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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…

January DOTM, Madi's First Snow, er, Ice

I thought I was going to have my first snow and I had everything planned out: my sisters' outfits, my camera settings, the dog bow (don't ask), and everything... and then it iced. ICE instead of SNOW. Still, I got a few pretty pictures of Julie ice skating (hey, sorry about making you wear a sleeveless skating dress, sis) for a DNA special coming up (it was pre-announced earlier but L4TL decided to postpone it until this year, and now I get to handle the photography!). I'll share some of the pictures at the end of the ice pictures of ME... and again I'm wearing my favorite outfit!
This might be my new profile picture. I'd like to change it... but I'm not sure. What do you think?

I love snow! It's fun to get all bundled up and ready to venture out...

The sun was just rising in this picture, that should tell you how early we woke up (Light4theLord and us dolls). Because... The Ice Princess was taken even before this!

I really like my hat, I think it's adorable!

Or perhaps this as a profile picture?

You can tell that it wasn't a lot of snow, or in our case, ice.

But it was enough for pictures! There were icicles EVERYWHERE, so I'll show you some pictures I took with my new camera (which I'll have to show you in a later post).
So, all the trees were encased in ice - it was so pretty!

Even these pretty leaves were covered in ice!

Here's a picture of the monkey bars with icicles hanging!

This is my very favorite icicle picture that I took! The sun was just rising behind it, causing the bit of bokeh!

If you shook the blueberry bushes (above), it sounded like glass shattering! It was so funny that Elly and I kept doing it over and over and she suggested that we make a recording of all our sound effects: 'glass breaking' and marching people (the grass crunching)... we didn't.

That picture just doesn't do it justice. At least I tried, though! I'm still working on working with my new camera!
Now, for Julie's pictures...
So, we decided that the description of the main character in L4TL's story (the DNA special) seemed to define Julie to a T! I DID kinda feel sorry for Julie, though. I made her ice skate in, um, a short sleeve dress.. yeah.. cold.. and she didn't have leggings. Anywaaaays, here are a few pictures (most of the good ones) that might be used later! And believe it or not, she actually got to SKATE on REAL NATURAL ICE! Seriously! Light4theLord was trying to fill buckets or whatever so that we might be able to get some shots. But then, when we all walked outside, there was a ditch with a LITERAL sheet of ice over it! It was PERFECT! Even though (this is pretty funny) Julie kept on breaking through it... but like I said, it was only a sheet, so she didn't hurt herself. Really, though, she broke it THREE times!

There was even a branch frozen on it!

In the story, the main character loves wearing her hair in a ponytail, so I advised Jules to wear her hair like that. She took my advice... :)

When Julie stepped onto the ice, she started skating (or, uh, sliding!), so I started snapping pictures EVERYWHERE! Julie is a pretty good skater, but she'd never skated on natural ice before! It was pretty funny (sorry, Julie, but I just HAVE to tell them) seeing her get used to it. By the time she actually got used to it, the ice would break *facepalm*.

Isn't it a pretty picture though, with those white leather skates and shiny blades and crystal ice.


I LOVE this one, but I can't use it in the story *brushes away a tear* because it's supposed to be a professional ice skating rink...

Let me just tell you, laying on the ground and ice is COLD! But, ANYTHING for pictures, right?!?!

It. was. amazing.
Not the best, but pretty neat!

I really like this one!
Now, for a change of scenery (you know why? 'Cause the rest of the ice broke. XD).. can you guess where this was taken?

 And that's the end of the pictures!
What did you think? Did you like my outfit and the icicles? What about Julie? Did you guess what she was skating on afterwards and which was your favorite pic?!


  1. These pictures are AMAZING! You are so talented. My favorite ice skating picture was the 7th ice skating photo. My favorite photo overall was the last pic before the ice skating ones. Your new profile pic should be 5th one. I actually got snow, yay! Snow photos coming soon! 😍💜👍


    1. Thank you, Izzy! I like that one too - Julie did a great modeling job! I ran out in flip flops to get that picture because the sun was JUST right! I think I'll go change it this afternoon! Yay! I'll check on your blog later on - I'm the doll who checks other blogs the most!
      Love, Madi

  2. I like the 5th one. Sure are pretty pictures! Good job staying out there for all those pictures Julie!

    ~ Taryn

    1. Thanks, Taryn! Light4theLord did a great job, I just modeled (rather cold-ly, I must add!). Yes, Julie was a wonderful subject!

  3. "Your" outfit is ADORABLE! And the pictures are awesome too! I think this was one of my favorite posts! ;)


    1. Thanks, Katie! I love it (and it's really comfy)! Really and truly?! That's a great compliment, thanks!
      ~ Madi

  4. You are very good at takeing pics !


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