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Joy’s Journal 2-15

Finally, the much awaited (For some people) next part of Joy’s Journal, part fifteen! There are thirty parts in this series. 

When I went back to classes the next day my ‘friends’ set out to make my life miserable. It worked.


I remember seeing them crowded around my locker as I pulled my stuff out if it.


I jumped back as a jar of dirt and bugs spilled everywhere. It was positioned to fall out as soon as I opened the door.

By the way the girls were laughing I knew they had done it on purpose.


The janitor handed me a broom, and I heard Roberta whisper something to Serenity.

“Stupid girl.”

By the time I had finished sweeping the mess up I was late to Art, and the halls were deserted.

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I hadn’t had time to grab my art supplies, so I went to the teacher to try to explain what happened.

“I’m late because some girls put a jar of bugs and dirt in my locker and I didn’t have time to clean in up. I didn’t have time to get my art supplie-”

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One of the other girls in Roberta and Serenity’s group waltzed in.

“She’s making things up Mrs Oakwood. She’s lying. No one did anything to her, she just didn’t want to paint.”

“Is this true Joy?”

“Of course not! It’s-”

“You are going to believe JOY?” The girl asked. “The one who lied to everyone about her illness to skip school?”

“Good point Cinnamon.”

“You are going to believe Cinnamon?” I burst out. “What abo-”

Mrs Oakwood cut me off. “That’s enough Joy. We need to start.”

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And so I got to stare at an empty easel the entire time.


Spring Photo Shoot

For Easter I dressed up all my dolls in nice, springy outfits and took them outside for a photo shoot. I did a group picture, but also single pictures of each doll. I am going to use these as profile pictures because the place where I used to take profile pictures no longer exists.


Group picture!

This was really fun to take. I had to arrange all fifteen dolls. (Count them!) Most of the dolls are positioned well. A couple of them I don’t like so much, such as Gabi, Jenny, and Faith. Overall though, I really like this picture.

I am going to try to use it as a header image. I don’t know how well that will work…

Mckenna is not colorblind


I really like this picture. Mckenna’s hair is frizzy, and I didn’t have a good pair of shoes for this outfit that no one else was wearing, but whatever. Who needs shoes?

Mckenna is wearing:

A dress that I sewed and tie dyed,

The shrug from the fall outfit I bought at our local festival,

The matching hair bow with aquamarine lace wrapped around it.


I like this one too. The outfit looks good on Abby, but come to think of it, she would never wear something that frilly.

Abby is wearing:

American Girl Grace’s opening night dress

Headband from American Girl Grace’s opening night outfit.


I like how the tall grass and flowers cast shadows on Riley.

Riley is wearing:

Shirt from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Tunic from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Leggings from the American Girl warm winter outfit,

Shoes from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Random butterfly hair clip.


Katelyn isn’t looking at the camera. Argh! And her hair is messy.

Katelyn is wearing:

My Life As dress,

Headband from a Madame Alexander outfit. (I looked, but I got it years ago, and I have no idea what the outfit is called)


Oh, I love this picture of Grace. Even though the shoes never made it on her.

Grace is wearing:

Skirt that I made out of lace and fabric I dyed,

Tank top from American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet outfit,

American Girl Isabelle’s purple Wrap sweater.

Hope and Pride

Argh! This one’s kind of blurry.

Hope is wearing:

Cheerleader dress from my local festival,

Pom pom from the cheerleader outfit (In her hair)

Headband from Our Generation Joy’s meet outfit,

Boots that I made.


Joy looks so adorable in that dress.

Joy is wearing:

A dress that I made,

Our Generation Joy’s meet shoes.

Maria moose

Maria isn’t looking at the camera, but I like this one.

Maria is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit my dolls,

The headband from the American Girl love to layer accessories,

The shoes that Journey Girl Callie was wearing when we found her.

Faith under the branches

Not one of my favorites, but it’s okay.

Faith is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit 18 inch dolls,

Our Generation Parker’s meet shoes.


I absolutely love this one. It fit’s Eileen’s personalty so well.

Eileen is wearing:

The American Girl petals and posies dress that Mia was wearing when I found her,

A pearl bracelet from Our Generation,

Random blue ribbon,

And she’s holding a dandelion.


I don’t really like this picture, but it fits Lea’s personality.

Lea is wearing:

American Girl Merry Magenta dress,

American Girl Merry Magenta headband.


I really like the outfit that Mia is wearing.

Mia is wearing:

A dress that I made,

A sash that my cousin crocheted,

The Journey Girls shrug Callie was wearing when we found her,

American Girl Lea’s meet shoes,

Our Generation Parker’s meet headband,

An ice skate charm on a piece of ribbon.


I like this picture. If only Gabi was sitting up more.

Gabi is wearing:

Our Generation Doll shirt, (Someone gave it to me, and I never identified it)

American Girl headband from Grace’s baking outfit,

American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet leggings,

American Girl boots from Soft As Snow outfit.


Callie is so fun to pose! This picture was fun to take.

Callie is wearing:

A dress I made,

Headband from American Girl Spring Breeze outfit,

Shoes from Our Generation tworiffic twin set.


Argh! Jenny’s hair is so frizzy.

Jenny is wearing:

My Twin Blooming Flower dress,

My Twin shoes,

Random hair clip.


So there you have it. This year’s Easter photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed.


Joy’s Journal Part 2-6



I turned over and put my pillow over my head. “Be quiet Hope!”

“Oh Joy,” Savana Laughed. “We are at this boarding school, River Valley, not home.”

dscn42541                              I sat up. She was right. A bell rung. I realized that I had slept in my clothes and I hurried out of bed to change.

dscn42551                         I was trying to pull my hair into braids, when the bell rang.

“Is that the breakfast bell?”

“No Joy, that is the late bell.” She took off running, leaving me behind. dscn42561                                                                                               When I got to my class they were  doing names. I had had a hard time falling asleep the night before and I was really tiered.

dscn42581                                                                          The teacher was about as far away as she could get from me. I rested my head against the table for just a minute. And I fell asleep.  dscn42601                          I felt a tap on my head. “Hello?” The teacher said. “And what name do you have the honer of having?” dscn42611                           “Ummm.” I stuttered. “What was the question? Oh, I won’t know it. I fell asleep.” I admitted hesitantly.

“What is your name?”

“Joy Fully.”

Her expression softened. “It’s okay Joy. You can get a pass and go to the nurse’s office. Just try to stay awake from now on.” dscn42591                      The Teacher walked back up to her desk. 
                          As I walked out of the room I saw a girl raise her hand.

“I forgot a pencil.”

“Then use Roberta’s!” She snapped.

Why was she being so nice to me? I wondered. Then it dawned on me. She knew about my chronic illness.


Review Cheer leading Dress

At our local festival in October I bought a cheer leading dress and matching pompoms from one of the booths. It was handmade, but it could compete with American Girl. It was 11 dollars, a great deal for a dress of it’s quality. DSCN7665[1]        I chose Riley as my model because she looks so good in it. RAH RAH!

POMPOMSDSCN7667[1]   The pompom is made of white and blue yarn, and a blue ribbon tying the yarn to the elastic. DSCN7666[1]  Riley can hold the pompoms, but because the elastic isn’t tight the actual pompom part falls to the bottom. DSCN7668[1]        If you wedge the yarn between her fingers she can hold it. DSCN7669[1]   They look really cute on her hair too.

THE DRESS DSCN7670[1]   The dress is made of blue fabric with white and blue ribbon details. DSCN7671[1]     The neck is made much like a turtle neck, but it doesn’t come up very high. DSCN7672[1]   The dress has no sleeves, instead it is hemmed. DSCN7673[1]        White ribbon on top of blue ribbon is zigzag stitched onto the front of the dress. I love this detail. DSCN7674[1]   The skirt is very full, ruffled onto the dress. It is very even, not like my ruffles. DSCN7675[1]   The end of the dress has the same blue and white ribbon. DSCN7676[1]  The Velcro closure in the back isn’t very noticeable.  DSCN7677[1]  There is thread tangled up in the velcro on my dress, but you can’t see it most of the time. DSCN7679[1]   Riley can do splits in this dress.

I overall love this dress. It would have been nice if it had come with something for her hair, but it doesn’t take away.

I rate this dress 10/10


Friend fights-Finale


We all sat in the gym for the tie breaker. Katelyn would ask a question and one team would answer.

We were evenly tied. Then Katelyn came to a question that only Joy knew. She knew in-But from her time. Which meant we won.


As soon as it was announced We went up and hugged. Then I realized something. The only reason we won was because Joy was from the 50s. That wasn’t fair.


I pulled Riley up.


Then we all hugged. We were all friends and family and we all deserved to win.

After it was over we we congratulated a lot. Things we back to normal between everyone who took place. Before when we weren’t at the filming place on Saturday there was a wall between the teams. The wall was broken and we were all set free!

Story Saturday is over for now because next week will be summer.


Story Saterday-Friend fights



Katelyn explained the rules of the challenge. A gymnastics contest. I got bar, Riley got beam, (and boy was she existed. She couldn’t get off of it,) Joy got floor and Grace got beam. I hoped we would win, I knew that Grace and I would try our bests. I was great at gymnastics but Riley and Joy were too shy to do anything so who knew? They could be better than us.


Bar was my best and I flew through the routine with grace and speed.


And Grace was graceful on the trampoline.


But when It was Riley’s turn she froze up.


And in her heels Joy was clunky.


When everyone was done Katelyn spoke. “It is clear that Mckenna and Grace won. Which brings us to a tie. Meet me in the gym for the tiebreaker.”



Writing and Fun


(Ignore the doll feet.) 

I was writing in my journal.


Riley came up.

“Whatchya writing?” She asked.

“A story.” I told her. “Wanna read?” DSCN4268[1]

Riley took my journal and read the story.


When she came back she told me they were awesome.

“You should send them to camp for the contest.” She said. “They have a contest where you send in the story and they pick the best one and use it for the play.”

“Thanks for telling me.” I said “I think I will.”

You can be part of the contest too! Write a story that would work for a play and send it to my gmail account. It is pretty piggie girl. Send your entry(s) no later than June first and I will pick the best one and use it.

If you have any questions feel free to comment. 


Story Saturday-Friend Fights

Sorry that this is so short, There wasn’t much to say. 



Katelyn told us the challenge. A singing challenge.


Riley and I sang. DSCN4228[1]Then Mckenna and Grace.

I knew we would win. We sounded wonderful whereas Mckenna and Grace weren’t even singing the same song! We won. We only had to win one more to win the whole thing!



Stop yelling!

Random name, Yes I know. I couldn’t think of anything better.

I have been stuck on camp lately so I went outside to think about other things.


I sat on the bridge and gazed at the water. It would be fun to go swimming in this during camp. I thought.


On the hammock I wondered how much fun camp would be.


I wondered how much time we would spend outdoors.

Then I decided to just go in.


I wasn’t prepared to come it. Grace was yelling: I can’t bake, Katelyn was rolling for a random reason and everyone else was screaming.


“I know we are all excited  for camp but STOP YELLING and come with me.”


I took them to the doll camp


And the rest to the campgrounds.


The mini doll camp is on my dresser and I stuck the dolls in drawer to get them to stand up.


Story Saturday-Friend Fights

I should just make it story Sunday. I never get it done on Saturday.


Katelyn explained the rules. We would have thirty minutes to bake and decorate a cupcake. The best one would win.


We added the ingredients and Mckenna added blueberries.


I filled the pans and started to take them to the oven. Joy was putting hers in. I realized that there wasn’t enough time to do both in the oven and turned back to Mckenna.


“This is a crazy idea.” I said “So please don’t vote me off if we lose.”


I put the cupcakes in the microwave and set the timer.


We started decorating our cupcake, already having iced it, with our supplies around us.


Katelyn came to taste our cupcake. DSCN4066[1]

Then Riley and Joy’s.


We all gathered to hear what Katelyn had to say.

“I think it is clear that the winner is Mckenna and Grace!”

“We Will take a loss.” Joy said before Katelyn even asked.

Now we are tied 1-1