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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…

~ Beach Days ~

Ah, summer. The wonderful three month vacation that everyone loves so dearly.
Well, to introduce myself, I'm Elly. As some of you know, we went on a beach vacation last fall - and right before we posted these pictures, the USB drive cracked with all the pics on. Thankfully, they've been recovered! And what a perfect time to share them, don't you think? Well, here's to a 'Splendidly Summery Saturday'!

Katie and I stood on the sandy banks of the ocean, the waves lapping up against our feet.
Let me explain about that shell on Katie's shoulder. I dared her to keep it on for more than two hours without knocking it off or touching it with her hands. I promised I'd buy her ice cream if she could balance it that long. I really didn't think it was possible.

"So, should we build a sand castle?" I proposed.
"No. I can't lean over without sending this little shell flying." Katie retorted (somewhat sensibly).
"Seriously?" I whined.

Josie looked up reproachfully from her book and beach towel.

"Just get along. We're here to have fun," she reminded us.
"Okay," I complied.

"Here, you stand still while I line shells up around you."
"I was planning to do that anyways."

The waves were so gorgeous. We had already played in the surf for a while though, so I wasn't too tempted. I'd rather play volleyball or build sand castles.

The breeze whipped my hair around my face. Thank goodness I had put it up in a messy bun today!

I gazed dreamily over the ocean until Katie's voice interrupted my thoughts.

"Hurry up!" she exclaimed.

I laughed, and then looked out over the ocean again.

With one last glance at the beauty of the waves, I continued.

I stopped halfway through and drew Katie's name in the sand. By that time, she had gotten so fed up with the shell that she'd already knocked it off. No ice cream for her today!

"See Katie," I pointed out. "It's a great photo opportunity!" Light4theLord laughed from the background and snapped a shot.

"And it's a great signoff pic," L4TL added.

When we were done, Katie and I walked along the beach.

Pretty picture, isn't it?

Katie's footprints are so pretty!

Oh, and how perfect! Light4theLord waited forever for this picture (with the wave)!

Afterwards, we did play a little bit of volleyball before Light4theLord had us pose again.

Friends forever!


Whoops. We didn't look at the camera, did we? I think Josie was trying to tell Katie something and I was reading the words upside down.

A little better.

A teensy-bit better..

Friends forever!
~ elly


  1. Their bathing suits are so cute! 😍 And your photography is amazing, as always. Beach photos are always cute, aren't they? 😉 Love!

    1. Thank you! One belongs to Noelle and one to Grace! I really appreciate all of the tips and advice others have given me on my photography! I love taking photos at the beach!

  2. These photos were so cute, you're such an amazing photographer! And I loved the storyline that goes along with them 😋😊

    1. Thank you! I enjoyed taking these last year!

  3. Wow, L4TL, you are GREAT at drawing stuff in sand! You also have excellent cursive :) The photos are great!


    1. Hehe, actually my mom drew that! I love her handwriting and she used to do it for me when I was little so I made sure to get lots of pictures when she did it for Katie!

  4. I'm just in LOVE with Elly's swimsuit! Where did you get it? The dolls look so cute at the beach! I took a photo shoot of Nora at the beach, I really need to post that soon... Awesome post, as usual!

    1. Actually, it's belongs to Grace. I think it's either MA or MLA. :) Thanks! I loved the post you posted from the beach!

  5. Love the beach. it's so much fun there! You look like you had a great time. I'm so happy your photos were recovered.

    1. I do too! It's wonderful! We did have a fantastic time!

  6. Ooh, cool pictures! I especially love the foot print one? They are beautiful and Elly is so pretty. I want to take a doll with me to a beach if I go. Does your doll get dirty in the sand? Do you have any tips on it?


    1. Thanks! Yes, that's one of my favorites too! She's extremely photogenic. :) I do suggest that you take one that doesn't have loose limbs. So long as they'll stand up, it's pretty easy (but I suggest not getting sand in the camera... hehe. Whoops)! Have fun!


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