A few weeks ago at a library program we were painting plaquy things. We painted our plaques a base color. We had drawn a design on a piece of paper and then painted over it on a piece of plastic. I had no idea what to do, so I just decided to do Creative Castle. When we turned the plastic over onto the plaque the design flipped, so I had to draw my words backwards.
Overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Right now it’s hanging on a wall in my bedroom. I like how in real life it represents my little corner of the internet.
My favorite kind of walk in the woods is when I am covered in mud, my pants have new holes in them, my hands are scraped and bleeding, and I can’t tell where the mud on my shoes ends and my shoes begin.
These might seem like bad things, but when they happen one thing is sure.
I’m having an adventure.
And while I like to walk in the woods, I love adventures.
Logs to climb on, trees, rivers, streams, fences, leaves, everything. Exploring where I am, climbing trees, walking on logs, the kind of silence that isn’t completely quiet, but the only sounds are of nature and you, and even getting all muddy.
I think that an adventure in the woods is kind of like life.
A lot of times it’s fun, but sometimes not.
The rivers in the woods are like struggles. You probably try to avoid them, but sometimes you you can’t. Sometimes while getting out of one river you fall into another river you didn’t know was there. Sometimes it’s all you can do to keep from drowning in the river. Sometimes you want to go into a river, it looks fun, but then you get stuck and you can’t get out. Sometimes people try to help you, and sometimes they don’t realize you are drowning. Sometimes you will have to get out a river by yourself, and sometimes you will have to call out for help.
You know you aren’t supposed to go in the forbidden territory, but there is no one there, and you can’t imagine what could possibly be bad about it. Then you get lost, dreadfully lost, and don’t know how you will ever come out. You don’t know which way to go. Sometimes you don’t realize you have crossed the fence into forbidden territory until you come back out onto the other side.
The woods seem small. Sometimes you don’t know how you can possibly get lost in there till you are. On the good side or the not so good side of the fence, you can’t tell.
Sometimes you will have to do things that others don’t think is right.
Sometimes you will have to climb on that log suspended by branches. It’s scary, and you could fall at any second, but you will have to trust it will turn out alright.
Sometimes you will have to climb off of that branch you are having so much fun on, because you know that while it’s okay now, it could turn out disastrously later. So you climb off, and it collapses. Sometimes you will stay on, and it will collapse under you.
Sometimes you will slide down in the mud, trying to get up, but only sliding down father. Sometimes every step takes you down father. Sometimes you will find support in an unexpected place, and sometimes you will just have to accept that you are falling, hold on and try again later. And sometimes you will find that where you are isn’t so bad as you expected.
Exploring can be fun, but when you get tired, the sun goes down, and you are alone, it’s hard not to be scared.
Sometimes when you come inside your mom will fuss over you, making a big deal about your scrapes, never really knowing the danger you were in.
But hold on, because in the end, things turn out alright.
On Sunday in church the speaker in our youth group was asking us to call out groups in our school. Middleschooler, and highschoolers. Brown haired and blonde haired. 11th grader 9th grader and 7th grader. But popular, nerds, jocks?
In a three student school it’s hard to be popular.
This kind of thing happens all the time. A couple of times I’ve even seen people use school examples in groups of ALL homeschoolers. It drives us crazy.
I usually understand the concepts, but from books. Which means often they are skewed, because most of the crazy things that happen in books don’t happen in real life. (As far as I know)
It drives me crazy when they do that. It kind of feels like they are treating the schooled kids better because they go to school.
Why can’t they use concepts that EVERYONE can relate to?
I know most of the people running things were not homeschooled, but surely they can come up with something better.
Like the ‘kid sitting alone at lunch’. I have heard that one more times than I care to count. What about ‘kid playing alone on the playground, swimming alone at the pool, swinging alone on the swings, sitting alone at church, (This one especially, because if it’s being taught at church everyone can relate to it) scootering alone in the neighborhood?
Or being left out at school. There are other things to be left out at.
There are so many homeschoolers now. We have lots in our community. I think it’s about time they stop leaving us out.
And P.S. Homeschoolers do have friends.
I haven’t done this before, at least not on a blog, but I love lists, so here goes.
I’m not going to bother to say much about February since I didn’t do this last month, but get straight to March.
Find a name for Skylar’s story
I’m writing a story about a girl named Skylar. I’m doing it journal style, but even so I want to come up with a name besides Skylar’s Journal.
Work on Skylar
This goes along with that last one. Work on the story and write more.
Finish Joy’s Journal
I’m working on a story on my other blog, and I’m writing the rest of the story before I post it. I’m not fully finished though, and I need to work on it. If only the person who I am asking questions about the topic I’m using would reply to her email.
Start a story called The Legend Of Quiet
Decide what to do for Dolltastically fun
Ever since I decided to stop supporting American Girl I’ve been on the fence about Dolltastically Fun. It takes longer to make posts now, and I’m not getting many up lately. I haven’t been enjoying it much. So I need to decide what to do.
Get at least 35 views on Creative Castle
I only got 35 views last year on Creative Castle, which isn’t very many, so I’m hoping to get at least 35 views this month.
Work on Dolltasticallyfun Pinterest
DolltasticallyFun has a Pinterest account, but I rarely use it. It was mostly because my computer wouldn’t let me use Pinterest, so I had to use it at the library, which closed for renovations. But now it works on my computer and the library is open.
Post at least five times on Creative Castle
I only posted a few times last month, so I want to do more this month.
Read 75 books
I read 52 last month, and 89 in January, so I hope I can do it.
Read the bible more
I read my bible quite a lot this month, but I haven’t been doing it a lot lately.
Work on the star quilt
I’m working on making a small quilt. I have all the pieces cut out, but I need to piece them together.
Get my room COMPLETELY CLEAN
No random stuff on the floor (Except for the furniture that was in the corner the squirrels invaded.) No random stuff everywhere.
There are some drawers I need to organize (Mostly the ones on the floor that have to be organized before they can go back in the dresser.)
Sew a nice spring skirt
I just got some new skirts, so maybe a shirt would be better, but I want to make a lace circle skirt.
Talk to Lauren
A friend I need to talk to.
Try not to drive people crazy
I ask too many questions.
Drive people crazy
Only when they drive me crazy.
I have bunches of pictures on my computer that I need to sort.
Same as pictures
Practice the violin outside of school
I practice my violin during school, but I want to get better at it, so more practice.
Play more with Pigs
I have two (Adorable) guinea pigs, but I don’t play with them a ton, so I should play with them more.
Put up something on Etsy
I actually have an Etsy shop, which I rarely keep up with, but I’d like to get something up there this month.
Picture a day
It’s only three days into the month, and already I have failed. However I want to keep trying on taking at least one picture each day.
I just recently got my hair cut, and I want to dye it purple. Hasn’t happened yet.
Obviously not all of this will happen, but I’ll let you know how it goes.
The idea from this post came when I was thinking what I was going to say in another post. “I’m sure you don’t want to hear a long list of excuses” But what if you do? (You probably don’t) So I decided to devote an entire post to a list of excuses. It’s something to post.
Long list of excuses
I’ve been sick.
I’ve been preparing for my homeschool science fair.
I’ve been too busy listening to Twenty One Pilots
I haven’t felt like posting
I haven’t had many good ideas
Mom keeps interrupting me
Squirrels ate a hole through my wall. (It’s actually true. I have squirrels in my wall, along with a nest.)
I’ve been busy cleaning my room so that we can fix the wall, and then paint it
I’m too busy coming up with a list of excuses to come up with something better
I’m organizing my ribbon
I’ve been reading a zillion books
I haven’t done much school lately and blogging is part of my school schedule
The spell checker on wordpress doesn’t seem to be working
I’m too busy complaining about the underwear outrage
I haven’t had motivation to do it
Picmonkey doesn’t seem to like loading
It’s been taking me longer than I have to put together a post
I want to make a good post, so I start something and never finish it
The library just reopened and I have been too busy walking to it
There you have it. A long list of excuses.
I’ve always loved when people comment on my blogs. But I haven’t thought much about commenting on other people’s blogs. Sometimes I would, but way more often than not I’d just think ‘nice post!’ and not do anything.
But then I posted a poll on my other blog asking for advice. One of the choices was other, and while most people just gave their opinion, one person said something really surprising.
That person said one of the other answers, but used the other to say something nice. Really nice. It was encouraging, and made me feel really good, though it was very simple.
I realized the power of saying something nice, even something simple.
And since then I’ve made an effort to say nice things, both on the internet, and in the real world.
I want to make people happy.
When I read a good post I’ll say so. I won’t just think ‘nice post!’, I’ll tell them how good it is.
When I scroll down to the bottom of the post even if wasn’t planning on commenting, if they have only a few comments I’ll usually comment.
With all the bad things in the world it’s nice to see something not cutting someone down, whether it be a company, a person, or an idea.
Seeing how much something nice can do has opened my eyes. So I encourage you to say something nice to someone else today, or comment something nice.
I love to take pictures. My camera comes with me anywhere that might be interesting. I love to look through my pictures, to go back to the past.
But you can’t take a picture of everything.
You can take a picture of someone climbing a tree, but you can’t capture that moment of accomplishment when you make it to the top.
You can take a picture of that girl sitting on a log sticking out above a creek, her legs crossed, her eyes staring off into the distance, but you can’t capture the feeling of sitting there thinking.
You can’t capture how exhausted you are after working on shoe boxes for eight hours
That proud feeling of surviving your audition
The wind in your face, blowing your hair
Your friend encouraging you to keep going
That much needed hug
How scared you were when there was someone else in that woods, not knowing who it was
Snowflakes falling on your face
Giggling with your best friend
Crying into your pillow late at night
When your foot misses the loop on the swing and goes all the way through, dragging your hair through the mud
That huge misunderstanding that happens when you try to tell someone something
When you survive something really hard
Doing your dance steps correctly for the first time
Cartwheels in the front yard
Wading through the creek, splashing around with joy
When you have been waiting for a book for forever, and when the library says that your book is at the library and you get there, and they lost it
When you found out that the library is closing for two months
How much you just want to go outside, and you can’t because you are sick
When you finish making yourself a dress
Being lost in the woods, hundreds of miles from home
When your friends abandon you
Hiding in the woods writing
Late night talks with cousins
How overjoyed you are when the first flowers of spring finally open
How happy you are to do something nice for someone else
You can take pictures, but you can’t capture everything.
I’m starting to wonder if what you can capture really matters at all.
2016 has been a very interesting year. Some parts were good, some parts were bad, some parts were AMAZING, and some parts were TERRIBLE. I learned a lot this year, and mostly, I survived. Here’s some of what happened this year:
Started Joy’s Journal on my other blog Dolltastically Fun. Got braces
Won 2nd place in a homeschool science fair.
I’m sure SOMETHING Happened in march. Nope. Got nothing
My drama group preformed Mary Poppins
Finished making 50 scarfs (With some help) for an organization my church supports.
Finished my 6th grade school year.
I turned 13.
Started school again and came home from a family vacation.
I went to the Fall Retreat at church camp. Started writing in my journal again. Went Trick or Treating with friends in my neighborhood.
Found myself sick for two weeks. UGH. Started posting on Creative Castle again
Went to the Operation Christmas Child Processing center with my Grandparents and Cousin. CHRISTMAS.
My year was quite interesting, but I can’t wait for 2017!
I survived Christmas!!! YAY!!!
I received a lot of gifts, all of which I am very thankful for. Here are a few of my favorites.
Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag in any way, I just thought you might like to read about some of the things I received.
Gel A Peel Set
My grandparents gave me a Gel A Peel set which is tubes of gel stuff that you squeeze out into designs. When the gel drys it is rubbery, perfect for bracelets and other stuff. I love this set! It comes with a lot of gel, and you can make other things than bracelets. Currently I am making doll shoes.
One of my friends gave me a pair of shoes that don’t fit her anymore. They are not new, but they fit, and I love them! They are pink glitter slip on shoes. I love glitter and I love pink, so I love these shoes!
My Grandma gave this to me. I love to bake, but I didn’t have a stand mixer, so this is going to be really helpful. It mixes my cake batter (Or cookie dough, or frosting, or anything besides cement) so much faster then my little hand crank egg beater did. I am so happy with this
What did you receive for Christmas? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment!
Every year I have so many plans for Christmas, which I never get done.
For example this year I wanted to do a gingerbread house, make presents for everyone, and survive. I am still working on the gingerbread house, I had to narrow down my list of gifts so I could make them all, and I still finished them just yesterday.
Survive. Hmm, I don’t know. When I was younger I would get so excited for Christmas, and have a huge letdown. I’ve learned to not get excited about Christmas. I don’t ask for very many presents, mainly I don’t have a lot I want that I can’t get with my own money, and partly to be surprised. I don’t really get into Christmas until a few days before.
But survive? Well I don’t actually hate Christmas, but it can be quite a nuisance. However, so far I have survived.
But I do know how to have fun with Christmas. Which I do.
One of my very favorite things is wishing people Merry Christmas. So…..
However you do it, have a good Christmas.
Now if you will excuse me, Christmas is tomorrow, and I want to finish my gingerbread house. And to finish something you have to start it….