Monday, May 28, 2012

weekly wrap-up #13

read // Don Quixote // Tess of the D'Ubervilles

watched // Pride and Prejudice '05 version {my 12-year-old brother has now officially seen two Jane Austen movies - Emma and P&P}

listened to // The Gaithers // The Isaacs // Danny Boy

enjoyed // My sister's graduation/costume party // Auditioning for a choir and making it in // beautiful weather // pink headphones // blueberry green tea // dill pickle chips // summer plans // surprises // finished up some old knitting projects //

{my costume: Christine from Phantom of the Opera}

what have you done this week?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Goal #52 completed

Goal #52: Go one week without drinking soda.

I think there have been other weeks when I did not drink soda, but this past week was the first time that I really made an effort to avoid soda. So, this goal is completed!

i hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


This is Chloe. I call her Funnykins. I don't really know why. I just come up with nicknames for all of my younger siblings. 

She has big brown eyes and a smile that can light up a room. Her laugh makes everyone laugh with her.

she is always willing to smile for my camera. 

Oh, how I love my little Funnykins.

Monday, May 21, 2012

weekly wrap-up #12

i hope that you all had a good week!

listening to // allstate music // the gaither vocal band //

crafting // fingerless gloves // this belt //

enjoyed //attending a friend's graduation ceremony and party // singing at allstate {we rehearsed for seven hours on thursday and frieday and two on saturday plus the concert - i had a sore throat after the concert and it's lasted until today} // having an end-of-the-year Bible study party // getting some lovely bokeh // drinking tea and eating soup // 

i am joining lily in a 30 day hair challenge. since i just got my hair cut this really will be a challenge! i am going to try and take photos of my hairstyles every day and post once a week. here is my hair today:

what have you done this week?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


mary ann over at shutter happy is hosting a photo challenge. the theme is light. you take a photo of the same thing at three different times during the day to see how the lighting changes.

time: 3:04 

time: 6:48

time: 7:46

i hope you all have a good weekend!

where i will be

hello, all! 

i will be gone from thursday through saturday. i will be attending the maine allstate festival which is where people from all over the state auditioned for either band, orchestra, or chorus and the top however many get in. at the festival we rehearse like crazy and then perform on saturday afternoon. the auditions were on my birthday, actually, so i was gone all day on my birthday, but it was worth it to make it in.

so, that is where i will be!

here are some photos just because no post is complete without them:

i hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, May 14, 2012


last night after supper i was wandering around the yard taking pictures. somehow or other i ended up taking pictures of my eight year old brother Jacob. he normally runs away from my camera, but last night he was coming up with poses for him to do! plus it was golden hour, so that made it even better. so, here are a few of my favorites:

natalia and jacob.

he said, "hey em, i could take off my shoes and socks so you can take a picture of my feet!" he knows me well.

haha...he's such a little boy.

he decided i need one of him pretending to stab himself. oh, my. so dramatic, is he not?

he is too cute with his missing teeth. 

this one is one of my top three favorites.

#2 favorite.

#3 favorite.

i hope you all have a good monday!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

weekly wrap-up #11

i hope that you are all having a good mother's day!

reading // washington's lady {finished} // while we're far apart {finished} // i was jane austen's best friend //

listening to // celtic women // the gaither vocal band

crafting // a large granny square // a clay vase in art class // a needlepoint square // this headband //

enjoying // sunshine after rain // photoshoot with my typically camera-shy brother {photos coming tomorrow!} // wearing headbands // finding out how to make a granny square // watching the spring musical at my school // baking bread // newly painted nails // 

this past week we have gotten rain almost every day. we need it, though. yesterday and today we had gorgeous sunny weather, though, which we all enjoyed. 

earlier this week i figured out how to make a granny square. it is great for using up little bits of yarn! and it's really simple once you get the hang of it. that's saying a lot since my crochet skills are pretty much nonexistant. i have to reteach myself how to crochet every time i pull it out.

last night the lighting was stunning. i so enjoyed wandering around my yard snapping photographs left and right.

jessica over at diary of a beautiful soul is hosting a almost 300 followers giveaway here. she's only 5 followers away!
and speaking of followers...lily over at lily caroline photography will host a giveaway if she can get up to 100 followers in the next two weeks. you should all follow her if you don't already. :) 

what are some of the highlights of your week?