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The Joys of January // Looking Ahead, Issue 1 (VII)

 It's 2018!

*inhales happily* A year of fresh starts. 2017 was pretty good - two new additions to our family, Mia and Kit!
I know this is a 'Looking Ahead', but I want to look back over 2017 briefly and choose my favorite post from each month!

January - The Ice Princess Probably one of my favorite photoshoots EVER.
February - I STILL Love AG And I'm Proud of That
Wow. This one got a LOT of views... and went pretty crazy.
March - Spending a Day in Space
 I loved making this: the foil and improvised spacesuit, the moonsand, the foil landing pad.... the flag... EVERYTHING WAS SO FUN!
April - 6 Tips on How to Be a Doll Celebrity XD XD This one was one of my pet projects. It's like, a sarcastic poke of fun at celebrity stuff.... May - Mia and Star Another photoshoot. How original... June - Adventure in the Attic
This was so much fun to do - it took like, two hours in 100+ degree summer attic weather. *swelters at thought* But it was TOTALLY worth it. :) July - Triple…

The Christmas Celebration, part 4

Christmas Afternoon, Josie's POV

As the eldest, I took the seat in front of the fireplace to hand out gifts.

All of my sisters, including my new sister Madi, made a circle around the Christmas clubhouse.

The cookies we had baked this morning sat on a little side table, where anyone could grab one to munch on.
"Merry Christmas to everyone!" I told them. "We're going to go from youngest to oldest, which means that you, Amy, gets to go first!" I handed her a package.

"Who is this from?" Amy questioned. I smiled up at L4TL, who was taking pictures.
"Light4theLord's best friend, or one of them, named Sarah gave us each presents. Sarah is going to bring Lucy, her doll, sometime, right?" I grinned, hoping that Sarah would read this soon. Madi piped up, "Is Sarah the one who I'm named after?" I nodded. From what L4TL had told me, yes.

"Wow!" Amy said excitedly. This was our first Christmas that we celebrated on Dolls N All, and to have a whole bunch of presents arrive under the tree as a surprise from Sarah was a GREAT gift!  Amy unwrapped the side of the gift.

Pulling out a white box, she shook it and listened.
"Hmmmm..." she mused, flipping open the lid.

Inside was a gift wrapped in red tissue paper.
"Oh, oh, oh!" she exclaimed as she folded back the tissue paper. "It's perfect!"

Sarah obviously knew us well. The gift for Amy was a handmade purse full of colored pencils and a sketchpad.
Amy dumped the colored pencils out onto her lap.
"There's every color in here!" she counted them. "And there's a lot of them! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sarah! It's wonderful!"

I took another gift from Sarah to Samantha and set it on my lap.
"This is to Samantha." I handed it to her.

Sam tore the paper eagerly and tossed it aside. Her face lit up as she saw what was inside.
"To Find the Royal Treasure," Samantha read outloud. "It's the book you guys wrote, isn't it?" she looked up at L4TL, who nodded in reply.

"Thank you, Sarah!" she said, flipping it open and beginning to read.

"We've lost her." Katie said in mock sadness. "She's drifted into dreamland. I know that look." We all laughed, because Katie was right.

The next gift I handed to Katie, and it was from Elly, who had chosen Katie in the Secret Sister exchange.

"Yum!" Katie squealed when she saw what was inside. Everyone knew she had a sweet tooth.

"A whole Ghirardelli bar! Do I have to share?" she joked.
"Thanks, El!" Katie ran over and hugged her.
"You DO shorten everything!" Julie teased. "Next I'll be Ju!"

I found a present for Elly underneath the tree. It was beautifully wrapped and seemed a shame to rip!

But she ripped it anyways.

"Gracie Gold!" Elizabeth exclaimed as she saw the framed photo. "It's my favorite figure skater! Thanks, Sarah!"

Julie's turn was next, and she was given a large gift bag.

Inside was a laptop, which she quickly hooked up to the Internet.
"Hey," I told her. "Slow down!"
"But it's so cool!" she protested, but ended up gently putting it away.

The next gift was mine, and I was quite excited. So far, Sarah had nailed everyone's likes and I wondered what mine would be.

Inside the box was a soft parcel in white tissue paper.
"Hmmmm...." I said as I unfolded it.
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Check back VERY soon to see what Josie got, and for the last part in the Christmas Celebration!
~ Light4theLord


  1. Eek! What did Josie get? I'm just DYING of suspense! Also, you should make sure to update your header photo and the stars page before the new year, too! I'm looking forward to the giveaway, and the new feature!

    1. Go check! I just posted it! :) I'll definitely try! Thanks for reminding me- I did a fun photoshoot with Madi and Katie a couple days ago, so I'll probably use that!
      ~ Light4theLord


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