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I may be MIA for a few days while I finish “Operation Project Cleanup.”  This is the time where we go through our house and especially all of my kids’ stuff and make piles – give away, throw away, keep, etc…

This year is especially difficult since we also are having to do this task with our stuff and theirs.

I am converting what was my home studio into a home office (since I rarely take studio photos and have been set up in our family room for the past two years as an office).  So now I will have a desk in that room and can sit in a chair versus a couch while I work on my computer and while training people.  Bet you had no idea I was on a sofa.  Did you?

Anyway, my husband’s “office” will become the girls’ second room.  My twins still want to share a bedroom. We always told them (starting around 4 yrs old) that at 7 they could have their own rooms.  They will be 7 in December – this happened way faster than I thought it would.

They decided they did want two rooms, but want one to share for sleeping and another for “stuff.”  So we have ordered them each a pretty white desk and their room is getting painted.  This is their birthday present.  Ok, so I did order them a few things from American Girl too.  But this is their main gift.

This weekend is our deadline as their room is getting painted this week and the desks are coming.  We need to get out of what is to be “their room.”

I did have to make a deal with them.  The bookshelves that house photo albums of their life (all 7 years) need to stay in there.  I have no other place to put them.  I use those cheap albums from Michaels Arts and Crafts, where they self stick, fit 2-3 pictures to a page, and have 100 double sided pages (so 200 sides) to each album.  Why am I telling you this?

1st person to guess how many albums I have filled from their birth through August 2008 (which is the last time I ordered prints) gets $20 off an action set at my store.

******* CONTEST NOW OVER – after almost 3 days and 67 guesses, nobody guessed correctly here.  The answer is 40 ********

I am heading upstairs to count them right now, so I will know the answer.  Thanks for playing along.  Off to clean more.  Oh, and I forgot to mention, if you have kids that no longer play with their American Girl doll and/or accessories and doll clothes, let me know.  Maybe we can make some trades 🙂 Actions for AG stuff.

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  1. Elma on November 15, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    16 🙂

  2. A. Schweitzer on November 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I guess 14 albums?Good luck with operation project cleanup!

  3. Stephanie on November 15, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    So since you said bookshelves (plural), I’m going to guess 52. Atleast your a good mom and print their pictures. I last printed pictures and put them in an album for my son’s 1st birthday. He’s now 3 and has a little brother.

  4. Kelly Ann on November 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    22

  5. admin on November 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    nobody has guessed yet – I have to tell you something freaky. I asked my twins their guesses. Jenna guessed the exact number. I was freaked out. She asked if I would give her $20. I said she could have $20 worth of “actions.”She did not like that answer from me at all…

  6. Meggan on November 15, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    13 – I have a feeling no matter how many it is I’m going to feel guilty about having only 1 for my girl!

  7. Mandi on November 15, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I’m guessing 29.

  8. Kate in OH on November 15, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Twins.. almost 7 years.. I will guess 42.21 a piece.

  9. John P on November 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    23 is my guess

  10. Whitney on November 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    my guess is 50 🙂 i too, NEVER print pix in this digital world – my boys will all get external hd’s with their childhood memories 🙂

  11. jenny on November 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    i’m guessing 47. it just feels right. i hope.

  12. Stefanie on November 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    My guess is 32.

  13. Kati on November 15, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I just purchased some of your actions this weekend. I cannot remove my butt from the computer! They are so much fun! Since I am selfish, I want more. my guess is 17 albums.

  14. jodie on November 15, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I’m guessing 37 and I just put some AG clothes in a bag to give to Goodwill today… they are totally fine, a friend handed them down to us and my girls are just too young to play with them still. Anyway, it’s a blue dress with matching hat, two robes, a jumper, a pair of tennis shoes and maybe some other random accessories, I didn’t pay close attention… they are yours if you’d like them! Just let me know and I’ll mail them to you!

  15. Kathleen on November 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Since you said you got them cheap, I would guess you got alot of them, so my guess is 62. Good luck with your room cleaning!

  16. Olivia on November 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    36! Seems like a good number!

  17. Denise Skelton on November 15, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Hmmm, I’d say for two girls with a mom who likes pictures………Do we have to guess the EXACT number? or can it be closest without going over? 🙂 39My aunt taught my cousins from an early age that they were to grab the photo albums and run if the house ever caught fire! 🙂

  18. Tyra on November 15, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    12………yeah, I guess 12!

  19. Kyla on November 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Well my son is only 2 and he has 10 albums already…. so I will say 60.

  20. gina on November 15, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    33 is my guess…

  21. Michelle on November 16, 2008 at 12:04 am

    28?

  22. John on November 16, 2008 at 12:06 am

    I guess 44

  23. Jenn Galloway on November 16, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Oh goodness, all of my guesses have been taken! I’ll guess 26.

  24. Melissa on November 16, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I will guess 48. I am always horrible at guessing games.

  25. Tami Chrostowski on November 16, 2008 at 12:18 am

    My girls are going to be 7, in about 2 weeks. I am sure I didn’t take as many pictures as you, but… I have 25 albums that I have actually put pictures in. Gah….and need to fill about 25 more!

  26. ttexxan on November 16, 2008 at 12:32 am

    My girls have tons of AG stuff and will check with my wife to see what they want to part with…I would love some actions and story boards….Im guessing about 53

  27. Michelle Garthe on November 16, 2008 at 1:31 am

    56. I had to keep going through the previous comments to see if all my guesses have been taken.

  28. Beth on November 16, 2008 at 1:38 am

    I think 54

  29. Shaila on November 16, 2008 at 2:35 am

    I’m guessing about 58, but I’m a terrible at this sorta thing!

  30. Erin on November 16, 2008 at 4:19 am

    I’ll say 70, 10 for each year. Wow that is a lot of photographs!

  31. Stephanie on November 16, 2008 at 4:33 am

    I am guessing 64!

  32. Gina on November 16, 2008 at 6:44 am

    My guess is 63. 🙂

  33. Mallika on November 16, 2008 at 7:42 am

    my guess is 31. happy cleaning!

  34. Melissa on November 16, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Hey-my guess is 72!

  35. Alison J on November 16, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I would guess 47, you always show amazing pictures on your blog!

  36. Jana on November 16, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I say 33. ???

  37. Pam on November 16, 2008 at 10:11 am

    We made up an elaborate formula and came up with 56!

  38. Tippi on November 16, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I am guessing 14 books- 2 for each year and a bookshelf for each of them and their own albums.

  39. JenW on November 16, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Ok, I am going to guess 34…..Have fun cleaning up and organzing!

  40. Lydia on November 16, 2008 at 10:32 am

    My guess is 16

  41. Laser on November 16, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I’m guessing 15

  42. Julie Cook on November 16, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I will guess 20 since all the rest of my guesses are gone.

  43. Donna on November 16, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I can’t remember when I printed my photos last :-). I don’t have any children, but I know that this past week when I went to visit my twin nieces for their first birthday, I shot over 800 pictures in just 4 days! Anyway, I’m guessing 61…..

  44. Susan on November 16, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Ok, here’s my guess….39. How about next summer you do a workshop in Madison, WI and I’ll take you to the American Girl Warehouse sale? It’s a good one, they do it every year usually in July. Deals, Deals, Deals !

  45. Niccole Kulig on November 16, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    My guess is 108. Have fun cleaning … I know it is a pain, but just think how good it will feel once it is all done.

  46. Laurel on November 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    31! Can’t wait to hear ho many!

  47. Casey Cooper on November 16, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I’m guessing 24!

  48. Amy Mann on November 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I am guessin 78 {37 each}!

  49. Alisa Conn on November 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    124

  50. shannon michaelis on November 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    29. I do about 4 a year, so i rounded up…

  51. Amy Fenner on November 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    27, hehe!

  52. christina valentine on November 16, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    i guess 68

  53. Rebecca David on November 16, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    my guess is…34 :0)

  54. Niki from CA on November 16, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    67?

  55. Tammy Wagner on November 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    88, I hope! Your girls are beautiful!

  56. LisaB on November 16, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Have fun moving, and organizing and finding things you’ve not in a while…22 is my quess

  57. Kathy on November 16, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    I’m guessing 42.

  58. Valerie M. on November 16, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I know I am probably guessing high but I am guessing 84. One a month for each…LOL

  59. Tammy Wagner on November 16, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    160

  60. LaRell on November 17, 2008 at 12:07 am

    41 hasn’t been taken I don’t think? I will try it.

  61. Missy on November 17, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Man! I wish I had some AG stuff! I would totally trade! I’m guessing 19 albums

  62. Tammy Wagner on November 17, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    101???

  63. Tiffany on November 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    75…

  64. Shelly Frische on November 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I’m gonna guess 84!!!

  65. Taryn on November 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    25?

  66. Jill on November 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Sophie had 2 albums for the first year & of course I haven’t done it since. Her little brother has 0. In my defense there are thousands of photos dumped on the computer, unsorted, of both ;)But I’ll bet you take way more pictures, are way more organized and 70 is already taken, so I’ll guess 80. 🙂

  67. Lorien on November 17, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I guess 26…..has that been taken?! Can’t wait to hear how many!

  68. admin on November 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Contest is now over – nobody guessed it after a number of days. I will have another fun contest soon. See the post for the correct answer.

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