Goodbye Summer 2019//feat. Summer Goals Update

Hey Everyone!

I have had a wonderful summer. It was fun and chaotic and amazing. I spent hours every day reading and my love of books has only grown, which I didn’t even know was possible!

We took a day trip to the ocean with my amazing Tia and had an awesome time! I haven’t ever had so much fun at the ocean, we played in the waves and had a picnic lunch, it was just a wonderful day.

My dad grilled so many times this summer! I don’t think I will ever get tired of grilled food, just about everything just tastes so much better when you cook it on the grill. Summer squash and zucchini covered in olive oil with some garlic and salt grilled is to die for. I already miss it.

I fell in love with my hammock. Not necessarily for sleeping in, but definitely for reading, boondoggling, resting and listening to music in. It was where I did most of summertime reading.

My summer was sort of split in half, before camp and after camp. Before camp I was productive, I walked, jogged or something every day, I wrote and took pictures and baked. After camp I did my chores, made bread, slept, ate and read and read some more. Honestly I liked the second half of my summer best (who wouldn’t :), which surprises me, because usually I like to get things done and to be productive. I am glad that I let myself just relax and read for awhile, it made it easier in some ways to start school again.

All that said, let’s get on to finding out how I did on my summer goals!


Summer Goals Update

Life:

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

(2) Take pictures daily or at least often. I took pictures in spurts, sometimes taking many and often taking none, so I guess I did it…sort of. ✔️

(3) Take walks three to four times a week. Nope, I definitely did not take walk daily or even weekly, after June.

(4) Spend time with our dogs. Sort of. I mean, I spent a couple of afternoons in our basement during thunderstorms, with one of our livestock guard dogs, Zip. ✔️

Blogging:

(1) Post weekly throughout the summer. X

(2) Post at least one book review. I posted the mini-reviews at the beginning of the summer. ✔️

(3) Write a farm tour post. X

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

Reading:

(1) Read and review three YA contemporary novels. I read three Ya contemporary novels, but I didn’t review them (at least not yet).

(2) Read about 75 to 100 books, bringing me close to completing my Goodreads reading challenge. I’m not exactly sure how many books I read this summer, bu I am currently at 210 books read in 2019 on Goodreads (which i think is pretty good :).

(3) Find a few new authors.✔️

(4) Read two biographies. X

(5) Write three actual book reviews. X

Summer Bucket-List

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

(2) Take a day trip to the ocean. It was amazing! ✔️

(3) Have smores. I had smores a bunch of times. ✔️

(4) Sleep outside in my hammock at least twice. I did it! Once at camp and once with my siblings and Tia! ✔️

(5) Have friends visit our farm. ✔️

(6) Have a outdoor sleepover with my closest friend and siblings. I’m counting sleeping in my hammock with my siblings!✔️

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

(8) Watch the sunrise from our front yard. ✔️ (sort of)

(9) Watch the sun set on Kite Hill. X

(10) Make chocolate ice cream a few times. X


I am really excited to be getting back to blogging. This summer was a break I hadn’t realized I needed until I stopped. I am looking forward to getting back into blogging as this school year is starting, thanks for being patient and understanding when I didn’t do the all the posting I had hoped to.

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This year I am hoping and planning to be sharing more book related and more actual writing alongside of my photography. At the moment I thinking that I will be posting weekly, maybe a bit more as I post pictures from the summer.

I am really excited to be beginning my second year of blogging! Thank you to all of you who have been following me from the very beginning. I love reading and responding to your comments!

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How was your summer? What was a highlight of your summer? Has school started for you?

Spring Pictures and Life Update

Hey Everyone!

It was really springy feeling for a couple of days here and now it’s gray and chilly out, ugh. I just want it to be sunny and warm! Haven’t we earned it after a long and cold winter!?

Anyway! Here are some pictures for you to (hopefully) enjoy looking through!


I am really proud of how this picture turned out. ❤️

Spiky green grass coming up through the rocks. Spring……………..😀

For some reason I haven’t taken nearly enough sky pictures recently. Not sure why?

Adorable little plants. 💕

Doesn’t it look like a little flower!?

Lilac buds! I LOVE lilacs!


Mini Life Update

We are in the process of having a farm store built (they just started today)! It is really exciting because we have been selling our milk, cheese and meat out of our garage since we moved here. I will have to take some pictures of the contrast. 😀

School is going well, I guess. I am so looking forward to finishing though (who isn’t)! Just a couple more months and it will be summer vacation!

We had piglets born a week or so ago and another calf born. We also got our broiler chicks! I really need to take pictures of them soon.

I have been reading a lot recently, probably more then I should be. I just read Michelle Obama’s Becoming and loved it! I have also found several new authors that I really enjoy and have been inspired to write some mini-reviews, so keep your eye out for more book related posts from me!

My new favorite food is baked potatoes with melted cheese, salt and butter. I could almost live on them. I wish that I had started eating them at the beginning of the winter and not at the end.


Well, that’s all I have to share today. I hope you enjoyed my short and random little life update. I am thinking about doing monthly review and update posts like so many other bloggers do.

Which picture was your favorite? Any thoughts on my doing monthly update and review posts? What is your favorite spring flower?

Weekly Verse #5

Hey Everyone!!

I am so sorry that this post is a day late (again). My family went to a festival this weekend, we sold our garlic cheese and and cheeseburgers. It was really  fun, my great aunt, aunt, my grandma (my dad’s mom), a friend and a couple of my siblings were all there. We ate a bunch of maple cotton candy and fried dough (probably too much! 😀).

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This tepee was used for story telling. I thought that it was really cool, so I had my sister take a picture of me in it.

 

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All the tents still closed up and waiting for the festival to open.

 

Anyway, our verse for this week is:

1 John 3. 18-20

Little children, let us love, not in word and speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us, for GOD is greater then our hearts, and he knows everything.

What is a way that you can show love in your actions this week? I am going to try to show my love to my five year old sister by being patient and listening to her whenever she is trying to talk to me.

As always, does anyone have any prayer requests?

Thank you for reading this! I hope that you all have a great week!

~Esmeralda