Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Remember the Gordons?

I still haven't been able to work on my dioramas because of health issues, but I did manage to build up more of the Gordon family story. Grandma and Grandpa Gordon are planning a visit to Hanaly Corners soon to see Michael and Sharmaine's new home and visit other members of the family living here. 

Michael comes from a large family. His parents were hard working and did everything they could to give their children the best life possible. Michael's father, Keegan Gordon worked in a steel mill near Chicago for over 30 years. Keegan's wife, Dasia, worked hard raising 9 children and worked from home as a seamstress. They are both retired now, but still live in the humble home that they raised their family in.

Meet Keegan and Dasia Gordon:

Keegan is a 1993 Hasbro baseball legend (I can't remember who though). Dasia is a Big Beautiful doll.
As I mentioned, Keegan and Dasia have 9 children. There are 2 sets of twins in the family.

Back Row, L to R: Louvenia (31), Shemar (40), Dant'e (20), Michael (37), Victor (34), Veronica (34)
Seated, L to R: Danisha (28), Nichelle (24), Nia (24)
I will tell you a little more about each family member and introduce you to their families, if they have one.

Shemar's Story:

Shemar is the eldest of the Gordon clan. He is 40 and is married to Kimani, age 38. They have 3 children: Courtney (14), Tamika (11) and Kadeem (8). Shemar has a degree in Architectural Design and Construction. He met Kimani in college -- they both went to Chicago University, but she was from Hanaly Corners. He was a very talented architect and worked for a firm in Chicago.  When Carter-Winthrop Enterprises built their headquarters in Hanaly Corners, the Chicago company was hired to oversee design and construction. Shemar was assigned to the project. Because of the magnitude of the project, Shemar and Kimani decided to move to Hanaly Corners which brought them closer to Kimani's family.  Shemar did so well, that Carter-Winthrop made a substantial investment to keep him in Hanaly Corners and he started his own Architectural Design and Construction company. 

Back Row, L to R: Courtney (14), Kimani (38), Shemar (40)
Front Row, L to R: Tamika (11), Kadeem (8)

Victor's Story:

Victor went to undergraduate school at the University of Illinois and Law School at University of Michigan. He specialized in Corporate and International Law. He spent the summer after his junior year in India and met a beautiful young woman named Jasmine. They kept in touch, and while Victor was in law school, Jasmine came to the U of M to complete a master's degree in mathematics. They married shortly after Victor was hired by Carter-Winthrop as part of their legal staff and they moved to Hanaly Corners where Jasmine is a professor of Mathematics at the local college. They have 2 children, Asia (6), Kalani (3).

Back, L to R: Victor (34), Kalani (3), Jasmine (33)
Front: Asia (6)
Jasmine is the new Disney Store Princess Jasmine doll rebodied on an older Nikki Fashionista body
Veronica's Story:

Veronica is Victor's twin. Discovered by a modeling agent while in high school after winning a modeling contest, she embarked on a career in modeling while in college. She quickly rose to being a top model and moved to New York where she met and married Remi Townsend who is a news anchor for a national news network headquartered in New York. They have 2 children: Pasia (6) and Sidney (2). Veronica continues to model on a limited basis while she now heads a New York based modeling agency.

L to R: Veronica (34), Sidney (2), Remi (36), Pasia (6)

Danisha's Story:

Danisha graduated from Chicago University with a degree in Engineering. She accepted a summer internship starting in her sophomore year with Carter-Winthrop Enterprises. She met Henry Conlin who was also a summer intern with Carter-Winthrop. They married and both accepted positions at Carter-Winthrop Enterprises upon graduation from college. They do not have any children ---- yet! They live in Hanaly Corners.

Henry (27), Danisha (28)

Louvenia's Story:

Louvenia (everyone calls her Lou) is single and is a doctor. She is doing her residency at Chicago Memorial Hospital in Women's Breast Health & Surgery. She works very long hours and is very busy! She shares a house in Chicago with other residents.

Nichelle and Nia:

Nichelle and Nia are identical twins. They are both attending the University of Illinois. Nichelle is studying to be a nurse and Nia is attending Law school. They live together with 2 other students at the University in a house off campus. They are both very active and single.

Dant'e:

Dant'e is the baby of the family. He has taken after big brother Michael and is attending University of Michigan on a basketball scholarship. He dates, but no steady girlfriend.

L to R: Dant'e (20), Nia (24), Nichelle (24), Louvenia (31)
The Gordon's are a very close knit family. When they get together, they have a lot of fun and make a lot of noise. Hope you enjoyed this intro!

Here is the whole family all together for a photo session. This was very challenging for the photographer, but she managed to get a few good shots. Below are photos from the session. 
The clan with no spouses or grandkids

The complete Gordon clan!


Grandpa and Grandma with all the grands

All the grandkids!

30 comments:

  1. I hope your health gets better. GREAT looking Families, looking forward to your stories.

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  2. Hi Phyllis, I hope you will recover soon! I love the background stories for the Gordon's can't wait to see them in action (I LOVE Dasia more and more)

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes. Glad you like my family. The Gordon's are probably the most developed so far. I am loving Dasia more and more too which is why I gave her a role in one of my most prominent families in Hanaly Corners. I am working on a story with them in it and hope to have it completed soon.

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  3. Get better soon! Love your characters.

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  4. Phyllis, your character intros are great. I love reading the detailed back stories. I'm sending some good health vibes and positive thoughts your way.

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    1. Thanks and I am glad you like my character intros and back stories. I enjoy working on the character development.

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  5. I hope you get better. Being ill is sucky.

    Great introductions!! There are two grandchildren who were not in the pics with their family. Whose kids are they? Dasia and Keegan did very well in raising nine educated children. Loved the back stories!

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    1. That would be Benjamin and Zoey who are Michael and Sharmaine's kids. I introduced them last year and have had a few posts about that family. I originally introduced them in September in this post. http://adayinthelifeofmydolls2.blogspot.com/2014/09/another-sparkle-girls-fashion-show.html
      I had also previously introduced Sharmaine's family so I thought it was time to introduce Michael's.

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  6. Dasia's complete outfit is great. The way her arms are shaped make them perfect for holding grandbabies.

    Feel better!

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    1. I know, Dasia's arms ARE just perfect for holding her grands! She really loves doing that!

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  7. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! You have so many fascinating characters in the Gordon clan I can't wait to see what kind of stories you will make with them.

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    1. Thanks! I am glad you like my characters. I hope to have a new story done soon.

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  8. Love Dasia and Keegan together. What a family! Dasia seems like she would be the perfect grandmother. Looking forward to the Gordan stories. I hope you feel better soon. Being sick is the worst.

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    1. I love them together too. Originally, I was gonna have Dasia as a widower, but then when I was looking through my male action figures, I picked him up and put him with Dasia and they had good chemistry. Thanks for the well wishes. I know you know only too well what it is like to be feeling sick.

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  9. The characters that you have for the Gordon family looks like they bond well together. The 6 year olds, Asia and Pasia, are what dolls? I can not wait to see your stories about Gordon family.

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    1. Asia and Pasia are American Girl minis. Asia is Kaya and Pasia is Addy. I am working on the next 2 episodes with the Gordons -- that is IF I can get downstairs and do some sewing!

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  10. I love Dasia holding the babies. :) What an amazing job you're done! You're such a great writer and so creative! I love how the AG mini's work perfectly as kids for the Barbies. I never would've thought! I love the twins (I'm a twin, myself!) and Lou and Danisha are such gorgeous dolls...are the IT dolls?

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    1. Dasia loves holding those grandbabies too! I am happy that you like my writing. I have always like to write. The hard part for me with telling doll stories is getting the scenes set up to represent the dialogue. I have all kinds of stories in my head! I love the AG mini's as kids for Barbies. I grew up in a large family (8 kids) and we also have 2 sets of twins. Lou is a Barbie Basics on a Fashion Royalty body and Danisha is an IT Dynamite Girls TJ London Calling.

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  11. I hope you feel better soon.

    Thanks for identifying Jasmine: I'd have never guessed who she is.

    Your storytelling and your collection are impressive. I look forward to learning more about the Gordons and their extended family.

    I don't recognize Keegan Gordon or Henry Conlin. Are they action figures?

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    1. Thanks for your nice comments. I am so happy you are enjoying my blog! Yes, Keegan and Henry are both action figures. Keegan Gordon is from Hasbro Toys Starting Lineup 1999 Tony Gwynn. Henry Conlin is from a 2010 line of Soccer Hero Action Figures representing players of the World Cup. He is Fernando Jose Torres and he played for Spain.

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  12. What a great looking family!!! I just love these dolls!!

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    1. Thanks! I am glad that you like them.

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  13. Oh, this is adorable! Dasia makes an excellent matriach.

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    1. Yes she does! And don't she and Keegan make amazing children?? LOL!

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  14. Hey Hey, Phyllis!! The Gordon family is such a lovable bunch - I've always wanted have a family story for my dolls but I guess, since my collection still is small, I will stick with "being friends" for now LOL...

    By the way, I dropped by to also tell you that you won the Beach bag Giveaway contest over at my blog! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to you, dear and please email me at atelierniSHASHA@gmail.com so I can pack up your winning and ship it soon! Thanks and I hope you'll like it. Hugs!

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    1. I am glad that you like them. I really enjoy grouping my collection into families and I have fun creating stories for them. I am so excited that I won your giveaway. I have sent you an email with my mailing information.

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  15. Love the back story, so much detail! Are you in or from Chicago? I am an ex-Chicagoan, so I love the town references.
    Hope you feel better soon, can't wait to see and hear more about doll families.

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    1. Glad you like the story. No, I am not in or from Chicago. I picked Chicago randomly. Michael Gordon is a Michael Jordan action figure, and since he played for Chicago, I made Michael Gordon be from Chicago too!

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