Between Christmas, and seeing some of our family and friend, December was a great month!! For once, I don’t think that I will have any trouble finding good photos for you guys. I have lots to go through, so let’s just get into it!
In early December, we got together with some friends of ours to celebrate Thanksgiving. Late I know, but that was the time that worked for everyone. 😉 We had a really good time!
My brother, Andy, broke his arm while we were there, playing Capture the Flag. Everyone signed his cast.
We celebrated Christmas as a family on December 17th, since we were going to be on a trip for Christmas day. We had cinnamon rolls, bacon and eggs for breakfast, which was really good!!
We played the Christmas Ball together, which is another family tradition. You can see how it works HERE. It’s a lot of fun!! I didn’t get any pictures of it, but you can watch us doing it in thisvlog. 😀 It was an awesome day, celebrating the birth of Jesus. 😄
I did lot of baking in December. I made cookies, marshmallows (twice), enchiladas, cinnamon rolls, and more!
I did a mini photoshoot of my brother James (5). He’s adorable!! I love this pictures. 💕
On December 21st, we left on our trip to my grandparent’s house. We visited some friends on the way. 😀
Over the next few days, we had a great time visiting with my grandparents, uncles and aunts!
While there, I straightened my hair for the first time in quite a few years! It was a lot of fun, and I really like how it turned out. It’s so different though!!
It was a great, and memorable time! 😀
We drove home on the 25th, and the rest of December was just recovering from the trip, and getting school and chores going again. 🙂
In December, I…
~A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (5 Stars)
~A Christmas Carol Society by Rebekah Jones (5 stars)
~Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard (3 stars)
~Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne (5 stars)
~Anne’s House of Dreams my L.M. Montgomery (5 stars)
~Christmas Jars by Jason Wright (5 stars)
~It’s a Jungle out There by Ron Snell (5 stars!)
I forgot to add that last book to my collage, which is too bad, since it’s one of my absolute favorites!!
How was everyone’s month? October went by so fast for me! That may be because I spent more than half of it pretty sick with Covid. More on that later. Thankfully, I’m getting really close to being being better!
October started with us still in Arizona, visiting our friends there. It was a really good time!! October 2nd was my good friends, Maggie and Jon’s wedding. ❤️
It was a really beautiful wedding!! ❤️
It was a great trip!! It was amazing too see our friends there after quite a while.
We drove home soon after, and everyone was super tired from the trip. We all got sick almost as soon as we arrived. 😂 I didn’t do a whole lot during that time except sleep, read and do a bit of school when I could. That sickness lasted for about a week I think, and we were all glad when it was over. 🙂
I decorated my bulletin board and dresser for fall. I pressed some leaves, printed some pictures, and my friend Kyra made the “thankful” sign. I love how everything ended up looking!! 🍁
Mmm, pumpkin pie!! 🥧
Playing Catan with some of my siblings. 😀
Some friends of ours that we don’t get to see very often visited us for Church. It was a really good time!!
Vannesa, me, Yeseña and Grace. ❤️ It was really good to visit with them!!
Soon after that, we got sick… again. This time even worse – we’re pretty sure it was Covid. Almost all of us lost our taste and smell, which was not fun! It lasted a couple of weeks, but thankfully, we’re all mostly better now.
Since we were sick for so much of October, I don’t really have many more pictures or interesting things that happened. It was sad to be sick so much then, because I love October – but hopefully November will be better!!
In October, I…
~A Man Called Peter (5 stars!!)
~Scout and the Abandoned Mill (4 stars)
~Memorable Women of the Puritan Times Volume One (4 Stars)
~The first part of Little Women (5 Stars)
I didn’t end up reading very much October – maybe it’s because I burned myself out reading 16 books in September, haha! I’m hoping to read more in November.
Despite being sick a lot of the time, October was still a great month. 😀 As Anne of Green Gables once said… “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 😉 I’m glad we have Novembers too, and I’m really excited for this month!
What did you do in October? Do you have any plans for November?
Hey everyone! I’M BACK!! After a trip, and getting sick for a few days, I’m finally here and ready to blog again. I’ll have more details about that later! 😁
Oh and yeah, so sorry this post is so late. Again, I was sick. XD Let’s see how much of September I can even remember – at least from the beginning!
*ALERT: Lots and lots of pictures ahead…. Enter at your own risk* ;P
~Well, you already know about our Apple Harvest. That was a good productive time!
~Right after that, my Grandma and (13 year old) Aunt Abigail came to stay with us while my parents went on a trip together. It was so much fun to get to spend some time with them!
Lizzie and I with Abigail
I love all these pictures of Grandma and each of us kids! ❤️
Mom and Dad went to the Copper canyon together, which is a few hours away from here. They rode the world’s longest zip-line, hiked, went boating and did other fun stuff together!
When they got back, we had a hotdog roast for my brother Andy’s 13th birthday
We planted pumpkins for the first time ever, and I love them! I definitely want to start planting them every year. They’re so pretty! Can’t wait to make some pies and other pumpkin-y treats with them. 😀
After that, I think we just did normal stuff, got sick, and got ready for our trip. So skip all that, and now you’re caught up to the fun part! You’re welcome. 😉 😂 😀
~FAMILY CAMP! This was probably my highlight of the entire year… It was amazing to spend a couple of days with our great friends at Heritage Baptist Church. I don’t have a whole ton of pictures – instead I’m making a video. But it’s not done yet, so. 😅 I do have some though!
We sang a LOT during camp. Friday night, we played guitar and sang until around 11:30 I think, and I pretty much lost my voice the rest of the night.😅 Totally worth it though, because I enjoyed that time so much. 😀
My fellow redhead, Gabby, and I braided our hair together, which was really fun/funny! 😅
Camp was amazing – way better than I’m making it sound at the moment. 😂 Hopefully I’ll be able to share the video I’m making about it later. For now, gotta keep working on it! 😉
~While there, we also visited another church and had some good fellowship with friends we hadn’t seen in awhile, as well as some new friends. 😀
~After Family Camp, we stayed in AZ for another week or so to visit with friends, and also for a wedding! (Pictures of that will have to be in a future post, since that happened in October, not September… lol.)
Anyway, we had a great visiting our friends, the Hublers. We got to spend a good bit of the day with them. We took a spur of the moment trip to the store for ice cream, which we brought home and ate with homemade cookies. So fun!!!!
A few days later we went to the Petzold’s house, which was awesome, and a whole new fun adventure in itself!
I did some recording with Kyra, which was a lot of fun!!
Last time we were together, we accidentally took a picture where it looked like Annika’s arm was really long. We decided to try and redo that picture, and here are our results. I think it turned out pretty good, haha!! 😂
Well, I’d probably better start to bring this post to an end now, so let’s get on with this month’s stats. 🙂
(A lot!) XD
~The Princess Bellaheld by Julie Sutter (5 Stars)
~Scout – The Treasure of Rodynsteyn Castle by Piet Prins (5 Stars)
~Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (5 Stars)
~The Giant Killer by A.L.O.E. (4 Stars)
~The Confessions of St. Patrick (4 Stars)
~ The Haunted Room by A.L.O.E. (5 Stars)
~Courageous by Randy Alcorn (5 Stars)
~Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery (5 Stars)
~ Red Rover, Red rover by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
~Plan to Fail by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (4 Stars)
~Bad Things, Small Packages by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
~Tutor, Nanny, Spit-up, Sky by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
~A-Spying we will Go by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
~Once Upon a Dime by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
~Five Star Spy by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
~Fair in War by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
Every year around August or September my family has apple harvest, where we process and can apples in many various forms. It’s a lot of fun – for the first couple hours! After hours and hours and days, it does get quite tiring though. However, it’s definitely worth it to have apples saved for the rest of the year!
We have two apple trees, but the majority of the apples, we bought and picked from our neighbor’s trees.
For two days, we cut, chopped, sliced, peeled, juiced, froze, mashed, boiled and cooked apples. We made apple cider, apple pie filling, dried apples, frozen apples, canned apples, apple sauce, apple butter and more. You name it, we probably made it!! 😂
For lunch, since we didn’t really have time to make anything, Dad got hamburgers, which is a special treat. T’was a bright spot in a rather long, tiresome day. Lol!
After lunch, we resumed work. Apples, apples, apples! These are a fraction of the jars that we canned. I think most of these are apple cider, which will be awesome during the fall and winter months!
The next afternoon, we (finally!) we were mostly finished, except for a little bit more dehydrating we did here and there for the next few days. 🙂
Here are the estimated results of our harvest, (which we have affectionately dubbed “Apples Party”
~Canned 62 quarts of apple juice ~Canned 29 quarts of apple sauce ~19 gallons of juice for the freezer ~8 quarts of apple sauce for the freezer ~19 gallons of apple slices for the freezer ~Filled the 9 tray dehydrator 7 times ~9 quarts apple butter ~24 pints apple butter ~27 quarts of apple pie filling
Roughly 800 lbs of apples were processed. Yay!!
What’s your favorite apple product? Red or green apples? (Green all the way for me!)
Can you believe it’s already September?! I’m especially excited for this month, because 1) AUTUMN! and 2) We’re planning on taking a trip to go to Family Camp with our Church there. We haven’t seen them in a year now (which is waayyy too long), and we’re really, really, extremely excited!!! That’s near the end of the month, and I’m very sure you’ll hear lots about it in future posts. 😀 So exciting!
This post, however, is about August, not September, so let’s get into it!! 😀
Early in the month, our family traveled to a town a few hours away to visit some good friends of ours and to start of some evangelical meetings there. We stayed for a couple of days, and had a really good time!
A bunch of us got up early(ish) in the morning to go hiking with our friends in the mountains Ok, large hills by the town. We hiked for a couple of miles, but it felt like longer, as some parts weren’t super easy going. It was loads of fun though! The little kids did a great job keeping up. 😄
The view was really pretty from the top!!
Later that afternoon we played soccer until we were tired out, and then they taught us a Mexican game that I forget the name of…. It was kinda similar to baseball, but also quite different. I don’t even know how to play baseball. But they told me it was similar, so. Lol!
After that we rested, and watched the kids get wet and muddy, and catch toads. It was really hot and dry, so the water felt good. 😂
That evening we held a meeting inside our friend’s pizza place, which went well. 🙂 We left at around… 8:00 maybe? And got home around 11 or 12. 😄 It was a really good time!!
I can’t think of any other major events or anything that happened after that, so here are a few random photos for you guys. 😀
Some pictures of our family on a walk. I got carried away taking pictures with my brother’s camera. The selfie stick was fun, lol! I won’t post all the pictures (there were a lot XD), but here are a couple of the best ones.
In August I…
Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins (5 stars)
Journey’s of Four by Rebekah Jones (5 stars)
Beautiful Girl by Karen Andreola (4 stars)
Her Mother’s Secret by E.D.E.N. Southworth (5 stars)
Jacob DeShazer by Janet and Geoff Benge (5 stars)
Scout and the Sailing Slueths by Piet Prins (4 stars)
I did read as much as I would have liked to, but hopefully I will get more reading in this month!
Hey everyone!! Can you believe it’s already August? I know I say this every month, but… IT’S CRAZY! This year is going by sooo fast!!
But we’re here to talk about July, not August, so. What happened this month anyway? I forget half of it.. XD But hopefully I shall remember as I go. 🙂
Well, it’s been raining nicely this year! The last couple of years, we have been in a pretty bad drought, and hardly got any rain. But this year, it’s actually been raining, so praise God for that! It’s getting really green, and I love it so much.
I’ve been doing classes with my youngest siblings, which has been fun! 😀
Reading Glaucia the Greek Slave, given to me by my friend, Susie!! It was really good! 😀
Our family goes on walks together frequently in the summer. It’ really fun, and the weather as been beautiful!!!
Later this month (just a few days ago) Ruthie, Susie and I went with Dad to the border! We go every every so often to get our mail, go shopping, and whatever other errands we need to do. 😀 I always love going.
We left at 3:30 in the morning, and got there around 9:30. The sunrise that morning was really pretty!
It rained a lot on the trip, was was so much fun! The weather was beautiful……!!!
It looks like Dad is sleeping while he’s driving, but DON’T WORRY! He’s just blinking. 😉 LOL!!
We went to Coldstone Creamery while we were in El Paso! It was my first time going, and it was AMAZING….. I got coffee ice cream with chocolate and caramel and nuts….. Ahhhh!! We got to watch the lady making it, witch looked super fun, and I decided what my future job will be. LOL!
Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of the ice cream. Sorry, I was just too busy eating it. XD
James and I took picture of each other with these purple flowers. He was quite proud of the pictures he took himself! 😀 ❤
In July I…
~Iceland Intrigue by C.R. Hedgcock (5 stars!)
~So Stick a Geranium in Your hat and be Happy by Barbara Johnson (5 stars)
~Augustines Confessions by Augustine of Hippo (5 stars)
~The Basket of Flowers by Christof Von Schmid (5 stars)
~William Carrey by Janet and Geoff Bence (5 stars)
I’m so sorry about my unannounced break from blogging. XD I was super busy, we went on a trip, I was unmotivated for a while, and I just never found time to sit down and make a post. Between all those things, I’ve been gone for almost a month now… In fact, my last post was my March Recap. Oops!!
Anyway, back to the original purpose of this post…. IT’S MAY!!! (Well, as of tomorrow) 😉 (Is anyone else as shocked as I am? Comment below) XD
~ I got the books in the mail that I talked about in my Book Haul post! (Very quick background story: I bought the book Little Women on a used books website, and it ended up being a very revised kid’s version… So I bought it again!)
This time, it was the original, and IT’S SOOO THICK!!! I love it…. 😍 I’m really excited to read it. (I love thick books!!!)
And I also tagged on two Anne of Green Gables books, since I had a $5 coupon. I’m excited for those too! 😀
~ A couple pictures from Church.
~I planted a (very) small flower garden! I planted zinnias and sunflowers. I’m really excited for them to come up!!! 😀 I’ll probably post pictures when they bloom, but until then, you’ll have to content yourself with this beautiful picture of… dirt.
My poor flower bed looks rather forlorn at this point, but don’t worry, something will *probably* come up. 😉 😂
~ I sewed a skirt and an apron! I really love how they turned out. 😄
~ Selfies with Lizzie XD (Believe me, I had to search through the pictures for a decent one that wasn’t too goofy) 😂
And honestly, not a whole ton else happened (that I remember at least…..) XD
ONLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY MONTH!
(In case you thought I had no more pictures to show you…. Believe me, I have a lot.) However, I want to do a ful post on it later, so I’m going to *try* and choose only a few to show you for now. 😉
~We went to my grandparent’s house this month, and we had a super fun time!! I had a lot of fun with my grandparents, and my aunt, and I also got to meet my uncle’s girlfriend, Carolina. 😀 I’d been friends with her online for a while, and it was so great to finally meet her! 💖
And I have a TON more pictures, that will just have to wait till a later post. 😄 It was a great time though! 😀 ❤️
In April, I….
~Riddle of the Ruby Ring by C.R Hedgcock (4.5 Stars)
~Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy (5 Stars!)
~ Scout and the Haunted Castle by Piet Prins (4 Stars)
~Romance God’s Way by Eric and Leslie Ludy (4.5 Stars)
Today we celebrated my 17th birthday!!! Technically my birthday isn’t until tomorrow, but since tomorrow is Sunday and were busy all day, we decided to celebrate the day before. (You won’t catch me complaining!) 😂 😜
For my birthday meal, I had chicken nuggets, fried potatoes, salad and garlic bread.
And for dessert….. We had homemade ice cream (which I made, by the way 😁) And guys. It tasted better than store bought ice cream! Like, seriously. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but it was amazing! 😋 😂
We had a bunch of toppings on top, such as chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce and caramel sauce (which I also made), blueberries, pecans and sprinkles. AND. The only thing that had any sugar was the sprinkles. 😀
It was all really good. It’s been 4 and a half hours, and I’m still full…! 😂
Thanks to my family for an awesome birthday!!!!! It was a blast!
And um… It’s kind, really hard to believe I’m 17….! 😂 (Well, as of tomorrow) 😉 Like how am I thought old?! 👵🏻 I don’t feel that old… Maybe that’s because I haven’t had my actual birthday yet! 🤣 Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow feeling different. XD Lol!!
Well, I’m signing off for now! Hope y’all are having a great day, aaaaand… happy birthday to me. 😜 😂 😁 👋