And . . . I’m Back!

Helloooooo, world! I’m ecstatic to be back on my blog! It’s been a great hiatus, I got the break I needed and accomplished a TON of stuff. Here’s a list, so you don’t think I was sitting around binge-watching Stranger Things. (Kidding, I don’t watch that show.)

I . . .

  • Helped out at a language-immersion camp
  • Volunteered at not one, but two Vacation Bible Schools!
  • Reorganized my room
  • Color-coordinated my bookshelf (inspired by Sam from Redhead With A Book)
  • Went on an awesome camping trip with my friends
  • Worked on a collab with another awesome blogger (more on that later!)
  • Did quite a bit of babysitting
  • Welcomed two new additions to my family (no, they’re not babies. Again, more on that later).

So, as you can see, I was quite busy. I feel like it’s been months, instead of less than three weeks.

This summer has been awesome so far. There are a lot of fun things happened up here in Alaska for me, and I’m not going to be any less busy than I was during my hiatus. But I just couldn’t leave you guys for very long. 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak of epic posts coming up soon:

  • Two collab posts
  • Lindsey’s Revenge (A Photostory)
  • Part 3 of The Trials of Tessa (I have learned through trying and failing to do photoseries that I am absolutely awful at them)
  • Review of Tenney’s Spotlight Outfit
  • Family Pictures (A Photostory)
  • A Summer Photoshoot, Take 2 (A Photoshoot, obviously)
  • And much, much more! (Now, if only I could find my post calendar . . .)

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m soooo happy to be back! I’ve missed you guys. 🙂

AGs in Alaska

 

(P.S. – I’m stealing Grace’s signoff.) 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

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I Hate To Do This, But . . .

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Hi, everybody. Now, please don’t freak out. I’m not leaving the blogging world or anything!

Deep breaths. Calm down. Good? Okay. Let’s continue.

I am, however, taking a short hiatus. My hiatus will last for three weeks, from June 5-25. It’s just 20 days, I think you’ll survive without me.

The good news is that I will not be completely MIA from WordPress during my hiatus. I will still check my reader and comment/reply to comments during my hiatus. I will just be unable to post.

I’m going on hiatus because summer in Alaska is CA-RAY-ZEE!!! It’s like we Alaskans try to cram as much stuff as possible into a three-month window so we can get everything done we couldn’t during the rest of the year because it was too cold or whatever.

This week, I am volunteering at a language immersion camp. This weekend, I’m going on a camping trip. Next week, I am doing not one but TWO Vacation Bible Schools in the EXACT SAME WEEK. (Could you pray for me, please?) The week after, my family is going on a little vacation. I’m going to be doing a 5K walk/run with my grandma!

So yeah. We’re a little busy.

Of course, it’s not just June. There are the visiting relatives and friends, many camping trips, yard work, etc. But the next three weeks are going to be very very busy, so that’s why I’m hiatus-ing.

This is my first hiatus, guys, and I’m sorry that I have to take one. But there you have it. I’ll miss y’all, but I’ll be back soon!

Oh! And if I have time, Part 3 of The Trials of Tessa will be going up soon, (during my hiatus). 🙂 And when I get back, I’ll be doing a couple of collabs, so you can get excited for those. 🙂

I will have a days-left-until-hiatus-is-over countdown on my sidebar, so if you want a reminder of when I’m coming back, just check there!

Bye for now!

AGs in Alaska

 

Spring Q&A Results!

Hey, guys! Thank you all so much for your awesome questions. I have this problem where I suck at coming up with Q&A questions, but all of yours are super creative. I have this other problem as well, where I suck at coming up with cool intros, so . . . let’s go!

My answers will be italicized. 

Jo’s Questions:

Q: So, is it perpetually cold and snowy in Alaska?

A: Actually, no. It’s more like perpetually rainy and cloudy. Other states, such as Minnesota, actually get WAY more snow than us. We are having a very wet and chilly spring, though. Hoping to break 60 degrees within the next week. 

Q: What’s the best thing about living in Alaska?

A: Definitely all of the nature and wildlife! You can’t get the Alaskan experience anywhere else. Everywhere you look there are mountains and beautiful trees and . . . moose and bears, too. It’s awesome!

Q: Um… and your favorite doll? 😛

A: Well, out of my dolls, probably Crystal, Grace, or Tessa. Out of all AG dolls . . . oh, it’s so hard. Out of all AG dolls ever . . . Well, I love Truly Me #24!

Ur Texan Pen Pal, A’s Questions:

Q: If you could have a superpower (such as reading minds, walking through walls, understanding any language, exedra) what would it be and what would you use it for?

A: Understand any language would be awesome . . . but then again, so would flying.

Emma’s Questions: 

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

A: Same as above.

Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: PARIS!!!

Q: If new Beforever dolls had movies, which one would you give a movie to?

A: Ooooh, yes! Okay . . . I think Julie! I know she has a short film, but a real movie would be awesome. Rebecca would be fun, too, though!

Q: Is there a doll AG sells that you dislike?

A: Um, yeah – let’s just say all the boy dolls. Well, except for Logan. He’s okay. It’s not the actual dolls I’m against, it’s just that I think American GIRL should stick to GIRL dolls. If you have a boy doll, that’s great! I’m just not a fan of the boy dolls. From the actual girl dolls, I guess I’m not a huge fan of Nanea . . . 

Q: If everything in the AG store was free for one minute, what would you grab?

A: Hmm. Probably Luciana and her clothes/accessories.

Chachel’s Questions:

Q: How long have you been collecting dolls?

A: Since 2010! Long time, IKR?

Q: What’s your bunnies name?

A: Well, I actually have three. Moe is my mini rex/Holland lop/ Jersey wooley. Penelope is Moe’s mom, and I think she’s a rex/lop mix. Molly is a bunny we adopted (off of Facebook, actually) and she looks like Penny’s twin. We aren’t sure what she is, though.

Q: Is it really really really cold in Alaska?

A:  Yes, pretty much. Actually, this year it has been a lot colder than usual. For example,  it was 54 degrees Fahrenheit today (Wednesday).

Q: What’s your favorite AG doll that you have?

A: Argh!! Why do you people always ask me these things??? Just kidding, probably Tessa.

Q: What would you name your boat if you had one?

A: Interesting question! What about “The Lady Sunset?” Since boats are girls. 🙂

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

A: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I’m not a sports fan, but I like this quote.

Kaylyn’s Questions:

Q: If you could get another doll, which one would you get?

A: Luciana Vega.

Q: What is your favorite doll that AG has released?

A: I think McKenna. I was OBSESSED with AG in 2014, and there is a lot of sentimental value attached to McKenna for me. She got me into gymnastics, and I was a gymnast until 2016. So yeah, McKenna.

Q: What is your favorite doll etsy shop?

A: DafodilDollclothes, or Mixiepixie7’s shop!

Q: If you could only wear one outfit for a whole week without washing it or changing out of it, what would it look like?

A: First of all, that is gross and I would never do that, but if I had to . . .

Q: If you could visit anywhere on earth, where would you go?

A: PARISSSS!!!!

AAG’s Questions:

Q: What’s it like being in Alaska?

A: Not surprisingly, I get this question a lot. 🙂 Alaska is awesome. It’s so naturey up here, (yes that is definitely a word), with lots of trees and pure, fresh air. The moose and bears are awesome as well. It’s a unique place, and I get a lot of comments from people in other states if I mention I live in Alaska. It’s sad thought, only 8% of Alaskans are Christians. 😦

Q: Do you have siblings?

A: Yes, I have a brother. You can read this post featuring him. 🙂 If you dare . . .

Q: Do you like Disney?

A: Not really. I am not pleased with some of the political agendas they have, and I’ve never been obsessed with the princesses either. But if you are, that’s great!

Q: Have you seen Black Panther? (WAKANDA FOREVER!)

A: Nope! And . . . not sure what Wakanda means. 🙂

Mary E.’s Questions: 

Q: What is your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas!

Q: What is your favorite doll related thing you have?

A: McKenna’s gymnastics set.

Q: What is something in yourself your proud of?

A: I am great with kids! I think that comes from having a loving heart, which is inside me, so . .  .

Q: Do you like Milk?

A: Not really! (I drink it with ice cubes though . . . have any of you ever done that?)

Jaguar’s Questions:

Q: Um…Do you have any stuffed animals? (Optional)

A: I do! I keep them on my top shelf, above my dolls.

Q: If you have brothers, how do you survive?

A: I do! And I don’t. 🙂

Q: How did you convince your mother to let you have eight dolls and not have her tell you afterwards ‘it’s time’?

A: Actually, she doesn’t mind! She thinks my hobby is great, and I have bought 6/8 of the dolls with my own money.

Q: Are any of your dolls personality’s like yours?

A: Absolutely! I am a lot like Morgan and Grace. Morgan and I have compassionate hearts, and I have Grace’s sense of humor and sometimes crazy attitude. 🙂

Q: How long do you plan on blogging? (Don’t end any time soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

A: I’m not sure, maybe when I go to college?

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

A: The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, in particular #6!

Q: What is a question that you want people to ask but they never do? (Answer the question as well)

A: Thought-provoking question .  .  . I know I have thought this way before, but I can’t think of the question. Sometimes I will hint at a story and people don’t realize I would love an invitation to tell it.

Q: What is the funniest thing a little kid has said to you?

A: Well . . . I was babysitting the other day and the little kid had his iPad at my house. He wanted to play a game on it, but didn’t know the password.  🙂 I know, right? He said, “My grandpa left this for me to play with!” I said, “But you don’t know the password.” He said, “I know, my grandpa’s a tricky guy!” He’s a preschooler, BTW.

I died. Or maybe the time he pointed to my math book and said, “Why is this here?” I replied, “Because I was doing math.” He said, “Why?”

My thought exactly, kid!

1-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

Hello, everybody! The results are in! Before I tell you who won the giveaway, please let me say thank you so much to everyone who entered. Also, even if you didn’t win, please treat the winners with respect. 🙂 I know you guys are great at that. 🙂

The winners of the two beautiful tee shirts are:

……

#1 – AKJaguar!!!

Congratulations, AKJaguar! I will be contacting you shortly for your address and tee shirt preference + size.

 

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#2 – Dianne!!!

Congratulations, Dianne! I will be contacting you shortly for your address and tee shirt size.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who entered, and all of you amazing people who support my blog!

It has been an amazing year and I am looking forward to my next 365 days of blogging with you guys!

And . . . WordPress won’t let me insert my signoff soooooo . . .

AGs in Alaska, out!

Just a Quick Tag!

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Hey guys, just a quick post. AKJaguar tagged me for The Cute Critters Tag! Thank you so much, AKJaguar!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog: (alaskanjaguar.wordpress.com)
  • Add the picture above in your post
  • Tag at least six other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Add a link to the original post (https://crazydiysite.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/the-cute-critters-tag/)
  • Answer the six questions
  • Give six questions (animal or pet related)
  • Have tons of fun!

Here are the questions:

Do you have a pet? Do I have a pet? That’s like asking a zoo if it has animals. And no, I do not have a pet. I have pets. And lots of them. Seriously. There are the dogs, Chewy and Archie, the bunnies, Moe, Penelope, and Molly, and our flock of chickens. Not to mention the aquarium full of fish my brother is getting soon.

How did you get your pet? What breed is it? Okay, we’ll start with Chewy. I got him for my eighth birthday, a few months early. He is a Black Lab/German Shepard mix. Archie was a dog we adopted from a shelter back in California after our female dog died. He is a Black Lab/Basset Hound/Dachshund mix. I earned Moe by keeping my room clean for a month. But then we moved (twice) and I didn’t adopt him until a couple years later. Penelope is Moe’s mother. Her previous owner, Moe’s breeder, developed a rabbit allergy and had to rehome Penny. Our other female rabbit, Molly, was a rabbit we adopted off of FaceBook when her owners said she would wind up at the pet shelter if no one took her. The funny thing is, she looks like Penelope’s twin sister! They share a cage, too. Penny is like a mom to Molly, since we adopted Molly as a baby. The chickens we have were hand-raised since they were two days old. The next year we hatched another flock from eggs! Some of them didn’t make it, though. 😦 We gave those away, since they were roosters. And then we got more two-day old ones. They all live in our backyard.

If you don’t have a pet, what is your dream pet? Well, I have pets, but I have always wanted a fox!

What is your favorite animal and why? I love foxes, they are so beautiful and majestic! My others favorites are bunnies (obviously for their extreme fluffiness) and dogs (for their loyal companionship, and playful nature).

Share a funny story that happened to you/pet/or with an animal you saw. Okay, I feel like I have shared this before, but this happened a few years ago at a birthday party. It was a tea party with lots of guests, so there was a ton of food. My mom made mini chocolate Bundt cakes, and we had taffy and jelly beans, too. Immediately after the party, I had a three-hour long piano recital (I wasn’t playing the whole time, though – everybody’s ears would have started bleeding or something. 🙂 and we left the whole mess in the backyard. Well, apparently Archie had been left out for the ENTIRE piano recital. He ate all of the leftover CHOCOLATE Bundt cakes, taffy, and jelly beans – not to mention mini sandwiches and other treats! He went PSYCHO and was running laps around the house all night. It was hilarious, but he survived!

Share a funny joke about animals. Okay . . . where do animals go when their tails fall off? THE RETAIL STORE!!! (No, I did not make up that lame joke.)

This has been fun!

I tag:

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And that about wraps this up! Thanks again, AKJaguar! I’ll see y’all in my next post.

AGs in Alaska