I realize that, yet again, I have skipped a reviewing a month… I didn’t post a recap of April, because I had very few photos, and wasn’t really feeling motivated to do it. So yeah. Sorry about that. XD
Whatever the case, I’m back with a recap of the month of May! 😀
Near the beginning of this month, the Oduber family, who was moving across Mexico to a town a few hours from us, stayed at our house for a few days. It was really fun to get to know their family!
A couple of weeks later, one of the churches my dad frequently preaches at held a conference. The Oduber family was able to come again, and stayed at our house during the duration of the conference. It was fun, and the conference was really good! Quite a few people came. 😀
Lizzie and I went on a short walk/hike with some of the women. We climbed to the top of a hill, and the view from up there was amazing!!! Sadly, I didn’t have a camera, so I don’t have pictures of the view. But it was really fun!
My sister Lizzie, turned 15 near the end of May. 😀 The first two pictures of of her birthday, and the last one is from a photoshoot I did of her bit later.
Memes I saved in May
I’m thinking about making this a regular section in these recap posts because who doesn’t love good memes? 😂 Here are a few of my favorites that I saved last month. 🙂
Books I read in May
Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver (5 stars)
Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery (5 stars)
How are you all? I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in quite a long time! 23 days to be exact… Yikes!! Things have been pretty busy here, and I’ve just been lacking the necessary motivation for blogging. I’m here now, but I can promise how consistent I’ll be, hehe! I will try though. 😀 I really want to get back into it.
Anyway, about half way though March, I realized something terrible… I forgot to do a February review!!!! That’s the first time I’ve downright forgotten in… probably the history of me doing these. I’ve skipped some I think, but never forgotten. So I’m just going to do both of the last two months in this post. February was waaay too long ago to remember almost anything… But I’ll do my best! 😂
*Long, awkward silence*
Yep, I told you I wouldn’t be able to remember much… LOL. XD
Our friends Pablo and Anna, and their kids visited us one Sunday for, and after church. We had a fun time with them!
Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate (Willis) Hopman (5 stars)
Through the Fire by Dianne Nobler (4 stars)
A Soldier Finds Grace by Katherine St. Clair (5 stars)
Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne (5 stars)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (5 stars)
Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautonna Havig (5 stars!)
Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy (3.4 stars)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (4 stars) (Not pictured)
My favorites were probably A Soldier finds Grace, Little Women and Penelope’s Pursuit.
I spent the month of March doing TONS of math, so that I could start 12th grade. I finished most of 11th awhile ago, but was behind in math, so…. not fun….!! Eventually I got caught up enough to start 12th grade, which was really exciting!! Hopefully I will do a post on what I’m doing for 12th grade for you all. 😀
I also appear to have taken little to no photos in March. Ugh, I’ll have to work on that in April. Meanwhile, let me go scrounge up what I can from March. 🙂
Selfies with siblings 😂. ❤️
My grandparents visited us fora few days! We had a lot of fun with them. 😀
A few of our goats have kidded! I don’t have a particular liking for goats (at all), but the little kids are adorable!!! 😍 Unfortunately, the mother was not accepting them for a while, and we had to hold her down to help them nurse. XD I helped with that for a bit, and did not enjoy it one little bit, LOL! I survived though. 😀 By now, the mother is letting them nurse, a lot more at least. 🙂
My entire family signed up for the Spring100, a challenge where you try to walk 100 miles in Spring. A few of us have done it in past years, but this year we’re all doing it. 😀 It’s been a lot of fun, taking walks together!! I think I’ve done around 12 or 13 miles so far. 🙂
I spent the last bit of March feeling pretty sick with a cold… I’m still bit sick, but getting a lot better, thankfully!
Stressed Out: A Practical, Biblical Approach to Anxiety by Todd Friel (4 stars)
Today I thought it would be fun to show you guys what a fairly normal school day in my life sometimes looks like. 😀 I hope y’all enjoy!
Thursday, February 10th, 2022
6:45 – Woke up
I woke up around 6:45, which was nice, since lately I’ve been waking up 20 or more minutes later. I got up (code for I physically forced myself to somehow climb out of bed… I’m not a morning person…!) I made some tea and read my Bible. 😀
7:20 – Got dressed
I got dressed and ready for the day. I washed my face, put on a little bit of makeup and smoothed out my hair a bit. My bangs were kind of funny, but I’ll be fixing that later. 🙂
And yeah, I know my the last pick is really random, but….. They’re new shoes and I love them, so. There ya go. 🤣
My dad made oatmeal for breakfast. 🙂
8:15-Picked up our maid
I was a little bit late on this today – I usually leave at 8, but that’s fine. 🙂 She comes to help out twice a week. 🙂
I just got a flat iron, and decided to straighten my hair today! It’s only the second time I’ve done it, and it’s really fun. 😄 My hair always feels so long after I straighten is, haha!
9:30 – Worked a bit on this blog post
I’m just writing all these things down shortly after they happen, so that I don’t forget it later. 🙂 Also, more tea. 😋
9:50 – Worked on school
I spent the next good while working on school, mainly math and writing, since I’m a bit behind on those subjects.
11:00 – Class
On school mornings at 11:00 to 12:00 I do a class with my three youngest siblings. I do math, science and learning to read with them, and I also sing some songs and read aloud to them.
12:15 – Store
I had to run to the store real quick grab some things for lunch. I meant to take a picture inside the store, but I forgot, so here’s this. XD
12:45 – Ate Lunch
Again, I forgot to take a picture, haha. XD But we had beans.
1:10 – Organized bookshelves
2:00 – Emailed
I caught up on some emails I’ve been meaning to write for forever! I also answered some comments on my blog.
3:00 – Made bread
I hadn’t made bread in quite a while – my younger sisters have mostly taken over that job – so I had to kind of re-learn! XD
The bread is rising, and while it rose, I read for a bit, and talk with my friend Kyra. 😀 Then, I put the bread in the oven, and did some more reading and talking to Kyra. XD
I read Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate (Willis) Hopman. It’s so good! And guess what…. You can get a kindle copy for FREE on Amazon. So go check that out! It’s adorable… 😍
Bread’s out of the oven. It’s so pretty!
6:30 – Supper!
You’ll notice there aren’t many people in this photos, and that’s because my mom was doing a zoom meeting, and my Dad had taken three of the kids to preach in another town. 🙂
7:00 – Dishes!
8:00 – Watched Andy Griffith
After the chores were all finished, we sat down to watch a of couple episodes of the Andy Griffith show. 😀
After that, I kind of forgot to keep track of what I did when. The kids went to bed after that, and I read for a little while. I went to bed around 10, and probably fell asleep around 11:00. XD It takes me a while sometimes. Usually it doesn’t take me that long though.
And yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a little peek of what my day was like! Ever day is different of course, but I think that that’s a pretty good representation of what most of my school days are like. 🙂
In 2021 I did monthly recaps. I’m tired of that, so now I’m going to do monthly reviews. Will that make any difference? Nope. But will it make me happy? Yes. So we’re doing it. 🤣
Sorry, that was random. Anywho.
We’ve gone through the entire first month of 2022!! It’s now time for my to perform my monthly ritual of saying, “BOY, this year is going by crazy fast! Already.” 😂
I snapped this photo of me and my siblings while we were getting ready for a video call. 8/9 of us here!
Speaking of, I had a super fun video call with my friend, Kyra. 😀
We attempted to make a heart… But hearts are very difficult to make together with your hands when you’re 500 miles apart. It ended up looking like a broken heart, but oh well. We’ll try again next time! 😂
My sister Grace and I visited a friend of ours nearby. We hadn’t seen her in a good while, so that was great! She has an adorable baby girl. 😍
I’ve been working on going on walks more often. It’s a good form of exercise!
A few weeks ago, we rented a new building for church. We had been meeting on a building on our property, but now we want to be in the city, closer to more people.
My dad went on a trip to another state in Mexico by the ocean. He got this really need picture of some crocodiles!
I made this this Jane Austen book themed collage in my art journal using dust jackets from some of her books. I think it turned out so cool!
A painting that I was working on a few weeks ago, and um, am still kind of working on. 😂 I really need to finish it! I want to put a Bible verse on it, but I still haven’t decided which one to use. 🙂
I recorded these songs with my friend Kyra – I sang, and she played the guitar. She even wrote the second song… It’s amazing!! Make sure to subscribe to her channel if you’d like to see more song videos like these! 😀
I read quite a bit this month, haha. 😂 The Emily Abbott books are shorter though, so it wasn’t a totally insane amount.
The Lost Dutchman’s Secret by Rebekah Jones (5 stars)
Keep Faith in an Age of Reason by Jason Lisle (4.5 stars)
Snow-crossed Letter by Chautana Havig (4 stars)
Titanic – Poetry, Music and Stories by Ken Rosignal (5 stars)
Evidence not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose (5 stars!)
Beauty Shop Tales by Beth Patillo (4 stars)
Roses for Mamma by Jannette Oke (5 stars)
A Father’s Secret by Donna Lynn Hess (5 stars)
Waltz into the Waves by Sarah Holman (5 stars)
Red Rover, Red rover by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
Plan to Fail by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 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)
The Autobiography of John Paton by John Paton (5 stars)
My favorite books from this month were Evidence not Seen, Roses for Mamma and The Lost Dutchman’s Secret. And all the Emily Abbott books were amazing!! I read them out loud to some of my siblings, and they loved them too!
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!