Thursday, February 15, 2018

Candles /// photo day


Candles are so much fun to shoot! (plus they smell really nice, which is a given, but needed to be mentioned) 

Getting the exposure right is a challenge though. When you want to shoot it as if the candle is the source of light in the photo, you can't use the ceiling lights. Natural light from the window is touch and go. Mostly, I just turn on the lamps in my room for a softer light, or maybe I'll light another candle and place it just barely out of the shot.


Oh my lands, y'all. Getting this one right was a challenge. I don't think I used any sources of light outside of the candle. The exposure was a nightmare. I would get it so the candle was perfect, but then I couldn't see the title of the book, of even the book itself. And then I'd get it so I could see the title, but then the candle was a bright blob. Finding that happy middle took several shots of experimentation. Getting it focused properly was no easy feat either. Auto-focus was wanting to focus on, of course, the item nearest the camera, while I wanted it to be focused in the center. So auto-focus was a no-go. I'll admit, I didn't even try to shoot through the viewfinder. Turning the screen on to see through the lens is a crutch that I am not ashamed to fall back on, haha.


Compared to the last photo, this one was relatively simple to figure out. I did have a lamp on in the room, and I think that helped tremendously. I would have liked the background to be completely black, and I may have one that is, but this photo had the best composition of all the ones I shot of the setting. 


This one was a spur-of-the-moment idea, actually. It was late and I was about to blow out the candle when I noticed how the light was bouncing off of the things around it on my nightstand. Of course, I rearranged everything to make it all more pleasing to look at, but I did not have the intention to take photos that night when I lit the candle. 


This one was pretty cool to shoot, I think it was an iPhone photo. I had lit it for the first time and thought that the color was so pretty.


This one I believe I had a few lamps turned on, and you can also see the light of a second candle just out of frame in the upper left corner.


This one, I really like. Simple, yet festive. 


And this is one of my favorites. It took me a while to set up. First, I had three candles set up around the corners, and some of those really did turn out nice, but of the set, this one turned out the best. The light works to highlight the folds and crumpledness of the map, yet still is not so bright that the candle becomes the main point of attention. The composition makes it very clear that the map is the focus, whereas with the others I took, the eye went more toward the corners where the candles were.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Worth of a King Cover Reveal!



Reveal Date: February 7th

Book release date: August 27th 

Book Description:

Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.
Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.
Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.
The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.

And here it is! *gasps* Isn't it GORGEOUS! 




Snippet:

It was beyond Adrian why people chose to celebrate Princess Obsidia’s birthday with such pomp and festivity. Indeed, they partied more for her than they did for both of King Ossian’s children combined.

Christa thought that it was pity for the poor, young princess who had lost her father on the night of her birth. Jerolin’s opinion was that it was loyalty to the true princess over than the children of the usurper.

Adrian usually didn’t bother about the why, however. He was just grateful that the festivities gave him the means to hide from the world on this day. There weren’t many people who were even aware that he shared a birthday with the princess – only those who had noticed that they didn’t know when his birthday was and asked.

Only Christa encouraged him to celebrate it.


image from Pinterest

Opening Chapter: https://knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-worth-of-king-chapter-1.html


Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32739875-the-worth-of-a-king




Author Bio:
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. "Finish your story, Kendra," is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that glorify God and His Word.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

Hope’s Giveaway!



Here’s some excitement!

Hope, author of the Legends of Light series is doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Burning Rose, a note book, and a sticker!

It begins today and runs until the 14th. It consists of a signed copy of Burning Rose, a notebook, and a sticker!

When you enter, you will be given your own lucky url to share, and for each friend that uses your url, you get bonus entries. How awesome is that?!

Click my link HERE to enter!

stuff is coming together /// January Recap





Life Things:

Lots happened.

I'll do my best to keep it all in order.

Lydia and I were able to get registered for college classes. Both of us are trying out the full-time student deal. So far so good for me. I'm taking four classes, only one of which is online, and going to the same college we have been attending, just at one of their other campuses, which happens to be a 76 mile drive round trip. We were able to organize the classes so that they would only be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I am over the roof excited because I like all of my professors.

We went skiing up in Colorado. We were going to go to New Mexico, but they didn't have any real snow, so Mom was able to figure out changing us to Colorado. All of us ended up happy with the change of plans, even if it meant a few more hours on the road. We got there on a Friday and left the following Friday. The drives were both uneventful. We stayed in Pagosa Springs, and skied at Wolf Creek, where about 11 years ago we had roadtripped up on Christmas day (would not recommend roadtripping on Christmas day unless your car never needs gas because nothing will be open).

Somehow a nasty cold managed to work its way through some of us. Christian and I took the hardest hit, Gabe and Mia both had a fever at one point, and I think a few people had sore throats. We were also going through a ton of kleenex. So that kind of got in the way of a few things (we weren't sure that Christian and I would be okay to ski the first day on Monday, but we did anyway, and ended up miserable the next day).

Mom and Uncle Phil both don't ski, but everyone else went that first day. It was very warm. We didn't really even need gloves on for most of the day, and we all ate lunch outside without our coats on.

Those of us who had first learned 11 years ago and hadn't skied since, and those of us who flat hadn't ever skied spent the day in ski school where they taught us very helpful things like how to stop and how to put your ski back on and how to stand and anchor yourself on a downhill slope while the one person who had bad luck getting their skis fitted correctly to their boots trial and errored their way very slowly down the hill that took us all an hour to get down but should only have taken about 20 minutes (not any of us). *cough*

Aunt Lauren and both Nana and Grandfather all enjoy skiing, and so does Dad. All of us kids decided we wanted to at least try it out the first day before thinking about doing a second one. Lydia decided not to ski the second day, as did Nana and Grandfather. Christian had fun snowboarding.

On Tuesday, those of us not sick went out to Durango to walk around and see The Greatest Showman.

Wednesday was game day. Uncle Phil had organized a Quiddler tournament (quiddler is a word game), and everyone had fun participating. Ava, Mom, and Gabe won.

Thursday was a second ski day for those who wanted. We all enjoyed it much better than the first. Ava and Gabe were little speedsters. No joke. I was the slow one for the first few runs. Mia also did fabulously. It was nice and sunny for the morning, then clouds rolled in and we got some light snow in the afternoon. It was all so pretty!

Crashes and falls on the slopes:

Lydia had a few royal wipeouts the day she skied, and even ended up in a ditch a couple times.

Someone crashed into me from behind (*hears it coming* "sorrysorrysorrysorrysorrry!" *kerflump*) the first day, and I almost hit a tree. And of course a few more small ones. I didn't fall at all the second day.

Dad had the biggest humdinger though. He and I were a little further back from the rest on the second day, and Dad's just gracefully going along, minding his own business and considerately making sure that he's not cutting directly in front of anyone, then along came a couple snowboarders. I saw it in slowmo. The guy crashed into Dad. A cloud of snow poofs. Dad goes down. The other guy ends up in front of him. Dad's skis are way up the slope, and he has no idea how he ended up where he is.

And Friday we drove home. Guys, I love mountains. There are some things that Texas just doesn't have, and one of those is snow-covered mountains.

College classes started on the 16th. Like I said, I love all my professors. All of them are on the older side and remind me very much of my grandparents. I am taking Horse Evaluation 1 (to put it in basic terms, being taught how to look at a horse to determine how well built it is), Farm and Shop (teaching skills you would need to have around a farm or shop- pretty self explanatory), Horsemanship 1 (which is, by far, the class I have been looking forward to the most, where they teach riding), and lastly, online College Algebra, which I am not exactly pleased as punch to be taking, but I needed to take four classes to be able to join any of the teams; speaking of which.

The college has a competitive judging team for horse-related events, which has scholarship opportunities as well as other general life skills as benefits, so I will be a part of that this semester.

The Civic is complaining about how many miles he has to go now, and gas is kicking me in the shins, but everything is going great and I love every minute of it!

I've still been looking for a job. I lowered my bar from horse related work and applied at food places. I got pretty far into the interviewing process for Panera, but before they could give me a definite answer, Chickfila offered me a job. Well I took it, mostly because I had thought it would be a good fit (never needing to worry about working on Sundays sounded nice), and I am still determining whether or not I made a good decision. I am working an evening shift and then two other closing shifts, and they've put me on making the salads, wraps, and fruit cups.

The last shift I worked just about did me in. It was slow to start because it was the middle of the afternoon and the morning crew had almost overdone the amount of stocking that needed to be done. Then they had me make something, and in the process of making whatever it was, we ran out of one of the favorite salads, and I didn't have enough of all the things I needed to make it, so I had to restock the things I had run out of before I could do anything else. But then other people were ordering other salads omitting an item or two, so I had to make those too, and over all that we ran out of fruit cups. And it was the dinner rush, and I was the only one doing prep for salads etc. To top it off, one of the managers asked me to stay and help close, so instead of getting off at 9, I didn't get off until a little after 11, and I didn't let Mom and Dad know because my brain pretty much shut down and I completely forgot, so they were freaking out because I wasn't answering my phone. This was also on a Monday night. I have a class at 9:30 an hour away the next morning. Needless to say, I was extremely stressed. So that was fun.

Mom, Dad, Lydia, and I all got new phones (heavens no, not the X, I like my home button thanks very much). Dad's and Lydia's phones had both kind of been acting up, and since half of us with iphones needed new ones, Mom and I decided to go ahead and get new ones as well. Lydia took her new one in to the Sprint store first, then I took Mom's, Dad's, and mine and waited for almost three hours in the Sprint store for the old ones to be backed up and the information transferred to the new phones. The real kicker was that Dad's phone had over 30 gigs of photos on it, so it took forever and a half to back up.

Wow, I've been kind of a Debbie Downer. This isn't good.

*addresses self* I have a way to get money and a new phone, this is awesome!

Now wait a minute, I know there was more from this month.

It's warm enough for the windows to be open some days.

I started a photography instagram, if that is something y'all would be even remotely interested in. (here)

Random Stuff:

Lydia: *comes over to my room to ask a question about one of her classes* "Can you please confirm that I am doing the right thing?"
Me: *not even looking* "You are doing the right thing."
Lydia: "That... that's not what I meant."
Me: *grins*

Me: *gets out of the car and notices that the rooster is outside of the fence* *clears throat really, really loudly* *rooster skedaddles to the gate*

If y'all think I'm not the kind of person to roll all my windows down and drive slowly through the middle of a town blasting Les Mis, think again. Because I've done it on the way to and from class just about every time. No odd looks yet.

Barnyard Things:

One of my hens is trying to go broody, either that or she just really, really likes sitting in a nesting box with eggs in it for no reason. She kind of had to convince me to let her sit on them. I noticed her spending a lot of time up in the nesting boxes, but she would always let me take the eggs out from under her. So after a little while of her doing that, I finally told her that she could keep them. And she sat on them for several days, then decided that she didn't like the nesting box, so she moved over. Well, the six or seven eggs she had been sitting on weren't going to be good to eat anymore, so I cracked a few of them to see if any chicks had started, and at least one of the three had something in it, so I moved the three remaining eggs over to her new box and used them to replace the duck eggs she'd decided to sit on. So far so good.

I hope she is a good mother, otherwise it will be difficult for the chicks since it's still not even close to spring yet and if I incubate any I don't like to start them until around the end of April or the beginning of May, because Texas weather is temperamental and I don't want to take any chances of the chicks dying from an out of the blue cold snap.

Fred thinks he's a rooster. He's like that duck from Babe, except he doesn't want to crow. I've had to chase him away from the other birds if he's being particularly rough. I've even had to put him in a pen by himself for a few days. Jeesh. If anyone has any advice on how to tell him that he's not a chicken, that would be very helpful.

Music Stuff:

I didn't really listen to a bunch of new things this month. I didn't even make a playlist. Wow. After making a playlist for every month since August of 2016, I can't believe I broke the streak. o.o

Well, I mean, I did listen to music. After months of telling myself that it was going to be awful, I finally sat down and listened to the entire soundtrack of Broadway Newsies, which wasn't half bad actually.

Now there are some instances where they use words I'm not allowed to repeat (not nearly as bad as Hamilton, I must clarify. Man. I felt like I had to wash my ears out after listening to Hamilton), so that's why I'll not put it up on here. I don't want anyone surprised and then freaking out because I said it was good.

Yeah, but really I'm pretty sure that was the only really new thing I listened to this month. So here's my Broadway playlist instead. It's really long (13.5 hours). Perfect for driving to and from classes.



Posts of January:

The Liebster Award Hey look! I got a tag done in a timely manner!

Cats /// photo day My darling cats who hate each other.


I'll be honest with y'all.
I'm not particularly proud of how this post turned out.
I forgot things, and will probably remember them two days later and not be able to put them in.
I sounded depressed, even though a ton of really great stuff happened.
I should have started this post at the beginning of January and added to it during the month, or at least wrote down notes, instead I've been working on it off and on all afternoon, and then I scheduled it instead of posting it right away.


All that aside, how was your January?
What is one of your favorite songs/albums right now?
(I need suggestions!)
If you could bring anything from your imagination to life, what would it be?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cats /// photo day


We have two barn cats who hate each other. They always have, and they always will. 

However when they are not fighting tooth and nail, they are very cute. And photogenic. So photogenic. 

They both pose for me, or at least, hold a position long enough for me to capture the shot, and they are both pretty cats. We have no idea what breed mix they are, but Ginger is the calico shorthair, and Coal is the black and white with fluffy hair (it frizzes when it's humid out XD)

Ginger is almost thirteen years old. We've had her longer than we've lived in our country house. She is *my* cat, but mostly hangs out with Nana and Grandfather, since they frequently let her inside. I named her after Ginger from the movie, Black Beauty, and she did have a similar temperament to her namesake for about the first six or seven years of her life. She would only like me. But then Nana was determined to negotiate a friendship with her, and spent probably about two years winning her over.

Coal is much younger. We got him I think the Christmas of 2013, either that or 2014. He came with his sister, who disappeared, but we discovered that she adopted our neighbor who owns the horses, and is enjoying her indoor cat life immensely. We had trouble finding a name for him. We started out calling him "Jigsaw" because of the puzzle-like splotch on his nose, but we discovered that we liked the name "Coal" (as in a lump of coal in a stocking) much better. The majority of the time, he likes to keep to himself (there are some times where we won't even see him for a couple of days), but sometimes it's almost like he takes a pill to be sweet. He doesn't like being picked up and held, but he will rub and rub and rub on you and let you pet him forever. His personality is like his coat pattern; it is a contrast of night and day.

I know. I got the phone shadow. But is this face not the cutest?
*Be Prepared plays in the background*
Surveying her domain.
Wait, was that a mouse?
Glamorous and I know it.
Stretch.
Oh come on, I just woke up!
It's too early for this.
*I Just Can't Wait To Be King plays in the background*
Surveying his kingdom.

*perfect tail curl*
Smile!

Hey, can you look at the camera?
Yes, this is my majestic profile.
The rooster wanted his photo taken.
Hold still for goodness sake.


Bloopers:
(because, everyone has a weird face in a picture at least once in their lives)

Derp
Derp 2.0
Sounds like fingernails on a blackboard.
Invisible fishbowl.
I have something in my teeth.
Hang on a sec, gotta take this call.

Favorite photo of Ginger?
Favorite photo of Coal?
Favorite photo overall?
I won't ask which cat is your favorite, because haha, there is no way I could decide either!

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Liebster Award


A few days ago Marrok, at Marrok Macintyre tagged me for the Liebster Award, or rather, the Lightsaber Award (which was a much cooler name, we agreed). Believe it or not, I do like answering questions, but when I get tagged I usually tend to put off posting it. So this is why I am writing it up in advance and scheduling it so I don't forget about it.

In fact, by the time y'all are reading this my family and I will be on the road to Colorado for a ski trip! That is, if this scheduling thingamajigger doesn't glitch on me. 

And of course there are rules to tags: Answer the 11 questions, share 11 facts about yourself, and tag 11 people.

1. If You were to be transported into a fantasy world would you rather be the hero or the villain, and what kind of hero/villain would you be?


Ooh! A friend and I actually talked about hero/villain superpowers a week or two ago! Initially, I said that I wanted my power to be communication with animals (I mean, come on how cool would that be? To be able to understand what they are saying?), but then he said that he wanted his power to be the ability to inject someone with any medical substance just by touch, which is also super cool!

But being a villain though. I decided that if I were a villain, I'd want atom/cell manipulation. I could speed or slow the growth of living things. I could change the weather. I could completely change something into something else to suit my villainous plot. I could make the earth swallow anyone chasing me. 

I think though in the story I'd only go selfishly terrorizing the city for a little while before a child befriends me and show me that not everything is horrible, and then I'd only use the power to help people out and/or prank people (think loosely along the lines of Megamind).

2. If you could bring anything from your imagination into reality what would it be and why?

All right, so I kind of have a dull imagination in terms of thinking up creative imaginary friends/beings. I don't really have anything drastically unique up in there. But, I've always wanted a pet wolf. Or to have wings and just fly off whenever and wherever I wanted.

3. What are three things you share in common with your MC?

I'm not really writing anything at the moment, but in past projects, I always try to give at least one character my snark, someone always likes to read, and I like to make note of character eye colors.

4. What would you name "Thagomizer"?

That, good sir, is a laptop name right there.

5. What is your favorite genre to write in and why?

I've really only ever written in the fantasy genre, but I do have an idea for a dystopian if I ever want to go that route.

6. If you could live anywhere where would it be?

Some place with winter. I love Texas, and I will always be a Texas girl, but I also like snow. Do you see the problem?

7. Describe your personality, or the way you are feeling right now, in a gif.

*digs through the monstrosity of disorganization that is my gif folder*

 

8. Why have you chosen to write?

*points to the above gif*

9. Where does the inspiration for your writing come from?

My head? Pictures from Pinterest? Other books? You'll never know, it may even be all three.

10. When you finish writing, how do you plan to publish and why?

I haven't gotten that far yet, to be honest.

11. What song is your jam right now?

The entire soundtrack from The Greatest Showman


And now the eleven facts:

1. I am the tallest girl in my family.

2. I was also the smallest when I was born, popping out three weeks early and just over five and a half pounds.

3. I like candles. 

4. I've never gone upside down on a roller coaster, but I have almost fallen out of my seat on one before.

5. I can't read in the car, after a while I'll start to feel sick.

6. I like singing while I'm out taking care of my birds.

7. I used to be afraid of our stove.

8. I would much rather be behind the camera than in front of it.

9. If a movie makes me cry, than it must've really been a sad movie, either that or it was just a super pretty movie.

10. I love staying outside as it gets darker every minute in the evening. I like watching the stars come out and listening to the night sounds.

11. Aside from chocolate, caramel is my favorite kind of candy.


I tag:

Everyone who likes snow!

And because I'm curious as to how y'all will answer these, here are the same questions Marrok asked:

If You where to be transported into a fantasy world would you rather be the hero or the villain. And what kind of hero/villain would you be?
If you could bring anything from your imagination into reality what would it by and why?
What are three things you share in common with your MC?
What would you name "Thagomizer"?
What is your favorite genre to write in and why?
If you could live anywhere where would it be?
Described your personality, or the way you are feeling right now, in a gif.
Why have you chosen to write?
Where does the inspiration for your writing come from?
When you finish writing, how do you plan to publish and why?
What song is your jam right now?


Well, that's that!
Hope y'all are off to a fabulous 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

December Recap





This month was a lot slower compared to November, even with Christmas.

Ava had her birthday the other day, but unfortunately was battling a fever, so instead of doing much of anything, most of us crashed in the living room and watched all the Cars movies. She and I both ended up taking cat naps in the middle of the second movie.

A few days ago we woke up to the start of a three day freeze. We've mostly just had freezing rain, but I think I saw a few snowflakes in there. No way we're are getting out of the drive way though. The first third is fine, the middle part is somewhat ok, and the last part is completely sheeted in ice. I tried walking on it. I couldn't do it without slipping. The weather said it felt like 8 degrees out, but it was 22.

But anyway, that's the intro.

Stuff That Happened:

1. I accidentally left my car windows open, so I had to run out in the pouring rain to shut them after dark.

2. I was driving Gabe to his gym practice one afternoon and the car decided to stall in the middle of a bridge on a busy highway. We made it to the shoulder, but only just. That was fun. So y'all know, bridges shake. A LOT.


3. A friend and I had a fantastic conversation about hero and villain super powers.


4. Lydia put in her two weeks notice at the coffee shop she was working at. She'll be taking classes full time next semester, and we'll be going to the same college but different campuses, so neither of us can save on gas by going together.

5. When we were getting the Christmas tree, Dad had to go back in for something, so Christian and I got to tie the tree to the top of the car. Christian had helped Dad tie it on before, so I naturally assumed that he knew what he was doing. Apparently neither of us did it very well. We got about two minutes down the highway before Christian noticed that it was close to rolling down the side of the car.

6. Christian got his wisdom teeth out. He was the first one of us to act super loopy while on the medication. I was too sleepy to do anything too crazy when I got mine out, and Lydia didn't get to come home until she was fully coherent. So we got to have fun with him. When he walked in he dabbed and said "I have arrived!" and was trying to swagger in with Dad supporting him from behind. Mom: "Yeah, he's still a little out of it." Christian: "I am perfectly in it! Give me a math problem. Go get my drone, I'll fly it."

So since there isn't very much we could do with him in that state, we put in a movie for him. I pulled out a few choices, and happened to throw in The Curse of the Black Pearl, which is the only potc movie we own now. Christian: *holds it up* "is this the first one?" Me: *hesitates for a second* *deadpan expression* "no, it's the fifth." Christian: *sits bolt upright* "WAHT?!" *I explode into gales of laughter*


And the best part was; by the time the movie ended, he didn't remember that exchange at all, so I got to tell it to him again!

7. Taking family photos with Dad's side of the family on Christmas Eve. Our Uncle is the one running back and forth from the camera to the rest of us to pose for the picture. *after one particular photo* Uncle: "Alright guys. THIS is the camera. We need everyone looking over HERE." *gestures around the vicinity of the camera* "And I'm not talking to the children this time, I'm talking to the adults." *cue everyone busting out laughing*

8. *after arriving back home from taking Gabe to the gym one morning* Mom: "Well, I would ask if you and Gabe had a nice conversation in the car, but I know both of you." Me: "Yeah, we didn't talk at all."

9. Christian: "Ok, so Oklahoma is The Sooner State, what is Texas?" Me: *not batting an eye* "The Later State." Christian: "..." 😑👏 "Ok, but really. What is it?" Me: "...The Lone Star State. Dude, it's on our flag." Christian: "Oh. Duh."

10. Coal took the sweet and cuddly pill. That cat never ceases to confuzzle us with his attitude.


11. My phone charger died so I got a new one for Christmas.

12. Proud big sister moment. Gabe: "I finished The Hobbit today!" Me: "Oh! Did you like it?" Gabe: "YES! And I want to read the next one too!" Me: "Great, I'll put it in your room for you!" So yes, he is enjoying The Fellowship of The Ring now.

13. Trying to push my glasses up only to realize that I wasn't wearing them. It's been a little over two years, and I can't imagine trying to go about my day without them, especially driving.

14. I discovered several book and candle Instagram profiles, so now I'm hooked and attempting to come up with similar content.




16. Christian is well in to training for his new job at In-N-Out.

15. We went and saw The Greatest Showman! I... Have no words to describe how fantastic of a movie it is!

16. I went with a friend from church to see The Last Jedi. I love it so much! I went all in black, and even when the lady sitting next to me accidentally dumped her popcorn in my lap, I had a great time! Then Christian wanted to go see it with one of his friends, so I happily volunteered to drive him and see it a second time (he didn't get to go with me the first time because he had work things). I have so many feelings about it.

17. Us kids had never seen Bye Bye Birdie, so we watched that as a family one evening. Wow, those songs are catchy.

18. Of course we watched White Christmas on Christmas Eve, because tradition.

19. We were going to have people over on New Year's Eve after Church, but the roads were all icy, so our Church didn't even meet. We had a nice quiet evening at home.

Barnyard:

1. I got two more birds, a barred rock and a brown leghorn! I'm so excited to see what happens when I incubate their eggs once they start laying and when it gets warmer!

Need to come up with some names
2. Instead of starting to lay when it was nice out in September/October, my birds decided to wait until it was wet and miserable outside. Two of the four girl ducks are laying, and a few of the hens have finally started. Still have a few freeloading slackers in there, but I'm sure they'll start up in the next few weeks.

Flamingo impressions
3. I put the heat lamp out for them to trick them into thinking that it is lighter, longer outside. So far, I've had good results. The only downside is that the rooster's body clock has gone haywire in the crowing department.

4. Also this:

Music:

Not very much to report there:


Just the soundtracks to the movies from this month, in terms of new things.

I also have a Christmas playlist that I added to since Christmas of 2016:


And the songs I listened to the most in 2017:


Posts of December:






How was your month?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Does your family have any Christmas traditions?