Wednesday, November 23, 2011


...I've always heard the phrase, "count your blessings." And.. to be honest, that never really worked for me. It was just kinda like counting sheep.
I've found that I prefer to pick one particular blessing, and really think about how wonderfully fantastic it is, worked into my life for a specific purpose, by the One who loves me most. It really boggles your mind when you think about it. Seriously.

While I'm writing about halfway serious things, this is something I've been thinking about recently: God's plans are.. so not our plans. Like, at all. And that is such a good thing. Cause His plans are.. so amazing. And ours kind of stink, haha.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Anybody want to come nurse me back to health and read poetry to me while I treat you abominably? 
I thought not.
I guess I'll have to nurse myself back to health and read poetry to aloud while treating myself abominably. 

P.S. I've decided that gurgling is pretty much the most hilarious sound ever.
P.P.S. I also found out that you can't gurgle with your mouth shut.
P.P.S.S And that I have a tendency to put *way* to much salt in the water. Heh. 

(It's just a cold.) :D


It is so nice to see that list of people to email/write getting smaller.. what a sense of accomplishment. Of course.. I didn't exactly get a ton of school done today... but we don't talk about that.

A real post coming soon :D Unless I get caught up with packing/plans for THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!! Muahaha.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

[some selfies] :)

Heheh.. I need to learn to use my long lens without cutting my head off all the time. Probably 80% of the selfies I took today were like this, haha.

It was really windy out :) I love KS.

Schola T-Shirts are being proudly worn in KS! (they're super comfy :)

Random.. shot.. Haha.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

[lots of pears]

Grandma's been canning pears for the past couple of weeks. I think she said she's put up ninety quarts? And she's not done yet!! I haven't helped a ton to speak of, just a bit. So this is all her, haha. But these jars and their contents are just beautiful. And yummy, haha.

Shadows :)

Snow.. and actually not even the first of the season. We had one last week that actually covered the ground over night. Huge flakes. But since I was driving home in it, I didn't get any pictures of that one.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I'm pretty sure I got an epic pair of fuzzy warm boots. Maybe I should just say... I got an epic pair of fuzzy warm boots. Cause I did. They will most likely be showing up in a self portrait soon :)
Also? I'm pretty sure I'm way too wound up for almost midnight. Oh dear.


Last sunday. Beautiful day for sitting on the haybales and talking... and taking pictures :)

11.13.11 Today. I thought up a new braid to do on Sami. For the first installment of Shaina's crazy hair ideas, click here.

I think this is my favorite :)

Tones :)

Soo, some random updates: This morning I was putting my makeup on and I wanted the light to go towards me, so I tilted the lampshade away from me, quite a bit. So I was just going lalalala putting it on, and then I smelled something burning, and looked over... and THEN I realized that when I tilted it, the bulb came off of the wire holder and actually went on to the lampshade, and burnt a hole in it! :( Waaaa but I'm kind of laughing at myself because that was really stupid, hahah. So now there's a black spot/tiny hole in my lampshade.. but I turned it towards the wall and you can only see it from...certain angles, haha.

Also, the other day I was in town, and I was wearing my favorite ring. When I got home late at night. it was gone! I was very puzzled because I would never have any reason to take it off, and I remembered wearing it earlier.. didn't remember taking it off. I had no idea how I could have lost it without even taking it off! Well a couple days later I walk into the house and it's sitting on the bannister. I was sooo happy, but still puzzled. I asked Papa John if he had found it, and he said yes, he found it outside right in front of the door.  That night that I lost it, I came in late at night and had a bunch of grocery bags in my hands.. and I figured it must have just slipped off of my finger then and I didn't notice it because I was carrying all those bags. Otherwise I'm pretty sure I would have noticed. And usually it's the right size on me, it's just that in the cold weather my fingers shrivel up and all my rings get loose. (Nathaniel, if you're reading this, I forgot to tell you this exciting story, haha. My apologies ;) 

Also grandma is canning pears like crazy. I've helped a little bit when I'm not busy with school. But yeah.. Not sure why I mentioned that exactly. Oh well :) 


Thursday, November 10, 2011


"My dear sons, do not conclude that after I have left you I shall of ceased to exist. Even while I have been with you, you have not seen my soul; you knew it was in this body because of the actions that I performed. In the future, too my soul will remain invisible to you, but you should still be able to credit its existence just as you have hitherto."
~Cyrus the Elder... I think?  :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011


I drew a robot on myself...
 So yeah. Nothing to report really... Just school, etc :)
I drew LOST on my grapefruit...These all start as random doodlings and I evolve them into something that actually looks like something, haha.

Annd, I took some self portraits today. It felt really good to do that again (:

Ol' half a face (;

Couldn't resist taking some of the fence with all that lovely bokeh in the background :

Saturday, November 5, 2011

[things i love]

-Hugs and kisses from my little siblings every day when I walk into the house.
-When my daddy calls me his 'lovely little grown up girl'.
 -Free music.
-Sunchips :)
-Random "I love you" emails from my best friends.
-The Phantom of the Opera
-Early morning light.
-Stuffed animals
-Fuzzy blankets.

Friday, November 4, 2011

[early morning frost]

Wood to keep us warm : )

Frost on the deck lit by the morning sunlight :)


"She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right hand corner."
~ J. M. Barry
I just started Peter Pan today and I'm absolutely loving it :) 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

[QUOTES] [yuuss]

Sam: "You're a politician!!" *slams door and walks outside*
Shaina: *opens window* "Your MOMMA'S a politician!!"
Sam: "YOUR momma's a politician!!"

Much, much later.. Sam: "You know.. the whole "Your momma" thing doesn't exactly work between siblings...."

Sam, randomly: "Your knees look like Abby Blanks.(a fellow photographer) You have the photographer knees." ?? lol.

Sam, holding onto the slackline to keep it tight: "WHAT are you doing??"
Me: "I'm... fixing this towel. I must be OCD."
Sam: "YEAH!!! I'm trying to do this here!"

(I was drawing stick figures of various members of our family for Levi; this time it was Dad.)
Levi: "Draw muscles!!"
Shaina: "Ok..." *scribbles some muscles on."
Sam: "They look more like hives."
Shaina: *dies laughing*

Samantha walked into the room where the fire was burning and said, "That smire fells good." Hahahaha..

I was sweeping this morning and Joe was in my way, talking to John. In a deep authoritative voice I said, "I'm gonna need you to step aside, sir." and he moved without even noticing his silly sister hahaha. 

And now that I'm living with Papa John, I have a whole bunch of his, haha :)

Papa John got back fairly late from town one night and aunt Cindy had left some chocolate cupcakes for him. He came out of the kitchen saying, "two is enough." I said, "Won't the caffeine in the chocolate keep you up?" "probably." me: "well, you're only young once, right?" papa John: *laughs* "yeah, but you're old FOREVER!"

"Where's David?" me: "I think he's taking a nap." "Taking a nap, huh? Probably... I should go wake the Toad up."

Talking to Zip (the rat terrier) in the next room: "When you die, we're gonna have you stuffed so we can see you after you're dead.. she says, "I'm not gonna die anytime soon!" ...we could have her cloned.. I think it only costs several hundred thousand dollars..."

Maybe some pictures coming someday... maybe :)