january vanished // A LOT OF WEIRDNESS + gifs and yes im laughing k


EPIC :
getting spotify premium *grins*

my blog stats of 2016 like EEEP

(no internet game) Sarah being like "LOOK I BEAT YOU" so I took the computer and made the high score 5257 guys. that's hitting darkness like 6 times.



grandpa bringing pizza and ice cream over like *squeals*

my new adidas pants. I firmly believe the world would be a happier place if everyone wore these

driving my dad around after his eye doctor appointment and getting to run into the coffee shop to see Ragen plus COCOA

ROGUE ONE OMW SO MUCH SADNESS AND PAIN



my dad eating my homemade chicken and wild rice soup at work and him getting compliments on how good it looks and smells *grins* 

MY HAIR CUT

having a bake off with Micaiah

Getting a new iPhone - her name is Gwen lol


SILLINESS:

finding out you can print your blog out into a book!!!!....and that it would cost $207.15 for soft cover *chokes* make it $222.15 for hard cover *dies*


messing up my monthly planner..again..that makes it 13 months in a row *coughcough*

how often I mess up my own siblings names *laughs*


that I bought a greenish teal watch and all my little sibs are like "JULIA THAT COLOR AGAIN!?!" then go in my room and point out everything in the similar color

rushing outside at 15 degrees to get the ice cream out of the freezer...barefoot

taking a walk with Bree on the dirt road while raining and it's freezing and the dirt road is an ice rink - legit.

when suddenly your dad is in the kitchen and he goes "CHICKPEA" 
....???

This 


CUTEISH :

dancing in the kitchen to A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes with my little sis and then banging on plastic tubs to Good Old Times

"mom...is this computerized?" 7yr bro while watching Pete's Dragon

"I didn't see you much today." - sis
"I know..I had a lot of school today"
"eek!! really? no eating?" - sis
"*laughs* no I did eat." - me
"phew!" - little sis

when you little sister tries to sneak the kitty into her bedroom at night


*me taking a selfie*
"uhm..what were you doing Julia?" 7yr bro

being sick and you ask your little sister for your pillow and she gets your stuffed wolf too and then tucks you in *melts*

"MMMM HAMBURGERS wait they aren't made out of ham... *then proceeds to tell me how the sunset is an allusion*" 11yr bro


when you're replying to blog comments + listening to music and your little sis comes up and turns down her game to listen and sing with you

"well THAT was a cute book" - little sis


LIFE WITH SARE :

*looking for library dvds* "there are two missing in action. that's it. they're dead." - sare

talking to Sarah and she suddenly grabs her hair and twirls it and then stuffs it in her face and you're like "why even"

sitting at my desk with my spotlight desk lamp and she goes "TELL ME YOUR SECRETS - DID YOU POSION THE MONKEYS!?"
me : "........"

Sarah looks at my pencil and goes "that looks like a toostie roll. I want a toostie roll."

when she is sitting on the bed and just randomly falls off


having to teach Sarah how to arm wrestle

when she's telling you about a book she read and suddenly flails her arms around am like "AND THEY ALL DIED - except the mom WHO THEN DIED IN THE HOSPITAL"

actually teaching Sarah how to do something technical *grins*

She thinks I'm cooking in my room



when she's on the phone with friend in the other room and I suddenly hear " BUT IT FEELS LIKE SANDPAPER"
uhmmmmm?

legit. she opened a soda and it sprayed everywhere LOLS

BLOGGING WORLD STUFFS:
GRACE ANNE reminded me that i stink at writing letters 
CLARA  made me jealous of her desk + plotting skills
LIZ slayed me bc gahhhh i complain too much too
ABI is blogging a lot more again!!!
LAKAYSHA  made me laugh - the poor gal
NAOMI did it again yup she's blogging goals
AUTUMN reminded me that goooshh life is short

AWKWARD :

Bree being like *waves* and wacks me in the face

going to the gas station with my dad and he gets out to clean the windshield, but can't - cuz the cleaner is frozen. basically -7 is cold.

when you're at dollar store and the total is $9.72 and you give $6 and pay the rest with your card and the lady uses a calculator to see how much you have to pay....


algebra. enough said

when you're talking on the phone with your bestie and your mom starts dialing on the other phone like MOOOMM

getting texts from someone's old number 

Sneezing 4x in a row super hard and you're just like that's it I'm dead


Getting an email from an unknown guy with the title "interested in a call?" #FREAKINGOUT then realizing it's from a college hahahahhaaaaha blah


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well geesh another month has fled by and you know I'm actually okay with that. like legit what's gonna happen in February?!? IDK! but guessss whhhattt I had a goal of reaching 145 followers by the end of this month and YAYAYAYAY IT HAPPENED EEPP. Reaching for 150 now xD

and guys go to Sare's blogpost bc somehow she made January seem funnier than I did?? 

favorite part of Jan for you?
what made you laugh so hard from this post??

WE SMUGGLED ICE CREAM INTO THE MOVIES // also rogue one im dead


You know - a movie theater is one of the coolest of places ever. Like you get to sit on this seat, watching a BRAND new movie on this huuuggggeee screen and the volume is mega and you basically just sit there like


but wait wait wait. who wants to just sit there and chomp on some super loud popcorn making it IMPOSSIBLE to hear a single word spoken on the screen. Nope



you know what really you need?

ICE CREAM. *giggles at everyone's stares* *nods* yes guys, we did smuggle a quart of ice cream past the theater police. ikr??!? there were totally not plastic cups and spoons hidden in my bag along with those crunchy chocolate chunks and eeepp it was cookie dough ice cream just so you know

(also SARE WAS TOTALLY AGAINST THIS IDEA LIKE WHY?!?! hahahahah and she was the one who carried it in mwahahaaaha)

We had this all neatly planned out. We would sit in the far back, away from people..bc..you know - and when the previews were playing, I shoveled the ice cream into our cups. *falls on floor laughing* GUYS I DIDNT REALIZE HOW MUCH A QUART OF ICE CREAM HELD and this movie is like 2 hours long soooo you can't just...leave it.

"I CANT EAT ALL THIS" -sare
"shhhh i know..hahha, but we kinda have to?" - me
"srsly" -sare

(me + my sisters always)

The spoons were supposed to be extra strength?? I broke one. it was like *SNAP* and I clutched my hand bc it was covered in freezing ice cream and hopefully not blood

last time I went to a theater, I gashed my elbow open...soooo #dontask

but heellllp me ROGUE ONE LEGIT KILLED ME. I watched it like...two weeks ago? and basically IM STILL DEAD. dead. d.e.a.d. *runs around sobbing* 

so next time you go to the theater, remember -- only smuggle a quart of ice cream in the movies if you fall under these two rules.

  • you're brave enough
  • and can actually eat it all 

Otherwise, chomp away on your popcorn. Don't worry, we understand.

(also i apologize if im super weird or funky or whatever - i've got the flu/cold bug *dies from lack of air to brain*)

also also this is my 240th post *gasps*

would you smuggle ice cream in??
thoughts on Rogue One (only similar to how i feel plz)



{DIY} MY BULLET JOURNAL // gel pens + laptop + spotify = happiness

basically I asked on my instagram if you guys would like to see how I bullet journal and uhmmmmmm A LOT OF YOU SAID YES AND GAHHH THANK YOU *feels really special rn*  this all started for me bc Sarah was doing bullet journaling and also KATIE GRACE DOES IT SO OBV ITS COOL and so i was like "okay I'll give it a try"

 Sarah's first suggestion was DONT GET ON PINTEREST - but I did it and died but to save you, here is my pinterest board with some of my most faves. If you're brave, you may go off yourself *coughcough* wouldn't recommend it.......

then I ordered THIS notebook with THESE  gel pens off of Amazon. The spinal bound notebook was like YES OKAY IM BUYING THIS LIKE RIGGHHHTT NOW. cuz I need my bullet journal in sight, open and on my desk.  Otherwise, I promise you, I'll never use it!!

When it came to actually writing in the book, I WAS SCARED K. To calm myself down, I grabbed my laptop - at first I was thinking "oh I'll just listen to music and give this a try" but then I opened the pinterest pins I liked and basically sat there copying and EEP before I knew it MY BULLET JOURNAL WAS COMING TOGETHER.

you need

  • music + headphones
  • notebook and pens
  • RULER
  • good black pen that doesn't bleed 
  • and like some time (HA I KNOW RIGHT)

and even tho I thought this thing was going to be so stressful NOPE. not even close. I LOOVEE sitting there are doing this artistic thing each weekend. 

So, what I'm doing right now (bullet journaling is AWESOME LIKE THAT you can change it up whenever you want) is a monthly calendar with goals and a dotted fill in the blank what I've completed each day. (pic 5)

Then I make up a weekly planner each week (pics 3-4). That's where I'm allowed to be the most free in whatever I like. I have a sleeptracker, DIY projects I want to do, blogpost ideas, what's going on each day, appointments, birthdays, movies/books each week, the weather and also IF I EXERCISED. hahaha

 and I promise you the only way I'm getting it to look this nice ARE BC OF THE DOTS. It's all counting and dividing, ending up with rather straight and clean lines. obv my journal isn't perfect. but eeeeeeeeep I LOVE IT SO MUCH. also all the colors from the pens are legit awesomeness.

GUYS I ALSO JUST FINISHED SARE'S BOOK - im dead thats all k 

any questions??
do you bullet journal too?

 



gahhhh homemade apple pie // also WAITING ON GOD (Jer 42-43)

basically I really love apple pie and then I've always wanted to make a legit butter crust, so I did. *laughs* AND GUYYYYYYSSS *flails* THE CRUST WAS YES YES YES. *gives you piece of the pie and walks away to start talking about waiting on God* 

ready? Yes. Ready.

I'm back in Jeremiah again in my Bible study - just reading along about the how the Jewish people were being captured by the Babylonian's. They had been warned, and did not heed. like..of course. blah. They then asked Jeremiah to go between them and God to ask Him if they should try to flee to Egypt.

they promised that they would do ask the Lord willed. Jeremiah then went and prayed, asking God for guidance.

I had been reading a lot of stuff like this for a while now (like I am 42 chapters in Jeremiah, right? lol) and then it goes "and it happened, after ten days that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah." (verse 42:7)

*blink* *blink*

waiiiiiiittttttttttttttt 10 DAYS? *nods* 

can you just imagine the people of Israel waiting and waiting and waiting. like legit, this is a scary time. PEOPLE ARE COMING TO TAKE YOU CAPTIVE OR KILL YOU EVEN. maybe...hurry God???

but no. God has His own set of time. and even tho I think that is one of the toughest things for people to accept, it's the truth. You gotta wait on God, bc if you don't, you're doing what you want.  and. uhm. I wouldn't recommend that.

also, He said that they were to not go. *coughcough* THEY WENT ANYWAYS and forced Jeremiah to go with them. like bllllahhh

and can you guess the outcome? They were punished in Egypt. That's what happens when you directly go against God....

ON A HAPPIER NOTE: i'm reading sarah's book and GUYS IMMA DYING CUZ TRREEEYYYYYYYYY *flails* 

soooo are you waiting on God?
apple pie or cherry pie??




{DIYish} LEGIT GOT A NEW HAIRCUT // im flailing so hard rn

I've kinda been looking in the mirror like ; "uhg my hair is getting too long again." I started twisting it into my continuous bun and braids to get it out of the way and was like NO MORE. then I remembered the $25 that my haircut cost last time and was like *coughcough* nope

 Then Bree was like "oh I could cut your hair for you!!" *squeals* 

I knew I wanted it shorter, so I looked up online the style ideas and totally fell in love with the lob *laughs at the completely weird name* then ordered the $4 scissor comb that I remembered the lady at the hair salon used to thin my hair and give it layers. like OMW $4?! so yes. 

 It came in the mail and I kinda nervously laughed at the thought of doing it, shoved it away, then woke up with a weird courageousness and asked Bree to do it.

 GUYS IM SO IN LOVE WITH MY HAIR RIGHT NOW LIKE *SQUEALS AND TOSSES EVERYTHING NEAR ME THEN TWIRLS AND DIES OF HAPPINESS* 




*sighs* basically I really like how it turned out hehee

my parents were out while Bree and I were working on my hair with Sare's help of showing me pics of how it was looking. My mom came inside like;

"LET ME SEE! awwwwwwwwwwwww"

my dad:  "huh, I didn't know you were planning on doing that."

Yup, that's my parents right there. lol!!! I have this continuous question tho. what does "that's so Julia" mean? PLZ SOMEONE ENLIGHTEN ME. 

also my grandpa brought over moosetracks ice cream so excuse me while I rush off to go stuff my face with it. that's what you're supposed to do after you cut your hair...right?? *shrugs and does it anyways* 


whatcha think??
what does your hair look like?




master bedroom redo // SO MANY MISTAKES WHILE DOING THIS THING

plz ignore how embarrassingly awkward i look (BUT WOW I WAS SO TAN)
ohhhhhhhkkayyyyy. so this is legit like A REALLY REALLY DELAYED POST. but you see, I kept on putting it off for other project posts that I wanted to share, and finally I was like JULIA YOU ARE SO PROUD OF THIS ONE POST IT ALREADY. 

so here I am. *giggles*

In June of 2016, I took on the largest task that I had ever done in my parents master bedroom. The ceiling had water leakage stains (plus it was that fabric-y ceiling), the carpet HAD TO GO, the walls had these funnily patched up places, the green color was horrid. And, since my mom's birthday was coming up, I was like "okay this is your gift."

I had a lot of troubles with this project, starting with the ceiling. I painted over each and every square with a paint brush at first, because of the grooves, then rolled over it. After a solid 4 coats on the water stained areas YOU COULD STILL SEE THE BROWN. I was soooo frustrated, but was thrilled to find a spray paint that would solve it. (WARNING: it stinks really bad + spray evenly or you'll get bubbles)

 Then, I made the HUUUUUUUGGGGE mistake of getting trim and wall paint in the same brand of paint. hahahahahahahahahaaha. guys the cans looked the same *moans* After two of the large walls, I realized I had been painting the walls white and not the mega soft cream. #iwantedtocry (also poor sare, she was in the room when i found this out *cringes*)

 During this time, I would not let my mom see the room. I wanted a complete surprise reaction, which I still think was the best part. OMW THO the guy with the staple gun for the carpet was staple gun crazy. #plzcalmdown

 In the end, my mom saw the room and let me tell you, all those exhausting moments were worth it. Plus, we went to hobby lobby for the decorations hehehe AND I MADE MY PARENTS A PALLET BED FRAME *grins* 

also. I only had 4ish days to do all this plus i was off sugar. 

tho....sometimes I walk in the room and shudder from memories *nervously laughs*

how do you like it??
any big mistakes when doing a project?

I FAILED THE 2016 BOOK CHALLENGE // try try again


I failed. Even though I read 74 books in 2016, I still somehow managed to not read something to fit in each category. Honestly, looking down at what I have listed... I FEEL LIKE I READ BORING BOOKS. I need way more variety in my book diet. wait. not diet, but whatever. YOU UNDERSTAND. 

1. A book over 400 pages long. Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger (eh it was not my fave)
2. A book set in a place you want to visit.
3. A book with royalty in it, real or fantasy. The White Dove - Christoph Van Schmid (*blinks*)
4. A book that is under 150 pages long. Surviving the Angel of Death - Eva Mozes Kor (this book *shudders* so sad)
5. A book that intimidates you.  Fitzwilliam Darcy (1st book in series) - Pamela Aiden (uhm. cool, but Mr. Darcy is very wordy)
6. A nonfictional book.Hope In Front of Me - Danny Gokey (also sad but sweet)
7. A book set in your favorite time period. They called her Mrs. Doc - Janette Oke (GUYS THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY ITS MY FAVE SO CUTE)
8. A book that has a main character that is your opposite gender. The Giver - Lois Lowry (almost as cool as the movie)
9. A true story. 
10. A fictional book about a historical event. So Little Time - Al Lacy (neat view on Lincoln's shooting..)
11. A book written by a New York Times bestselling author
12. A book your friend recommends (and loved). Wonderland Creek - Lynn Austin (interesting and slightly cliche at times? hahaa)
13. A book that you read with/to a sibling or friend.  Everest - Bill Boyle (EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW SO COOL)
14. A book set in a country outside of America.
15. The first book in a series. Love Comes Softly - Janette Oke (basically a classic)
16. A mystery. Footprints under the Window - Franklin W. Dixon (*coughcough* yeah no)
17. A book (going to be) published this year, 2016.
18. A book you own but have never read. The Calling of Emily Evans - Janette Oke (ooh liked this one too)
19. A book you started and never finished.
20. A book you’ve already read once. 
21. A book with a beautiful cover.  Girl in Blue - Ann Rinaldi (loved the perspective!)
22. A book that was made into a movie.   Death Comes to Pemberly - P.D. James (eeep yesss)
23. A book written at least 100 years ago.  
24. A book about/set in the outdoors.  Messenger - Lois Lowry (uhm. not my favorite out of all the books)



 The thing is, I probably could have actually accomplished this book challenge. 




except for one thing... I was getting super stressed out. *cringes* IM A SUPER COMPETITIVE PERSON. even with myself, legit. I couldn't stand the thought of not finishing. so I basically was reading like a zombie and not even enjoying the books I was reading. 

 like that Hardy Boys mystery? plz. don't ask me what it was about. 

So, I gave up, and read what I wanted to read instead. and srsly I READ LIKE 11 BOOKS IN DECEMBER (4 of which I used for the book challenge). Giving up was actually the best decision for myself. And...*nods* Sare is going to tell me she told me so, cuz she did.


also i know lets all sob 

BUT GUYS IM NOT TOTALLY GIVING UP. bc I'm doing the book challenge again in 2017. My friend, Micaiah, amazingly throws this thing together. We've got a huge group of us doing it if you want to join!! This year is going to be easier too. Only 17 categories (hehehe for 2017 - get it? lol)

Honestly, I'm ready for some new stuff to be read this year. Shoot me your top 3 favorite books PLLLZZZZZZ and I'm serious - wild books count. I'm ready for this (though I don't want *coughcough* bad books lol ya know) 

Do you wanna join the book challenge?
top 3 favorite books??

{PHOTOSHOOT} cuz she's a gorgeous gal // BEST FRIEND ALERT

4.28.16

I met Ragen at the coffee shop in town. She was doing a singing concert to raise funds for a mission trip she was going on - Bree dragged me along because I was having this majorly introverted time. #istpproblems 

 We chatted, goofed off a little, and I kinda left the place like "well bye" cuz I didn't think I would see her again. Then, Bree and I went to another concert and she was there - and this time, we couldn't stop talking. I just felt this deep connection and was like "that's it. I need to talk more with this girl!!" 

(and can i say right now that deep connection was Jesus? yup. thank you)

  Now, honestly, I can't imagine not knowing Ragen.  She's got the spunkiest, sweetest, outlook on life. You can ask Ragen a question and she'll think on it, giving you the answer you never even thought of. Plus, she's an amazing listener. 

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Also look at her sense of humor ^^ i mean YES GOALS

12.31.16

And now, we've played foosball so a deeper part our relationship has opened up (like *coughcough* we are competitive). Also, raced up the stairs and she beat me. bllahhhh We've read poetry and giggle over random stuff, ate banana bread in her kitchen, and sang songs.

to sum it up, Ragen is a gem.

AND GUYS WAHT ITS 2017?!?!?! I'm so ready for this. bring it on. *grins* 

tell me about your friend
goofy story of you two??

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