Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July?!

Hello again! No, your eyes are not deceiving you that is a Christmas tree! I know this is an unusual post but I wanted to share about my time home last year and specifically Christmas. I realize I'm a little late! ;) After the road trip in November/December of 2014, which I'm currently writing about, I spent about three weeks home. I spent lots of time with my family and of course celebrated Christmas with them! Here are a few photos of the fun things I did!
I had fun with my brother and niece at the park. 
Baked dinosaur shaped cookies with my oldest nephew. It was so much fun making these with him!
Now these would be great to eat while watching the new Jurassic World! ;)
"I have a big head and little arms!" Know what movie that's from?
Meet Miss Tri-sarah-tops and Mrs. Terri-dactyl. By the way my name is Sarah{as if you didn't know that!}and my mom's name is Terri!
Got these at a thrift store for less than two dollars!
This was an accidental shot!
One my favorite things to do is decorate the Christmas tree with my mom. We listen to classic Christmas songs. Every time "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" comes on, we stop what we're doing and dance...around the tree! ;)
This is me at two, I think.
One of my favorite ornaments.
Our tree isn't some show room tree, it's made up of ornaments crafted at school by my siblings and I. Ornaments gifted to us from friends and family, some are vintage and belonged to my great grandmother, others are new and from places like Wal-Mart. Some ornaments even came in Happy Meals we got as children from McDonald's. However they came to my family, they each hold a special memory, a story, a frozen moment in time that's long gone. Our tree may not be the most trendy or stylish themed tree there is but I wouldn't want to change it at all! 
I celebrated with my mom's side of the family for our annual Christmas Eve party. We've been having these parties for as long as I can remember!
My delicious Christmas morning breakfast!
One of my gifts to my mom was a scarf from Canada. She collects scarfs!
On Christmas Day my siblings and their families came over. We had such a good time exchanging gifts!
         And I wrapped up my time home by celebrating the new year{2015} with my littlest nephew! Hope you enjoyed another little glimpse into my life and family. 

What does your family do for Christmas?
Do you have a particular theme for your tree or is it like ours?
Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

PS: I don't do the whole Christmas in July thing, shopping sales/parties, but it just happened to fit! I don't even sing or listen to Christmas music til after Thanksgiving! ;)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Time Home- April, May, and June

Hello dearies! If any of you read, this post, you know that I flew home for vacation. I flew from Ottawa, Ontario to Newark, NJ then onto Atlanta, Ga! I was home from mid April to almost the end of June. I had a wonderful time home seeing family and friends. Since I love lists{and I want to update all of you quickly} ;) I'm going to write a list of highlights, plus some photos, from my time home. So here we go!
Went to a Renaissance festival with my cousin and her family.{Hence, photo of me eating a giant turkey leg!}
Had a "welcome home" party hosted by my mom's family complete with BBQ and an ice cram bar.
Found a ring that I lost while in Canada. Will have to share that story sometime soon!
Had a wonderful visit with a church friend
Attended my niece's Kindergarten graduation.
Helped haul tree branches away for three days after trees were cut down.{It wasn't all play while home} ;)
Rode up in the cherry-picker which was used in cutting the trees.
Won two giveaways. {Organic skin care products through Bramblewood Fashion and The Boyer Sister's new CD!}
Cleaned out my closet of clothes I no longer wear.
Slept in{such a highlight for me!} ;)
Went through and organized all my "stuff" in my room.
Saw one of my cousin's{after two years}who is in the Air Force{stationed in Idaho} and met his fiance.
Ate yummy foods fixed by my Mom.{spaghetti, cornbread, biscuits with gravy...my favorites!}
Crafted a lot. {Made cards, a bookmark for a friend, and did some drawing}
Read ten books, three of which were over 600 pages!
Celebrated Mother's Day with a special breakfast for my mom and a visit with my grandmother.
Went to a "bon voyage" party for one of my little cousins and her mom. They are moving to Oregon. {My family had a total of three big parties while I was home!}
Took lots of pictures of the lovely flowers, insects and birds.

Played UNO with my grandparents and mom.
Celebrated my sister's 27th birthday!{Complete with meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, homemade yeast rolls, and peach cobbler...is your mouth watering?} ;)
Watched the Lego Movie{for the first time} and thought of my brother{in Washington} the whole time!
House/pet sat for my aunt and uncle for a week.
Got my hair cut...it's super short...to my chin! It feels so good though, to get all those split ends cut off!
Had lots of time with my nephews, they are growing so fast!
Went thrift shopping and bought some new skirts and a pair of leather boots.
Started the "Across the USA" series.
Went to the library...so missed the library while traveling!
Cleaned some cobwebs off a little bird that was learning how to fly.
Wrote letters to friends.
Had a Father's Day fish fry for my step-dad and grandpas.
Wore a scarf necklace I created from an idea found in a super neat "how to tie a scarf" book.
Was blessed with an absolutely wonderful time with my dad, sister, her husband, nephews{their boys}, brother, and niece{his little girl} on Father's Day. We were just missing my other brother. :(
Left to right: Me{with my new haircut}, my dad, sister, and one of my brothers.

What's the longest time you've been away from home?
Have you ever been to a Renaissance festival?
Did you read lots of books these past few months? 
Attend any big family gatherings? See any relatives you hadn't seen in awhile?
Get a haircut? Win any giveaways?
Is there anything from this list that you would like me to write a post about?
Please let me know and leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Across the USA {Oregon & Idaho}


Hello there! Hope all is well with you, dear reader! I'm back again with the next post of the "Across the USA" series. Be sure to check out my first post, here, if you haven't already! After leaving the lovely family in Graham, WA we headed to a city near Boise, Idaho. We stayed for a few days with a family of twelve. The Mutanas met them while working and ministering in a church the family belongs to. We left Graham early in the morning around 5am, drove through a bit of Oregon and arrived late at night in Idaho. It was the longest drive we did throughout the whole road trip. The blessing that came with the long trip was getting to see a cloudy and lovely sunset! The first of many I saw on the road! 
The north-eastern part of Oregon looked very much like the eastern side of Washington. Plenty of mountains covered in brown grass and dead bushes. Some mountains did have a few tress on them. One city we drove through in Oregon was Pendleton. It had all kinds of neat statues of cows, stage coaches, and cowboys. I believe it is one of the cities the Oregon Trail runs through.
Yes I know this photo is blurry, but it's the only picture I got of the Idaho sign. I still like it! ;)
While in Idaho we enjoyed lots of fellowship with the family. The children would all get together and play with bicycles, roller skates, and scooters. I bounced for the first time on a pogo-stick! I think I jumped three times before falling off! ;) However it wasn't all play; I still helped the children with their school work. Ah, the blessings of homeschooling, it could go wherever we went! We had a wonderful prayer meeting with members of their church. We also went to the church service there on Sunday. It was a family integrated church, which was very interesting to me. There aren't to many where I live and the only other time I had been to one was while in British Columbia. After a great message about the basics of Christianity, we had a big meal and fellowship with the other families. One evening while the sun was setting I got to take a stroll around the family property. It was so much fun taking photos of the beautiful fall scenery. One of my favorite things to photograph is God's beautiful creation! I also was able to capture another beautiful sunset!
After several days of fun fellowship it was time for us to head on. Our next destination was to Utah. While on on our way I saw wind turbines for the first time! I should say, giant wind turbines for the first time as I did see some shorter ones in Oregon. ;) Another first was seeing a Mormon temple. I knew then we were definitely getting close to Utah. Stay tuned for the next post about my time in Utah!

Have you ever been to Oregon or Idaho?
Have you been to or are part of a family integrated church?
Jumped on a pogo-stick?
Have you seen wind turbines?
What's the longest time you've traveled in a car in one day? 
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~