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Spring Photo Shoot

For Easter I dressed up all my dolls in nice, springy outfits and took them outside for a photo shoot. I did a group picture, but also single pictures of each doll. I am going to use these as profile pictures because the place where I used to take profile pictures no longer exists.


Group picture!

This was really fun to take. I had to arrange all fifteen dolls. (Count them!) Most of the dolls are positioned well. A couple of them I don’t like so much, such as Gabi, Jenny, and Faith. Overall though, I really like this picture.

I am going to try to use it as a header image. I don’t know how well that will work…

Mckenna is not colorblind


I really like this picture. Mckenna’s hair is frizzy, and I didn’t have a good pair of shoes for this outfit that no one else was wearing, but whatever. Who needs shoes?

Mckenna is wearing:

A dress that I sewed and tie dyed,

The shrug from the fall outfit I bought at our local festival,

The matching hair bow with aquamarine lace wrapped around it.


I like this one too. The outfit looks good on Abby, but come to think of it, she would never wear something that frilly.

Abby is wearing:

American Girl Grace’s opening night dress

Headband from American Girl Grace’s opening night outfit.


I like how the tall grass and flowers cast shadows on Riley.

Riley is wearing:

Shirt from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Tunic from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Leggings from the American Girl warm winter outfit,

Shoes from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Random butterfly hair clip.


Katelyn isn’t looking at the camera. Argh! And her hair is messy.

Katelyn is wearing:

My Life As dress,

Headband from a Madame Alexander outfit. (I looked, but I got it years ago, and I have no idea what the outfit is called)


Oh, I love this picture of Grace. Even though the shoes never made it on her.

Grace is wearing:

Skirt that I made out of lace and fabric I dyed,

Tank top from American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet outfit,

American Girl Isabelle’s purple Wrap sweater.

Hope and Pride

Argh! This one’s kind of blurry.

Hope is wearing:

Cheerleader dress from my local festival,

Pom pom from the cheerleader outfit (In her hair)

Headband from Our Generation Joy’s meet outfit,

Boots that I made.


Joy looks so adorable in that dress.

Joy is wearing:

A dress that I made,

Our Generation Joy’s meet shoes.

Maria moose

Maria isn’t looking at the camera, but I like this one.

Maria is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit my dolls,

The headband from the American Girl love to layer accessories,

The shoes that Journey Girl Callie was wearing when we found her.

Faith under the branches

Not one of my favorites, but it’s okay.

Faith is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit 18 inch dolls,

Our Generation Parker’s meet shoes.


I absolutely love this one. It fit’s Eileen’s personalty so well.

Eileen is wearing:

The American Girl petals and posies dress that Mia was wearing when I found her,

A pearl bracelet from Our Generation,

Random blue ribbon,

And she’s holding a dandelion.


I don’t really like this picture, but it fits Lea’s personality.

Lea is wearing:

American Girl Merry Magenta dress,

American Girl Merry Magenta headband.


I really like the outfit that Mia is wearing.

Mia is wearing:

A dress that I made,

A sash that my cousin crocheted,

The Journey Girls shrug Callie was wearing when we found her,

American Girl Lea’s meet shoes,

Our Generation Parker’s meet headband,

An ice skate charm on a piece of ribbon.


I like this picture. If only Gabi was sitting up more.

Gabi is wearing:

Our Generation Doll shirt, (Someone gave it to me, and I never identified it)

American Girl headband from Grace’s baking outfit,

American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet leggings,

American Girl boots from Soft As Snow outfit.


Callie is so fun to pose! This picture was fun to take.

Callie is wearing:

A dress I made,

Headband from American Girl Spring Breeze outfit,

Shoes from Our Generation tworiffic twin set.


Argh! Jenny’s hair is so frizzy.

Jenny is wearing:

My Twin Blooming Flower dress,

My Twin shoes,

Random hair clip.


So there you have it. This year’s Easter photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed.


Joy’s Journal Part 2-6



I turned over and put my pillow over my head. “Be quiet Hope!”

“Oh Joy,” Savana Laughed. “We are at this boarding school, River Valley, not home.”

dscn42541                              I sat up. She was right. A bell rung. I realized that I had slept in my clothes and I hurried out of bed to change.

dscn42551                         I was trying to pull my hair into braids, when the bell rang.

“Is that the breakfast bell?”

“No Joy, that is the late bell.” She took off running, leaving me behind. dscn42561                                                                                               When I got to my class they were  doing names. I had had a hard time falling asleep the night before and I was really tiered.

dscn42581                                                                          The teacher was about as far away as she could get from me. I rested my head against the table for just a minute. And I fell asleep.  dscn42601                          I felt a tap on my head. “Hello?” The teacher said. “And what name do you have the honer of having?” dscn42611                           “Ummm.” I stuttered. “What was the question? Oh, I won’t know it. I fell asleep.” I admitted hesitantly.

“What is your name?”

“Joy Fully.”

Her expression softened. “It’s okay Joy. You can get a pass and go to the nurse’s office. Just try to stay awake from now on.” dscn42591                      The Teacher walked back up to her desk. 
                          As I walked out of the room I saw a girl raise her hand.

“I forgot a pencil.”

“Then use Roberta’s!” She snapped.

Why was she being so nice to me? I wondered. Then it dawned on me. She knew about my chronic illness.


Joy’s Journal Part Seven

part one part two part three part four part five Part Six

DSCN7882[1]    Later that day I decided to get some fresh air, and the mail. DSCN7883[1]        My foot twisted. DSCN7885[1]    And I fell to the ground.DSCN7886[1]    Left staring at the cloudless sky.

A couple hours later Mom came with Hope. Savanna was there. DSCN7897[1]

“What are you doing Joy?” Mom asked. Her hair was messy, like she had had a long day.

“Cloud gazing.”

Mom seemed to know that it wasn’t the right answer. DSCN7899[1]    She pulled me up. “Savanna is here to see you. Why don’t you go talk to her.” DSCN7900[1]     Savanna and I walked down the street together. She knew something was wrong, that I didn’t feel well. DSCN7901[1]    She came up into my room and pushed a bed next to the bunks so she sit. DSCN7902[1]      As soon as I asked her what was happening in school she started talking.

“They are doing a fundraiser for homeless people. You can work alone or in teams. The teams can do it however they want, but the team that makes the most gets an extra recess for a whole week, the last week in school. I was kinda hoping you could do it with me?”

“I don’t think I can.”

“Can’t you help? You can walk! Why can’t you help, or come to school, or do anything anymore?” Without waiting for an answer, she left.


The Box

So I made this box. Except it didn’t work for what I wanted it to. I came up with a bunch of options, and I narrowed it down to two. Comment and tell me which one I should do. DSCN7865[1]       A stand up shower?DSCN7866[1]

Or a bathtub/swimingpool?

Thrifty Thursday-Science and Dolls


Hope and Katelyn found a box by the door.

“What do you think is in it?” Hope asked.

“Let’s find out.” Katelyn answered.


We sat down and opened the box. It was filled with a bunch of projects.



We pulled out a light and at attached it to a battery pack.


Hope pulled out a guitar and started playing it.


We found a fan.


And I pulled out a scale but Samantha jumped out of the doll house and started using it as a teeter totter.  We just moved it aside.


I found a stick. That was not making it into our lets do this science next year cause of all this cool stuff pile.


Then Hope had the idea to hook the fan and lights together. It works! We looked at each other.



“I was in the SHOWER!” Maria grumbled

“We found this cool thing and thought that you would want to use it in camp.”


This is what they did with it.


I am getting really lazy on Thursdays. I forgot it was Thursday. (What happened to Wednesday?) and turned this into the Thursday post. But if you did cool things in science you could use them for dolls. I put the fan and lights on the same circuit to make a cool thing for the doll cafeteria. The fan is actually solar powered but you can use battery’s for it too.


Stop yelling!

Random name, Yes I know. I couldn’t think of anything better.

I have been stuck on camp lately so I went outside to think about other things.


I sat on the bridge and gazed at the water. It would be fun to go swimming in this during camp. I thought.


On the hammock I wondered how much fun camp would be.


I wondered how much time we would spend outdoors.

Then I decided to just go in.


I wasn’t prepared to come it. Grace was yelling: I can’t bake, Katelyn was rolling for a random reason and everyone else was screaming.


“I know we are all excited  for camp but STOP YELLING and come with me.”


I took them to the doll camp


And the rest to the campgrounds.


The mini doll camp is on my dresser and I stuck the dolls in drawer to get them to stand up.




I was writing a camp story. (I am kind of stuck on camp.)


Mckenna came and started writing something.


She pulled a book off the shelf and showed it to me. I saw that it was Grace’s book.

“I think that Grace is lonely,” Mckenna started. “It can be hard to be the one getting all the praise. I think that we should surprise her with some treats in the kitchen.”

“I like that.” I said “I will tidy up the kitchen and set out some pretzels and you go get everyone.”


I went to the kitchen and looked around. It was pretty messy.


I tidied up and set out 8 pretzels, the best for Grace.


Mckenna went to where all the dolls were watching a movie.

“Grace would you mind getting me some pretzels?” Mckenna asked. “I think there are some right over there.”


Grace quickly sat up and did as she was told.


“Come into the kitchen.” Mckenna told everyone. “We are going to surprise Grace.”


Everyone went into the kitchen.

“As soon I am finished talking we are going to turn the lights off.” I said “Riley you will hit the lights as soon as Grace comes in. Everyone will yell surprise. Got that?”

Everyone agreed.


Mckenna met Grace.

“I couldn’t find any.” Grace said

“Let’s go look in the kitchen.” Mckenna told Grace.


Mckenna and Grace came in, Riley hit the light and everyone yelled surprise.

“We wanted to surprise you.” Mckenna said “We thought that you were sad and we want you to be happy and enjoy your year.”

“Thank you.” Grace said “I like that.”

Then we partied and ate our pretzels.


Taking the lead


I was reading a book when I heard clunk, a split second of silence, and then a LOUD scream.


I looked over the edge of the floor and saw that Hope had fallen from the living room.


I carried her to where the infirmary supplies were and set her on the bed. The infirmary wasn’t set up yet but some of the supplies were there.

“What hurts?” I asked.

“M…My…Leg” She said


I sat down next to her and looked at it with a light.


I wrapped it up and told her to stay off of it.

“Thank you.” She said when she left.


So what do you think? Will Maria make a good camp nurse?


Story Saturday-Friend fights- part 1

Because the computer is working for now I am going to try and post a story every Saturday. And starting today even though this was supposed to be for three weeks ago I am starting a series called the friend fights. Come on Saturdays for a new part.


“Welcome to the Friend Fights. I am the host, Katelyn Russ. You will be in teams of two. There are six challenges. In each challenge there will be one loseing team.


Katlyn held up some mats and blankets. “The first chalange is to go outside and sleep there all night. If you come it your team may get a loss. You may use the supplies but nothing else.”


Every team got their pack and waited.



they gathered around the tree outside.

“I guess this is where we part.” Mckenna said.


“Let’s go somewhere away from wind and rain.” Grace suggusted.

“That is a good idea.” Mckenna encoraged


It was cold so we got in bed as soon as we found a place and whispered as we huddeled.


“We can just get into a sunny spot” Abby said

“But it might rain.” Hope protested.

“It won’t.” Abby said


They got settled-and it started to rain. DSCN3822[1]

As soon as Abby was asleep Hope was gone.


Meanwhile Riley and Joy were huddeled. They were so shy nether spoke.



Finaly they just dropped and slept.


In the morning everyone met up messy and tired. Hope was with Katlyn.

“Wash up and then come back.” Katlyn said.


Mckenna looked around the nice bathroom. It was as nice as everything else.


When everyone was back Katlyn spoke.

“Hope and Abby, Do you want to take a loss or vote someone off?”

Hope said take a loss but Abby said vote someone off.

“That means you have to go Hope.” Katlyn said “What team is Abby on?”

“Her own.” Hope ansewed. She knew what the next chalange was, everyone did, and she wanted Abby to know that she was not happy with her.


For this story I dropped Grace in the mud and I had to soake her hair in cold water to get it out.

April fools!



Hope and Katelyn sat before a big bowl of candy.

“I Like jelly beans, but not jolly rancher jelly beans.” Hope said

“April fools! I mixed them together!” Katelyn told her.


“Try this one!” Katelyn nagged.





I think I’ll just stick with the kisses!”