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:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

aviary_1499529646655

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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In November, we had a epic birthday bash!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The girls also celebrated Thanksgiving!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

 

DSC_0641

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!)

DSC_0546

“Can we open presents now?” Lindsey begs.

 

DSC_0549

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

DSC_0551

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

DSC_0552

Lindsey unwraps the present.

DSC_0554

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

DSC_0555

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

DSC_0557

Grace opens the box. “Earrings!”

DSC_0559

DSC_0560

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

DSC_0561

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

DSC_0563

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

DSC_0564

Emily pulls out the wrapping paper.

DSC_0565

“Oh, a music book!”

DSC_0566

“Thank you, everybody.”

DSC_0567

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

DSC_0569

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

DSC_0570

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

DSC_0572

She returns a few minutes later wearing the glitzy costume.

DSC_0573

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

DSC_0574

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

DSC_0575

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

DSC_0576

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

DSC_0577

Molly pulls out the tissue paper, practically smothering herself.

DSC_0578

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

DSC_0579

Lindsey snorts ungracefully.

DSC_0580

Emily elbows her. “Lindsey.”

All of a sudden, the doorbell rings.

DSC_0581

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

DSC_0582

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

DSC_0583

“Um, Crystal, maybe you shouldn’t-”

DSC_0586

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

DSC_0587

“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

DSC_0588

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

DSC_0589

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

DSC_0590

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

DSC_0591

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

DSC_0592

“I have no idea,” Crystal replies.

DSC_0594

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

DSC_0595

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

DSC_0597

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

DSC_0598

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

DSC_0599

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

DSC_0600

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

DSC_0601

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

DSC_0603

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

DSC_0605

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

DSC_0594

“Alright,” Tessa agrees.

DSC_0584

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

DSC_0585

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

WELCOME TESSA!

-End of Photostory-

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!

……

…..

…..

…..

….

…..

….

…..

…..

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……..

……..

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

……

…….

……

……

……

……

……

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

Twelve Days of Christmas, Day #11: Christmas is . . . Caroling

Okay, everybody! This is it! The last TDOC post before Day #12 – Christmas!!!!! Can you believe it’s just one day away???

ONE. DAY.

I can’t believe it, either. In the meantime, here’s a very, very short photostory!

There’s a knock on the door. I rush over to answer it.

DSC_0534

It’s carolers! (Sorry this picture is so dark.)

DSC_0536

“Hi,” I squeak nervously. I’ve never been very good around people.

(Also, now you can see how amazing Em’s hair looks!)

DSC_0537

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa la la la la, la la la la!” they sing merrily.

DSC_0538

“Troll the ancient yuletide carol, fa la la la la, la la la la.”

DSC_0541

“Thank you so much!” I cry. “Merry Christmas!”

DSC_0543

Okay, that was it. This post is super short because I HAVE to get to work on my Christmas photostory. It’s going to take a long time to do, so I’ve gotta go!

Merry Christmas Eve!

AGs in Alaska

Countdown to Christmas: One day!

Twelve Days of Christmas, Day #5: Christmas is . . . Warm Clothes

Happy-Almost-Christmas, friends!

Today’s TDOC post is a winter lookbook. Not all of these looks are Christmas-themed, as I don’t have very many Christmas clothes. I would love it if you guys commented on which outfit you liked the most!

DSC_0393

First up, we have this lovely outfit Morgan is modeling! She is wearing McKenna’s school outfit, a sweat that I’ve had forever, and a headband I made!

DSC_0401

Here’s Emily! She’s wearing coveralls that came out of nowhere, the True Spirit AG meet outfit shirt, the Real Me AG meet outfit pants and shoes, and Emily’s Holiday Outfit necklace. Sorry the shoes aren’t showing.

DSC_0398

Molly is wearing her meet outfit skirt and shoes and Molly’s Holiday Outfit sweater.

DSC_0409

Lastly, Lindsey is wearing some random AG pants that totally don’t fit her, her meet necklace and meet sweater, and the shoes from an AG Easter outfit.

Alright, that’s all for the outfits! Don’t forget to vote on which one you liked best in the comments!

AGs in Alaska

Countdown to Christmas: Seven days!

The Twelve Days of Christmas, Day #2: Christmas is . . . Time for Tags

Hello, fantastic blogging elves! It’s time for Day 2 of TDOC! Remember when I did that huge tag post last week? Well, do you recall . . . the most famous reindeer of all . . . sorry, nope. Do you remember me saying that I couldn’t do one of the tags until I had my decorations up? Well, if you don’t, shame on you, because I did! MWAH HA HA!!!

Sorry. Anyway, I was tagged for the Holiday Tag by the Blogging Doll Sisters. Thank you guys so much! Here are the rules for the tag:

  • Answer all questions honestly
  • Take at least 5 pictures of your doll or doll-sized decorations for the holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas)
  • Tag at least 2 other bloggers with doll blogs
  • If you have more than one blog, then DON’T TAG YOURSELF
  • You need to ask at least 5 questions

Here are the questions they are asking me!

  1. How many dolls do you have?
  2. Which holiday do you like better: Thanksgiving or Christmas?
  3. Would you rather have Christmas before Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving before Christmas?
  4. Do you like pumpkin pie with or without whipped cream?
  5. Do you like gravy on mashed potatoes?
  6. Do you open some presents on Christmas Eve, or all of them on Christmas?
  7. What do you think you’re getting for Christmas?

Here are my answers:

  1. I have seven dolls.
  2. Christmas! Thanksgiving has a lot of food . . . but then again, so does Christmas. I love the holiday spirit and cheer. It’s just a great time of year.
  3. I like having Thanksgiving before Christmas, because no offense Thanksgiving, but Christmas is a bigger deal. I like having Thanksgiving because the start to the holiday season, with Christmas at the tail end. (New Year’s: You’re forgetting about me!)
  4. With whipped cream, of course!
  5. Definitely! I had some really good gravy this year.
  6. I open a couple of presents on Christmas Eve.
  7. Well, I know for sure that I’m getting an iPod Shuffle. I won’t tell you how I know this, but I promise it has nothing to do with me. 🙂 I am hoping to get some doll clothes, too.

Those were super fun questions, guys! Now, onto the pictures!

I took a few extra pictures of the doll tree for this purpose.

DSC_0276

I really love this one!

DSC_0261

Hang a shining star up on the highest bow . . .

Or zip-tie it. 🙂

Okay, okay, it’s not really a zip-tie, it’s one of those green metal ornament hangers that I unbent and used it to attach the star on.

DSC_0273

Human view!

DSC_0265

Excuse me, Crystal, why are you not facing the camera?!

Crystal: Hey , I was distracted. Lindsey was making faces at me. 😦

DSC_0257

A close-up of the tree decorating.

I hope you guys liked those extra bonus pictures!

For this tag, I am tagging:

AAG @ designsbymaelyn

Laura @ addyl0ver

If either of you girls can’t do the tag, please let me know so I can tag someone else!

Here are your questions:

  1. Do you stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve?
  2. Are you traveling anywhere for the holidays?
  3. If you could travel anywhere for the holidays, where would it be?
  4. What is your favorite holiday food of all time?
  5. Does your family have any holiday traditions?
  6. What do you want for Christmas?
  7. What is your favorite Christmas song/carol?

Okay, that is it for the tag! Thanks again to the Blogging Doll Sisters!

AGs in Alaska

Countdown to Christmas: Ten days!

The Twelve Days of Christmas, Day #1: Christmas is . . . Decorating

Okay, merry reindeer! This is the moment you have all been waiting for!

CHRISTMAS POSTS!

I’m sure you have all been thinking, “When is AGs in Alaska going to post Christmas stuff?” Well, never fear, that day has finally arrived!

For Christmas 2017, I am doing The Twelve Days of Christmas. Two things: one, I am not copying anyone else who does The Twelve Days of Christmas (TDOC, because typing the whole thing out takes, like, three extra seconds), I have actually been planning to do TDOC for a while now. Two, I am aware that the actual TDOC are actually after Christmas, but I don’t want to do twelve Chrismtas posts after Christmas.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to get started with TDOC Post #1!

Presenting . . .

Our Christmas Tree!

DSC_0237

This is the bare tree, before we decorated it! It went from an ordinary tree from the forest (okay, Michael’s), to a lovely decorated tree in thirty minutes!

DSC_0238

I don’t know why this picture is blurry. #c’estlaphotovie

Anyway, Crystal is stringing lights up on the tree. She used mini twinkle lights and they are soooo pretty when it lit up!

DSC_0239

Also, some of these pictures are super dark and some of them aren’t. It’s weird. 😦

DSC_0240

I swear the lights were on in my the girls’ room when they did this!

DSC_0247

 

Time to start putting on the ornaments! Michael’s has a great selection of mini Christmas decorations. Or at least they did when I the girls bought their supplies. At this time of December, they’re probably all out.

DSC_0249

Here, Morgan and Molly are placing the little balls on the tree. (Again, the lights were on, my curtains were pulled back, and I had a lamp for extra light! Grrrrr. At least you can see how pretty the lights are!

DSC_0256

WHY IS IT SO BLURRY????

Crystal: AGs in Alaska, stop taking over! We get it that you don’t like the bluriness!

AGs in Alaska: Don’t you sass me, young lady!

Crystal: (dramatic sigh) Fine!

DSC_0260

And this is Crystal putting the topper on the tree! Isn’t it beautiful? Notice how it’s more like zip-tied and less of “put on” the tree. That’s because Crystal bought a topper that was was too heavy for the tree!

Crystal: Hey, all girls make mistakes.

DSC_0264

Time for presents!

DSC_0272

And this is what the finished tree looks like! For our first-ever tree, we think it turned out pretty great. What about you guys?

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

Crystal: Noooooooooooooooo!

Okay, everybody, that’s it for our first TDOC post. We will have one every day until December 25th, when I will do our epic Christmas photostory. And trust me, it will be epic.

Toodles for now!

AGs in Alaska

Countdown to Christmas: Eleven days!

The Big Birthday Bash (A Photostory)

DSC_0001

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!

DSC_0003

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

DSC_0005

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

DSC_0006

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

DSC_0007

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

DSC_0008

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

DSC_0010

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

DSC_0011

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

DSC_0013

“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.”

DSC_0014

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

DSC_0015

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.

DSC_0018

“Oh my goodness!” we gasp.

DSC_0019

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

DSC_0020

“Do you like it?” Lindsey asks.

DSC_0022

“I love it,” I tell her.

DSC_0023

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

DSC_0024

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

DSC_0026

Lindsey hands the first present to Morgan.

DSC_0030

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

DSC_0031

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

DSC_0032

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!”

DSC_0033

“Just one more present,” Crystal informs us.

DSC_0034

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

DSC_0035

I happily oblige.

DSC_0036

“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.

DSC_0037

“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.”

DSC_0041

“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-

 

 

The Dog Blog: Bonbon

DSCF1160
Bonbon the French bulldog

Morgan: Welcome back to the Dog Blog, everybody! Today I will be interviewing Bonbon, who is Grace’s French bulldog. We’re thrilled to have you here, Bonbon!

Bonbon: Bonjour, Morgan. I am very, how you say, thrilled to be here, too.

Morgan: I’m sure all of our readers would like to know a bit more about you, Bonbon. Why don’t you tell us about yourself?

Bonbon: My main passion eez making Grace feel loved, but I also like to support her culinary efforts. I sit by her in zee kitchen while she bakes, and I sample her pastries when they come out of zee oven. Plus, I am zee mascot of her baking business! It eez a lot of work for one dog, but I manage.

Morgan: Now, Bonbon, is it true that you are fluent in both French and English?

Bonbon: Zat eez true indeed, mademoiselle.

Morgan: Does that make it tricky to communicate with your owner, Grace?

Bonbon: Non, not at all. Grace and I both understand another language – the language zat comes when a dog and her owner share a special bond.

Morgan: That is so sweet, Bonbon. You seem to truly love Grace. How would you describe her?

Bonbon: Ah, my Grace eez a wonderful owner. We are zee best of friends. Grace walks me and plays fetch with me toujours. She never forgets to feed me and brush my silky locks of fur.

Morgan: Do you have a good friend in the family other than Grace?

Bonbon: Well, I wouldn’t call us friends, but I’ve always admired Coconut. Zat dog really knows how to live zee chic life.

Morgan: I see. Is there a special activity you enjoy doing with Grace?

Bonbon: Zat would have to be our daily walks to zee dog park. I have many friends there. Grace understands that I need to socialize with those who are of zee same species as me. I also enjoy baking with her in zee kitchen.

Morgan: She doesn’t let you sample any of her chocolate pastries, does she?

Bonbon: Non, non. Grace is too good of an owner to let me eat anything chocolate. Not only is it bad for moi, it is entirely too fattening. I must maintain a slim figure. I am Grace’s mascot, after all. I’m a public figure!

Morgan: Thank you so much, Bonbon. That’s all the time we have today, folks. Check back soon for another edition of the Dog Blog!

Morgan

A Note from AGs in Alaska: I have 40 followers! That you so much, peoples!

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!

DSC_0050

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

DSC_0051

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

DSC_0052

“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.”

DSC_0053

“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.”

DSC_0056

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

DSC_0057

“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.”

DSC_0054

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

DSC_0055

“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?”

DSC_0058

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

DSC_0059

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

DSC_0060

DSC_0061

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

DSC_0062

-End of phostory-

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

DSC_0044

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

 

DSC_0045

I placed benches on either side of the chairs.

DSC_0047

Next, I placed books on the chairs.

DSC_0046

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

DSC_0048

And set it on top of the books.

DSC_0049

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

Morgan Goes Camping (A Photostory)


“Come on, Chocolate Chip. Let’s go for a walk.”

Chocolate Chip barks in agreement. We set off down the dirt path.


Chocolate Chip and I are camping this weekend.


Suddenly, Chocolate darts off down the path. “Chocolate! Get back here right now!”


Chocolate ignores me.

He races up to the base of a tree. “Whatdya see, boy?”

img_0010

“Is there a squirrel up there?” I ask him.

img_0011

Suddenly, Chocolate takes off down the path. I race to catch up with him.

img_0012

He leads me to the base of a ginormous tree.

img_0013

I sit down. Chocolate Chip tries to jump up on my lap. I look up at the tree. It’s perfect for climbing.

img_0015

“I’m going to climb this tree!” I tell Chocolate.

img_0016

I grip the base of the tree tightly. One, two, three!

img_0017

I hoist myself up onto the branch above the base. Whoa!

img_0018

I glance around for the next branch to climb up on.

img_0019

I clamber upwards, not daring to look down.

img_0020

Suddenly, I lose my footing on the branch. “Ahhhhh! Chocolate, heeeeeeelp!”

img_0022

I tumble down onto the ground. “Owwwwwww.” Chocolate Chip comes over to sniff me and make sure I’m all right.

img_0023

I stand up, checking for broken bones. I appear to be all right. “Let’s get back to camp, boy.”

img_0025

Chocolate and I set off down the path. I’m not going to try tree-climbing again any time soon!

img_0026-1

Did ya like it? Huh? Huh? HUH?

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

This is my last post with pictures I took using an iPad. I actually took these pictures back in late August, so there was no snow on the ground. Did you catch that?

There’s someone else who caught something in blog that shouldn’t have been there . . . Dimond, from worldofagdolls.blogspot.com! In my last photostory, Crystal’s hair was braided when she “woke up,” but not when she woke up for real. That’s because I did not plan those pictures very well. Anyway, congratulations, Dimond! Everyone, please check out her blog!

Also, kinda-sorta big announcement. I am leaving for vacation tomorrow morning (well, if 1 AM is morning). I will still be replying to comments and stuff, just not as often. I am so excited! Wish me luck!

-AGs in Alaska-