Tuesday, November 4, 2014

October 2014

  Hello Everyone!

  Well, its the first week of November. So today I wanna talk a little bit about October.
  It mostly consisted of planning and going on vacation to Branson, babysitting multiple times, and secretly planning something really special with my Aunt Jean. Of course, there are no pictures of babysitting and probably never will be just to let you know.
  Before I go into any of that, I think on these monthly life updates I will post a monthly picture of Chloe. Can't help it. She's so cute!

Snoozing under my bed.

  From the 19th to the 23rd we were in Branson. Reason being we were celebrating Mom and Dad's 25th wedding anniversary, we had season passes to Silver Dollar City, and that is where they went for their honeymoon. Their anniversary was on the 21st so that night they got fancied up, went out for a nice dinner, and saw a show.
  We didn't stay in a hotel this time, instead we rented a condo. So we had two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. In the bedroom Rebecca and I shared was a Nintendo 64! I was super excited about that. I hadn't played on one since I was 12 or 13 years old. So many fun memories. *sigh*
  Of course, we went to Silver Dollar City. When we went this time there were a lot of booths with cool things to look at and buy. I mostly looked. We went to a thrift shop, a couple boutique shops, and a couple antique shops. Bought some movies from the thrift shop, a micro-plush blanket (which I love!), some more movies and a book from the antique shops. The book we got was The Great Movie Stars the Golden Years by David Shipman. If you're the kind of person who likes to read movie star biographies from that era, this book gives a brief story/timeline about around 100 actors and actresses.
  The trip was fun although I didn't get to do or see all the things I hoped to. Oh well! Maybe next time if there is a next time.

Rebecca and me at Silver Dollar City

  So, the special, secret "thing" we (Aunt Jean, Rebecca, and I) planned all last month finally took place on November 1st. Now I would have mentioned this "thing" beforehand on here, but Dad reads my blogposts.

  We threw a surprise party for Mom and Dad! A lot of people showed up and we all had a great time! It was all well worth the time and effort that went into it!

We gave a picture of their wedding cake and the decorater
tried to make a replica of it. And she did a wonderful job!

  I know there aren't a lot of pictures, but Rebecca will probably do a more detailed blogpost. So I will leave that to her. Also the pictures didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.

This is my oldest sister Randi! Love you and so glad you were able to make it!

Happy 25th Anniversary! I hope your party blessed you. We love you!
  Well, that is all I have for today. I hope you all have a great week!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Embarrassing Things

  Hi Everyone!

  I realized that there are several things that I have done that are a little embarrassing that most everybody has experienced. So I wanted to share with you 10 Little Embarrassing Things That Happen to Everyone. Here we go

1. Dropping your purse at the doctor's office while trying to talk to the receptionist and your things scatter everywhere. Ya know, it wouldn't be so bad if you could just leave it all on the floor, but I think its proper etiquette to pick it all up for some character steals them.

2. Knocking your drink off the table at a restaurant. Just seeing that water and ice sitting there in that special splash pattern on the floor, wondering if you should clean it up or wait for an employee to mop it up.

3. Forgetting somebody's name. No need to describe how that feels.

4. Tripping over a rug in public and wondering if anybody and everybody saw you.

5. Food falling on your shirt when you're eating with a group of people.

6. Accidentally stopping the movie during family movie night and everyone's yelling at you to turn it back on and you can't find the remote.

7. Dropping things from your too-full arms at a garage sale. (Sounds like somebody needs to put some stuff back).

8. Missing an easy shot during a volleyball game.

9. Having to listen to your friends battle it out/argue and being absolutely clueless as what to say to make them stop.

10. Trying to stuff your foot in a shoe and realizing its not working, so you look down to see why revealing that you are trying to put the shoe on the wrong foot.

  I don't know if any of you can relate, but this is what I came up with. I hope you all have a great week!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer is Practically Over


   Well, its been quite a while since I posted last. Every week I was kinda just putting it off. I'm sorry. July and August were just stressful and getting things back to normal. I feel bad for not blogging, but taking a break was needed.

   We've had a few couple birthdays, some transition time from something, trying to make some improvements on the house, decluttering. During the past month, I really just haven't felt like blogging about anything.

   We went to camp as we usually do for Labor Day. Got to see our "camp" friends. We basically hung out with two families. But I got out of my comfort zone and did something by myself, (instead of following someone else), and even introduced myself to someone and had a nice talk with her. As much as I was really glad to go home, I look back and wish that it was a whole week instead of a weekend.

   Well, with summer being over. I guess I should tell you how my list-of-things-to-do-this-summer went.

1. Get my permit and driver's license. I have not gotten either of them. I've definitely studied for my permit though. I'm hoping to get it sometime next week.

2. Complete 2 sewing projects. Well, I made a skirt for somebody, and altered two other skirts for her too.

3. Complete 2 crocheting projects. I didn't get any done. I don't have enough of the same yarn to complete a project and I don't want to spend all my money on yarn.

4. Read 2-3 books. I read 2 books. One of them being my driver's study guide. I kinda surprised myself on that one.

5. Get outside as often as possible. I feel a little disappointed about this one. There were opportunities where I could have, but didn't. On the other hand, I didn't shut myself up like a mole and got out a reasonable amount of times.

6. Try something new. Well, I didn't really try anything during the summer, but this coming Sunday, I'm going to start classes for public speaking. I'm actually really nervous about it. Public speaking and performing are one of my biggest fears. The person who invited me is pretty much the same way and she recommended it. I would not have even considered it if she was a teacher or if public speaking didn't bother her. So, yeah. That's the new thing I'm gonna be doing.

7. Learn healthier cooking recipes. I have probably gotten some new recipes, but that doesn't mean I have tried them. One thing that I really don't like about healthier recipes is, there are usually so many ingredients that you have to buy and just the prep takes longer than it needs to. Also, it would be easier if I were just cooking for myself, but I would have to make it for the whole family. I should probably just do it anyway.

8. Get white lights to decorate my room with. Just gonna tell it like it is. I didn't get any.

9. Exercise regularly. This challenge hasn't gone too bad. Exercising isn't like walking around the block or walking on the treadmill. I can do in my room, by myself, with no one watching.

10. Walk everyday. Not saying I didn't walk at all. I did! But well.. um... ya know... um... I... didn't... really... um... I could've done better...uh... please don't judge me... well... you can... I mean, its your life, you do whatever you want, but uh... yeah. 

11. Make a new friend. Well, she's been an acquaintance for quite a while, but this past summer we've gotten to be pretty good friends. I am truly blessed by her. Its hard to find someone who is willing to hang out with someone like me. I mean, I'm shy. I'm sure a lot of people find it difficult to get to know me. I don't have a picture of her on my laptop yet so its gonna have to wait.

12. Find some new interest(s). There is a really big interest that I have, but don't really wanna talk about it just yet. And the other one is not really an interest, but a hobby. I really like rollerblading. I know, big deal. But I really like it!

   Well, there's the list of things I actually got accomplished and the things I didn't. In the beginning, I didn't expect to get half of them done. Thank you, Kate and Ruby for supporting me with your comments. I definitely wanna get back to blogging once a week. Anyway, I will be back next week with another blog post! Have a great week!


P.S. I just realized that my first four paragraphs and my last one all begin with the letter "W". Oh well!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Silver Dollar City

  Hello Everyone!

  So, we went to Branson. And Silver Dollar City. And there were shops and rides and people and more shops and more rides and more people. Like I said when we got back, I feel like I didn't do all that much there. But we might go back in the fall. I hope so. There was a lot more in Silver Dollar City and Branson that I would have liked to do but we just didn't. Its also expensive so that cuts out some things. Next time I will go more prepared. 
  Anyway, here are a few pictures of it:

Rebecca and Dad got to go to the Titanic Museum.

On our way to Silver Dollar City

My only decent picture of Marvel Cave

   I did have a lot of fun. Got to go on a couple water rides. That was the most fun. We went shopping. There was one that I especially liked. I thought I got some pictures of it but I guess I didn't. I can't believe I didn't take many pictures. Oh well. Now I know what I need to plan for next time we go!

  I'll be back next week for another blogpost! Bye!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Things to do This Summer

  Hi Everyone!

  So, I watched a video on Youtube this morning and somebody on there really inspired me to do something. He made a list of 25 things to do this summer, but not just a boring, ordinary list. He got a small journal and gave each thing a page, and when he accomplishes one of those things he documents it. 
  I decided to give it a shot. I'm terrible at completing to-do lists so we'll see how this goes. As a shy person, I tend to be very laid back and not do things that are out of my comfort zone. My list is pretty basic and easy things to accomplish. Most everyone will tell you to keep it simple especially when you have a difficult time completing things like these. I'm not going to tell you everything that's on my list because its personal and I want to keep that to myself. I want to document as many as I can by taking a picture of me doing it or something completed. This is going to be quite a challenge, but they're not impossible. I need to remember that I'm the only one that is preventing myself from doing things like this. I don't know how I'm gonna stay motivated, but if you have any helpful tips in this area PLEASE let me know in the comments.

  1- Get my permit and driver's license. You might as well know, I don't have either of these yet. I was going to keep that a personal thing, but I'll share it. Maybe it will give me more of a drive to get it done knowing you guys know that.

  2- Complete 2 sewing projects. I have not done a sewing project for a very long time and its about time I did. 

  3- Complete 2 crocheting projects. I'm more excited about this one. I like to crochet a lot. 

  4- Read 2-3 books. As I said in an earlier post, I do not like reading. So, to me this is really pushing it. This is definitely going to be one of the harder ones for me to do. 

  5- Get outside and get some sun as often as possible.

  6- Try something new (Hopefully something fun). Very broad, I know. But that leaves me to maybe try something spur the moment instead of having something specific planned out. Less pressure.

  7- Learn healthier cooking recipes. Why is it so hard to choose healthier foods?! Why do we crave junk like pizza, cookies, cake, candy, ice cream, soda, etc.?! No, I've gone off of soda for about a month now and it was a lot easier than I thought it was gonna be. Praise God! 

  8- Get some white lights to decorate my room with. Like Christmas lights, but white wires instead of green. I've always wanted some so I'm gonna do it!

  9- Exercise regularly. 

 10- Walk everyday. Probably sounds like I'm pretty lazy. I really just don't like walking around the block when I know there's people out there, or walk on the treadmill when I have the feeling that someone is gonna sit there and watch me. 

 11- Make a new friend. Don't know who its gonna be, but this will be another challenge to get me out of my comfort zone. I don't know why its SO HARD! Is there anybody else out there that's shy like that?! Please don't make me feel like I'm alone. I know there are other people out there like that. But anyway, this should be a topic for another day. 

 12- Find some new interest(s). 

  Alright! That's all I have to share publicly, and now that I've said them, well, looks like I gotta do 'em. I will try and document as much as possible and let you guys know what I did or didn't get done this summer. 
  Question this week: What things on this list do you think I won't accomplish by the end of summer? Do you make lists, or do you just go with the flow?
  I hope you all are having a fabulous summer! I will be back next week with another blog post. Bye!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

I'm Home!

  Hi Everyone!

  I'm home! I've actually been home for a week, but I just got back into the swing of things. Rebecca was just starting to not feel well the day we left Branson, and she was sick for the rest of the week. Then Mom was sick. Then Rachel's back has been hurting her so I was the only one left that was able to do things. But thankfully now, Mom and Rebecca are well and life feels back to normal. I liked going to Branson, but I'm so glad to be home. Feels good.
  You know with packing for a trip, the bedroom always ends up being a disaster, and this time I didn't end up cleaning it before I left. I don't know if all you people do that. But anyway! I got it all cleaned up the other day and it feels great!
  Cleaning my room is one of my favorite things to do when I'm at home. For me, its also a good stress reducer. It really calms me down when I'm feeling stressed.
  Had a fun time in Branson. I don't feel like I did all that much, but we still had fun. Went to Silver Dollar City. Duh! Dad and Rebecca went to the Titanic Museum. (Only they went because that was her birthday date with Dad). I had no idea how much there is in Branson! That place is packed with entertaining things to do and see. I didn't get to go to the places I was hoping we would, but we'll probably end up going again this year or next year. Then I'll get to do them. I think I got hardly any pictures of Silver Dollar City.
  While I was there, in one of the shops there is a booth that sells some stringed instruments. And boy did that only feed my want for another instrument. I still would like to get a mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and a ukulele.
  Also, I never did a birthday post for Rebecca. It was very laid back, but it was fun. We actually didn't do much planning except for the color theme. We did orange and white for dreamsicle. That is her favorite flavor and scent. That was different because we usually just do our favorite colors. I really liked the change. Yeah, so instead of planning everything out we just lived in the moment and let things fall together. I wouldn't have changed it, it was great just the way it was.
  Thankfully, everything is pretty much back to normal and hopefully blogging will be back to normal too. Sorry this is a couple days late, but at least I got this posted before next week.
  Talk to you later! I'll be back next week! BYE!


Rachel and me on Rebecca's birthday

   Happy birthday to one of the sweetest people I know. She is one of my biggest role models. She has helped me a lot in learning to not care what people think and to just be myself, loving and serving God, and showing love and care to the people around me. I love you, Rebecca! Happy birthday!
Rachel and me on our trip to see my oldest sister
 who lives about 4 hours away from us. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Leaving Tomorrow

  Hello Everyone,

  We were able to celebrate Rebecca's birthday normally and we had a lot of fun. We thought it was gonna be real different this year with the way things were going, but we had a pretty fun day.
  I've been babysitting a lot more lately and I'm loving it! Its been a while since I've done it consistently. I've missed it so much. *sigh*.
  Tomorrow, we are going out of town to visit with my oldest sister and her husband. Also while we're there, we'll be seeing a cousin of mine and her kids that we don't get to see very often. I'm excited. I don't know what it is about family get-togethers that I love so much, but I just do. We will be coming back home in the middle of the week to do a few things and then we're off for Branson! Can't wait! Can't wait!
  But that's it for today. I kinda wanna blog everyday while I'm gone, but we'll see how that goes. If that is the case, I will talk to ya'll tomorrow.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Got a Haircut

  Here are a couple pictures of my haircut from today.



I know its kinda short, but I'm getting used to it. It was needed, and I plan on letting it grow out long again.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Post

  Hi Everyone!

  So, May is going to be a very busy month.
  Today, we are making a cake for someone's birthday tomorrow. Mother's day is this Sunday. My sister Rebecca's birthday is the 17th. My cousin's 3rd birthday is the day after. On Rebecca's birthday, we have to make a graduation cake. At the end of the month, we are going to visit my oldest sister and her family for a few days. After that, we will be going on a small vacation to Branson, MO. (SO EXCITED BTW)!
  I have not been on a vacation since I was 12 or 13. Even though I've lived in Missouri my whole life, I have never been to Branson.
  Since we are going to be so busy the weekend of Rebecca's birthday, we are planning to celebrate her birthday while we are in Branson. I feel so bad that we will be too busy to do very much for on her real birthday. Wanting to try some new things for her birthday instead of doing everything so traditionally. Not sure yet what we'll do, but I'll probably start planning today.
  Also, before Rebecca's birthday or at least before vacation, I want to get a haircut. I'm definitely due for one. I will get before and after pictures. I won't be getting anything dramatic done, just a haircut.
  I don't know about everyone else, but I am so excited for summer, and I'm enjoying the weather so much right now. I know that was really random, but I just wanted to share that. I feel like this year is going to be a blur for me. I hope not, but we are already five months into the year and it still feels like the year just started. I hope the rest of the year goes slower. It always seems that winter takes forever to get overwith, and spring and summer go by WAY too fast.
  Like I said last week, we celebrated a first birthday. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good picture of the birthday girl, and I didn't get to stay long. Right after cake, I had to leave to babysit a couple kiddos. Which was fine. I LOVE babysitting so much. I did miss her opening her presents. First birthdays are so special. Of course, all birthdays are special.
  We know of a couple things we want to do while we're there, but if there are any of you out there that know of any good places to go while you're in Branson let me know.
  Thanks for reading. I hope you are having a good day and a great week.

My cousin, Caroline Rose turned 1.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Busy Week (Whats new? Right?)

  Hey Everyone!

  Wasn't able to do a post last week. Again. This is getting bad. Anyway, they are a couple things I want to talk about.
   First off, I was going to do a post on my interests. I was gonna talk about sewing and show you the project I was hoping to get accomplished this week. But, I can already see that its not gonna happen. At least not this week.
   I will also be doing a post about somebody's first birthday party soon. It will be short though.
   I have a birthday party to go to this weekend. My cousin Samantha is turning 13. Last year, I made her a quilt. I was trying to think of something else creative for this year. I don't have time for a huge project so I was trying to think of something creative and simple. So, I went to Michael's to get inspired and I decided on buying a fun colored table standing photo frame. I will draw her picture and put it in the frame. Unfortunately, the only fun colored frames were ones that you hang on the wall. They can't nail holes in their wall so I had to find a way to make it work. I kept looking hoping to find another frame that did stand by itself. I was really disappointed that I couldn't get a colored one. Finally, (I wish I could think of these things myself without needing to have a visual), I found a variety of different stands I could put the wall-hanging frame on. Needless to say I was pretty excited to find them. I got some letter stickers so I could put her name on the top of the frame to add some more yumph to it. And just as I was getting in line I saw big standing initials for $5. I grabbed an S. Everything worked out so perfectly. Before I went into the store, I prayed and asked God to guide my shopping and show me what to buy. Because I was going in completely clueless on what to get.
  Today, I went grocery shopping with Mom and I remembered a friend that had been feeling down recently and I wanted to find a way to possibly cheer her up a little. God gave me the idea to find some inexpensive, small things that I know she loves. I just want to encourage you guys that if you know someone who is going through a tough time and really needs some love and encouragement, don't be shy. Step out and show them that you're thinking of them. It doesn't have to be anything big. I could just be a card, but let them know that they are loved and cared about.
  God loves you, and I love you too. If there is someone I'm able to help in the world, I pray God will use me.
  Hope you all are having a good week!


Her colors this year are green, blue, and yellow. This was
the only S and it was green.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Interests & Hobbies

  Hello Everyone!

  SO sorry I didn't blog yesterday. I feel bad about that.
  Well, anyway, for a while I'm gonna be doing posts about my interests and hobbies. I have a list of 20 of them and I'll do 1 or 2 at a time. I probably won't do them in the order they are listed. I will start next week because today is gonna be a pretty full day and I don't have time to sit here and write anything worth reading. For the most part, its gonna be non-stop till I go to bed tonight. So, here's the list, and come back next week on Tuesday to find out what the first one is.

  1. Piano
  2. Violin
  3. Sewing
  4. Crocheting
  5. Knitting
  6. Quilting
  7. Cleaning
  8. Organizing
  9. Writing
  10. Cake decorating
  11. Drawing
  12. Painting
  13. Cooking
  14. Blogging
  15. Youtube
  16. Photography
  17. Babysitting
  18. Food allergies
  19. Dogs
  20. Friends
  There are some other interests that I have but I'm not going to be talking about them any time soon. Hope you have a great day! I kinda hope I have a good day too, because today is going to be busy/hectic. Bye ya'll.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

No Post Today

I haven't had time to do a blog post today. I just got home again. I thought Tuesdays would be a good day to do this. Its been good for the most part. Today was just busy with things that required my attention and I wasn't able to concentrate. Hopefully it will be up tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Life Update 4/1/14

   Hello Everyone!

   Today is just going to be a short little life update.
   Well, I made it all the way through March. I want to continue to remain dedicated to blogging weekly.
   Tonight, I will be going to see my Aunt Jean, Leona and her babies. I will try and take pictures. There has been colds and flu going around so we haven't been around too many people. It will be nice to visit tonight.
   On Saturday, I went to a horse show with some friends. I didn't bring my camera. (I'm still not used to taking pictures for the blog yet, but I will try to be doing that more). The horse show was show jumping. I was so much fun to watch. At points it got a little frightening. When you're calmly sitting there watching them jump and then you hear the loud sound of the horse's foot hitting against a pole and everyone tenses up. I've never been to a horse show, so it was a fun, great experience. I hope to go to more in the future, and next time bring my camera.
   Today, we went shopping! I don't know what it is about shopping, but it always boosts my mood. I always feel so happy when I'm done. It never fails. A lot of the clothes I have right now I've had for years, and I don't feel good in them anymore. I bought a couple skirts, t-shirts, and a hooded sweat-shirt.

Trying on a blue tee that I bought today.
   I've been enjoying the weather SO MUCH by the way! We've had some nice, warm days.
   Random note: feels like tomorrow is Sunday. I guess because we went shopping today. I don't know.
   Questions for this week are: What is your favorite day to go shopping? Have you ever been to a horse show? Let me know in the comments.
   Sorry this post was so short, but thanks for reading. I hope your day is going well!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Guest Post

   Hello Everyone!

   Its Chloe here! If you don't know who I am. Well, this is me:

   Yeah, I thought it would be fun to tell you what I think about people. And also, I have a lot of questions I want to ask you guys about things I don't understand. I hope you all can help me get some answers. If not, I guess I will just have to deal with it.
   First question is why do I get those crunchy, no-taste-at-all, make-my-mouth-dry dog biscuits you call treats? While human treats consist of candy bars, candy, potato chips, popcorn, and salted peanuts. I eat my treats, and I try to act excited when I get them. Sometimes, it hardly seems fair.
   Another question that goes along with treats. Why must we dogs do tricks in order to get a treat? I get that we look cute when we do them and you enjoy telling us what to do all the time. Humans can just walk into the kitchen and grab a snack while we have to do endless tricks to finally get that little reward. Sometimes, I wonder if its worth it. *sigh*
   Don't even get me on the subject of my dog food! And they wonder why I'm a picky eater. You would too if you had to eat THAT everyday!
   Why do some people try to pick me up and hold me? I'm a dog. Not a baby. Granted, some other dogs out there like to sit in their owner's lap, but I personally do not.
   Also, why do so many people talk to me in that higher than normal voice? Calling me names that don't really make any sense whatsoever. Um, isn't that the way that people talk to babies? We don't have any babies at our house, but every once in a while someone will come over with a baby. And that's definitely how I heard them talking.
   Oh, and why do I have to sleep on the floor while humans sleep in those huge, comfy beds?
   Well, I think those are all of my questions. But I do have a few things to say. I know I did a lot of complaining on here, but overall, humans aren't that bad. I don't only get those dry, bland treats. They do spend a little extra sometimes to get me things that I really like. Annah likes to give me a little taste of her dinner now and then. I do sleep on a comfy sleeping bag and pillow that they don't use anymore. (I love pillows by the way). Every person seems to know that one of my favorite thing ever is to be petted. When I'm sick or hurt they take me to the vet. That can cost a lot too. Rebecca always takes me around the block everyday. Every once in a while I'll go for a car ride and walk at the park! That and jerky are the best things ever! They always make sure I have water and food. Oh, and did I mention that I don't have to sleep outside like some other dogs I know do?
   I'm just speaking for myself. I don't know what other dogs opinions out there are.
   Thank you for taking the time to read this. Sadly, my best friend Barkley is no longer with us, and we can't have discussions like this anymore.
   Anyway, please don't tell Annah that I got on here to ask these questions. It would be a little embarrassing. I don't know if I'll do another blog post someday. Maybe I will.


P.S. Here is a picture of Barkley.

Miss you

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Sorry there will not be a blog post today. It was SO busy today. I just got home about 45 minutes ago. I will try and post hopefully tomorrow, but if not I will on Thursday. I will let you know tomorrow sometime if I have to do it on Thursday.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


  I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait for spring to get here in full swing. I really don't know what it is about winter, but I just do NOT like it. I know there must be some people out there like my sister who love winter. So I've made lists on what I do and don't like about winter, and what I do and don't like about spring and summer.

  Things I like about winter:

  1. Christmas
  2. New Years
  3. Our New Years day barbecue
  4. Taking pictures of snow flakes
  Unfortunately, Christmas and New Years are only 1 day a year, and taking pictures of snowflakes all winter get old. 

  Things I don't like about winter:
  1. Its always cold outside
  2. Its so dry
  3. When I'm doing something outside for 5 to 10 minutes, I come inside wheezing.
  4. You have to put on bulky coats that make it difficult to maneuver around in the car.
  5. You have to wear shoes, socks, and slippers in the house.
  6. Its gray and grayish brown outside everywhere you look.
  7. The nature outside looks dead.
  8. When it snows you have to shovel the driveway with the freezing wind blowing on your face.
  9. You have to scrape the car free of snow and ice with the freezing wind blowing on your face.
  10. When you come out of the store there is freezing wind blowing on your face.
  11. You get to look at the dirty snow piled on the sides of the streets.
  Definitely looks like I need to see winter with more positivity. For someone like me, who likes to be inside and outside in my bare feet, who likes to constantly be warm, who likes to see sunshine and color. Well, winter makes me feel sad. 

  Things I like about spring and summer:
  1. Its warm
  2. The sunshine
  3. Thunderstorms
  4. Trees budding and blooming
  5. Green leaves on the trees
  6. Green grass
  7. Gardening 
  8. Swimming
  9. Warm days with cool breezes
  10. Volley ball and other sports
  11. Picnics
  12. Barbecues
  13. Hiking
  14. Canoeing
  15. Bonfires
  16. Capture the Flag in the dark
  17. Just sitting outside enjoying the weather day or night
  18. Going to garage sales
  19. Even shopping is more fun in warm weather
  20. Plants growing
  21. Still being light in the evening
  22. Beautiful colors
  23. Crickets and frogs chirping at night
  There are endless things that are great about spring and summer. Thinking about them makes me feel happy. I'm so excited for the warm weather that will hopefully be here soon. Its been warm off and on here, but it hasn't been consistent.

  Things I don't like about spring and summer:
  1. Sometimes the A/C is a little too cold for me
  2. Allergies
  3. Pulling weeds on super hot days
  4. Burning myself with the seat belt when I first get into the car.
  Alrighty, those are my lists. Although I don't like winter, there are things we can take from it. When we are going through hard times, we can know that good things are coming. Winter comes and then comes spring. And when spring comes, more beauty in our lives grow and take place. A time of thankfulness that God is in control and will take care of the things that are getting us down. We all deal with stress, sadness, anxieties, and difficulties differently. He knows just how to touch and comfort each one of us. I hope that God can use me to reach out and be there for people. 
  My questions this week are: What is your favorite season? Why is it your favorite season? Let me know in the comments.
  Thank you for reading! I hope you are having a great day!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Little Things

  Hi Everyone!

  We've all experienced small, embarrassing moments that have affected us in a negative way. All my life I've been very shy and easily embarrassed. I'm not nearly as bad as I used to be, but I'm gonna tell you some of my shy moments when I was growing up and how it has affected me over the years.
  When I was 5 years-old, I had a dark pink coat with white fur on the hood. One night, I was walking up to my front door after getting home from somewhere and my mom said that I looked like a bunny rabbit with my hood up. There was nothing wrong with what she said or how she said it, but for some reason it just embarrassed me so much that I never wore my hood up again until I was in my late teens.

  When I was 6, we left the church we were going to and went to a different one. It was my first time meeting someone, and he reached out to shake my hand. Instead of just shaking his hand, I hid behind my mom and wouldn't look at him. Afterward, I felt bad that I didn't and I was afraid that I had hurt his feelings. Unfortunately, that didn't spur me on to try shaking hands with anyone, and I still didn't until I was a 9 or 10.

  Growing up, I was (and still am) very affectionate. But I didn't feel free to go up to someone them a hug. It seemed like every time I tried something would happen to ruin the moment. Every time. When I was 5 or 6, we were getting our picture taken as a family and I was going to sit on Dad's lap. But when I sat down he grimaced in pain. It scared me and I felt so bad. After that I never sat on anyone's lap again. Sometimes, when I think about it, I feel like crying. I sure missed out on things because of stupid little things that have happened to me. I'm still shy about making the first move, and I wait for someone else to.

  One time, when I was 8 or 9, I was at somebody's house and my friend was there. Sometimes we would watch a movie when there was nothing else to do. Well, my friend told me to ask if we could watch something. So I did. She said no. OH MY WORD! MY LIFE IS OVER! SHE SAID NO!! I'm only kidding. That was not my response at all. I was very embarrassed though. I still don't know why. After that, I always had my sister Rebecca ask for permission for things. And I mean always. I didn't start asking people for permission to do things until I was in my mid teens. (That does not mean I went around doing what I wanted, just that Rebecca always did the asking instead of me).

  When I was 15 or 16, my mom shook hands with someone and afterwards she told me that the woman's hands were clammy. I realized my hands were clammy a lot. Now every time I know I'm gonna have to shake someone's hand, my fingers automatically get sweaty.

  I've always been kind of shy around men. When I was 5 or 6, we were getting ready to leave my aunt's house and we were saying good-bye. I had already hugged my aunt and cousin Leona. Then, my mom told me to hug my cousin Donald too. Rebecca did. I wasn't afraid of him, but I was so shy and embarrassed for whatever reason. I didn't end up hugging him, and didn't until years later. "Sorry, Donald!" I feel bad about that now, and of course I hug him now.

  Okay, so those are some of my shy moments when I was growing up. My questions this week are:

  What were some of your shy moments growing up? Were you able to relate to any of the ones I shared today? Can you think of any advice to overcome shyness?

  Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it, and I will be back next week with another blog post.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Random Facts

  Hello Everyone!

  Since today is the first day of my new blog change I will be doing 20 random facts about me. But before I do that I want to tell you how I plan on doing this from now on. Or at least for now. Things in life can change, but this is what I want to stay consistant with.
   I will be blogging on Tuesdays. Once in a while, I might blog on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday as well. I will pick a random topic to share each week, and as I get more viewers and followers I will ask you guys for suggestions. Also, I will be asking you questions to answer in the comments.
  Now! Getting to this week's topic. 20 random facts about me.

  1. My favorite colors are pink, brown, turquoise blue, and royal purple.
  2. When I was 16 or 17 years-old, I broke my thumb by slamming the car door on it. Yes, I successfully smashed my own thumb all by myself.
  3. I hate vanilla scented perfumes, lotions, and candles.
  4. My favorite kinds of food for several years now have been, italian and mexican.
  5. I love fill-ins, wordsearch, and sudoku puzzles.
  6. A sad truth, I do not like to read books. There are a few choice books that I've had for years that I actually like reading, but other than those...No. The books that I will attempt to read (but rarely finish) are How-To books and devotionals.
  7. I love cave tours.
  8. I cannot keep a journal to save my life! When I was a kid to even now. I have never gotten halfway through a journal.
  9. I probably read an email about 10 times before I hit the send button, and then wonder if I should've added or left something out.
  10. I am currently halfway through these 20 facts.
  11. My favorite candy bars are Almond Snickers, Twix, and Kit Kat.
  12. I am quite the procrastinator.
  13. I like squares better than circles.
  14. I cannot sleep with any lights on. Even if there is a tiny light from my laptop, I have to cover it or wear a sleep mask.
  15. My favorite candy flavor is blue rasberry.
  16. When I was growing up, 90% of my toys and stuffed animals were dogs.
  17. My eyes are hazel, but they turn bright green when I'm in pain.
  18. I love tomatoes any way, shape or form. Except plain.
  19. I love looking at buildings.
  20. My hopes today are that you liked this blog post and that you have a great day!
  Okay, so my questions for you today are:
  Have you ever broke any bones? (And if you have, tell me the story). Can you keep a journal?
  Let me know in the comments.
  Thank you for reading this. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me, and I will be back next week for another blog post.

P.S. Sorry that there are no pictures whatsoever. I will try to incorporate those in the near future.