Josefina…

Hey guys!  I know, I couldn’t think of a good title for this one.

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hair askew, she walks at dusk

quiet stepping, dodging corn husks

lively party, can’t go in

secret dancing to violin

climbing quickly up a tree

the setting sun not hard to see

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watching dancers twirl right by

pretty as the painted sky

naming all the herbal dyes

no one sees the hidden spy

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wondering what she would wear

noting quickly darkening space

scuttling down at hasty pace

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halted by the scent of flowers

mama-longing overpowers

comforted by lovely sight

hearing her name called in the night

running fast to Papa’s arms

sanctuary from all harms.

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Another poem-shoot!  I didn’t intend to do this, but the photo shoot I took didn’t have a lot of pictures I wanted to post.  🙂

This was (loosely) based on a part of Changes for Josefina, one of her pre-BeForever books.

❤ , IrishAG

Festive Fun – By IrishAG

 It was the day after Christmas in Williamsburg.

Felicity Merriman had celebrated with her family the day before, and since she was old enough, was allowed to stay up later than her little siblings: Nan, William and Polly.  Which was why she was still asleep when Rose came to help her dress.

“Miss Felicity?  Sorry to wake you child, but it’s time.”

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Felicity groaned as she sat up, tossing the sheets off.  “Good morning, Rose,” she said, slightly slurred.

Rose chuckled.  “Good morning, yourself.  If you don’t come on out of that bed, I’m going to have to tell your parents that you have to go to bed with your siblings next year.”

That woke Felicity up.  Rose had gotten out Felicity’s favorite lavender and white striped dress for her to wear today.

12-26-16-013Felicity hated the feeling of being stuck in her dress before it was properly put on, with her arms glued to her sides.

12-26-16-014As soon as the dress was laced on, Rose excused herself to go help Mrs. Merriman.  Felicity turned the other way, and-

12-26-16-015  “AAAaaaahhh!”  she screamed, at feeling a hand on her back.

She heard giggles that were surprisingly familiar behind her.  She whirled around.

12-26-16-016“Elizabeth!!!”  Felicity scolded her best friend, “You frightened me!”

Contrary to her tone of voice, Felicity crushed Elizabeth in a hug.

“That was the idea,” said Elizabeth, muffled by Felicity’s hair, “Merry Christmas.”

“Merry Christmas to you, too.” replied Felicity, stepping away, “You must have included Rose in this surprise, too.  You came in when she left, didn’t you?”

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“And here’s your present.  I’m sorry it isn’t wrapped,” said Elizabeth.

Felicity gasped. “It matches your dress!”

“I’ll help you put it on.” promised Elizabeth.

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A few minutes later, Felicity modeled for Elizabeth.

“Perfect!”

“Yes, I look just like you.  If you had red hair and green eyes,” said Felicity dryly, making Elizabeth laugh.

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“Here’s your gift.  It’s not wrapped, either.”  Felicity continued, revealing a sugar bowl.

“I love it!  I’ll bring it to lessons with Miss Manderly,” said Elizabeth.

12-26-16-035“We can wear our dresses, too!” said Felicity, getting excited, “That will make lessons more fun.”

Elizabeth dropped a proper curtsy, and Felicity did the same, grinning.

“Where are the merriest girls in Virginia?”  Mr. Merriman called up the steps, “Breakfast is served.”

“He’s part of this too?”  Felicity asked, amazed at her friend’s sneakiness.

“Perhaps,” said Elizabeth, linking arms with Felicity, “But first things first.  I’ve been listening to your stomach gurgle for a while now, let’s have breakfast!”

The girls smiled all the way to the dining room.

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Hey guys!  Two posts in one day!  🙂

December was just a whirlwind, am I right?  Decorations, parties, baking,…

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Eating chocolate covered peppermint oreos, painting nails sparkly,…

Anyway, how was your Christmas?  Did you travel or stay home?  Play in the snow?

I hope you all had the best Christmas EVER, and that the new year brings lots of good things!  😀

❤ , IrishAG

Crystals- Part 2

Cast:

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Nellie as Lady Fleurette

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Saige as Lady Autumn

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Addy as Lady Sommar

Part 2

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Lady Fleurette was excited.  Today she’d be coronated!  She would start her job as the Spring Princess.  Her mother had been very nervous about letting her go by herself to the Fall kingdom, which made Fleurette a little miffed.  But then, I did get my long locks accidentally burned off… and didn’t wear my hat, and freckled… she thought, fingering her now above shoulder length hair and fidgeting.  Her mother’s words from a few days ago came back to her:

“Sit still, Fleurette!”

“But I’m so antsy!  I’ve never seen the whole council, and Spring is only two seasons away!”

Her mother had smiled in spite of herself.  “You’ll need to be calm for the council, though.”

Fleurette gazed at the moving scenery, letting her mother’s words fade back into her memory.

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     Lady Autumn breathed in the leafy air.  Fall, the season I’ll be in charge of.  Soon.  She loved everything about Fall: pumpkins, leaves, apple everything, and something Humans called Halloween, where children dressed up and ate too much candy.  And the fashionable clothes humans wore!  She’d tried to replicate one, with orange skinny pants and a billowy top.  Even her curly red hair screamed Fall.

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     She blissfully turned her freckled face to the sun.  Since it was “her” season, the council would be held at her palace.

“I’ve gotta get back!”  she yelped, running home as fast as her boots could carry her.

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     Lady Sommar was busy reading in her carriage.  Or, that’s what she was supposed to be doing.  She was actually staring out at the leafy trees, mourning that her season wouldn’t come for many months now.  Maybe the Queen will want a shorter Spring, her optimistic side hoped. But that’s still forever away!  Her dramatic side groaned.  She just couldn’t focus on her book, although she loved reading.  She daydreamed stories while sunshine streamed through the leaves and kissed her dark face.

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Hey guys!  Can you believe November’s almost over?

So yay, new characters!  Their costumes were super fun to create.  Gymnast03 helped a lot, especially with Autumn’s outfit.  Feedback would be awesome!

❤ , IrishAG

Crystals – Part 1

     Cast:

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Lady/Princess Wynter – Grace

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Cherry Blossom (flower elf) – Julia

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Rinna Clearwater (water elf) – Elizabeth the 2nd

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     It was a lovely Fall day in Elfwyld when the Ladies gathered.  Flame colored leaves carpeted the ground, and squirrels were busy hiding their nuts.  The mysterious and elusive Queen Elaina of the Four Seasons had summoned the Ladies Fleurette, Sommar, Autumn and Wynter to the yearly council.  The first part of the council would be the formal recognition of the Ladies becoming Princesses of their respective seasons.  The second part would be what most of the councils were: discussing how long and dramatic each season would be, among other things.  Queen Elaina was invisibly there, few knew how.  In her stead, the gnome Eegrek would preside.

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Hidden behind a large urn, the two young elves Cherry Blossom (a flower elf) and Rinna Clearwater (a water elf) were waiting intently for the Ladies.  Actually, Rinna was waiting, and she had dragged Cherry Blossom along.  “I don’t even want to see those ladies in all their frippery and finery.” grumbled Cherry.  “Oh shush.  You’re just better at containing your excitement.” Rinna countered, not bothering to look back at Cherry.  Cherry muttered, “Look, there’s Posie.”  She pointed to a dark haired elf who was walking by.

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“You’ll give away our hiding spot!” Rinna scolded, “If we want to see anything, we have to stay out of earshot.  Most people would love to have two errand-runners.  And I am so curious!”  Cherry quieted.

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     Lady Wynter stared out of her carriage.  Today she’d take her mother’s place as the Winter Princess.  She closed her eyes, remembering their last talk, right before her parents were called away on a mission far off in their land.

“Mother?  Something strange happened.”

“What is it?”

“Ice and snow keep coming and floating around me.  I can move the it, just by thinking about it!”

“This is such good news!  Teri, you have inherited my powers.  You will be the next Winter Princess.”

“But that’s your job!”

“It’s natural, little crystal.  When another elf gains season powers, that’s a signal to the current Prince/Princess that he/she needs to step down.  It’s been this way for centuries, a part of our Oath.  One day, you’ll step down and let another gifted elf take your place.”

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     Wynter fought the childish tears of disappointment that welled behind her eyes.  Her parents had promised to come, but wouldn’t be able to until at least tomorrow.  They wouldn’t see her become a Princess.  She straightened.  Now, she had to carry on her Mother’s job.

“Lady Wynter?  We’re here.”

***

Hey everybody!

So, I’m starting a photo story series!  Do you recognize Rinna and Cherry?  🙂

What do you think of this first part?  Maybe it wasn’t too interesting, with all the details.  Feedback would be appreciated!

❤ , IrishAG

 

Crystals – Prologue

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     Once upon a time, in a faraway land known by a dark name, there lived an evil winged goblin.  So evil, his name was a curse unspoken.  He made a wicked mirror, which reflected everything good and made it shrink to obscurity, and made everything bad magnify.  He and his like-minded friends delighted in the mirror, using it constantly.  One fateful day, two young goblins argued over it, causing it to fall, breaking into uncountable shards on the ground below.

     Now these shards were sharp and cruel, able to pass through portals into many realms.  They could pierce through nearly anything.  If it flew into an eye, that eye was only able to see things as the mirror saw them: distorted and ugly.  The worst it could do though, was pierce a heart.  For then that heart would grow to feel cold and ruthless to others, and freeze.

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So it happened to a young, innocent girl.  The daughter of a Princess, making her a Lady, Lady Wynter.  Once, little Wynter was outside on her beloved balcony, drinking in the crisp morning.  She was about to go on a journey to the Fall Kingdom, to be crowned Princess of Winter, taking her mother’s place.  A shard flew on the cold breeze, striking Wynter’s heart.  All of a sudden, she felt frozen.  A second later, she felt as before.  But not quite, because the shard was starting to slowly freeze her heart.

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Hey guys!

So I’m starting a photo story series, based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.  It’s going to have almost all of our dolls in it, if not all.  More parts are in the making!

What do you think?

❤ , IrishAG

Sisters and Surprises: a Photostory – By IrishAG

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It was a perfect May afternoon.  Felicity was picking flowers, whistling softly.  It was her favorite time of day, though flower picking was a bit too girly for her.

“Hello?”

Felicity whirled around.

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She saw a girl about her age, with dark hair, eyes and skin.  The girl’s outfit was really outdated, like something someone in the Gettysburg movie would’ve worn.  She had a bonnet, which was tied under her chin with a ribbon.  She wore a shell necklace, and carried a patchwork bag.  Her gold hoop earrings glinted in the sunlight.

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“Hello?”  the girl said again, louder this time.

Felicity realized that she’d been staring all this time, with her mouth wide open.  “Um, hi.”  Lame, she thought, Seriously, Felicity?

The girl smiled shyly.  “My name’s Addy.”

“I’m Felicity.”

We stared at each other.  Addy cleared her throat.  “I’m here to find my new home.  Would you happen to know…”  Another sister?  Felicity thought hopefully.

“…where 527 Pumpernickel Lane is?”

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“I knew it!”  Felicity cheered.  Addy looked at her quizzically, but Felicity just grabbed her hand and dragged her to the house.

* 10 minutes later *

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“All right everyone, we’ve got a new sister!”  Felicity exclaimed.

“Yay!”  “Really?”  “We just got Grace!”  “What’s her name?”  “Cool!”  the sisters exclaimed.

“Addy?”  Felicity prompted.

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Addy made her way to the front of the room, smiling less shyly now.

“Hello everyone.  My name is Addy Walker.  I’m a historical reenactress, hence the outfit.  I was adopted in Chicago.  I love baking, and ice cream is my favorite food.  My birthday is May 10th.”

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“Who adopted you?”  Julia asked.

“IrishAG?”  Addy said it like a question.

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“All right!”  Julia clapped her hands and ran to give Addy a hug.  Nellie went up cautiously after her.

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Coconut bounded up with Julia, and Addy gasped.

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“I’m really afraid of dogs!”  she whispered to Felicity.

“Don’t worry, Coco won’t hurt you.  You can pet her, if you want.”  Felicity encouraged.

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Addy slowly sat down and touched Coconut’s fur.  A big smile dawned on her face.

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Surprise!  Yes, I bought Addy when we went to AG Place Chicago on May 10th!  I was really debating if I should get Maryellen or Addy.  Eventually, I chose Addy because she is very different from the rest of our dolls.  Plus, I love her time period and story.  I hadn’t gotten a doll since Julia in 2011, so this was really exciting.  😀  I’ll do a review of Addy soon!

And… this photostory was supposed to feature Felicity, as you voted, so sorry if she got a bit overshadowed by Addy.

One last thing!  I finally figured out how to do waterfall braids!  (That’s what Felicity’s hairstyle is called.)

Do your dolls have middle names?

❤ , IrishAG

Colonial Nellie – By IrishAG

This is the first photoshoot I ever did!  When everything was green, snow a distant memory…  (Super dramtic, I know.)  🙂

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“I’m going to go out for a walk.”

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Walking through the forest.

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Life’s better in a tree.

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Where is she going?

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“Hi!”

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In the sculpture garden.

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I was really frustrated with the sun when I was taking this photo, but I ❤ how it turned out!  “Half in sun, half in shadow.” 🙂

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And now for something hideously improper…

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*Gasp* Swinging! :p

I saved the best for last…

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OMIGOSH!!!! She is so sweet! Look at her face!

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“Bye!”

I love Nellie in that dress!  In case you’re one of those: ” Omigosh, what is she wearing?” kinds of people, here’s the outfit synopsis:

Dress: Felicity’s 2nd Meet Dress

Cape: Homemade Anna cape

Shoes: From an outfit my Grandma gave Curiousgeorgefan

Who would you like to see a photoshoot of next?

<3, IrishAG

A Snowy Surprise – By IrishAG

 (From Nellie’s POV)

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I am an early bird, so as usual, I woke up at 6 am.  I looked out the window.  Snow!  I love snow!  I did a little happy dance and woke up Kirsten.

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  “Whazz gowin onnn,” she mumbled.

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I hopped onto her.  “Do you wanna build a snowman?”

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Her eyes snapped open.  If anyone loves snow more than me, that’d be Kirsten.

As quietly as we could, we got dressed and bundled up to go out.  Felicity and Julia were woken up by us and insisted on coming too.

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Kirsten and I started making snow angels with Felicity, while Julia ran around with Coconut.

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“Who wants hot cocoa?”  Kirsten asked a bit later.

“Me!” Felicity and Julia said in unison.

“You go ahead, I’ll be right there.”  I wanted to spend a little more time outside.

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I heard the sound of a car motor.  That’s odd.  Nobody drives at this hour around here.  I craned my neck to see which neighbor it was.  It was, to my shock, a brightly colored bus!  And it stopped in front of our house!

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“Thank you,” I heard a girl’s voice say.

I watched as a girl a little younger than me stepped out of the bus and looked about.  She had dark brown hair, blue eyes, and freckles.  She looked nervous.

(From Grace’s POV)

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I looked around out of the bus.  The neighborhood was ‘of the middling sort’.  No time like the present, Grace. I reminded myself.  But before I could pick up my bag, I saw a girl running towards me.

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“Hi!  I’m Nellie O’Malley, and I’m so happy you came!  Oh my goodness, are you a new neighbor?”

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Her questions and exclamations all tumbled out so fast, I couldn’t keep up.  “Well, um-“

“Oh, silly me!  Would you like some directions?  What adress are you looking for?”  Nellie asked.

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I unfolded my paper.  “Number 365.  I-“

“That’s MY HOUSE!  Come on, I’ll show you!”

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  Nellie practically dragged me across the yard and into the house.

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“GUYS!!!  We have a visitor!”  she yelled.

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 All the girls rushed to see.  They all told me their names, then asked me to share a bit about myself.

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“My name is Grace Thomas and I love baking.  French desserts are my fave!  My friends and I had a little baking buisness.  I used to live at the AGP Orphanage in Chicago.  I’m excited to be adopted!  The Orphanage was an okay place, but I didn’t want to live there forever.”

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“Come on,” the girl with brown hair (I think her name was Julia) said,”We can unpack your bag and figure out sleeping arrangements.  I think you get your own bed!”

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“Wait!” one of the twins said,”Who adopted you?”

I checked my paper again.  “Curious George Fan?”

The twins and Kirsten squealed.  “Another sister!”

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“Let’s go,” Julia said,”We have a lot of work to do!”

~The End~

Curiousgeorgefan received Grace!  She is SO beautiful and I will do a review of her very soon!  Did you like the story? 

-IrishAG

Cousin Fun: Part 3 By IrishAG

Can you handle more cousin fun?  XD

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Our cousin’s one-room schoolhouse.  Dosen’t Kirsten look adorable in bun buns?

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Looking for the perfect pumpkin…

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Kaya: This one’s mine!

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Family photos.

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Coconut’s running away!

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Caroline: I got him!

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A little spotlight on Kaya.

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Saying goodbye.

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The second we got home, Julia fell asleep.

That concludes cousin fun for now!  Another sleepover is in the works, and you know what that means…

MORE COUSIN FUN!!!!

-IrishAG

Cousin Fun: Part 2- Caroline and Julia in Fall By IrishAG and Frozenlover626

To Continue Our Thrilling Cousin Fun…

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First off, Caroline is a GORGEOUS doll.  I would get her if we didn’t already have 3 blonde blue eyed dolls. 🙂  This is not the best picture of her, better ones are below…

Now for the pics!

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Our cousins have a lamp post in their yard!  How awesome is that?

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Bird’s-eye view.

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This rock is perfect for AG dolls.

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Caroline: Let’s play hide-and-seek!

Julia: Okay…

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C: 1,2,3,4…

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Coconut: Woof!

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Julia: Ssssh!

Caroline: Found you!

Julia: Let’s go to the playset!

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All: Wheee!

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And these next two pics were staged by Frozenlover626!

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The stone table!

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BCFs!!!

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I ❤ this pic!

Thanks, Frozenlover626!

-IrishAG