Summer Goals + Bucket List 2019

Hey Everyone!

I am so excited to share my summer goals and bucket-list with you guys! I have been waiting for summer since January, and I am sure I am not the only one. To be honest though it really doesn’t seem possible that it is already June even though it has been around 80 degrees and super sunny the past couple days. Perfect laundry days! I have hung so much laundry the past few days it is absolutely ridiculous! How do my brothers go through so much clothes!? 😀

We just finished school! I can’t believe that I am already done (I do still have a reading that I have to do but otherwise)!! One of my favorite parts of being homeschooled is that we get to stop whenever we are done, I feel bad for all of you who still have another week or two left of school. Hang in there!

Anyway, without further ado, here we go!


Update On My Spring Goals

(1) Go barefoot outside while the ground is still spongy and cold. ✔️

(2) Take more walks. Yes and no. For most of the spring I wasn’t much more active then I was all winter, but in the past month or so I have been making more of an effort and taking quite a few more walks.

(3) Stay consistently active on my blog. Nope, definitely not. I am quite happy with all of my posts this spring, though. That counts for something, right?

(4) Make homemade pasta. I was really hoping to get to this but wasn’t able to.

(5) Finish school. YES! I did it. ✔️

(6) Read and review at least three YA contemporary novels. Sort of completed, I read and rated them. ✔️

(7) Get back into the stretching every night. Unfortunately, no. I just haven’t been motivated.

(8) Take at least one picture everyday. I took many, many pictures this spring, probably on average it was about one a day. ✔️

(9) Read my Bible more often. I feel so sad realizing that I totally forgot about this goal.

(10)Work on writing about things that I am passionate about. I did do a little bit of writing about things I am passionate about, like cooking and Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. ✔️


Summer Goals

Life:

(1) Keep up with my very small outdoor chores.

(2) Take pictures daily or at least often.

(3) Take walks three to four times a week.

(4) spend time with our dogs.

Blogging:

(1) Post weekly throughout the summer.

(2) Post at least one book review.

(3) Write a farm tour post.

(4) Introduce some of our animals to you all.

Reading:

(1) Read and review three YA contemporary novels.

(2) Read about 75 to 100 books, bringing me close to completing my Goodreads reading challenge.

(3) Find a few new authors.

(4) Read two biographies.

(5) Write three actual book reviews.


Summer Bucket-List

(1) Go to summer camp (I literally can’t wait)!

(2) Take a day trip to the ocean.

(3) Have smores.

(4) Sleep outside in my hammock at least twice.

(5) Have friends visit our farm.

(6) Have a outdoor sleepover with my closest friend and siblings.

(7) Do a photo-shoot with my sister.

(8) Watch the sunrise from our front yard.

(9) Watch the sun set on Kite Hill.

(10) Make chocolate ice cream a few times.


Thank you so much for following, reading, liking and commenting on my blog throughout this school year! I have absolutely loved every minute of it, I am so thankful for all of you who write such kind and encouraging comments on my blog!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I am going to be taking a week or two off from blogging. I haven’t decided yet if I will still be commenting and reading all of your posts. Don’t worry! I will be back soon, I have quite a few posts that I am really excited to write and share with you all!

What is on your summer bucket-list? Do you have any summer goals? Do you have any fun plans for your summer? When do you finish school?

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A Little Adventure

Hey Everyone!

I can’t believe it is June first!! May flew by for me, filled with school and lots of rain (and reading). It was a pretty good month in a lot of ways, but I am very glad it is June.

School is almost over for my siblings and I. Our last official day of school was this past Friday. We just have some random stuff to finish up. I really cannot believe that my first year of high school is just about over and that every year I get closer and closer to being done with school for good, I am not far away from being totally done, especially if I don’t go to college. Anway, summer vacation here I come!

Well, by now I am sure you are wondering what my title “a little adventure” is all about, so I guess I should tell you. So about a month ago, my mom took my sisters, littlest brother and I too Rhode Island for a day trip. We had so much fun and I am thrilled to share some of the pictures I took!

We stopped in Newport to see the ocean. Where we went first there was basically just a huge space of rock by the ocean.

There were some little tidal pools that my younger siblings loved looking in. I think they found a couple little snails in one of them.

The rock was absolutely beautiful, the colors and all the little ridges and lines.

My sister Catherine and I had a wonderful time taking pictures of each other the whole day. I love this picture of me and one my sisters looking out at the ocean!

After we ate lunch we went the cliff walk in Newport.

I love the rocks and the ocean together!!!

Here a couple of the pictures I took of Catherine. I love how the wind it playing with her hair!

It was really amazing to drive by some of the really old (and new) mansions in Newport. what a beautiful place and so full of history ( like just about everywhere in New England).

I LOVE the ocean, about as much as I love chocolate and that is really saying something. One of my semi-attainable dreams is to spend some time living by the ocean. I just can’t get over the beauty of the ocean. It always makes me feel so small and insignificant and brings fresh amazement to me that the God who created the vast ocean actually cares about me.

The last stop of our “little adventure” was at a really cool tulip farm. They have a bunch of amazing different types! Every color you can imagine! They have pick-your-own tulips and also what they call their show garden, where I took all these pictures.

We heard about it from one of my uncles and his family. My aunt likes to take pictures of my cousins there and after seeing some of her pictures my mom couldn’t wait to go! I am so glad we made it, I have never seen so many tulips in my life! It was really an amazing experience.

I think this might be my new favorite color. Isn’t it amazing how the edges are lighter and as it goes to the center the color darkens and deepens?!

If I ever get married I want to have a spring wedding and I want my flowers to be white tulips and purple lilacs. The white tulips are just so white and clean looking, I can’t get over them.

Doesn’t this look more like a peony then a tulip?!

On the sides of the show garden there were these flower beds with all of the different tulips mixed together. I think that was my favorite part of the garden.

Wow, that was a long post with lots of photos. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner! I really hope that you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it together (not sure that’s possible though)!

Do you love the ocean? Can you pick a favorite tulip picture? What is a semi-attainable dream of yours? Do you ever do photo-shoots with your siblings?

Poetry and Pictures

Hey Everyone!

I put this together the other day after reading through quite a few of of Emily Dickinson’s poems for school. I had to do some writing about her poems and I randomly thought that it would look cool to put pictures I had taken with one of her poems.

I hope you like this little demonstration of the fact that I do actually have some creativity in me. (Just kidding, well sort of kidding.)


Day’s Parlor by Emily Dickinson

Photography by Susana Wells-Tolley

The day came, slow till five o’clock,

       then sprang before the hills

like hindered rubies or the light

a sudden musket spills

       the purple could not keep the East

the sunrise shook from fold

       like breadths of topaz packed the night

       the lady just unrolled

the happy winds their timbrels shook

       the birds in docile rows

arranged themselves around their prince

       (of which the prince of those)

       the orchard sparkled like a Jew-

       how mighty’ t was, to stay

       a guest in this stupendous place,

       the parlor of the day!


So sorry this post is late (again)! Our internet has been extremely finicky recently. I am hoping to post at least one more time before taking a short blogging break at the end of school.

What did you think of this poem and these pictures? Did anything in the poem interest you or were you completely bored? Have you heard of Emily Dickinson? Have you read any of her other work?

Liebster Award #2, #3, #4

Hey Everyone!

I keep getting nominated for this award! It seems like maybe everyone is running out of bloggers to nominate? Not that I mind being nominated! I love answering fun questions about myself and what I love.

Thank you to Maysa, Olivia and Farmgirl for these nominations!

I’m really excited to answer all these questions, so let’s jump right in!


My Answers

1: What is something that you really enjoy doing?

Reading is still my favorite way to spend my free time. It is as natural and easy to me as breathing.

2: Do you have a pet peeve or something that you can’t stand?

It drives me crazy when my siblings don’t close their drawers or the kitchen cabinets. I’m not sure why but it does.

3: What was the last movie that you watched?

The first Hobbit movie. My siblings have already seen all three of them with my grandpa, but at the time I wasn’t interested, so now my dad and I are watching them for the first time. I am still surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie, because as a general rule I much prefer light-hearted movies to serious or intense ones.

4: Is there something that you feel like you just can’t live without?

CHOCOLATE, I intensely love chocolate and could almost live on it.

5: What is your favorite genre of music?

Christian music, I guess. That is most of what I listen to.

6: What is one piece of advice that you have for other bloggers based off of your personal experience?

Hmmm. I guess don’t try to write about things that you don’t enjoy and to be yourself as much as possible.

7: Would you be brave enough to jump out of a plane flying several thousand feet in the air without a parachute for someone you love? (considering it is for a good cause)

Yes, if it would save their lives, but if it wasn’t absolutely necessary I would not.

8: If you had all the Legos in the world to build with, what would you build first?

A life-sized aqua convertible. Not sure why, but I would.

9: What are your thoughts on lying? Lying is a sin, but do you think there is ever a time when it is right to lie? (Consider Jonathan and Rahab and the lies they told to help others in danger. Find as many Bible verses as you would like to support your answer)

Honestly, I am not sure. Yes and no, I guess.

10: Would you prefer having tea or coffee with talking red foxes or with talking deer?

I would love to have tea with talking red foxes.

11: What is one character flaw you hope will someday be a thing of the past with God’s help?

Probably how easily I get annoyed with my sisters.

12: If you were to go on one long journey from history, which journey would you make? (Example, with Columbus when he discovered America, or with Lewis and Clark on their expedition. Pick any journey or expedition from history.)

I would have wanted to go west with the pioneers. They were so brave take the risk of leaving everything they knew and loved to make a new life for themselves.

13: What is your favorite book of all time (besides the Bible)?

I really can’t choose. It’s like asking me if I have a favorite sibling (which I most definitely do not)!

14: What is one animal you dream of owning?

Someday, when have more time I would love to own a horse again.

15: Would you rather fill a journal with only drawings or fill a journal with only poems?

I would rather fill a journal with only drawings and doodles.

16: If you had everyone’s attention in the whole world and they promised to listen to you for one hour, what would you tell them?

That is so difficult to even imagine! The first thing I would tell would be that God loves them, no matter what you have done.

17: What inspired you to start blogging?

I first discovered WordPress through the blog Tween You And Me. I immediately loved the blogging community and slowly got more involved, it seemed natural to want a blog and when my parents said yes, I was thrilled!

18: What is your favorite instrument to listen to?

Pianos for sure.

19: What is your favorite sport to watch?

I am not really someone who enjoys watching sports, but I do love watching gymnastics and ice dancing.

20: What is your favorite season and why?

I think spring is my favorite season, although I do love summer as well. I love watching all the new life come forth.

21: What is your favorite flower?

My favorite flowers are lilacs and roses, I also love quince flowers.


My Questions

  1. What is your favorite type of tree?
  2. Would you rather go for a walk early in the morning or late at night?
  3. Do you journal on a regular basis, or at all?
  4. What is your favorite spring flower?
  5. Would you rather spend your whole day writing essays or doing math?
  6. Do you hate, like, love or LOVE chocolate?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world for six months doing anything you want, where would you go and would you do?
  8. What is something about you that most people don’t know?
  9. Do you prefer tea or coffee?
  10. What is your current favorite song?
  11. If you could meet someone famous (anyone from the president to a movie star), who would you want to meet?

My Nominees

Amy – Crazy A

Isa – The Art Of Being Isa

Aria – Aria Photo Blog

Ani – Ani’s Books

Sophie – The Girl In The White Shirt

Hannah – Striped Plaid

Jenna – Jenna Terese

Jo – Pananaw

Truly Beautiful


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Display your award
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers
  • Come up with 5 to 11 new questions for your nominees
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post

Mini-Update

I know that I have been pretty much MIA for the past month and I am sorry. Life gets busy in the spring and I just needed a break. I will most likely be taking another couple week break in June, but I definitely want to keep blogging.

I am done with Weekly Verses for this school year, I will probably bring them back in the fall though. My thought for my summer posting schedule is that it will be more relaxed and probably only one post a week. I’ll keep you all updated though.


I’d love to hear how your May has been so far!! Did any of my answers to the questions surprise you? Feel free to answer any of the questions!

Spring Photos!!

Hey Everyone!

I am really excited to show you some of the pictures I have been taking. I am so so happy that spring is fully here! Everything is so green and beautiful. I love seeing all the new life springing up.

I have decided that spring is my favorite season. It is so beautiful and warm, but not hot. There aren’t the pesky flies and mosquitoes of summer but you still can enjoy the green grass and sunshine!



The lilac leaf buds are opening and growing constantly! It won’t be much longer until we have lilacs.

Forsythia is so bright and colorful. We have a rather wild hedge of it in front of our house.

The beautiful red maple full of buds.

Aren’t these red maple buds amazing!

More red maple buds, further along. Leaves are coming soon!


I am probably going to be posting another collection of spring photos soon, so be watching for it!

Which picture is your favorite? Did these springy pictures bring even a small smile to your face? What is you favorite part of spring?

Weekly Verse #29

Hey Everyone!

Happy Easter!!

It is finally spring here!! It was nice and warm outside (when it it wasn’t raining) all this past week. It is so wonderful to look out my window, when I wake up in the morning, and not see snow but bright green grass! I have been taking a bunch of pictures, but I decided to restrain myself and only share these. I hope they brighten your day as they did mine.


I love crocuses. They are so brave and bold to be the first flowers that come up!

The sharp points of the petals are so beautiful and I love the purple stem!

The contrast of the bright yellow pollen and the white petals is so strong and eye-catching.


Here is this week’s verse:

Colossians 1. 19,20

For in Jesus all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

It is so crazy to me that Lent and now Holy Week are over. In some ways it felt endless and in others it flew by. You know what I mean?

Which picture is your favorite of these? How is your spring going? Isn’t it crazy Lent is over?!

Five Recent Reads: Mini-Reviews

Hey Everyone!

I am really excited to be sharing my thoughts on a few of the books that I have read recently with you! I’ve barely written book reviews let alone mini book reviews so I hope you will cut me some slack. 😀


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Title: Warrior Maiden

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Published: 2/5/2019

Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts

I have read most, if not all, of Melanie Dickerson’s books and this one is definitely my favorite one! I really enjoyed reading about Mulan and Wolfgang’s relationship. Mulan is a strong and adventurous character and I really appreciated that she saved Wolfgang’s life as many times as he saved hers.


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Title: Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

Author: Lisa McCubin

Published: 9/11/2018

Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts

I have always been very interested in our First Ladies and I have read many biographies about them. This book is my favorite biography about any of the First Ladies. I really enjoyed learning about Betty Ford’s life, from start to finish. She lived a full and interesting life and impacted the lives of many people.


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Title: Playing The Part

Author: Jen Turano

Published: 2/23/2016

Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts

Lately most of what I have been reading is fluffy, junk food kind of books and Jen Turano’s books are my favorite books of this kind. I love the settings of her books and her characters are really funny.

Lucetta is my favorite main female character of in all of Jen’s books. She is really enjoyable to read about.


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Title: The Emerald Atlas

Author: John Stephens

Published: 4/5/2011

Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts

I was slightly surprised that I liked this book. The story is interesting and new, and I really love the siblings and their relationship. I can totally imagine feeling the way Kate does if my parents gave me the responsibility of my siblings in the way her parents do. All of the time travel and magic stuff was slightly confusing to me, maybe if I re-read the book it would make more sense.


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Title: The Story Peddler

Author: Lindsay A. Franklin

Published: 5/1/2018

Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts

Starting this book I had no idea what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I have never heard of or imagined anything even close to the idea of having stories come out of people’s fingers and then crystalize into objects.

The Story Peddler is a beautifully written fantasy book. I cannot wait until the next book in the trilogy comes out!


Have you read any of these books? Are you going to read any of these books? What have you been reading lately?