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. 🙂
But I think my favorite activity we shared together was the “barn” dance we went to the last night they were with us. 🙂 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”. 😉 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).
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).
Oh, and it so happens to be my favorite shade of green– emerald! 😄
I am so thankful for the hard work my siblings and mom have put into our garden– God willing, we will have an abundance of fresh produce in the next few months. 🙂 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. 😉
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!
Freshly 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. On 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. 🙂 I guess that’s what kitchens and patios and living rooms are for. 😉
My birthday was on the 5th, but we had the celebration the next day. It was a blast! 🙂
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”. 😉 They must have been playing quite vigorously! 🙂 And I’m sure that Angie was giving them sage advice. 😉 hehe
I don’t usually go for fairy tales, but this photo (at least to me) screams Cinderella and Prince Charming! 😉
It was quite intimidating having this crowd of spectators for the gift opening. 🙂
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]. 😉
Pheebs, Jessie B., C+C and Dad chillax. 🙂 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. 🙂
Over all, it was a splendid evening, spent with many kind friends (not all of whom are represented in this post).
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.
I did a little photoshoot with my sweet Cristin. 🙂 Though I took way more than the five below, I thought I’d just post these (they’re my favorites):
For Thanksgiving, we spent time with both sides of the family. 😀 A rare treat.