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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


April 2013, Tulip Festival with Brianne


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

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May 2013, Disneyland with Mini Kit


June 2013, Chicago with McKenna


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


September 2013, Rieke came home with me from London


October 2013, Albuquerque with Saige

November 2013, Disney World with Mini Dolls






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



April/May 2014 Maui with Kanani


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!

The End

Goodbye Canada!  Au revoir! ᓴᐃᒧ  !

PS: here’s a link to the rest of my photos from the trip: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5MQZHJ

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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!)


and Alexi in Pelee Pizzazz

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