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

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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

 

 

I’ve Missed You Guys!!! + A Poll

Hey friends! I MISSED YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!

(Click here to take my poll.)

Life has gotten a little crazy around here, what with skiing and now track and field, and school on top of all of that.

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But did you guys really think I would just abandon you like that?

No, of course not.

I was recently looking back through some of my old blog posts and realized that I miss blogging. A lot. So I’m going to make more of an effort to allow time for writing posts.

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I have no plan to quit blogging anytime soon, and once summer comes, I will have a lot more time to take pictures and write stories.

Also, I need to upgrade my blog plan. I hardly have any storage space left. 🙂

Here’s to more awesome blogging, friends!

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AGs in Alaska

Thoughts on Blaire

*Opens category dropdown* *Goes to click 2018* *Sadly realizes it’s no longer 2018* *Creates new category for 2019*

HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!! *throws confetti* 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

A new year means new surprises, new friends, new exciting experiences, and, for all of us doll lovers, A new GOTY!

I did see several leaks/spoilers this year, so I did hear about Blaire long before her release (thanks Faye), but that’s okay.

I did a “Thoughts on Luciana” post last year, so I’m excited to do another one about Blaire.

And . . . here are my thoughts on Blaire’s collection!

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*Squeals* She’s adorable! Her hair is AY-MAY-ZING with all of those red curls. It’s my favorite thing about her. I don’t think we’ve had a redheaded GOTY since Nikki, back in . . . . . 2006?!?! So it’s been thirteen years. Holy cow.

(Maybe AG should add a pet cow to Blaire’s collection? Thoughts?)

Her eyes are such a pretty shade of green, but I don’t get the downward slant. Luciana’s eyes did that too, so maybe it’s a continuing thing with AG?

I’m not super in love with her meet outfit. The dress is a good length, but to me it looks sort of nightgown-y. I love the bow and ruching, though. The bandana thing is nice, as are the sandals.

(I’m getting Strawberry Shortcake vibes from her book cover, though . . . )

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Her tote bag is so cute! The tablet looks cheaply made, though. The clipboard is really nice, and I like all of the lavender accents (though I am allergic, sadly, and I think of sneezing when I look at them). The stickers are cool too.

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Blaire’s bridesmaid dress is a beautiful shade of blue. At first glance I didn’t like all of the beading (it looked sort of old-fashioned to me), but after further inspection I think it’s nice. I LOVE the uneven hemline on dresses so I think it’s a beautiful piece. The shoes are nice, the headband is adorable, but I’m not sold on the choker. Why would you wear a choker as part of your bridesmaid outfit?

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I looooooove this gardening outfit. The top is exactly something a girl Blaire’s age would wear, and the overalls go perfectly with it. The boots are great and really compliment the outfit. Again, not sure on the bow thing. It looks really cute but I’m trying to imagine a real girl wearing something like that around her neck and I’m not really getting it.

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The Floral Flair outfit is okay. I don’t love the dress (it’s pretty but reminds me of something you’d see in Nanea’s collection). I love the purple leggings, though, and the sandals are really cute. So is the headband (which seems to be Blaire’s thing).Image for  from American Girl

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Her PJ’s are my absolutely favorite thing about her collection, and I’m definitely wanting to get them for Tessa. I absolutely love the colors and those pom poms!

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I don’t love the fabric on the apron in her gardening outfit, and I’m not sure why she has unmatching gloves (in real life they obviously wouldn’t match but for AG you would think they would). What I don’t understand is why the glove fabric matches her PJ pants??? That makes no sense to me. I really like the hat though, and the bow is very stylish.

 

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Her piglet . . . oh my goodness . . . so cute!!!

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The lamb is cute too, but I still like the piglet more.

 

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The party décor is really pretty. I love those paper flowers – they would look great in a dollhouse. The accessories are really cute too, and I love the color scheme. Not sure how structurally sound the arbor is, though . . . but overall really nice set. Pricey though ($85).

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THAT’S A CHICKEN??? I had to look at the product details to figure it out. It looked like a mini alpaca or something to me, but apparently it’s a Silkie, which is a beautiful breed of chicken. The garden is cute but quite small. The chicken eggs are a nice touch, as is the pretty watering can.

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The family farm is a cool set but an ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS $300. People will pay it though, soo . . .

I love the pastels in Blaire’s collection. The lilac shows up again here. My favorite part are the pretty lights above! There are a lot of cool features in this set, but not worth $300 to me.

And that’s all for Blaire’s collection! Overall, AG did a great job on it. My favorite thing is the pretty pastel color scheme, with the light blues and lilacs. What do you guys like the most?

I hope you guys had a great start to the new year, and I will see you in my next post!

AGs in Alaska