Memories.

Thursday

Right now, Charis and I are waiting for a turkey to finish cooking*. We have been placed in charge of turning off the oven at 1:00 am. During the past hour...we have been looking up old toys, dolls, cartoons, that sparked many childhood memories. (Yes, Charis is 8 years younger than me, so she didn't remember everything, but most of the toys were around our house when she was around:) So now I miss being little. It was so exciting to remember all of the toys I played with. There were some good ones! Here are some of my(our) favorites:

Popples, pound puppies, tea bunnies (I had the tulip one), cup cake dolls, original littlest pet shops(so cute!), maple town, my little ponies, polly pockets, glow worms, pony suprise, kitty kitty kittens(they purred), dreamland babies (where you'd call Nanny Annie), The Getalong Gang (cartoon)...










(littlest petshop commercial!)






(The Getalong Gang!)

Ahh, I love childhood. And memories. And cute toys.


*We are having a second Thanksgiving tomorrow for our Migrant workers who will be planting blueberries.

Happy Thanks Giving.





Thank you.

Tuesday

I've been trying to get done with my homework so I won't have any this holiday/weekend. But I'm taking a break to express my thankfulness. =] Since I haven't written in a while, I have collected a bunch of thankful thoughts.

Here they are:

handmade shopping, reading time, laughter, art, kid's church, holiday breaks, the end of the semester, my secret talent (mwahaha), petitions, music, e e cummings poetry, cough drops and cold medicine.

give thanks.

Saturday

I am thankful for cool weather and a warm home. We had wassle(?) today, it's so good! I love Fall, unfortunately, I think I'm getting a cold... =[ But on a happy note, my sisters and I cleaned the house while my mom was away (it took us about 3 hours...sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, etc.) so now we have a nice, clean house.

Happy Friday.

Friday


I was very excited because today was my self-declared-day-off...day. And it was quite lovely. In the morning I went with my momma to garage sales and thrift stores. Where I got a dress for a project in my Diversity class (another topic for another blog) and I got a book (The Giver). Then we went to Thee Kings and they had the (new?) Ted Dekker book (Adam) for $5.00 so I splurged. =] Then we came home and I took care of Anna Rose for a while, made 2 ipod cozies (new sales!), went to the post office to mail them, and went to the library. In the evening my mom and I ate Ramen noodles (not too many, we don't want to loose our hair) and watched Hello Dolly. So today, my thankfulness is for my mom. I love her. =]

Weakness.

Thursday





I have a new life verse (...to add to my list). It's from 2 Corinthians 9:12, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I love that Jesus doesn't require or even want me to be strong. He takes me in my brokenness and makes me whole. I'm thankful that He is in control and that I don't have to be. (And I'm thankful that He is willing to constantly remind me of this).

Thankfulness.

Wednesday


In kid's church we are starting a new "theme": Thoroughly Thankful. Each week we pick leaves off a (fake) tree and write something we're thankful for on them. Then we tape the leaf to the wall to display them. This has given me the urge, as I'm walking by any tree, to pick off a leaf, write something I'm thankful for and let it blow away. Wouldn't it be exciting if all leaves had words of things people are thankful for on them. I love fall leaves...although we don't get many here. I am thankful for them. (Now I need to find a leaf and write..."I am thankful for this leaf").
ps. to share my thoroughly thankfulness, I'm going to blog about one thing I'm thankful for each day until Thanksgiving! Join in! Be thankful. =]

Freeganism.

Tuesday






"Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed. "

I have heard about people who go to restaurants and just get food out of the trash rather than ordering...I never knew that lifestyle(?) had a name. I'm both ammused and intrigued. It's an interesting concept.


Connie Talbot!


I get goosebumps listening to this. Connie is SEVEN! She won Britian's Got Talent (last year?)...because she's amazing! (and ADORABLE!) I hadn't heard of her before, we watched this video in my Diversity class today. happiness. =]

Peonies...my favorite flower.

Monday



ohmygoodness. I love peonies. I want to have a bouquet like this at my wedding...when/if I have a wedding. So pretty! They make me happy.

Interview with Anna Renee.

Saturday

After being interview by Anna Renee, I interviewed her back.

Kristen:Is there a risk in your own life that you feel you should have taken or should take, but didn’t/haven't?
Anna: Yes. Thanks for rubbing it in.

Kristen: When you were little what did you want to grow up to be?
Anna: It changed according to the season. When i lived in a brick house i think i wanted to be a princess. When me moved into the pink house, i wanted to be an actress. Then a zoo keeper. When we first moved to the house in which i am currently living i wanted to grow up and be a fashion designer/actress. When we painted this house grey i wanted to be a photographer. And so far, I have failed all of my childhood dreams, tremendously. Hopefully i'll grow up more.

Kristen: What is your favorite possession?
Anna: My favorite possessions (as in, the irreplaceable things i would grab at a moments notice...): my computer, my pottery from high school and my books. I love my computer because it is full of music and pictures and it connects me to the world. My pottery is special because it makes me feel accomplished. And my books inspire me and challenge me to dream. I'm pretty sure if you had to go through my bookshelf/my computer you would understand me a little better.

Kristen: If you could spend a day with any famous person, who would it be and why?
Anna: I would probably spend my day with Sister Wendy Beckett because she's a genious and could get us into all kinds of amazing museums where we could talk art.

Kristen: What is your love language?
Anna: I don't actually understand love languages yet...*google*According to greaterquests.com my love language is

Score Love Language
6 Words of Affirmation
9 Quality Time
5 Receiving of Gifts
2 Acts of Service
8 Physical Touch

That makes sense. I feel really loved when i am spending one-on-one time with people. Ha ha. I guess i'm a touchy feely person. Hugs are my favorite. But at the same time, i don't want a touchy feely palsy walsy guy. Hmm...weird.

To find out more about Anna visit her blog at: http://thefantasticallifeofannawilliams.blogspot.com/

blogging.

Wednesday



I’m Kristen, and I’m okay with that…

Monday

I am currently taking a painting class and I’ve recently discovered that I’m learning much more than how to paint. The class is pushing me by getting me out of my comfort zone. By being forced to paint in front of others I have learned a lot. I have learned about being vulnerable. I am not able to hide my mistakes and anyone can see them. I have to make a choice every time I paint. I have to choose to not be concerned about what others think of me (or my paintings). I have to forget about how many talented artists surround me. I have to remember that I’m not painting to get people’s approval or acceptance. I have to look beyond my abilities and search for the emotion behind art. I want to learn to express myself through art. I don’t want my expression to be me trying to impress others, or never being satisfied, or trying to be the best. I want my artwork to say something about me, and I want that something to be positive and real. I’m not learning to paint; I’m learning to grow and to be vulnerable. Art isn’t about being the best; it’s about being you, and being okay with that.

Beloved.


Love of my life
Look deep in my eyes
There you will find what you need
Give me your life
Lust and the lies
The past you're afraid I might see
You've been running away from me

You're my beloved
Lover I'm yours
Death shall not part us
It's you I died for
For better or worse
Forever we'll be
Our Love it unites us
It binds you to me
It's a mystery

Love of my life
Look deep in my eyes
There you will find what you need
I'm the giver of life
I'll clothe you in white
My immaculate bride you will be
Oh come running home to me

You're my beloved
Lover I'm yours
Death shall not part us
It's you I died for
For better or worse
Forever we'll be
Our Love it unites us
It binds you to me

Well you've been a mistress, my wife
Chasing lovers it won't satisfy
Won't you let me make you my bride
You will drink of my lips
And you'll taste new life

Cause you're my beloved
Lover I'm yours
Death shall not part us
It's you I died for
For better or worse
Forever we'll be
Our Love it unites us and it binds you to me

It's a mystery

Tenth Avenue North

inspiration.

Sunday

video

meet lotta.

November.

Wednesday

I love Fall. I love that it's November. The time change is a little weird and I haven't quite gotten (got? gotten?) used to it but I like the cool(ish)ness. I've had a pretty light week for school assignments so far...not really looking forward to this weekend though. But here's my update. =]

-I'm making my first quilt! My grandma has been here the last week and she's been teaching me.
-I tried to carve my pumpkin but my pumpkin failed me because it was too hard. I could hardly get the knife in it. (I made my mom try too, just to make sure it wasn't my lack of strength that was causing the problem...it wasn't). (It was a cute pumpkin too- it had pumpkin warts:)
-I bought a new pumpkin, it's a pale orange and really pretty...I'll hopefully be carving it soon.
-I started reading Leota's Garden, but I haven't gotten very far. I keep getting distracted.
-I returned to finish observing an ESOL (english for speakers of other languages...or something like that) class at BCC (I have to get observation hours for my Diversity class) and I was reunited with my friends from other countries. (Brazil, Pueto Rico, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and some others...) They are all so nice and friendly. I gave them my email address (the teacher's suggestion) so we can keep in touch!
-All politics/parties aside, I think it's super exciting that the we have a black man for a president.
-Anna Rose can walk far when we hold her hands!!!
-I'm in a group in my speech class and I was chosen to be the group leader! What? I'm not a leader, I'm a follower...like a sheep, I follow. And my group wanted me to have an important part in our next speech because I was apparently one of the best (according to them...I assure you I'm not a good speecher).
-I saw City of Ember with my sisters. It was really good! I was surprised, I love the book and was expecting the to be a lot different.
-I've decided not to use SR 46 for traveling farther that 10 minutes. Everytime I go somewhere on that road I get really lost...

Happy Fall.

Nov. 4th.

Tuesday

oh boy. Time to vote! =]
I'm not usually a fan of voting posters but I found some I like.




children.

Monday

Well, a fun things have happened since I last wrote, but i'm not sure if i can remember them right now because I have a child attached to me. Yes, Anna (it would be kinda off if there was another kid attached to me). She has been going through one of those stages where she cries at everything and my mom is at her women's group and the minute she left Anna started bawling.
It's been 30 minutes and I am covered with her sweat, tears, snot, and food (she was eating before she started crying...so all the food in her mouth ended up on me). It's not pretty.She does have a signal that tells us when shes about to wail. She sticks her lip out really far...it's a little bit adorable.

What? I've also lost my hearing due to the crying/screaming that has taken place in my ear.
So once I can peel Anna off of me I'll update you on the new things I've been up to.


=[ <----me
:*O <----anna

Candyland.

Saturday

Harvest Festival Photos!