‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part 4 – Joyfully Messy Christmas: A Photostory

Hi there!

It’s Julie, by the way.


Are you ready for the¬†final part of our Christmas series? It’s been so fun ūüôā

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13: Caroline, Collection Post {Check!}

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post {Check!}

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post {Check!} 

     Part Four, Friday, December 22: Julie, Photostory Post

Today I get to share something I love about Christmas… decorating!

Um… yes… there is indeed only 3 days until Christmas and we haven’t decorated… :O


Oh… and just yesterday the house was a huge disaster…


But now it is much better! And today we can actually decorate!!

Let’s go! *looks around* Clara! Caroline! Grace! Come on out! It’s time to decorate for Christmas!


Clara: Ooh! Yay!!

Grace: Yes! I’m coming!

Caroline: Sounds great! Though, we’re starting a bit late, don’t you think?


Julie: Better late than never. Alright, then! Caroline and I will prep the tree. Grace and Clara, you can–”

Grace: May we work on the gingerbread house?

Clara: Oh yes! Yes!

Julie: That would be fine! Ok, Caroline! I’ll start fluffing up the tree.


Caroline: I’ll go dig out the tree skirt.

Julie: Um, Caroline?

Caroline: What?

Julie: We don’t actually have a tree skirt.


*Shocked look* Caroline: Oh. Well, I guess… I’ll have to find something… or make something.

Julie: You know there’s only three days until Christmas…

Caroline: It will be easy… I think. Give me a minute.


I just shrugged and began to hang lights on the tree. Soon I heard Clara exclaim from the kitchen.



Grace: Yeah…


Julie: Oh good, you can– oh! It’s, um, smaller than usual?

Grace: Uh-huh. Clara dropped a sheet of gingerbread so we had to improvise…

Clara: But I think it’s cute!

Julie: *nods* You can set it over there!


Caroline: Do you think this will work for a tree skirt?

Clara: A tree skirt? That’s too small!

Caroline: *sighs* I know, I know. But it’s all I could find!

Clara: You should have asked me! I have a stash of fabric upstairs! *runs to bedroom* But please wait before hanging the ornaments!!!

Caroline seemed relieved. Soon we had a tree skirt, a prepped tree, and a tiny gingerbread house. Things were starting to come together, and now we could finish decorating the tree!


We all had fun doing that.

Julie: Alright! Time to put up the star!

Clara: Oooh! Can I do it this year!!

Julie: Ok. Here’s a chair.


Clara: I can’t reach. I’ll have to stand on the back!

Caroline: Is that sturdy?

Grace: Clara, I’m not so sure–


Clara: Just a little furthur…!



Grace: Oh dear! *Braces self* OOF! Erm…


Julie: Oh my goodness! Amazing catch!!

Caroline: That fall would have been awful…

Grace: Clara, you… have. to. get–Off!!

Clara: I cannot!

Grace: Some help, please! I’m holding the tree and¬†Clara!


Caroline: Oh, of course!!

Grace: Push!!


Clara wobbled off of the now-upright tree, while Grace gasped from the effort.

Julie: Crises averted! Grace, you just saved the day and Clara!

Clara: Well… *nervous chuckle* on the bright side, I did get the star on top!


Suddenly, the door bell rang, I left to get it while Clara and Grace recovered. It was our cousin, Consuelo.


Consuelo: Hi guys!! I wanted to come over and help you decorate,


Consuelo: but it looks like you’ve finished! It looks pretty in here.

Clara: I’m glad! You should have seen it two minutes ago…

Consuelo: I brought something for you to add!!

Caroline: How sweet!

Grace: What is it?

Consuelo pulled out a small nativity she had been holding under her arm.


Consuelo: It’s a nativity! Christmas decorating can’t be complete without one!

Julie: That’s wonderful, Consuelo! Thank you! Let’s put it in the center of the table over here!


Caroline: Perfect.

Julie: This is a great reminder of the¬†true¬†reason we celebrate. Not presents or Christmas trees or gingerbread houses, but¬†Jesus, our Savior. Even if everything is falling down and seems hopeless (whether it be Christmas trees, or other things in our lives), that doesn’t mean that Christmas is ruined, or our lives are ruined, because that’s not what it’s really about.

Caroline: We need to fix our eyes on Jesus, this season. And all seasons, for that matter. He is all we really need in this life, as our Savior, joy, and hope for eternity.

We all nodded, and were quiet for a few moments before I broke the silence.


Julie: I think it’s time to turn on the Christmas tree lights, don’t you?

Clara: Yes!!!

Grace: Um, Julie?

Consuelo: Yayy!!

Grace: Julie??

Julie: Yes? What?

Grace: We, uh… don’t actually have an outlet in this room.

Julie: *blinks*¬†What?? You’re saying–? Oh NO!


Caroline: Well, at least we all know that’s not the true reason for the season!

Julie: Yeah….

Clara started to laugh.

Clara: What a mistake! No outlet for the Christmas lights!

And then we all joined her in laughter. No late decorating, tiny gingerbread houses, falling trees, or lack of lights was going to keep us from joy in the true meaning of Christmas!

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Grace Explores the Woods

I took the pictures for this photostory while on vacation! Enjoy!

Grace Explores the Woods




Hi there! It’s Grace here! Today I’m going to explore the woods around the cabin!


Ah, it’s so beautiful out–


EEK! I nearly ran into that web! *shudders*


Well, here we are! The great outdoors!


That way is towards the road, so I won’t explore that way…


But instead I’ll explore this way!


Hmm, what’s around here…?


Oooh look! A swing!!


But… it’s to tall for me… *sigh*


There are a lot of pine cones around here! They’re so interesting!


Now this looks like fun!





Oh, wait… um, where’d the cabin go?? I certainly don’t want to get lost! (although, I suppose, the last time turned out pretty interesting!)


Phew, false alarm! There it is over there!

Now, let’s see, what else is there to do around here?


Ah, look at that! A cliff to conquer!!






Al…most… there…!!



Yes! I made it!!



Well, this has been a whole lot of fun, but I guess it’s time to head home (or, that is, to the cabin) now.


Bye everyone! Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for a photoshoot of me later on!!


Did you enjoy Grace’s little woodsy adventure? Like Grace mentioned, stay tuned for a photoshoot I got of her on vacation (In a special outfit!)


Have a blessed day!


Family Game Night Olympics


I’ve finished putting together the photostory!

I hope you will enjoy…

AG Family Game Night Feature Picture


Here we go!



Julie walked into the room where her sisters had just sat down to eat dinner.

“Girls,” Julie said, “I have something I’d like to say before we start!”

The girls turned to look at her, and Clara mumbled something about being hungry.


“Tonight we are going to have a family game night!”


“Sounds nice,” Caroline replied softly and cheerily. “It’s been a while.”


“But Julie!” Grace countered. “I was going to hangout at Therese’s house tonight!”

Julie shook her head, “Sorry, but this is non-negotiable. We need some family time!”

“Oh alright; I’ll text her, then…” Grace said (with a tinge of a sigh).

“What do you think of it, Clara?” Julie asked.


“Well,” Clara said thoughtfully, “My stuffed animals were going to have the Grand Stuffielympics after dinner, but I guess a game night sounds like fun; the Olympics will just have to wait!”


Julie smiled, “It’s settled then! After dinner, we’ll have our game night!”

Then Julie prayed over the food, and the girls ate.



Once they finished eating, they all worked to clear the table, and Julie told them meet in the living room afterwards.


Soon they had taken their seats and gathered around the coffee table.


“Grace, will you bring out the games for us?” Julie requested.

Grace readily agreed, and headed out to get the games.

DSCN3128 She came out with an unstable looking armful of games.

“Oh my!” Julie said, standing up. “Do you need help?”

“Neh, eh got et.” Grace murmured under the cards that were balancing against her face. But when she leaned over to put the games on the table…


they all came tumbling down!


“Oh no! I guess I did need help after all!” Grace exclaimed. Julie giggled and helped her put the games back in order, while Caroline and Clara gathered cards from the floor.


“So,” Grace gasped, after plopping back down onto the couch. “What game should we play?”


“Why not all of them?” Clara said suddenly.

“Like a family game night marathon,” Caroline commented.

“Yes, but I was thinking a bit more on the lines of a family game night Olympics!”

The sisters all nodded their agreement, and they began the first game of the night’s ‘Olympic Games’, “Racing.”


The girls rolled dice and their playing pieces took off down the colored board. Julie (Yellow) was taking the lead, followed closely by Clara (Red), and further by Grace (Green). Caroline’s blue pawn lingered behind them all.


The game started a bit mellow, but soon the sisters were really getting into it!

Clara: Caroline!! How did you pass me so quickly!

Caroline: *giggles and shrugs*

Grace: This roll oughtta pull me ahead! *shakes dice vigorously*

(It did pull her ahead! ūüėČ )


After the game finished, Julie drew a scoreboard to keep track of the night’s Olympic games scores.

The scores for “Racing” were as follows:


Julie: (4th); Caroline: 1st; Grace: 3rd; Clara: 2nd

Next up, Snakes and Ladders (Also played as Shoots and Ladders)


Clara (red) took a quick lead, but then Julie (yellow) happened upon a ladder!



Soon the playing pieces were nearing the end! Poor Grace (green) was at the back of the line-up.


Clara (who was currently in the lead as the red piece) was on her turn to roll when…


she rolled a two which sent her straight down the worst snake (shoot) on the board!


“NOOO!” she exclaimed (falling to the floor dramatically). Julie tried to stifle a giggle.

“Now I’m SO far behind!!” she wailed.

“Don’t worry,” Julie said brightly, “you may catch up quickly! Besides, it’s all about the fun and the family time, right?”

“Yes, you’re right,” Clara agreed, sitting up to continue playing.

And she did, indeed, catch up quickly!

Until she fell down that same snake.



And the game continued on, and Grace, with a quick recovery from her losing start, finished first! The other girls soon followed.

Julie recorded the scores for Snakes and Ladders:


Julie: 2nd; Caroline: 3rd; Grace: 1st; Clara: (4th)


Next was Chinese Checkers! But after a few long minutes of tediously setting up several of the many little game pieces, they realized that it was only a three player game. So they put it away and crossed it off of Julie’s chart.


By this time the girls were getting a bit worn out.

“I think we need some popcorn!” Julie offered.


The girls brightened.

“Oh, yes!” Clara exclaimed.

“I’ll come with you!” Grace said as Julie stood up to go get the popcorn. Only Julie noticed Grace wink.

Soon Julie brought in a large bowl of popcorn,


and Grace followed behind with a plate of chocolate chip cookies! Clara whooped.

“I made them a earlier today,” Grace explained, laying them on the coffee table.


After several cookies and handfuls of popcorn were devoured, the sisters were ready to continue their games. Caroline dealt out the UNO cards.


The girls took turns in silence. (Due to them still eating, of course)


“Yikes, Grace! How many cards do you have?” Clara said, after finishing her second cookie. (Julie told her she’d had enough when she tried to nab a third.)

“Well, a lot,” Grace grimaced at her handful.


Suddenly, Caroline called “UNO!”


“Uno?” Grace called, surprised by Caroline’s sudden cry. “I still have eight!”

Caroline won on her next turn, and the game continued around. Grace, who seemed to be very good at comebacks by now, finished soon after Caroline.

Julie wrote out the scores…


Julie: (4th); Caroline: 1st; Grace: 2nd; Clara: 3rd


Next up, Caroline dealt out cards for Go Fish, while Clara tried to get her attention to insist that they need a Go Fish “pool” rather than a Go Fish “pile.”

“How can we ‘go fishing’ if all the cards are stacked up neatly?” Clara reasoned. “They have to be in a lake so we can fish for them!”


And so, Caroline set up a Go Fish “pool” in the center of the table!


The game began, and continued around.


Several matches and “go fish’s” had been made when Julie stood up, suddenly.

“Wait a minute,” she said, “I’ve got something to get.” (Clara wondered [or should I say hoped] if it was more cookies)


Julie strutted back into the room, holding her camera, and announced, “It’s picture time!!”

DSCN3224¬†“Ready or not, here I shoot!”




“NOOOO!” Clara cried.

“Just give me a minute, my hair is a wreck!” Caroline pleaded.

Grace just giggled.



Grace managed to convince her sisters to come over and pose, after reminding them that Julie was still taking pictures of them.

They piled in, and actually looked fine, in spite of their original distress.



Julie attached her camera to her tripod, set the timer, and jumped in to join them in a picture.



Then Julie decided that was enough photos, and set her camera on the table. That is, after viewing the ones she had taken and giggling over the results. Clara and Caroline hesitantly agreed that Julie could keep the crazy pictures, and laughed along with her.

Then they sat down to finish their round of Go Fish.

The scores were as follows:


Julie: 1st; Caroline: 2nd; Grace: (4th); Clara: 3rd


The last game of the night was “Slap” (also known as Egyptian Rat Screw, and I think other names, too.)

It got quite intense, as the girls crowded around the table, trying to prepare themselves to slap the deck at a moment’s notice!

These were the ending scores for “Slap”:


Julie: 3rd; Caroline: 2nd; Grace: 1st; Clara: (4th)


“That’s the last game!” Julie told them.

“What!?” Grace exclaimed. The girls began to discuss how fun the night had been as Julie added up the final scores.

She finished, and looked up at her sisters, smiling.

“Ready to see our Family Game Night Olympian Winner!?”

“Yes!” they exclaimed in Unison.

And the winner is……





With Grace in 2nd and Julie in 3rd!


“Oh my goodness!” Caroline said excitedly.

Clara frowned as she noticed her own score, but quickly caught herself and was the first to get up and congratulate Caroline.


“Congratulations, Caroline!!” Julie said after her sisters had a chance to see the scoreboard.

“Yes, Great job!!” Grace agreed enthusiastically. They were happy that their quiet, humble sister, Caroline, won the whole tournament!


“Honestly,” Clara said, “This was a lot of fun! Winning or not, it was better than my Stuffielympics would have been!”


“And though Therese’s house would have been great, it was good to get some family time in,” Grace added.

Julie gave a mischievous grin, “Aw, this is great! Just lovely! It’s the perfect time for another group picture!”

Nooo!!” The girls chorused.

“Don’t worry! I’m kidding!” Julie said, her eyes twinkling.

They all laughed.


What did you think? It was fun to put together! ūüôā

Did you recognize Therese’s name from Grace’s school day photostory?

Have you ever played any of the games featured in this photostory? Does your family ever have family game nights?



Lunchtime Laughter and Grammar Grimaces: Grace’s School Day ‚Äď A Photostory



It’s finally here! I hope you enjoy!



Beeep! Beeep! Beeep!




“Can’t that thing just snooze itself…” Clara mumbled, turning over in bed.


Grace was already up and wide awake, “Clara, you’ve pressed ‘snooze’ about five times now, I’m already dressed, and the bus is coming at 8:30!”

“Well, what time is it now?” came a pillow-muffled voice.



Clara didn’t do anything for a moment, and Grace thought she was fast asleep again, but then she slowly turned, opened her eyes, and dragged herself out of bed.


“Hurry now!” Grace reminded. “I don’t want us to be late!”


Grace scurried off to the kitchen where she ate a quick bowl of cereal, trusting that Clara didn’t lay down to sleep on the floor.



she brushed her teeth,


and did her hair.


“Alright, let’s go, Clara!”


Clara walked out of the bedroom with her backpack slung over her shoulder, tugging at her knotted hair with a hairbrush, and followed Grace out the door.

“Do you have your glasses?” Grace asked.

“Yup. In my backpack,” Clara responded with a nod.

They arrived at the bus stop just as the bus was pulling in. In no time they were at the schoolhouse.


“Oh no!” Clara moaned as they exited the bus. “I forgot to bring my math homework!”

Grace gave her a sympathetic pat on the back as they parted ways to get to their classes–Clara to her 5th grade class, and Grace to her first period 7th grade class.

On the way Grace stopped by her locker to grab her history textbook, and hang up her backpack.


“Hi Grace!” Her locker neighbor said enthusiastically when Grace came over.

“Good morning, Therese.” She smiled at her friend, who she had met when she couldn’t figure out her locker code, only to find she was trying to open Therese’s locker!


They didn’t chat long though, because soon the bell rang and they were whisked away to their classes.


Grace continued on through her classes, history being her first class, which also happened to be her favorite.


Then was math, which she was pleasantly surprised to find a test on her desk with an 100% grade!


Then English, which was her least favorite because of grammar, though she liked writing alright.

Finally the bell rang after a long, grueling grammar lesson on participles, and Grace happily retrieved her lunch box from her locker and joined Therese to head for the cafeteria.


Grace scanned the crowd of kids in the cafeteria.


She spotted Clara with some of her friends at one table,



and then she saw their friend, Ellie, at the end of the line for a cafeteria lunch. Therese went and took a place in line with her, as Grace left to find them a table.



Lunch passed quickly. They spoke of their lessons and weekend plans, among other things, before hurrying again to the rest of the day’s classes, which preceded much like the one’s before lunch.

And then the final bell rang. School was out! Grace jumped up and grabbed her books. She picked up her backpack from her locker and said “goodbye” to Therese and Ellie, and picked up Clara to go back to the bus.


“How was your day?” Grace asked.

“It was good, Clara replied. “And I found my math paper! I thought I had left it at home, but really it was just scrunched in the bottom of my backpack. How was your day?”


“Good! I can’t wait to show Julie my 100% math test! However, I can wait to do my grammar homework,” Grace grimaced, trying to remember how the teacher described participles.


“Well how about this: you help me with my worst subject, math, and I’ll help you with your worst subject, grammar. Then we both don’t have to be so miserable,” Clara smiled, and skipped towards the bus.


“Deal!” Grace laughed, as she jogged after her sister, ready to go home for the afternoon.

It had been a good school day.


I finally finished this! Yaay! It’s been a draft for soo long XD .

I hope you really enjoyed it! I thought it’d be fun to show a day of school for one of the girls. I’m actually home schooled, but it’s fun to have my dolls go to the bus and use the lockers I had already made before.

It was kind of interesting figuring out how I was going to make four American girl dolls seem like a school… XD . You may have noticed the back of a special guest doll in one of the photos ūüėČ .


Did you enjoy seeing Grace’s school day? Are you public/private schooled or home schooled?



Glasses for Clara – A Photostory


I’ve had this post written out and waiting for quite a while now, and am glad to finally be able to show it to you!

I hope you enjoy!

Clara was staying up late doing her math homework, which wasn’t particularly unusual, as math was Clara’s absolute worst subject, but tonight she was staying up later than normal.


“Are you almost done? It’s getting late, and I’m going to bed!” Grace said.

“Alright, I just have a few more math problems. I’ll go to bed in a bit,” Clara responded, frustrated. Grace nodded sympathetically and headed to her and Clara’s bedroom.


Julie saw Clara still working, and offered to help her “You seem to be having more trouble than usual, maybe I can give¬†you some pointers.”

“Sure,” Clara said, relieved. “I just can’t seem to remember the problems the teacher explained to us in class. It sure would help if he got a fresh marker for the white board! I’m really tempted to get him one as a gift!”


Julie laughed, “Yeah, I heard teacher appreciation week is coming up! You could get him one then! But seriously, if you’re having trouble seeing the problems, you might just want to tell him.”

Clara shrugged, “I guess I should. I’ve been straining my eyes squinting at his writing.”


A thought popped into Julie’s head, and she asked, “When did you start having trouble?”


“Oh, ever since we changed seats. That was when he started using that cheap marker. Can we start¬†working now, it’s getting late!”

“Wait a minute Clara. I’m not sure it’s the marker that’s causing you trouble.”


“What do you mean?” Clara cocked her head.

“Did the teacher move you to a seat further from the board? Because I think it might be your vision that’s giving you the trouble.”

Clara thought for a moment. “Well, I think you might have something there! He did move me back in the classroom.”


“Well, I guess it’s time to set you up with an eye appointment!” Julie smiled, patting Clara’s back and getting up to leave.

Clara nodded thoughtfully, wondering how she would look in glasses. Then she remembered her homework!


“Wait! Julie!! What about my homework!?”

“Oh, right! Coming!

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The next day Julie took Clara to the eye doctor after school. They waited quietly until a pretty lady wearing a long green skirt called Clara in for her checkup.


Clara nervously followed the lady into a room where she did various exercises to check Clara’s vision.


“Well miss Clara, it turns out that you are nearsighted, which means you can see things well if they are close to you, but you have trouble seeing things farther away. Looks like you’ll be needing some glasses! Lucky for you, we have many cute pairs to try on so you can find your perfect look!”


She led Clara out to where Julie was, and explained to Julie that Clara would need glasses, and then she showed them their collection of glasses.


There were many shapes, sizes, and colors, and Clara was excited to try them, but also a little nervous. What if she just didn’t look good in glasses?

“Go ahead,” Julie encouraged. “Try some on!” So Clara did.


She tried bold colored glasses,


simple cute glasses,


as well as large funky ones,

Until she finally settled on a cute brown pair with blue lining the inside.


“These!” Clara exclaimed. “I like these ones!”

Julie nodded in approval, and they told the lady their decision

– – – – – – – –

Her math class was a little easier then, as the faded marker turned into a vivid one. Clara was glad to see the world in crisp colors around her.


In spite of her original worries as to if she would like them, Clara loved her glasses.



That’s right! Clara has glasses now! I had this pair from a while back, and thought it¬†would be fun to give them to her! She might not wear them all the time, but I think they’ll become a pretty regular part of her outfits.

So, what do you think of Clara’s glasses? Do you think she looks good in them? Or do you like her better without?

Buh-Bye! ūüėČ