I’m back! & SUMMER WRAP UP

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Here I am everybody!!! No, I haven’t fallen into a black abyss. *waves to adoring fans*

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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!

APRIL

  • 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 😉 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?

Winter Wrap Up

Okay, I know Spring doesn’t officially start until March, but to me, it always starts in February. So my winter is over.

Winter was pretty uneventful. Honestly, I can’t think of hardly anything that happened this season. But I shall try to conjure up a few things…

The Best Thing That Happened to Me

My friends came and stayed for a week, and it was great hanging out with them, they are so fun! It was a little boring at times, but just being together was fun.

Random Miscellaneous-ness

learn how to play the banjo.:

I got to fiddle with a banjo, not for very long, but they are sooooooooooo much fun, and I really, really want to get one and learn how. It was so fun.

We did a Chanukah Skit that I wrote, directed, casted, etc., and it was hilarious. The kids from our home fellowship all did such a great job with their costumes and performance and the grown ups loved it as much as we did. We are looking forward to doing a Purim (the holiday about Esther) play in a month or so.

I fell in love with a cookie recipe I found on Pinterest,  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143481938106880247/   and it is truly magical. You should make a million or two of them.

I went sledding in the snow and it was seriously fun. It was the first activity I’d done in the snow, so I was a little intimidated of sledding down the huge hill, and we did get a few scrapes and bruises, but even the long, long trek up the hill over 10 times was worth it.

This winter was pretty uneventful over all, but it was nice and relaxing. How about yours?

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Autumn Wrap Up

Wow! I had an amazing wonderful Autumn, mostly for the reason of our terrific trip, which you already heard all about here, here, and here, so I won’t bore you more with that, but I’ll tell you a little about the rest of my autumn in a somewhat-well, kind of, brief overview.

Worst Thing that Happened to Me

I got sick with a very bad cold the day we arrived back in the states. That was awful, but things could have been worse.

Best Thing that Happened to Me

Uh, well this might be a bit obvious and I’m being a little redundant, but did I mention, WE WENT TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST!!! Okay so yeah, that’s the bestest ever.

If you do not have this on your board, you are wrong. Tangled.
By now this is probably what you’re all like when I mention my trip.

First Attendance to Outdoor Concert

Okay, so maybe this isn’t world travel, but it was pretty darn amazing! My sister and I volunteered to help at a Compassion Partnered Event, so it was Christian bands playing and we almost canceled last moment. We were tired, it was hours away, we didn’t feel like staying out late, and we weren’t sure if we’d even be able to see/hear the band we were looking forward to. Ended up we arrived, had very little work to do, were right, like right by the stage, and got to go up close to the stage and dance and sing with everyone else. We saw a band that, shall we say, had NO talent. But then we saw Relient K, the band I had grown up listening to and singing with and listening to with my brothers! So that was really cool and fun to watch, we also got to hear a brand new song of theirs that even their sound guys hadn’t heard. Okay, so cool, right, but then we got to see Switchfoot!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alright, so I can’t really express how cool this was, I love Switchfoot so much and actually seeing them, especially Jon Foreman. He was so happy and it seemed like he appreciated us so much and was personally connecting with us, right from the stage. Singing along with some of my most favorite songs ever was so awesome!

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Enough Autumn Photography?

No… not really. I mean, sure, I took lots of pictures during our trip, but I didn’t really do hardly any afterwards (some on Thanksgiving but that was basically it) or before, so I didn’t catch the magicalness of the leaves transforming and such. Oh well 😦

A Few Little Random Things

I got reconnected to country music this season. I’m using Spotify premium, and it’s really nice (that is, if you’re careful what you look at/listen to). I’ve mostly been listening to Alan Jackson, Aaron Watson, and Tim McGraw. Sigh, they’re pretty amazing. I especially am in a phase of listening to Humble and Kind, Grown Men Don’t Cry, and My Old Friend, all by Tim McGraw.

I know you've got MOUNTAINS to climb but always stay HUMBLE & KIND. -Tim Mcgraw:

I drew so little this Fall, I’m pretty disappointed with myself! I did draw this sketch from a photograph, and it turned out better than drawing from a photo usually does for me. So that’s good I guess.

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Like I said, it’s just a sketch, but I don’t think it was too bad for once, it’s really fun cartooning pictures, though.

My sister started a youth group/kid group thingy for our fellowship that has been going really well so far!

Umm, what else… mmm, I started playing the guitar! So that’s cool. I’m not good. At all. But it’s very fun!

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I got some very cool/beautiful air plants and a cute little thingy to hod them!

I WENT TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST (I just thought I’d repeat that again, in case you missed it :P)!!

So, yep, there we go! That was my amazing fall that seemed to go soooo fast! I’ve been so blessed this season and I can’t wait to see what Winter has in store for me!

Paisatge en blanc i negre d'un carrer solitari, amb un home al fons. El fet que sigui en blanc i negre i que estigui plovent donen un estil dramátic al moment.:

Summer Wrap Up

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I’ve had a great summer. There were, of course, ups and downs. But overall I had a great time.

Worst Thing that Happened to Me

I seriously sprained my ankle and was laid up in bed for about two and a half weeks. Of course there were pros, such as watching TV and being spoiled. But after a couple days I was so tired of being in bed all day.

Idaho/Wyoming

 About half a week after I was able to get off crutches, my parents, sister, and I went to Idaho, and stayed with a congregation that my sister was going on a mission trip with. There I ‘jogged’ a 5k, and I had a hard time, with my freshly healed ankle. After our time in Idaho, we drove to the Grand Tetons, an amazing place. Certain parts of the mountain range looked a little like it was out of Lord of the Rings. We had a great time. We went to Yellowstone for a day and saw Old Faithful erupt, and much to our dismay, it wasn’t all that fantastic. On one of our hikes in the Tetons, we say that old famous cabin that there are so many photographs of. That was pretty amazing. The town of Jackson Hole, where we stayed, was very cute with lots of wonderful little shops and some pretty darn good food.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (had no idea it was this gorgeous)
Reminder; I didn’t take these pictures.

Swimming, enough?

 Along with being gone, my ankle injury, and overall laziness, I didn’t swim near as much as I wanted to this year. I’m very white, and my hair didn’t get a shade lighter or greenish like it usually does.

“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.” --Caroline Myss (via theriverjordyn):

Watermelon or Strawberries?

 Lol, I had to add in a random question. Although, I love watermelon, it’s strawberries, of course!

Photo: Michael  "I shoot with a Nikon D80 camera and use mostly a 100mm macro lense." #Strawberries:

A Few Random Little Things

This was my summer of Superheroes. I had seen a few random ones last year, but this year I watched a lot. I’m not like crazy about them, but I did certainly enjoy them, for the most part. You would probably be able to guess who my favorite is. Captain America, of course (at least as far as marvel goes. Batman is my favorite DC).

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I got a several paintings done this summer, so I’m happy with that. Here’s one I did, probably my favorite that I did this summer.

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Oh, and my tolerance for animals was strengthened. I’m not an animal person, but I’ve gotten a little better at not being disgusted or grumpy at them. I can be perfectly civilized with them.

Camp/Visiting/More Visiting

So after some little fun things, such as bowling, bike rides, and a birthday, I had a really, really amazing trip. I went to a Youth Camp that I attended last year, a lot of my best friends are there, so it was terrific seeing everyone again. After camp, I went home with some of my friends, and I had a truly terrific time. We went to the beach twice, and the beaches there, compared to where I live, are amazing, sunny, perfect weather, and big waves.

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They also took me to an amusement park, and that was totally incredible. I had never been on a real roller coaster, so it was quite an experience. I loved it.

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After having a wonderful week at that family’s home, I went to another friend’s house. We had a very nice time, watched lots of TV, and had some really yummy frozen yogurt.

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My parents missed me, and they missed my sister who had gone on her own spectacular adventure, too and we missed them. It was good to finally get home.

When I got home, just a few weeks ago, I was exhausted, but exactly a week afterwards it was time to head off for our family’s vacation. We stayed in an interesting, hobbit-like cottage/cabin. We went to the beach there, too, and it was really different than the previous two I had been to, but still any beach is better than no beach.

The last day we were there, we went to an incredibly interesting, not nice, but interesting restaurant on a pier, like an old pier, with piles of buoys, ropes, etc. It was like out of a movie. There were tons of seagulls, boats, and other sea life around. It wasn’t very sanitary, there was a lot of seagull… ahem drops, and the seagulls landed on nearby tables, making noises loudly. The food was fish and chips or burgers, and I wasn’t impressed with either.  But it was a really cool experience.

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After that we went to a gorgeous garden. You could see the ocean from the garden. There I purchased a beautiful little succulent that I plan on keeping in my room.

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So overall, I had a lovely, wonderful summer, busier than my other’s had been, and it was really fun.

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As school starts, I’ll be busier, but hopefully still be able to type out some posts. I wish you all luck and God’s blessings as you start your own school adventures.

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