Thursday, July 12, 2018

June// Photo Dump

It's a little late.... but, I figured I'd better wrap up the month of June before July is over. *winks*
 I'm afraid it wasn't a very exciting month, and part of June has already been posted here, so it won't be a super large post this time. 

After flying home from NH, I fell back into my routine rather quickly, although it took me quite a while to get adjusted back into my own time zone. lol
 Daminika worked a couple days after being home, and it hasn't really slowed down since then. 
The evenings have been relaxing, now that summer is here; sitting around the campfire in the cool of the evening, roasting apples, marshmallows, or biscuits, and snuggling with my dog or reading a good Louis L'Amour. 
 We are having a family reunion soon, on my Grandpa's property, and we've been spending a lot of our free days up there, splitting and loading wood, ect. 
 Next to work, I didn't really do much last month..... hehe. 
If I wasn't sweating and scrubbing, I was lying in the sun and soaking up these beautiful days of summer.
ah, summer.....

Enough idle chatter. 
 On with the rather small dump:

my sweet wittle puppy

I climbed up on the roof to get these

My Grandpa's '46'

first time eating Rocky's since coming home
Oooooooh my, so good <33

relaxing with some poetry from 
a sweet friend <3

Leah getting snuggles after churh

once again up at The 46

Summer isn't complete with 
Burgerville's fresh strawberry milkshakes!

my flowers are blooming

And that's all, folks! 
 I said it was small.....

How was your June?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Baby Name Challenge// Tag

R U L E S 
Answer the questions 
Tag three friends to do the same

Hello, all! 
 Yes, I've been absent for quite a while, after I assured you updates were coming.... But it's July, ya'll, one of the busiest months of the summer!
 I will be trying to get an Independence Day post up at some point. Please be patient with me. 
 Oh, and speaking of which, I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th!

Felicity tagged me for this, which I'm actually excited about, since baby names are my biggest 'daydream subject' next to my wedding and kitchen. (yes, kitchen. It's the most important part of the house) 
 I've been writing up names since I was old enough to write (anything to be like 'Sissy') but the list has changed considerably through the years. 
 Now! Onward:

1. What are your favorite boy & girl name from the top 100 of the year?
Okay, so this was really hard..... 
 I LOVE a lot of boy names, so it was difficult to pick. A lot of names trending this year are old-fashioned, Western sounding names, so I was pretty pleased by a lot of them. One I found was so cute I had to share, even if I am hesitant to say whether or not I would name by boy this: Lincoln
 Anybody who knows me would agree I'm a Lincoln fanatic, so.....

Boy: After a long and painful process, I chose three.

Henry, number #18 on the list , James, number #16 and I actually kinda like Harrison #26

Girl: Hah. This was a lot easier

Evelyn, #27 and Maria #81
 I've always loved the name Maria. But I've always been a romantic when it comes to Spanish names 

2. What are your least favorite boys and girls name from the top 100 of the year?
Boy: Albie #58 

Girl: Zoe #97 (I've just never liked these modern-sounding Z names)

3. If you had twins, what would you name them?

Boy-Boy: Clark and David (I dunno why, They sound nice together?)

Girl-Boy: Beulah and Benjamin 

Girl-Girl: Lana and Loretta 

4. If you could change your name to anything, what would you change it to?

I love my name, but I guess if I had to change it, I'd do something elegant and old-fashioned like Eleanor

5. If you had four children, any sex, all with the same letter, what would their names be?

Boy: Laramie  

Boy: Logan 

Girl: Lydia

Girl: Lynette

6. What is your favorite animal inspired name?
Girl: Robin 

Boy: Hawk 

Guess I like birds?

7. What is your favorite color inspired name?

Boy: Slate 

Girl: Pearl
8. What are your top three favorite boys names? 

Ok, so I have a lot of boy names that I love. And narrowing them down to three is very, very tough. I literally love them all, except the ones I hate?
 (does that even make sense?)

I've always, always loved this name, ever since I read one of my first Louis L'Amours, The Daybreakers but I'll never be able to use it, since I have a very close cousin with the same name..... Ugh 

So we'll name another one: 

Ahem, also a Louis L'Amour..... hehe. 
But I've been toying with the idea of using Flynn instead? Not sure

 AGAIN, this is a Louis L'Amour name that I love, but it is also a family name. But, I think I may actually get away with using it, since my uncle has the same name, and he may be flattered. *wink*

I don't even know why I like this one, but I just recently accumulated a love for it. lol 

9. What are your top three favorite girls names?

I grew up watching So Dear to My Heart and Summer Magic
 The character of 'Granny' in So Dear to My Heart was played by an actress named Beulah Bondi and as a child, I thought she was amazing.
 In Summer Magic the family moves to a town called 'Beulah'. 
It just seemed like such a romantic name, and I still love it. 

 This is Hebrew, meaning 'Land of Meadows' <3

Mary Lou
 I wish people would stop thinking of pizza when I say this name. I think it's adorable.

10. What is your favorite month inspired name?

I can't think of any boy name besides August.... 

Girl: April

11. Choose a name from a movie.

Boy: Heath from 'The Big Valley'

Girl: Olivia from 'The Waltons' 

12. Choose a name that is already in your family.

 first cousin-once-removed 


 13. Choose a name from a book.

Tucker from 'Tucker' by Louis L'Amour

Diana from 'Anne of Green Gables' by L.M. Montgomery 

And there you are!
 Your thoughts?

I tag: 

I hope ya'll enjoyed! 
 And now I'm off. It's too beautiful a day for computer time!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Photo Dump M A Y (and a bit of June)

"I'm baaaaaaaaaaack."
So I stayed away longer than planned..... heh. 
 When the time to leave came closer and closer, Daminika and I felt a little sick inside, and couldn't abide the thought of taking off so soon.
We weren't ready to go just yet. So. We extended our tickets. 
Crazy people we are, eh?
It was a blessed trip, and even with that extra week, it was very hard to say goodbye to everyone. 
 The twins were as cute as ever *cries at the thought*, it was nice to see my sister again, and to hang with cousins I haven't seen in a while. 
 We went to Bass Pro Shop, ate good food, experienced a New England Memorial Day, hung at Felicity and Josiah's place, sat on Grandma's couch and relaxed, played games, swung on the swing on the hill, gazed at the stars and counted fireflies....
 It was a magical trip. *sighs*

On with the photo dump! 
visiting Grandma on Mother's Day

texts from the cousin

taking pictures on a 'summer' evening

my flowers were beginning to bloom just before I left

on our way to the airport

listening to good old rock N roll
while waiting to board

this just got real

and we're off!

My cousin Tyrel picked us up from the airport, but I somehow forgot to take any pictures. Hm. Guess I was too tired. We didn't get home until 3-4:00 am. so..... *wink*

riding around with the newlyweds


Grandma always has such good food

strolling the little New England town

went to Panara Bread one afternoon

chilling at Grandma's

relaxing on a lazy morning with some 
Calvin and Hobbes

All-American Girl *sunglasses*
Memorial Day

had to get a picture with my cousin Ryan
in uniform <3

exploring the library because that's the best way to 
spend a vacation, right?

headed to Bass Pro

there were so many little turtles, but I couldn't get any good 
photos of them. Shucks.

Kirsten Jean made eclairs <3333

like I said, Grandma has good food 

lunch out with Auntie Mary and the girls

aaand I didn't get a pic of Mary? *face palm*

coffee (Jesse James is an inside joke. That's me)

I love these girls <3
l to r:
Danielle, Kirsten, Janeya, Daminika and me

Janeya took us out for ice cream
*hugs her in my heart*

late-night doodling

and one final pic before we go
*sobs because I miss these people*

And the next morning, we said our final goodbyes and left. 

Did you miss me?