Friday, August 30, 2013

If You Were My Best Friend...

Maddi from Real did this a couple days ago so I decided to jump on the bandwagon...or something like that. Now I'm questioning whether that's a real phrase...
Anyway.
If you were my best friend you'd know........





...I used to hate polka dots....
...I can be extremely awkward...
...I have the worst comebacks...
...I don't like chicken unless it's in a burger or on pizza...
...I try to be optimistic...
...I like wind and rain...


 ...I am cautious...
...I love kids and have been babysitting since I was 11...
...I don't like very spicy food...
...I always want to correct people...
...I insist that I'm right until proven wrong. I'm often wrong...
...sometimes I sew all day long...
...I write letters to my friends that live far away...


...I don't go through with the majority of my plans and ideas...
...I dream big, way big, but don't really think any of those dreams will happen...
...I am kind of judgmental, especially when it comes to the books or music that are popular. You could say that I judge a person by their books and music...
...I love fantasy. So much...
...the beach is my favorite place...


And that's enough for now. :) 
Christina
All photos via Pinterest

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pinterest Post - At The Window





standing at the window
hoping, waiting
praying it might be




staring out the window
wondering, confused
asking for direction



looking out the window
not understanding
but knowing somehow it is right




sitting at the window
hoping, praying
watching and waiting

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What's Up-dates

Okay, this morning I thought I would do a post about what's been going on lately in me life, and for some reason "What's updates" just popped into my mind. IF YOU KNOW WHERE THIS IS FROM TELL ME!!! I AM DYING OF SUSPENSE!! Okay, okay, it's really not that bad, but I know it's from somewhere! Actually, Will probably knows. He knows everything lotsastuff. And he has a mind like a steel trap. No, not really, but he does have a rather amazing memory. I don't really get how you can have a mind like a steel trap. I guess because it snaps things up quickly. Yeah, well, anyway....(He's my brother, btw).

Last week our grandparents came and babysat us while our parents went to Hawaii for their 20th anniversary. It was...fun, interesting, slightly stressful, etc. In order to fully appreciate what this means, I must tell you some things about them.
   1. They are in love with Disney. Like, really, really, really, crazy obsessed with it. They go to Disneyland/world every other year. Yep.
   2. My grandpa collects comic books. Little Lulu, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge, etc. He has soooooo many! (note to self: ask Will how many he has).
   3. They aren't Christians. :(  My grandpa says "The world is so bad that you have to create your own fantasy world" and they have. It's kinda sad.
   4. My grandma over-compliments. I can never tell how sincere she is. I know that she wants to make me feel good, but I always end up confused.
They also have traditions when they babysit us:
   - Buy Hostess stuff while they're here so that "we can enjoy the stuff we'd never get to enjoy otherwise" (quote from them). Twinkies, cupcakes, donettes; those things are weird, like, really strange flavor and consistency. Preservatives, ugh.
   - Take at least one picture of us eating a breakfast, lunch and dinner. And of course everyone looks crazy with their mouths full of food.
   - Bring their Wii, a bunch of comic books, and tons of Disney/Pixar films. We the boys play video games and read comic books all day and then at night we watch a movie at night.
It was pretty fun. :) Our Aunt Traci and our cousin Jake came over for two nights while Grandma and Grandpa were here. Aunt Traci is my dad's sister, and she's pretty awesome. The second night they (Aunt Traci and Jake) were here, my Uncle Mike came and he and my aunt and my grandma all came and saw the Sound of Music! My aunt and uncle were very impressed with the quality of the theater :).  It was a great week!

Moving on...yesterday was my last performance of Sound of Music! I can't believe it's over! I'm not sad, though, it went for long enough, and it was awesome while it lasted! 50 people from our homeschool co-op came and saw it, plus a few other people that I know! It was so cool! Here's a picture of me and my best friends after the show last night:
Olivia, me, and Caitlin

A lot of the cast members gave me stuff! Stephen (Friedrich) gave me an origami rose (he's crazy about origami), Kylie (Liesl) gave me a real rose and a card, Sadie (Gretl) gave me a little keychain thing that she made, Luke (Kurt) gave me a bracelet that he made out of camo cord, Heather (the nun that helped me with my quick-changes) gave me a candy bar and a Starbucks giftcard, and Jenness (Maria) gave me a card that she painted using watercolors! All I did was bring cookies (almost all of them were eaten, they were homemade frosted sugar cookies) and give Heather a thing of Lindt chocolates. I'm planning on giving people cards at the end of the season picnic. :)
This is the card Jenness gave me. It's a painting of the scene where we meet Maria and I say "You mean, you don't know anything about being a governess?" She added a jar of spiders in my hand because I'm the mischievous one. :D

It has been an amazing experience: I got the part I wanted, in the play I've wanted to be in for years, with an awesome cast!! It has just been...wow, amazing. :)
That's all for now! Hope you enjoyed this rambling update!
Christina

Monday, August 26, 2013

Puppies, Books, and Fading Roses

You were probably like "what??" when you saw the title, but now that you've reached the post, you're going "Oooh" (maybe :P). Anyway, my piano teacher (also happens to be my neighbor) just got two purebred dachshund puppies and they are sooooo cute!!! She brought them over last night and I just had to take pictures of them running around!











Hope you didn't die of cuteness. :D The black one is Lily and the spotty one is Ivy; they're sisters. As you can see, the black one was easier to take pictures of. 

On Thursday, our really good friends from Seattle came and saw the play and they gave me these super pretty pink roses! I decided to use them for some still life photos, hence the books and fading roses.






So, what do you think? I think the rose ones turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. :)  
Yippee!! 25 followers!! *does happy dance* (not for real, I look ridiculous dancing, but if I did happy dances, I'd do one now). Okay, enough rambling. :P
Christina

Books - Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge


Back Cover: What do the four Linnet children do when they are sent to live with Grandmama, a woman who hates dogs and thinks that children should be seen and not heard? They run away, of course! Then their adventures begin. The Linnets meet a bevy of peculiar characters as they journey through the English countryside, charming the gruff but lovable Uncle Ambrose and his jovial gardener, Ezra. When they stumble upon the eccentric Lady Alicia, who seems to have lost her family, the real fun begins, and the Linnets start their search for the missing Valerians. But will the search be thwarted by the witch Emma Cobley and her magic cat?

My Thoughts: The first time I read this book, I was enchanted; the story is exciting, funny, and very engaging. I have read it at least three times since and I love it every time! Something that I love in books, especially fantasy books, is realistic characters; and by that I mean that they are easy to relate to, that they have natural reactions. Of course, books where children run away are always fun, and the adventures they go through are very entertaining. Even their uncle is fun! Definitely recommend this for anyone who likes fantasy set in the real world and children's books.

Excerpt: "Have you any little girls?" she asked, climbing back on her chair
    "No," said Lady Alicia.
    "Little boys?" asked Betsy.
    "A long time ago I had one little boy, called Francis," said Lady Alicia, and her blue eyes were hooded again and once more her hands looked as though she would never be able to lift them from the carved birds.
    "Did you lose him?"  inquired Betsy with great interest.
    "Yes," said Lady Alicia
    "Where did you lose him?"
    "On Lion Tor," said Lady Alicia in a voice as dry as dust. "Thirty years ago. He was eight years old."

Bad Content: None! I mean, witches and magic may bug some people, but it is a fantasy/fairytale type of book.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Elegant Blogger Award

Thank you Anna from HeroDragonmaster, and Rubberboot Girl for nominating me for the Elegant Blogger Award!



THE RULES
  • When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you
  • Display the award button in the post
  • Answer all of the 12 questions given in this post (Do not make your own questions)
  • Nominate 12 bloggers
  • Notify them that they have been awarded

THE QUESTIONS

1. What made you decide to start blogging?
My brother has had a blog for a few years and then in spring 2013 I started following some blogs. I loved reading everyone's posts and I thought, why don't I do it too? So, I started this blog, which is named after a place in Anne of Green Gables. :)


2. What is your fashion style?
Hmm...kinda boring, really. I like simple clothing, plain T-shirts and jean shorts for regular (summer) days, but I do love dresses and skirts and other pretty things.


3. What is something none of your followers know about you?
I have a bouncy ball collection. Yep. I have almost 100. 
4. What are some of your blogging goals?
To post every day...to have a blog that people like...stuff like that.

5. Where is your favorite place to shop?

 JCrew, Sundance, Land's End, Boden. 
6. What would your ideal amount of blog followers be?
Oooh, well, it'd be awesome to have 500 or so, but I doubt that'll ever happen.
7. What are your talents?
Sewing, working with kids, piano, acting, laughing, being awkward.

8. Are you a leader or a follower?
I'm a leader. I was always the one to decide what me and my friends were going to do, always. 



9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book , I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right - in the way that's best for us."
                                                            The Railway Children, E. Nesbit

10. Do you have a favorite book or book series?
Anne of Green Gables series!! And Chronicles of Narnia. And tons more, just look at my books page. 

11. Out of all of the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart - stylish - dressy - graceful - dainty - fine)?
Um....probably smart. I'm not really any of the other things. 

12. What is your favorite flower?
Daisies and Day-lilies. They're simple and pretty. 


Okay, now to nominate 12 peoples...
Rachel @Confessions of a Daydreamer
Tangerine-Tane @Fifth Out of Ten
Willow @In The Words of Willow
Grace @It's My Life
Jessie @My Thoughtful Spot
Poem Girl @Poetic Meditations
Maddie @Real
Sarah @Sarah, Plain & Average
SW @A Free Mind
Claire @hello little birdy
Hanna @In Neverland
Azure @Pippa and Poppy

Whew, that's a lot of bloggers! Alright, now I've got to go notify them. :)
Thanks everyone for following and commenting, I really appreciate it!
Christina

Friday, August 23, 2013

Story Snippets

Often when I see pictures on Pinterest, I get a quick little scene in my head, or a story snippet. I thought you guys might enjoy seeing some of these. :) Tell me what you think!

She hesitated, heart thumping and hand on the gate. Could she do it? Open the gate that she had fled through as a child?  Nearly ten years had passed since she last set foot inside those walls, much less the grand mansion they encircled; the mansion she had once called home. The memories came flooding back to her; she had been only twelve when she accepted Jesus into her heart. On informing her father of her decision, he became dreadfully angry, more than she had ever seen him before. Blinded by rage, he had sent her away, and she had left, tearful and confused, yet ever holding fast to her decision. She shook her head as if to clear it of the memories, and she sighed. Then, taking a deep breath, she pushed the gate open.

As Catherine ran down the winding staircase, she tripped on her long dress, nearly tumbling over the railing. Biting her lip, she glanced out the window to her right and stifled a scream. It was Them. She gathered up her skirts and ran even faster. If only she could make it to the stables in time! There Catherine knew she would find Elyndril, her flying horse, who could take her to the kingdom of Letin, the one place she would be safe.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pinterest Post - Sisters



sisters
are like friends
but a little bit better
and a little bit worse



sisters
are like cousins
but a little bit closer
and a little bit scarier



sisters
will sometimes hurt you
but will always defend you
no matter what




sisters
share your secrets
understand your jokes
and will run with you forever

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Songs - 5 of My New Faves

These are some of my more recent favorite songs that I've been hearing on Klove. Enjoy!

One Drop by Plumb



Starts With Me by Tim Timmons



God's Great Dance Floor by Chris Tomlin



Come To The River by Rhett Walker Band



Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective Experiment

So, what did you think? Did you know any of these already? What are some of your favorite Christian songs? I'd love to know! (I only listen to Christian music).
Christina

Monday, August 19, 2013

Books - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

As stated yesterday, I love books! I thought it would be kind of fun to post about once a week about one of my all-time favorites that I have on my list. I decided to start with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.

Back Cover: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is Mark Twain's classic tale of Hank Morgan, a resident of 19th century Hartford Connecticut who is inexplicably transported to the early medieval England of King Arthur. A classic satire, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court pokes fun at the romanticized notions of chivalry and the idealization of the middle ages. A delightful and enchanting tale, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court shows Twain at his satirical best"

My Thoughts: This book...oh, man...it is so, so funny. I have read it twice and I laughed so hard while reading it. As said above, Hank Morgan is transported to medieval England, and he completely modernizes (or tries to modernize) everything about it. He starts a newspaper, he does advertising, he completely misunderstands all of their chivalry, and he makes Merlin look like a fool. All of his thoughts and opinions are just perfect (as in making the story awesome, y'know), and I would never hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, no matter what genre they prefer. 

Excerpt: "Bridgeport?" said I, pointing.
    "Camelot," said he.
    "Camelot - Camelot," said I to myself. "I don't seem to remember hearing of it before. Name of the asylum, likely."...The moment I got a chance, I slipped aside privately and touched an ancient common looking man on the shoulder and said, in an insinuating, confidential way:
   "Friend, do me a kindness. Do you belong to the asylum, or are you just on a visit or something like that?" 
   He looked me over stupidly, and said:
   "Marry, fair sir, me seemeth-"
   "That will do," I said; "I reckon you are a patient."

Bad Content: There is no content in this book that should disturb anyone (beyond slaves being beaten, but you get pretty used to that in "historical" novels). 

I think that's it. I hope you enjoyed!
Christina

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Page - Feedback Please!

Hey Everyone! Whoohoo, 20 followers!
     Anyway, the past few days I've been working on making a blog page where I can list all of my favorite books (okay, maybe I use favorite slightly loosely, seeing as there are over 100 books on the page, but I fully recommend each and every one!) so that if anyone is looking for another book to read, they have something to refer to!

      Although I'm not sure anyone will actually use it to find more reading material, I love books and I wanted to share them with ya'll! I do hope that someone looks at it, at least. If you do take the time to look over it (do it, this is an order) please leave me some feedback! I really want to know if it all makes sense. I was also wondering if it would be good to indicate what type of story it is (romance, adventure, fantasy, etc.).


     So, there you have it! Check it out and let me know what you think! (Preferably by commenting on this post).
Adios!
Christina

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 17 - Elves or Dwarves?

Hmm....probably elves. I mean, elves are very skilled, and graceful/lightfooted, and I-can't-describe-what-I-mean-but-they're-just-awesome! Dwarves are great, too: short, fat, bearded, axes, metalwork, etc. However, I just prefer elves. And who wouldn't pick Legolas over Gimli?!
Some Legolas and Gimli scenes:


Love this part!