Flower Girl (A Photoshoot) + A New Poll

Hey, guys! Long time no see!

My family is finally back from Europe, and if you haven’t been following our adventures on my personal blog, you can check it out right here!

Anyway, I’ve really been missing doll blogging recently. I would really love to know if you guys have any suggestions or ideas (realizes she did a poll in February and is still about to announce a new one). While I do blog for my own amusement, I absolutely want to know what type of content you want to see on AGIA.

Scroll to the end for the poll, but otherwise, enjoy some new pictures of Emily!

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Take the poll here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjpREbGMdSsBpBLPIEp01qlWzM9JjjScQFd5e_z9e5tvv-qg/viewform?usp=sf_link

That’s all for now, guys . . . until next time!

 

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The Woodpile (A Photoshoot)

Hey guys! I FINALLY figured out how to host images for a WordPress site so I no longer have to worry about story space in WordPress! This means more posts with a lot more pictures.

So yesterday I took a bunch of pics with Grace and Molly on the stairs that go to our deck, but they all turned out horribly (there was wayyyyyyy too much sun), so I redid them in a different location with Grace and Lindsey. Enjoy!

Again, there’s been way too much light recently (okay, not way too much, but way too much for good pictures), so I had to use our wheelbarrow to help cast some shadow over the dolls’ faces.

And BTW, I think I’ll be posting once a week on AGIA and once a week on SSASS (my personal blog, for those of you who didn’t get the memo).

Check out this week’s SSASS post here.

Have a great week!

I Have an Announcement!

Guys guys guys guys guys guys guys!

I HAVE NEWS!!!!!

As you may have noticed, I have been posting less and less on this blog.

That does not, and I repeat, DOES NOT mean I am going to stop blogging on American Girls in Alaska.

I actually started a new blog!

I introduce to you . . .

SWINGSETS & SNAPSHOTS!!!

Click here to go check it out.

I will still be posting on both of my blogs, guys. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I feel quite limited in what I can post about on my doll blog. I’m sure many of you feel the same. I don’t want to be limited by only being able to post about dolls, so on my personal blog, I’ll be posting about photography, traveling, reading, writing, Alaskan life, my pets, and maybe even cooking!

Plus, since I’m leaving for Europe in 37 LONGGGGGGGGG DAYS, I decided I needed to have a place to post about my adventures!

One last thing – I’VE DECIDED TO GO BY AN ALIAS.

You may no longer call me AGsinAlaska.

Sorry, that sounded super demanding.

Please don’t call me AGsinAlaska.

Unless you want to. I’m not actually opposed to it. 😂

My new name is Morgan McCartie.

Why Morgan McCartie, you may wonder?

Well, due to some strange family history, my last name was, about five bazillion years ago, changed from McCartie to my current last name. And Morgan is a name my parents considered for me before I was born. Since the two go together quite well . . .

(Not sure what point I’m making here, but okay.)

Anyway, I look forward to seeing you over on my new blog!

AGs in Alaska

A Day in the Life: Luciana Isadora

Luciana here, everybody! Yippee!

Aw, you guys, this is the last post for ADITL! This series has been so fun, and I feel like you’ve all really gotten to see what each of us girls’ interests are. Do you have any ideas for a new series we could do? Comment below, please!

And now, onto my day.

8:00 AM: Rise and shine, everybody! It’s so nice that the sun rises shortly after 7 o’clock now. In the winter, we don’t see it until around 9:30 – but now, I get to have the beautiful sunlight stream through my window each morning. It’s my favorite part about the summers here. I also like to start my mornings with some stretching and relaxation time. I do this with Tessa, since she does it for ballet. We also do a little Bible study in the morning. Today’s scripture comes out of Corinthians:

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Pretty good lesson, right?

9:00 AM: After a quick shower in lukewarm water (to conserve energy, I installed a fixture in all the showers so they won’t run hot water for more than five minutes. Crystal is not a fan of this idea. I’m hoping she’ll adjust), I get out, put on some running clothes, and jog over to a nearby park. This is one of the best places in town to watch wildlife (right now, tiny baby geese!), plus I’m taking water samples home to test the pH levels for  my AP Chemistry class (yes, I know I’m in middle school, but hey, I still love science!)

11 AM: I generally don’t eat breakfast because it makes my stomach hurt when I eat early in the morning. This generally results in me eating a big lunch instead. Since Tessa and Grace went to the new French café downtown for lunch, Crystal was put in charge of making lunch.

I’m not sure whose idea THAT was.

As soon as I walk in the door, a terrible burning smell hits me in the face. This is the following conversation:

“Crystal, what’s going on?”

“I’m making lunch, Luci!”

“What is that smell?”

“Your lunch.”

“Why does it smell like that, though?”

“BECAUSE YOUR LUNCH IS BURNING!!!”

An quick inspection of the kitchen reveals that the burning is coming from some failed grilled cheeses. I propose that we order a pizza instead, which Crystal complains will make her feel “bloated,” but I promise to help her clean up the mess in exchange for letting me order out. This seems to satisfy her.

2:00 PM: Emily, Molly, and I head downtown to the museum for the opening of a new science exhibit. The exhibit is about natural disasters in the world, with a special focus on earthquakes and tsunamis, since those both affect Alaska more than others natural disasters. There are videos and pictures comparing the 1964 earthquake to the one we had last year. Both very scary!

5:00 PM: Since the snow is melting outside, my sisters and I decide to have a bonfire in the backyard. We carry out stacks of warm blankets and pull chairs up to the fire. Lindsey and I get a fire going. I try to explain to the girls the scientific process behind starting a fire (exothermic chemical processes, anyone?), but they tune it out for the most part. Morgan kindly half-listens to me, but I’m coming to the conclusion that science is mostly my thing in this family.

6:30 PM: Time for youth group! Crystal, Morgan, and Tessa head to the evening service in the sanctuary, and the rest of us go upstairs. This week’s lesson is from Genesis and the creation of the world. I especially like the part where God creates the moon, stars, and sun:

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

I feel so lucky that we have the opportunity to study the beautiful heavens! Who says science and God can’t go hand-in-hand?

8:30 PM: We stop for milkshakes on the way home. I order chocolate. McKenna claims this is “boring.” Crystal says it’s “classy.” Thus, an argument on whether a milkshake can be classy or not ensues. (What do you think? Can you use the word “classy” to describe a milkshake? Comment below, people!)

9:30 PM: I get ready for bed and then sit at my window for a while, staring out at the stars above. This always calms me down (which I need, since the sucrose from the milkshake is still coursing through my body). Pretty soon, it’ll be too light at night to do this.

9:45 PM: Lights out. Goodnight, friends!

Luciana

I Wish it Was Summer (A Photoshoot)

Snow. Ice. It’s melting, you guys.

As an Alaskan, this is a very big deal. There is heat to the sun, and actual patches of grass and cement with NO snow or ice on it!

*screams excitedly*

In honor of pre-breakup (the season between winter and breakup – breakup being the season between winter and spring in which snow melts, everything turns to mud, and the air constantly smells like dog pee), I decided to post some pictures of Molly I took back in September.

Enjoy!

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So I realized I’ve filled up 99.7% of my WordPress storage – any suggestions as to what I should do about that, guys?

Have a great Spring Break, if that’s next week for you like it is for me! (ONE MORE QUARTER, GUYS. ONE MORE QUARTER.)

AGs in Alaska

A Day In The Life: Tessa Elizabeth

Good day, friends! Tessa here.

We’re nearing the end of the beloved ADITL series, with only one other doll to come after me. *starts crying* Have you guys enjoyed this series so far? We love writing it and reading your comments (y’all are so nice, we get a ton of comments on these kinds of posts!)

And without further ado, here’s what an ordinary day looks like for me.

7:30 AM: Wake up. Do some stretching to stay flexible for ballet. Then I shower, head to the kitchen for a healthy breakfast of berry granola and milk. While in the kitchen, Lindsey jumps out of a cupboard and scares the bananas out of me. She snaps a picture of my breakfast and announces she’s putting it on her new blog. When I ask her “What new blog?” she says, “The one where I document the stupidity of my sisters.”

And she’s the second-oldest.

9:00 AM: I’ve started going for runs with McKenna every morning, so the two of us (plus Cooper), head out the door. We run all the way to the park, our breath crystallizing in the frigid air. Cooper skids onto the ice skating rink and crashes into the wall. On the way home, he spies our neighbor’s Border Collie and decides to go terrorize him. Our neighbor really does not appreciate this and threatens to call the cops. McKenna and I skirt out of there before he makes good on his threat.

10:30 AM: It’s time to get ready for my Sunday ballet class. I change into tights and a leotard before throwing on my sweats.

11:00 AM: Crystal drops me off at the dance school and I start warming up. We’re working on a new dance for our rehearsal next month. I’m loving my new pointe shoes!

1:00 PM: Class is over, and now it’s time for me to help out with the kindergarten class. It’s my favorite part of the day – I love it even more than my own class. The little kids are so sweet and really love to dance, plus they call me “Miss Tessa” and smile up at me adorably as we review first position for the millionth time.

3:00 PM: I’m back at home, working on some leftover homework that I didn’t get done on Friday. Biology will be the death of me. Molly offers to help, but she’s a little busy with her advanced calculus homework (I swear, the girl does not realize she’s only in middle school).

5:00 PM: It’s my turn to help with dinner, so Grace and I whip up some tacos (okay, fine, all that involves is shredding some lettuce and heating up hamburger meat, but hey. It still counts as cooking, right?)

8:00 PM: We decide to watch a movie. I realize that this sounds like some good, old-fashioned quality sister bonding time – but when you have EIGHT SISTERS, settling on a movie is virtually impossible. This is sort of what it looks like:

Crystal: “Let’s watch Mean Girls!” 

McKenna: “Are you kidding me? We watched that last week! Let’s watch The Incredibles 2.”

Crystal: “How old are you, five?”

Morgan: “That’s not very nice, Crystal. Isn’t it Luci’s turn to choose?”

Luciana: “Yeah, it is – and I vote for that new Alita movie that came out.”

Molly: “That’s rated PG-13.”

Luciana: “So? You’re 13.”

Molly: “But Grace is here.”

Grace: “I’m 13 too!”

Crystal: “You don’t act like it.”

Grace: “HOW DARE YOU-”

Morgan: “ENOUGH! I’m choosing a movie.”

And that’s how we wound up watching Marley & Me for the fifteenth time.

This year.

10:30 PM: Time to get ready for bed. It’s been an exhausting day with my sisters, and I’m definitely ready for some quality sleep time. Good night, friends!

Tessa Elizabeth