Thursday, April 28, 2011

Practically Perfect every way.

Anyone guess what I'm talking about?  ;)  I do believe I've held you in suspense long enough.  I dropped several hints last week about the exciting thing I did last Wednesday, and now it is time to be out with it.  Last week...I saw the Broadway production of Mary Poppins!!

It was, in a word, magical.  Just like it should be.  Honestly, I couldn't help but smile the whole way through.  "Step in Time" had me tapping my foot and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" had the whole audience clapping along.  It was spectacular, and honestly, so much fun.  It made you want to laugh and cry and dance and sing till your lungs burst.

Before you go on thinking I have way too much money to my name in order to go to these musicals, let me dispel that charming little myth.  My aunt took me and the rest of my siblings to this for our birthdays (which means it's either 5 months late or 7 months early for me :P).  She doesn't take us to a show every year, but she's done it quite a few times, and I love her for it, as you can imagine.  When I heard last summer that Mary Poppins was coming to my city, I was sure to plant the idea in her head right away.  It worked.  ;)

This was also my first time ever sitting on the ground floor of this wonderful, one-of-my-favorite-places-in-the-whole-world theatre for a Broadway show, and it was super exciting.  Sure, we were still towards the back, but I had always gotten the nosebleed seats in the waaay back balcony, so this was pretty awesome.  But you want to know what was even more awesome?  My wonderful, going-to-be-Mary-Poppins-on-Broadway-someday friend Morgan had seats about 10 rows from the front, and at intermission, she told us that the couple rows in front of them had empty seats.  So for the entire second act, I literally sat about 7 rows from the very front!  It was amaaazing to see their faces up-close without binoculars.

Another plus of being so close during the second act came during "Step in Time."  You know how in the movie, Bert goes "over the rooftops"??  Well, for the show, that meant walking up the side of the stage, and then going upside down on the top frame and tap-dancing on the ceiling!  Epic much?  I wouldn't have been able to see it with my seat in the back with the balcony hanging over me, but oh-so-thankfully, I did.

While we're on the topic of Bert...he was perfect.  If you think you like Bert in the movie (which I always did--I mean, c'mon, it's Dick Van Dyke!), you should have seen him here.  He was good-lookin', had a gorgeous voice, could dance like anything, and had the greatest facial expressions ever.  And our Mary Poppins was adorable and had a lovely voice.  It was all so colorful and happy and full of magic.  I didn't want it to end.

I thought they did a really good job of including most of the well-beloved songs from the Julie Andrews movie, but still adding enough to it to make it new and exciting and different and deeper and more meaningful and eccentric and colorful at the same time.  Basically, I thrilled to every minute of it.  The set was gorgeous too.  And guess what everyone?  She flew!  Mary Poppins flew over the stage! :)

Iffin you be wantin' to, these are videos of my two favorite parts, though not the cast I saw (and trust me, my cast was even better ;P).  "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"...seriously, how does anyone memorize how to spell that word and then dance to it?  And "Step in Time"...skip to 1:00 if you want to see it--there's awesome dancing and Bert on the ceiling!!


Oh, and here's "my" cast in real life.  All those pictures in this post are of the cast we had--same people--except Michael.  This was our Michael.  He was cuter.  ;P  No fair...these little kids getting to be on Broadway.

And this is my sis and Morgan and I all super excited with big huge grins before the show.  :D  (Not-so-great picture, I know.  But it's capturing an awesome moment and wonderful memory, so really--who cares?)


I have ever told ya'll how much I love Broadway musicals?  I adore them.  Seriously.  It's been added to my bucket list to see a musical actually on Broadway in New York someday.  Wouldn't that be marvelous?

If you reach for the stars
All you get are the stars,
But we've found a whole new spin...
If you reach for the heavens,
You get the stars thrown in!

Monday, April 25, 2011

well well well.

Somehow I always forget that spring is the craziest part of the year.  But here I am again, wondering how on earth I'm going to do all that there is to do...even though it's all good.  For the next two weekends, we have our play performances...then I'll have my band concert...then dance recital...then finals...then my summer job...and lots of opportunities between.

The biggest decision I've had to make is National Convention.  So, I told you all about TeenPact: how amazing it is, and how awesome the people are.  NC is a week-long camp in late May where any TeenPact alumni can hang out, hear incredible speakers, grow in great friendships and in their relationship with Christ, participate in National Elections, play Ultimate Frisbee, and have just about the best week of their life.  I really really reeeaally would love to go again.  I went last year, and it was just that: the best week of my life.

So why not go, you ask?  There's just one problem: it costs about $375.  Ouch.  "Money is the world's curse.  May the Lord smite me with it!" (Fiddler on the Roof, anyone?)  Plus, I'm going to apply to staff for TeenPact.  I can either do that at NC, or interview over the phone.  And right now, it looks as if it'll be over the phone.  As sad as that makes me, I'm kinda good with it.  This is where God has me, and I feel peaceful about not going.  It's just about the only thing I'm sure of at this point.

Besides that, there's auditions for the musical Cinderella at the end of this month and performances in the middle of July.  I really wanted to try out (if you know me at all, you'll know I adore musical theatre and it's a dream of mine to be in a musical someday), but the timing is not great with so much going on.  Plus, it's a good 45 minutes away, so there would be a lot of gas money involved.  I hate money...grrrr.  Anyway, I've decided that I'm not trying out, but I don't give up on someday being in a musical yet.  ;)

Sometime in June (I think...), my mom is planning on taking us girls to Chicago, which would be awesome.  And in July, I'm hoping to volunteer with something called the Somali Summer Camp at my church...which is kinda a VBS type thing for Somalian kids [and which...I still need to apply to...]. many possibilities...*sigh*  As you can see, I have a lot of things that still need to be worked out.  And SOMETIME in there I actually have to finish school!

Anywho, I'm praying about things and I know and trust that God has a plan for these next couple months...I'm sure he'll open and close doors where needed.  Life just...requires decisions, which I don't necessarily like to make.

But in the meantime, this song makes me happy.

And this picture makes me laugh.  Random, I know.  It's pet week over at I Heart Faces.  I wasn't even trying to get a good photo when I took's my dad's friend's dog, taken with my friend's camera.  Random, fo sho.  But hilarious all the same.

I have my college class's midterms tomorrow.  Pray for me.  :P

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is risen!


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"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."
Matthew 28:6

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is full of joy and happy springy-ness...even if it happens to raining here.  =/

"The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world."
1 John 4:14

My grandma came home from spending the winter in Florida yesterday, and spent last night with us before leaving this morning.  Then our whole family dressed up and when to our church's Easter Sunday service.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39

There in the ground his body lay // light of the world by darkness slain // Then bursting forth on glorious day // up from the grave he rose again! // And as he stands in victory // sin's curse has lost its grip on me // For I am his, and he is mine // bought by the precious blood of Christ!

"God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:5

It's on mornings like this that I just fall in love with my church all over again.  It makes me want to go up to random people, give hugs, and say, "Jesus loves you!"  :)))  We had an awesome service with music, dancing, and a great message, full of rejoicing because of our risen Savior.

"But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."
1 John 2:1-2

After church, we came home and ate a yummy lunch and then had Easter basket searching.  We had done egg-coloring on Friday, and then there was candy of course.  Dark chocolate m&m's = LOVE.

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
1 John 3:1

Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes // if grace is an ocean we're all sinking // Oh, how he loves us so // oh, how he loves us // how he loves us all

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us."
1 John 3:16

My family also has a tradition of doing something called "Resurrection Eggs."  They're those plastic Easter eggs, but each one has something inside that tells part of the resurrection story (the donkey Jesus rode on Palm Sunday, silver coins to represent what Judas betrayed Jesus for, a white cloth to show that Jesus was wrapped and laid in the tomb, etc, etc...and finally an empty egg for the empty tomb!).  We go through and read the story from the Bible, while opening the eggs one by one.  I've done it since I was little.  :]

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

The rest of the day has been spent doing leisurely things...which I probably can't afford with all I have on my plate right now.  But oh well.  Hey, it's Easter, right?

"'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?'  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55, 57

I hope you all have a lovely Easter celebrating the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, friends.  Eat lots of candy know you want to.  ;)  But don't forget what this day is really about.

He is risen!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Insane and the Unknown

I have a lot to say and little time to say it.  This week has been a big, long, exhausting, great week for me...a lot has happened and most of it has been really good.  Where to begin?

If you've never heard of it, it's a program that has classes in government and leadership for young people in various states over the course of a week.  That was this week for me.  It was long and tiring, full of wearing skirts and heels down by the state capitol each day, and I'm so happy to be able to say that I slept in this morning and am currently wearing a t-shirt and sweats.  But besides that, it was fantastic.  I loved it.  This is is my second year taking the TeenPact state classes, and I loved doing the alumni track this year, which studied different leaders and people's definitions of effective leadership.  It was really cool and informative.

Also, since this is a study of the way our government works, we had what is known as TeenPact Legislature, in which students write, present, debate, and vote on bills.  So much fun.  Last year, I was super quiet during TPLeg, but this year I was able to go up and defend both of the bills I had written (yeah, standing up in front of everyone and having them drill you with questions :P).  Even though both my bills failed in the vote, I still felt really good about how speaking on them went.  Plus, the staffers saved my funny, unserious bill (selling poor people into slavery to eliminate poverty and the governmental debt haha) for graduation...meaning I had to go up and defend it at our graduation ceremony in front of all the parents, the actual Capitol Building in the House chamber where the Representatives of my state actually meet.  :)  It was really cool, and talking about my funny bill was tons of fun.

Then there are TeenPact Elections.  The state classes hold mock elections to learn about the whole process, and students can run for Governor or Senator.  I was nominated for Senator, made it out of my party's primaries (oh yeah Communist Party!), and then had to participate in what is known as Open Forum, where all the candiates are put on the spot answering questions so people can decide who to vote for.  Out of nine people running for Senator, I was one of the three that actually got elected!  :)))  It made me extremely happy, despite the fact that I had to give a three-minute speech at graduation...yup, in the capitol.

Besides the fact that it was a great learning experience, TeenPact people are just plain awesome.  I knew most of the people that staffed the class beforehand (staffers are usually from 16-20 years old), and that made it really cool for me.  I really, really would love to staff next year, especially since I know I won't be taking the class again.  It would be such an amazing opportunity, and I also feel like the interns at my state class (who would have to write me a referal letter if I apply) know who I am since I really participated this year.  Plus, one of the staffers told me as I left that I did really well and encouraged me to apply to staff.  Made my day.  ;)

So, that's been most of my week.  Crazy, long, and awesome.  I think and hope and pray God has some cool plans in store for me.

I was unable to go to the TeenPact camp (where people can hang out casually after the class) because I had something going on all four of the evenings (I was barely home more than an hour each day, coming home from TP and heading straight for somewhere else).  The first night was dance.  Dance recital is in only a month now, so we're working to finish up our dances and put everything together.  Monday was especially wonderful too because Jessica showed up.  Jessica was our dance teacher's helper for years...she was always at class, and she's beautiful, a beautiful dancer, and has a beautiful personality.  This year was the first year in awhile she hadn't helped out in dance classes, and we've all missed her a lot.  So she came and danced with us a bit on Monday, which was a special treat.

Tuesday and Thursday night were the first two dress rehearsals for our play.  It's almost over; that's just insane.  It's falling together...there are lots of little things we're still working on, but I'm excited.  We have six performances, the first of which is in one week, next Friday.  Woooww.  We have just two more dress rehearsals next week, and then the big night.  It should be fun...hopefully...if not too nerve-racking.  :P

The Mysterious Unknown.
I've hinted that I did something Wednesday night, but I haven't told you what it is.  Well guess what?  You still don't get to know...though rest assured, you will soon.  :)))  I just like keeping secrets is all, and telling you all about it would take much too long at the present moment.

Feel free to guess what the mysterious unknown was though.  Think: "two great tastes that taste great together."  What was great about your week?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

mystery of people

I've shared it before, yup.  But the challenge at I Heart Faces this week is "wind" so I had to do it again.  :)

She's so pwetty.  ;P  And the thing is, this picture doesn't even do her justice.

On another note, you will probably not hear from me much during the next week.  I'll be either gone or busy for a good chunk of it.  Seriously, this next week is insane.  Besides having TeenPact (that government class program thing I mentioned) during the day, I have dance class Monday night, rehearsal Tuesday night, something (later, later...any guesses?) Wednesday night, rehearsal Thursday night, and then very possibly sleeping all day Friday.

So needless to say, I'm going to be by far preoccupied with other things.  Buuut dropping me a comment would be lovely for when I come back.  ;)

(the following is an extract from my alternate reality)

People amuse me.  I love to people-watch.  Seriously, who wants to bird-watch when there's people?  I just laugh at people sometimes because it is so easy to do.  And not necessarily out of malice, but just from sheer amusement.

People confuse me.  I'm not bad at reading people, but I'm not especially good at it either.  Sometimes I don't even know how to read myself.  Sometimes I just get befuddled and want to get away from it all.  I wish I could get into people's brains and find out what they're really thinking.  But even that thought frightens me, because I wouldn't for the world want people getting into my brain.

People are a wonderful mystery, each and every one of them.  I like people.  In general, I'm a people-lover.  It's part of me and my personality.  I have a tendency to like anyone at the start, or at least begin with a favorable opinion of them and a will to like them.  And then as time goes on and I actually get to know the person better, I'll form a more complete feeling towards them.

I've been wrong before.  I've known people for a long time, had a certain thought about them, only to discover suddenly that I never really knew them all along.

This happened to me recently.  I liked this person well enough despite some things that bothered me, because that is what I do.  I was even friends with this person, and we saw each other and talked on a regular basis.  But then something happened where I realized I had never really known this person, never really talked, not about things that mattered, not much.  And I suddenly realized how much I wanted to know this person, more than just on the surface.

Then there are people who I like just because I like to people-watch, and they are fun to do it to.  But then something happens that makes me second-guess.  This also happened to me recently.  I enjoyed this person, though we didn't know each other well and I knew we probably never would.  Sure, I knew this person had their flaws, but I like people generally, so it takes something major to change that.  It actually started out as a similar situation as the one I previously mentioned.  Only this time, people disappointed me.

I still don't dislike this person because that's just not me, but this person confuses, surprises, frustrates, annoys--mostly, disappoints--me.  And it's not even something to do with me really; I'm just an indirect observer.  But this person is someone I would expect to know better, to think before acting, to have a little more respect of other people, and to be mature enough to just...have common sense.

The thing is, this person had done it before, but I was hoping it wouldn't happen again.  For all I care, this person can mess things up for themselves, but the fact that they took the risk of hurting, involving, and disappointing other people is what upsets me.  It makes my opinion of this person go down, because I personally can't have much respect for someone like that.

People...I love people.  But we're not flawless, and sometimes we make mistakes.  Sometimes it's good for me to realize that, because people are mysteries, and life can be a beautiful or not-so-beautiful mess.  I guess it's a trust game; thankfully I have Jesus at the head of that.  But it's also a growing experience--and that's not a game--it's a day-to-day reality.  And honestly, I'm intimidated and thankful to be part of it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

[twelve] Everything

-12: a song that you want played at your wedding-

"Everything" by Michael Bublé.  This song is adorable.  This music video is adorable.  He is adorable.  I definitely want to dance to this song if I ever get married.  If, my friends--if.  But yup...if I do, my guy's gonna sing.

You're a falling star, You're the getaway car
You're the line in the sand when I go too far
You're the swimming pool, on an August day
And you're the perfect thing to say

And you play it coy, but it's kinda cute
And when you smile at me you know exactly what you do
Baby don't pretend, that you don't know it's true
Cause you can see it when I look at you

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, You make me sing
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything

You're a carousel, you're a wishing well
And you light me up, when you ring my bell
You're a mystery, you're from outer space
You're every minute of my every day

And I can't believe that I'm your man
And I get to kiss you baby just because I can
Whatever comes our way, we'll see it through
Cuz you know that's what our love can do

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, You make me sing
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything

So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, You make me sing
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything

You're every song, and I sing along
Cuz you're my everything
Yeah, yeah

So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

And besides that, I adore "You Raise Me Up," but it can be sung by none other than Josh Groban.  Trust me, you haven't loved this song until you hear him sing it.  Besides having cool hair and a sweet artsy music video, he has the voice of an angel without even looking like he tries.  Go listen.  Now.  The end is the best part; wait for it.  And even though Michael Bublé is married now (*sob*), Josh Groban is still single (*wink*).

I actually have started making a list of cute songs I want to play at my wedding if such an event ever occured.  I have some good ones, and let's just say that Josh Groban and Michael Bublé both have more than one song on that list.  Do tell me if you have any sweet favorite songs that I could add.  :)

By the way, I got an inspiration page up...I'll be adding more to it as time goes on.  Check it out and tell me what you think!

ps--This week has started the craziest month and a half of my whole year.  I am literally hectic and kinda stressing/freaking out about all I have to do. This week is cram-homework time, then next week I'll be gone practically the whole time downtown at a government class/program I'm participating in (which has me freaked out homework-wise).  Plus, twice-a-week dress rehearsals for the play start next week, and I'm also going to have to miss band for a night taken up to do something special with my aunt (more on that later).  I have to make time to brainstorm for certain projects I have due soon, and I have several friends who want to get together with me and I just seem to have no time.  Then May hits and I have play performances, dance recital, band concert, and with the end of the month finals and more cram-homework so I can work the job I have set up in early June.  HELP!  A prayer for me would be truly amazing.  <3

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April showers bring May flowers

After Sunday being so deliciously warm, breezey, and sunny, yesterday was dismal and rainy.
But it wasn't just blehh-type rain.  It was pretty, drizzly, whimsical, dreamy rain.  The kind I like.

I even got to sit out on the porch and read as the rain fell just in front of me.

But then, even though I had tons to do, I couldn't resist dashing outside in the wetness to snap a few photos of the branches, new buds, and flowers soaking in the water.

(linking up to Allie's photo challenge)

Ahh, this one was taken waiting for just the perfect moment to snap.  And I got that little water droplet. :)

 I like the sun, don't get me wrong, but rain makes me happy in a totally different way.  It's just beautiful.  <3 

Any other rain-lovers out there?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

[ten & eleven] Neverland

First things first.  I am sitting outside on the grass, writing this as I lean against a tree.  The sun is shining and the wind is blowing, and it is, in a word, gorgeous.  Yes yes, welcome warmth and growth and spring!

This lovely kind of weather could easily throw me into a thoughtful mood.  That, and listening to this song on repeat.

In all reality, if Peter Pan came to me right now and said, "Hey, want to go to Neverland with me?" I would jump up in an instant and say, "Yes sir!"  I can be an extremely nostalgic person.  I don't want to grow up; I don't want things to change.  And watching how my friendships shift as my friends and I grow in different directions is not always a desired thing for me.  I want everything to stay the same--I want to stay a simple little girl with simple little girl friends.

But life isn't like that, is it?  Life throws different people on different paths, and God has different plans.  I'll accept the change.  I'll get used to it.  But part of me just wants to hold on to that last straw of make-believe and plead for it to come back.  Part of me wants to go to Neverland, because surely things are much more simple and sweet there.  And even though things will change, I have I feeling that I'll be one of those 50-somethings still saying, "When I grow up..."

-10: a photo of you taken over ten years ago-

As you can see, this was taken well over ten years ago, when I was only 9 months old.  It makes me smile.

-11: a photo of you taken recently-
These were taken by my lovely friend Ruthie (thus her watermark/logo).  The pictures are from a fantastically fun photo shoot with my fellow thespians--all of us girls acting in Little Women.

My sister Cassie posted more of these photo shoot pictures on her blog if you want to check them out.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine @ HorseFeathersHave I mentioned to you all how much I love spring?  Well, I do.  Have I mentioned how much spring is refusing to cooperate in my cloudy little part of the universe?  Well, it is.  Maybe if I complain enough it will change its mind.

Also, forgive the super goofy formatting of this post.  Every once in awhile blogger goes on strike for me.


  • Favorite season, and why?

  • Spring, definitely.  Just, go look outside.  The world is coming back to life.

  • How would you describe your personal style?  

  • Quite average actually.  Cute and casual I guess.  I wish I had more of my own style, but alas, I do not.  I have too little money for it.

  • What's one weird thing you can do? (The stranger the better!)

  • Oh dear, haha, there are lots.  I shall keep it down to just one though.  Uhhmmm...I can laugh like a goat.  =P

  • Rain or shine?

  • Depends.  I love the sun, of course, but too much heat (especially humidity) really gets to me.  And I actually adore the's beautiful and mysterious.

  • Confession time... what's a flaw of yours?

  • Being moody.  Yes yes, I get into my little I-don't-like-people-and-don't-want-to-talk-about-it-either type moods at times.

  • Favorite music?

  • Once again, it depends.  I love some contemporary Christian music, some pop music, and some oldies, plus movie soundtracks/classical/instrumental music.

  • Have you ever made a decision you instantly regretted? What was it?

  • The first thing that comes to mind is being a bit possesive about the treasure hunt at my 12th birthday party...a long time ago, yes, but I was always upset at myself after that.

  • Who do you admire/look up to?

  • Someone alive?  My mommy.  Someone dead?  C.S. Lewis, my hero.

  • You've just won an unlimited lifetime supply of... what?

  • PAPER!  Any paper...notebooks, stationery, paper paper paper!  I love it so much.  ;]

  • If you were an animal, what would you be?

  • Totally cliché, but I'd love to be a bird so I could fly.  I think I'd be a sparrow, because they're cool, aaand because of a certain Jack.  <grin>

  • If you knew you were going to die in a year, what would you do with your time?

  • Go on a massive missions trip with my church, travel the world, write a book, and eat lots of cheesecake.

  • You're now a gazillionaire... where do you go to spend your money?

  • All the expensive places that I could never do anything but window shop at before...which is lots of places, so I'll spare you a list.  I would shop at nice clothing stores and work on that personal style, but I also love trinket and antique shops.

  • Classical music: love it or hate it?

  • How can anyone hate classical music?  I adore it.

  • Phobias?

  • I have a fear of old ladies in rocking chairs, deep deep water, and Dr. Seuss.  Also, arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth). =p

  • Hop on a plane and go live somewhere for a year... where is it, and why?

  • France--because I'm in love with it already even though I've never been there, and I'm learning the language, which is beautiful.

  • Are you an extrovert or an introvert?

  • Mostly an extrovert (my personality type is "performer"), but I'm okay with being quiet if there's no reason for me to talk, so some people get the impression that I'm shy.

  • Would you/do you perform on stage?

  • I do, and I love it (remember, I'm personality "performer"?).  I'm acting in Little Women as Amy right now, and even though it's the first theatrical thing I've done, I like to say that I've been acting my whole life, just not necessarily on stage.


    This makes me happy.  But then, I am always happy to find flowers and/or quotes.  <3

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    [nine] Spring

    -9: a photo you took-

    How about several?  ;)  During our lovely little bout of springy weather that now ceases to grace us with its presence, I went outside to take some pictures.

    The sun was shining, and I was happy.  I love rain, trust me.  We had a thunderstorm a couple days ago and I loved it.  But sunshine just makes me oh-so-happy.  Especially this time of year.

    There are always two particular patches in my yard that get spring's very first flowers.  They don't last very long, but I love them.  When they bloom, they bring the announcement that spring has arrived.

    I'm pretty sure that those two patches of purple flowers have gotten bigger each year.  Maybe they're spreading.  That would make me excessively happy.  They are always the first thing I search for in springtime.

    I even overcame my extreme dislike of insects to get this picture.  I'm still rather frightened to look too closely at it...I'm not very fond of bees.

    Tessie.  Oh how I love this sister of mine.

    She was outside getting the mail when I was outside taking pictures, and I grabbed to her have a spontaneous photo shoot.  Her and the spring lovely.

    Sometimes she makes the most hilarious faces.  I call her my ducky because of it.  ;)  She's crazy, loud, stubborn, witty, sweet, hilarious, independent, and a lot like me in many ways.

    She's so sweetly beautiful.  She fits in with spring.  And yes, I did this because I've been wanting to sneak some of my very favorite lyrics from Les Mis ever (and the ones I cried most at).

    Spring flowers and my adorable sister = some of my favorite things in the whole wide world.  Honestly, I adore flowers.  Some people could care less, " exist, yay."  But I'm a flower kind of girl.  I love them.

    This is a mix between an "I feel like being weird" face and an "Are you done yet?" face.

    Seriously, this girl could be a child model.  She's going to be a heartbreaker.  Look at that face.  And her stormy eyes.

    Yes, this was a good day.  Now if only some of our lovely weather would come back to us so the flowers won't feel the need to hide anymore.

    How I love spring.  What are some of your favorite things about this glorious, happifying season?

    P.S. -- If any of you haven't yet, there's still one day left to vote here for my photo (#136 Jennoelle @ UO).  Thank you sooo much!  xo