snow everywhere // apple pie

November 25, 2015
First off ------- HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the Sarah-look. ;) ;)
I woke up to a bunch of giggly siblings at about 7 am. It had SNOWED. The first snow of the year and they couldn't wait to play! I just rolled over and put the pillow over my head. xD My whole family was going on and on about how pretty it was, and to be was pretty. But, don't tell them I said that. ;) The snow did make everything seem a bit more homey and warm inside. Like, all I wanted to do was snuggle up and read a book. :D Ohh..and speaking of snuggling up... I FORGOT to take before pictures of my bedroom. :P I just got into the mood and suddenly I was moving stuff, throwing things out from under my bed (heheeee), and rearranging my precious books (which all have a cool story..hmm..blogpost idea!! ;). Of course, I realized after I finished, that I hadn't taken any before photos.. I slapped my forehead for you all. ;) soooooorrrrrrryyyyy.. lol!! 

 I'm also looking for some new hairstyle ideas. I LOVE having my hair shorter, but somehow, I feel like I don't really know what to do with it! :P Its a little past my shoulders, just to give you an idea. ;) One thing that I do like is french braiding it in the night, then waking up to a quirky curl deal. Its kinda spunky, so that's fun! A friend of mine told me about the headband no-heat curls.. have you tried those? I did, and I woke up with a frizz ball. THANK YOU hair straightener! lol 

 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! Can't believe it.. is it just me, or has getting older put a damper on the whole holiday thing? When I was younger it used to hold such magic! But, now, I forget that it is even coming. There is no count down, no excitement, and certainly no magic. I am very blessed to have all my little siblings, though. I guess they hold part of the energy that I have lost. I get to see the twinkle in their eye that I used to have, and sometimes, a small tinkle shines in my eyes again! I do love baking though, so I do a lot of that for the holidays. :D 

Curls or straight? 
Thoughts on SNOW??..

not so easy // coded messages

November 17, 2015

I never really realized how hard playing the piano was. I kinda looked at it and said "oh gee, I can do that!"... oh, yeah right Julia! lol! I'm serious, it takes a long while to get your brain and hands to coordinate. Annnnndddddd, with being such an impatient person, I find it hard to focus and stay seated when I'd rather walk away screaming. ;) When I was about 7, my mom started me and my older sister on piano lessons. Of course, at first, I loved it! But, then the actual practicing and hard work came and I wasn't so in love anymore. :P I really regret the choice of walking away then. I must say, having all my friends who play amazingly, sure does make me try harder. ;)

 If you're like me, you just don't like the dentist at all. Like I said in my last post, I have some cavities. :P Well, I had to go yesterday to get them filled. I haven't been there in a while, so they had some sort of fancy new laser treatment they were going to use. I was like "uhhh..this is odd to me." lol! But, it wasn't that bad! I was surprised that there was like no pain, well, that was the case for a while. Then it started hurting and he had to do a numbing shot. :P You probably know that those aren't fun either. haha! My dentist is so funny though! He's like "almost done.... just think about Justin Bieber...". I'm like *gag*. xD I mean, come on??? "What you don't have Bieber Fever??". SERIOUSLY?! ;) "uhhhhhh uh." I mean, what else could I say, there WAS a needle in my mouth. lol

 I just finished reading a book about a 16 yr girl during World War II, who lived in France.  She became a spy, carrying coded messages, to help the Resistance. I know this is fictional, but I also know that there really were young girls who were spies! What really stuck me as interesting was that she went to Paris once. Now, I'm not going to get into the political view about everything that's happening there now.. but I am going to get into the spiritual one. We seriously need to pray. Prayer can change things.  Prayer is SO STRONG!! <3 

What motivates you??
                What is your dentist like??

wisdom teeth // magical red umbrella

November 9, 2015
(store's version)
(My remake!)

Have you ever just seen something and gone " I HAVE TO HAVE THAT."?? Of course you have. ;) But, the price tag usually doesn't agree with the money you have. I know that is often the case for me. I just totally fell in love with the magical look of the red umbrella on a rainy day, so I took a picture to show my sisters. They all agreed that it was SO cute, but $40 was outrageous! Bree told me we could remake it, but honestly, I didn't think it was possible. For one, I didn't even have a red umbrella! Goodwill came to the rescue and supplied me with one. ;) God gave me a magical rainy day, and Bree took the photo. Now all I have to do is print it out on one of those fancy canvas frames, and BAM! My own, personal, rainy-day-with-a red-umbrella piece of art. ;)

 I shared a bedroom with Bree for a couple years, and in the spring she moved down to our finished basement cause her business was taking up so much space. ;) It was so different having my own room at first! I didn't really even have my own style because half of mine was half of hers. lol! Since then, I have gotten my own bedding, brought in some of my own interests, and put my mark on the bedroom. Now with Christmas coming up (OH MY GOODNESS, what did I just say?!) I'm starting to get in the mood of changing it up.. moving my bed, adding Christmas lights, rearranging the books, and wintering it up with coziness. I'm planning on doing BEFORE and AFTER photos. ;)

I just went to the dentist and found out that I don't have any wisdom teeth on the bottom, and the ones on the top probably won't be an issue at all! I still can't believe it!!! But.....................................I, uh, found out I have some cavities to deal with. That REALLY stinks because I've been cavity free for the past 5 or 6 years. Uhg, SO MAD. lol
Have you ever tried to copycat something?
Christmas?? What are your thoughts?

brownie batter // sadness

November 5, 2015
I know what you're all thinking.. "how can brownie batter and sadness be in the SAME post??!", but it's possible. Truly, it is. Because that's life. Brownie batter are the simply amazing days.. while sadness is just that - sad. Today we celebrated my youngest sister's birthday. She was just SO SO SO cute!! We went to our favorite orchard to goof off and spend time as a family; donuts and apple cider were also a part of the deal. ;) Brownie batter day.

A few days ago we found out our dear, elderly friend died... He was the grumpy old man who lived down the street with a soft soul. He always wore his trademark jeans and button up shirt with suspenders. The fact that he was in his late 80's didn't stop him from working a full day...from keeping bees, owning a blueberry patch, and doing more things then I even know. His unbelievable love for his wife is amazing.. when she was sick he cared for her, when he was sick, he didn't want to tell a soul. It was his way. I won't forget the blueberry man who loved my blueberry muffins, who told me my applesauce was amazing, and would listen to my sisters and I sing while we picked our berries. He's just the kind of guy who will always be. Sadness

 I guess brownie batter and sadness are a part of life..but brownie batter wouldn't taste as good if it wasn't for the trials you go through. I don't want to leave you on such a sad note, so let me tell you something else. :) I cut my hair. Yes - again. But, this time I asked my mom to cut it much shorter, just a bit below my shoulders. It's soooooo cute; at least I think so. ;) Maybe I'll post a picture later!

What do you think of brownie batter and sadness?
When was the last time you cut your hair?