Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Month of December

Well, we near the end of the month of December. And the year of 2016.

But this post is about this month - not this year. (I already did a post about that)

It feels like November was years ago, and December has been here for a long time. I suppose that's because of all the stuff that happen during Christmas time.

So let's see...

Happenings in December:

Got our Christmas tree // we went to a tree farm, and wandered around trying to find the perfect tree. When we found it, we cut it down and brought it home to decorate. *grins*

Got snow- it melted - and got more snow // this year we've had a lot of snow that melts and then is replaced with more snow. As I write this our yard is covered in snow - for the most part. *winks*

Had the "Warnke Christmas // we had our "big" family Christmas and that was a great day. Before heading over to my Grandpa and Sue's house we stopped at my aunt and uncle's who weren't to make it to the gathering and dropped off our gift for them. (we had drawn their name in the gift exchange)
Then we went to the gathering and had a wonderful time. Most of the family made it - my cousin even brought his girlfriend and we got to meet her for the first time!

Seen Kimberly and her family // My cousin and her family down for the "big" family Christmas and it was wonderful seeing them! The night before the family gathering Emily picked up me and LaKaysha and we headed over to Grandpa's to visit Kimberly. We laughed and talked the evening away and the next morning we came back for the Christmas party. *winks* Then, that Sunday we also hung out at Grandpa and Sue's all day. Just chillin' with family... and guys - I haven't left the house since that day. Yeah... I'm starting to feel cooped-up. That was almost two weeks ago!

drove to the library // sometime at the beginning of the month I did this. I don't drive nearly enough, but with all the snow storms we keep getting -- I guess I'll just have to make up for it in the spring and summer.

celebrated Christmas // that day in December that we all wait for has come and left. You can read about my Christmas here.

babysat little cousins // as I write this, I am holding sweet little Jubal. *grins cause he's being good*

Books read in December:

"Winter is Not Forever" // I love this series! <3

"Springs Gentle Promise"

"The Daybreakers" // *blushes* yeah... I read that book a lot. *winks*

"The Silent Songbird" // I got this book from my aunt for Christmas and I loved it! It was just the best book I ever read by Melanie Dickerson! *grins*

Movies watched in December:

"Father Knows Best" // What else is new? *winks*
But we finished it!! *sobs* Last night we watched the last episode and just the thought of it being the last... *sniff* who else hates ending a good show? They're all so old... and since this show was canceled suddenly there is no real "ending". So you feel like the story is just cut off. Bud is going to collage to become a mechanic, Betty is graduating from collage and Kathy is nearing her Junior High graduation - the end.

"Winnie-the-Pooh and Christmas Too" // I just couldn't help myself - Pooh needed me. *winks*

"The Christmas Candle" 

"My Music" from December:

Neal McCoy's Tribute to Charley Pride. (because he sings the songs beautifully)

Why didn't I think of That? by Doug Stone (or any other song by Doug Stone)

*I'm thinking* *I'm thinking* I guess that't all for this month. *winks*

Favorite Posts from December:

Felicity's posts - Favorite Photos, Black and White (because black and white movies/tv shows are the best),

Emily's post - When Jesus Came Here

Natasha's posts - My Christmas, On the Seventh day Of Christmas (I actually like all her count down posts, but decided to just pick one *winks*)  

Julia's post - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree // I did a Lip Sync Video

 Elizabeth's post - Searching for Cheer 

I can't of anything that I am looking forward to in January - besides taking a "breather" after all the holidays and a fresh start on a new year.

I hope y'all had a wonderful month! *grins*

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas in my House

Here in my house, we started celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve:

Starting it all with a special breakfast, and then opening the presents from my Grandpa and Grandma Stenersen. Because my cousins decided to get the flu so we couldn't do a "Stenersen Christmas". *winks*

We then began a puzzle - which we did throughout the whole day. The puzzle was part of the family gift that Marissa and Marita gave us back at the Warnke Christmas.

and of course we ate good food! *winks* these are the Mocha Truffles.

 and here is the fudge. *winks*

 and we drank tea. *grins*

 yeah... what can I say?
"I was just born to be exactly what you see -- nothing more or less, I'm not the worse or the best..."

 Walt also shared the day with me *winks*

The puzzle is finished! (by the end of the day) 

We watched "The Christmas Candle" which was a good movie. 

It was after the movie that we ate cheese fondue and finished the puzzle. 
We ended the day with "Father Knows Best" because that's just how we are. *winks* 

Christmas Day:

My brother came in our room a few minutes before six-thirty and said Liberty was getting our parents up. 
We usually open our stockings while our parents are still in bed, then do something while we wait for them to get up. But this year they only got us stocking stuffer's so they wanted to be there when we opened them. 
Here's some of what I got:
 An adorable stainless steel travel mug! <3

and these soft, Christmas socks! *grins*
I also got two pairs of high-knee snocks... and we each got a grapefruit, which we ate for breakfast. 

After breakfast we all started showering and getting ready for the "fancy" lunch my mom was making. 

We had Christmas Dinner for lunch. It was sooo good! 

 I mean - just look at it!!

 After dishes were all washed and put away, my dad read the Christmas story and we then opened the presents that us "kids" bought.

 Me, wearing the shirt that Felicity got me and the sunglasses that LaKaysha got me.

 Aren't they just the cutest!?

 LaKaysha also got me Neal McCoy's tribute to Charley Pride! I'm loving it!! And some cute boot cuffs! *grins*

 Along with the shirt, Felicity got me this coffee cup. *looks at it* *dies - it's that cute*
(she also got me a pair of Christmas-y socks)

 Look, look, LOOK!!!! My dear sweet brother got me the first season of "Father Knows Best"!!! Isn't he just the greatest brother ever? I know, Marisa and Marita also got this season as part of our family gift, but hey! This my very own! And I just love him for it. *grins* It's looks just beautiful on the shelf with my other movies!

And Liberty got me this collection of eight Gospel records. She's such a sweetie. *smiles*

The rest of the day was spent just relaxing and doing what ever. We did another puzzle. 
Yeah... we like puzzles. 

And there you have my Christmas! 
It's not like we went to a ball or anything, but it was great. 

I hope your Christmas was just as wonderful. *grins*

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Announcing a Blog // Hidden Treasures

My aunt got a blog a few months ago, and finally did her first post!

Since she doesn't have much for followers, I told her I'd announce her blog on here, so people can check it out.

And here it is:

Hidden Treasures
She'd love it if you headed over there to check it out, maybe follow, and drop a comment somewhere so she can know you stopped by. *smiles*
It's not much right now, but she's just getting it figured out.
I hope you do that!

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 in Review

 I thought I'd review 2016 with you all. *smiles* I may not have had a very excited year. I can't say that I did anything as awesome as my sister (because adventures like New Hampshire and New York City would have been awesome), but here goes the post anyway.

// I started 2016 out with a bang. The second the clock struck 12 and we were no longer in 2015, someone gave the signal and all the guns went off! It was loud and wonderful! *grins*

//In January I served in the wedding of two wonderful people and had a wonderful time. It was a crazily busy week and I was so sad when it was over. I just didn't know what to do. All those months of planning, then everyone flies in from out of state and you get to see wonderful people, then they walk down the aisle and it's over. Everyone goes home, they leave for their honeymoon, the church gets cleaned up and that's it. The end. But, hey! I made wonderful memories! *grins at the thought of the "guys" sitting in a dark closet and listening to music just to prove that I have a "normal" family*
at the wedding

//Then my cousin gave us a shock and showed up one day. And wouldn't leave for two whole weeks! *rolls eyes* like, we tried everything to get rid to her! I told her my deepest secrets, I sang karaoke, I tickled her... that girl just stuck around. *winks because I'm joking* But it was so much fun! We went to the mall a bit, headed over to the beach, took pictures just for fun, watched movies, stayed up late... oh! *stares off as I remember*

//I went through Drivers Ed with a cousin of mine and somehow managed to survive. It was stressful for this shy person to have to go twice a week, go on drives once a week, and pass my test drive! Sitting in class wasn't so bad, as long as our teacher didn't ask me a question. He did - once. I just stared at him with wide eyes and shrugged. He never did that again. *winks* The trouble was that I didn't know!
 But I did it and I now have my licenses! *grins* doooone!!!

// In January I started thinking about maybe writing a cousin, and being pen pals with her. I wanted to really bad, but... I'm shy. And in April I finally got up enough nerve, and I wrote her a letter. I was scared to death of what she might think of me. She may be my 2nd cousin, but I had never talked to her before - except for a few comments on our blogs. And I was freaking out when I walked to the post office and sent out that first letter. She answered and wanted to write me too! So now we write and I love it! I'm so glad I put myself through those days of freaking out and wondering what she would think of me. *grins 'cause I know she's reading this*

// My hair began to grow thin and unhealthy. I was tired of having the same hair style since I was five, but still - cutting five inches off was scary!` I did it, though. More like my mom did it but whatever, my hair was five inches shorter than before. I liked it a lot (it was a change), but now that it's growing back, I can't wait for it to be long again! Hopefully healthier, too.
it doesn't look like that big of a change, but it was *winks*

// On my cousin's birthday we walked around Y-ville and on the railroad tracks. That was fun! It's really a cute town, and I love it! (that huge tree to the right of the train is the Christmas Tree)

// Memorial day came around, and with it our church campout. And I went. It was so much fun! The two hour drive in the "bus", the walking around the campground and the non-stop eating. *winks* The singing around the fire... watching the volleyball games! And the beautiful water falls! Even the drive home was a lot of fun! LaKaysha fell asleep on me, and I just sat there and ate the snacks I bought at the adorable little store! I even wished that the drive could be a little longer - not just two hours.

//my parents went to Texas along with my two younger siblings. So us older girls were home alone for ten whole days! We watched a bunch of "girly movies" (we may only have one brother, but he tends to "rule" what we watch *winks*) and just had a wonderful time being the only ones home. My cousin came and visited and stayed with us, one weekend. We ate a bunch of food, naturally. *winks* We watched "Gunsmoke" a lot while they were gone - and my cat (kitten at the time) watched with us. I like to pretend that he misses Matt. *winks*

// This year, for the Fourth of July, my family went to the Rodeo! I hadn't been in years and I enjoyed it a lot! The music, the announcer... the cowboys!!! *dies*

// We also made it up to Tri-Cities and seen my aunt and uncle! And of course I had a blast with Kirsten. And seeing Kaaren for the first time was like the whole point of the trip - wasn't it? *winks because it wasn't* Kirsten brought us to a 50s Diner in her Jeep and we melted the whole way there and the whole way back to her house. But we made great memories! And without the heat, my milkshake might not have tasted so good. *winks*
blurry I know - but it gives it character. *winks*

//One dream did come true this year! I went on a Ferris wheel! I've always dreamed of it and it was just as much fun as I thought! I want to go again! Maybe in the dark? Wouldn't that be so cool!? *grins because there is one right down the road from me every summer*

// and then I met my pen pal. *giggles* we must have been a sight. We're both shy, so we didn't do much talking, but I don't think it was an awkward silence... I hope she didn't think so. I seen her three times before she left. I hope to see her again someday, and maybe I'll force myself out of my shyness and be myself! We did talk the day she came over to my house, so we didn't just stare at each other. *winks*

//I packed my bag and once again I prepared for a trip. We went to my grandpa's ranch. I had the most fun I've ever had in one weekend! It was the best! All the boys running wild, getting so dirty you can hardly recognize them. I did I bit of "running wild" myself. *winks* Four-wheeler's are just the best!! That first ride when we first got there - I just wanted to scream I was so happy to feel that wind and smell those trees! *sighs* Then, as we were going down the driveway LaKaysha yelled, "This is freedom!!" And I couldn't  agree more! But you can read all about that trip here.

// I graduated! I am done with school!!! See some pictures from my party here.

// pretty soon I was packing again to go to The Ranch again! This trip wasn't as fun-packed, but I did finally go to the "upper pond"! Because not as many people were there that time, I had more time to run around and take pictures of randomness. We spent most of our time playing "Marrying Mr. Darcy" - that card game is so fun!! Who else has played it?

// We visited a local fort this year. I think it was my first time there. It was a lot of fun - and it was the first time I wore boots after the summer! I like summer, but I have this thing for boots, and when I can finally wear them again I rejoice. *winks* But really, the fort was so cool! In front of the fort was a timeline, starting in 1940 - and when you got into the fort you had traveled back to 1840! Isn't that cool? And my cousin was there and we never seen her! She and her family got there the same time as ours, and we somehow never bumped into each other! And it's not a very big fort. Crazy. *winks*

//I turned seventeen this year! It sounds so old for little me, but that now is my age. Scary. I hate to think that I will be eighteen next year!! *dies* But hey, that's not till October. That's not for a long time... *remembers how fast this year past* *looks doubtful*
But I had a wonderful birthday - complete with a rain storm, a pumpkin milkshake, a random, not-planned party, and ending it all with "Road to Avonlea". A great birthday. *smiles*

// when my cousin, Kimberly came down for the weekend she, LaKaysha, and Emily took me out to Olive Garden for my birthday. We had fun laughing and chatting - and riding with Kimberly when she doesn't know the roads or how to get anywhere. It doesn't help much when we don't know for sure how to get places. But we must've known enough because we never got lost. Though there were times were we would be getting closer and closer to a traffic light and we're all screaming, "WHICH LANE!?" and finally one of us decided which one it should be. Or when I'm the one in the front and I have no idea how to get to Grandpa's from church so I tell LaKaysha and Emily to yell directions from the back - then they get to talking and don't pay attention. Suddenly Emily yells, "Turn here!" Then LaKaysha and Emily are both telling her to turn, but forget to mention which way. So Kimberly practically stops in the road and asks, "Which way!?" Finally one of them realized and told her. It was funny. *winks*

// Kaysha and Roger had a Harvest Party, and I went dressed as a tree. I actually felt really pretty in my costume. *grins* It was for this party that I made my very first pumpkin pie. Then my Grandpa went and made one for Thanksgiving, and made mine look like a very cute attempt. *winks*

// When Thanksgiving came around I was very ready for it. We went to my Grandpa and Sue's house, as always, and enjoyed having the time with family.

// When my cousin Kirsten came to visit we all welcomed her with open arms! Even though she broke the door off one of our cabinets. *winks* She's just a ball of fun, and we don't have to do anything special when she's here. We just "chill" and she has fun. She's one of those friends who walks in the house and just says, "Where's your room?". She's not one for formal hellos or goodbyes. She just walks into your life and fits in like she's lived here her whole life, and then she leaves. And of course we miss her when she's gone. (I mean come on - she bought me coffee and a record! *winks*)

don't ask me why we're holding hands... 'cause I don't know ;)

// and of course with Kirsten came her family - baby sister Kaaren, and all her wonderful brothers. But Tyrel. He lives in New Hampshire, so of course he wasn't there. *winks*

// and now we come to this month - December. This month has been filled with family get-togethers, visiting, gifts, and all those Christmas-y stuff.

// We had the "Warnke Christmas" on Saturday, and I had a wonderful time! Us girls decided to do our gift exchange there, because we just couldn't find a time to do our own party.
Marissa had drawn my name - and she got me some wonderful things that just scream "Daminika!". She must know me. *winks* She got me a book that I have never read, and I'm looking forward to it! It's called "The Silent Songbird" and it's by Melanie Dickerson. She also got me a 2017, Thomas Kinkade, Disney calendar!! *squeals* the pictures are so beautiful!!!! And a Walt Disney quote on a coffee cup!! It's simple and amazing! (I drank tea in it last night while watching "Father Knows Best") She also got me bobby pins - and they're for my hair color. *claps* So, yeah - she spoiled me. My cousin, Kimberly got me a sign that says "Live, Laugh, Love" on it from Hobby Lobby - it's so pretty!! Each year we do family gift exchanges and Marissa and Marita got my family. What do you think they bought us? The first season of "Father Knows Best"! Among other things. *winks*

//Yesterday we all hung out at my Grandpa's and visited my aunt and uncle who came down from Cheney for the "Warnke Christmas" (Kimberly and her family). We played a game, played with cousins... just did the usual things we do at our family get-together's.

//We have snow! More came falling down on us while we were having our Christmas party. It looked so beautiful. But at home - in our "warm pocket" we didn't get any. Until today. We woke up with a white world smiling at us. But it'll melt soon - just you wait. *winks*
Huck - thinking he can jump over the snow *winks*

and now my...
2017 Bucket List
Here's where I'm gonna list a bunch of random things that I want to do with this whole new year. A fresh year with nothing in it. Like an empty page waiting to be filled. Some of these things I probably will never do, but it's be fun to see which ones I do get done.

Visit my grandparents in New Hampshire. Just a dream, but oh how wonderful it would be if it came true!

Try a Grinder. because I crave one. How do you crave something you've never had? - I don't know. *winks*

Get a job. Since I would need money in order to go to New Hampshire. I do have some money put aside - leftover from graduation money, but it's not enough. So I will have to get a job of some sort. I would prefer a babysitting job, or something like that.

Ice skate on a pond (maybe Grassy? *winks*). I haven't done this in years! I love ice skating - the one reason I wish we did get snow a lot. I seen a picture of people ice skating on Grassy in New Hampshire this year and was so jealous. *winks*

Visit The Ranch again? If it's truly not sold? (you have no idea how many times I've said "bye" to that wonderful place and then gone back) It would be so wonderful if all those people from Tri-Cities could join us again! That was so much fun! Like Kaysha and Roger's wedding - it's a memory that makes me so happy I'm sad. *winks*

Go to the Memorial Day Campout. Once again - a dream. Without a job, how could I afford to go to New Hampshire and the campout and the Ranch? Boy, that sure would be some awesome year, though. *winks*

How was your year?