Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Wonderful Book Tag

Hello everyone! I have finished all of my exams (Yay!!) and now I think I can get a bit more blogging done now ;) Haven't done as much as I would have liked the last few weeks, but maybe now I can. We'll have to see! :D 

Rebekah tagged me for the Wonderful Book Tag a couple of weeks ago, and I've finally done it! Apologies for that super long delay! Anyway, onto the tag! 

Here are the rules:
1. Answer the 10 questions
2. Tag at least 3-5 people
3. Have fun! : ) 

What are your top two favorite books?
Ahhh...ummm...I'm really not sure! I have so many favourite books!! I suppose if I really had to choose, I would choose The King's Daughter by Suzanne Collins Martel (haha, keep messing up my authors :P) and An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. I also really, really like Unbroken (TCR) by Rebekah Morris and another book by Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins

What are your top two favorite series?
The Millie series from Life of Faith (my sister and I love these series!) and The Northwood Adventures by Lois Walfrid Johnson. Oh, and just have to squeeze this one in too: Anne of Green Gables!!!! 

Who is your favorite fictional character?
I don't really have a favourite fictional character. I love all of 'em, it's waaayyyy too hard to try choosing! 

If any one of your favorite books could be made into a movie which one would you want it to be?
Well, actually, a lot of my favourite books have already been made into movies! :D I'm sure there are some other books that I would love to be made into movies, but I can't think of any at the moment! 

What is your favorite genre to read?
Most of the time something to do with either horses, girls, or both! :) But I like mystery books (Sherlock Holmes and Mom introduced me to Agatha Christie ;)) and historical fiction as well. 

Do you have a favorite author?
No. Like the favourite fictional character, there are waaayyy too many good authors to choose a favourite from! :) 

Is there a book that you can hardly wait for it to come out?
Well, I am really excited for the rest of the Circle C Milestone books to come out, but I would also really like to actually read the ones that HAVE come out already ;) 

What was one of your favorite childhood books?
The Moody books, by Sarah Maxwell. Lots of fun and soooo family friendly! :) 

What was one of you favorite books when you were late elementary to middle school age?
Mmm....probably Anne of Green Gables. She is so much fun!!! I love her character. And Tiger Lily and I used to pretend we were Anne and Diana a lot of the time. Anyway, when we weren't busy pretending to be Mary and Laura Ingalls! :) 

What is your favorite book of the Bible?
Ruth or Esther. And Revelations! Oh....and Luke too! (sorry, more than one. . . . again ;) 

And this time I'm going to break the rules and not tag anyone. But if you would like to do this, consider yourself tagged ;) 

Thanks for tagging me, Rebekah! :D It was so much fun! 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Counting Our Blessings

Good morning/afternoon/evening (depending on when you read this post ;))!

I'm launching something somewhat similar to a blog link up and I hope you all enjoy it! Note how I said somewhat ;) It's not exactly a blog link up because there won't be a major amount of "blog linking". It's more like meeting or getting to know others better and counting our blessings! Basically, how this works, is I will be choosing one or two people a month and on either the 3rd or 4th week of each month, we will get to read a post done by these wonderful people! :)

The primary reasons for doing this is so we not only get to know each other a bit better, we also get to glorify God and show what we are thankful for in the many ways/things that He has blessed us with!  

So I hope you all will enjoy these upcoming posts! If you know of any one else who would like to do this, or if you yourself would like to do this, you can send me a message through the contact form on the side. The more people, the more fun, right? :) 

And if you have any questions, just let me know! I'll be happy to answer them :) 

Join in the fun! :D 

Praise the LordOh give thanks to the Lordfor he is good,  for his steadfast love endures forever! 
~ Psalm 106:1 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Happy Birthday!!

Happy 10th Birthday!!!! 

This boy is now 10 years old!!! Ahhh....double digits!!!! 
Some pictures from the special day! 

Star Wars themed....can you tell? ;)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Happy Birthday!

Happy 14th Birthday, Tiger Lily! 

Family Page

Good morning everyone! Hope you are all doing well this beautiful new day! :D

Just wanted to let you know that I finally finished our family page. We are still under our pseudonyms, sorry about that! But a couple of friends and family members were hinting that I should do a family page, that way they could figure out whose pseudonym was who's :)

I hope you enjoy the new page!
Have a great day, everyone! :D

Saturday, 16 January 2016

My Earliest Memories

Hello everyone!

Bethany from A Great God and Good Cocoa tagged me for The Earliest Memories Tag.

Thank you, Bethany! This is going to be so much fun! :D
A picture of yours truly all dressed up for a wedding
Apologies for the quality; it's a photo of a photo :) 

1. What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory would be of being at a friend's birthday party when I was 3-5. If you mean what do I remember by myself, not using the help of videotapes or anything ;) It was a tea party and I remember pink walls, brown ceilings, pretty pink cups with white decoration, a white teapot that a lady taught us how to pour from ("always put your hand on top of the pot before you pour". That's what I remember her saying). That or it was dressing up my cousin (my boy cousin, same age as Tiger Lily) in a princess dress. And adding earrings (those ones that always pinch so horribly on your ears) and pretty yellow high heels that, if I remember correctly, did not go at all with his fiery red socks! 
I'm not sure which memory comes first. . . . . .

2. What is your earliest memory of a birthday?
The earliest memory of a birthday would either be the same one as what I mentioned in Q. 1, or another time when I woke up and found my room positively bursting with streamers, and balloons, and banners! Again, I'm not sure which memory comes first :) 

3. What is your earliest memory of a food?
A food? Hmm....I'm not sure. Let me think. Pizza. It was a loooonng time ago, and I had my friend come for a sleepover. And Mom let us make our own pizza. Squares and circles and even some shapes that I don't think even have names :P And tons of toppings on it. Especially cheese. Because I LOVE cheese on pizza! :D 

4. What is your earliest memory of a gathering?
The earliest memory of a gathering is of hiding behind a curtain while lots of strange people were coming into the house. They're not strangers to me anymore, but back then, I was a shy little mouse (still sort of am ;)) and liked to hide behind curtains when people came :) 

5. What is your earliest memory of family?
I think my earliest memory was when I held my first ever little sister. Tiger Lily. Who really isn't so little anymore! There are pictures of it, actually. The way I was holding her...well, made it look a bit like I was choking her, but hey! I was only two then! :) 

Which reminds me...since I was two, that would make this my earliest memory! I'm trying to reach as far back as I possibly can, and though it's really fun, it's also kind of hard to! Kind of reminds me of Long Term Memory from the movie Inside Out
All those memories. . . 

6. What is your favorite memory?
Well, I know I have a lot of favourite memories, but there are 6 especially favourite memories. One for each time I got to meet a new sibling :) 

7. What is your earliest memory of a gift?
Getting my first Bible. It was for my 7th birthday. Loved it to bits! :) 

8. What is your earliest memory of an embarrassment?
Probably when I was in public school. I didn't know anybody there and as I mentioned before, I was a very shy person. Was perfectly miserable there. Mom and Dad knew how unhappy I was in public school, so they decided to home-school me. And now all the rest of my younger siblings too ;) 

9. What is your earliest memory of when you were scared?
This one came to mind right after I read the question. A friend of Mom's was babysitting me and she had a son that I considered much older than me. He was probably only 7-8, maybe even 6. I was very little :) Anyway, you know those little foil wrapped chocolate eggs? Well, I found this massive one on the table (or maybe it was shelf, I'm not sure) and started unwrapping. But as the first wrapper fell away, I discovered another foil underneath, not the chocolate that I expected. So I unwrapped that too.  A couple of minutes later, I was surrounded in multi-coloured foils. That's when the boy came in. He was really mad. Turns out he had been collecting foils and adding them to the ball that I had just wrecked. I got really scared and hid behind the sofa. His mother found me later on and gave me a little brown bear with a plaid bow tie to comfort me :) But I didn't enjoy unwrapping chocolate eggs for a looonnngg time.  

10. What is your earliest memory of a camp? 
Quite a few years ago, when there were only four children, we went camping and it rained really hard. There was so much rain that our tent started to float. It was fun, scary, and very ....wet! 

11. How young were you when you received Christ? (optional)
Six years old. We had finished devotions and all us children had been sent to bed. I lay in bed thinking and thinking, and then I realized that I really wanted to let Christ into my heart. So I went to Mom and Dad and we all prayed on their bed. 

Thanks again, Bethany, for tagging me! It was so much fun! :D 

I nominate:
Victoria N. from Blessed Beyond Measure
Olivia N. from 9 Kids plus 2
Tiffany C.
Shai Ireland from Thinking About. . .
Rebekah Raub from Rebekah's Blog
Heidi from Along the Brandywine
Rebekah Morris from Rebekah's Reading Room
Hamlette from Hamlette's Soliloquy
Sarah from Trusting in the Lord

If any of you aren't able to do it, that's totally fine! :) And anyone else who would like to do this tag, you are SO welcome to do so! You can do it in the comments, or on your blog. I'd love to see everyone's answers, so if you do it on your blog, please leave a link in the comments section so that I can visit your blog :D

And here are the questions:
1. What is your earliest memory?
2. What is your earliest memory of a birthday?
3. What is your earliest memory of a food?
4. What is your earliest memory of a gathering?
5. What is your earliest memory of family?
6. What is your favorite memory?
7. What is your earliest memory of a gift?
8. What is your earliest memory of an embarrassment?
9. What is your earliest memory of when you were scared?
10. What is your earliest memory of a camp? 

11. How young were you when you received Christ? (optional)

Have fun! :) 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Our Christmas Holiday!

Good morning/afternoon/evening all! Hope you're looking forward to this brand new week!

Anyway, today I thought I'd share with you some photos from our Christmas holiday! We managed to do a fair amount of fun stuff together as a family, and of course, I had my camera pretty much the whole time! :) goes! :)

The first day of break...or maybe it was the second. . . Mom and Dad brought Spiderman, Ironman, Snow White, and yes, even Dare Devil to see the new Star Wars episode, The Force Awakens. Tiger Lily and I gladly stayed behind to babysit Toblerone. The reason...dare I admit it?. . . it's too scary for me!! Tiger Lily and I prefer funny (or sometimes sad) movies. I mean, if you're going to watch a movie, you might as well watch one that's funny, not one that scares the living daylights out of ya! :P 
So while the rest of the family were off at the theatre, Tiger Lily and I cleaned up the house and Toblerone contentedly watched a bit of Chuggington before taking his nap! 

 The next day, the whole family went bowling!

So calmly watching all of his pins crashing down. Seriously don't understand
why he isn't more excited!!! This ended up being a strike too!!! 
 The balls were a little bit too heavy for Snow White and Dare Devil, but they were able to roll them down the alley.

 It was kind of funny because their ball would move sooo slowly, but a lot of the times, it hit down quite a few pins! Once, one of them got a strike!! I can't remember who it was...or maybe it was both of them? Whoever it was, they were SUPER excited! :D

 Toblerone on the other hand couldn't handle the balls at all. So he wandered around until he found something very interesting.

A fan.

 It kept him busy for at least half of an hour :P

 There was also quite a bit of cooking going on. Lots of little helpers too :)

 And then... CHRISTMAS DAY!!

All of us were wearing the PJ's that Mom pretty much always buys for us
for Christmas  :D 
 There was no snow :( but then who said you needed snow to celebrate Christmas? I learned this especially this year, Christmas is SO much more than just gifts and snow. And, though I didn't realize before just how much having family at Christmas meant, this year, I definitely realized it. Something occurred just before Christmas and Dad was almost going to leave to attend it. That's when I got really scared that he was going to leave and that's when I realized just how much my family meant to me. In the end, Dad didn't go, but you can be sure I was praising God for letting Dad stay at home!!! :D

After a big brunch, we opened our presents. This year, we decided to do it in a more . . . what shall I call it, a more orderly fashion. Most times, everyone just dives for their presents, opens them and then BAM! everything's unwrapped. But this time, we did it so that only one person opened their present at a time, that way they could appreciate the gift and ...okay, it made for more and better pictures too ;)

The three girls in our PJ's :) Thanks Dad, for taking the picture! 

Later on in the afternoon, we headed over to our cousins' house for some family time before heading out to a restaurant for dinner.

Princess A. and Snow White with their matching headbands and doll dresses, which Tiger Lily and I tried our best in making. Snow White asked if I could make matching headbands for them both, and she made matching hair bows for the dolls :)

 We also had a mini photo shoot with Princess E. She had this very pretty black and white dress that was ever so slightly too big for her. So I kind of improvised and used the sash to tie the back of the dress and lift it higher. So....yeah, though it looked very nice in the front, the back looked a little....weird :P But the front was very pretty, and here are some of the photos from the shoot.

 Two days after Christmas it snowed. Praise the Lord! And it stayed. It stuck to the ground, it piled up, and we got 10 cm.

I rushed outside and Toblerone followed. I guess he didn't remember what snow was, 'cause he just stared at it and at first wouldn't even step into it. But he got used to it!

" me, please. There's no in my hair!" *"no" is is way of saying snow ;) 

After there was a fair amount of snow on the ground, the boys went sledding. Nice rosy cheeks afterwards! 

 We also celebrated Tiger Lily's 14th and Ironman's 10th (DOUBLE DIGITS!!) birthday! HHHAAAAPPPPPYYYY BIRTHDAY!!

 We went to a laser tag "place" (what do you call it, arena?!?) with our extended family. Lots of fun!

 Ooohhh yeah! AND, at the last game, we decided to do teams. All of the boys (except for Dad and our uncle) were on the blue team (by the way, the boys were the best ones at the game. In case you haven't guessed ;)) and then mostly all the girls and Dad and our uncle were on the red team. The odds were not in our favour! Buuuutttttt.....wanna guess who won?

You got it! THE RED TEAM!!!! YA HOO!!!!! I'm so happy :D Don't know how it happened, but I'm happy just the same. We were SOO excited when we first saw the score board! :D

And you should have seen Princess A. and Snow White. They stuck together like flypaper and they were so small that they could hide pretty much anywhere and no one could see them. I saw them quite a few times  hiding behind barrels and shooting the "enemy" whenever they passed by. And the boys couldn't' find out who shot them because they were so well hidden! :D

 We had our cousins stay over for New Year's Eve, and one of the things we did was sledding! Well, I didn't sled (just once), mostly took pictures. And *gasp* I had a fellow photographer! FINALLY!! :D are some photos from the sledding, taken by either my cousin or me.

Credit: My cousin
Sorry, I promise I won't do this for every picture, but I just had to point out who took the photo!!
 Isn't this just an awesome picture of Toblerone?!?

My fellow photographer! Do you know how nice it is to finally have someone else
take pictures too? :) 

AHHHH.....he's just SO cute! He's like a big fluffy marshmallow in that outfit. And when he falls, he rolls :P 

Later that night, we played cards. Pretty much just round after round after round after round of President. Lots of fun!

Again, the following photos are not all mine. Some are taken by my cousin! :)

The later it got, the umm.....goofier we got :P 

Happy New Year! 
Yeah, we had lots of fun together! :)

A couple of days into the new year, we had some old friends over. I took lots of pictures, but for privacy reasons, can't share them all with you. The only ones are the ones where there are no faces shown in 'em. Like the three below :)

Oh yes! Here are some pictures of the cards that I won from Olivia's give-away. The cards are absolutely beautiful! I've already used both of them :D Thanks again, Olivia!

And then some other things we've been up to...

Skating! Once it was cold enough, we dashed out onto the ice. And skated pretty much every possible day we could! :)
Sorry, not the best picture...
Also been playing with Dare Devil and Toblerone. Made puzzles with foam shapes!

Helped Snow White make a cape for this really cool Superwoman that she "made". See, a nice thing about Lego is that you can make pretty much anything you want from it. Even if the pieces are from sets doesn't mean you have to use it in the set. And the boys and Snow White definitely don't always keep their pieces in each individual set. It's more like a "mix and match" ;) 

Oh yes! And some BIG news!!! Dare Devil can skate!! He was begging me to teach him so that he could go out with the others, so we went out and he learned in one day. It was so cool! He's a really fast learner! And now he's zipping around like nobody's business ;)

I hope you enjoyed this post! 
What did you do for Christmas/New Year? 
Do you like skating? What is your favourite winter sport? 
Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you! :)