Spring Wrap Up

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Well, my friends. Spring is over. It’s been over for a while (since April actually), it’s been weeks since we had cool weather. So summer has arrived. Bummer :/ But Spring was lovely while it lasted.

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Anyhow, Spring was extraordinarily busy for me. I honestly don’t really remember much of what happened in March/April, but May has been PACKED. Packed, packed, packed, packed, packed.

Well, for me at least. This was the first really busy season of, well like my life basically. It was interesting, I’m sure, to watch me flounder and trying to balance things and stuff. It was pretty stressful, and although much of it was fun, exciting, and enjoyable, it was still overwhelming. And I may be just a tad behind in school *cough, cough* ahem and I maaaaaay not be able to have much of a summer vacation…

This gif is my reaction to not having a summer vacation (even tho it’s mostly my fault)¬†:

no summer vacation!?!?

But it’s been nice to be busy with things and to have so much fun, I’ve loved spending time with my friends and family and just have a good time.

And now, to hear more about my spring;

MARCH

  • I attended a Dave Ramsey seminar, and that was really interesting. He’s so funny and smart, and well, rich! Haha, but seriously that man is full of so much wisdom, and his sarcastic remarks tickle me pink. I learned a lot, and had a good time. Okay, but so it was at this huuuuuge church, and there were tons of people there. And so, when we were arriving, we were several miles away from the church, and it took us over a half hour to get just those few miles because soooo many people were trying to get to the seminar! I was so scared my mom would be upset because I was the one who convinced her to go, but she ended up loving it!
  • My sister had a birthday and although we tried our best to give her a fun surprise outing, it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was very nice. We went to a museum and I fell in love with many paintings, and was horrified by many paintings.

 

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Ain’t it gorgeous?!

 

  • Purim (a celebration of Queen Esther’s bravery, Mordecai’s wisdom, and God’s protection over the Jews in the book of Esther) was a good holiday. We performed my second play I had written and directed (and this time I had a small role). It turned out pretty well and I was very pleased with it. The kid who played Haman, the villain, had this black curled mustache, but it kept falling off so he had to hold his head up really high and kept making the snootiest facial expressions. It was awesome!

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  • Not much at all that I can think of… Oh, my dad turned a significant milestone¬†on his birthday.

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  • And we went to a friends house and went to this very strange place called the Sarah Winchester house. This lady was very superstitious so it was kinda weird, but the architecture is amazing.

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MAY

  • My sister, Delaney went to China. She was gone basically the whole month and just got back tonight.
  • My mom and dad had their anniversary, and I made them a nice dinner that they claimed was amazing, and I made the dining room all nice and set a nice ambiance of our families classic music ūüėČ I also penned a geometric whale on a canvas, and it turned out quite nice!

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  • Then I spent the night at my friend’s house and we prepared for her big birthday party we’d been planning for a long while, and stayed up very late talking. Then the next day we assembled everything and got into our costumes for her Pirate Costume Party. Let me tell you, this was by far one of the most fun birthday parties I’ve ever been to! I was ‘first mate’ and I won several games, which is a shocker becasue I don’t usually win games. I liked my costume pretty well, and it was great seeing everyone else’s! The games and food and people were all swell! I also painted her a cat. I’m not super happy with it, but she has it hanging on her wall, so I guess she liked it!

 

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I felt so strange in the coat and the gel in my hair and the jewelry and the make up. But it was also realy fun.

 

 

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The pretty much rotten cat I painted for my friend.

 

  • We went to a baby shower, and it was like woodsy themed, like mamma bear and little stuffed foxes and owls and stuff, it was so fun.
  • We went to the fair¬†and it was so fun!!! I loved riding the rides with my friends and it was just really fun.
  • Another friend I have had a costume party, too, and it was so fun! I dressed up as Jessie from Toy Story and convinced a friend to dress up as Bo Peep. It was really a blast, making the costumes and wearing them. Although it was really warm outside, so that was a bit uncomfortable.

 

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My violin playing shepherdess friend ;P

 

  • Then I went to a violin recital my dear friend was in, she played¬†Married Life¬†from¬†Up. I maaaay have teared up a might, ahem. She did wonderfully and performed so well, plus it’s just an amazing song so I have reasons.
  • And probably one of the biggest things of this month was working on my third play,¬†Peter Pan. This was for a co-op my nephews attend. It was very fun and challenging, and I learned a lot from it. It was so fun seeing all the kids find their talents and reaching and expanding. There were some incredible actors there! I look forward to working with them again. I hope it went well and I can’t wait to see the video since I was backstage the whole time during both performances. Also, this was Peter Pan guys, and that’s one of the best stories ever!
  • We have been scurrying around trying to get our house in good enough condition to sell, so we can move to this town 30 mins away, and hopefully get this really cool house.
  • And two nights ago, I spent the night with two friends, we ate junk food and watched Narnia and laughed and had a swell time.

So that was my Spring. I’m preparing for several Summer events, but you’ll just have to wait and see until my Summer Wrap Up comes out in a few months.

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So how was your spring? Anything eventful?

An Announcement: OWW

Introducing:

One Word Wednesday!

Dum dee da dum! *dramatic fanfare* *bowing* *clapping*

Anyways. OWW is going to be something I’ll be trying out for a while.

Each Wednesday (hopefully every week) I will put up a very short post. It will have a photograph that was taken by yours truly, and a word.

It might be a word that has an interesting definition (and I’ll include the definitions sometimes if I feel the need), or a word that’s pretty, or fun to say, etc.

Also, be on the lookout for two more announcement-type posts that will be important for you to read, plus a change in the blog look should be coming soon for Summer, and a Spring Wrap Up.

So what do you think? Will One Word Wednesdays be a nice addition to the blog? Do you even want to see my photography and hear cool words?

mothers

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Mothers. Wow. Just wow.

I literally cannot fathom how a mother is a mother.

They are the most selfless people, and their lives are literally revolved around their children.

How often do we even appreciate that?

I know I don’t express my gratitude to my mother often enough. Maybe because I take it for granted.

Moms truly are miracles.

“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”

That’s so true. I hear my mom, and lots of moms saying things about how they aren’t good enough or how they make mistakes, or worst of all, that they are a bad mom. They usually say these things when they are discouraged, or us kids have done or said something that makes them doubt themselves.

And I just look at her in awe and think, ‘I’m so selfish I can barely make myself tidy the living room, and you just finished a wall to wall cleaning of the entire house.

And for kicks: “Nothing is officially lost until your mother can’t find it.” #truth.

“Her children¬†arise and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praiseth her.” ~Proverbs 31:28

I feel like we don’t do this near enough, don’t you think?

“She spent all her time loving herself, she sometimes forgot to spend anytime loving herself. She would pour all her energy into creating a beautiful¬†world for her family, that she¬†would forget to create beauty for herself.

She spent hours making sure her children looked presentable, and glance in the mirror to see her bun in disarray, her makeup smeared, her clothes messy. She would feel sad. Little did she know that when her husband walked through the door, he thought she was the most beautiful sight he had seen all day.

She planned a week ahead what she would¬†make for dinner, but it was burnt. She was so excited to take her children to a nice restaurant¬†for lunch, but they put their elbows on the table and blew bubbles in their drinks. She felt ashamed. She didn’t think that perhaps no one cared how overdone the food was, or that the children didn’t mind fancy food and just loved spending time with her.

She worked all day preparing something really special, and when she was met with disappointment, she felt like she was a failure. She didn’t know that the sad look on her kids’ face was because they were unhappy about how tired she was.

And at the end of the day, when tears are falling down her face, she is exhausted and fed up. When she simply wants all to feel right and feel like she actually makes a difference, when she wants to feel her worth, when all dignity is gone, that is the moment one of her children is thinking about how nice their mom did their hair, how clean the house was, how sweet it was when dad and mom smiled at each other, how yummy the food was, how cool the restaurant¬†was, and how amazing their mother is. So they say a simple five words to their mother, five¬†words they don’t say near often enough.¬†

‘Thank you. I love you.”

That is the moment that a mother should know she is incredible.”

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So on this day of celebrating mothers, I say thank you, Mom. I love you.

Happy Mother’s day to mom’s everywhere.

Not Getting Any Younger

Days are passing.

Children are sprouting up.

You’re changing.

Life’s changing.

The world’s changing.

And there’s nothing you can do about it. But you can enjoy the process.

It’s scary and overwhelming sometimes, but beautiful.

As they say, it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey (although, in the case of life, I kinda disagree, ’cause being with our Savior¬†will be amazing).

We don’t have to be consumed with what’s going to happen next, or where we’re attending college, or what we’ll be doing in 10 years.

And we don’t have to worry about any of it, God is in control!

I’m not saying don’t plan ahead, you should know a general idea of what you want to do or else you will have many difficulties, but life is rushing by just fine on it’s own, you don’t have to hurry it along any more.

My dad just passed a milestone on his birthday, and it’s hard to believe he turned that age. Not that it’s old, just that like ‘my how time passes’. My niece, for goodness’ sake, is going to be turning so old, it seems, in just a few weeks.¬†And I’m going to be driving soon!

It’s all magical and exciting and horrifying all at the same time!

So enjoy each stage of life while it lasts, because you are not getting any younger! That’s not a bad thing, it’s beautiful.

“Isn’t it funny how, day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different? ~ C.S. Lewis