The Texas Trip Tradition

Hey, guys! It’s me, Molly here! Last week, Madison’s Texas BFFs flew her over for a week of awesomeness. This is our third year of flying/driving to Texas for Valentine’s Day (and we like to keep it that way ?) and Madison took me along, of course. I had so much of fun! Would you care to see the doll photos she took documenting our trip?

First, I was stuffed into a not-very-feminine backpack and zipped up into darkness. I was bounced around for a bit until I finally fell asleep.

The next thing I knew, I woke up in a strange place. I peeked my eyes out in tormenting curiosity. Was the flight over already? Where were we? This wasn’t Madi’s BFFs house!

I swiftly stepped out of the backpack, avoiding Madison’s shoes and purse.

I looked around at the strange place, wondering where I was. I could hear Madison brushing her teeth and Invisalign in the bathroom and figured we were spending the night here.

I decided to walk around and explore a bit while Madison was distracted.

Check out this thingy! A rocking chair – in Madison’s room! I always thought she was old, but not that old! ? I had a grand old time thrusting my body back and forth in an attempt to rock the chair with my minimal weight.

When I got too tired to keep up the momentum any longer, I hopped down and then scrambled up this thing. Any idea what it is?

Hello down there! ?

It was then I realized how tired I was. For a doll who had slept the entire trip, I couldn’t believe I was ready to go to sleep already! Determined not to step foot into that dark backpack again, I made myself comfortable on a little TV chair.

I recognized the chair from when I had visited Madison’s grandparents house a long time ago and recalled that they had moved over Thanksgiving. This must be their new place! I realized.

Then I felt my eyelids droop as I slipped down to a complete laying position.


I woke up the next morning with a start. Where am I? Oh, yeah! Texas!

I scurried over to a nightstand and peeked through the blinds. Madison must have been eating breakfast or something, for she wasn’t sleeping in the bottom of the trundle bed she shared with her mom.

“A beautiful Texas February,” I sighed happily to myself. “It feels so good to be in my home again.”

I turned away from the window, an overwhelming wave of sadness hitting me. I missed this place more than any of my sisters or friends, but I had learned a lot since we moved to Florida. I instantly decided to see what else I could explore before we left for Madison’s BFFs’ house.

I stepped outside to the backyard and gasped as a freezing blast of wind chilled my bare arms. Why hadn’t Madison thought to at least pack me a coat, much less pajamas?

Despite the cold, I ventured on. Backyards are always such interesting places.

I spotted a statue and felt a surge of excitement. Maybe it could talk! I dashed across the wet grass and over to the tree it stood by.

“Hey!” I greeted with a smile. “Who are you?”


I frowned. “It’s not nice to ignore people. Especially nice ones, like me.”


“How rude!” I finally huffed as I turned away. I looked up at the tree and grinned. “Excuse me, Miss Statue…”

It was much colder up there than it was on the ground, but I had a lot of fun climbing the tree’s wet, slippery cold branches anyway! ?

When I spotted another statue, I scrambled down and wondered if it could talk, either.

“Hello?” I asked. “Can you talk?

When I was greeted with more silence, I made a face.

“Are you an angel?” I tried again. I sighed in frustration when I received no answer.

“Never liked you statues anyway!” I shot at them as I stepped into an interesting looking basket for plants. “Ooh, this is cool!”

When I had about all I could stand of the cold, I hurried back inside, hoping Madison and her mom hadn’t left for Madi’s BFFs’ house yet.

I was relieved to perceive that they had not. I quickly slipped back into the backpack now on the neatly-made trundle bed.

I was just in time! Madison stepped into the room and smiled at me. “There you are, silly! I figured you were out exploring. It’s about time to go. Are you ready to see-” at this, she began rattling off her BFFs’ dolls’ names – “Josh and John and Kit and Caroline and McKenna and Sara and Mackenzie and Caitlin?”

“Yes!” I nodded my little head excitedly as she zipped the backpack back up. “I’m more than ready.”

For it had been two years since I had seen them last.


But like with all good friends who move away, whenever we saw each other again, it was just like old times. We had the time of our lives playing a jungle game we so often play. It usually has such a great story line that inspires our moms to write stories off of it. Not that they usually end up writing the stories, that is. ? Over the three nights we spent at their house, we watched Cinderella 2015 (or as much as we could before the disc stopped working… right at the climax 😛 ), Lea to the Rescue, and Aladdin! Madison also finished reading her novel to her best friends, and we dolls liked to listen to it as we fell asleep, too.

Thanks to Madison’s BFF for the top two photos
Madison and her BFFs had an amazing time together. Madison took a lot of photos of her flight, of the sky, of clay mermaids, of sunsets, of goats, of the crazy cupcake-making-and-most-importantly-eating Valentine’s party, and of the many, many other things she did while in Texas. Whenever it’s officially launched, Madison will be documenting her trip on her new personal blog! It’s called –

Madison: Do close your mouth.

Why do you always have to keep things a secret?

Madison: Because the secrets aren’t ready to be shared until a certain time.

Hmph. 😛

Well, can I tell them about the new used doll you bought?

Madison: I can’t believe YOU JUST SHARED THAT. No, no you can’t. That has to wait until the next post!

Fine… 😛

Bye, guys! What did you think about these Texas trip photos? Any guesses on who the new girl is?


2017-02-24T15:00:45-05:00 February 24th, 2017|84 Comments


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    Izzy February 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Eek! You got another doll! Are you going to keep her or customize her or what? I’m guessing she’s that one truly me, with line eyebrows, blue eyes, and straight brown hair. This is sew exciting!


    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      I DID! 😀 I’m keeping her but not customizing her (although I might have to redo her cheek paint, I’ll have to see.) Good guess! 😀

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    Clara February 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Oooh, is that a #24? XD
    It looks like you had an amazing trip! 🙂

    -Clara <3

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Maybe! ? Good guess! 😀
      I sure did! Thanks for commenting! 😀

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    ~Kaylee~ February 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I loved the pictures, and the one on the plane is BEAUTIFUL!!
    Well…when’s your next post????????? LOL
    BEAUTIFUL pictures *taps head* wait did I just say that?


    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you SO much! That means so much to me! <3
      LOL! As soon as I can take the rest of the pictures and get it together... XD LOL! Thanks again!

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    Xyra February 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great trip. I loved Molly’s stroll through the house.

    I’m excited to see who you found to add to your collection.

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      It was! I’m glad you liked it! 😀 Thanks so much!

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    Linda Reynolds February 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Great story and pictures! Can’t wait to see your new doll. I live in Texas and was just dressing my girls (dolls) in cowgirl outfits for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo.

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! And Texas is awesome! ;D That’s so neat!

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    Maddie February 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    My goodness gracious, Molly talking to statues XD you’re too funny Molly, and have you tried any gnomes? Sometimes they’re friendly and sometimes they’re well…. not friendly ? Once one tried to trip me during a game of hide and seek… Sneaky little fella. ?

    *gapes at screen* ARGEJWKJWWJ!!!!!!!!!! You my friend, are GORGEOUS! I love your hair!!! SO AMAZING!!! And I hope you had fun back in Texas with your friends!?

    Hmm, well to me it looks like a truly me doll with brown hair (curl on the ends) with green eyes and feathered eye brows… I can’t wait to see another post with more info on her!! So excited!!

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Molly: Heh heh. ? I haven’t, but that’s a splendid idea. How rude! Gnomes have a personality, I see… ?

      Aw, thank you SO much! You are so sweet!! And I sure did, thank you so much!! 😀

      Ooh! Great guess! I can’t wait to post about her! ?

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        Maddie February 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

        Oh yes, usually the gnomes with the red hats are always grumpy. So if you stumble across one… I’d keep my eyes peeled if I were you. Ya’ never know what they’ve got planned up their sleeves?If they have sleeves… ?

        Aww your so welcome!!

        • Madison
          Madison February 24, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

          Molly: If I ever meet a gnome, I’ll give it a piece o’ my mind! ??
          😀 😀

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    Olive February 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    ooh, clay mermaids? goatsies?! 😀 oh, and a new doll, guess thats cool. 😛 XD
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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    Grace | The Girl Upstairs February 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply


    It was so fun getting to see your trip to Texas! I hope you had an awesome time! 😀 And I can’t wait to see your new doll! The most obvious answer to me would be Taryn’s sister. 😉

    (And when I saw the personal blog sneak-peek stuff I was like YEAH I KNOW ABOUT DIS ALREADY ???)

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      (HEHE ?)
      I’m so glad you liked it! I sure did! Ooh, good guess… 😉 Hehe!
      (LOL! ??? You must seriously stop making me laugh or one day I will choke and die over my own laughter! ? Just kidding, please don’t stop making me laugh. ??)

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        Grace | The Girl Upstairs February 26, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Oh dear…I better be careful if I don’t want to kill you…? Nevermind, I’ll keep at it if you say so…

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    From a Doll's Perspective February 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    AHH THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME I HAVE TO KNOW WHO YOUR NEW DOLL IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahem, looks like both you and Molly had a great time! I really like the picture of you holding the goat.

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      LOL! ? I can’t wait to post about her! And we sure did! Thank you so much! My BFF took it – we had fun whipping out our cameras at random moments and photographing practically everything! XD

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    agsparklesisters February 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Yay! Another doll! Will you be customizing her? Is she the Truly Me with brown hair and blue eyes? So excited!

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Yep! I’m so excited! No… at least, not for now… wait, now I’m really feeling like I wanna customize her! ? Probably not, but you never know… hehe! Thank you for commenting!

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    Miri February 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    New doll? New doll? NEW DOLL? I’m so excited for you, Madi! Looks like you had a great time. And I agree with Grace – is the new doll Taryn’s sister?

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      YEP! ??? Thank you so much! I sure did! Maybe… 😉

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    Tess February 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Wow! Another friend! Can’t wait to see her! 🙂 Is it Tenney?
    And I want to follow your personal blog…doing that…

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      I can’t wait to post about her! She’s so cute! Nope, not Tenney… 😀
      Hehe! I haven’t officially released it to the public yet, but when I do, I’ll definitely let everyone know so they can follow if they want to. ?

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    SARA?????? February 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Hey madison.?
    you did a great job on the
    (Texas trip tradition)? And those are adorable pictures of you and you and that cute goat?? lol How are you today?
    And keep up the great work!!??

    • Madison
      Madison February 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Hey, Sara! Thank you so much! ? Oh my goodness, isn’t that goat SO CUTE?! Baby goats are great. Adult goats are not. XD Hehe! I’m great! Just busy, LOL. The usual. 😉 Thank you so much! ?

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    Staff February 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Woohoo! Texas must be SO fun! How do you manage to look gorgeous in all the pictures? Oh a personal blog? A new doll??? AHHH THE SUSPENSE!!!

    – Staff <3

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Oh my goodness, it was! I had such a great time! And aww, thanks, LOL! For the record, I was actually trying really hard to look good. XD “Good posture, good posture, no weird faces…” XD 99% of photos of me turn out really awful. XD Ahem 😛 YES! SUSPENSE! I love suspense. ?

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    SARA?????? February 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Hey. ya I know right baby goats are cute and cuddly. big adult goats are to heavy and stinky lol what is that Goats name!??

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

      I know! They’re so adorable! I love them! ❤️ But yeah, adult goats are not so great. ? The goat I was holding in the photo was named Cocoa! She’s my favorite, but very camera shy. It was really hard to photograph her. 😛

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    Mya February 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    It sure looks like you had fun! OOH A NEW DOLL?!?!

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

      I sure did! And YEP! 😀 ?

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    Natalie (The American Girl Spot) February 24, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    What??? No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just revealed that you have to HUGE things coming up, and you expect me to WAIT??????????? HOW COULD YOU GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, by the way, I think it’s so cool there was a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in that back yard!

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

      YEP! MWAHAHAAA! I love suspense… and cliffhangers… and making people wait… ? Hehe! 😀

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    samanthadolls February 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Your trip to Texas must have been SO FUN! That’s awesome Molly got reunited with her doll friends! The statue parts were hilarious. 😛

    I can’t wait to see the new doll you got, SO excited! BTW, I have sort of a request for a post, could you do a doll room tour, I’d be so happy to see that!

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

      It sure was! Molly really enjoyed it, too. 😉 And LOL! ? I can’t wait to post about her! And that’s such a great idea! Thanks for requesting it!

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    Nicole February 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had fun! she 21?

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

      I sure did! Ooh, good guess! 😀

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    Kendall February 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    MADI! Love the post, and your airplane photo is a-maz-ing!
    OOOHH!! A used doll! Awesome! It looks like #24, but I’m not completely sure… I can’t wait to see her!
    And your personal blog!? I will definitely be a faithful visitor there! 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Kendall! And I’m so glad you liked it, that means so much!
      I know! I’m SO excited to post about her! And ooh, good guess! 😀
      Aw, you are so awesome! Thank you! 😀 I can’t wait to get it up and running!

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        Kendall February 26, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome! I always enjoy your posts, and I might just be weird, but one of my favorite parts is reading your sweet responses to my comments! 🙂
        Is your personal blog going to be about writing or photography or just life with a little of both!? I can’t wait! 🙂

        • Madison
          Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

          Aw! You just seriously made my day! I’m so glad!! 😀

          My personal blog is going to be documenting my life in the ministry and encouraging other young people to serve Jesus on a deeper level in their life, too. And then I’ll share my writing, photography, artwork, and more along the way! 😀 I’m really excited for it. 😀

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            Kendall February 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

            That sounds awesome… I can’t wait ’til it’s up! 🙂

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    Sarah February 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Ooh, exciting! AND AJSKFLKAJSD MADISON I NEEDS TO SEE LE PERSONAL BLOGGGGGG *puppy dog eyes* PLEASEEEEE *even more puppy dog eyes*

    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Hehe! Aw, I REALLY hope you like it whenever it’s officially launched! 😀 I can’t wait to get it up and running! LIKE I’M EXTREMELY EXCITED ??

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        Sarah February 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

        BUT BUT BUT *begs* I NEEDS IT. LIKE, PHYSICALLY NEEDS IT. <— totallyyyyy correct grammar XD

        BUT NO FOR REALSIES CAN I SEEEEEE *cranes neck*

        • Madison
          Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

          (Ah yes, totally correct XD)

          BUT BUT… THAT WOULD RUIN THE WHOLE SURPRISE ELEMENT ? It’s taking so long mostly because I’m having trouble finding and licensing the perfect icon for it ??? But I wanna have it launched by the first week of March… if I can find and license an icon in time. XD I really hope you’ll like it! ?

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    Katie Grace February 24, 2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Are you starting a personal blog, Madison? Eeeek!!! I can’t wait to see it!! Also I absolutely love the picture from the airplane!!


    • Madison
      Madison February 25, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

      I sure am! I’m so excited to launch it! I hope you’ll like it! 😀 And aw, thank you SOO much, Katie! 😀

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    Christian Homeschooler February 25, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    LOL-Molly is so funny! Talking to statues and sharing all Madison’s deep secrets… 😉
    That’s so cool that you got a new (to you) doll! I have no idea who it is, though…..
    ~Christian Homeschooler

    • Madison
      Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      LOL! Molly likes doing that… ?
      Thanks so much! I’m excited to post about her! 😀

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    SARA?????? February 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    That totally adorable LOL. ?
    Cocoa is the PERFECT ? name for that cutie lol so today I’m going to mt great gmas house for my little brothers b-day.
    what are you doing today?
    and how are you???

    • Madison
      Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      LOL! 😀 That’s awesome! I hope you have a great time! 😀

      Today I’ve been working on school. A lot of it. XD I need to finish up some letters (including a card for you!) and reply to emails, finish removing stains off my dolls, clear some space off of my two Mac’s maxed-out hard drives… LOL, a bunch of stuff 😛 How about you? 😀

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    JR. JEANS K8 February 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Is it Marasol?

    • Madison
      Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Good guess! But nope… 😀

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    Olivia Bell (aka Livy) February 25, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    This was such an interesting and cute post! I loved the pictures of you! Oh my gumdrops, I am so excited to see who the new doll is! 😀 😀 😀 Is it a historical doll, or one of the custom ones???

    • Madison
      Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you SO much! I’m so glad you liked it! 😀 😀 I can’t wait to post about her! She’s a Truly Me doll… that’s all the hints I’ll give away though! ???

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    Lydia Dyslin February 25, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had an awesome time in Texas!! 🙂 Can’t wait to read more about it! Also I think that I know who the doll is? I think I might have seen you post about her on AGH…hehe…;) Well, anyway, great post as always!

    ~Lydia~ <3

    • Madison
      Madison February 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      I sure did, thank you so much! Heh heh, you probably do. XD Aw, thanks so much!!

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    Reya February 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply


    • Madison
      Madison February 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! 😀

      By the way, I got your letter and sent my letter in the mail back to you just recently! Thank you so much again! Hope you get it soon!

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    sara February 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Hey madison.??
    I’m good didn’t do much to day i did homework and listened to music and played with my brothers not much lol
    looks like you hadid a busy day?
    Have you had a busy week?lol

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Hey, Sara! LOL, non-busy days are awesome! Sounds like you had a great day! Haha yeah mine was busy. XD Busy days… and weeks… are my life. XD How are you? 😀

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    AAG March 2, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

    YO YO YO!! CONGRATS ON THE DOLL!!! ITS My birthday!!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much! And THAT’S AWESOME! Happiest of birthdays to you! ??? I hope you had the most amazing birthday ever, only to be topped by each one after!

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    ginnie March 2, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Ooh! Another doll! I can’t wait to see who it is! Looks like you had a wonderful time in Texas! Oh my goodness! Baby goats! Squee!! ?

    ginnie /

    • Madison
      Madison March 2, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Yes!! I can’t wait to post about her! And oh my, they were SO cute!! 😀

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    Diamond March 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had fun! Oohh a new doll. Who is she? Is she #23? 23 would be a great addition to your doll family.

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      I sure did, thank you so much! OOH… that’s a really good guess… :O

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