look! look! the blog looks different eeeppp // ALSO SENIOR YEAR BUCKET LIST + ITS A BAKE OFF DAY

Okay, so long story short, I've had this spring cleaning desire for my blog and last night Sarah helped me change my same blog design up a bit! Now, if you need to find previous posts, my instagram feed, follower button, etc, it'll be at the way bottom of the blog. We were able to get rid of the entire sidebar, centering my post area and EEP I just really love how it feels!! We also widened everything which means I get to talk a lot more in each post *smirks*

Not so long ago, Sophia from THE TEENTREPRENEUR messaged a group of us senior gals prompting us to remember something mega important. That being a senior doesn't have to overtake your life. The same goes for any level of high school, or even college -- it doesn't have to be everything. 

The fact is, these are the early years of our lives. You can't go back, so you've got to learn how to balance the things you NEED to do with the things you WANT to do and then of course, there are some things you just HAVE to do. (i.e clean that room, wash those dishes, put those clothes away)

So you guys, this is my Senior Bucket list. I'm going to list them here and sometime after I graduate, hopefully I can come back with a huge grin and some check marks. *crosses fingers* 

  • get my poetry book available for purchase
  • at least 3 big DIY projects 
  • finish my next novel (am dying but guys i really wanna do this) 
  • trryyyyy to play one new piano song (like the UP married song *starts to sob*)
  • get my garden started 
  • buy a bike
  • go on a graduation trip (adding this so i know for sure i will get at least one check hahaa)
  • spend major time outside with my siblings + friends 
  • sew a dress

You see, these are things that I would really like to do, added on top of my graduating - which is like really scary. But the thing is, if I limit myself, that will be admitting defeat...like why even try if that's the case? Sometimes the harder the goal to reach, the harder I'll push for it. 

also also also - you guys have probably heard of the bake offs that I usually do with a group of friends? Well, Micaiah and I often do them. Like, for awhile there we were doing one every weekend. Then, we both got super busy. *laughs cuz we were just talking about that* 

Today, at like 1:00 p.m EST we decided to make these gorgeous things.  I'm actually a bit nervous bc I legit have never been able to make a soft pretzel in my life. They're always uhm..dough balls or doughy rocks. *nervously laughs* BUT I'm gonna try bc she persuaded me and also Sarah say's that a true bake off is only a true bake off if we both have never made the thing before

which I guess she is right............ but she always is 

actual footage of how i feel sometimes (jk...ish)

sooo if any of you join us that would be like really fun. Just comment below if you want to join! You can even do a blogpost with photos if you like. Baking can be a blast and hey, like I was saying above, let's live life in the moment! As Ms. Frizzle would say "take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!" 

*nods* yes, I still watch magic school bus. #lovethatshow btw did you hear that they are going to possibly be making more episodes with a lot of the same voices actors? yup, there's your random thing for the day

also guys. try to not get salt into your laptop keyboard like uhhhgg.



 I'm here to tell you something very important *puts on announcer voice* YOU CAN MAKE COOKIES ON YOUR WOOD STOVE. i repeat YOU CAN MAKE COOKIES ON YOUR WOOD STOVE. 

*nods* I am very serious here. I MEAN LOOK at the photos would you? This is photo proof of something REALLY REALLY nifty. and dude, I'm like so proud of the fact that my cookies even turned out because there are two things I struggle with.

Pancakes (which my last ones actually turned out???)

and cookies.

they just don't work for me!! idk why, they just are always too runny, thick, unbearably crunchy, or just everyone is like "uhm. yum?" *pouts*

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so the power was out like almost two weeks ago or whatever and I was like "I want a cookie". Sarah bravely suggested that it might work on the wood stove which basically is the go ahead for me. I made the dough cuz I figured if the first pan didn't turn out we would just eat the dough. like hahahaaa no loss here right?

And LET ME TELL YOU this was an adventure. Kinda like my egg that I cooked on the sidewalk last summer?? Hahaa yeah that was interesting.... ANYWAYS first of all, standing that close to a like 400 degree stove woooooooahhh ITS HOT. secondly, make the foil that you put on top to keep the hot air from escaping more like a bubble and less like a sheet on top... *dies* that's what I did at first, please don't ask me why. 

let's just say those didn't turn out. *nervously laughs* 

The second try? THEY ACTUALLY DID. ^^ as seen in photos, they look yummy and they actually tasted yummy. everyone was so surprised -- but I don't think anyone was more surprised than me *laughs at the crazy things i do*

just another fun adventure of me and my randomness.

"these were made on the wood stove?! they taste..normal!" - my mom
"i knnnoowww" - me

also thanks to Sare for helping me take some of these photos, for lending me her camera and for test eating the cookie. you're brave

also GUYS CAMP NANO IS COMING UP IN LIKE 11 DAYS OR SOMETHING and i just decided upon my word count. 50k. 50,000 words. hahaha nah, don't worry about me, I'm totally sane. 


would you try the cookies on a wood stove?
are you doing camp nano??

i was gonna work at a camp this summer but..... // LEARNING HOW TO ACCEPT CHANGE WITH A SMILE

okay so summer plans. Everyone is making them right? I was too, except I was trying be a grown up about them...to not get my hopes up to high and to remember to not set them in stone before a definite answer was given.

You see, I put in an application to work at a Christian camp that I really, really love. I had to fill out a ton of paperwork, get references, find out dates, etc. It was a learning curve for me. A few days after my email went through, I got a super positive response! An interview would be happening sometime in March. Like, talk about scary and exciting.

I was encouraged to contact previous volunteers who did the same thing I was interested in - so with the help of my friend *waves to shelby*, I was able to do that. basically that was the best bc wow I got really pumped up to work with these peeps!

Just the other day, I got a phone call. I'm not going to the camp. Basically, they had an overflowing amount of young adults willing to stay the entire summer and since I wasn't able to commit to that, they decided to only have to train their volunteers once. (which makes total sense) 

but like.. wow, talk about disappointing. I had been planning a lot of things for camp, even though I tried hard to not to. I thought about chapel meetings, how much I would miss blogging and my family, the experiences and hard stuff I would go through.

but you know what? I was also relieved. There were a lot of reasons I wasn't looking forward to being gone for so long. Truthfully, I'm introverted and that alone scared me.  *sees all the sympathetic looks out there* 

so now I'm left on this verge of mixed emotions and the realization that I'm not going to work at the camp and I'm beginning to see how exciting that is in a way. I'm graduating in early May + planning a trip (shhhhh nobody is supposed to know yet) which is leaving me with an "empty" summer.

It won't be empty though. I will have so many opportunities - things I can do. I can just as easily serve my family and friends as I could the kids up at camp. I can garden here, be a lifeguard at our own pool, enjoy my last true summer reading, not miss out on so many amazing people's birthday's and graduations also JULY CAMP NANO HERE I COME.

I can just be. and geesh guys - I'm so excited for that.

also I finally cleaned out my inbox uhm *cough* it was bad. Also, I apologize if you're one of the effected people by the blizzard that hit the east coast... like i pray you've got a lot of books :P

oh and wear green today or else you'll get pinched ;) just warning you *pinches you anyways* 

p.s. this post makes me think of my own poem I wrote a few months back if you wanna read it

what are you doing this summer?
when was the last time you just...lived?? 

UHM GUYS I JUST PRINTED MY POEMS INTO A BOOK AND IM DYING // help its so pretty and wow its mine k

I don't even know what to say at this moment. the surprise is here - FINALLY. like *is squealing so much right now*  it's my poems. in book form. published. and mine. ACK

BUT REALLY GUYS LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the best part? This is my test book...like..aka this means I'm working on opening it available to purchase to my closest friends + all you amazing blog readers YES I MEAN IT.

*is still hyperventilating* okay - here, let me give you the back story on this beautiful thing. I decided I wanted to print all my poems into a book bc GEESH HOW COOL RIGHT. So, with the amazing help of Sare, we formatted all my poems from Twilight to Dawn into a manuscript and kinda just left it for like a month? We ran out of time to work on the cover...

then one night we literally just started to do it and had ordered it in like 3 hours flat. LEGIT. I was dyyyiiinngg bc wow so exciting. Bree and Sarah designed the cover AREN'T THEY MAJESTIC HUMAN BEINGS?! you can't have them, nope - they're mine. 

The book is 152 pages -- that's like a lot of my poems *squeals again* All the photos are inside - just like on my blog. PLUS my "to dance" short story is in the way back and omw ITS SO CUUUUTE.

also *smirks* there are like a few poems you guys have never seen before hidden in the book xD

basically I adore it. and last night I dropped it and picked it up and hugged it cuz wow how could I do that? #sorryprettybook

also we went to goodwill today and omw i found some adorable stuff plus the power is back annnndddd we are supposed to get like 5 inches of snow or something waht. 

oh and you guys? I love all of you amazing people.... I read through and replied to each and every single comment you all left on "why you follow my blog". *sobs* let me just tell you, I'll try to keep it up... you guys are THE BEST K. just remember that on this Monday morning *waves to go catch some sleep cuz wow it wasn't nice to steal that from me yesterday mr. clock*


p.s much love and ice cream and chocolate for my sisters. they did so much for me + sarah took these photos like wow (also this post is scheduled the evening before jsyk)
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