Detective Work

Don’t let the featured image fool you. Prepare yourself for one of the most unprofessional and one of my worst blog posts in months. 😛

d1Why, hello there! It’s Ellie. A few days ago, Madison went with her mom to the store voluntarily – in fact, her mom even agreed to hold off on the shopping trip to the next day just so Madison could find it in her schedule to go.

Which isn’t normal.

I might not be the best gymnast in the family like Molly, and I might not be a wanna-be ninja like Chloe. But I know when Madison’s up to something! I could be a junior detective. 😉

d2I stood quite uncomfortably with my feet in the cupholders of the car door. We usually take our minivan, but it was in the shop so we took Madison’s older sister’s car. As I placed my hands on the car windowsill, I began to deliberate over my reasons for why Madison was most definitely up to something.

She never goes to the store with her mom. Ever.

One, because she doesn’t have the time.

Two, because personally, she’s a huge saver. Like, I can’t even remember the last time she bought something at the store. Not because she couldn’t afford it, but because she just likes to save up her money so that big things like this don’t cause a moment’s hesitation.

d3So why on earth would she be going with her money?

d4I’m glad you asked, friends. Because that’s exactly what I’ve come along to find out.

d6“I observe we are here,” I told Madison as the car pulled to a stop. Thinking detective-y questions, I demanded, “Walmart, eh? When’s the last time you personally bought something at Walmart?

“December 2015,” Madison answered promptly, unbuckling her seat belt with a satisfying click of freedom.

December 2015? I guessed this was annual. Then that would be…

Oh, no.

Christmas shopping.

d7This is going to be disastrous, I realized. But it was too late to stop Madison from going.

d8“I don’t know why you wanted to come,” Madi sighed as she peeled me off from clutching the windowsill in shock and placed me in the floorboard. “You know you’re gonna have to lay here until I come back so you won’t melt.”

Dazed, I didn’t answer. With a shrug from Madison the door was soon slammed, and the air instantly became hot and stuffy. With the afternoon sun streaming in through the windows and filling the car with a sunny haze, I did indeed feel kind of drowsy.

So what else does a distraught detective do?

I took a nap.

d9“Crazy Christmas presents… nothing I want… the wrong kind…”

I didn’t realize I was sleep talking until I heard the car door open.

d10“What did you buy?” I demanded, shooting straight up.

“Nothing for you, silly,” Madison grinned as she gently set her bag of goodies down on her seat, returning to help unload the rest of the groceries from the cart into the back.

d11-1No sooner had I hopped up to scavenge through the spoils had Madison plopped back down in her seat.

“Hey!” she scolded. “What are you doing?”

“Foam stickers? Really?” What kind of a Christmas present would those make?

d12“WOAH. What are THESE?!”

d13“For me?!” I gasped in utter, flabbergasted shock. How did Madison know?! Did our inner artists connect or something? I had always wanted these awesome Christmas stickers and holiday ribbon to decorate Christmas cards with…

“Those aren’t for you,” Madison interrupted. “They’re stuff for something for DWOD.”

Woah, woah, woah, woah. Wait.


What’s even worse than having your owner buy something for you that you don’t want is your owner buying something you want dearly and then not give it to you.

d14“You mean to tell me that these awesome Christmas craft supplies aren’t for me?!”

Madison smiled. “No, silly. I haven’t started shopping for Christmas presents yet. It’s not even Thanksgiving.”

“Then why the Christmas craft supplies then, huh?” I countered.

d15“That’s classified,” was all Madison could get in before I tossed the supplies aside and dove into the bag again. There was some glitter, felt, and…


d16“These are totally for me, right?!”

“Uh, no,” Madison deflated my balloon of hope. “I’m not even eating those.”

“Then why did you buy them?!”

“I didn’t.”

I should have known. She would rarely ever want to spend her money on something like candy.

“I did,” piped up Hurricane Peach Fuzz (AKA Madison’s little brother) from beside her in the backseat.

“No more questions, missy,” Madison scolded before my open mouth could spit forth any more. “I need to keep things a surprise.”

“You like surprises, don’t you?” Madi’s older sister teased her from the passenger seat.

d17“Well, I hate surprises,” I grumbled, putting my hand up to the car handle and trying in vain to open the door once Madison’s mom had parked the car in the driveway.

“No you don’t,” Madison laughed, helping me out with the door.

d18I hopped down and landed on the driveway outside. While Madison and her siblings helped their mom with the groceries, I dragged my feet. So much for detective work, I mused.

d19Madison won’t even tell me why she bought all these craft supplies. And she probably won’t let me use them, either. How rude!

d20On second thought… my eyes widened as my brain introduced a glorious idea. Maybe Madison will let me help with her surprises!

d21“MADI! Wait up!” I called, speed-walking toward the front door.

d22“Noooo! I’ve been doomed by the door!”

Or so I thought. 😛 Madi, chuckling (it wasn’t funny -__-) opened the door to my pathetic-looking self.

d23I offered to carry the bag of goodies the rest of the way to Madison’s room, even though it was more like pulling a heavy cart. ;D I didn’t understand why Madison and a nearby Emelie were laughing at me until Madi snapped this picture. Why am I always the laughing stock? My pants were not from AG, okay? -__-

Check out HOTH Season 2, Part 10 (Finale)

But hope is not lost, friends! Madison won’t tell me what her surprise is until we begin working on it together, but as you’ve probably figured out by those words, she’s letting me help her! 😉

Which is totally exciting both for me and for you! Why do you think Madison purchased Christmas craft supplies for surprises for DWOD? Madi says there are two reasons. Whoever guesses correctly will get a shoutout in the surprise post!



P.S. Madi here. Forgive the iPhone quality. 😛 I couldn’t bring the camera in the car because my sister’s car is small and there wasn’t any room to hide the camera when we went inside. So I had to take the pictures on my iPhone 7 that day… Those were interesting to see, I’m sure. ?

2016-11-18T18:58:31-05:00 November 21st, 2016|72 Comments


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    Sara November 21, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Hmm..I wonder what the surprise is?
    Amazing photos, Madi – in the car, too!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Hehe! 😉 Aw, thank you SO much, Sara! 😀

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        Sara November 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome SO much!! 😀
        P.S. For some crazy reason, I don’t get notified when you reply to my comments, sadly…

        • Madison
          Madison November 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

          😀 😀

          P.S. Oh, really? That is so weird! Sorry ’bout that. I don’t know what is up with my crazy comment problems. XD

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    Salwa Din November 21, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    i can guess those are chrimas stickers to put on your giveaway prizewinner”s prize. and anyways i am so anxious to hear who wil win

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      That’s an awesome guess, Salwa! Haha, me too – I’m super excited to see who the winner is. Thanks for commenting! 😀

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    Maddie November 21, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    OH my gosh this is so exciting!!!!!!!oh really, you used your IPhone? Well honestly, they turned out pretty good? They could be worse right?!? Ok I think I have a pretty good idea. Ready? *drumroll*

    A Christmas Card exchange?
    Or like a 25 days of Christmas craft countdown?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Hehe! 😀 Aw, thank you SO much! True, they’re not bad compared to the pictures I took back in 2012… XD

      Oooohhh! You have some awesome guesses there, Maddie! 😉

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    Clara November 21, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Ooh! Ohh! Are you doing a Christmas craft series? 😀

    -Clara <3

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Maybe… 😉 Awesome guess! 😀

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    Lucky November 21, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I think the quality of the photos was great!
    Could the surprise be decorating Christmas cards for fans or maybe wrapping/decorating the packaging for the ag doll your giving away
    -Lucky ?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Aw, thanks so much, Lucky!
      Wow, amazing guesses! 😀

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    Rutvi November 21, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply


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    Lucky November 21, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

    P.s I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas!
    I love Christmas !
    * frantically rummages through box of decorations*
    *starts decorating doll bedroom*?
    -Lucky ?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      P.S. I know, right?! This year the time has just flown by! 😮 😀
      Hahaha! I love Christmas decorating! ;D

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    Staff November 21, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    These pics are great! Way better than my pictures 😛 I’m hoping to transfer to my dads better camera!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much, Staff! I think your pictures are great. ;D Ooh, that sounds awesome! New cameras are super fun to play around with!

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    Grace (The Girl Upstairs) November 21, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Here goes…I dare you to comment this on Sara’s newest post:

    • Madison
      Madison November 21, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Hehehe! I’ll do it! XD

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      Sara November 23, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      CAUGHT YOU!!!

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    Olive November 21, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    no idea. but it was fun to read!
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      LOL! Thank you, Olive! 😀

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    Grace (The Girl Upstairs) November 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Here’s my real dare! (It’s fine if you did the other one, though. And you don’t have to do this right away, either. XD)

    Oh dear…XD XD XD

    • Madison
      Madison November 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      OH DEAR… XD XD I’ll wait a little bit and then… MWAHA! XD

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    Grace (The Girl Upstairs) November 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    *evil laugh* XD

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    Gracie November 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I Didn’t think it was a terrible post! I enjoyed it! 🙂
    Hmmm, I wonder what it could be? Maybe a Christmas party, kinda like Jasmine’s and Molly-anne’s birthday? Or some sort of celebration for the winner of the American girl doll?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so very much, Gracie! 😀
      Oooh, you have some awesome guesses! 😀

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    Shelby-Grace November 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    This was such an adorable photostory! Ellie is so cute 🙂

    I’m going to guess that you’ll be using the supplies for a DWOD post of some kind – maybe for your Hang on To Hope photoseries? 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Hehe, thank you so much, Shelby-Grace! Ellie says thanks, too. 😉

      Maybe! 😉 Awesome guesses! Thanks so much! 😀

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    Lucky November 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I’m so excited ?
    *starts xmas wish list*

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    AAG November 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Oh! Holiday crafts maybe?? This post made me feel better, because I went to the hospital today for a surgery on my left hand, the surgery is next week

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Oooh, awesome guess! 😀 Aw, I’m so sorry to hear about that! 🙁 Would you like me to pray for you?

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    agsparklesisters November 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    We don’t mind at all about the pictures.
    *We take pictures with an iPhone all the time*

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    From a Doll's Perspective November 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I absolutely loved this photo story! I think it is one of your best yet!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you SO much, Anna! I’m really glad you like it! 😀

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    Izzy November 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Are you going to use the supplies to decorate your dolls’ Christmas tree?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      That’s a really great guess! 😀

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    Cherry cola22 November 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Great post! I didn’t even realize that was an IPhone quality! They looked really good! I don’t know what the surprise could be. I don’t know why’d you need stickers for a blog. Are you going to make cards for other bloggers? Are you just trying to throw us off the scent? I really don’t know. Could ya spare a hint?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Aw, thanks so much, Kiki! 😀 😀 Hmmm… good guesses… My hint is…

      It’s gonna be great. 😉

      LOL! ?

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        Cherry cola22 November 23, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

        You’re very welcome!?. Thanks! Thank you I definitely know what it is now!(NOT!?).

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    Lainey November 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Oooooooh!!! I wonder what the surprise is…xP

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    Reya November 21, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    This was a neat post!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you so very much, Reya! 😀

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    Heather November 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Your pictures were great. I don’t think I could ever guess what those things were for. Before, you came back from the car, I would have guessed you would have come back with a My Life As outfit or accessory for Ellie.
    I thought it was so cool how you kept the story in Ellie’s perspective but had you and your family involved in it. I’m glad I’m not the only one who ‘talks’ to my dolls and have them talk back at me!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you SO much, Heather! Yeah, I really like being involved in my photostories. 😀 (Same here! ?)

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    AGfan November 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Ahhhhh!! I have a million ideas of what could be happening…but i need to sleep on it:):)

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      LOL! ?

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        AGfan November 23, 2016 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        OK, heres my guess’s:
        *drum-roll please*
        You are making some kind of Christmas craft for your dolls…AND pets?? I still can’t figure out what Coconut dying has to do with mini candy cane etc. stickers and green and red ribbon?!lol:):) Maybe its a christmas craft exchange??
        *OK, drumroll can stop now!!*

        • Madison
          Madison November 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

          LOL! Fantastic guesses, AGfan! And LOL! XD Thanks again! 😀

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    Lea November 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Christmas card exchange?

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      That’s a really awesome guess! 😉

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        Lea November 24, 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

        I have no idea tbh! I’m hoping for some craft projects as well, maybe doll sized christmas cards… I’m not sure!

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    samanthadolls November 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait for the surprise, crafting, perhaps?!
    Mini dolls?
    *Hyperventilates while thinking about gingerbread house*

    • Madison
      Madison November 23, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Sam! 😀
      Ooh, that’s an awesome guess… 😉 LOL, gingerbread houses. XD

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    unicornkaren November 22, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Hi. Im just here to let’s you know I entered the giveaway! I followed you on WordPress
    Subscribed to your YouTube channel
    My YouTube channel is: Karen’s Production
    I hope I win. I really want a doll. I only have one doll but it isn’t an American girl doll. It is a my Journey girl doll. I would love another doll that is an American girl doll. Thank you so much! I love your videos on YouTube! You’re the best ag-tuber in my opinion!

    • Madison
      Madison November 23, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for entering, Karen! Thanks for subscribing, too, I’ll give you an extra bonus entry. 😀
      Good luck! The drawing is completely random, so anybody can win. And aw, thank you SO much! I’m really glad you like my videos! 😀 Thanks again and good luck. 😀

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    Christian Homeschooler November 23, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

    This wasn’t a bad quality post at all, Madison! The photos look perfectly fine. 🙂
    Anyway, Ellie is quite funny. I like her detective work. 😉 I’m going to guess that the things you bought are for making Christmas decorations. Maybe you’ll have post some crafts on DWOD! 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison November 23, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much, Christian Homeschooler! I’m glad they look okay! 😀 Hehe, Ellie says thanks. 😉 And ooh, great guesses! 😀

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    Sara November 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply


    • Madison
      Madison November 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      And now I shall start some detective work of my own! MWAHAHA! Who was the darer this time? Grace? Megan? I shall find out! >:)

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    Emily November 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    That was adorable post! very well written and fun pictures!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so very much, Emily! 😀

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    Staff December 2, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Maybe it’s a Secret Santa thing between ur dolls or possibly a new photostory?

    • Madison
      Madison December 2, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Oooh! Great guesses! 😀

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