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Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 7

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I didn’t sleep a wink that night. So when morning finally came I decided I was going to get out of here. “Come on you rope! Untie!” I grunted. I was trying to wiggle my way out of that rope!

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“Whew! Free at last!” I thought to myself. Knowing that I couldn’t get off of the ship unseen I looked for something to fight with. I found a metal tube in the corner.

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When I picked it up I almost dropped it because it was so heavy! “I better not hit anybody with this. It’ll work good as a warning, though!” I thought to myself.

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“Do you hear something below deck, Rosa?” Captain Elena asked.
“No, Captain.” Rosa replied.
“You stay up here. I’m gonna go check in on our guest.” Captain Elena said.

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I suddenly remembered Captain Elena asking me if I knew any riddles. “Hmm.. I wonder..” I said aloud. I pulled out a note that Captain Elinor had given me my first day on her ship. On the front it read:
“TOP SECRET! DO NOT OPEN!”

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I thought that I should open it up. Maybe it was important!

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It was a riddle! Just as Captain Elena said! It read:
“Take Heed!
Once inside the cave
A hero will save!
Tis’ no easy task
Ye should wear a mask.”
~Captain Elinor
“What could that mean?” I wondered aloud, “Take heed once inside the cave. A hero will save– A hero will save you? Tis no easy task, Ye should wear a mask– wear a disguise I wonder?” I tried to figure out the riddle. I then realized I should hide it where no one could find it. But where?

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I saw a loose board and decided to hide it there.

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I reached for my metal tube when a voice said behind:
“Halt! What do you think you’re doing?” Captain Elena said. Oh no! I was caught.

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Captain Elena was making me walk the plank. Although I had planned to jump off of the ship and swim to safety, I hadn’t planned for my hands to be tied together.

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I turned to Captain Elena and said,
“Captain, I have a deal to offer you.”
“Ah, I see. And what would that be?” Captain Elena asked.
“I stay on this ship and assist you in any way I can. And you do no harm to Captain Elinor and her crew!” I said.
“Hmm…I don’t think so, matie. Go ahead and walk the plank! Your wrists are tied loose enough for you to swim to shore.” Captain Elena said.

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I was in tears. When would I ever see my mother and father again?

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Just then Rosa plunged towards Captain Elena!

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“Victoria, go with Amelia! She’ll make sure you’re safe!” Rosa said.

Amelia led me to a small room with a bed.

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“Here, let me help with that.” Amelia said while she untied my wrists.

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“What is this room for?” I asked.
“We use it if someone on board gets sick. I’d better get up to the crow’s nest before Captain discovers I’m missing! Just stay down here and don’t make a sound!” Amelia said.
“Alright, thank you so much! And tell Rosa, too.” I said and she went off.

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“If you pull a stunt like that again it’s off of my crew you go! This next bit of treasure we’re getting- you won’t get one penny of it! Understand!?” Captain Elena said.
“Aye, Captain.” Rosa replied.

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“Captain! Thar it is! Isla del Tesoro!!” Amelia cried out.

That’s where we end Part 7! Look for Part 8 coming tomorrow and the Grand Finale on Wednesday! 😀
~Jaclynn~

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 6

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After being swung over to Captain Elena’s ship (yes, we had to swing on a rope!) I gazed back at Captain Elinor. She grinned at me and then winked. I think she was telling me every thing was going to be okay, so I winked back.

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“Miss Farnsworth, would you please hand over the key now?” Captain Elena asked. I decided to try and play dumb,
“What key, ma’m?” I asked.
“Don’t play dumb with me, missy! Give me the key to my parent’s treasure chest!” Captain Elena demanded. It was no use fighting- especially with someone I didn’t even know!

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I took off my hat to reveal the key. She stared for a moment and then snatched it up.

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She stuffed they key in her sleeve where she knew it would be well protected.

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“Miss Farnsworth let me tell you something. You are no longer on my sister’s ship anymore, nor are you in her command. Therefore, when I ask you to do something- you do it. Now, do you know any secret about this treasure?” Captain Elena asked me. What did she mean by a “secret”? 
“I can assure you that I know nothing else about the treasure except that it belonged to your parent’s.” I replied quite honestly.
“So, you don’t know any riddles or anything?” She asked me again.
I paused before answering and said, “No, ma’m, not at all.”

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“Rosa! Take Miss Farnsworth below deck.” Captain Elena started, then she whispered, so I wouldn’t hear, “Tie her up. I don’t trust this young lady.”

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Before I knew it Rosa grabbed me and was leading me below deck.
I screamed, “What are you doing!? Let me go!!” I demanded. I tried to squirm my way out of her arms, but she was too strong.
“It’s alright. I’m just taking you below deck. There’s nothin’ to worry about.” Rosa said.

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“Why are you doing this to me? There’s no reason for me to be tied up like this!” I asked.
“Trust me, I don’t like it any more than you do. I hate having to tie people up!” Rosa replied. She didn’t seem very mean or bad at all!

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“Why, you’re not a bad pirate at all, are you? What are you doing working for Elena?” I asked.

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“My little brothers and sisters need food. If I don’t work for Elena- I don’t get money and my family doesn’t get food. I have no choice.” Rosa explained.
“Oh, Rosa! I am so sorry!” I said. Then we heard Captain Elena call for Rosa.

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“I gotta go. I’ll try to bring you some food later.” Rosa said and she went off.

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I felt so sorry for Rosa! What must it be like to have to work for an evil pirate to get food for her brothers and sisters? Although we were so different and lived opposite lives, I could tell Rosa and I would become good friends.

That’s the end of Part 6! 
Since tomorrow is Sunday I will be posting Part 7 on Monday 😉
Have a great weekend!
~Jaclynn~ 

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 5

You will be seeing 3 new characters in this part:

Caroline as Captain Elena McGovern
Felicity as Amelia
Josefina as Rosa

I hope you enjoy :)

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“Juliet- is that another ship I see?” I asked with a sigh.
“Yes, it is! Captain, another ship coming in dead ahead!” Juliet shouted.
“Thank you, Jules I can see that.” Captain McGovern replied. She still sounded so upset. A little while later the ship pulled up right next to ours! I heard a voice cry out:
“Ahoy thar! Prepare to be boarded!” I felt so scared. Pirates were about to board our ship!

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“Hello, Captain Elinor McGovern. Long time no see.” A lady who appeared to be the captain said. How did she know Captain McGovern?
“Amelia, Rosa- search the ship! You know what to look for…” the Lady ordered.

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“Alright, Elena- say your peace and be on your way. You won’t find anything to take with you today.” Captain McGovern said.
“I don’t have much to say, but what I am going to say I’m sure you already know. Isn’t that right- sister?” Captain Elena said. I gasped- “Did she just say, sister?” I thought to myself.

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“Quite the contrary, Elena- I have no idea what you have to say.” Captain Elinor responded.

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“I find that quite surprising, dearie. Well, I’ll get to the point. I need the key to the chest. Now we can do this the easy way or the hard the way. Which one is it gonna be?” Captain Elena asked. I could definitely tell they were sisters. They were both so mysterious!
“What chest would that be?” Captain Elinor asked.

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“What key? They key that opens our parent’s treasure chest that’s what key!” Captain Elena said.
“Ah, yes! Well, I think that I will hold on to it, for I do believe that I will be finding the chest first. And even if I don’t- I will get it.” Captain Elinor replied.
“The will states that whoever finds or gets to the chest first- meaning you and me- will keep it! And if the loser tries to take it away their title will be taken from them! And, I do know you pay heed to all rules, Elinor.” Captain Elena said.

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“You listen hear, Elena! I will get to the chest first and if I don’t I will do everything in my power to make sure you never do! Now get off of my ship!!” Captain Elinor demanded. All of my questions that had been spinning around in my head were finally getting answered!
“Very well, but let me assure you one thing. I will have that treasure chest no matter what! And also, just one question- why don’t you want me to have that chest?” Captain Elena asked.
“I could ask you the same question, Elena.” Captain Elinor replied.
“Yes, but you seem angry with me- why?” Captain Elena asked.
“I’m angry with you and your wicked ways. I know what you’ll do with the treasure, Elena. You’ll use it to buy everything you desire- even make you mayor of our hometown! And when you are, you will make our town bankrupt because you’ll raise the taxes sky high and believe me, Elena I will not stand by and watch that happen!!” Captain Elinor explained.
“Very well! I’ll have you banished from the town when I’m mayor and you won’t have to watch!” Captain Elena said.

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“Just one question before I go, Elinor- who is that young lady?” Captain Elena asked.

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I gasped! What would happen to me if she found out I had the key?

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“She’s nobody! Just a young woman from Aztec who wanted a little adventure that’s all.” Captain Elinor quickly expalined.

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“Amelia, Rosa! Have you found anything?” Captain Elena asked.
“No, Captain! There’s a journal here, though. Want me to read some of it?” Amelia replied.
“Of course!” Captain Elena said.
“Dear Diary, Today I left my home and all that was familiar to go on a treasure hunt with some pirates. This never would’ve happened if I hadn’t found something that they needed- the key to unlock the chest!” Amelia read.

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“Oh, no.” I said under my breath.
“Victoria, what have you done?” Juliet asked me.

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“Oh, I see! Now my so called sister is lying to me, so I can’t get my hands on our parent’s treasure! You are not going to get away with this, Elinor!!” Captain Elena said.

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“Amelia, Rosa- we’re leaving now!” Captain Elena called over her shoulder.

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“Oh, and, girls-” Captain Elena began, “Make room on my ship for a fourth addition to our party. We’re taking Victoria with us- and the key!”

That’s the end of Part 5! Look for Part 6 coming tomorrow! 😀
~Jaclynn~

A Pirate Adventure Postponed

Hey girls!
I’m sorry, but the next part of A Pirate Adventure is going to be postponed until tomorrow. The reason why is because I am working on an outfit for a new character that will be joining the story and it’s not finished yet. I know I can have it done tomorrow for the next part. Don’t worry- you will have a few answers to your questions in the next “episode” and I want it to be perfect! 😀
Thank you!
~Jaclynn~

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 4

If you missed the other 3 parts you can follow these links to see them:
Pt. 1- http://littlehouseofamericangirl.com/?p=1272
Pt. 2- http://littlehouseofamericangirl.com/?p=1287
Pt. 3- http://littlehouseofamericangirl.com/?p=1302

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“Ya need some help, Celeste?” Juliet asked.
“No, Jules. We should be ready to set sail again tomorrow at noon.” Celeste responded.

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I saw Captain McGovern studying a map near the ship and decided it was a good opportunity for me to ask her some questions.

“Captain? I was wondering if I could you ask you a question?” I asked feeling a little nervous.
“I ain’t gonna stop you, but I can’t promise an answer.” She replied.
“I was just wondering about the treasure chest…” I said slowly. Then she folded her map and turned to face me.

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“And what about it?” She asked.
“Is- is it dangerous?” I stammered. She made me feel so scared sometimes!
“No, it is not. But it’s very valuable! More than you know!” She said strongly.
“What is it we’re going after? Isn’t it just some ordinary treasure?” I asked firmly. I wanted an answer!

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“No, it’s not!! Like I said, it’s extremely valuable! And we need to get to it first! Now you just do what I say and stay out of the way!” She ordered. She was getting angry!

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Before I had a chance to say another word, she stormed off. I knew something was wrong. And the treasure seemed dangerous to me- even if she wouldn’t say.

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Captain McGovern went up to the crows nest. Then she saw a ship in the distance. “No. Elena!!” She exclaimed.

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“Celeste! Juliet! Make haste! We sail for Isla del Tesoro NOW!” the Captain yelled.
“But, Captain! The ship- she’s not ready!” Celeste protested.
“I don’t care! We need to leave now!” Captain McGovern ordered once again. There was no changing her mind. I could tell she was in a great hurry and it troubled me. “I wish I’d never come.” I thought to myself.

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Soon enough we were on our way. In the distance I could see a ship- something was up. And I thought that maybe Captain McGovern was fighting for the chest.

That’s the end of Part 4! Look for Part 5 coming tomorrow 😉
~Jaclynn~

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 3

Once, again the pictures are dark, so if you can’t see them, just click on the picture 😉

If you missed Part 1 and 2 follow these links:
http://littlehouseofamericangirl.com/?p=1272
http://littlehouseofamericangirl.com/?p=1287

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I was more scared than I had ever been in my entire life. Just as I was going to go below deck to get away from the storm, Juliet yelled out:

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“They’re opening their cannon doors!!! Head for cover!!”

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It was too late. A cannon ball hit our ship and I fell to the ground.

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Captain McGovern helped me up and said:
“What’s wrong with you, girl? Are you daft? When I tell you to go below deck, you do it!”

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“Captain what’ll we do? We can’t make it to ‘Isla del Tesoro’ with a damaged ship! It’s 20 miles away!” Celeste said.

“I know that! We’ll head for the nearest island and repair the ship.” Captain McGovern responded.  She sounded very discouraged and upset. What was wrong with her?

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“Are you alright, Captain? You seem a little down.” Juliet asked.

“No. No, I’m not.” the Captain responded and she went below deck.

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“What’s wrong with the Captain, Juliet? She seems to be acting stranger and stranger as each hour passes.” I asked.

“I know what you mean. I think it might have somethin’ to do with the treasure.” Juliet replied.

“Well, why should some ordinary treasure be making her act this way?” I asked again. Then we turned to face Celeste as she said,

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“That’s just it. I don’t think we’re goin’ after some ordinary treasure chest.”

That’s the end of Part 3! Look for Part 4 coming tomorrow! :)
~Jaclynn~

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 2

If the pictures are too hard for you to see, you can click on them and it will be easier. I wanted it to feel realistic 😉

If you missed Part 1, just click this link:
http://littlehouseofamericangirl.com/?p=1272

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“Hold on maties! These are some rough seas ahead!” the Captain shouted, trying to make her voice be heard over the sound of the rushing sea and booming thunder.

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“Celeste, make sure all cargo is tied down good and tight!” Captain McGovern ordered.
“Aye, aye, Captain!” Celeste replied and ran off.

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I woke up from my sleep quite alarmed. “What is going on?” I said aloud.

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I looked out at the sea and falling rain- we were in a dangerous storm. I was cold and afraid and I didn’t know what to think.
All of the sudden I was pulled away from the rail.

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“What’re you doing, Missy?? Don’t ya know better than to stand at the rail in a storm like this?” Celeste yelled at me.

“Enough!! Miss Farnsworth, come stand by me where you’ll be safe!” Captain McGovern ordered.

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“Captain!! There’s a ship sailing towards us!” Juliet yelled from the crow’s nest.
“Where it be, Jules?!?” the Captain yelled back.
“Dead ahead, Captain- 12 o’clock!” Juliet replied.

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“Miss Farnsworth, get below deck on the double!” Captain McGovern ordered.
“No! I am going to stay up here and help you!” I refused.

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“Celeste take the wheel!” Captain McGovern ordered. She drew her sword and looked towards the ship. Then she said, “Argh! It’s her!”
“Who?” I asked
“Pirates!” She replied
“You mean to tell me that we’re going to encounter bad pirates?? Are they looking for the chest we’re going after?” I asked again.
She paused before answering. Then she looked at me with a little grin and said…

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“Yes. It’s a pirate’s life for you, matie!”
 
That’s the end of Part 2! The story will continue tomorrow! 😀
~Jaclynn~

A Pirate Adventure~ Part 1

Ahoy thar, Maties! I’ve been feeling pirate-y lately (ever since Talk Like A Pirate Day) and I decided to give you a Pirate Photostory Series! This series will be over 3 parts and I know you will love it! 
This series stars:
Kirsten as Captain Elinor McGovern
Annika as Victoria Farnsworth
Kanani as Celeste
Saige as Juliet

Let the story- BEGIN!!

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“Hello, ladies! My name is Victoria- Victoria Farnsworth. I live in a small town called Aztec in a mansion with my mother and father. I am going to tell you a story that includes myself, pirates, and gold.
A few months ago now I was relaxing in our parlor on a Saturday night with my mother and father. All was well and pleasant until loud (and I mean LOUD) knocking sounded at the door! My father opened up and a Pirate Captain came barging in! She said, “Ahoy! I am Captain Elinor McGovern. I’m sorry to burst in like this sir, but I’m looking for a key- A key that opens a very valuable chest.”
“A key for a chest?” My father asked, “Why in the world would you come searching here for it?”
Suddenly I remembered I found a key on the beach. I gasped! “It must be the one she’s looking for!”
“I have it! I found it on the beach just yesterday.” I said, not realizing what I was getting myself into.
Before I knew it I volunteered to go with her and her crew in search of some treasure chest. And my adventure began…

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“Celeste! Juliet! Make sure all preparations are in order for our passenger!” Captain McGovern ordered.
“Aye, aye, Captain!” Celeste and Juliet replied in unison.

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“What exactly is it we’re going after? Isn’t it just an ol’ ordinary treasure chest?” Juliet wondered.
“I dunno, Jules. The Cap’n seems to be acting a bit strange if you ask me.” Celeste replied.

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I climbed aboard the ship. I couldn’t believe how (you think I’m going to say big, don’t you?) small it was! I expected it to be huge!

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“Ahoy, matie! You ever been aboard a ship before?” Captain McGovern asked me.
“No, I haven’t, Ma’m.” I replied.
“Have you ever been on any adventures?” the Captain asked me.
“No, Ma’m. I’ve never left town before.” I replied.
“Hmmm… This could be a problem.” She muttered to herself.
“I beg your pardon?” I asked. She cleared her throat.
“Nevermind, missy! Would you like to stay on deck as we pull out?” She asked.
“Yes, ma’m, I would. My parents are going to wave me off.” I replied. Why did she seem so suspicious?

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“Raise the main sail! Celeste, you take the wheel!” The Captain was yelling out orders.
I knew as we departed that I wouldn’t see my parents for a long time.
Just as a tear was about to trickle down my cheek the Captain said,
“Miss Farnsworth! You may go below deck now- it is going to be your room. I will send Celeste in with some blankets shortly.”
She sure loved to boss people around! I wanted to stay on deck still! Oh, well.
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I walked down the steps and went below deck.

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“Boy, it sure is dark down here.” I thought aloud.

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Celeste came down with some blankets.
“Here ya go. The captain said to make up a bed for yourself and get some rest.” Celeste ordered.
“No, I think I’ll go on deck for a while.” I replied.
“The captain insists! You’re not used to this sort of thing and she’s going to need you to be strong and well rested. Now get some sleep!” She said as she walked up the steps.

I did what I could to make up a bed with the blankets Celeste gave me. It sure wasn’t a soft mattress or a feather pillow!

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I snuggled under the blanket and went to sleep. I had a feeling I was going to have a big day tomorrow…

That’s all for now, folks! Look  for part 2 coming tomorrow! 😀
~Jaclynn~

I Discovered Something Interesting!!

Today I wanted to get out my sister’s AG Doll Bin and just look through her stuff. Whenever I get it out I always look at her old catalog.

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This is a picture of the front of the catalog. It’s the 1998 Holiday Catalog!

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Who is that? Could it be? Yes, it’s Felicity’s horse, Penny in the Girl of Today section!!

She was called “American Girl Horse”. In this catalog Felicity doesn’t even have Penny or any stable-ish things, just her riding outfits.
I think it is SO weird and kinda cheap of AG to use an old Girl of Today Horse to be Penny. Why don’t they just make a brand new one?
Just in case you wanna know, here’s what it says about her:
“What a beauty! Braid her thick brown mane and tail, and stroke her velvety coat. Then position the royal blue saddle blanket and leather saddle, adjust the stirrups, take up the reins, and you’re off! Don’t forget to give her the name you’ve always dreamed of for a horse of your own.”
She sold for $58.

I just looked at a catalog that has “Penny” in it. Here’s something else interesting:

She is still called “American Girl Horse” and was sold for $75.
The description says:
“This beautiful horse looks just like Penny! Includes attached reins, a royal blue saddle blanket, and a faux leather saddle.”

This is all just so weird.. and can you believe how much they raised the price of her?? It’s ridiculous!

What are your thoughts about this?

~Jaclynn~

Felicity Takes A Stroll Through The Park- A Photoshoot

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It wasn’t too hot out today, so I took my kids to the park. Felicity wanted a little photoshoot :)

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I LOVE Felicity’s Summer Outfit! The colors, style, hat, and everything is absolutely amazing!

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That’s a BIG bow! 😀

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The sleeves are so cute! I just love lace and ruffles!

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“Whew, it’s getting hot! I’m gonna go sit in the shade.”

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“Bye everyone! I hope you like my pictures!” :)

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My mom recently bought me the Sunny Park Scene from American Girl and I was SO excited to use it! I highly recommend this product! It’s easy to store, is great quality, and a remarkable price! If you buy it, you will NOT be disappointed!

Do you plan on purchasing one of the scenes from American Girl?
~Jaclynn~

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