ice storm || watercolor

Monday, December 28, 2015

It was a splendid Christmas. We watched the Nativity Story, ate many snacks (CHOCOLATE!), played games, opened gifts, spent time together, painted with my new watercolor kit, hung out—oh, and beat my Grandpa at chess. Oh yeah! I just love the watching the Nativity's such an amazing movie. It's the real reason we celebrate Christmas, for Christ's birth! <3 <3

(Can you people tell I love kraft paper, and artisty stuff??) Watercolor is AMAZING, people. My sisters and I made out own's that time of year again. 2016 is right around the corner. (doesn't 2016 looks nice, I despise writing 5's, a 6 looks so much cleaner...ahem!) Oh, and why is it that the dollar general does not have calender's yet?! Seriously?! Oh, and my dad hung my wall art up, so I'll hopefully be able to do a room tour soon. :)
This happens every year.
*no snow for Christmas*
*two days after, starts dumping snow*
Yeahhh, we're in for a ice storm. If you could pray, that'd be super. It's very likely we will lose power—if we do *uses weatherly voice* "it will be for a long duration". The roads are going to be really bad..from 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice on the roads..sleet, rain, snow...gusts of wind from 50-60 MPH. Please pray we don't lose power. :P

doesn't 2016 looks so lovely?
how is the weather faring for you?

the eve of christmas eve || snow deprived

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Today is the eve of Christmas Eve. If that makes sense. ;P
This year we decided not to make our own frosting for Christmas cookies. #mistake
The store frosting bananas gone wrong. (supposed to be vanilla). I mean, gross! :P lol.

 People, WHY is there a thunderstorm the DAY BEFORE Christmas?!?! Where is the snow? That's just totally not Christmas-y. I feel totally snow deprived. ;P

I am totally excited to give my gifts this year, I think this may just be my best year for finding gifts. (I finally found an awesome gift for my dad, BTW). I drew Julia's name for Christmas this year, and I believe I found the perfect gift for her. Don't you just love it when finding gifts for people comes easily?

Merry Christmas to you all!
'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be good to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'

what traditions do you have in your family?
will you have snow for Christmas?

frozen fingers || wintry design

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My sis, Bree, and I decided to take a photoshoot outside, after (being the photographers we are) we watched the flurries outside we just had to take some photos. Up above you can see the results of our shoot. She'll be posting her photos on her blog in a few days..if you're interested to see my photography work. ;) You can see them at: Cover up for Christ. Oh, and she took the photos of me. I'm not that awesome at photography that I can take my own photos. Yet.

Oh, and duh, it snowed. ;P I went out in the afternoon to take photos, and by the time we took our shoot the snow had about covered the ground.
*it is cold. It's a problem being a photographer in the winter. When your fingers freeze stiff, seeming to stick at your camera. You can't slightly hold down the shutter button to get the right focus, it's pressing all or nothing. It's *snap, snap, snap* "Let's get outta here!" As you may have noticed, I got a new design! Bree made the banner, and I did all the other coding stuff that I really enjoy. Check out my updated "about" page.

oh, and I now have a Google+ page..if you interested in stalking me, click here. Be assured, I would surely enjoy if you follow—I'll even give you a virtual cookie.

do my fellow photographers relate with the "frozen finger" problem?
what do you think of my wintry design?

christmas village || stringing the tree

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dear me people, here comes the snow! I just hope it sticks for Christmas, then nicely melts. ;)

Yesterday I was able to get almost all my Christmas shopping done. Yes. My sister and I got dropped off at

the store to get our shopping done..I admit, it's fun roaming the store without a list. lol. I was able to find some

adorable things for my siblings..I'm glad to have that done. I only have to order one more gift online for Ju

(shhh), and find something for my dad. Seriously. My dad is SO hard to get gifts for. lol! 

Every few years or so we switch out whether we get color lights, or white. (Usually we swap when they die,

lol). Forgive me, but I can't wait until these ones do. ;P I love elegant trees. Silver, gold and glitter. Pow.

You've got me. I love tinsel, shiny things, bulbs—matching ornaments. And elegant white/creamish lights. I

think it would be deliciously fun one year to have a real tree. I have a friend that gets a real tree for Christmas,

and she says "it smells like Christmas." I suppose I've never really smelled Christmas before then. lol! I

strung the Christmas tree this year, as you can see. *grin*

As you may have noticed, the tree isn't decorated other than lights. Well, it's our family tradition to move to

tree from our dining room into our living room on Christmas Eve night—and get our all the decorations

and decorate as a family while listening to Christmas music. :D I remember when I was..6 or so playing with little

doll house people in the branches of the tree. We turned all the lights out, except for the tree lights. My sisters

and I played there were different houses, neighbors, villages, ect. That really was such fun. <3

Oh, and a week from today is Christmas Eve..yikess peopleee! 

who is the hardest in your family to find a gift for?

colorful or white lights?

dilemma || noah's ark quilt

Monday, December 14, 2015

I haven't finished Christmas shopping yet.. *nervous chuckle* Yes, I know, I should. Really I should. oh, and I misplaced the Christmas see, it snowed a couple times this year—then melted. (I don't love snow, but it's awesome for Christmas, and as you can imagine, it simply crushed my spirit).
For the past few days it has rained.
Yes. Rained.
See my dilemma? How can I get in the Christmas spirit, when there isn't a speck of snow..and the weather feels like March! Seriously. 50 degree weather in DECEMBER. #whatisupwiththis
People, last year—we were in the -20 degrees. Yes, notice that little negative mark.

I got this baby quilt to embroider two years ago, Every winter or so I take it out and work on it a bit. (yeah, winter hobbies. lol) I picked out the "Noah's Ark", Okay, all the animals are adorbs to embroider..but the boat and rainbow are both simply too large and dreading. ;P I mean, look at that adorable elephant—and that huge boat that looks really small in the photo. It's gigantic. Believe me.
Just look at all that embroidery floss. Just look at it!
Each one of those strands is cut in half.
Then each of those halves are then separated into three sections then embroidered with. *nervous laugh* yeah, and I have to use all of that.

Oh, and look at this website to officially freak out at how soon Christmas is. *nods* Just watch the seconds tick. You're welcome.

do you have any suggestions on my dilemma?
what is the coldest is has ever gotten for you?

"what is THAT?" || night on a cot

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A sneak peak of my room tour!
You see, there was this sale on I bought a whole thing of grey. ;) After loading most of my furniture out and momentarily dumping it in other rooms (bahaha), Julia and I started rolling and painting. After painting the whole room, we painted the trim with a fresh coat of white. (IT LOOKS AWESOME)

And after the trim, we moved to Julia's room and painted her trim. Then, wacko people as we are we decided to paint her bed white to match her room decor. Julia started slapping paint on it, exclaiming that she already hated it. (she often decides things before she sees the result ;) ) But I could see how adorable it would be in my head, and finally she got painting so bad that I said, "Get out! I'll finish it. Seriously. Get out!" Anyhow, I convinced her that I could finish and she headed out. Every time she came in, she groaned. I told her "get out, it'll look adorable. Trust me." And, after it dried and we put the bedding on. As I said, it looked adorable. ;P 

My room smelled filled with paint fumes, much too fumy sleep in, (it was in no condition to sleep in anyhow, as my bed was in the middle of the room, and my furniture had been momentarily moved) so I loaded a cot into Ju's room. We were just about to turn out the lights when I heard a buzzing sound.
Me: "What is THAT" 
Julia: "What is what?"
I look over and spot a huge bee buzzing about two feet away from me: "BEE!" I pulled the covers over my head and stated, "I am NOT going to bed until that thing is dead."
I was not risking another sting. That thing was huge. Last time as you may know my arm got all swollen, resulting in me having to get an Epipen.

Thankfully, Julia killed it with a lotion bottle. #sistersrock

what color paint is your room?
do you have an older sister to kill all the "bugs" for you?

birthday || ball of fire

Monday, November 23, 2015

Today I turned a year older. This year went by quite fast..a little too fast in my mind. ;) For my birthday, Ju, gave me one of those hugeee nutella jars. *drool* lol. And Bree gave me the most ADORABLE necklace with a watch in it. It's soo cute. :D I just have to figure out how to change the time...or live with it two hours behind. bahahaa. I also got the cutest canvas decor for my room with a Bible verse on and adorableee blue chevron bedding from my parents (that I will be showing you all hopefully soon). And all those cute drawings and cards from my siblings, seriously, I got so many.. <3 <3
My sisters and I got a small Christmas tree for our lounge area in our basement. We we decided to go with the silver/glitter theme, (I lovee simple and glitter *nods*) We got a variety of different sizes bulbs, white lights and this..bead Anyhow, it turned out super adorable. I mean, come on, you can't get more festive than having your own Christmas tree!

Looking out the window, one of my siblings shouts to look out at the sun.
Me looking out window: "looks like a ball of fire."
Julia: "You should title your blog post that."
Me: "Okay, I'll tell them that my strange sister wanted me to name is that."

Oh, and don't tell your family not to sing the birthday song to you. Because they will just hum it. ;P

when is your birthday?
do you know how to change the time on a a "stopwatch?"

the grinch || traitors in the coffee shop

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I felt a bit like a traitor when I walked into a coffee shop with my Arby's shake while hanging out with some friends..and nooo, I didn't order anything. I just continued to slurp on my Arby's chocolate shake. lol. Quite awkward. ;)

I had an excellent time yesterday at Goodwill. As you see above, I found all those adorable things at Goodwill. :D I found the most adorable leather backpack. I mean, how can you go wrong with that?! BTW I'll hopefully I'll be getting that room tour up in a week or so. :D

Oh..and did REALLY snow a few days ago.
*snow starts*
*me tramps upstairs to snatch my coat and pull on boots*
*me walks down stairs short of breath*
*me grabs camera, discovers camera card is missing*
*remembers my sista had it in her computer andddd she took it to school with her*
*me looks helplessly at snow, handling my camera with no card*
*slumps down at notebook and continues math*

And that is the story of how you don't have any photos of the first snow. It all melted BTW. I'm in the mood for a wee bit of snow, and lotsss of Christmas music. Sadly, it's supposed to warm up and rain for the next few days. *shakes fist* I don't want rain! :P

In the background of my life at the moment of me writing this post:
Julia: "Hey dad, turn on the's your song!"
*Dad turns on radio*
*the 'Grinch' song comes on.*
Oh, my family.

do you ever feel like a "traitor?"
does the holidays put you in the mood to change up your room?

random sisterly conversations || frost, or snow?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Me most years: nooo, Christmas is so soon? That means—gifts to get, decorations to accomplish, a new year..GAH! Nooo Christmas music yet, please! I forbid it!

Me this year: *Listening to people complain about Christmas music being out already.* Eh, *shrugs* whatever, I'll just enjoy myself this year and listen to it like crazy. (that is what I have been doing BTW)

Me in the middle of a conversation with Julia: "Did it snow last night? Or was that just frost?...."
Julia: "What are you talking about?!"
Me: "You know—the whole ground was covered this morning. Didn't you hear?"
Julia: "Um, sure, yeah,—you probably just dreamed it."

No, Julia. I did not dream it. lol! It was probably frost, though, there is a chance of snow this Friday. yikes! Oh, and yes, Julia and I often have random conversations such at this...such strange people we are. *nods*

Lately, my days are filled with school, reading (just finished another book!), not writing... :P, chores and the such, figuring out bedroom decor, ect., ect., ect.—oh, if you all are interested in seeing a "tour" of my room, just comment and let me know! :)

do you have have random sibling conversations?
are you interested in seeing a tour of my room?

the kid in me || checking for christmas music

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hey all! We celebrated my sis's fourth birthday yesterday..we all headed over to a orchard that we usually go to each year. We discovered they took out the old fire truck they had and replaced it with a wooden, huge, ship. Talk about neat? And the kid in me came out. lol. It had a whole upper deck, lower deck, ect., and the upper deck was really high up. Imagine having one of those in your yard? F-U-N

Bree and I wandered across the field to a forest that is close to out house. It was simple gorgeous. We took photos of each other, and I'm finally satisfied with now mine turned out. lol. I got a book called The best hair book ever by Faithgirlz. I really enjoyed trying out a new technique to drying your hair. Boy, it saved me from frizz. Though I have rather straight hair—if I blow dry it..BOOM, and if I don't—total flatness. So, this got me in between. I put my review up on Barnes and Nobles if you interested. :)

To be honest, I am excited for Christmas this year. Yeah, yeah, I know. But hey, I just love the coziness of it all....and, I admit. I may have been checking the radio stations to see if Christmas music is on yet. :P I just love crocheting/reading/writing in my room with Christmas music on, and my Christmas lights, and snuggling in my softttt blanket. lol. I've always been one for chocolate and coziness.

does the "kid in you" come out often? lol!
do you check the radio stations for Christmas music? Come on, admit it. ;)

blue shelves || 2nd blogiversary winner

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I painted my new shelves in the color blue that you can see in the first photo..isn't is simply adorable? My dad cut an 8-foot board into two different lengths to fit my walls. It's simply adorable—and it matches my bedding perfectly. I used to have a smaller shelf..and it became like tetris figuring out how to keep all my books on the shelf. Oh, and look out for that avalanche while trying to pick out a book. lol.

Ju and I made applesauce a couple weeks ago...many apples to peel—and of course we had to make some sort of competition. lol. We raced to see who could get the most juice out of the peels. She won. Arg. lol.

If you've stuck around my blog for a while you may have noticed, that my blog started two years ago—today actually! Yup. It's my 2nd blogiversary. With a total of 73 followers; 184 posts; and 2,387 comments. Thank you all so much! I started my giveaway..and a few days later, I realized: "duh! My blogiversary is in a week! I should have waited." Until my sister stepped in, stating, "Just announce the winner on your blogiversary."
Sisters are always there for you when your brain is fried. So, I extended the giveaway so it would end yesterday...and now I am going to announce the winner for 50% off Skylark Clothing...

and the winner is...........


Congrats!! I'll be contacting you soon. :) Thanks all for entering, and for sticking around my little 'ole blog. You're awesome, guys! 

what are the colors in your room?
how long have you been following my blog? What is your favorite part?

dreadfully foggy || behind the camera

Saturday, October 24, 2015

You know that dreadful day when you wake up and open your shade to discover—almost all the leaves have fallen to the wet ground and a foggy mist has settled over the whole fields surrounding the houses..then you realize that autumn is slowly taking it's leave. *dun dun dunnnn* noooooo! 

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago—when it was yet green. How fast it changes! My sis and I took some photos of each other and I took the photos of her first. She was able to take a few photos of me before we left. Oh yeah. Mission accomplished. ;) I'm the only one in our family with a camera…and it tends to get "passed around" with my two older sisters. The one awesome thing about owning the camera—there are rarely “bad” photos of me, because if there are any photos of me, I have usually posed for them. ;) I prefer behind "behind the camera," thank you. 

Lately, I've been expanding my vocabulary, it's quite fun to learn new words actually. It's so pleasurable discovering new words that you can actually use. Thesauruses and dictionaries are wonderfully glorious, don't you think?

My giveaway is ending soon, be sure to check it out!

is autumn yet lingering where you reside?
are you often "behind the camera?"
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