Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sugar overdose, games galore, and face painting all-round!

Petting zoo. Face painting. Cotton candy. Sugar. Sugar. And a little bit more sugar. Blow up slides. Fun laughs. Hilarious costumes. Bubbles. Did I mention the candy?  Ring toss. Pizza. Happy times together with friends. Popcorn. Wonderfully cool weather and a beautiful night. 

This was our annual Fall Family night at our church. 

P.S. I am Audrey Hepburn.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Hannah's desk decorations. Very cute.

Today is just one of those days you are happy to be alive (if I may be cliche); this whole week to be quite honest. This may seem weird to you, but I absolutely love being busy. Like really busy. My little self is hopping around from place to place while most of my family is out of town, visiting friends and going back and forth, and back again.  I am getting to spend a little time with some of my friends and plod through school around their kitchen tables.  Thank you all for letting me interrupt your weeks!

Drinking tea, having shortbread, and working my way through history.

Next day. I got to enjoy spending it with my sweet friend Hannah. We basically enjoyed talking (a lot. hehe) between classes and made pizza on bread. De-lish.  Thank you for such a fun day, friend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The tangled mess turned beautiful.

You stumble out of bed and wink open your eyes and see yourself in the mirror. Horrified, you clutch at the mop of hair that is laying in every direction but straight. You blink a couple times and wonder if you got struck by lightning, or the fairies, in a fit of mischief, knotted it up.  Then you give it up as lost, deal with it as best you can and hope no one looks too close.

Sadly, those days come too often  for my vanity. However, when you put on a touch of make-up and have enough time to do something with the "mop," you can walk out the door looking all right. In fact, pretty good. However, for those days when you are upset with your hair, have about zero time, but need to jerk it up with style for the day, I hope I bring you great news.
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Low French Braided Up-do
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A simple braid on the side or straight back, or add a twist with a fishtail braid (fishtails are very popular right now).

Tutorial: here.
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There is hope! I am super excited about trying out these cute little up-dos! Play around.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Adventurous Beauty, Courageous Femininity

This was my alumni trip to Endeavor* and it was all the better for having experienced it before. I have to admit that knowing what is going on around me will ease my mind. That was the difference.  

Endeavor's vision is to impact these young ladies toward godly womanhood in a very well-rounded way; I would say it is successful. Shooting guns, Jell-O Twister, and fitness might stretch some, but the dressy side with the tour to the Ritz Carlton Tea, and cooking, will stretch others. Learning how to handle yourself in both formal and casual situations is a learning process we get exposed to.   

Did I mention the food? Oh, Y'all! You would start drooling if I described it to you, so I will just touch on it. Chicken salad croissants is a favorite of mine, but the chocolate mousse cups, blackened chicken topped cous-cous, and lemon scones rank right up there with it.

I love my new friends, I love the laughs, and I love Endeavor.

*See last year: 1,2,3,4,5

Team 1 before the shoot-off.

Thankfully, I improved with time. Possibly nicking one clay pigeon doesn't quite rank you with Annie Oakley. However, in the competition, I think I helped my team.

The two Zinnia teams tied for first place! Way to go girls!

Putting the finishing touches to the tables before the four-course dinner.  Beautiful night.

In the Ritz's backyard.

On our tour of the Ritz

 Tea at the Ritz.

 Having fun before session.

 The hangout place.

Luci! Great friends make the week memorable.