Monday, October 1, 2018

This month on Instagram #1 -September

....and technically a little August, but there wasn't enough August to make a post.

But hey everyone! It's October! And we actually got a cool morning this morning! It felt great.

Anyway, these photos were posted in late August, when I started my Instagram account, @hiddenhollowagdolls

I won this outfit in Jaclynn's giveaway like, forever ago. But it was early winter, so I had to wait until everything was green to take pictures. Then I had to get around to posting them. XD

We went to Oma's in September, and I posted these. (and more)

Such a cute beachy girl.πŸ’œπŸŒŠ

And I took Camille to the aquarium.

And that finishes up the month! 
My family and I are going to Niagara falls next week, its going to be awesome! So I'm going to be posting photos from there, and when I get back I'm going to do a (hopefully) fall themed photoshoot, it depends if the weather is going to actually LOOK like fall. πŸ˜›

Have a great day, may cool weather come upon you, and please follow my Instagram if you can, I've got 44 followers but only 10-20 likes per photo. thanks!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

My birthday & announcements

Hello, readers!

It is a cool evening after a hot August day, and we are in the mountains for a family mud run! It's Mom's 16th birthday this month, and she wanted to do a mud run to celebrate.


I mean, I can't actually go, but I'll be watching. How? Ninja secret.

As for now, I'll just relax and admire the moon. It's so lovely.

. . .

Hey, how are you guys? I hope you've had a great summer! It won't start actually feeling like fall for about another month, but all the summer activities have ended.

And oh my gosh, that mud run was so fun! My siblings and I kept throwing mud at each other, pulling each other down from muddy slopes we just climbed, and shove into puddles. There were sixteen obstacles, and one of the first ones was a stretch were the water was up to your waist, but you were knee deep in soft clay/mud, Daisy immediately lost a shoe. We spent five/ten minutes kneeling in the water, scrabbling around for it. We found someone else's shoe, but not hers. So she went barefoot. 😜

There were a LOT of steep, muddy slopes to climb. You had to go up on your hands and knees, digging your fingernails into the dirt while your knees tried to find a support in the mud. And some of them had ROCKS in it. my knees are covered in small scabs.

But it felt so fantastic to be completely covered in mud. Or, it was until I fell face first in a mud puddle while laughing. I did not enjoy tasting it. πŸ˜‘
I could rant about how amazing it was all day, but you would get bored. πŸ˜‚

We stayed at a campsite instead of a motel for the night, because it was cheaper. We took a walk the evening we got there, which is where I took these pics. Ivy, Thorin and I made up fake identities while we walked, with looks, backstory and personalities, in case we're ever on the run from the law and need disguises

I can't say much about them, since talking about it online would defeat the point of being in disguise. But if a red-head named Cherry ever shows up at your door, help her out, because it just might be me.
*dramatic pause*

And to change the subject, we got another cat!
Meet Caspian, our new kitten. Like most kittens, he has given us all a large number of scratches from playing with him, and drives Milo insane. (poor Milo has been spending a lot of time outside, he finds Caspian annoying with all his energy) and unlike most kittens, Caspian eats your hair, and vegetables. VEGETABLES. His favorite place to play is in a bag of potatoes, his favorite place to sleep was on top of a pile of tomatoes, (until mom cooked them) and we've caught him eating cucumbers, and peppers.

 He's never seen me do a photoshoot before. 

Aaaaand now he makes a hasty retreat from the scene of the crime.

I'll be posting the photos from the shoot on Instagram, as I will be doing that more than blogging now. I will still post on here, (I have some ninja diy's in the works that I can't wait to show you!) and I'll probably do 'this month on Instagram' posts so that those of you without accounts can still see my photos, because we don't want anyone left out, do we?
You can visit (and follow!) HERE,
or search for @hiddenhollowagdolls

I'm excited, and hopefully since Instagram posts are quicker to do, I'll post more! πŸ˜ƒ

I love ya'll, have an amazing day!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The ask a reader tag


Hey everyone! 
So, vbs went like this; 
Olive: thrived
Ivy: hung in the back and survived

And camp went like this this;
Olive: tried to survive
Ivy: thrived

My social battery was MAXED OUT in like 3 days, but a stomach bug gave me an excuse to spend half a day alone in my dorm, so that gave me the energy to finish the week running (why would i run) at a swift walk. 😁
And vbs was super fun, but I'll talk about that and camp later, because today I'm doing the Ask a Reader Tag by the lovely Charis!
(the image above is hers, isn't it beautiful?)

And so we go!

1. What sparked your love for reading?
I don't know. I've been devouring books for as long as I can remember.

2. Where do you get your books?
The library, or I ask for them for my birthday and Christmas, or if there's any good ones left on the $5 a box day at the library book sale.

3. Where do you read?
I prefer this big love seat we have, it's a used to be white with faded pink rose clusters on it. When I look at it through other peoples eyes, it's hideous, but its soo comfy. 😊

4. When do you read?
I start it in the morning when I get up, (or the afternoon) and I don't stop reading it until bedtime, (10:00pm) or if it's really suspenseful or I'm almost done, I'll turn on my small light and either finish it, or read until 11:15-11:30 because them I'm too tired and I have to stop. 

Hey, I get up at 6:00am.

5. What genres do you read?
Fantasy, fantasy, and fantasy. But I'll read some historical fiction, and I've started checking out an occasional sci-fi from the library. I prefer my sci-fi as movies/tv shows, but it can make some good books. (check out The Last Day on Mars! such beautiful writing😍)

6. What are your favorite childhood reads?
I remember eating up the American Girl books, as well as Percy Jackson, and I loved listening to my mom read Narnia, though I didn't like reading it myself.

7. What are your favorite books?
You asked for it....
(in no particular order)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Keeper of the lost cities, Eragon, the Rangers apprentice, Homeless bird, The Missing, Pendragon,  The hunger games, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, Lord of the rings, Wings of fire, Fablehaven, the Star of Kazan, Journey to the river sea, A Wrinkle in time, Where the mountain meets the moon, Shadows and Secrets, and The Last Day on Mars are all I can think of right now. πŸ˜›

8. Do you read fast or slow?
Fast. I mean, I tried to be slow when I was re-reading the Eragon series recently, but I still finished the biggest in 2 days, lol. 

9. Do you set reading goals? What are they?

10. How do you track your reads?
I don't. Why bother? 

11. Do you binge-read?
Does binge-reading mean reading a book in a day, than reading its sequel the next day, and then the next book the next day, and so on? Because if yes, than I binge-read as much as possible.

12. Do you fall in love with characters?
Ohhh yes. Very much yes. πŸ˜„ 

13. Do you buddy read?
Not really. (but then, I have a very shaky definition of what 'buddy reading' is)

14. Do you re-read?
Yes! A very large portion of my reading is re-reads. πŸ™‚

15. What's the best thing about being a reader?
Hmm. I think the best part is being able to get to know these people, these characters, to get a peek into their worlds and their minds, and go on their adventures with them. And even when they're labeled 'fiction' it's not fiction to me. 
....which my siblings use in their arguments on why I should be sent to the loony bin. *sigh* I need my back up. Why do my fellow book dragons live so far away? My siblings are too numerous and too fast to eat without back up. πŸ˜‚  

I shall tag anyone who thinks 'book dragon' fits us much better than 'book worm' 
For all of you tagged, here are the questions:

1. What sparked your love for reading?
2. Where do you get your books?
3. Where do you read?
4. When do you read?
5. What genres do you read?
6. What are your favorite childhood reads?
7. What are your favorite books?
8. Do you read fast or slow?
9. Do you set reading goals? What are they?
10. How do you track your reads?
11. Do you binge-read?
12. Do you fall in love with characters?
13. Do you buddy read?
14. Do you re-read?
15. What's the best thing about being a reader?

Have a great day, I love ya'll!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Look who's back from the dead. (spoiler, it's me)

So, You want to go to Assateague, right?

Because there's wild ponies/horses there, right?

And you might get to seen one, right?

Because it's so cool, right?


Stupid ponies.

Now, we're not idiot campers. We've gone camping once a year for several years now, often in the mountains, where we have to be careful of bears. There was this one place where we couldn't go 10 feet before getting reminded to be careful of bears in our food. (The first thing we did when we got there was spill a huuuuuge bag of trail mix but it was alright nothing happened) but with bears, they wait until you're gone, or asleep before looking for food. But ohhhh no. These ponies are RUDE.
So, all the warnings we see are warning you not to leave food out overnight, and don't take in the tents because they'll smell it, but most of the warnings are for idiots who want to walk up and pet them, take a close up selfie, and for goodness sake they have teeth and are not afraid to use them. But we all knew that. 
So anyway, it's the second day I think, and we were finishing up lunch, so all our food is out next to and on the table, excepts for the cooler, which was under the table. (Thank goodness it was) Most of us kids were finished, and we had sat down in a circle to play mafia. (we played it a lot when we were there, its so much funner with more people) since its mafia, we had our eyes shut. We didn't see the ponies until almost the last minute, three of them, a little taller than me, heading straight towards us. Of course the little kids were scared.
They were instantly up, yelping and squealing an little kid frightened noises, running towards my dad while he tried to shush them. I was terrified, (when something big and heavy ad taller than you is approaching and you're on the ground, it looks very intimidating) and after a blank moment started trying to figure out if we could outrun a pony over those sand dunes and get to the bathrooms. They were cinder block buildings, and heavy doors that opened outward, so it would hold against a pony. (I'm pretty sure) I was helping herd them all away from the camp to a sand dune farther away. I had decided that the little kids would be the biggest problem, since they can't run as fast, the sand dunes are terrible footing, and its almost slower carrying them.
Luckily it wasn't necessary. πŸ˜›

This is about how far away we were. They ate everything on the table, and what they could get out of the buckets. One of the buckets was shut, they just kicked it over and kept kicking it until the lid fell off. (They cracked the lid almost in half) they ate a bag of carrots, plastic and all, an entire bag of apples, (that made my dad mad, he was going to grab one when he noticed them coming) all the bread, the gluten free pretzels, (that made Ivy mad) the marshmallows, (that made EVERYONE mad) and everything else except the cheerios, which they couldn't open. (that made ME mad. No-body and no-thing touches my food)
a few of us went down to parking lot, where Hazel's mom was, (I forgot what she was doing) and told her what happened, and SHE got mad, because they were so rude, and also her husband and two smallest kids were in one of the tents, and that scared me, because she had said that the ponies trample people's tents sometimes. Then Hazel's dad woke up and came out of the tent, right next to a pony. 😳
It was a very nerve wracking ordeal.
This lady who worked there showed up, and she tried scaring them away, but when they left, it was only because they had eaten everything.
The parents then talked with the lady for a bit, and she told us about one time she cooking in the back of a trailer, when a pony came up and head butted her, so she got pushed ten feet away and fell over, while the pony ate what she was cooking. She also laughed at us for thinking they wouldn't come up and scare you away, and to add insult to injury, told us kids that we had to fill up our little holes, because a pony or person might break a leg. 
The parents realized that she was right, and told us to go fill them up, and we were scowling indignantly because they weren't holes they were nests and we had been driven out of our native habitat the previous year and were struggling to find a new home, and we hadn't had enough food for months and it was nesting season and the lack of food meant much less eggs than normal, and now they had hatched, and we were struggling to feed them, they were starving and then a plague came and that paired with the lack of food wiped out half the hatchlings, and now this human wanted to take away the only home our babies ever knew? Where would they live? But we still had to fill up the holes, so we did, and relocated our surviving imaginary hatchlings somewhere else. 

Yes, I'm a teen. 
Yes, I play games like that still.
Yes, the story is a group effort so
No, we usually have no idea where its going to end when we start, and 
No, the death toll is not normally that high. πŸ˜†


So! Sorry for leaving so long, after the whole week of vacation, we spent a week sick, (but not meee still not sure how I avoided that one) and then I was too lazy to blog, and then the laptop wouldn't work. But now it will, and I'm making myself write this because VBS is starting next week (finishing this post it starts this evening) and after that I'm going to camp again, (anyone remember when I went, two years ago?) but Ivy is coming this time. She's super excited.
I also took ZERO photos the entire trip but my mom took some, so I'm using them in this post. (thanks mom!)

But let me tell you about Assateuge!

This was in May, and we drove up to Hazel's. Bubbles had her birthday at their house, and we set out the next morning for Assateuge. The drive was really cool, and we went over a lot of bridges. I liked it, Thorin didn't. 
When we first stepped out of the van, the first thing we noticed was the wind. It was SO windy. I found it exhilarating, and even after a few days of it, the only thing I didn't like about it was my slightly chapped face. That was also why I didn't take any pictures of the dolls we brought, it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to stand them up.
Our campsite wasn't that far from the parking lot, but with the dunes and shifting sand, it seemed a lot farther than it was. If you ran, it was a little faster, but you had to walk at least one way, because running against the wind was almost slower than walking, it was that windy. 
It was difficult putting up the tents, but the parents got them mostly behind this big sand dune, and we helped put all our backpacks in the corners to help hold them down. Even being protected, I still spent the first night with a curved overhang of tent wall over me. That first night we didn't get to bed until late, and we were to tired to really do anything than argue over the blankets and end up sprawled all over the place. The next night we actually planned out where everyone was, and made sure everyone had enough blankets, except for me, because on that first night I had ended up with only one blanket, a really large fuzzy one, and I slept with one end under me and the other folded over for covers and I was fine. The sand was so soft, I slept better than any other camping trip we've been on. Ivy had another blanket like mine and was freezing, so she got more blankets for the second night. I guess thats what you get when you're not a living heater. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
But we read Percy Jackson, and played with princess dolls by flashlight, and had a grand old time.
Have I mentioned that sand? We had a lot of fun in the dunes, (we found this particularly large one that blocked the wind entirely, that was where we dug the holes for our nests) and i already told you about how comfortable it is to sleep on, but it got all in the tents no matter how careful you where, and it made my ankles so tired form trudging in it everywhere that by the end of our stay, I have now sampled Anakin's view on sand. 

We went on this walk, on a board walk that you could see very far from. The wind had slowed after the first day, but it never stopped, and it was still very breezy.
We found this place, it was this huuuuuuuuge inlet of water, and it never got above my knees.
It was warm, the sun was shinning, and I kept intending to see how far I could wade out before it got deeper than my knees but I kept getting tired or distracted. So that never got finished. πŸ˜›
when we were coming back from the walk, we started going to the car, one of Hazel's little sisters was walking barefoot, she stepped into the grass, stood stalk still and started screaming. The grass was full of these little prickle things, like a pea with thorns. Princess also stepped in them, since they were the only two who wouldn't put their shoes on after we got out of the water. So that was fun. πŸ˜‘

 It got really pretty when it got sunny. πŸŒ…

(the one on the left is Daisy) 

It was still too cold to go in the water though. 

We went on a walk down the beach, I love walks like that. πŸ™‚πŸŒŠ

While we walked, we played a game that we had lived by the coast our whole lives, and we fished for a living, only going to school occasionally. The most exciting part was when we caught a shark, and sold it to buy a better boat. πŸ˜›

But eventually we had to leave. Hazel and her family went home, and we dropped by Oma's, since we were pretty close by.
 (I'm to the left in the hat, Princess is in the pink behind me, Ivy is in blue on the right, and the other two are Bubbles and Wacko)

 We also went to an aquarium, and Thorin was our own personal tour guide, he literally knew everything a tour guide could have told us. 

Daisy also took some selfies with Oma's cat. πŸ˜›

I think I'm about done here. 
Vbs starts today, I'm going to be helping the kids learn the moves to the songs. Search 'game on vbs 2018' if you want to check out the songs, we'll be doing 'we have hope' and 'joy' as well as the theme song. It's going be fun! (and totally terrifying)
And then camp next week, (even more terrifying) so I won't be posting for about two weeks, but I have pictures from a bird sanctuary we visited, and a photoshoot planned, so I'll post after I get back. πŸ™‚
I'm considering getting an instagram account for this blog, because I'd like that better than writing blog posts. I'd still have this blog, and I'd post on it occasionally, but it would mostly be on instagram. The problem is that several of you don't have/aren't allowed an instagram, so you'd be missing out, and I don't want that. ☹️

Anyway, have an amazing day everyone!