Hemlock Fiber Festival (fall 2016)

February 28, 2017


- missing those summer/fall festivals -

(sorry about the incredibly late post.  these photos came from the hard drive.) 

Key Lime Pie & Clothing Haul {a february weekend}

February 26, 2017


Celebrated my fifteenth birthday this evening with grandparents!  My actual birthday is March 6th, but since Mom is having her surgery next Thursday this will be the only time we will be able to celebrate with the grandparents. :)  It was a lot of fun!  I got some aesthetic-looking tube watercolor paints and two shirts.  We had Indian Butter Chicken for dinner and key lime pie for dessert.  
I cannot believe a whole year has gone by since my last birthday post—wild!  Tempus fugit (literally)! ;)  I'm wavering between wanting to grow up and wanting to stay a little girl . . .  Fifteen is a big number . . . scary.

(Tip: the pictures below are way easier to see if you click on them) :)

jeans and a striped pink and yellow shirt
grey longsleeved shirt
chambray skirt!
i feel very authentic in these 1980s/90s looking jeans ;)
and the denim dress I was wearing earlier today before I changed for the party
 We did a big spring clothes shopping trip on Saturday! (because we're going to be stuck in the house for a while after Mom's knee surgery.)  I'm not a big shopping-lover, but overall I think we came home with a good haul.  LandsEnd is amazing.  We also hit JCPenny's, Wegmans, and the library.  Yes, it's was one of those "errand days".  Now let's just hope some more warm weather is headed our way! :D  My shortsleeved shirts are getting impatient. ;)

Roam

February 25, 2017


What is a place you want to visit?  And what is one place you've been to?
I want to go to Wisconsin/Michigan and Maine.  I've been to Colorado.


p.s. raise your hand if you love globes!

Just My Soul Responding

February 22, 2017

~ "just my soul responding" by amber run

(annika)
(me)

"You are enough, a thousand times enough." -unknown

"She is strong, but not in the ways most people think.  She loves more than she'll ever get back and she knows it.  And yet, she loves anyway." -JmStorm

"One of the sweetest things I ever heard her say was, 'Sometimes I just go to a dark place.  It happens.  And I really love how you don't try to change me.  You just sit down next to me and hold my hand, quietly, in the dark." -JmStorm

Thanks for the quotes, Pinterest. :)

Babies, Window Stars, Birthdays, And The Rest

February 19, 2017

We've been making these super cool window stars lately using "kite paper" and have been donating them to hospices and nursing homes to brighten up windows.  If anyone is interested, I can post a DIY on how to make the stars.  Just let me know in the comments.

At the Picasso exhibit in Buffalo (February)

Beatrix cuteness

Taking a nature walk

Dinner with Grandma (I think this was on New Years Eve—whoops!!)

Ice-skating

My bestie and I were doing a facetime and somehow one of her two sisters and two of my three sisters all ended up in room at the same time. xD  Might as well do a group call, right? ;)  

Annika's 11th birthday party!

And re-painting the downstairs!  How does is look?  The tan and dark green is old—we're putting on the white trim and white ceiling in the first photo.

All right, now after that massive photo dump (okay, I suppose it wasn't that massive) ;) here's a little life update.  This week has been pretty lax.  On Wednesday we headed to a friend's house to do some "fauxligraphy" (basically just calligraphy without the special pen).  It was lots of fun and a good activity to break up the afternoon!  
There were no Greek and Latin lessons on Friday because the friends we do it with were in Florida for the week, so instead we met out cousins from Canada at a Picasso exhibit up in Buffalo, about a two hour drive from our home.  After admiring paintings and hanging around the exhibit for a while, we grabbed some lunch at a cute little pizza shop and trekked back home with the cousins for a weekend visit which included multiple rounds of tag, "Anni's Game", and the "Circle Game".  The Playmobiles and nerf guns were rife on the boys' end. ;) 

Today we went to two churches in a row!  Sarah (oldest sister) had to sing at a new church in a town nearby at the 8:00 a.m. mass.  They apparently haven't had music in over three years and so the congregation has been singing a very off-tune acapella.  They feel really blessed to have Sarah.  Sarah was accompanied by a friend on the piano.  They made a great team.  
After church #1, we headed over to our regular church about ten-ish minutes away from our house.  Stopped at a cafe on the way there for breakfast before our next mass at 10:00 a.m. ;P  Then I got roped into altar serving there, so that was great. ;)
Overall, it was a fun and hopping day.  I went on a walk later in the afternoon after our Canada cousins left to go home and hung out down at the bottom of our property in this place we call "Willowmere".  It is so incredibly gorgeous.  I'll take the camera next time for you guys. :D

Our weather has been crazy warm!  The first three months of the year are my least favorite because they are just so darn dreary . . . even though my birthday is in March. ;)  But yesterday we had a high of 66! . . . Though today only got up to 57. :P  I really have been enjoying just being able to pick up my feet outside and run without having to shuffle through the ridiculous snow for chores.  I have missed the outside smells that were masked by winter.  Ahh, this earth is so beautiful.

Other things I have been enjoying of late:
"Object shoots" and portrait shoots . . . pretty much just my camera in general. ;)
Hiking.
Spending time with the chickens who have finally decided to venture out of the coop now that the snow's gone.
Dreaming.
Writing in my journal.
Blogging.
Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini.  
Kindness.

My mom will be having major surgery on her knee on March 3rd in NYC.  If anyone thinks of it, we would really appreciate some prayers.  She'll be in a rehab for at least 6 weeks until she can put full weight on her leg again, and won't be back to the point she is at right now (before the surgery) for an entire year.  She's had some crazy problems with it since she was little which are centered around a deformity in the patella and bone structure.  Both exciting and scary for her to have it fixed.  Gosh, I never thought I'd know so much about knees. xD  
Anything you need me to pray for?  Just let me know.  Love you all <3
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