I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I took a needed break from bullet journaling in April. I tried to put something together, but it just wasn’t working out and was getting stressful, so I just decided to skip a month. 🙂 But now I’m back, with my set up for May! The theme is…
🌸 Spring flowers!! 🌸
I didn’t feel up to doing anything super artistic on the cover page, so I decided to make a collage with some Spring-y photos and quotes I got printed recently. I think it turned out really pretty!
I did an activity tracker (which I probably should have called a workout tracker) and a sleep tracker, both of which I hadn’t done in a while. I decided that since I did nothing in April, I wanted to do extra in May, so. 😂 😁
There are several different trackers here, including a gratitude tracker, social tracker, and a little section for goals and rewards.
My favorite spread, the book tracker of course. I’m really excited about the books I’m reading this month. As you can see, I’ve already read quite a bit…. 😂 (And by the time I’m writing this I’ve already finished a couple of them….) XD
I really like how this set up turned out. My favorite thing about it is probably all of the pretty colors! I’m really excited to be getting back into bullet journaling. 😀
If you guys have any themes that you’d like to see me do in the future, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to see your ideas!!
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. 🙂
I have a really fun post for today. I recently bought several books from Thriftbooks, and I’m going to do a book haul, and show you guys what I got!!
Thriftbooks is my favorite place to buy books, as you can often get them for an incredibly cheap price. They are used, but are generally in good condition. 🙂
As you can see, I was pretty excited to get the packages! Getting books in the mail is one of the bestest and funnest feelings ever…!!! 😀 📚
I bought 9 books altogether, for around 35 dollars. To me, that seems like an awful lot of money, but when you consider that it’s only a little over 3 dollars per book…. Super good deal!! Anyways, here’s what I got, and what I spent on them!! (And believe me, I spent a long time very carefully contemplating which books to get!) 😂
Roses for Mama by Jannette Oke ($4.67)
I haven’t read this one yet, but my mom really loved it when she was younger, so I’m excited to read it!
A Gown of Spanish Laceby Jannette Oke ($4.19)
Another one by the same author, because I love her books!
A Father’s Promiseby Donna Lynn Hess ($3.99)
Several of my siblings love this book, so I had to get it. Plus, I love WWII stories. I have a feeling this book is going to make it into my list of favorites. 🙂
Through the Fire by Diane Noble ($4.39)
The first books of the Mysteries and the Minister’s Wife series.
A State of Grace by Traci Depree ($3.99)
And the second book! I read these a long time ago, and loved them. I’m excited to read them again!!
Deepest Roots of the Heart by Chautona Havig ($4.39)
Another WWII story!!! I’m just starting to read this author’s books. 🙂
Emma by Jane Austen ($3.99)
Been wanting to read this one for quite awhile! So far the only Jane Austen books I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice, which I loved. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Emma. 😀
Joni – And Unforgettable Story by Joni Earekson Tada ($4.79)
An autobiography by a very inspiring lady! I’ve watched a movie about her, but haven’t yet read any of her books. 🙂
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare ($3.99)
The is another one my siblings have read and liked. I’ve wanted to read it for a long time, and I also love the other books by this author!
And there you go! I’m SO excited to read these books!! I had some credit from past orders, so one of these books was free, but I don’t remember which. Also, since I spent over $10, shipping was free, which was awesome! I would totally recommend Thriftbooks to anyone who loves books, but doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on them. (Also, if you don’t mind your books being a little worn, if you choose the cheapest option) 🙂 It’s awesome!!
Vlogmas Weeks 3 and 4
Here are the last two parts of Vlogmas that I did over on my Youtube channel. Hope you guys enjoy! I posted Vlogmas Weeks 1 and 2 HERE, so go check these out if you haven’t yet!!
Vlogmas – Week 3
Vlogmas – Week 4
Rosy ❤️ 📚
Have you guys read any one these books? Do you buy from Thriftbooks, or know of any other cheap book websites?
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!!
I’m feeling quite un-inspired about how to introduce and start this post, lol. So I think I’m just going to call this very poor excuse for a paragraph an intro, and just get into it. 😉.😁
I seriously cannot think of much that happened in November…. So I’ll just think of things as I go, and hopefully come up with some stuff. I’ll also tell you guys about how I celebrated some of November’s National Holidays, so hopefully it won’t be too short a post. 🙂
My sister Grace, and brother Philip each had a birthday this month. Grace turned 17, and Philip turned 8! 🙂
My sister, Grace, and I get to be “twins” for a bit each year. Since we were born 11 and a half months apart, we’re the same age for about 12 days!! We took these pictures while we were both 17. 🙂
Grace, Lizzie and I decided to match plaid turtlenecks for church that day, which was really fun!
Then my 18th birthday happened the next day, which of course, you probably already know about from past posts, so I won’t talk about it here. But I’ll re-post a couple pictures. 😀
A few of my siblings and I. 🙂
This was our family’s Thanksgiving dinner! 😀
Bekah and Ruthie did a great job making the rolls!
My youngest siblings and I, while I teach them school. 😀 🥰
And my friend Kyra insists that I share this bit of writing with you all… 😛 😂 Basically, while learning about writing good news articles in school, one of my assignments was to write two different news articles about a nursery rhyme, but from two different biased points of view. I chose the old rhyme that says, “Ding dong, pussy’s in the well. Who put her in? Little Johnny Flynn.”😂 Here are my articles. They kind of silly, but they were a lot of fun to write!! XD
And this one is from the opposite bias as the last one. 🙂
A few days ago was my 18th birthday…!! Frankly, that’s a little bit (lot) hard to believe. It’s crazy. Seriously, I feel like I should still be 14… 🤣 But I’m not, so moving on. XD
Here’s a recap of how my day went. 🙂
In the morning I worked on making my birthday dessert, a special new invention of mine – Rosy’s Famous Quadruple Layer Pumpkin Pie Extraordinaire. I hadn’t even made it before when I named it, so don’t ask how it was even famous. I wasn’t sure if it would work well when I was making it, but it turned out amazing!! The four layers were… Cream cheese, marshmallow, pumpkin pie pudding filling, and lastly, whipped cream!! Here are pictures of how I assembled it.
I made each layer from scratch, and it’s all completely healthy!!! (Except for the crust, in which I used real graham crackers.) 🙂 It was sooo much fun to make, and it turned out delicious!! 😋
For the meal, I chose a favorite of mine… Enchiladas Potosinas, which is probably unlike any enchiladas you’ve ever seen before.
You make corn tortillas with a red salsa sauce, and fill it with cheese, onions and salsa, and fry it. They’re kind of like quesadillas, but in a totally different league. They took almost all afternoon to make, but it was totally worth it.
This is the cheese mixture, and the corn tortillas dough.
I didn’t get get any picture of most of the making process, but basically we flattened the dough into a tortilla shape, fill it with cheese and folded it in half. Then we cooked them, and when they were all cooked… We fried them – a very important and in-excludable step. 😋
Here is the finished meal – featuring beans, avocado, and all the other stuff that you eat with enchiladas potosinas. It was so good!!! 😀
For my birthday, I got some yummy tea from my brother Andy, and make-up from my parents! (The tradition, is we get to wear make-up when we turn 18.😂)
All of my siblings and me!! 😀 ❤️
That evening, my mom and a few of my sisters had a girl’s movie movie night, and watched part of Pride and Prejudice. It’s around 6 hours total, so we didn’t watch nearly the whole thing…!! It was a fun time!!
I had an amazing birthday, and I’m thankful to God for giving me another year of life – I’m excited to be 18! Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, and for making my day really special!! ❤️
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)