Posted in About, Christmas Posts

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’ve had a great year of blogging and I can’t wait to continue into the new year. You are all so amazing. I thought since this is my last post in 2015 that I’d show you some cool stats from my blog and also some flash backs. Enjoy!

January 2015

I start the premiere of my first ever series! Worst Enemy, Best Friend.

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February 2015

I was nominated for a bunch of awards including The New Blogger Award.

March 2015

I took a very pretty photo shoot called Frozen Heart.

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April 2015

In April I took my first ever photo story that wasn’t a series called, Failed Photo Shoot and Manicures.

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May 2015

My second series, Camp Summer premieres.

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June 2015

I had my first  blogiversary and went to the AG store New York.

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July 2015

I answered the Beautiful People questionnaire.

August 2015

Two of my dolls almost drown while taking pictures for Episode 5 of Camp Summer.

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September 2015

The girls make brownies!

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October 2015

I finally write about Nikki being back from the doll hospital and share some writing prompts.

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November 2015

I get my newest doll, Brooklyn!

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December 2015

I have C2C2015 and you learn more about me, the blogger, in the 12 Days Of Christmas Challenge.

A Christmas Challenge

And also this is my 101 post! I can’t wait for more to come. Now onto a few fun stats about 2015.

Crunchy numbers

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

There were 965 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3 GB. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was November 23rd with 88 views. The most popular post that day was New series Ideas! Winter 2015-2016.

In 2015, there were 70 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 101 posts.

15 countries in all! Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & United Kingdom were not far behind.

Your most commented on post in 2015 was Writing Prompts!

Now last but not least, the top commenters!

In first with 70 comments is…….

Megan! (Congrats you get a lot of brownie points:)

Second & third with 34 and 27 comments…

Hayley (she used both her blogs to comment)

And 4th and 5th tied with 27 comments…

Sunny and Clara! (Brownie points for you two as well)

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments!

Also, thank you happyhouseofag and clarascraftcorner for being the top referrers!!

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I hope you had an amazing 2015 and hope you will have an awesome 2016! I am very proud of myself for blogging so much this month (if I do say so myself 🙂 One of my many New Year’s resolutions is to blog more, but you’ll hear a little bit about that tomorrow. Anyway, have a great rest of winter break! Talk to you soon.

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Bye 2015! Bye Count down to Christmas! *sobs*

Posted in About

Happy Birthday Hayley!

This post is for my BFFL(Best friend for life)

Dear Hayley,

I’m so glad God brought us together! Though it was only for a few short years, I won’t forget it:) You made such a huge impact in my life! We are different, yet very similar. I’m the oldest, while you are the youngest. Your blonde and I’m a brunette. My hair is long, yours is short(er) but we both love Jesus, American Girl Dolls, photography, adventures, Pintrest, chickens, and so much more!

I just want to thank you for being such an amazing role model for me. Without all your help, I may never have even started this blog(you know how skeptical I was at first;) We had so many amazing memories when you lived here(remember the swing incident, the vinegar, refarted, and others) and I’m sure we’ll make many memories when you visit;) and no matter how far apart we are, you’ll always be close in my heart.  I think some of these quote whether funny or serious perfectly some up our friendship! Thanks Pintrest:)

@randerson1112 Remember this? hehe Yup!:

@randerson1112 looking through all these BFF (or BFFL) quotes makes me think of you! Miss you, and Love ya!:

 : God made us friends because no mother could handle us as sisters. Hanna <3:

:

#wordsofwisdom #friendship:

Especially if you share an empathy link, like Percy Jackson and Grover Underwood...:

。◕‿◕。 Minions Crazy Best Friends. See my Despicable Me Minions pins https://www.pinterest.com/search/my_pins/?q=minions:

I hope no matter how far we are apart or how much we change you’ll never forget you BFFL,

Rebekah

p.s. Everyone you should go wish her a happy Birthday on her blog, Flourishingbyrestfulfalls!

Posted in About, Christmas Posts

My Favorite Christmas Gifts!

Hey everyone! How was your Christmas? I can’t wait to read all your hauls!(it’s my favorite type of posts) Today I thought I’d show you a few of my favorite presents! DISCLAIMER: I’m not trying to brag. Anyway, let’s get started.

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The first I got in my stocking was an EOS lip balm. It smells so good! It’s so sweet:)

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Next, something I’ve wanted for the longest time! It is a pink battery bank. It is very useful and I’m so glad I finally got one:D

Next! Bath & Body works products! I got a lot. I got both shower gel and lotion in Pink Chiffon and Be Joyful. I also got Beautiful Day shower gel. I also got my new favorite scent, orchard frost, in hand lotion and hand sanitizer.

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My big gift was these adorable pair of grey UGGS! They have a bow in the back and I love them!

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I also got a bunch of really cool gift cards!

Bath & Body Works-$10

Khol’s- $5

Target-$5

iTunes- $25 and a $15

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I also got Christmas lights. I really wanted some to give my bed this awesome tumbler look! What do you think?

Some other things that I really liked that aren’t shown are:

A new watch(mine always seem to break), a pair of cute tennis shoes, and two nice sweaters from my grandma.

I want to thank everything who gave me a gift! I loved everything that I got.

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Comment below some of the gifts you got. I’m so excited to use everything:D Did you have an amazing Christmas? How are you going to spend Christmas break? Talk to you soon!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 362, I guess I should stop the count down.

Posted in Christmas Posts, Hairstyles, Photo shoots

OOTD: Christmas Edition

Is Christmas in three days? WHAT?!! Also, I’m sorry you can’t really see the outfits in the posts….. It was Monday night when I notice how few pictures I had. So it’s more like a mini photo shoot of each doll. Enjoy it any way:D

 Bailey’s Outfit:

Earrings: Fancy Earrings

Sweater: Frosty Fair Isle Set

Skirt: Rebecca’s School Outfit

Stockings: I found them at a yard sale

Shoes: Coconut fun outfit

Nikki’s:

Dress and Shoes: AG’s Sparkle Party Dress Set

Tights: Rebecca’s School Outfit

Jessica’s Photos:

Earrings: Fancy Earring Set

Shirt: Made by Me

Tank Top: Sophia’s

Pants: A retired AG set(I forget the name)

Bethany by the holly bush:

Hat and Apron: AG’s Sugar and Spice set

Tank Top: Made by me

Leggings: AG’s Frosty Fair Isle set

Boots: MYAG meet boots

And last but not least Brooklyn. Who gets a full-fledged photo shoot because she’s new and awesome. She is wearing AG’s soft as snow outfit.

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That’s all for days post, but wait! I almost forgot. I have to tell you which series won. Are you ready?

After Camp! It won by three votes. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Episode 1 will go up at midnight on January 1st and don’t worry Forever Family fans, I’ll likely be doing Forever Family after I finish After Camp.

By the way, don’t forget to look at My Dolls page, I updated it to include Brooklyn. Talk to you soon!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: THREE!

Posted in Christmas Posts, DIYs

A Christmas Recipe

I’m sitting at the computer typing while listening to Come On Christmas, by Matthew West (Thanks Sunny!)  If your bored and want something to do this Christmas Break, you should make this Chocolate Bark it’s so good. If you were wondering this is day 10 of Megan’s blogging challenge.

A Christmas Challenge

This recipe is from Familyfun.com (I couldn’t find the link to this website)

Festive chocolate Bark, we have been making it for as long as I can remember. My family has adapted it a bit so here it is for you. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of shelled pistachios
  • 12 oz. of semisweet chocolate
  • 8 oz. of white chocolate
  • 3/4 cup of dried, sweetened cranberries (or unsweetened if your brave)
  • Sea salt or Normal Salt (optional)

Step 1

If not, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly toast for about 10 minuets, flipping occasionally. Let them cool.

Step 2

Melt the semisweet chocolate stirring until smooth. Do the same with the white chocolate (Tip: If you are using the stove top use a double broiler to melt the chocolate. If you use the microwave be extremely careful not to burn them or yourself!)

Step 3

In a small bowl combine the nuts and cranberries. Then stir half of them into the semisweet chocolate. Using a spatula, spread the mixture to about a 1/2 thickness on a large cookie sheet. Drop tablespoonfuls over the semisweet chocolate. With a toothpick or tip of the knife, swirl the chocolates together to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle on the rest of the nuts and berries.

Step 4

Refrigerate the bark for 1 hour or until firm. Then sprinkle salt on top, then break it into pieces. Store the bark in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Makes:

About 1 3/4 pounds

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What did you think of the recipe? Was I clear enough? If you have any questions about it comment and tell me. Happy early Christmas!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 4! Are you excited?!

Posted in Christmas Posts, Photo shoots

It’s Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas photos

Christmas is in 5 days. Is that possible? It was just July! Today I’m going to show you some pictures of “it beginning(or not so much) to look like Christmas.” This is day 8 of Megan’s Christmas challenge! Let me show you the pictures now:D

A Christmas Challenge

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Our tree is up! That always makes it feel more like Christmas. Especially with Christmas music blaring in the background.

My room is decorated! I wrapped one of my picture frames and now it looks like a gift! I also hung some ornaments by my curtains and hung stockings on my bureau, (I love decorating for Christmas!) This really helps me feel Christmasy/

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But that doesn’t make up for the fact that it’s 52 and raining:(

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Rain, Rain go away come again another day.

Other things(not with pictures) that make me feel like its Christmas time include:

Trips to the mall, baking cookies, wrapping presents, doing Advent, practice for the Christmas play, writing Christmas lists, reading,writing and watching Christmas videos/posts, and so many more things. What are some of yours?

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Are you pumped for Christmas? Are any of your presents under the tree? Any guesses on what you’re getting? DID YOU KNOW IT’S SUPPOSE TO BE 70 ON CHRISTMAS DAY? As you can see I’m super excited and also sad (about the no snow thing) basically just talk to me. I’m on Christmas break;) I think that’s all my ramblings for now. Have an amazing, super-duper, crazy fun day. Sincerely, me who is sitting very chill like by the fire, but on the inside I think it might be cloud coocko land. So I should probably be quiet before you guys follow me;)

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted in Christmas Posts, Photo shoots

Reviews And Haul of What I Got!

HI everyone! So if you read my last doll related post, you might know that I got a new doll! I also mentioned I got some accessories as well. I’m going to be showing you and reviewing what I got. If you have no clue what I’m talking about you can click here. I also just want to mention that I’m not trying to brag in any way:D So after an insanely long intro, let’s get into it.

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Here she is, my new doll! Her name is officially Brooklyn, I haven’t thought of a middle name yet. (comment suggestions;)

She is an 18″ doll and she did come with the My American Girl outfit that was retired in May. I didn’t review that because I’m lazy:)

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She has a steep side part, and her hair comes all the way to her hips.

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It’s dark brown and wavy. She is a second-hand doll so her hair isn’t perfect but, it doesn’t matter to me:D

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Here is a hair color compared to #59.

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She has the standard face mold, captivating hazel eyes, feathered eyebrows, and freckles.

Overall, I would completely recommend her but her hair is wavy as opposed to curly, so when styling the curls do let out quicker. She is gorgeous and so fun to photograph.

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Next is her dog Pepper. Here is a size profile.

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He is a husky puppy, with a hard plastic body, with a fuzzy exterior, he has blue beaded eyes.

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*Side view*

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The only problem I have is the GIGANTIC tag sticking out.

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Here is the collar it matches his eyes and says Pepper. I wish AG hadn’t retired his collection, I don’t really like the new pets as much. If you can find pepper on eBay, get him. He is adorable and he turns out very good on camera.

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Next are Julie’s PJs, when I got them my friend forgot to give me the pants and one shoe, so I won’t be reviewing those parts of the outfit.

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I LOVE the colors used and the little butterflies!

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A cute little pink bow! I like these so much more than Julie’s new pajamas.

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And the little embroidered butterflies on the shoes–I love this set so much!

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My friend also gave me these purple glasses. They are really cute and they are two-toned.

You can still buy them from AG. They come with a felt case(not shown)

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Next are these heart earring. They are a part of the Fancy Earrings set. This pair of dangles are sold with silver studs not hearts. (studs not shown)

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The blue dangles are my favorite earrings. They look amazing on Brooklyn. The third pair of earrings in this set, I forgot to take pictures of. This set is still available for purchase at AG.

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Next is the 2012 Holiday dress. I’ve never bought one of these dresses before and was so excited to receive it! (It’s retried)

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It comes with a diamond studded headband and with an extremely long tag. (AG why?)

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Here are the red sparkly shoes, they have a glossy finish.

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I really like the detailed red sash.

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The dress is a mesh like material and the inside design under the mesh is red with gold detailing.

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There is also a rose on the left sleeve which I don’t like as much:(

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The back velcros almost all the way down.

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The flute is so cute, but is very hard for the doll to hold, because it is so heavy. This set is still available to buy.

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The case is black with red velvet on the inside and is fitted perfectly for the flute. (The tag is horrible!)

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Here is the top of the stand. It comes with a laminated fingering chart.

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It also includes with a lesson book.

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(sorry for the blurriness) This is the bottom of the stand.

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Next up, the sugar and spice baking set. I love this set and I totally recommend it! The first item in the set is the little chocolates. They are stuck to the plate, but I don’t mind this as much as I thought I would.

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The bottom looks like a real plate. By the way, this set is retired but can still be bought on eBay.

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Next are the three little jars of sprinkles. They look so realistic.

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Here is the ginger bread platter, it is nice but big and clunky for storing.

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Here is the bottom, other side note, I’m missing the bowl of gum drops from this set.

Here is a collage of all the sides of the gingerbread house its adorable and very well made:D It is very intricately detailed.

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This is so cute!! I love it, the material of the icing bag is a very weird consistently but not in a bad way you may be able to guess this but, I hate the tag!

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The candy canes come in a realistic looking box, but are a big hunk of plastic if you take them out. But it is still really cute.

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Here is the front of the apron, it is a red fabric, with red velvet trim, faux fur at the bottom and an embroidered snowflake in the corner.

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It velcros in the back.

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Super cute and festive hat! No complaints.

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Last is the retired ice slating outfit. I have wanted this for so long!!

Just to let you know, I am missing the skate guards and stretchy pants from this set.

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Here is the leotard, I love the color and material, it could also pass as a bathing suit.

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Here is the skirt. It has the same design and fabric. It is a lot like the style of a skater skirt.

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Here is the knit, gray sweater. It ties and velcros at the side.

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It comes with two sets of velcro.

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Here are the precious little skates. I like the silver laces (they can’t be tied but are elastic)

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Last, the smart charm. I’m so glad I was given this set and can’t wait to use it, if it ever snows!

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Don’t forget to vote on my poll for the winter series(I’ll be posting the winner on Tuesday and they are pretty close. Vote for Forever Family!) I can’t wait to use these new things in posts!! Talk you all soon!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 6! So soon:D

Posted in Christmas Posts

A Christmas Poster

Today is day 7 of the Christmas Challenge! I’m going to be showing you a Christmas Collage and also doing day 10:D I will be posting day 9 next. Sorry if that’s confusing.

A Christmas Challenge

Okay here is the poster, disclaimer, I didn’t take any of these pictures.

PicMonkey Collage Christmas

and this is my Christmasy blog button! What do you think?

(I did take these photos)

PicMonkey Poster

I know it got cut out a little:(

What did you think of the collages? If you wanted to know, I used pic Monkey. It is so awesome and you should totally check it out(It’s also free!) See ya soon.

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 8!!

Posted in Christmas Posts, Verses

Christmas Quotes

PEOPLE, CHRISTMAS IS 9 DAYS AWAY! I’ve barely finished any Christmas shopping. Okay, now that I’m done ranting about how close Christmas is, how are you all? What are you finishing up last minuet before Christmas? Today I’m going to be sharing with you some awesome Christmas themed quotes from Pintrest (I’m slightly obsessed) This is day 6 of Megan’s Christmas blogging challenge. A Christmas Challenge

Here are some awesome Christmas quotes:

I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter because the things you want can’t be bought.

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jesus is the reason for the season 2014

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funny holiday christmas quotes:

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Funny pics, hilariousness, jokes funny, funny photos, funny cats, funny dogs …For more humorous quotes and funny pictures visit www.bestfunnyjokes4u.com:

(the source has vanished)

And lastly,

Snow Tour Cruise

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Just because it was 70 degrees this past weekend doesn’t make it impossible:D

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What are some of your favorite Christmas quotes/Pintrest posts?

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 9!

Posted in About, Christmas Posts, Photo shoots, photo story

Welcome!

Brooklyn’s POV

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“Wait up, Pepper!” I called.

I huffed and puffed across the large yard.

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I wasn’t ready to go inside yet, so sat down outside the house.

Would this new family like me?

Bethany’s POV

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We were all gathered, baking ginger bread houses and wrapping presents for my mom.

“I’ll be back, I’m going out for some fresh air.” I announced.

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It was so beautiful outside, but I was really hoping for snow.

(does anyone else really want snow;)

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What was that? I saw a small grey, furry dot and a hand sticking out from behind the lone tree in our yard.

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I walked closer and saw a girl with wavy, dark hair and freckles. Next to her was a cute husky puppy.

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“Uh, Hi!” I said.

She looked startled, “Oh, Hi. Sorry. I should probably have come inside.”

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“That’s okay. This might sound rude, but who are you?” I asked.

“My name is Brooklyn and I’m coming to stay with you for a while,” Brooklyn said.

“It’s nice to meet you! Would you like to come in and meet my sisters?”

“Sure,”she said reluctantly.

Brooklyn’s POV

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Guys! Hey I want to introduce you to someone very special, ” Bethany announced, “This is Brooklyn.

“Hi,” I said,”As Bethany told you my name is Brooklyn and your mom is having me stay with you for a little while.”

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“Awesome!” a girl with short brown hair said.

A girl with curly red hair introduced herself, “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Bailey and I’m fourteen.”

“I am too,” I managed to mumble.

“Brooklyn plays the flute and she has a dog named Pepper!” Bethany filled in for me.

“Hey! could you play a few songs for us?” Asked a freckled-faced girl.

“Sure, lemme go get my flute!” I chimed.

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I took a deep breath and began to play my all time favorite tunes, Let it Go, Amazing Grace, and Roar. They were all amazed (apparently no one is musically talented in this family)

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After I played for a bit, the girls went back to baking and I joined them. Pepper seemed to be enjoying Sugar’s company and I was having a blast. Maybe I would grow to like it here……

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YES. I GOT A NEW DOLL! (you can see I’m super excited) She is #55 and Beautiful. Shout out to my friend Shanti! This was her doll, but she isn’t really into dolls and so she gave her to me:D She also gave me a bunch of clothes and accessories. Look for a review coming soon! That’s it for today.

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 10