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?

Summer Photos//feat. Random Things About My Summer

Hey Everyone!

I’ve taken a bunch of pictures this summer and I am (of course) excited to share them with you all as I tell you a bit about my summer. So let’s not bother with a meaningless intro.


I got to spend an amazing week at summer camp. I am so thankful for the wonderful memories I made and the time I got to spend there.

My grandparents visited, It was good to see them and the time flew by as it always does.

I have gotten to go (big) blueberry picking twice. Although I do not enjoy it as much as strawberry picking it is still something I love.

Reading everyday for several hours is my favorite part of summer. I have read more books than I can count, well not quite but close. One of my favorite places to read is in my wonderful Wise Owl hammock, that I got for Christmas last year.

As I have mentioned before I love fresh, local veggies, and being able to work with them has definitely been a highlight of my summer. I love making salads for my mom, using whatever fresh veggies we have around.

Life here on the farm has been as crazy and wonderful as it always is during the summer, non-stop work for my parents and lots of sunshine.

It is so hard for me to believe that the summer is already so close to being over. Summer always flies by, unlike winter, unfortunately.

I keep having to remind myself to enjoy August and not constantly be thinking about how sad I am that it is August.

I love fall and I love spring and sometimes I enjoy winter, but nothing ever compares to summer, ever. In some ways all fall and winter we live for spring and summer, especially if you are a farmer. We have to prepare for calving and then cheesemaking and then haying and markets and the list goes on and on.

It’s always hard to come to August and realize that summer is almost over, you look at your summer goals and are amazed by all that you haven’t accomplished and all you want to do before summer is over.

Honestly, I am nowhere near ready for the new school year to start and whatever challenges it will bring my way, so I am going to enjoy every last moment and hour day of my summer.

I challenge you to enjoy every last minute, day and hour of your summer (or at least as much of it as possible). 🙂


How has your summer been? What are some things you are hoping to accomplish this month? Do you have a favorite picture from this post?

Summer Reading//Mini-Reviews #2

Hey Everyone!

Wow, it seems like it has been forever since I’ve posted! I started out the summer planning to post at least weekly maybe more and here I am at the end of July having only posted twice.

This summer has been busy and awesome so far! Camp was a really amazing experience, I met new people, had some adventures (like camping out when it was pouring rain and everything was soaking wet), learned more about Jesus and had a good week away from home. I am so thankful that I was able to go. Thank you to my grandparents for helping to fund it

I have been loving having fresh veggies to cook with. Summer food is the best! Sadly we don’t have a garden this year, but I am so thankful for the local vegetable farms who grow amazing and healthy food. Hopefully sometime soon I will share some of my favorite, super easy, summer dishes with all of you.

The weather has mostly been pretty good for haying this year. We finally got some much needed rain this week. There is nothing like summer rain, especially long, steady, summer rain showers. When I was younger thunder storms really freaked me out, now I love them. love watching the rain pour down, hearing the thunder crash and seeing the lightning streak across the sky. I also love how clean and fresh the air always smells after a storm, there is nothing like it.

Something I have been doing alot of this summer is reading. I am so grateful for our wonderful library system and our kind, if at times scatterbrained, librarian. One of my favorite feelings is when I look at my desk and I see a stack of fifteen or so new books, just waiting to be read. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think about everything those wonderful pages hold, but most of all it is exciting. Reading will always be my first love, nothing else comes close enough to challenge its place in my heart. 🙂

All that said, let’s jump into these reviews.


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Title: Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter

Published: 2010

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I’ve seen this book around, but never really considered reading it until recently. This book was the first book I read by Ally Carter and I was pleasantly surprised by how clean and enjoyable it was. Kat and her crew are so much fun to read about! I always love reading about kids who accomplish things adults failed to.

The Heist society books are perfect for curling up with on a hot summer day, wherever you are.


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Title: A Note Yet Unsung

Author: Tamera Alexander

Published: 2017

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I stumbled across A Lasting Impression a couple months ago and I loved it! I also read the second Belmont Mansion novel and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really excited about the third book. It managed to fulfill most of my expectations.

I loved reading about Rebekah and Tate’s passion for the music they played and wrote. It was beautiful and I could almost hear violins playing while I was reading it. That alone made this a worthwhile read for me.


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Title: The Lady of Bolton Hill

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Published: 2011

Rating: ✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I really loved Daniel and Clara’s relationship. It is always nice when the characters have known each other for a long time before falling in love. It was enjoyable to read about them bonding over music, that they played and wrote.

Bane’s transformation seemed a bit rushed to me, but he added a lot to the story. I am looking forward to reading more about him.


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Title: Wished

Author: Jen Calonita

Published: 2019

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

This next book in the FTRS series is just as fun and entertaining as the others. I have always loved Gilly and still do. Even though it is definitely an easy read for me it is quite enjoyable.


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Title: Starring Me

Author: Krista McGee

Published: 2012

Rating: ✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

After reading First Date, I was excited to find out there was a book about Kara. I really love Kara and Chad as individuals and together. They are both really fun to read about and get to know. I totally recommend this as a fun summer read.


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Title: The Lieutenant’s Bargain

Author: Regina Jennings

Published: 2018

Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I love Hattie and Jack! For such a common plot, two people who don’t love each other, are forced to get married and end up falling in love, but think that the other doesn’t love them, until the end when they realize they both love each other, it was a fresh and fun story. Totally worth the time spent reading it.


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Title: Through Waters Deep

Author: Sarah Sundin

Published: 2015

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

If you are someone who enjoys christian WW2 romances, then Sarah Sundin’s books are for you. Through Waters Deep started out slow, but toward the middle of the book I couldn’t put it down. The mystery element kept the story interesting. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.


How has your summer been? What have you been reading? Do any of these books sound interesting to you?

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?