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Another year down. It went a lot like last year, with a little less dolly love. What did you do this year?

January 7. New dress.
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January 12. Meet Luciana!
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January 14. Taking Luciana home.
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January 21. Luciana settles in.
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January 24-28. Disney World (last trip before pass expires)
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January 31. Logan tries on girl clothes.
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February 11. Ready to travel.
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February 11. Practicing.
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February 16-20. New York!
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February 21. Snowy.
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March 10. My dad got a kitty.
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March 22. Lambs!
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March 25. Maryellen’s trailer.
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March 29. New Maplelea outfits.
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April 4. This is what 120 tablets of Albenza looks like.
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April 8. Cattle escape (they live two houses down–about a quarter mile!)
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May 12-13. Victoria.
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May 15. New Fluevogs.
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May 19. Half marathon.
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May 20. Orchestra concert.
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May 25-28. I missed Disney World, so I went without park tickets. Just hung out at the resorts.
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June 19. New neighbors.
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June 24. Shaw Island.
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July 1. Birthday in Disneyland (Paris!)
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July 1-8. Paris.
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July 27-29. Back to Victoria.
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August 2-9. England.
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August 5. Land’s End.
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August 8. Birling Gap.
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August 8. Canterbury Cathedral.
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August 10-12. Disneyland (not Paris)
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August 20. Air pollution, courtesy of California wildfires.
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August 24-25. House guest.
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August 26. Fluevogs.
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August 26. Lego Disney Castle.
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August 30. I ate my neighbors! They were delicious.
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August 31-September 3. Disney World, new annual pass.
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September 6-10. Yosemite.
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September 15. Fluevogs.
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October 5. Fluevogs.
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October 5-7. Salt Lake City.
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October 19-21. San Diego.
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October 24. Chili cook-off (I didn’t compete; I provided the prizes)
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October 29. Halloween Costumes.
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November 15-19. Disney World.
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November 26. Christmas Tree up.
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November 30-December 2. Vancouver.
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December 12-16. Disneyland.
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So, this post is 6 weeks late, but here’s a review of my 2017!

January 6: Meet Gabriela!
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January 13: Meeting Rick Steves
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January 27-28: Toronto
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February 3: Snowy Day Photo Shoot
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February 6: More Snowy Friends
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February 8-12: first trip to Disney World
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February 14: Jam Session
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February 17-19: volunteering at Girl Scout camp
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March 4: New Maplelea outfits
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March 14: Pi Day
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March 17: Puppy Love
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March 29: Sun! Maybe spring is coming!
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March 30-April 6: Peru
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April 6: my neighbors had babies!
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April 20: fun with kittens
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April 23: Tulip Festival
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April 28-30: Oregon
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May 3: Mismatched Shoes Day
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May 5-7: Salt Spring Island
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May 11: Book Signing
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May 12-14: Zion National Park
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May 26-29: second trip to Disney World (Flower and Garden Festival)
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May 31: clearance price on Lea’s Rainforest House
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June 9-19: Belgium and the Netherlands
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June 30-July 4: a Disney World birthday
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July 8: a little picnic
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July 14: Pho
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July 17: new dress! Flying Space Unicorns!
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July 19-23: Caroline goes to upstate New York (eventually I’ll write a post about it)
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July 25: weird stuff we sell at our store
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August 5: oooh, Grand Hotel
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August 11: Welcome Nanea!
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September 1-4: fourth trip to Disney World (Food and Wine Festival)
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September 19: I join the Sinfonia
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September 20: more weird stuff we sell at work
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September 28: Autumn is here
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September 29-October 1: Salt Lake City (that’s where I bought Z!)
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October 5: Z’s off to the doll hospital
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October 6: I got Tenney
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October 20-22: Chicago
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October 25: Z is back from the hospital
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October 27: a group photo
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October 31: Happy Halloween
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November 4: we did glass fusion for my sister’s birthday
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November 10-12: Olympic Peninsula
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November 13: power outage
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November 27: Christmas tree’s up!
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December 8-10: San Diego
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December 15-17: tree lighting in Leavenworth
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December 21: Last day to work before Christmas (I made all the snowflakes!)
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December 22: Four cheese spaghetti
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December 25: awesome Christmas gift
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December 29-31: New Years in Disney World
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Ever since I posted old vacation photos on Monday, I’ve been yearning for another vacation!  Too bad my boss is failing to approve any vacation requests.  So, let’s look back on the adventures that my dollies and I have been on over the last few years…

February 2013, Seattle with Leonie

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April 2013, Tulip Festival with Brianne

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April 2013, Oak Harbor with Saige, Elizabeth, and Mia

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May 2013, Disneyland with Mini Kit

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June 2013, Chicago with McKenna

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June 2013, Mackinac Island with Caroline

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July 2013, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia with Jenna

August 2013, the state fair with Brianne

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September 2013, Rieke came home with me from London

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October 2013, Albuquerque with Saige

November 2013, Disney World with Mini Dolls

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January 2014, New Orleans with Cecile

March 2014, Seattle with Henriette

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March 2014, Bellingham with Ruthie (and Valerie and the twins)

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April 2014, UW and a Mariners Game with Sonali

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April/May 2014 Maui with Kanani

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May 2014, pageant in Texas with Kit

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July 2014, Whistler with Taryn

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July 2014, Nauvoo, Illinois with Chrissa

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August 2014, the zoo with Jess

October 2014, Manitoba with Saila

December 2014, the ballet with Isabelle

January 2015, Sing-a-long Sound of Music with Kirsten

January/February 2015, Disney Cruise with Grace

Where to next?

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Saila and I have returned from Manitoba, and it’s time to share photos!

I already posted a photo of Saila at the bus stop, which we rode to the ferry.  Here’s a beautiful photo of Saila on the ferry.  It was a very windy day!

We had some time to kill after the ferry docked, so we got a couple more photos:

We spent that evening in Seattle (and saw Beauty and the Beast!), then flew to Winnipeg the next morning:

Here’s a photo waiting for the shuttle to the hotel.  It was even windier in Winnipeg than it was on the ferry!

After checking in to the hotel, we took a bus to downtown Winnipeg.  Check out this bus stop!

Canada loves Marjorie, and Marjorie loves Canada!

We explored downtown Winnipeg, mostly in an area called The Forks, where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River.  From this valley they say we are going…

look, the sign’s in Inuktituk!

The next day we took off on a plane to Churchill.  Another two and a half hours!  That’s how long it took to get from Vancouver to Winnipeg!  This was greeting us at the airport in Churchill:

We met our guide, and took a little tour around town.  Check out this Inukshuk:

Did you know that the Nunavut Territory extends all the way to the shores of Hudson Bay?

So this photo is actually Saila in her homeland, Nunavut:

Our guide happened to be married to an Inuit woman, and he asserted that Saila’s outfit is authentic.  A waitress at the café had boots like Saila’s, our guide’s wife can make an amauti just like Saila’s, and I saw a handful of women with hats (nasaq in Inuktitut) like Saila’s!  Our guide suggested that Saila would enjoy climbing in the rocks, like many Inuit:

This is our guide.  His name is Pat, and he is a polar bear genius:

After lunch, we went to the Eskimo Museum.  The museum is changing its name because the Inuit hate being called Eskimos.  Pat told us that Eskimo translates to “eater of raw meat” and historically the name was never used with respect.  Here are a few photos from the museum:

Then I rode a helicopter (Saila couldn’t ride because there weren’t enough seatbelts), ate dinner, and went to a beautiful slide presentation.  Here’s a link to the website for the photographer that did the presentation.

The next day we were off on a tundra buggy to find polar bears!  Saila wore her PJs and was quite comfy.

We probably saw about a dozen polar bears each day (we went out from 8-4 on Friday and Saturday).  Here’s the link to my flckr album of 265 photos of polar bears: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5butDb.

Random photo of Saila’s polar bear that came with her pajamas:

And one more photo of Saila in her Amauti:

The sun came out on our last day in Churchill.  We drove around town again, this time stopping for photos at the polar bear jail:

And at the national park to view the fort:

Stopped at a restaurant to pet a stuffed bear:

Then we flew back to Winnipeg, and the following afternoon I flew back to Vancouver.  Here’s a photo of Saila at the Vancouver airport:

And then I went into the city to grab some dinner and catch a train back to Washington!

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Goodbye Canada!  Au revoir! ᓴᐃᒧ  !

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Time for another vacation…

…and this time Saila gets to come! Here she is at the bus stop by my house, the first leg of our journey.

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Here’s the end of my color series–6 Maplelea Girls in purple.

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Alexi in Positively Peaceful

Jenna in Saila’s outfit

Saila in Flower Power

Brianne in Blueberry Mist

Taryn in Uptown Girl

Leonie in Plum Princess

Which color was your favorite?

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No, we’re not sad, but we’re wearing blue!

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Alexi in Slam Dunk, Leonie in Melody in Blue, Taryn in Summerhill Stroll, Saila in Jenna’s original outfit and Sports Energy Pack (this outfit has recently been through a much-needed update), Jenna in her snowsuit, and Brianne is wearing Taryn’s outfit (which is a bit too pale for Brianne).

I’m going on vacation tomorrow!

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Green Team is the name of a Taryn outfit (that Alexi is wearing today), but it is also the name I have given to the Maplelea Girls today, because they’re all wearing green.

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Taryn in Tulip Royale, Jenna in Free to Be Me, Alexi in Green Team, Leonie in Gaggle of Glee, Brianne in Happy Tap, and Saila in Apple of my Eye

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It’s been a month, but the girls switched from orange to yellow!

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Taryn–Outdoor Odyssey

Jenna–Soccer Supreme

Saila–Jenna’s Field Tripping (original version, current version has short sleeves)

Leonie–Alexi’s Sunset Sundress (she wore that last time too!)

Brianne!

and Alexi in Pelee Pizzazz

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Last week red, this week orange.  I love these girls’ outfits!

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On Saila: Pelee Pizzazz

On Brianne: Sizzling Breeze

On Alexi: Alexi’s meet outfit

On Leonie: Sunset Sundress

On Taryn: Cabbagetown Karma

On Jenna: Alexi’s pajamas

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