Morgan Goes Camping (A Photostory)


“Come on, Chocolate Chip. Let’s go for a walk.”

Chocolate Chip barks in agreement. We set off down the dirt path.


Chocolate Chip and I are camping this weekend.


Suddenly, Chocolate darts off down the path. “Chocolate! Get back here right now!”


Chocolate ignores me.

He races up to the base of a tree. “Whatdya see, boy?”

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“Is there a squirrel up there?” I ask him.

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Suddenly, Chocolate takes off down the path. I race to catch up with him.

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He leads me to the base of a ginormous tree.

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I sit down. Chocolate Chip tries to jump up on my lap. I look up at the tree. It’s perfect for climbing.

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“I’m going to climb this tree!” I tell Chocolate.

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I grip the base of the tree tightly. One, two, three!

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I hoist myself up onto the branch above the base. Whoa!

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I glance around for the next branch to climb up on.

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I clamber upwards, not daring to look down.

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Suddenly, I lose my footing on the branch. “Ahhhhh! Chocolate, heeeeeeelp!”

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I tumble down onto the ground. “Owwwwwww.” Chocolate Chip comes over to sniff me and make sure I’m all right.

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I stand up, checking for broken bones. I appear to be all right. “Let’s get back to camp, boy.”

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Chocolate and I set off down the path. I’m not going to try tree-climbing again any time soon!

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Did ya like it? Huh? Huh? HUH?

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

This is my last post with pictures I took using an iPad. I actually took these pictures back in late August, so there was no snow on the ground. Did you catch that?

There’s someone else who caught something in blog that shouldn’t have been there . . . Dimond, from worldofagdolls.blogspot.com! In my last photostory, Crystal’s hair was braided when she “woke up,” but not when she woke up for real. That’s because I did not plan those pictures very well. Anyway, congratulations, Dimond! Everyone, please check out her blog!

Also, kinda-sorta big announcement. I am leaving for vacation tomorrow morning (well, if 1 AM is morning). I will still be replying to comments and stuff, just not as often. I am so excited! Wish me luck!

-AGs in Alaska-

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Crystal and The Clothing Catastrophe (A Photostory)

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Brrring! I blink my eyes and fumble around for my alarm clock. Seven in the morning is waaaaaaay to early for me to function.

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I head over to my closet and select a cute outfit.

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I pick out a cute pink shirt, a gray skirt, and pink leggings. Perfect!

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I can totally rock pink.

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After completing my morning beauty routine, I head to the living room to check my email before breakfast.

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“Morning, Crys!” Lindsey sings. I turn aroun and my mouth falls open.

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Lindsey is wearing Molly’s horendous (in her opinion, beautiful) red-white-and-blue tap dancing skirt as a strapless, sleeveless top, and Molly’s dress skirt on the bottom.

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“Lindsey,” I gasp. “What are you WEARING???”

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“Oh, this old thing?” Lindsey replies. “I’m glad you like it. It’s a double-decker skirt. I found it in the back of my closet.”

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Lindsey leaves me spechless and wondering what else is in the back of her closet when she leaves to let her dog outside.

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I return to my email, but I’m not left alone for long. McKenna and Emily tromp through the living room wearing . . .

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Emily is decked out in pink pajama pants and a hot pink skirt. McKenna is sporting a beach towel wrapped around her with one of Grace’s Parisian scarves.

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“Girls?” I say, trying to remain calm. “What are you wearing?”

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“Oh, just some stylish outfits we rustled up. You’re not the only one with fashion sense in the family, Crystal.”

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McKenna and Emily leave and I log onto Kaylyn’s World Blog to check out her new post. As I laugh at Izzy’s antics, Grace walks by me. DSC_0437

The color drains out of my face. “Grace?”

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“Yeah?”

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“I hope you’re going to change,” I say slowly.

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Grace frowns. “Why would I?”

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“Well, what you’re wearing is not exactly . . . fashionable,” I explain.

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Grace has on an old dress of our grandma’s over Morgan’s riding pants . . . which are inside-out.

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Grace looks as me like I’m crazy. “Sure it is.”

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I close my eyes tightly, hoping Molly and Morgan enter wearing reasonable clothing.

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Molly is wearing a Lady Gaga-style trash bag, and Morgan is wearing a dress that would be pretty – if it weren’t paired with yellow-and-green PJ pants.

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“OH MY WORD,” I shriek. “WHAT ON EARTH ARE THOSE????????????”

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Molly and Morgan turn on me. “Are you going to criticize our outfits, Crystal? Because if so, just put a sock in it. We’re tired of your fashion police attitude!” Molly exclaims.

“Yeah! What do you know about fahsion anyway?” Morgan accuses me.

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I wake up panting. Oh my goodness. It was all a dream.

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I get dressed and head for the living room. “Hey, Molly,” I say.

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“Hey, Crystal.”

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“Um, Molly,” I begin. “You aren’t planning on wearing a trash bag today, are you?”

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Molly looks at me like I’m completely out of my mind. “Noooooo . . .”

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“Thank goodness! You will never believe the dream I had last night.”

I hope everyone enjoyed that photostory! I’ve been planning it for a while. Also, sorry about some of the pictures. My camera kept taking them blurry, even though I thought they were clear when I checked. I’ll have to make sure it’s working properly.

There is one contradiction between two of the photos. If you can find it, consider yourself a Little Miss Molly. Nothing gets by her.

Have a great weekend!

-AGs in Alaska-

 

 

Name That Doll #3

Hi, everybody! I hope you’re having a great Monday.

Today I’m doing a Name That Doll competition. I haven’t done one of these for several months, and I decided it was finally time. The lovely doll below, TrulyMe #49, is the American Girl doll YOU will have a chance to help name.

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The rules are simple: Pick from one of the five names and comment down below tell me which one it is. You have until Monday, December 4th, to do so. It’s kind of a long time, sorry. My posting schedule got all messed up. Again. 😦

The names you can pick from are :

  • Amari
  • Rachel
  • Marielle
  • Victoria
  • Alexandria

-AGs in Alaska-

50th Post Q&A Answers!

Hi, everyone! You guys asked some amazing questions last Thursday when I revealed that I had reached my 50th post. Today I will be answering all of your questions. And remember, even if you didn’t get the memo that I’m doing a Q&A, feel free to ask me questions in the comments, or you can contact me at americangirlsak@gmail.com or through my contact page. 🙂

Without further ado, to the questions!

The Blog Dolly’s Questions:

Q: What made you want to start blogging?

A: Well, I first started blogging way back in 2014. I had to start a blog for my journalism class as one of my assignments. That was the last journalism class I ever went to, because it was a few days before we moved back up to Alaska. (Notice how I said “back?”) Anyway, I stil started my blog, which was a fictional story about a girl who traveled to twelve countries in one year. It actually took me two and a half years to write, though. It is one of my biggest accomplishments. When that blog was finished, I still wanted to have a blog, so I debated over what kind of blog I should start. I was going to do a pet blog, but Loren from Happy House of AG inspired me to start a doll blog instead! It kind of reignited my love for AG dolls.

Q: Who was your first subscriber?

A: Avaroo2003!

Q: And what post did you get your first subscriber on (i.e. First post, second post, third post)?

A: My fifth post.

Emma – Dazzling Dollies’s Questions:

Q: What would your dream custom look like?

I would make her out of #24 with an English Toffee wig from Beautifully Custom.

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to blogging?

A: My best friend and other AG doll bloggers. You guys are amazing and I get so much inspiration from y’all!

Laura’s Questions:

Q: What is the first doll blog you ever read?

A: Happy House of AG.

Q: What is the best book you have ever read?

A: The first Land of Stories Book – The Wishing Spell.

Q: Do you like baseball or football better?

A: Actually, I think both of them are insanely boring to watch, but I enjoy playing baseball.

Q: Do you like pizza or ice cream better?

A: ICE CREAM!!! I LOVE ice cream. It is amazing!!! After a while, pizza just makes me sick.

Kaylyn’s Questions:

Q: What is your favorite outfit that you have dressed your AG dolls in?

A: The outfit Morgan is wearing here.

Q: What is your favorite outfit that you have sewn for your AG dolls?

A: This outfit.

Q: Have you ever gone to the AG store? (If you did describe it).

A: Yes, I have been to the AG Place in Los Angeles three times. It was AMAZING! The store is in this outdoor mall called The Grove, which you can find movie stars occassionally. (I was too young to know about any movie stars, but chances are there probably was one there when we went.) When you walk in, there’s a display of dolls and cute outfits, and further into the store is the hair salon, where you can get your doll’s hair done! Crystal had hers done in braids. Upstairs is practically a gallery of dolls; each one has a little “room” with their collection inside. There’s GOTY stuff up there too, and Bitty Baby. Here’s a picture of the first floor:

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This is the only picture we have of the AG store that my face is not in. 😦

Q: What kind of camera do you use?

A: It’s a Nikon D5000.

Q: Have you ever read any AG books?

A: Yes, almost all of them.

Q: Are any of your AG dolls’ ears pierced?

A: Yes, Crystal, Morgan, and Grace all have pierced ears.

Q: What was your first AG doll that you ever got?

A: I got Crystal for my birthday quite a while ago. She was my first doll.

Q: Do you have an etsy shop?

A: Nope, no Etsy shop. I don’t even know how those things work. (Someone please help!)

Q: What are you wearing right now?

A: A blue REI shirt that’s super soft and is actually made for camping, but I’m wearing it because it’s November in Alaska, and while it’s not snowy yet, it’s COLD!!! Also, I’m wearing American Eagle jeans with a brown belt.

Q:  What did you eat for breakfast?

A: I haven’t had breakfast yet . . . I should go do that. I’m starving.

Q:What is your favorite color?

A: Purple. And then turquoise.

Q: If you had money to buy an AG doll which one would you get?

A: TrulyMe #24.

Q: What AG craft that you have made are you most proud of?

A: I made this really cool retro table out of scrapbooking paper and the cardboard tubes essential oils come in wrapped in paper. It kind of got destroyed when I did the pictures for an upcoming post. 😦

Emma’s Questions:

Q: What’s your favorite Bible verse?

A: 1 Corinthians 13:13. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Q: What’s your favorite Bible story?

A: Um . . . I like Ruth’s story. Or at least the Veggie Tales version.

Q: What is the most exciting thing that ever happened to you?

A: Well, at the ripe old age of eight, my family moved from AK to the Lower 48. That didn’t last very long, and we moved back up here. In the meantime, my BFF moved to the other end of the Lower 48 as well, but the summer we moved back she came for a visit. Halfway through her visit, her parents told her she was moving back to Alaska! It was a surprise for both of us, and we were ecstatic!

Q: What’s​ your favorite holiday?

A: CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q: Are you most like your mom or your dad?

A: I’m not super like either of them. If I really had to choose, it would be my mom, but I have a lot of interests she doesn’t have.

Q: What are your 3 most favorite hobbies?

A: Read. Write. Blog. Repeat.

AG Doll Dreams’ Questions:

Q: If you could buy any AG doll, current or retired, who would it be?

A: TrulyMe #24. She’s gorgeous.

Q: Who is your favorite AG pet?

A: I really like Bonbon and Chocolate Chip. But the dalmation is pretty cute too.

Q: What is your opinion on Logan?

A: I DO NOT LIKE that AG has a boy doll. I feel like the words American “Girl” doll have been compromised. I just doesn’t sit well with me. I think they should have stuck to girl dolls.

Chris’ Questions:

Q: Big dogs or little dogs?

A: Little dogs are easier to snuggle with, but big dogs generally don’t bark as much. At least, in my experience, they don’t.

Q: Beach or mountains for vacation?

A: Beach.

Sophia!! :)’s Questions:

Q: Beforever/Historical or GOTY?

A: This is a really hard question. I loved the GOTYs up until this year, so I’ll have to go with them. But Samantha is GORGEOUS.

Q: Limo or Race car?

A: Definitely limo!

Q: What is nurses run backwards?

A: Nurses run . . . oh, that’s funny! 🙂

Natalie’s Questions:

Q: Favorite AG Mini?

A: Tenney is pretty cute. Also Kit.

Q: Favorite ice cream flavor?

A: French Vanilla all the way. Did you know that was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite flavor, too?

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your blog? (I.E. your design, your header, your posting schedule)

A: My favorite thing about the actual blog is the color scheme, but my favorite thing about having a blog is the comments. I LOVE your comments, guys. I get SUPER excited when I see them in my notifications bar and my email account. I smile every time I read them. 🙂

Bella’s Questions:

Q: What is your favorite YouTube channel?

A: For AGTube, that would be Mixiepixie7. For humans, that would be Studio C. (Who here likes Studio C???)

Q: How did you discover AG dolls?

A: The memories are foggy. I think my great-aunt got me a catalog and I found the website and played lots of games on it. 🙂

Q: What is the next doll that you want?

A: I would like #24. Or Tenney.

Q: Which Wellie Wisher is your favorite?

A: Willa is totally adorbs. 🙂

Q: Who is your favorite GOTY?

A: Grace, but McKenna is a close second.

Avaroo2003’s Questions:

Q: What is your favorite plant?

A: I like bleeding hearts. I know that’s a flower, sorry. But if you want me to name a plant plant, I like those cacti that have the bright red bulbs on top.

Q: Do you like dragonflies?

A: They’re pretty cool. I think they’re a bit frightening when they’re buzzing around your head, but they’re cool.

Q: If you could be any plant or animal, (other than a human being) what would you be?
A: I think it would be cool to be a dog. I wouldn’t have so much schoolwork – none, actually! 🙂
Q: What is your favorite planet?
A: Saturn. 🙂
Q: Do you have a favorite constellation? If so, which one?
A: I think the Gemini constellation is pretty cool. But I recently saw the Big Dipper while we were camping SUPER close because the stars were ridiculously bright, and I love that one too.

Okay, that’s all the questions! Thank you guys so, so much for helping me celebrate my 50th post!

-AGs in Alaska-

Headband Tutorial

Aloha, my friends. It is time for American Girls in Alaska’s first-ever craft tutorial!!!

This tutorial is, as you may have guessed from the title, how to make a headband for your doll. This is a super easy tutorial, all it requires is that you know how to operate a sewing machine or know how to hand-sew. It took me under ten minutes to make the headband, so you can see how easy it is.

Without further ado, to the tutorial!IMG_2832

Step 1: Choose your fabric. I have this pretty purple fabric that is 32 inches by 2 inches.

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Step 2: Fold one side of the fabric to the middle and pin it. This is Side A.

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Step 3: Fold the other side to the middle so that they meet. This is Side B. (This is not a very accurate photo. Also, sorry that the tablecloth is stained, we tie-dyed on it.)

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Step 4: Fold Side A over Side B and pin, if necessary.

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Step 5: Using a straight stitch, sew the fabric as close to the edge as you can. Sew all the way down the folded fabric.

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Step 6: Fold the end over 1-2 inches and sew across.

Step 7: Repeat on opposite end.

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You now have an adorable headband!

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These photos are very blurry, I took them post-fixing the camera.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Send pictures to americangirlsak@gmail.com if you do this tutorial!

-AGs in Alaska-

Giveaway at Delightful World of Dolls!

Hi everyone! Guess what? Madison at Delightful World of Dolls is having an incredible giveaway! She is giving away a . . .

CREATE-YOUR-OWN-DOLL FROM AMERICAN GIRL!

This is an INCREDIBLE giveaway, as purchasing one of these dolls costs $200. But if you win, you get the doll and everything she comes with for FREE!

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Click on the picture above to learn more about the giveaway!

Thank you Madison!

-AGs in Alaska-

My 50th Post – Q&A!

Hello, lovely readers! Today is a very, very special occassion. This is my 50th post!

(cheers, confetti, balloons, chocolate)

Before we get to the exciting part of this post, I want to say thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you to all of my fabulous readers and subscribers. I probably wouldn’t still be blogging if it weren’t for you. You guys are amazing!!! You have no idea what it means to me to read your sweet comments and know that you are supporting my blogging efforts.

And now for the announcement!

For my 50th post, I’m doing a Q&A! 🙂 🙂 🙂

This wasn’t my original idea. My original idea was a lot more complicated, and with NaNoWriMo and scheduling my posts, I didn’t have the time to do what I wanted to – so I’m saving that for later. Maybe for my 50 subscribers post – so if you haven’t subscribed to my blog already (and you feel that my  blog is subscription-worthy), please do so.

Now, here are the rules for the Q&A:

  • You can ask as many questions as you want.
  • The questions must not be creepy, inappropriate, or personal (i.e., my name or address).
  • You only have until November 8th to ask me questions. I will be answering your queries on my Monday, November 9th post.

Now, I did not publish a post on Monday because if I had, this would be my 51st post, instead of my 50th. That’s why.

Okay, that’s all! Please question away! I can’t wait to see what questions you come up with.

And once again, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

-AGs in Alaska-