Happy Summer from Chloe and Ellie!

There’s nothing like a new season to give my two little adventurers another reason to get outside.

… or bonk each other in the face with a beach ball, but hey.

Ouch! Careful there, Chloe. Don’t be breaking Ellie’s nose!

Yes, I know Ellie is tough and stubborn. That still doesn’t give you a right to try wonk her face.

As adventurous as they are, they always come prepared. They had fun making me pack their bags.

Check out their list! They’ve brought along…

  • two American Girl magazines
  • a book about sea turtles (Chloe thought it looked perfectly summery)
  • a water bottle
  • some cherry Pepsi
  • two cups
  • two oranges
  • sunscreen
  • and a pinwheel.

Over by the handle of their two umbrellas are Chloe’s goggles.

And we can’t forget those aesthetic seashells in their equally aesthetic treasure chest!

Chloe thought they were absolutely beautiful to look at, but Ellie wanted to be more hands-on.

I collected these seashells for her from a beach in Texasโ€”having to pull out the dead crabs that were in each of them.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Chloe wouldn’t even get in the pool until she had gotten in her daily dose of reading. Must come with being a bookworm!

Ellie finally persuaded her to jump in after a few pages. Looks like they’re going for another round of Bonk You with the Beach Ball.

They insisted on bringing beach towels that matched their swimsuits.

Chloe’s beautiful swimsuit is from Bri Marie’s Boutique, which is actually still availableย right here. (No, I don’t get a commission; I seriously love the swimsuit!)

It’s the only modest swimsuit my dolls have, the poor things!

All that swimming works up an appetite. Time to bring out the healthy summer fruits and not-so-healthy soda!

Since I posted about having to take my blogging and writing break, all of your amazing comments have made my day! You’re the best.ย โค

I’m feeling rested already, but right after I posted about my break, I was hit with some intense allergies.

We tried all the natural cures and medicines we could think of, and I was still coughing all night!

Luckily, I’m much better now, but something in all that medicine caused a flare-up in my battle with arthritis.

It hurts to walk now, so even my fun posts here on DWOD will be coming a lot slower than I imagined.

But I don’t plan to stay down for too long. Jesus is still in the miracle-working business, and I’m believing for miracles this summer!

Here’s to our best summer yet!


I encourage you to try to find out what they’re planning.

Delaney planned to save up money and buy a human-sized bottle of whipped cream to load my face up while I was sleeping. Thankfully, I was able to nip that plan in the bud…

2018-06-20T16:37:46-05:00 June 21st, 2018|69 Comments


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    Mary E. June 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply


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    Anna|From a Doll's Perspective June 21, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    AHH, I just love this post! It feels so… refreshing! I totally understand about taking a break. ( I’m actually taking one myself…) I’ll be praying for you!


    P.S. I actually own Ellie’s swimsuit! It’s SUPER cute, isn’t it!? But also annoyingly immodest… ๐Ÿ˜‘

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Anna! I’m so glad you liked it! And thanks for praying. โค๏ธ I hope you have a super fantastic break, too! Here’s to a lot of rest and relaxation.

      P.S. Yesss, it’s so cute! But yeah, its immodesty is annoying. ๐Ÿ˜‘

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    madisonsmiles June 21, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    This is so cute!
    MCKENNA: Yah! I canโ€™t wait to wonk Carolineโ€™s head with a beach ball, thanks for the idea!
    ME: *sighs* Swell.
    Awesome post, as always!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Madison!

      Haha you’re welcome McKenna… sorry Madison, your doll might go a little crazy. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    AKJaguar June 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I hope you recover quickly and will be praying for you! Chloe’s swimsuit is adorable!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Jaguar! โค๏ธ And I know right? I love it!

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    Dollar Bill June 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    This is adorable! Happy summer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Happy summer to you too! โ˜€๏ธ

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    Katie June 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness those pictures are breathtaking! I love all the colors! I hope your arthritis gets better soon, I’ll be praying ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmm, I think you might still want to keep an eye on Del…… ๐Ÿ˜‰ can’t wait for the surprise too!
    -Katie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Katie! I’m so glad you liked the pictures!

      And thank you so much for praying! โค๏ธ

      Ah, yes, I’ll have to keep my eyes open. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I can’t wait to finish it!

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    Anonymous June 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Hey Madi this is Sierra I really like that blue swimsuit !!!!! It’s so beautiful !

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Hey, Sierra! Thanks for commenting! Isn’t the swimsuit awesome?

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    M&M June 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    That looks like so much fun! I hope you dolls have an awesome summer!!
    Iโ€™m so sorry your going through all of this madi! But Iโ€™m glad to see you still posting!


    PS: hmm I wonder what tricks the dolls have up their sleeve for the summer… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, M&M! My dolls wish the same to your dolls!

      Aww, thank you! I’m so glad you like my posts. That means so much!

      P.S. You never know with dolls. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Amie June 21, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I can feel your battle with allergies. I’m praying for you, and I hope you feel better very soon! You’re doing a great job here and on all your other blogs. <3

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Allergies totally stink. Thank you so much, Amie! You’re so encouraging. Thank you. โค๏ธ

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    Hannah June 21, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Looks like fun!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Ellie: Bonking Chloe with the beach ball or posing for pictures? ๐Ÿ˜
      Chloe: Ellie! ๐Ÿ˜‘

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    olivehiddenhollow June 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    You do not understand how much I love these photos. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š
    And I love Chloe’s swimsuit, it’s adorable!
    Ow, feel better soon! *hugs*
    And this summer the dolls will probably sneak around the house in their half finished ninja costumes I’m making them, (thank goodness they can’t sweat) my photo shoot ideas will come to nothing because I don’t want to go outside for fear of melting, and I’ll probably bring Kit to the mountains when we go for my sixteenth birthday. (OMG I’M SO OLD HALP) we’re doing this one mile long mud obstacle course and it’s going to be SO AWESOME TURNING SIXTEEN MIGHT ACTUALLY BE WORTH IT.
    so excite
    send help
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so happy you like them!

      Thanks, Olive โ€” will do! *hugs*

      YAY DOLL NINJA COSTUMES! I have a whole list of ninja crafts to make for my dolls. One day…

      Oh my goodness, when’s your birthday? I just turned fifteen โ€” I can’t imagine turning sixteen! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Good luck with that obstacle course. It sounds so fun!

      Help sent! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    Silverfoxstudios June 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Your photography is on point! It was spectacular and 110% awesome.
    Don’t worry, you aren’t suffering alone. I have ‘wonderful’ allergies as well from cotton and dust and a whole swarm of other things. One thing that really helps is if you have a diffuser, use lemon, lavender, and peppermint right before bed. It does amazing things and really helps you sleep at night. Kills 2 problems with one stone.

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carlye! I’m so glad you liked it!

      Ugh, yuck! I hope those allergies are better now. I used a humidifier at night; is that similar to a diffuser?

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        Silverfoxstudios June 28, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

        I think it is, but not positive. And yes, because we’ve had a very rainy June and they don’t come out when it rains!

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    kaitlynrh1 June 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    This was so fun to read! Also, poor crabs getting dragged out of their homes! XD And I totally agree with the modest swimsuit, it’s so hard to find them! My dolls don’t have any modest swimsuits. ๐Ÿ™ Happy summer!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Don’t worry, the crabs were dead. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I know, right? My dolls hate wearing their immodest swimsuits! Happy summer to you too! โ˜€๏ธ

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    AAG June 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I love the pictures, Chloe and Ellie look like they’re having tons of fun! Happy Summer!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks, AAG! Happy summer to you too!

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    Laura Beth June 22, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Happy summer! I hope your arthritis flare-up goes away soon. My dolls are excited for summer camp and exploring the nature around them, so that means they need to change their clothes this weekend. Me – I’m recovering from some nasty sinus issues!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Laura โ€” me too! Ooh, I’ve always wanted to do a doll summer camp, but was too lazy to make all the crafts. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Youch! That’s no fun. I hope you’re all recovered by now!

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        Laura Beth June 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Ditto! I remember creating summer camps for my Lego and Playmobil figures when I was younger. That was fun.

        Iโ€™m back to normal now. Preparing for the heat wave that will start tomorrow. Thankful that we have new AC now!

        • Madison
          Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

          I played with LEGOs and Playmobil, too! They were so fun.

          And yay, I’m so glad! Hope you continue to have good health. And cool AC. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    Tess (blackiesunshine) June 22, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Del you are seriously insane. But that would be hilarious. Just sayin.
    Hope you’re feeling better (allergies REALLY stink!) and hope you’re relaxing! And happy summer!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Del: Oh, it would be. It would be even more hilarious if I took a picture and made it her new profile pic.

      Thanks so much, Tess! Happy summer to you too! โค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

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    Sassafras June 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos, Madison! I loved looking at them all. Chloe and Ellie are such adorable dolls, and their hair looks amazing!
    My dolls don’t really have anything planned for the Summer yet… But I’m planning to have some of them play badminton sometime, and then I’d get a bunch of photos for my blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve not been feeling so good lately, but I hope and pray you’ll feel better soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sassafras! Chloe and Ellie say thank you, too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Oh, that’s going to be so fun! I can’t wait to see the photos.

      Aww, thank you sooo much! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    Samantha Parkington June 22, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I love this! The doll pics are awesome! Happy Summer everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Samantha! Happy summer to you too!

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    AGs in Alaska June 22, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry you’re having health problems again! Praying for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your dolls are soooo adorable!

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, AGs in Alaska! The dolls say thank you, too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    Devin June 23, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    This is…. really cute, oh my gosh. And I thought the red soda was Mountain Dew Red, and my theatre kid bottom started freaking out. Also, where on earth do you get Pepsi, this is the south! coke is better anyway especially european coke like oh my gosh they had vanilla zero, orange zero, cherry that actually tasted like cherry and holy cow if i could’ve gotten it past security and customs, i would’ve brought back two cases.

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much! Ha, I got it a long time ago. Some seasonal lip balm at Walmart. I agree; Coke is the best. ๐Ÿ˜

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    Mary E. June 25, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    very cute!!

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    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Ahh, I can’t believe I missed this! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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    Xyra Silverleaf June 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about the flare ups. We will keep you in our prayers.

    No summer plans just yet, we take each day as it comes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to a nice one though.

    • Madison
      Madison June 27, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Xyra! I’m just taking each day as it comes too… it’s really relaxing that way! Hope you have a wonderful summer.

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    Rebcake June 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Dwuff: Oh my goodness. Bonking people with beach balls sounds like so much fun. I’mma try it when I go to the pool with the fam tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜

    • Madison
      Madison July 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Delaney: Lemme know how it goes. ๐Ÿ˜

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    Janae June 29, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I hope you get batter Madison! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the post! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ HAVE A GOOD REST OF YOUR DAY!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Madison
      Madison July 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Janae! And I will! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Janae June 29, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I love C’s outfit! ๐Ÿ™‚ That is a lovely blue color! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I LOVE IT! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe if I think about it I could make it some time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will’t find it in that color but o’will! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison July 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      Me too! It’s a wonderful swimsuit. Ooh, do you sew?

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    Janae July 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Yes I do sew!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have to hand sew though. ๐Ÿ™ I like to sew with a machine though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you know how to sew?

    • Madison
      Madison July 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      That’s so awesome! I both hand sew and machine sew. It’s super fun!

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    Janae July 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Yes it is! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s cool that we both sew! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ I like machine over Hand! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Janae July 24, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Guess what Madison!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a sewing machine! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I was away at camp and when I got home I walked in to my room to find…. MY sewing machine Baby Lock Katherine!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness! Congratulations, Janae! Your sewing machine sounds amazing. Have you made anything with it yet?

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    Janae August 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Thank You Madison! I have made 4 cup coasters! I have’t made elsa anything yet.

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      I bet they’re amazing!

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    Janae Nolt September 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Not really, ๐Ÿ˜ I have made 4 coasters though! ๐Ÿ™‚ They weren’t the graetest though. ๐Ÿ™

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m sure they were awesome!

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    Janae October 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks Madison! Online or offline your one of the nicest people or girl I’ve met! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ever though I nerve met you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison October 31, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Aww, Janae, that means so much to me! You are so sweet!

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