The Wintry Ballet (A Tessa Photoshoot)

Ah, finally! AGsinAlaska is posting wintry pictures!

Well, not exactly wintry . . . considering that it’s currently 34 degrees outside, everything has melted, and our backyard smells like dog pee (you know what I mean if you live anywhere that has a mud season). Just one problem – IT’S NOT SPRING.

According to my whiteboard calender, it’s only December 3rd. Plenty of time for Christmas posts, I guess?

I also realized while taking these pictures that the Trials of Tessa never came to any sort of conclusion – well, in case you didn’t know, Tessa’s a ballerina. 🙂

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Don’t worry, my next post will definitely have something to do with Christmas, I promise.  And I can’t wait till Christmas Day (when I reveal my Big Surprise!)

Also, I just wanted to thank you all for your heartwarming support after I wrote my earthquake post. You guys were so sweet and kind, and I really appreciate it. I mentioned in my post that schools would be closed until Wednesday, but that has now been extended to December 10th. The damage is quite severe, but your prayers and kind thoughts are what keep us up here in Alaska going strong! So thank you. 🙂

Peace out.

AGs in Alaska

Did I just say peace out? *Cringes*

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Please Be Praying

Hi everybody. I’m not sure if you heard, but at 8:28 AM this morning, there was a MASSIVE 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the city of Anchorage, Alaska.

The earthquake was felt in cities all over Alaska, not just Anchorage. I was in school at the time, about to begin my ASL class when suddenly, the classroom started shaking back and forth. We all dove under our tables and watched as chunks of the ceiling began crashing to the ground. The power went out for about ten seconds, until the emergency power kicked in and the fire alarms went off due to dust. No one was injured, but it was terrifying.

The whole earthquake lasted for only about a minute, but there are still aftershocks being felt now (over six hours later). One aftershock was even registered as its own, smaller earthquake.

Schools in Anchorage, (the city where the biggest damage was felt), are closed until Wednesday.

Here are some pictures so you can get an idea of what the quake was like:

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The power is out in many places. The international airport was evacuated. There was a fire in Anchorage. Traffic is so clogged up, there are people who have not even reached their homes yet. Roads are split, and several overpasses collapsed. We are still in a state of emergency.

Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes, with an average of 40,000 each year and more than the other 49 states combined (KTVA.com) Alaska holds the record for biggest earthquake in the US (the Good Friday earthquake in 1964, which was a 9.2.)

Please be praying for the safety of Alaskans and we recover and rebuild from the damage, and pray for those who are not yet safe in their homes.

God bless you, and have a great weekend.

 

On Being Thankful (Poems and Pictures)

Hey, guys! I hope you’re all having a fantastic Thanksgiving. Honestly, I feel like I was just doing this – as each year passes, the time flies faster. If you’re not in too much of a food coma, I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to read this post. The poems are not mine, and I’m not quite sure who wrote them exactly, but I thought they would be appropriate for today.

I’m accompanying the poems with pictures I took of things other than dolls. Quick warning, though – they’re completely unedited (except where I blurred out the info on Jax and Callie’s collars). 🙂 So if you dare to look, go ahead . . .

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Mom and Dad and all the folks

Who sit around the table

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Railroad tracks in Girdwood, AK

All give thanks to the Lord above

For the fact that we are able

 

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Taken from a float plane but I have no idea where we were at the time 🙂

To have the food and shelter 

We all need to survive

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And have the love of family

That makes it good to be alive

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Lord, as we bow our heads to pray

We celebrate Thanksgiving Day

 

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Homer Harbor in Homer, AK

Help us have the right attitude

As we turn to You (sic) in gratitude

 

 

 

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Fireweed in Homer, AK

Thank you for our festive food;

Thank you, Lord, for this good food;

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On the beach in Homer, AK

Thank for blessings great and small;

Thank you, thank you for it all

 

 

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Near Nikiski, AK

So grateful for the whispers

Of loved ones departed

 

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Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK

Still here to warm our hearts

As we gather ’round the table

 

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Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK

So grateful for the right now

With loved ones by our side

 

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For another chance to laugh and share

And speak out loud

 

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Our thanks

For one another

 

 

Let me know what you thought in the comments, and tell me all about your Thanksgiving traditions and feast!

 

 

 

 

AGs in Alaska

Credits: Thanksgiving Blessings by Joanna Fuchs

 

The Most Awesome Christmas Post Ever

Hey guys. Before you begin another yawn-inducing week at school (or incredibly thrilling, if that’s how you feel), please take the time to read this post!

For my big Christmas post this year, I decided to do something a little bit different and very time-consuming. So if you don’t notice many posts from me in your Reader, that’s why.

However, this does NOT mean I’m going on hiatus.

*Again*

Instead, I will be posting maybe once every couple of weeks until my big Christmas spectacular, since I will need lots of time for that.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you all in my Thanksgiving post, if not before that.

To make it up to you, please admire this adorable picture of my Chihuahua.

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Have a great week!

P.S. If you have not been reading my posts on my website, please take a minute to hop on over there right now. I made a couple changes to suit the fall season.

AGs in Alaska

The Family Meeting (A Photostory)

Soo . . . I know these pictures seem to look the same. That’s because I did this in my backyard, which was NOT a super great place to take pictures because it’s super cluttered and has too much out-of-proportion junk in the background, so I zoomed in a lot. Plus, for this photostory, the dolls don’t move much, which resulted in not-so-great shots . . . which is why I haven’t posted this yet. I took the pictures a month or so ago, and I wasn’t really happy with it. But the script is pretty funny, so maybe you’ll like it anyway.

Also, you guys were so sweet in the comments in my last post! I’m glad to be back from my never-announced hiatus. In case you missed my announcements, I am now a part-time public schooler, meaning I am not as home as much as I used to be. Plus, skiing just started today, so I don’t get a whole lot of free time this year. I will try to post as much as possible, though!

And now . . . onto the photostory!

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“Hello, everybody, and thanks for coming to the family meeting!” I greet my sisters.

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“You’re welcome,” McKenna replies. “Can we hurry this up? I have gymnastics practice in an hour.”

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“Um, sure,” I say. “Who has anything they would like to share with the family?”

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My sisters stare at me blankly.

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Le sigh. “Molly, how about you?”

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“Oh, I got an A++ on my calculus quiz!” Molly shares exuberantly.

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“What a shock,” Crystal yawns, leaning back on AGs in Alaska’s pallet fort.

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“Okay,” I intervene. “Lindsey? Did you hear back from that police officer?”

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“Chill, Morgan,” Lindsey sighs. “I’ve got it covered. He said he deals with rowdy teenagers all the time.”

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“Great,” I say. “How are you doing, Tessa? Anything to share?”

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“Excellent!” Tessa replies. “Dance classes are great, and I even decided that I might want to take music lessons as well. Maybe Emily could teach me?”

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“Ooh, speaking of music,” Crystal interrupts, before Emily can reply to this. “I got a guitar. Want to see?”

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“Um, Crystal, how about we-”

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Too late. Crystal runs into the house at the speed of lightning, returning with a turquoise guitar haphazardly strung around her neck.

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And then promptly hits the ground.

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“You okay there, Crys?” I ask, concerned. The poor dear will prombably start complaining about her smudged makeup any second now . . .

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“I’m fine!” Crystal answers, popping back up. “Ready to hear my song?” She begins to sing rather off-key. I grimace.

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The rest of my sisters are having the same reaction.

“Will you knock it off already?” Molly groans. “You sound worse than my Intro to Musical Arts professor.”

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“Please, Crystal!” Luciana begs. “My ears can’t take any more!”

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“Maybe some voice lessons or something . . .” I mutter.

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Crystal ponders this for a moment. “Yeah, you’re probably right, guys. Emily?”

“Yeah, sure, Crystal.”

-End of Photostory-

Belive it or not, I’ve had Tenney’s guitar since April, when I visited the AG Place Dallas. Since then, I’ve collected a few more musical instruments, which may appear in upcoming posts . . .

I’ll check back with you guys later. Have a great Sunday!

AGs in Alaska

 

Pumpkin Pals (A Photoshoot)

Happy fall, guys! I think the last time I blogged it was still summer, so I’ve really missed all of you wonderful blogging people. The last time I blogged it was still summer, so things have definitely changed around here. Birch leaves scatter the ground, Halloween decorations are on display, and we’re now accustomed to the mid-to-upper 40’s weather.

I’ve been meaning to do this photoshoot for a few weeks now. Since it appears that it’ll be snowing within a week or two, I decided that now was the time to act. Fall photoshoots are the best, yes?

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Spider!!!

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I actually took this picture upside down, and then flipped it over!

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See you guys later! Have a great week!

AGs in Alaska