I Danced the Night Away…

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Photo credit: Phoebe (my sister)

My cousins, Rachel and Rowena (pictured with me above), had come up to spend several days with us. *That*, in and of itself, was a blast. We lightened our hair (using lemon juice and warm water– and sunshine), played games, went thrifting/garage sale-ing (I know, I know– that’s not a word! :P), and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning– laughing and sharing stories. πŸ™‚

But I think my favorite activity we shared together was the “barn” dance we went to the last night they were with us. πŸ™‚ Think Western film style dances (technically known as “Square Dancing”) and a few “Pride and Prejudice” style dances (that style of dancing is called “English Country Dancing”. πŸ˜‰Β  It was Rowena’s first time to dance, though we had shown her a few tips before hand. Rachel had been English Country Dancing with us before.

On this particular night, we also learned how to polka and do Contra Dancing (similar to Square Dancing, only more confusing, I think).

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Dancing the Dubleska Polka. It was the most fun I’d had in a LONNNG time! πŸ™‚Β Β  (photo credit: the N. family)
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One of the square dances… (photo credit: the N. family)
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It was fun having Jaden (my “little” brother in the orange-y shirt) and Rachel (the young lady in the pale green top) in my group for this dance. πŸ™‚ I also made friends with a few of the other dancers. πŸ™‚Β  (photo credit: the N. family)
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If you couldn’t tell, orange was the theme color. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t have anything orange, so…Β Β  (photo credit: the N. family)
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Dancin’ cousins (photo credit: the N. family)
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Abby (on the left) and Phoebe (in the orange shirt in the middle) look like they were enjoying themselves too! (Photo credit: the N. family)
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This is a classic example of the fun time one has when dancing! πŸ˜€Β  (Photo credit: the N. family)
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Dress Re-fashion

As you can tell, I shortened the sleeves, but I also made the skirt of it to tea-length (before, it was almost ankle length). So now I can wear this in not-so-cold weather *and* cold weather (I can layer it with a cardigan or jacket).

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Spring – What I Think of {Part 3}

IMG_3294Vegetable garden.

I am so thankful for the hard work my siblings and mom have put into our garden– God willing, we will have anΒ abundance of fresh produce in the next few months. πŸ™‚ We’ve already had our first harvest of our micro greens (lettuce), some spinach, and mulberries. Hopefully we’ll have plenty of tomatoes and onions, because those are favorites around here.

Today, I got in the garden and put some stuff down to help the plants be more healthy. I’m not exactly an expert on such things, so hopefully I did it correctly and there will be no adverse effects. πŸ˜‰

Spring – What I Think of {Part 1}

I decided I’m going to a series of posts (hopefully) for the next week or so– of things that remind me of this lovely season: Spring. What do you think? I hope you enjoy it!

IMG_3443Freshly washed 100% cotton sheets. I know, I know— it’s not so romantic as those just brought in from the clothes line, but I’m so thankful for a fully functioning washer and dryer set. Saves me from agonizing back aches. IMG_3457On a random note– I also am kind of in love with my bedroom. So boho/Shabby chic. It’d be the perfect place for a Friday night dance party to folk music– if only it were larger. Oh well. πŸ™‚ I guess that’s what kitchens and patios and living rooms are for. πŸ˜‰

Birthday Celebrations

My birthday was on the 5th, but we had the celebration the next day. It was a blast! πŸ™‚

English Country Dancing (thanks to the help of Lydia N. and her sisters)
Jessie B.– a friend from church
Mrs. Y. and Mrs. N. chat while some of the Y. boys play foosball
It was very cute– Ava Y. and Zuriel N. had been chasing each other before this photo, and then they paused for some “refreshment”. πŸ˜‰ They must have been playing quite vigorously! πŸ™‚ And I’m sure that Angie was giving them sage advice. πŸ˜‰ hehe
I don’t usually go for fairy tales, but this photo (at least to me) screams Cinderella and Prince Charming! πŸ˜‰
It was quite intimidating having this crowd of spectators for the gift opening. πŸ™‚

 

Expressing my delight over one of Jaden’s many lovely presents

 

Playing “Uno” after having danced for something like 4 1/2 hours and the opening of gifts. Jaden charms the ladies [and one guy]. πŸ˜‰
Pheebs, Jessie B., C+C and Dad chillax. πŸ™‚ I think Jessie was showing them photos from a recent trip of his.

 

Yours-truly, with Catalina O. (whom I’d not seen in nearly a year) and her sweet friend, Grace. πŸ™‚

Over all, it was a splendid evening, spent with many kind friends (not all of whom are represented in this post).

Long Time No [Hear]…

Sorry folks. Once again, I’ve taken an incredibly lengthy break from blogging. My life has been quite a flurry of activity… I’ve been busy living life rather than blogging about the life I live. It’s rather more satisfying, I think.

I know. Cliche apology.

Anyway, for those of my friends who still like to know what I’m up to, I’m posting a bit of an update about what’s been going on the past few months.

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At the end of the summer, our close friend, Jared C., came to see us before he moved even farther away. Hopefully we will be able to get together with him again soon. : )
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Our youth minister and his wife resigned, so we had a going away party for them. Here is his wife (Hannah– on the right) visiting with one of the church members (Miss Freda B.). πŸ™‚

 

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(At the going away party)– with friends: Angelica, Rosa and Beatriz. πŸ™‚

 

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It’d been something like 6 months since I’d seen my best cousin, Rowena. So we had quite the blast together (as usual). πŸ™‚
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We’re like twins– our nicknames are even that way. πŸ˜‰ ❀
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All of the girl cousins together: yours-truly, Rowena, Phoebe and Abby (both of whom are my sisters), and Rowena’s older sister, Rachel. πŸ™‚
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A journal I made for a friend’s birthday. πŸ™‚
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For our grandma’s birthday, we stayed at her house to paint her house and trim her trees.
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Lovely grandma. πŸ™‚
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Hard-workers. πŸ™‚
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While in town at Grandma’s, we attended a Ranger’s baseball game. My first. And hopefully, my last. πŸ˜‰ I’m not at all a fan of pro-sports!

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At our church’s fall festival– with my sweet friend, Cristin M. πŸ™‚
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So much better– being silly together. πŸ™‚
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The entire David K. family (minus the eldest child– Joel).
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Fun times! πŸ˜€ ❀

I did a little photoshoot with my sweet Cristin. πŸ™‚ Though I took way more than the five below, I thought I’d just post these (they’re my favorites):

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Stunning eyes!
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Such a cheerful young lady! πŸ™‚

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For Thanksgiving, we spent time with both sides of the family. πŸ˜€ A rare treat.

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Mom and her mom. I thought it was neat how their outfits were matching. πŸ™‚
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Jacob (a close family friend) and Jaden (my brother), being silly.. πŸ™‚
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Finally– a non-goofy photo. πŸ™‚
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Cousin Bayle makes cheesecake– which was very sweet, just like her. πŸ™‚
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Phoebe, Caleb and Claudia playing fooseball. πŸ™‚
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More family members visiting. This is all on Mom’s side of the family, btw. πŸ™‚
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My precious little cousin, Tatem. πŸ™‚
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Siblings: Abe, Jill, Jay and Julia (my mom). Sadly, Aunt Jen (the youngest) was missing. :/
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Nick and Bayle, two of Uncle Abe’s kids. πŸ™‚ They are so adorable in this photo. πŸ˜€
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Cousins be like… πŸ˜‰
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It’s never a Russell family gathering without lots of a card games. πŸ™‚
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My darling grandparents. πŸ˜€
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Classy. πŸ˜€
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I just love Poppy’s grin in this! πŸ˜€
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A man to be greatly admired. πŸ™‚ I cherish every precious moment I have with him… πŸ˜€ I really made him smile by telling him that I want both him and my dad to walk me down the aisle– in the event that I get married! πŸ™‚

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Such a lovely couple. πŸ˜€ They’re marriage is 50+ years and going strong! πŸ™‚

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Another cute couple. πŸ™‚

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Uncle Jay’s growing family… πŸ™‚
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Delightful autumn foliage. πŸ™‚
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A serene creek
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Looking epic on a stroll with Grams. πŸ™‚
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Uncle Abe and Mom visit before we had to leave…
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I got to see my best cousin, Rowena, again! πŸ˜€ ❀
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Pheebs, Rachel, Ro-Ro and Jo (me). πŸ˜€
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Visiting with “Aunt” Pam after church… πŸ™‚
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“Aunt” Pam’s nephew, Preston, plays a variation of ping-pong with Abby and Phoebe. πŸ™‚ I joined in later, but was awful at it! XP
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This was later that same Sunday, but this time Abby and Phoebe were playing with the A. siblings. πŸ™‚
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We had a “lock-in” event for youth group. Lots of crazy “fear factor” type of games…

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Our church’s Christmas program was last week… Mady C. and Callie H. chill before the program, which was that night. πŸ™‚ They were both actors for the play. πŸ™‚
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Set decor. πŸ™‚
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Jeffrey C., one of the main actors in the play. πŸ™‚
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Caleb and Claudia came up for the day. πŸ™‚
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Adrean S. (standing) was the main director for the program. I was co-director. πŸ™‚ Quite a job, but fun!

 

Family Portraits

I am sorry for being AWOL (Absent WithOut Leave) so much lately— I have not been feeling very well for several weeks and have had to miss out on a lot of things, including blogging.

About a week ago, we took family photos. I thought I would share my favorites. πŸ™‚

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I have cool “ninja” brothers. πŸ˜‰
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Pheebster
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Me[ebster] πŸ˜‰
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Aw… dey be so cUtez!
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Jaden-bug πŸ™‚
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Abbit. πŸ™‚
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Joelito. πŸ™‚
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The four Kautt sisters. πŸ™‚
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The entire Kautt Krew
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Silly time! πŸ™‚
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What cuties! πŸ™‚

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