Travels With Grace #5: Washington

HI GUYSSSSSSS! WHERE WAS I YESTERDAY, YOU ARE WONDERING????? My mom said I needed to not use the computer for a couple of days, so that’s why. And on Monday I completely forgot until 11 PM was run over by a herd of elephants and was in the hospital!!!!! IKR, CRAZY!!!

ANYwho, here is the fifth installement of Grace’s travel series! Enjoy!

Ignore the grainy iPad pictures. I did not bring the right camera charger with me on my vacay.

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Lea is in the hospital after having broken her leg falling out of the crabapple tree.

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“Hey, Lea,” Cara says. “How are you doing?”

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“Hey, Care-Bear,” Lea replies tiredly. “I just, ya know, have a broken leg. Not much else going on at the moment . . .”

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Lea points to her lower leg, which is wrapped in a white cast.

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“Yeah, we’re all super sorry you got hurt,” Grace says sweetly.

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“Do you want to try walking?” I ask my injured cousin.

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Cara and I help Grace to her feet. “Why don’t you try walking down the hall?” I suggest.

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It takes her a little practice, but Lea hops down the hall on her shiny silver crutches.

Okay, that’s all! Sorry, it’s kind of short. The very last part will post on Monday, and then I have a super fun post featuring a SPECIAL GUEST next Thursday! You guys will L-O-V-E it. See ya then!

AGs in Alaska

Grace

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Travels With Grace #4: Washington

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Hey, little macarons! Everyone keeps calling people food names. And macarons are French, so . . .

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Mes cousines and I are chilling in the backyard. Cara is doing gymnastics.

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She’s so talented!! McKenna would really get along with her.

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We’re about halfway through the visit, which is super sad. 😦 Wah.

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“Hey, guys! It’s Lea here!”

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“Look at me!!!!!! Whee!!!”

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“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

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“OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!”

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“LEA!!!!!!”

Dun dun dun. Left you at a cliffhanger, huh? And you have to wait a whole entire week for Part #5, because on Thursday is our Q&A answers! Meaning . . . you only have a few days left to ask questions. So get to it! See y’all next week!

Grace

Travels With Grace #3: Washington+ 50 Followers Q&A

Hiya, everybody! It’s Grace here with the third installment of my travel blog! Today I have a super-awesome photoshoot with my cousins Lea, Grace, and Cara. We went to the park and AGs in Alaska, along with the help of her amazing cousins, took pictures of our adorableness. But don’t take our word for it – you can see for yourself!

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My cousins are so amazing.

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I don’t get to see them very often, because they live in the Lower 48 and I live in Alaska.

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Lea is so adventurous and brave. She inspires me every time I am around her!

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Sometimes we like to pretend we’re spies.

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Cara is so sweet and playful. She’s the youngest of us all, and I love her sense of style. Look at all the color! #rockingit

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Cousins were made for sharing secrets with.

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Or for cheering you up when you’re having a rough day.

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Grace is so kind. She always keeps an eye on us to make sure we don’t get hurt.

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They’re always there for you.

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“Time passes and we may be apart, but cousins will always be close at heart.”

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They help you stand tall.

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We can always use our imaginations to make up a new game.

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When I’m with my cousins, I’m never afraid to be myself.

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Look, even this teeter-totter is built for four!

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Cousins = Best Friends.

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They’re the perfect people to hang out with.

 

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Life is just better with the cousins.

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“A cousin a day keeps the boredom away.”

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You can tell them anything.

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Or just be silly.

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They understand when you need alone time.

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And they understand when you need cousin time.

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They’re always willing to give you a helping hand.

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“Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be best friends.”

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They love you as much as you love them.

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I wish they lived closer!

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“Cousins by chance. Sisters at heart. Friends by choice.”

That’s all for our cousin photoshoot. Unfortunately . . . the rest of our visit wasn’t just fun and games. You’ll have to wait until Monday to find out more!

AGs in Alaska: My turn.

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AGs in Alaska: What, no complaints? Okay . . . so . . . I’m leaving you at a cliffhanger, yes. But I really, really hope you enjoyed the photoshoot. This is my favorite one that I have ever done, because the setting just looks awesome and the cousins are in it!!! Funny story about this photoshoot: We actually took the pictures at two different parks. My great-aunt gave us instructions on how to get to the park, but we are directionally challenged and kind of wound up at the wrong . . . um . . . park (the one with the teeter-totter). So thirty minutes in, my cousin’s dad came to meet us at the park, but we were at the wrong one. So he took us to the right one (the one with the gazebo in the last picture). I love the park we went to the second time because the gazebo is amazing and is the perfect retro setting for an amazing photoshoot with the cousins.

Grace also fell off of the gazebo (I referenced it in my giveaway post), leaving a dent in her nose and hand. 😦

Now, I have an announcement to make!

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I have 50 followers!

You may have already guessed that from the title of this post. Nice going, AGs in Alaska.

Anyway, I was planning on celebrating with a giveway, but I a) just did a Christmas one and b) have to hand-make the things I will be giving away, so that might take a while. I will probably do that giveaway for my 100 followers celebration later on. Instead, I am doing another Q&A! Except this time, the questions have to be about Alaska. And they will be answered by my dolls, not me! If you have a question you want a certain doll to answer, type the dolls name before the question.

Now, get questioning!

See y’all on Monday!

AGs in Alaska

Travels With Grace #2: Washington

Quick note: Yes, I am aware that these pictures are of awful quality. I took them with an iPad in a room with terrible lighting. Why was I not using my camera? Um, I may have forgotten to, uh, bring the cord for the charger . . .

And yes, I know I am supposed to post this on a Thursday, but last night I realized I had nothing scheduled for today, so . . . here we go with Travels With Grace #2!

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Hey there, everybody! It’s your pal Grace here. We made it safely to Washington and now I am at my aunt and uncle’s house! But the best part is that you get to MEET MY COUSINS TODAY!!!!

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Meet my cousin Lea! Lea is super sweet and likes to adventure in the outdoors. She’s very brave and likes to experience new things!

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This is my cousin Grace! (Yes, we have the same name. Don’t get us confused.) Grace and I get along perfectly. (Maybe BECAUSE we have the same name . . .) She’s not as outgoing as Lea, so make sure to give her a warm welcome to my travel blog in the comments!

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Last but not least, here is Cara! Cara is the youngest of all my cousins, and she is really fun to hang out with. Cara has a lot of style (don’t you just love her necklace???) and is super excited to spend time with me this week!

Okay, that’s all for now. I’ll be back next Thursday or Monday with Part #3. This part will be AWESOME, I promise!!!

AGs in Alaska: Okay, I’m taking over now.

Grace: *sigh* Fine.

AGs in Alaska: Hey, guys! This part of Grace’s adventures would have been a lot cooler than this because I had asked my cousins about their dolls’ favorite foods, colors, books, animals, etc., but when my mom got her new iPad I forgot to send the page with all that information to the computer, so it got lost in the vast world of Where Lost Things Go When You Don’t Email Them To Yourself. So I kind of had to just make it up. The part about Lea liking adventures is true, though, I do remember that.

I may try to get ahold of my cousins this week and ask them about their dolls again and put that stuff in my next post. We’ll see. I hope you guys are all having a good time getting back to school (if you are going back to school today, or if you’re already back). Talk to you on Thursday!

AGs in Alaska

 

Travels With Grace #1: Washington

Hello, everyone! Do you remember when I went on vacation for Thanksgiving? Well, I took a lot of pictures of Grace on that trip, if you know what I mean . . .

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Okay, fine, I’ll tell you. I am doing a series with Grace and her adventures with her cousins – my cousins’ dolls – in Washington State!

Since I am back to my old posting schedule – Mondays and Thursdays – I will be posting the next three-five parts each Thursday. That way, I can still do photostories and photoshoots and everything but I will be able to do this too.

Here we go – Travels With Grace #1!

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Hey there, y’all! It’s Grace here. Guess what? Amazing news – AGs in Alaska is taking ME on a trip with her to Washington State!!! Isn’t that I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E????

In honor of the upcoming trip, I will be doing a how-to-pack tutorial!

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Here are the shirts I will be taking. Since I always need to look my best, I have one for every day of the trip.

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But AGs in Alaska pulled the plug on pants. I am only allowed to bring two pairs of leggings and a skirt!!! Isn’t that ridiculous???? Fortunately, my awesome cousins (you’ll meet them later) will be willing to share.

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Aren’t these pants chic?

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These are my shoes!! #Rockingit

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My Parisian pajamas! Ooh-la-la!

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Everything will go into these bags, which AGs in Alaska will pack in her suitcase for me.

AGs in Alaska: To make sure you aren’t smuggling anything.

Grace: Hey!

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However, my carry-on items will go in this here bag!

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I have my passport, some money, my boarding pass already printed out, a camera, and an AG magazine for the plane!

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All packed and ready to go!!!! I will be back next week with Travels With Grace #2!

Au revoir!

Grace

P.S. A big shout-out goes to Jenna, who is putting my ad up on her blog! Thank you Jenna! If you haven’t already read Jenna’s blog, go check it out!

P.P.S. I’ve been thinking about revealing my name later this year. I thought it might be fun if you guys guessed what my name is, and maybe what I look like. If you have any ideas, comment below!

 

2017 Wrapup

Well, well, well.

On June 1st, 2017, I (AGs in Alaska) published my first post. Since then, amazing things have happened.

I have 45 followers.

I have published 80 posts, including this one.

I have gotten 2,932 views!

I have views from these countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • India
  • France
  • Kenya
  • New Zealand
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • UAE
  • Brunei
  • Romania
  • Indonesia
  • Japan

And I have done some pretty epic photostories/shoots!

In June, I did my first tutorial on how to make an AG stopmotion.

In July, I did my first-ever photoshoot feauturing Crystal. Here are my favorite pictures from that:

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I was also nominated for my first award by the AG Homeschooler!

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In August, I did my first photostory with Lindsey and Morgan. Boy, was that a mess. It was raining and my mom’s iPad was getting all wet. 😦 That was the day of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse!

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In September, I celebrated 20 followers!

I also participated in the Back-To-School Tag (thanks, Kaylyn!)

In October, I started doing Day in The Life posts, beginning with Crystal.

The girls also celebrated Halloween with a ridiculous spooky prank!

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In November, we had a epic birthday bash!

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The girls also celebrated Thanksgiving!

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I also did my first Q & A! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Then, December got a little bit crazy.

I worked crazy hard to get the Twelve Days of Christmas done. Here are the highlights of that:

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And, on Christmas Day, the AGIA family welcomed Tessa Elizabeth into the family!

 

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And now . . . it’s New Year’s Eve????

Seriously, that does not seem possible. Just yesterday I was ringing in 2017. And now? It’s almost 2018, people!!!!

I want to give a HUGE thank-you to every one of you amazing people who read my blog! I am inspired and impressed by each and every one of you guys daily. I want to give a few special shout-outs to:

You guys are amazing and I could not do this whole blogging thing without your support and encouragement. When I first started blogging just six short months ago, I never imagined that I would make such amazing friends as you guys.

Happy New Year from the American Girls in Alaska family! I hope 2018 is wonderfully blessed for you with all of God’s grace and love!

Love,

AGs in Alaska, Crystal, Lindsey, McKenna, Morgan, Emily, Molly, Grace, Tessa, and . . . Coconut, Grace (the dog), Cooper, Chocolate Chip, Yank, Bennet, and Bonbon

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Twelve Days of Christmas, Day #12: Surprise! (A Photostory) + Giveaway Winner

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!

It’s Christmas! Finally! December 25th, 2017.

I hope you all are having a very merry Christmas. Please, chat away in the comments. Tell me what you got, what you’re having for dinner, how your family celebrated, traditions, etc.

And now, onto the epic Christmas photostory I promised you! (Apologies in advance for any blurry/dark pictures!)

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“Can we open presents now?” Lindsey begs.

 

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“Why not?” Crystal replies. “It is Christmas, after all.”

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“I think this one is for you, Lindsey,” Molly says, handing Lindsey a bright red bag.

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Lindsey unwraps the present.

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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict!” she squeals. “Thank you thank you thank you!!!”

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“This one is yours, Grace,” Morgan says sweetly, holding up a brown box tied with a bright red bow.

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Grace opens the box. “Earrings!”

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“This one is for you, Morgan,” Emily tells her sister softly.

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“Aw, a chew toy for Chocolate Chip! He’ll love it – thank you!” Morgan exclaims.

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“Now, here’s your present, Em,” Morgan says, handing Emily a Santa Claus bag.

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Emily pulls out the wrapping paper.

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“Oh, a music book!”

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“Thank you, everybody.”

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“Hey, Crystal, here’s yours,” Molly tells Crystal, holding up her present.

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“Oh, for me?” Crystal asks. “Thank you.”

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“Eek! A fairy costume! Hold on, let me go put it on!” Crystal shrieks.

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She returns a few minutes later wearing the glitzy costume.

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“McKenna, this one is yours,” Lindsey says.

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McKenna opens the box excitedly. “A FITBIT!!!!”

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“It fits perfectly!” McKenna exclaims. “You guys are da best!”

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“Here, Molly,” Grace says, holding up an owl bag. “I think this one is yours.”

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Molly pulls out the tissue paper, practically smothering herself.

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“SAT Secrets! It’s just what I wanted!” Molly exclaims. “Thank you so much!”

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Lindsey snorts ungracefully.

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Emily elbows her. “Lindsey.”

All of a sudden, the doorbell rings.

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“Hey, who’s going to get that?” McKenna asks. “We’re all in our pajamas.”

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“I’ll get it,” Crystal answers. “I’m the only one not in my PJs.”

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“Um, Crystal, maybe you shouldn’t-”

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Crystal ingores her and jets up the stairs in her fairy costume.

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“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

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“Oh, my apologies,” Crystal says, sliding her fairy mask on top of her head.

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“Is this the American Girls in Alaska family?” the girl asks in a Southern accent.

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Crystal nods. “Yes, it is. I’m Crystal.”

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“Hey, who’s this?” Grace asks, bounding up the stairs.

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“I have no idea,” Crystal replies.

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“I’m Tessa,” the girl says in a Southern accent.

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“Hey, I’m Grace,” Grace introduces herself.

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Molly suddenly appears out of nowhere. “Hello. I’m Molly. Sorry we’re all in our pajamas.”

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“It’s fine,” Tessa says. “It’s nice to meet you.”

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“Hey, who’re you?” Lindsey asks rudely.

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“Lindsey, be nice,” Morgan chides, appearing behind Lindsey. “Hi, I’m Morgan, and this is Lindsey.”

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“Are you our new sister?” McKenna asks. “Hi, I’m McKenna.”

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“And this is Emily,” Morgan says, prodding Emily forward.

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“Why don’t you come downstairs?” Crystal asks Tessa.

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“Alright,” Tessa agrees.

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Back downstairs, Morgan says, “We’re so sorry, Tessa. We don’t have a present for you.”

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“Yes, you do,” Tessa tells her. “You’re my new family. And that’s the best thing I could ask for.”

WELCOME TESSA!

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SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I GOT A NEW DOLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tessa Elizabeth is a customized Truly Me #24 doll who I bought off of Ebay. I purchased a wig from Beautifully Custom, the Cocoa Caramel Swirl wig. Isn’t it gorgeous????

Anyway, I love Tessa sooooo much, and I hope you’ll all welcome her into the American Girls in Alaska family.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . .

The giveaway winner!

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Kaylyn!

Congratulations, Kaylyn!

I will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping address.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!

If you would like to enter another giveaway of mine, never fear, because I will be doing one shortly. I am thinking about doing one for my 100th post, which is very soon.

A big thank you to AG Doll Dreams for her amazing Fitbit tutorial and to Micah @ Mixiepixie7 on YouTube for her mini book tutorial. Go check out AG Doll Dreams blog here and, if you’re allowed to, check out Micah’s channel on YouTube.

Okay, everyone! That is all for now! I will be back later today with The Christmas Tag, which I was nominated for. But until then . . .

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

AGs in Alaska