vitalized Russia, which grew ever stronger and became recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. Her successes in complex foreign policy and her sometimes brutal reprisals in the wake of rebellion.
Catherine took power after a conspiracy deposed her husband, Peter III (1728–1762), and her reign saw the high point in the influence of the Russian nobility.
Catherine's patronage furthered the evolution of the arts in Russia more than that of any Russian sovereign before or after her.
Catherine, throughout her long reign, took many lovers, often elevating them to high positions for as long as they held her interest, and then pensioning them off with large estates and gifts of serfs. After her affair with her lover and capable adviser Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin ended in 1776, he would allegedly select a candidate-lover for her who had both the physical beauty as well as the mental faculties to hold Catherine's interest.
Some of these men loved her in return, and she always showed generosity towards her lovers, even after the end of an affair. One of her lovers, Zavadovsky, received 50,000 rubles, a pension of 5,000 rubles, and 4,000 peasants in the Ukraine after she dismissed him in 1777. The last of her lovers, Prince Zubov, 40 years her junior, proved the most capricious and extravagant of them all.