Noelle Kealoha, Truly Me #62 | American Girl
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2017 bring us all joy, health, and prosperity! Already, 2017 is starting out much better than 2016 ended for me – I spent my entire winter break sick! But not only am I well again now, my birthday just passed and my family made sure it was a fantastic one! I had a great day at Disneyland with my husband, our families came over to celebrate with me, and I got some amazing presents, including…
Truly Me #62!
My parents surprised me with a Truly Me #62! I’ve wanted one ever since I saw her in person at a pop up shop last year! I thought she was gorgeous in photos, but she was even prettier in person! And now one year later, I have my very own!
My first Sonali mold!
I actually found out I was getting #62 before my birthday, because my mom – who is also a collector – gets way too excited about AG things to keep them a secret for long. 😉 So, I tried to take my mind off of being sick by coming up with my new doll’s name and backstory.
It’s story time!
I’ve seen people develop their #62’s backstory in a variety of ways, but for mine, I was somewhat inspired by Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet’s daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa. My #62 is Louisiana Creole on her mom’s side, Hawaiian on her dad’s side, and named Noelle Kealoha.
I’m still working out the details of her backstory, but so far I’m thinking her parents meet at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Noelle’s mom wanted to study abroad, but her parents didn’t want her that far away, so this was a compromise). The two hit it off after working on a project together, then later, they both become professors at the university, get married, and have Noelle. I see both as being fun-loving with a silly side – like when they wake up Noelle by singing (loudly and off-key), “IF YOUR NAME IS NOELLE, IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO SHOWER, YOUR BUS WILL BE HERE IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!”
Maybe Noelle’s maternal grandmother also lives with them – a recent development after the passing of Noelle’s grandfather. I see her as having become close with her son-in-law’s parents and the three of them spending time together talking, cooking, and arguing about whose methods of cooking are best.
I’m still trying to figure out what I want Noelle to be interested in. So far, I’m thinking she might be interested in the science of cooking – both finding better ways to cook things (think Cook’s Country or Alton Brown) and learning about alternatives for people with food allergies. Maybe she is just starting to develop allergies to nuts (like I did at her age) and wants to find a way she and others like her can still enjoy certain foods.
As you can see, I have a lot of ideas, but not many set in stone yet. Whatever her story ends up being, I’m so happy to have her in my collection! If you’re on the fence about getting #62, do it! She’s SO pretty in person!