Monday, June 29, 2015

Dress Up!

In our home, after we watch a new movie, the kids like to 'become' their favorite character from that particular film. Elijah especially loves to play and dress up. We recently watched Big Hero 6 and Elijah wants to be Hiro. That is how he came to be wearing a long sleeved shirt on a 90 degrees afternoon in the middle of summer. His helmet is made from a cardboard box covered with construction paper. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015


On June 5, my mom, grandmom, and I went to see Newsies at DPAC. We had a great time. For those not familiar with the show, I will post a sneak peek video below.

Sadly, we forgot to get a picture in front of the poster so this is in our hallway :)

And here is the sneak peek!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Best Blogging Buddies Award

I apologize for not posting in so long. 

I don't usually do this type of post, but there is a first time for everything.
Bekah over at Bekah's Scribbles ( tagged me.

The Rules:
-You must make a post to show your award on your main blog
-You must tag tag the person who nominated you in your post (Also take the cute owl above with you)
-You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated this award.
-You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.
-You must answer all of the question your buddies ask you on your post

The Questions:

What has been your favorite book this year?
That is a tough question...I really enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, and The Hiding Place, but I'm not sure which one is my favorite.

They are all such great reads and the stories are captivating.

What is your favorite Hymn, or any other song?
My favorite Hymn has always been In the Garden. A few other songs that I really like are Elya by Silverwind, Cinderella by Stephen Curtis Chapman, and When We're Together by Mark Harris.

What is a goal you have for this year?
I would like to improve my cooking skills and get a lot of school done.

Do you think it will happen?
Probably...I am already spending a lot more time in the kitchen than I used to. School shouldn't be too difficult to accomplish either.

What is your favorite part of history you have read?
Well, I really enjoy reading about the French Revolution (especially since I can watch a bunch of great movies about that time period and label it as school :D), but I also enjoy learning about WWI and WWII.

Favorite cereal?
That's a tough one. Probably Lucky Charms or some other sugary junk cereal.

What is something awkward that has happened to you this week?
I really can't think of anything at the moment, which is interesting since I am someone who tends to find herself in awkward situations fairly often.

Write a nonsense poem five lines long.
Ugh...I am no good at poetry, but here goes:

Chairs are for sitting on
I'd like to eat a Cinnabon
I read about a kid named Don
Who liked to think of pointless puns
And now my silly poem is done.

Here are my questions:

1. What is your favorite musical?
2. Do you like to sing?
3. What is your favorite novel?
4. Do you enjoy baking, or cooking?
5. Would you rather read, or listen to an audio book?
6. What is your favorite time period?
7. Are you right or left handed?
8. Are you a Dicken's fan?
9. How many times have you moved in your lifetime?
10. Do you prefer sweet or salty?
11. When it comes to ice cream, chocolate or vanilla?
12. Would you rather wear heels or flats?
13. Do you enjoy crafting?
14. Would you rather sew, knit, or crochet?
15. What is your favorite holiday?

I don't know who to tag, so anyone who wants to can claim this.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 11, 1918 - Armistice Day

The First World War (1914-1918) was ended on this day 96 years ago. At 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month, peace was declared between the Allied nations and Germany.

In 1919 the First Official Armistice Day was held at the Buckingham Palace grounds. Many other countries followed suit.

After World War II, the name was changed to All Veteran's Day (later shortened to Veteran's Day) in the US. This was in order to honor the veterans in WWII and other wars that followed.
We are eternally grateful to those who gave their lives for our country.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cousin's Camp 2014

Last month, our family traveled up to New Jersey to visit family and friends. Dad, Mom, Anna-Rebekah, and Jenna Beth stayed with a cousin on my mom's side, and Timothy and Ethan stayed with Mee-mom and Uncle Jake's house. Matthew, Susannah, Elijah, and I stayed with my Grandfather and Grandma-Diane at their shore house. Each year they take some of the grandkids for a few days to fish, swim, climb the lighthouse, and just have a great time with our grandparents and cousins.
We drove up on Wednesday making pretty good time. We left around 7:30 am and reached New Jersey around 3:30 pm.
It was probably the quietest car ride we have ever had since Timothy, Ethan, Anna-Rebekah, and I had our earbuds in and the little ones listened to Doctor Doolittle.
Jenna Beth
Anna-Rebekah, myself, and Susannah 
(btw, that's Matthew photo-bombing in the background)

We stopped at the Stafford Diner in Manahawkin, NJ for dinner. 
Matthew, Jenna Beth, Elijah, and me

Dad and Ethan


Anna-Rebekah and Susannah

Mom and Susannah

When we arrived in Waretown dad dropped off the four campers -- Matthew, Susannah, Elijah, and me.
         On Thursday, we woke up bright and early to get ready for a fishing trip. We packed lunch, ate breakfast, loaded the boat, and slathered everyone with sunscreen. 

Elijah caught the first fish of the day - a fluke! Sadly, it was not big enough to keep.

I caught a second fluke - also to small
I caught a small blue fish that was a keeper, but we did not get pictures.

On Friday, we visited the Judge's Shack on Long Beach Island State Park. 

Breakfast time

Ready to walk out to the shack

On the way to the shack

The Judge's Shack

Cousin Noelle, Susannah, me, Elijah, Matthew, Grandfather, and Cousin Evan

After visiting the shack, we drove over to the bathing beach

Back at the house, Matthew, Susannah, and Elijah went crabbing in the lagoon. Matthew caught four crabs in the trap.

Playing Michigan Rummy, a Cousin's Camp tradition

Friday was seafood night!

Saturday was the day we climbed Barnegat Lighthouse.

Ol' Barney

We made it to the top!

Our family came back to retrieve us on Saturday evening.
Jenna Beth and Cousin Noelle

Family photo!
(Elijah, Grandfather, Jenna Beth, Dad, Matthew, Mom, Timothy, Susannah, me, Anna-Rebekah, Noelle, Evan, and Ethan


Me and Noelle

Evan, Elijah, Timothy, Ethan, and Matthew

On Sunday, we visited a church in Sicklerville and met up with one of my mom's cousin.
Outside of the church with Mee-mom and Jake
Anna-Rebekah took this picture

I took this one

We spent the afternoon with some good friends, then drove home. We left Woolwich, NJ around 7:30ish and arrived home at 2:30 am. 
Thus ended our trip.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Susannah's Birthday Party

My sweet sister Susannah recently turned 10. I was put in charge of planning her party. Of course, being myself, I decided to go all in and do elaborate preparations. I had seen a really neat cake on Pinterest that had polka dots on the inside. I really wanted to try it so I begged my mom to let me make it. She said I could as long as I started it a few days before the party, thereby giving me enough time to make a plain vanilla cake should it flop. The recipe called for a cake pop pan to make the polka dots, but I didn't have one so I improvised. I made regular sized colorful cupcakes and then my ingenious older sister shaped them into balls with an ice-cream scoop.  Thankfully it did work and although I had to stay up till midnight the night before the party to finish last minute preparations (such as decorating the cakes), the party turned out to be a great success. 
The party table, decorated by Anna-Rebekah
The polka dot cake!
The little girls made bookmarks and coffee filter butterflies
They also played a game called Pass the Parcel in which a present, wrapped with as many layers as there are participants, is passed around while music plays. When the music stops, whoever is holding it unwraps a layer. You keep repeating that until there are no more layers. The gift usually goes to the last person to unwrap it, however we put a bag of m n m's for everybody to share.

The moment of worked!
The happy birthday girl

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pearl Blossom Boutique

For a while now, my sister, Anna-Rebekah, and I have been crafting away in our dining room, striving to open an Etsy shop. We have finally achieved that goal! I am excited to introduce Pearl Blossom Boutique. Each flower is handmade by Anna-Rebekah and I. I cut them out, and she singes and assembles them. We work together to produce these beautiful singed flowers. 


To see our complete collection, please visit

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 Crocheted Lace Rose Brooch