Sunday, December 29, 2013

Laddie: A True Blue Story


Wow, this book was so good. Thank you so much, SW, for letting me know about this book!! I loved it, and stayed up late each night reading it! 
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"I never heard a turkey buzzard sing. Laddie said they couldn't; but that didn't prove it. He said half the members of our church couldn't sing, but they did; and when all of them were going at the tops of their voices, it was just grand. So maybe the turkey buzzard could sing if it wanted to."  

"He says it is all rot about 'finishing' your education. You never do. You learn more important things each day, and by the time you are old enough to die, you have almost enough sense to know how to live comfortably. Pity, isn't it?" 

"Father said, with her face it didn't make any difference what she wore, and mother said that was just like a man; it made all the difference in the world what a girl wore. Father said maybe it did to the girl, and other women; what he meant was that it made none to a man. Mother said the chief aim and end of a girl's life was not wrapped up in a man; and father said maybe not with some girls, but it would be with Shelley; she was too pretty to escape." 

"Mother says the reason gossip is so dreadful is because it is always guesswork."

"Mother and I stood beside the hitching rack and looked after him, with our arms tight around each other while we tried to see which one could bawl the hardest." 

"'Father, when you pray for something that it's all perfectly right for you to have, does God come down from heaven and do it himself, or does he send a man like Laddie to do it for him?'
Father hugged me tight, smiling the happiest.
'Why, you have the whole thing right there in a nutshell, Little Sister,' he said. 'You see, it's like this: the Book tells us most distinctly that 'God is love.' Now it was love that sent Laddie to bind himself for a long, tedious job, to give Leon his horse, wasn't it?'
'Of course!' I said. 'He wouldn't have been likely to do it if he hated him. It was love, of course!'
'Then it was God,' said father, 'because 'God is love.' They are one and the same thing.'"

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It was a wonderful, lovely book, and I highly recommend it to all of my followers!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

It'll be Another 363 Days 'Til it Comes Again

Wow.
*singing* "It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash, it happens in the time it took to look back"
I hope you guys got that song reference 'cause if you didn't, well.... :P
(I just like this picture. It makes me happy)
I had a pretty good Christmas!
My dad (he's an anesthesiologist) had to work, so he wasn't home in the morning or the afternoon.
No crackling fire, no running down the stairs and ripping open stockings, no shouting "Merry Christmas!"
But he came home around 11:00, so we opened everything then because we knew he'd probably have to go back.
Sure enough, not long after an amazingly delicious lunch of Toad-in-The-Hole and Lemon Bubble-ring he was called in.
But our grandparents came in the afternoon, so that helped to distract from the fact that Dad was gone. :)

For Christmas I got:
serger (!!!)
green and grey plaid button-down shirt
grey and white infinity scarf
$140 (in all)
lego minifigure (from Thomas)
Laddie by Gene Straton-Porter (thanks for the idea, S.W.! I love it!)
pajamas (Christmas Eve)

Yesterday we went to my cousin's house and had a little Christmas party.
We did a White Elephant afterwards and I got this really strange book that I tried reading and really didn't like, so I left it there but felt bad about it afterwards and wish I hadn't :P
(it was called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and was rather creepy, paranormal, and made me feel dirty.)
Thanks for reading!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!
Christina

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas--What?!!!


Haha, strange title, right?
Well, I've just been feeling like Christmas really snuck up on me this year.
I mean, I know that it always feels like that
but this year I've been so busy that I didn't get to get excited!

Y'know, lay in bed with the red and green Christmas lights shining through my curtain
and get myself all excited about Christmas and everything that goes with it
and think about all the awesome stuff that happened to me that year
(and push back the stupid memories that come along for the ride...) ;)

Seriously?
I have to set aside time for getting excited??
I don't even have enough time to clean my room
(it's rather messy coughcoughasinterrifyingobstaclecoursedeathtrapcoughcough...yeah...)

I went up to Mission Ridge today (the ski mountain here) to get some more training in.
The instructor that I worked with was surprised that I wasn't going to work many days this week (just two)
and I was just kinda like, "weeeell, I've been rather absent lately...and I for one would like to actually spend time at home, doing whatever I want to. (aka sitting around, playing word games, reading Will's comic books, coughcoughnotpracticingpianocoughcough, and the like...)"

No, I didn't actually say that.
That's just what I was like. :)

Ya' see what I'm sayin'?
Anyway....


We saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Friday.
It was not pretty.
I mean, I knew that they were going to change a bunch of stuff
but....but....but....
he cut out nearly all my favorite parts!!!! D':
AND, HORROR OF HORRORS...
KILI AND TAURIEL FELL IN LOVE :O
that was dreadful.

I daresay it was a good movie in itself.
but...but...but....
Gandalf didn't bring the dwarves in two-by-two to Beorn's house...
Bilbo was caught by the spiders...
The elves didn't have parties in the woods that they kept trying to go to...
Bombur didn't fall into a deep sleep...
The ring had LOTR power over Bilbo so he didn't keep it on much...
The necromancer was a huge, boring part....
The elves and orcs chased the dwarves waaaay down the river...
Orcs chased the party the whole way....
Kili, Fili, and a few others were left behind in Laketown...
The dwarves made a huge statue out of melted gold that somehow stayed together for a little while...
and did I mention that Kili and Tauriel FELL IN LOVE??

Does anyone else out there feel my pain????
I barely enjoyed the movie because I was constantly being disappointed or confused...
I mean, there were very few funny parts, too!
And the book is soooo good and clever!!

Why?????
Why, Peter Jackson, why???
Anyway, you can see I have rather strong feelings about this movie.
But don't try to talk me out of it.
I'm not in the mood. :)


*sigh*
Well, I hope you at least somewhat enjoyed this ranty post.
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
Christina

Monday, December 23, 2013

and so it ends...

Hello everyone!!
Sorry I left you for so long :)

We went on a ski vacation in Canada for a few days, and I was busy with the play.

Speaking of which, yesterday was the last performance!
It has been soo fun! 
I'm sorry it's over, but I'm ready to move on. :)

Here's some pictures that I got:

Sophie and me before the show. I'm in my graduation dance costume and she's in her Martini/musician costume. 

My mom and me after the show. I'm in my Miss Andrews costume which was very smart and business-y.

It was a wonderful experience and I'm sorry it's over, but it's rather nice to be done, too. :)

My grandparents on my dad's side came and saw the play yesterday and then came to our house for a delicious spaghetti dinner and presents!
My parents and them went together and bought me a serger which I am super excited about!!
In case some of you don't know, a serger is a sewing machine that makes those nice edges inside of clothes so that they don't fray. It's also really good for sewing stretchy fabrics!
I spent this morning learning how to use it and I can't wait to start doing some real sewing on it!

I hope you all are having a lovely holiday!!
Christina




Thursday, December 19, 2013

it's coming

roaring fires
slippery sidewalks
the smell of pine trees
strings of lights
packages being whisked away
crunchy snow
furry boots
finding a tree
gingerbread houses
cold hands
drinking eggnog
lots of peppermint
electric trains
christmas cards
singing carols
rosy cheeks

only 5 days 'til christmas

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Les Miserable


"Books are cold but sure friends"

"It is easy to be kind, the difficulty is to be just" -Javert

"To lie a little is not possible; whoever lies, lies a whole lie"

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Post in Order to Post


Hello,
I really want to post but I don't really know what to post about.
Just whatever comes to mind, I guess. :)

The first two performances went really well.
It's a ton of fun.
Bella, the girl who plays Zuzu and who is also Sophie's little sister, was playing with me on Sunday and suddenly said, "I like you!" 
It was really cute. :)
Everyone is really nice, even if they're weird sometimes, and I like most of them.
(and by weird I don't mean the fun kind, I mean the makes-you-uncomfortable kind)

The snow here is pretty poor sport.
It's very slight, but is hanging in with our freezing weather!

I've got a cold, so I'm feeling pretty blah. :P
But at least I don't have another performance until Friday.

I made brownies the other day and they are soooo good!
I love chocolate. :)

Well, I think that's the end of the randomness...
Thank you all so much for reading and commenting!
Christina

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I Confess...

This is a link-up created by the lovely Brittney of Daughter of the King!


As Brittney said, this will be a list of random things about me that I am "confessing" to. :)
Let the madness begin!
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I confess that I never hesitate to eat chocolate. I even made myself feel sick from eating too many homemade chocolate muffins only a few weeks ago.

I confess that when I'm driving at night and a car has been behind me for a long time I start to think that they're following me and create an escape plan (which I never put into action).

I confess that I exaggerate when I'm excited. Afterwards, I always feel like an idiot and wish I had the courage to tell whoever I was talking to how it really is.

I confess that when I turn at the four-way stop near our house I nearly always do it like I'm a lady spy. Y'know, cool head and finger moves while turning the wheel. 

I confess that I hate it when someone asks me what I'm baking. I don't know why, it just irritates me.

I confess that my one-inch heel character shoes kill my feet.

I confess that when someone with an accent talks to me I always talk back with a fake accent. Of course, I realize my mistake and hope they don't think I'm mocking them.

I confess that whenever I'm home alone and an energetic song is on I dance around the room like a maniac, singing at the top of my lungs.

I confess that I have never curled, straightened, or hair-sprayed my own hair.

I confess that I once laughed in a guy's face when he said he was gay.

Well, now that you know all my embarrassing secrets, I'll be off!
Christina


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Snow/Opening Night/Gingerbread

Well, well, well, what have we here?
It couldn't be a post from Christina after a dreadful six days without!

Okay, that was weird.
 I guess it was just my way of acknowledging that I haven't posted in nearly a week. 

We finally had our first snow!!
But...it's a really tiny bit and it'll prob'ly melt today. 

I'm soooo close to being done with school!!
Next week I have to take an English final and finish up Spanish, but I'm done with Precalc!!

Tonight is opening night for It's a Wonderful Life!
Last night was the family dress rehearsal, but somebody *coughcough*mom*coughcough* forgot the camera, so I have no pictures to share. :(
My main outfit is quite pretty, and I've gotten a fair amount of compliments already. :)

Here are some pictures of our gingerbread houses:

Dad and Joe's barn.


Thomas and Mom's sweet shop.



Will's house.


My house!


Thanks for reading!
Christina

Sunday, December 1, 2013

In November...


I baked...
 - Gingerbread for four houses

I read...
 - The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall (reread)
 - The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
 - Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (started reading to Joe)
 - Les Miserable by Victor Hugo (in progress)

I watched...
 - The Princess Bride (at least the 4th time...)
 - Man of Steel
 - Thor: The Dark World

I reached...
 - 38 followers on Idlewild
 - 57 followers on Simply Dollightful
 - 126 sales in my Etsy shop

I also...
 - Wrote a research paper on chocolate :)
 - Rehearsed for It's a Wonderful Life (first show is Saturday!!)
 - Celebrated Thanksgiving with family
 - Went to lunch with my friend Caitlin
 - Started working on a new story
Thanks for reading!
Christina

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving, etc.

So, how was your Thanksgiving?
Mine was great!
We went to our grandma's house (our dad's parents) and our cousins (there are only three) came over.
We ate a lot (of course), played games, and talked, and talked, and talked.
Two of our cousins are in college, and the other is in high school, so I'm the only one who's not younger than any of them, but Joe is finally old enough that we can all play games together.

We're making gingerbread houses this weekend!
For the past two years, we've actually made our own gingerbread from scratch, which is really fun!
It's cool because we don't all have to make the same kind of house,
we have a book with different patterns in it, so we all make different ones!
Today we baked all the pieces for the houses,
and tomorrow we're going to assemble and decorate them. 
I'm going to try to make mine like a Hansel and Grettel house. :)

We also just got back from watching Thor 2 in theaters!
It was really, really good.
The characters were very well developed and continued, the story line was great, and the costumes and settings were awesome. 
Loki was splendid, as well.

Talk to ya'll later!
Christina

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rambly, Rambly, Rambly

Hello!
I can't wait for Wednesday!!!
I get a 5-day weekend!

In other news....;)
Tonight is the last rehearsal before we start rehearsing in the Festhalle!!
(that's where we perform)
It's so much fun to start doing it on the actual stage
With the set
And props
And our hairdos
And costumes!!
(not makeup, everyone looks weird with all that makeup)
I'm so excited!!!

Remember that research paper I mentioned?
The one about chocolate?
Well, it was due today.
We had/have to do presentations on our topics.
One girl researched mermaids.
She believes in mermaids.
There's this "thing" called Aquatic Ape something that says that mermaids were the in-between stage of apes and humans in evolution. *barf*
The class (at least the part that I could see) nearly died of not laughing.
We were exchanging glances like mad.
It was the weirdest and funniest thing I've heard in a while.

I've got a new story idea.
I know, I know.
I never did anything with Idlewild.
The problem is that I didn't actually plan it out like a story
I just got the idea for a beginning and kind of went with it.
If I ever find some spare time lying around somewhere I may use it for that.
Prob'ly not. :P
Anyway, I have this story idea that I'm really excited about!
It's about a 16 year-old girl named Cora who lives in a tiny beach town with her aunt and uncle.
I'm going for a little bit Anne of Green Gables, a little bit Little Women, and whole lot of me. :)
I have a Pinterest board for it here if yer interested. ;)

Well, that's all.
Here's an adorable little girl to finish off this post!
Bye now!
Christina

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

Back Cover: The Minnipins have lost their past.
     Long ago, the hero Gammage led them in war against the horrible Hairless Ones. But now--
Bravery? Forgotten. Courage? No more. Heroes? The stuff of storybooks.
     Yet sometimes heroes turn up when they are least expected. . . .

     Muggles, Gummy the poet, and Walter the Earl are not like the other Minnnipins. They dress differently, speak their minds, and--when Walter the Earl finds a package of old scrolls and swords--dare to disagree with with the Minnipin leaders. For their troubles, they are banished from their village.
     But Walter the Earl found the weapons for a reason: The Hairless Ones have returned. And this time there is no Gammage to protect the Minnipins. This time there are only Muggles and her friends, outlaws who must rescue the very people who have cast them out.

My Thoughts: I have read this book 3 times and love it every single time. It is so fun, and funny, and exciting. Actually, there are several parts that remind me of LOTR, not the writing style, but the story, but at the same time it doesn't feel like a rip-off of LOTR.
    The story is set in the fictional village of Slipper on the Water in the Land Between the Mountains. The Minnipins are folk of tradition, they never do anything out of the ordinary. Everyone wears green cloaks and paints their doors green. Except for "Them." Gummy writes "scribbles" that aren't proper poems, Curley Green paints "blobs" that aren't proper paintings, and Walter the Earl is always studying history.
     Muggles isn't exactly one of "Them", but she sometimes wears a orange sash instead of the typical green. People say that she is "simple" and forgive her for being occasionally influenced by "them."
     However, when Muggles sees fires on the mountains, Walter the Earl finds a stash of old documents and armor, and Gummy confesses to having a home near the mountains, Muggles knows that something is happening.
     I love this book. It is very well written and a lovely story. Muggles is very relatable character and all of "Them" are lovely characters as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy sort of stories with a hint of LOTR and Wizard of Oz.

Plus: It has a map! I love maps in books!
Bad Content: None!

Age Range: It says ages 8 and up, but I didn't read it until 7th grade and I still love it!

Sequel: The Whisper of Glocken. I've never read it, but it's on my list!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Love to Win


"See you on Monday!" I waved to my friends and began the short trek to my car. It had been a good day. I'd gotten 100% on my math test, and Spanish and English were going well.
To my left was a green lawn on which the college softball team was warming up. There were several girls stretching and chattering. I passed them nearly every day after school and I always watched them as I walked by, fond memories arising of my past time in softball. 
As I turned away, I heard a different voice begin to talk to the girls and looked back. It appeared to be their coach. Far off as she was, I could just hear her say,
"You have to love winning more than you fear losing,"
Immediately, I began to mentally pick apart what she had said. What did that really mean? I had always been skeptical of anyone else's little phrases, especially when there's a good possibility that they don't share my worldview. I nearly dismissed it from my mind when it struck me: as a Christian, we need to love winning more than we fear losing. 
We need to be more excited to do what is right than to fear "sticking out like a sore thumb."
We need to let our love for God overtake our fear of the world.
We need focus on what is winning in God's eyes, even if it means losing in the world's. 

"You need to love winning more than you fear losing"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Answers


there are days when you think you're "doing it right"
when you think you understand
what it takes to be a Christian
when you think you know
how to fully trust God
when you think
that you are living in love

but the very next day
your heart aches with worry
you are rude to your family
you "fail at life"
you wonder what you did
to lose your glorious place
and what you didn't do
to make you feel so low

soon you must realize
that there are no answers
there is no formula
to getting it all right
there is no way to fix your life
for once and for all
you always will be struggling
so why worry so much?

there is no need to worry
to hurt yourself with trying
to hate yourself for doing wrong
to search for all the answers
just live and try to trust him
to love him and to serve him
he knows what you are facing
and he's ready to help

there's nothing wrong with struggling
with worrying and wondering
with trying to do better
but remember that he knows
he understands and loves
and in him the truth is found
that it doesn't matter if it's hard
we simply can't give up

there are no answers
we are free to struggle

Monday, November 18, 2013

I've Heard...


I've heard that I'm talented,
I've  heard that I'm smart
I've heard that I'm pretty
I've heard that I'm amazing


Hearing all these things
I feel uncomfortable
And I often believe
That they're not credible


However, now I know
That what everyone is seeing
Is you shining through
And nothing that I've done.


Now I can accept
The things that they say
And then can credit them
To you, my God and King

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Shrek//Busy Week Ahead

Hola!
I like centering my posts :)
Hehe.

Last night we went to the high school's production of Shrek: The Musical.
It was okay.
The acting was great, but the story was lame.

Every year, the high school puts on a musical, and every other year it is a district musical, which means that kids of all ages are included. I knew a fair amount of kids in the cast, so that was fun!
There were two girls from our co-op (one of which was teen Fiona!), Marnie from church, Allie and Devan from piano lessons, Grace (she was my sister in Sound of Music!), and Alex, a girl that I've known for a while from various places. Alex played Fiona, which was really neat!
The best parts were Fiona in the tower and Lord Farquaad.

They had three Fiona's, child, teen, and adult. (though of course, the "adult Fiona" was played by a high-schooler). 
They showed each one in the tower singing (they had awesome voices!) and then all three of them singing together. That part was really cool!

And then Lord Farquaad.
Of course, he's supposed to be super short, so the actor was on his knees wearing a costume that had legs connected to his thighs, so his walking was hilarious!!
He was very funny.

The actor for Shrek was good. He was actually an adult.

The donkey was okay.
He was trying to talk like a black guy like in the movie, but it was hard to understand him.
He talked kind of fast and mushy.

Of course, there was plenty of crude humor, which is lame.
So overall it was okay.
Good acting, poor scripting.

Anyway, I'm going to have a super busy week this week, so I may not post that much. 
I have rehearsals, preparation for piano recital, and a research paper to write.
Ugh. Research.
I'm researching chocolate by the way. :)
Have a great Sunday!
Christina

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little L-'s

Last night we watched "little kid videos"
which is what we call the old recordings of us when we were little.
There are several things that the "little us" said that are frequently quoted in our house.
I thought they might interest y'all (and maybe even cause a chuckle?)
In no particular order...

"I've always wanted one of these!"
 - Young Christina - used after receiving a present.

"They're yucky!" pause, then whispers, "I like yucky these"
 - Young Joe - after asked how his chicken nuggets tasted.

"Hey Dad, remember that thing I used to put cheese in?"
 - Young Will - random question, but pronounced Dad as "Day-ad"

"If you ever ask me, bang bang bang!"
- Young Christina - hoping that Will will let her hit his pinata.

"Dad, you know!"
- Young Thomas - after Dad asked him how old he was

"I like to play with chains"
- Young Thomas - chains pronounced "chay-ns"

"Camera this!"
- Young Christina - trying to get Dad to video her

There are probably plenty more, but I can't think of them at the moment :)
Hope you enjoyed!
Christina

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ah, The Life of a College Girl...

Thanks everyone for commenting on yesterday's post! That was fun!


It's really, really weird to me that I am in college.
 This is the time that all my life I thought 
"whoa, when I'm that old I'm going to be so smart and know what I'm doing, etc."
Um no.
I don't know what I'm doing.

Honestly, it feels like a game.
Like I have to shift things around so that I can get my required classes in while also getting enough credits.
But I also have some choice in the matter.
And at the same time like it all doesn't really matter.
Like a game, y'know?

At times I feel like I'm managing someone else's life and I'm somewhere in the background.
Anyone know what I mean?

Right now I'm registering for winter quarter.
I'll probably take Spanish 2, Pre-calculus 2, Fitness Lab, and Volleyball. 
I have friends in every class except volleyball. Yay!

My current classes are all going quite well.
English is the hardest. My teacher is supposed to be a hard grader.
It's true, she is. But she's also a great teacher.

My Spanish teacher is a bit...eccentric, you could say.
But he's good too.
You just have to get used to his anger when people don't do their homework.
Or his confusion when people ask a question.
Or his way of acting like your question is ridiculous.

Ah well, the life of a college girl...;)
Have a splendid day!
Christina