Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Lovely Little List//2014

Well, my friends, we have now reached the end of 2014. It was a beautiful, wonderful year and I couldn't have asked for any better and I thought it'd be apropos to make a list of all the lovely things that happened to me this year.

1. I finished my first year of Running Start and began my second - with all A's!

2. I was able to act in Fiddler on the Roof.

3. I tried tons of new baking recipes!!

4. I got to know a few of my "almost-friends" better and would definitely consider them full-fledged friends!

5. I was accepted into all three of the colleges that I applied to.

6. My Etsy shop continued to thrive (though I've not been sewing much lately).

7. I finished reading all of Jane Austen's main novels.

8. This summer, a girl from Spain, Alba, visited our neighbors for a few weeks and we had a wonderful time together! Definitely a highlight of my summer.

Well, there were millions of little things that made my year amazing, but I won't bore you with the details.

I've had a fantastic Christmas break; lots of sewing and reading and being with my family and seeing some friends. We went to Idaho for a few days and did a lot of movie-watching and hanging out in general. Most importantly, we saw the final Hobbit film. Wow, it was fantastic!!!! Despite my being a stickler for books, I must say that this ending was perfect for how Peter Jackson messed up the others. I am also very glad that the correct characters *coughcough Fili, Kili and Thorin coughcough* died. That was quite satisfactory.

We also saw the newest Night at the Museum movie, which was good, but not amazing.

In case anyone's interested, here's a list of the books I read this year. If you've been around very long, you'll know that I love books - specifically classics (children's novels included). Of course, I can't remember every book I read, but I'll remember the important ones.

1. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens - this was so, so, so good!! If you aren't fond of Dickens due to Oliver Twist, I would urge you to give this one a try. It's thrilling.

2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - very well written, though I must admit that her stories are always fairly similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen - I think I enjoyed this one even better than Mansfield Park, though they both really were very good.

4. Sir Nigel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - fantastic. If you like knights and chivalry and queer folk you'd love this one. I'm currently reading the sequel, The White Company, and it's just as good.

5. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - this is a children's novel that I read years ago, but the reread is definitely worth it by far. It's a wonderful, realistic story of fun adventures during the summer holidays and there are several more books in the series.

Well, shame on me, I can't think of any more. Those are probably the main new ones I've read, I tend to pick up a lot of the children's novels sitting about because they're easy and fun, especially when my head is swimming with homework.

Oh yes, if you're curious, for Christmas I received a new comforter for my bed, Bleak House by Charles Dickens (I can't wait to read it!!), clothes, two doughnut pans and a mini muffin pan, and a doughnut recipe book. I'll probably end up getting some money, too. :)

Thanks so much for reading!!

I hope your year was just as splediferous as mine!
Christina

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Have Pinterested!

Haha, it's true, I've actually done some things that I pinned on Pinterest.

Mostly recipes.

If you didn't know, I love baking. A lot.

So how can I resist when there are so many scrumptious looking recipes everywhere? Besides, my family doesn't complain when I bake, no, it's quite the opposite.

Therefore, on to the list!

(All pictures are from the original recipe posts, they're not mine, though that would be cool...)

Item Numero Uno 
(did you also know that I like Spanish? No really, I do).

Anyway...these are Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction. If you love baking, her site is a must-read!! Her ideas are fantastic!


These cookies were absolutely delicious, I've made them for my family and for the cast of Fiddler (which ended, by the way), several times and everyone loves them!! I highly recommend this recipe, though I used salted instead of unsalted butter.

Next...
I made Lemon Crinkle Cookies from Cooking Classy.


I only made these once (my family prefers chocolate in general, as do I), but they were perfect. Lemony, melt-in-your-mouth, super good. 

Item Three:
Lemon Sweet Rolls from Sally's Baking Addiction


Did I mention that I love that site? These turned out so well! Well, except the frosting, I made a mistake...or something...I'm not sure what happened, haha! Anyway, I made these for our friends (and us) when we went to the beach with them and everyone raved!

And Finally...
Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life


I made these just recently, and they were great! They had a singular flavor that was delicious, but none of us know what it was! They were also quite buttery...yum...

Oops, one more
But this one's not a recipe. I revised this Paris Skirt tutorial from Nothing Too Fancy to fit an AG doll, for m' shop, y'know.


It turned out super cute; here's a picture of the one doll ones from my shop:


Well, that's some of the stuff I've been up to! I've actually also been sketching some doll outfit designs that I hope to create someday. Not that I can draw, I just like to sketch out the outfits in my head. :)

See ya'll later!
Christina

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Is Summer

this is summer
hot and free
hammocks and swings
swimming and reading
laughing and playing
'til late at night



this is summer
happily singing
warm winds blowing
thunder and lightning
picking berries in the rain



this is summer
picnics and campfires
bees and burgers
garden-fresh fruit
dripping down your chin




this is summer
bright stars winking
birds all chirping
family chattering
joy overflowing

this is summer

Friday, August 1, 2014

In July...

Well, it's been about 6 months since I last did this...I'm including some stuff from June

I baked...
  - zucchini bread
  - banana bread
  - chocolate chip cookies
  - snickerdoodles

I read...
  - the entire Little Britches series (by Ralph Moody), which I actually started in June, but finished last night! It includes:
      - Little Britches
      - Man of the Family
      - The Home Ranch
      - Mary Emma & Company
      - The Fields of Home
      - Shaking the Nickel Bush
      - The Dry Divide
      - Horse of a Different Color

I watched...
  - Thor: The Dark World
  - Napoleon Dynamite
  - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  - Hoodwinked

I also...
  - performed Fiddler on the Roof 4 times
  - went to Kids Swiss Kamp for 1 1/2 days
  - gained several followers on my blogs
  - made several sales in my shop
  - re-listened to nearly all of the Ceiling Fan Podcast episodes
  - re-listened to the Green Ring Conspiracy (an Adventures in Odyssey album)

It's been a great month! I can't believe it's already August, but I guess we all say that every month!
10-4, over and out!
Christina

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Homemade Raspberry Pie // Hopes and Dreams


I'll be graduating next spring so I've been thinking a lot about my future. The main careers that I've tossed up are teaching and being a children's librarian. The latter intrigues me most.

As a teacher, I'd have to create lesson plans, correct homework, and figure out how to deal with problem kids outside of teaching hours. I've also heard that most primary school teachers hate their job for the first three years. My overall hope is to eventually be a stay-at-home mom, so I'm not really looking for a life-long career.


However, as a librarian I could possibly have more flexibility. I would still be with kids, which I love, but I wouldn't be managing a classroom. I could help with story-readings and puppet shows and other activities. In addition, I am passionate about literature, and I'd love to encourage kids to read more well-written classics. I'd also like to continue my other hobbies: sewing, photography, and especially acting. 


My current plan is to take a gap year after I graduate, get some experience and a better idea of what I want to do, and then continue on into college after that. I won't be able to audition for a summer show next year, but I'm hoping to go to a theater camp so I can get some real training. During my time off, I can shadow teachers and librarians, get work experience, and maybe even do some stuff I've always wanted to do! Who knows?

I know my dreams are a bit idyllic, but hey, why not hope for the very best as long as I realize they probably won't happen the way I plan?

Don't judge, pie and dreams always go together.
Christina

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof

Well, rehearsals are finally over and we're now off on our performances as of Wednesday night! Opening Night went quite well, and I expect tonight's to be just as good, if not better. I took some photos backstage and my mom took photos at the last dress rehearsal.

I'm having so much fun with it, and I've made some friends, too!

The adorable little girls in our cast: Lexine plays Bielke and Isabel plays the young fiddler.

Pretty Morgan is Shprintze!

Me and Lexi as women of Anatevka.

Megan is a woman of Anatevka, Victoria is the fiddler, and Grayson is a boy of Anatevka.

Victoria is the same age as me, so we hang out together during shows and rehearsals, and Grayson is her brother. They were both part of Sound of Music last summer, so I already kind of knew them!

Here are some photos from the show itself: 

 "Tradition!" (I'm always in red)

Sabbath Prayer

The Dream (definitely one of my favorites!)

Me saying my one line! 

The wedding! I'm holding Tzeitel. ;)

I'm not in many other scenes, but I don't care, it's so much fun just to be a part of this show! The actors are all so good and it's so cool to watch them! 

Well, hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse into my life! Until next time. :)
Christina

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Plans...

Well, well, well, looky here, another month has passed...
O well, what canya' do!
A lake that we hiked to a few weeks ago
Sooo, my summer began about three weeks ago, but I've made some plan/resolution-ish things that I thought I'd share. ;)

read the Bible every day
work out at least three times a week
finish Les Miserables
take the Sociology CLEP test
make the doll outfit that I designed
get comfortable with talking to older young people

Okay, I realize that I must explain the last one. I'm currently part of the women's ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof (which is totally awesome!!!) and the majority of the cast is college students from about 19-24 or so. I have no problem talking to people younger than me, that's simple, but I never know what to say to those slightly older than myself. To make matters worse, they all know each other (pretty much) and are in two other shows together at the same time (the company puts on three during the summer).

 Anyway, this is all to say that I generally spend my time at rehearsals with the children (there is one girl my age, but she's not always there) or standing around awkwardly while everyone else chats. Therefore, I have decided to just start talking to people. It can be quite difficult 'cause they all have stuff in common that I do not, so I really can't say much. However, I started yesterday by just sitting near them and joining in when I could. Yes, it was a little weird, but it was fun too! 

I've started on all the others as well, excepting finishing Les Mis, because my brother got me hooked on the Little Britches series so I'm currently reading those. 

This goat came up and watched us for a while on our way up!
I think most of these are going pretty well:

I read the Bible three days in a row last week, but stuff happened and I got off of it. Hopefully I can get back into it!
I worked out two times last week and once the week before, so that's good.
I've only studied three times for the test, which isn't so good. Tsk tsk.
I started on the prototype for the doll outfit (yay!).
And, as I said above, I started talking to the older young people!

So, all in all, my summer is going very well! I've also sewn a ton for my shop, taken lots of doll pictures, and have spent lots of time with my family!! 

There's nothing better than a sandwich after a long hike!
Hope your summer's going super well!
Christina

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Enjoying Today

via Pinterest
Y'know, sometimes I start my weeks thinking about Friday. Every day gets better because it's almost Friday. Right now, I can't wait 'til next Thursday, when I finish my first year of college classes.

But I've come to realize that that's not right. I'm rushing through my week in order to get to my days off, which are fewer than the days I spend in school. Is that how I want to live? Am I just going to skip past truly living the unpleasant days and then just have fun on my free ones?

I want to live every day. To truly live. Not to think about what I'm going to do as soon as I have time. Not to think about how much I hate my situation. Not to continually look to the future. For who knows what it may hold?

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

We don't know what's going to happen next. What if I die tomorrow? It's awfully hard to keep that in mind, 'cause life feels so "normal" like it won't end for a long time, which it may not! So it's important to make the most of each and every day.

"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."  Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)

And we all know this verse:

"This is the that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it"  Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

Yes, this is something I've heard time and time again, but realizing it for myself has made it that much more pertinent and true in my life!

We have so few days; why not make the most of them?

Christina

Friday, June 6, 2014

Let's See If This Thing Works...

Yep. Title says it all. It's been a long time. Sorry. Don't know why. Let's try this again.

Okay, now that that's out of the way...

Hurrah!! It's nearly summer and I'm sooooo happy! I'm almost done with my first year of Running Start, which is just crazay!

Yeah, I'm pretty excited. :D

But, I don't want this to just be another catch-you-all-up post, cause that's what I keep doing, so here're some summery pics to celebrate...







I hope to talk to you all very soon!!
Christina

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Something More

Christmas and Easter are difficult holidays for me, mostly because I can't decide what my attitude should be towards them. I mean, aren't these just pagan holidays that some guy decided to "Christian-ize" a long time ago? On top of that, we have so many silly little traditions that do nothing but distract from the "real meaning" of these holidays that it's hard to focus on God.

I've tried giving up on trying to make Easter a Christian holiday, and just enjoying the fun. (We don't actually do much of anything on Easter; our only tradition is that our grandma sends us candy.) Taking this approach makes it a lot easier, but I don't want to just forget during this time about God and what he did/does for me. Besides, the easy way usually isn't the right way.

I've also tried to focus on what Jesus did for me; I mean, he died just so I could be with him! That's pretty amazing. But it's also very difficult to make myself think about that when there's so much else going on. It makes me uncomfortable all day because I don't feel "holy enough," like I need to try harder, which is frustrating.

Another problem I have with Easter is all of the hype. I don't mind the silly bunny and egg stuff (though I've never seen how those two are connected...), but what really gets me is all the Christian hype. I hate all the little candy crosses and the incessant pictures of Jesus or the cross or lilies, all with a sunrise behind them and cliche sayings. It feels like a "get out of jail free" card so that you feel like you're celebrating the "right thing."

I don't want my day to be all about trying to think about the "real meaning" of the holiday. Especially when it isn't really the real meaning.

It just feels too fake, too forced.

Maybe it would mean more to me if this were a day where just Christians got together for a dinner and simply celebrated Jesus' coming. If we ate together, read together, prayed together, and remembered all that he has done for us. A day without another holiday that everyone celebrates just to have a good time. Maybe, just maybe.

I don't want this day to be the only time I purposefully remember what Jesus did.  I want something real, that is with me forever, not just on some special day. I want something more.

Thoughts?

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Little Bit of Catching Up...

Hello again! Sorry my posts are so sporadic, I think I'll try to post at least twice a week...but no promises. ;)

via Pinterest
Anyway, I thought I'd give ya'll a quick rundown of my life in the past three months:

January
I started my second quarter of school and began really working at Mission Ridge (a ski mountain). I got sick the second week of school and stayed that way all through February. I also started an Instagram for my Etsy shop and got a whole bunch of orders. Because of all that, I was pretty worn out. It was kind of a bad month. :P (Oh, and I turned 17 :) )

February
This month was pretty much more of the same: school, stress, work, sewing, sickness, and a little more stress. Aaaaand the weather was kinda gross, which usually doesn't bother me, but I think it just added a wee bit more to the rest.

March
I took the SAT, which I didn't feel awesome about, but ended up doing pretty well. I was supposed to study for it but, y'know... Yeah, so that was interesting. I got better, though not completely, finished the quarter, and went to Hawaii for spring break!

And that bring us to April, this month. I've started my third quarter, received two large custom orders, and am finishing my job tomorrow! Spring is finally here, and everything is in bloom! It's so beautiful. This looks to be a very pleasant quarter. :)

Thanks for bearing with me as I figure out what on earth I'm doing!
I'd love to hear from you, if it's not too much to ask. :)
Christina

Sunday, April 6, 2014

1 Year//How Well Do You Know Me?

Wow.
I've been on Blogger for 1 year today. And so much has happened.

First I found Anna/Storyteller's blogs and then through her I found several other blogs and through those blogs I found even more.

Thank you all so much for supporting and encouraging me in my blogging endeavors! It's been so much fun.

You guys have inspired me so much in my writing. I don't write much at all, but I probably wouldn't have started if it weren't for all of you. :)

I don't have anything exciting to celebrate, but I thought it'd be fun to see how much you know about me now! (At least, I hope someone other than me thinks it's fun). :)

1. Where did my blog name come from?
  a. A book
  b. My imagination
  c. A dictionary

2. How many siblings do I have?
  a. Two brothers
  b. A brother and a sister
  c. Three brothers

3. What is my favorite color?
  a. Coral
  b. Teal
  c. Both

4. What is my favorite book?
  a. Little Women
  b. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  c. Little Dorrit

5. What is my favorite book series?
  a. Anne of Green Gables
  b. The Chronicles of Narnia
  c. The Scarlet Pimpernel

6. Can you name three of my hobbies?

7. Which instrument do I play?
  a. Guitar
  b. Piano
  c. Violin

Comment your answers below! I'll reveal the correct ones in a few days. :)

I hope you all enjoy my blog! Thank you so much for an awesome year of blogging!!
Christina

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello Hello Hello!

Hey everyone!

Wow, it's been a loooong time! Sorry 'bout that!

I've really missed blogging and all you guys! I'm not quite sure why I haven't been blogging...


Anyway, yesterday I started spring quarter, which is kinda exciting. I'm taking Spanish 3, English 202 (Critical Analysis), and Economics 101. I'm not sure I like my Econ professor, but time will tell. ;) This is the first quarter that I don't get to be in a class with Kendall, which is a bummer, but there's nothing I can do about it!


We went to Hawaii over spring break; it was beautiful! It didn't get too warm, and we didn't get burnt until the last two days! I ended up burning my nose pretty badly, though. :P  Besides playing in the ocean (which we did a ton of, I can assure you!) we went zip-lining, mini-golfing, and car-racing! I have no idea what type of race-cars they were, if there are different kinds...


I also read two really good books while on vacation! Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Mcgraw, which is a children's book recommended to me by my good friend Sophie, and Persuasion by Jane Austen, which I read simply because it's Jane Austen! They were great, and I fully recommend them!


So, I'm glad to be back! How are you? Tell me what's up! I haven't been reading many blog posts either...
Ta-ta for now!
Christina
all photos taken by Christina a few months back

Sunday, February 9, 2014

And I was like "Otaaaaay?"*

Wow, I haven't posted in a month.
Wow.
Sorry 'bout that.
It's funny.
I don't even have as many classes this quarter, but I feel busy.

For one thing, I got an Instagram for my Etsy shop/doll photography (@daisychainsdoll) and since have received several custom orders that kept me busy.

Then, I was just feeling kind of down; my room was a mess, I wasn't doing things in a timely manner, the weather was gross, y'know, that sort of thing; and I didn't have any motivation to post.

But it snowed!!! I can't believe it finally snowed, and it's so beautiful! I've taken sooo many doll photos!

I've also been busy teaching ski lessons on Saturdays, which is rather draining and sometimes frustrating 'cause I really don't think I'm a very good instructor, like I'm confusing and expect too much yet teach too little at the same time. It's complicated.

Oh, and did I mention I've been sick?

I had this somewhat dry cough for about a week and a half which didn't really bother me, but then it progressed into a regular cold with congestion and exhaustion. So yeah, I've been sick and tired.

I haven't read many posts or done anything on Pinterest either, which is both a good and a bad thing. It's a good thing 'cause I'm not wasting time, but it's a bad thing because I loved doing it!

Sooo, this is all to say that I've had a weird month and hope to get back into the swing of things!

QOTD: Have you watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? What did you think?
I thought it was fine. I neither liked it nor disliked it. It was kind of weird and moved at a strange, somewhat choppy pace.

Oh, and I got a personal Instagram as well, it's @christinatheregina if any of you have one. :)

I hope to post more soon!
Christina
*this strange title is a quote from Thomas, my middle brother, and I believe he was quoting KJ-52, a rapper who he used to like. :P

Thursday, January 9, 2014

17!

Me as a 4-year-old ;)

Wow.
I'm seventeen.
Maybe I think this every year but...
seventeen sounds so old!!!
Like, it's almost an adult.
Weird.

I've had a good day,
as you know if you read yesterday's post, we're waiting 'til Sunday to celebrate, but it's been good!
I got a card from Kendall that implied that I'm a nerd.
She likes to call me a nerd, it's really funny, she just does, and I think it's hilarious, so it's all good. :)
I also got a card from Caroline, a girl who's in Spanish with me. :)
And then Olga, a lady who works with my dad, brought me tulips!

Even though we're not celebrating today,
my mom is making a dinner that I've been requesting for a while:
curried rice and red cabbage "stuff" (I don't know what the cabbage thing is called, but it's good!).

I haven't really been working on my story.
I wish I was.
But I'm not.
I like my idea though...so probably someday I'll write more. :)

I finally wrote a letter to Cate and Claire, my friends whose family we go to the beach with every year.
I haven't written one since before September, so it was really nice to actually do that. :)

Well, gotta go eat my delicious dinner!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Buncha' Randomness!

Hi!!
I'm so excited!
It's snowing!!!!
Not the beautiful big flakes that build up well, but it's snow!!

Today is my last day of being 16.
That's right!
Tomorrow's my birthday!
Wow, I can't believe it.
17 sounds so old, haha!

Guess what I bought myself for my birthday, guess!
You probably didn't guess it right (if you even guessed, that is) because it's not very 16-year-old-ish.
I bought a new doll!
I'm really excited.
I've wanted one for a while but I didn't feel right buying one because I'm so old, but I finally did it.
She's so pretty, I can't wait till she comes!

On Saturday I'm going to Olivia's house to watch Jane Eyre and eat delicious snacks!
Then on Sunday we're going to celebrate my birthday! (my family, that is)
I'm excited about that too :)

I think that's all for now.
Bye!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In 2013...

*I wrote this last night*

Guys, guys, guys!!!
AAAAGGGGHHHHOMYGOODNESSTHEYEARISCOMINGTOANEND!!!!
AAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Okay, okay, I'm calm, I'm calm...

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!

Anyway...

Wow oh wow,
So, so, so much has happened this year.
Like, I don't even know....

Alright, this situation calls for a list!

_______________________________

I read for the first time...
  - Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
  - Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  - Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton-Porter

I watched for the first time... (in random order)
  - Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  - Emma
  - Despicable Me 2
  - National Treasure
  - The Avengers
  - Captain America: The First Avenger
  - Iron Man
  - Thor
  - Iron Man 2
  - Iron Man 3
  - Thor 2
  - The Book Thief
  - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  - Man of Steel
  - Monsters University
  - Ice Age
  - Kung Fu Panda 2
  - Oz the Great and Powerful

I started...
  - My Etsy shop, Daisy Chains
  - This blog, Idlewild
  - My doll blog, Simply Dollightful
  - Running Start
  - Teaching at Mission Ridge (ski mountain)

I went to...
  - Schweitzer, Idaho (ski mountain)
  - California (camping)
  - Arch Cape, Oregon (beach)
  - Spider Meadows, Washington (camping)
  - Apex, Canada (skiing)

I also...
  - Played Lousia in The Sound of Music
  - Played Miss Andrews in It's a Wonderful Life
______________________________

Guys, this has been such a huge year.
I started blogging, I started my Etsy shop, and I got into Sound of Music, which has been one of my goals for three years.
I began Running Start and made straight A's.
It's been a great year.

Thank you all so much!
I have been loving reading everyone's posts and comments.

I'd like to especially thank Anna, who inspired me to write my stories; 
SW, who reads good, wholesome books; 
and Brittney, who has encouraged me in my faith.
You three are so kind and I'm very grateful for your friendship :)

Of course, the rest of you are awesome too, but I wanted to mention them specifically ;)

Well, have a wonderful year! I'll try to post more now that Christmas break is over, but I can't make any promises.....

Bye now!
Christina