The Big Birthday Bash (A Photostory)

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Morgan, Grace, and I stroll briskly down the sidewalk. We’re on our way back from returning some books to the library. I would rather not be running errands today – it’s my birthday, and walking outside in Alaska in November isn’t the most fun thing to do. Especially not when you’re finally a teenager!

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“Why’s it so cold?” Grace moans. “I want it to be summer again.”

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“Well, it is the middle of winter,” Morgan points out. “Technically it’s still fall, though, but whatever.”

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We walk up the street and turn the corner until finally we reach our home.

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The three of us step inside the house. We’re greeted by a blast of warm air . . . and very dim lights.

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All of a sudden, the lights flicker on and our sisters jump out of the shadows. “Happy birthdays!”

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My sisters and I, jackets hanging half off of our arms, can barely process what just happened. Is this a . . . surprise party???

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“Wait. Did you just say birthdays? As in more than one?” Grace asks, confused.

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“We sure did,” Lindsey explains. “Today, we’re celebrating all of our fall birthday girls. You know – Emily’s birthday is November 28th, and she’s thirteen, Morgan’s birthday was October 3rd, and she’s thirteen, and Grace’s birthday was September 15th, and she’s twelve.”

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Molly, Lindsey, and Crystal walk forward and place crowns on our heads.

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Each crown is light pink and has our names spelled out on the fronts.

We’re lead down the hall into the next room, where a huge surprise greets us.

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“Oh my goodness!” we gasp.

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A huge sign proclaiming “Happy Birthday!” in giant lettering is taped to the wall underneath a table with a couple of presents on it.

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“Do you like it?” Lindsey asks.

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“I love it,” I tell her.

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“We have presents for you guys to open,” Molly explains.

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“And you’d better be quick about it too, or I may have to open them for you,” McKenna warns us.

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Lindsey hands the first present to Morgan.

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She pulls out a flowery green frog. “Aww! It’s so cute!!!” she exclaims. “Thanks, guys!”

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“This one is for Grace,” Molly says, handing Grace something wrapped in pink tissue paper and tied with a silver ribbon.

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Underneath all the wrapping is a pretty throw pillow. “This’ll be perfect for my room!” Grace tells us. “This is so sweet of y’all. Thanks!”

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“Just one more present,” Crystal informs us.

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“Yes. Close your eyes, Emily,” Molly adds.

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I happily oblige.

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“Open,” Crystal commands.

Standing in front of me is my eldest sister holding a beautiful pair of bright white ice skates wrapped with a taffeta bow.

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“Wow,” I breathe, after Crystal places the skates in my lap. “I’ve been wanting a pair of these – thank you, thank you, thank you! This has been the best birthday ever.”

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“And I’m about to make it better,” Lindsey says. “Who wants cake?”

End of photostory!

I feel like a terrible doll mom – I completely forgot about Morgan’s birthday – October 3rd – and Grace’s birthday – September 15th. Fortunately, I remembered Emily’s and decided to do a three-in-one birthday post. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Also, don’t forget to wish them happy birthday in the comments!

In case you were wondering why I’m doing a Tuesday post, it’s just in honor of the birthday girls. I will still be here on Thursday.

Bye for now!

-AGs in Alaska-

 

 

Grateful (A Photostory)

Happy Thanksgiving, lovely virtual friends! Today is a day of joy and celebration, of food, and, most importantly, thankfulness. Today I challenge YOU to list . . . hmm . . . twenty-three things you are grateful for, since it’s November 23rd. I know you have at least that many. Here’s my list:

  • Jesus!
  • My blog
  • A computer to write on
  • Essential oils that smell amazing
  • All of my friends I have from blogging
  • My dolls
  • My rabbits
  • My dogs
  • My chickens
  • My family
  • Living in the beautiful state of Alaska
  • I have a camera to take pictures of beautiful Alaska with
  • My house
  • My warm, cozy room
  • My warm, cozy clothes
  • Books
  • Delicious food
  • The outdoors
  • Pretty pictures of the outdoors
  • Cute clothes for my dolls
  • School
  • Friends
  • Orange-scented bath products

That last one was a little random. Sorry.

Now, let’s get on to the fun part of this post. I have for you my first-ever Thanksgiving photostory! And, at the end, a little bonus behind-the-scenes explanation of the making of the photostory.

Enjoy!

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“Thanks for dinner, Grace. It was delicious,” Morgan tells my younger sister.

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“Oh, you’re welcome. It was my pleasure,” Grace responds.

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“I have an idea,” Molly begins. “Why don’t we go around the table and say what we’re grateful for and why? For example, I’m grateful for my education because I’ll be able to get into a good college. Now McKenna can go.”

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“Oh!” McKenna exclaims, looking a bit surprised that Molly picked her to go next. “I’m grateful for my gymnastics coach and teammates. They inspire me and help me to work harder. Um . . . Emily.”

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“Me?” Emily squeaks. “Well . . . I’m grateful for my piano and flute because . . . I love music. Morgan?”

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“I’m grateful for Chocolate Chip and the other dogs,” Morgan tells us. “They make me so happy and bring me so much joy. Crystal.”

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“I’m grateful for my beautiful clothes, because when I look good, I feel good,” Crystal says. “Grace?”

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“I’m super-duper grateful for all of my baking supplies,” Grace says. “I love being able to surprise people with yummy treats. What about you, Lindsey?”

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I look across the table at the shining faces of sweet Morgan, intelligent Molly, shy Emily, and fashionable Crystal.

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I glance over to my left at spunky Grace and sporty McKenna.

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“My sisters,” I finally say. “I’m grateful for my sisters.”

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-End of phostory-

I hope y’all enjoyed that photostory. And now, onto the behind-the-scenes of Grateful (A Photostory)!

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First, I placed two chairs across from each other in our hallway downstairs.

 

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I placed benches on either side of the chairs.

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Next, I placed books on the chairs.

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I then took this yet-to-be-set-up chicken ramp . . .

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And set it on top of the books.

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Voilà! The perfect Thanksgiving table setup! Since the set took up the entire hallway, it was a bit difficult to get back and forth to either side, but I managed by squeezing behind the narrow gap between the dolls and the wall and climbing on the benches. Of course, that mussed up their hairstyles a bit, but it wasn’t too terrible.

My original photostory idea was to have them eating and then praying and then sharing what they were grateful for, but I could not make doll food, so I had the photostory take place after dinner.

I want to know how your Thanksgiving went. What did you have for dinner? What are you grateful for? What is your favorite Thanksgiving food and/or tradition?

Happy Thanksgiving!

-AGs in Alaska

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-

 

 

Happy Dolloween! (A Photostory)

Happy Halloween to all of you who celebrate it . . . or Happy Dolloween to all of you who celebrate it with your dolls!

Also, I did not post on Monday for a very special reason. You can read all about it on Thursday’s post.

I myself do not partake in the spooky traditions of this hallowed holiday. Personally, it kind of freaks me out. In my family, it’s tradition to watch a movie and spy on trick-or-treaters on the evening of October 31st. And that’s exactly what this photostory is about.

Enjoy!

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I sigh contentedly and flip open my brand-new, hot-of-the-press American Girl magazine. I just got it in the mail today, and it’s definitely a cause for celebration.

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“Hey, Crys!” Grace exclaims, skipping up to me. “What are you planning on doing tonight? It is Halloween, after all.”

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“Nothing much,” I reply. “Definitely not trick-or-treating, that’s for sure. I’m waaaaaaay to old for that.”

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“Well, then,” Grace says. “Would you like to join me in a little game of . . .” her eyes twinkle mischevously. “Spy on trick-or-treaters?”

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I blink. “Yeah, no thanks.”

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“But, Crystal!” Grace whines. “Please? It’ll be so fun! Lindsey already said yes.”

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“Perfect,” I tell her. “You have a partner already.”

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“But I want you,” Grace whines. “Pleeeeeeeeeeeeee-”

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“Fine!” I snap. “I’ll spy on trick-or-treaters with you.”

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“Yipeee!” Grace squeals. “I gotta go tell Lindsey!” She races out of the room at full gallop.

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I sigh. I’m so going to regret this.

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At six o’clock, I join my sisters in the living room. Grace and Lindsey are peering out the window excitedly.

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I stand next to them and peer out into the fading light.

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We don’t have to wait long. A little girl, dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder, walks up our drive and rings the doorbell. I can’t help myself, I giggle.

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When the trick-or-treater realizes she’s not going to get any candy at our house, she walks dejectedly down the driveway.

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The three of us keep a close eye on the street. A few minutes later, we’re rewarded with not one, but two trick-or-treaters.

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One of the girls is a librarian, and the other is supposedly a hospital patient – but you never know, she could actually be sick.

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We peer through the screen over the window as the two girls walk/roll away.

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The next trick-or-treater shows up in a tap-dancer costume that she must be FREEZING in. She waits on our front porch for, like, ten minutes.

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We have to cover each other’s mouths to keep from giving our positions away.

An hour later, we decide to call it a night and start to head off for our rooms.

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All of a sudden, the lights flicker off.

“Um, was that you, Grace?” I ask. She shakes her head no.

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“It’s a serial killer!” Lindsey shrieks. “Help! Help! HELP! I’m too young to die!!!”

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We clutch each other tightly. “Is there someone in the house? Do something, Crystal!” Grace begs.

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And, just as quickly as they had gone off, the lights come back on again and four mischievous girls pop out from around the corner. “TRICK OR TREAT!”

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We stare at them, stunned. “It was you?” I ask, incredulous.

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“It sure was,” Morgan confirms.

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“And we got you goooood,” McKenna squeals. “You were all like, ‘It’s a serial killer! I’m too young to die! Crystal, do something!'”

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We stare at each other for a moment, and then burst out laughing.

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“You did get us,” Grace admits. “Happy Halloween!”

-End of photostory-

I have one quick announcement for y’all. I am actually not going to be participating in NaNoWriMo. I am too busy working on a different novel. However, I am considering doing Camp NaNoWriMo this summer.

What’s your favorite kind of candy?

What was your costume?

What was your doll’s costume?

Does your family have any Halloween traditions?

-AGs in Alaska-

Which Doll Are You Most Like?

I was writing a letter to my pen pal today and when I opened my pad of stationery, I found a quiz I came up with several months ago. It’s a quiz on which of my dolls are you most like. Since I had no ideas for a post, I decided to just put this quiz on my blog. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Your friends would describe you as:

a) social

b) nosy

c) athletic

d) sweet

e) shy

f) smart

g) creative

Your teacher assigns you a five-page paper on the topic of your choosing. Yours is about:

a) social media

b) how to get a book published

c) your favorite sport

d) your favorite animal

e) getting used to a new school

f) how to study

g) French pastries

At school, you are:

a) prom queen

b) newspaper editor

c) the girl who’s on, like, five sports teams

d) the nice girl

e) the new girl

f) valedictorian

g) the girl who makes the best treats in Home Ec.

The cutest boy in school asks you out to the dance. You:

a) squeal, “Yes!” and then text all of your friends

b) get the full scoop on the dance before deciding

c) agree. He’s as much of a sports nut as you – you’ll have plenty to talk about

d) sweetly say, “Sure.”

e) mumble, “Uh, I don’t know . . .” and then run to the bathroom

f) say that you’ll be too busy studying

g) say, “Of course.” There will be yummy treats at the dance, after all

Your parents announce that you’ll be moving out of the country. You:

a) burst into tears. All of your friends are here!

b) get excited. A new, interesting place to explore!

c) immediately compare that country’s sports to yours

d) say, “Okay, cool,” and then ask if your pet will be coming

e) dread the new school you’ll have to attend

f) ask about your new school

g) start learning the language

Your BFF got an F on her paper. You:

a) rally her friends to cheer her up

b) write her a funny poem

c) show her your awesome new sports move

d) offer to talk about it with her

e) Say, “Oh, I’m sorry,” and then leave

f) offer to help her study

g) bake her a delicious cupcake

Your dream pet is:

a) a puppy

b) chicken

c) hamster

d) anything – you love animals

e) cat

f) something quiet that won’t interrupt your study sessions

g) dog

Your dream vacay spot is:

a) you love your friends at home – why leave?

b) Jane Austen’s house

c) somewhere the Olympics were held

d) the Amazon

e) England

F) someplace with a lot of museums

g) France

Your favorite shoes are:

a) heels

b) sneakers

c) soccer cleats

d) ballet flats

e) sandals

f) something sensible

g) boots

Your favorite book is:

a) Pride and Prejudice – the greatest romance ever written

b) Murder on the Orient Express – you love a good mystery

c) Raising the Bar – you adore Gabby’s inspiring sports story

d) Dogs for Dummies – the perfect pet self-help book

e) First Lessons in Bach – so you can pratice your tunes

f) Your Guide to Pre-Calculus – the big test is next week, after all

g) The Ultimate Paris Travel Guide – for your trip to Europe next summer

If you got mostly A’s, you are:

Crystal! She is social, bubbly, popular, and friendly. Crystal can sometimes seem a bit shallow, but she loves her sisters above everything else.

If you got mostly B’s, you are:

Lindsey! She is curious, nosy, snoopy, and determined. Lindsey likes a good story and loves getting to the bottom of things.

If you got mostly C’s, you are:

McKenna! She is sporty and athletic. But don’t let that fool you . . . McKenna has a girly side, too.

If you got mostly D’s, you are:

Morgan! She is sweet, kind, and friendly. Morgan is a very soft-spoken girl who adores animals and will always stand up for them.

If you got mostly E’s, you are:

Emily! She is 100% shy. Emily sometimes gets so nervous about going to school, she feels like she’s going to faint. The only time she’s really comfortable is around her sisters.

If you got mostly F’s (not the grade, of course!), you are:

Molly! She is studious, serious, smart, self-controlled, and mature. Molly is two grades above most kids her age and wants to go to Harvard when she’s ready for college.

If you got mostly G’s, you are:

Grace! She is creative, spunky, and loves to learn and experience other cultures. Grace wants to travel the world when she grows up.

How did you guys do? I would love to hear what doll you are most like in the comments. In case you are wondering, I’m Grace, but I see a little bit of myself in all of my girls. Check out this page to learn more about the dolls.

Have a great weekend!

-AGs in Alaska-

A Day in The Life: Crystal

Hey guys, it’s me, Crystal. I’m taking over “da blog” to share with you what a typical day looks like for me. I’m not very good with blog intros, so I’ll just get on with it.

7:00 AM: Brrrrring! I awake to the sound of my very annoying, very loud alarm clock that literally has you shaking when you wake up. It’s not a good feeling, but I’m stuck with that stupid clock. Grrrr.

7:45 AM: By this point, I’ve showered, selected a cute outfit, and done my hair and makeup. Oh, and I’ve yelled at Lindsey to get out the bathroom approximately 17 times. Sigh. #sisterproblems

8:00 AM: It’s off to the kitchen to get myself some breakfast. I typically like to have toast with raspberry jam, pancakes, or a fruit smoothie. What I don’t like to have? OATMEAL.

8:30 AM: It’s time to start school. I am homeschooled, so I do all my work in the office in my house. Fortunately, it has a door that locks, so I can have some privacy. I like to start out with my favorite subject, French. Grace helps me practice my French quite often, as she has been to Paris. I would love to go there someday with her. Grace and I get along quite nicely, because we have a lot of the same interests. Like France, French, and things made with sugar.

11:00 AM: I’ve been doing schoolwork for several hours now, so I take a quick lunch break and go for a walk. I take Morgan, Coconut, and Chocolate Chip with me. Morgan talks my ears off about dogs and agility training the whole time, but I don’t really mind. The leaves are bright orange and sticks crunch under my feet as we walk along. It’s very peaceful and nature-y.

12:00 PM: I get back to schoolwork. I only have a couple of hours before we leave the house for our afternoon activities, so I have to work quickly.

2:00 PM: Emily, Molly, McKenna and I head to gymnastics practice. McKenna is the only one who does gymnastics, but we like to watch her and her friends do their cool tricks. McKenna only falls off the beam once during the whole practice. She’s very pleased with herself, so I give her a big hug once she has washed the chalk off of her hands. I do NOT want to get THAT on my clothes.

4:30 PM: As the oldest in the family, it’s my responsibility to have dinner ready for everybody. Tonight I’m making a beef and veggie stir-fry. It’s all-natural and very healthy.  Plus it tastes good, so i’ts a win-win.

6:00 PM: Molly, who, believe it or not, is the second-maturest in the family (next to me of course, despite the fact that she’s also the second-youngest) helps me with the dishes. I wear rubber gloves so the hot water and dish soap won’t ruin my nails and skin.

8:00 PM: I take a bubble bath (again, I have to yell at Lindsey to just GET OUT) and read a fashion magazine.

9:00: I pull on my pajamas, brush my teeth, and climb into bed. It’s been a long day, and I have to get up tomorrow and do it all over again. Crystal, out.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone! It’s me, Emily. Yep. The red-haired, British girl in the cool top. There’s me, waving!

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So, what exactly are we celebrating today? The awesome fireworks, delicious food, or great weather? Nope! Americans across the nation are celebrating their independence from Great Britain. Which, as a matter of fact, is where I’m from! So why am I writing this post?

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My sisters thought it would be cool if we had a Fourth of July post from a British girl’s perspective. I wasn’t sure, but they managed to talk me into it. Anyways, here goes!

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I hope I’m not being disloyal to my birth country or anything, but we were being a tad bit unfair to the colonists. After all, we were charging them way too much for their tea, stamps, and whatnot, especially when they still considered themselves British citizens. No taxation without representation, right? But it’s all behind us now, and Britain and America are allies! BFFs. Best chums. Loyal mates. Whatever you want to call it.

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And I have six awesome American sisters! We’re having an epic party today. The neighbors have even called to complain about us keeping our voices down. Later tonight, we’re going to see some fireworks!

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What are you lot doing for the Fourth of July? Tell us below in the comments! (And whose outfit do you like the most? We’re having a friendly 🙂 competition.)

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Happy Fourth!

Love,

Emily & AGs in Alaska