Thursday, 8 March 2018

A Bit of Randomness

Realized I haven't done a randomness post in a really long time. But! Just cause I haven't posted doesn't mean there hasn't been any randomness. Because believe me - randomness is a part of my life. I just ain't me without it xD 

- So! This is what happens when your sister, who has very fat thumbs and does not text well, sends me the address of the house from which to pick her up from babysitting:

- Ooh yes...and our family went on a cruise. VERY interesting experience. Interesting as in thousands of people, Mexican boyfriends, seasickness, beautiful water, all-day food, so much food, too much food, WAY too much food xD

Ok so just saying...I kinda like this boat better...I guess I just like smaller things? xD
Pool side soft serve ice cream...soooooo good!

Honestly, I think my favourite part of the cruise was stopping by Costa Maya. So basically, we flew to Florida then traveled by ship to Mexico where we stopped at Costa Maya and Cozumel. Costa Maya was more village like and so friendly. Very friendly. Too friendly. *points above to aforementioned Mexican boyfriend shindig*

But just the same, it was a very beautiful place and the water ๐Ÿ˜
Look. At. That. Blue!!
Ooh yes and the man who cleaned our rooms was SO nice! He left us these adorable towel animals each night on our bed. 
I accidentally knocked the poor elephant's head off the first night :P

- Random photo of the Child. Yes she's sleeping. And yes I took advantage of her and used FB filters on her xD

- Tiger Lily is somehow (don't ask me how) working through Precalculus (she's got brains, I tell ya. I was already half dead after Algebra II). But she got stuck on a question and I tried to help her. Using sticky notes. AND WE GOT IT *does the happy dance*

- Don't you just love it when the clock says 1, 2, 3, 4??

- I turned 18. Oh yeah and I graduated. Hurrazie! Moving on...

My grandparents took Tiger Lily and I out for my birthday...sweet potato fries are amaaaaaazing

- *happy sigh* I just LOVE my sistahs! "Kidnapped" my bestie for her birthday and we went out to a lovely cafe and had lunch with mocha lattes and these...desserts. I think they're eclairs and cream puffs? And we talked and talked and talked and talked and talked and talked and at the end of the day we still had more to talk about it. I don't think we'll ever run out of things to talk about xD

- I made pretzels. They looked so good. They were soft. They smelled good. And they tasted NASTY. I was supposed to boil them in baking soda water for a minute...I musta done something horribly wrong because ugh ugh ugh. I almost cried when I tried it - it was like eating a spoonful of baking soda. Not that I've tried that before. But I think that's what it would be like. It was BAD xD

- The result of my sister and me being super bored and wanting to do something random...RAINBOW ICE CUBES

- I marked my brother's whole entire grammar book...and he talked to Siri

- And I know it's not Easter yet, but I wanted to make coloured meringues. Really wanted to make it. Story is, I couldn't go to sleep last night (honestly, watched my clock go from 11:30 to 12:30 to 1:30 and then I remember going "hey look my clock says 2, 2, 2," before I think I finally fell asleep :P) and so I just thought about a ton of stuff. And one of the things I thought about was how I hadn't brought any baked goods yet to the staff at my church and I was trying to figure out what I could bring and I thought of coloured meringues! So yep! That's what my tired brain came up with xD

I think that's probably enough randomness for now. Hopefully I haven't lost you xD I would put more of that adorable baby sister of mine, but there are some videos I want to post and I can't figure out how to stick 'em on Blogger. Quite sad really. Any tips? 

Also just a heads up, I might be attempting a blog tag or two soon. Emphasis on the word might. Mainly because of time. But maaaaaybe also because one of them is a #myfirstpostrevisted...'nough said. *inwardly cringes* :P 

I hope you all have a wonderful day!! 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Good ol' H2O

You know...sometimes I think I take water for granted. Also...for some peculiar reason, I tend to make a lot of realizations while I'm taking a shower xD

Water might be a rather insignificant topic to talk about...but I said I was counting my blessings. Not just the massive, important blessings. ALL the blessings. Tiny and great.

After a rather busy shift working at Tim Hortons, I took a shower just cause I mean, being on your feet for 5 hours straight has its drawbacks xD (and just saying, it's even worse for people with flat feet. Which I have. Very, very flat feet) And then I realized, I take hot water for granted. I take for granted the fact that I can just turn a handle and hot water will come out. I don't give it enough recognition and I hadn't realized it as a blessing. Until now anyway. It's a blessing.

Thank you, God, for hot water ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Setting Yourself Apart for Christ

Ok, so a question for all of you. It's been on my mind a lot this weekend and I thought it would be nice to get your opinion on it.

How does one set themselves apart from the world...but not act like a snob? 

I do have a bit of a backstory as to why this came into my mind, but that might be a different post. I just want to hear your thoughts first ;) 


Friday, 23 February 2018

Connected by the Heart

One of God's biggest blessings to me has got to be my sisters. I mean, He sure knew what He was doing when He gave me sisters.

Sisters aren't just the girls you're biologically related to. To me, they're also the girls that I can share my secrets and struggles with. They're the girls who will always be there for me, through the thick and the thin. The ones who will not only laugh with me but cry with me as well. The ones who won't leave me to go through something alone. The ones who remind me of God's promises, who always have a Bible verse at hand to throw at me (in the best way possible), and who point me back to God when I'm looking every which way but the right one. The ones who encourage me and the ones who will tell me my flaws, not to hurt me, but because they love me. The ones that I shall grow old with (we'll be just so old and wrinkled, sitting in rocking chairs knitting... huh, actually I wonder if knitting will even be a thing in the future...ok getting sidetracked...where was I? Oh right...) 

I think one thing I've learned is that we can still always be there for one another, even if we can't always be with each other. I do not share a home with certain sisters of mine...and so sometimes we've had to resort to virtual hugs and conversations over text. Which trust me, awesome as they are, are not as nice as actual hugs and person-to-person conversations. But we've learned that just because we're not right in front of each other doesn't mean we're not still there for each other. We make do and then just give each other ginourmous hugs when we do get to see each other xD 

The future seems to be coming faster than I would like it and the idea of being separated from my sisters is rapidly becoming a reality. But even though the world is most likely going to be under threat of drowning from all of our tears when that time comes (just kidding...kinda :P), we're still going to be sisters. Distance isn't going to break us apart. If anything, it could even bring us closer together. The quote "Side by side or miles apart, Sisters will always be connected by the heart" is so true. I am so blessed by my sisters and the bonds that we shall forever share. 

Thank you, God, for sisters ๐Ÿ’œ

"A sister in Christ is a sister for Life"! 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Hello Again!

*crawls back into the blogosphere* Hello again...anyone out there? 

So...I made the sudden realization that I have not blogged seriously in - well, let's just say a very long time. I'm going to blame it on my absoutely horrible time management skills. But don't let anyone ever say blogging is easy. It takes time and care and - did I mention time? 

But even though there never seems to be enough time to do everything...*takes deep breath* I am going to attempt to start blogging again. I'm kinda rusty and getting back into the blogosphere might be a little slow...but you gotta start somewhere right? 


I'm going to make a confession. I haven't been counting my blessings. Not very often anyway. There are so many things in life that I've either completely ignored or forgotten about because I didn't count them and to be honest, I think it really has affected my life.

Time management is not my forte. I think you've all been able to guess that by now. Life has not really helped because if anything, it's gotten busier. But just because it's busier doesn't mean I can't still look at the little things. All the little and big blessings God puts into my life. Sometimes you just need to take a step back. Take a deep breath. And count the blessings.

So that's what I'm going to do. My posts might be a little short at times - I might just log in, type out a blurb of a blessing and then skedaddle. But so long as I can keep counting those blessings!

Don't know if anyone's out there or if anyone even remembers me... *inwardly hopes that is not the case*...but hello again and big hugs if you are and do!

I hope everyone is doing well in this beautiful life that God has blessed each and every one of us with. Can't wait to hear from you and catch up too!

Oh yes, and my blessing for this post? Life. Yes, it's crazy and hectic and absolutely full of ups and downs and messed up things but it's my life. And I thank God for it every day.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas // Day 8 // Christmas Collaboration

How is it only 4 more days 'til Christmas?? Time is just flying, I tell ya! 

Anywayyy...welcome to the 8th day of the 12 Days of Christmas blog party! 

For today's post, I actually did a collab with my bestie, Olivia Nickerson from 9 Kids plus 2. A couple of weeks ago, we all were given the opportunity to play at a Christmas recital and it was AMAZING. There were some ups and downs in getting everything ready, but as you can see in the video below, we were able to pull if off p.r.e.t.t.y well if I do say so myself!

To hear the background story on rehearsals and practices and such (as well as a possible amount of ranting ;)) you can go to Livs' blog HERE and read our collab post. 

Have a lovely Thursday everyone and don't forget! 

4 More Days to Go!!! 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas // Day 6 // Why's Personalization Important?

Welcome to Day 6 of the party! How are y'all enjoying yourselves? Aren't there some pretty awesome posts coming up? Also...anyone see the super cool, super amazing giveaway that Faith's hosting? If'd better go check out her blog! Here, I'll even help you get started and give you the link to her blog ;)

Today I bring to you...a hack in writing calligraphy

To start off, you're gonna want to grab a piece of paper and a pen and sharpie marker. The sharpie marker is optional, but it does make it easier - sometimes. Also, if you do decide to go for the sharpie, make sure it's the fine tip. 

Using the pen, write some words down; cursive works the best. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. If you go slow, your lines will end up kinda shaky. Just let the ink flow from the pen and just write. Ok so that's easier said than done, especially when you're a perfectionist (*points to self*) but try not to worry too much about it.

Once you've got the words written down, write a second line along any downward stroke on the word.

The rest of the lines maaayy look like they need to be thickened or made darker - but don't darken them. That'll ruin the effect of the final product later.

Once you've got those second lines drawn, start filling them it! And - try to stay within the lines. We're going back to the days of colouring pages y'all! ;)

So, the reason I said that sharpie marker helps but sometimes doesn't, is because of this. When you're filling in the lines, Sharpie makes it go a lot faster. However, especially depending on the type of paper you use, the marker will sometimes bleed out so then your curves aren't as smooth as you'd like. You can probably see some of that on that "J". So if you don't mind taking a bit more time, you can always use an ink pen too.

And another fun font you can use...if you use caps and then again drawing lines along any downward stroke on the word and just leave it like that.

And you're done! Super easy and super fun too. It does take a bit more time than if you were to just write a Christmas card, but hey. That's what makes it even more special, right?

Which brings me to a question I've had this year: Why is Personalization So Important?

It's the season where everyone's buying gifts for people - friends, family, the lady at the post office, your next door neighbour, etc. I've always liked writing cards (sometimes rather lengthy ones xD) to people whenever I give them a gift, but this year especially, I wondered if I could personalize the gifts themselves. 

Why? Well, you know the saying "time is precious and can not be bought"? Well, I believe that it's not how much money or how big the gift is that makes it's how much time you spend on it. That's what makes homemade gifts so special to me, because I know that a person spent their time, precious time that once used can never be used again, on it. 

Now I'm not saying buying gifts is bad. No indeedy. But how do you buy gifts? There's a difference between grabbing a random thing off a shelf to stick in a bag and actually taking the time to look for the right gift. 

So this Christmas season when you're buying and wrapping those gifts - remember the true motive for it...and the reason behind it. Nothing can compare to the ultimately precious and amazing gift that God gave to the world, but we can use that as an example as to what we should follow. Let's not just give a gift because we have to or because everyone else is doing it. Let's give gifts to show people how special they are to you and to show how much you love them. 

Because that's the whole meaning of Christmas. Right?