The Trials of Tessa, Part 1

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“I wonder when I’ll adjust to this new family, Cooper,” I say to McKenna’s Labradoodle. We’re sitting on the heart, bored. Cooper, because he hasn’t gone for a walk today. Me, because I have no idea what to do to entertain myself in this new house with my new family.

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“Hey, Tessa!” McKenna calls, materializing next to me in that creepy way she does. “What are you up to?”

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“Nothing much,” I tell her. “Just hanging out with Cooper.”

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“Ohhhhhh,” McKenna sighs. “I see. You’re bored, you have no idea how to fit in with your new family, and you think we have nothing in common.”

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“How did you know?” I ask, shocked. Can McKenna read minds in addition to appearing out of nowhere?

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“Trust me, I’ve been through this with four other sisters. You would think I would understand the signs by now,” she explains.

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“Oh,” I say. “So . . . they went through this too?”

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“Absolutely. And the best way to cure it is to do something fun together. Hey, I’m about to head to the gymnastics center for open gym time. Wanna tag along? I have a gazillion extra leotards that would probably fit you,” McKenna offers.

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I ponder this for a few minutes before nodding my head. “Sure. It’s worth a shot.”

It’s not like there’s anything else I can do.

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“Watch and learn, sis,” McKenna says forty-five minutes later. We’re at Shooting Star gymnastics, and my sports-obsessed sister is about to show me a few moves on the bar that I’ll (hopefully) be able to do.

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McKenna flips herself upside down, her legs reaching the bar.

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In one swift motion, she’s on top of the bar. “That was pullover,” she explains. “The most basic bar move. Wanna try?”

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That was basic? I think, as I step up to the bar. I replay what McKenna did in my head, hoping I can do the same thing.

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A few seconds later, I’m on the ground.

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“Um, maybe bars isn’t your thing so much,” McKenna says. “Why don’t we move on?”

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We step over to the beam, where McKenna hops up and positions herself. “Watch this. It should be simpler for you.”

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McKenna flicks her arm out and I step back. With just the right amount of sass, she begins to walk down the length of the beam.

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A few minutes later, McKenna hops off. “Why don’t you try now,” she says. “Gymnastics have to look confident, and walking on the beam is the best way to practice that.”

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I hop up, McKenna watching from behind. “Go for it, Tess.”

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It doesn’t go quite as McKenna’s did. My legs begin to wobble instantly.

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I fall off the beam, crashing into McKenna. “Owwwww,” we moan in unison.

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“Ya know, Kenna? Maybe gymnastics isn’t my thing at all.” I say.

From behind me, McKenna says, “Yeah. Maybe not.”

-End of Photostory-

Did you guys enjoy the beginning of an informal little photoseries? I think it’ll be around three or four parts, once each week. Kind of illustrating Tessa’s journey in becoming a part of her new family. Sound good? Is there a specific sister you think Tessa should follow around in the next few parts? Just leave me a comment down below!

AGs in Alaska

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Travels With Grace: Washington, Day #6

Grace here! IT’S THE LAST DAY OF MY TRAVEL BLOG!!!!!! WAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I have this sweet post for you in which I say goodbye to my cousins.

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“Bye, guys,” I say sadly to my cousins. They are leaving to go home today (they live in a different area of Washington, and we came to my aunt’s house to meet up this week). I will also be leaving tomorrow to go back to Alaska.

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“We’re really going to miss you,” Cara tells me.

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“I’m going to miss you too, Care-Bear,” I say, giving her a hug.

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“Bye, Grace,” I tell my next cousin. “I hope we can visit again soon.”

She nods, her eyes watering.

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“I’m really sorry you broke your leg, Lea,” I say to the oldest of all my cousins. “Get well soon!”

“Thanks!” she replies.

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My three almost-sisters walk over to the gate dejectedly. “Bye, Grace!” they call. “See you soon!”

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“Bye!” I shout, as they march down the steps (Lea hopping, of course). “Love y’all!”

And . . .

Cut!

Okie-dokie, that’s all for Travels With Grace for now! I have had so much fun traveling and hanging out with my cousins, and I hope you enjoyed meeting them!

Love,

Grace

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!

-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!

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 #8: Christmas is . . . Charity

Okay, everyone! It’s time for Day #8 of TDOC! I can’t wait for this one!

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“Hey, everyone, it’s Emily. I’m breaking out of my shell today to lead TDOC Day #8. Why? This post is about a topic that is very important to me!”

“Some of you may know about Operation Christmas Child (I’ll call it OCC for short). OCC is a great organization led by Samaritan’s Purse that gets shoeboxes full of little presents to children in foreign countries. Some of these children are very poor, and the shoebox you pack and send to them may be the only present they get on Christmas. Today, I will be showing you how to pack your shoebox.”

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“You can pick up your OCC shoebox at places like your church. At this time of year, it is too late to do an OCC shoebox, but this may be helpful for next Christmas.”

“When you pack your shoebox, make sure to include a “wow” item. My “wow” item is this cute flower purse. Then, you can pack the rest of the box with personal care items, or smaller toys. I am including a box, a pencil, some hair accessories, and a comfy pillow.”

“However, do not pack candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans. This information has been taken from the Samaritan’s Purse website.”

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“Now, pack your shoebox!”

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“My box is all packed!”

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“Once your box is packed, take it to an official drop-off location. You can find the locations here.”

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“Remember, this shoebox may be the only present a child in a foreign country gets for Christmas. Do you part and help make a child’s Christmas special!”

“Alright, that’s all for now. My sister will be back tomorrow with a super-cute photoshoot!”

Hey, everyone, it’s AGs in Alaska. I just wanted to let everyone know that I did not mean to offend anyone with my giveaway rules post. I hope no one thought I sounded too harsh, I promise I was just trying to make sure everyone who wanted to enter could get the chance to. I am super excited for the giveaway, and I want as many people as possible to enter! So I’m very sorry if I offended you. 😦

See you all tomorrow!

AGs in Alaska

Countdown to Christmas: Four days!

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?”

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

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

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He leads me to the base of a ginormous tree.

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

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

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

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

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

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I clamber upwards, not daring to look down.

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

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

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

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

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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-

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-