December 27, 2011

2011 is almost out the door :'( And Christmas stuff because I forgot... :P

What a title! Wowzers! :P

Anyway, as you must know (you already know, I am sure), 2011 is just about out the door.
Here is what I did on Christmas.
I went to church...
I went home, changed, and then went to my grandparents house (moms side), where we ate a brunch (yum!) and then watched TV, played games, talked...
after a while, we opened our gifts.
I got:
a polka dotted storage bin (Target) It's super huge! And I love it!

Black Sequined fashion scarf (Kohls)
I know it's not the best photo, but I couldn't find a stock picture... :P

I also got money.

We still have my dads side of Christmas (Friday), so I will make a new thread about that stuff...

Thanks for reading/looking!!
'till next time,
 
 P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

December 17, 2011

Blog Design! (1)

Hello!
Hannah, over at The Weaver Girl, asked me to makeover her blog for her.

The completed design (click to see it enlarged):




For more information on how YOU can have a makeover (free!) go here: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/p/blog-design.html


'till next time,
 
 P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

December 13, 2011

Rachy's Journal ~ Part One


As some of you may or may not know, this comes from my sisters' blog: http://jamiesjottings.blogspot.com Go check it out! and follow! *grin*

A fill-in-the-blanks for those days when inspiration eludes me

Date: Tuesday, December 13. 2011

Time: 2:22 pm

Thought/Quote/Verse/Idea for the day: Only God Knows what is going to happen next. All you have to do is make the right choices and live one day at a time.

I got up at: around 8:00-8:30 a.m. :P

I am listening to: There's a Place For Us By Carrie Underwood (Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

I most recently ate: Lunch- Potato patties and raw cabbage (I love raw cabbage... Call me weird)

I am currently working on: School... :P

Comfort food/beverage at the moment: Nothing I have at the moment, but I really, really want some cheese popcorn... *mmmhmm*

I am looking forward to: playing the Nancy Drew- Captive Curse that the UPS man just dropped off about five minutes ago... :D

I am reading: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I am memorizing: Psalms five. (I know, it is short... :P)

I am thinking: The lyrics of the song I am listening to (read above...)

Plans for the day: Playing Captive Curse, finishing school... (finishing school comes first... ;) )

In my hair: nothing. it's down

Most recently wrote: a math problem. Other than that, it's this :P

I am thankful for: My family, my house, everything I have! I am feeling very, very blessed right now.

I am wearing: jeans (Khols) short sleeve blue shirt (Khols) white sweatshirt with 'Aeropostale' written on it (Aeropostale), boots (Target)

My surroundings: My living room

I am craving: Cheese popcorn ;)

I should be: doing my math. :P

Tomorrow I will: do the dishes ICK! :P

Book I am contemplating reading next: Mozart's Sister

Random fact about myself: I love Nancy Drew PC games... :P

The weather is: warm! I cannot believe this! I can't remember when it was last warm in DECEMBER in WISCONSIN!! =O

Any library books at the moment: Nope!

Movie(s) I watched within the week: The Nativity Story and A Christmas Story I think that's it.

Indignant about: Nothing.

Random movie/book quote that's running through my head: 'Flushed with victory, you examine your 14 hotdogs only to find that they are now inside Spot' ~Rocky and Bullwinkle- How to remove an Unwanted Houseguest, and make more Living Room. (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iJQNkFxm4w)

Scratchy pen or smooth pen: Smooth!!

Last thing I threw away: Uh, I really have no idea... Maybe a tissue??

Last item I bought/received: the American Girl Special Edition Magazine, and The Captive Curse Nancy Drew PC game

I am wondering: the code to my brothers lock... ?

Song stuck in my head: There's a place for Us By Carrie Underwood


Most recent crazy plan: uhm, nothing?

I learned today: That I have to do some problems in my math WITHOUT a calculator! What am I going to do?? ;)

Picture-thought: 
Christmas!!




'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

December 7, 2011

The Truth of the One Dollar Bill

I was Googling  'The Unfinished Portrait" by Gilbert Stuart, and if you didn't know, he drew the picture of George Washington that is on the one dollar bill. It's called 'The Athenaeum' (aka 'The Unfinished Portrait')
Not my pic!
I then googled the one dollar bill (because I didn't have one on hand) and I came across this article.
I read the the whole thing, and it was extremely interesting!

tell me what you think!
'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

December 3, 2011

Christmas Tag

Hey all!
Vivy tagged me in this Christmas Tag, so, here I am! :D


Rules/instructions:
  1. Link to the person/blog you got tagged from
  2. Do the tag
  3. Tag three people!
So, here's the tag:

Is your Christmas tree up?
Yes! I am so happy it is! :)

How about the rest of your decorations?
Yep, except not the lights, yet...

Do you have an artificial tree or a real tree?
Real. My parents wanted to get a fake one, but us kids wouldn't let them... ;)

Do you have any lights or decorations outside?
Yep, some wreaths, lights and some cute snowman made out of wood on our porch. (stay tuned for a video on it all!)

Do you have a favorite ornament on the tree?
Yes! It's a cute little egg that's painted as a chicken with polka dots:

How many Christmas trees do you usually have up?
One. We used to get two, but not anymore.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever gotten?
That is hard! Probably my first American Girl Doll. ;)

Who do you celebrate Christmas with?
Everyone. 
On Christmas Eve (evening) we celebrate with the family. On Christmas Day we celebrate with my Mom's side, then a week after (or something around that) we celebrate with my Dad's side... :)

What is your favorite Christmas song?
While You Were Sleeping (see recent post about it) is my favorite, but I also like: Carol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock...

What is your favorite Christmas food?
Ooh, maybe the cookies my sister makes?? Probably not, but I can't think of any... XD

What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Oh, I don't know! I think I'll have to update this when I think of a good one... :P

Do you have trouble falling asleep on Christmas eve?
Yeah, I think so... ;)

What time do you usually wake up on Christmas morning?
earlier than usual (7-8) XD :P

Do you do any special traditions for Christmas?
Yep! (this is from a different post of mine...) There is one thing I like above all the others-
We have this really special nativity scene. It's really pretty, and very realistic. 
Every year my dad waits for us all to go to bed, then he hides all the pieces to it. 
Since we don't know the day dad hides them, we will unexpectedly find them. 
Mostly my dad hides them where we (are supposed) to do chores or other fun places.
The tradition has changed over the years as we all got older, but we still find them, and it's still a ton of fun.

But during the Christmas season we have to be careful where we sit, what we wear, and where we lay our heads! Why? Almost every year, my dad hides one or more in a coat, or in a pillow etc.


I hope you enjoyed them!
I tag: JocelynRoseMiss Raquel, and Hannah!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

November 30, 2011

While You Were Sleeping

Christmas is coming around! In our house the Christmas music is already playing.
Well, I have never *really* liked Casting Crowns (don't ask me why; I don't know).
But as I was listening to the music play on shuffle in our house, there was one song that I really liked.
Turns out it was by Casting Crowns.

It is the name of this post. If you haven't heard it, I made a little movie-thing to show you:
video
This is such an amazing song. I love it! And also it is a really good 'Christmas song'. :-) I could listen to it for HOURS.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is by Casting Crowns
Album: Peace on Earth
Song: While You Were Sleeping

Pictures belong to HP, they're just sample pictures
CD cover belongs to  Casting Crowns
Song belongs to Casting Crowns




'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

November 29, 2011

Packers!


As you may know, I love the Packers. I live in WI, so it does make sense.
As  you may further know, they are 11-0. (For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, 11-0 means they have won 11 games and lost 0) (and also, the Packers are a Pro football team; the best, actually! Considering they won the Super Bowl last year, AND they are doing the best in our division.)
Well, anyway, this last game, Aaron Rodgers (Packers quarter back) won the Gobbling Gobbler trophy. That is the trophy for one of the players on the team that won the Thanksgiving game. We won the game, so the trophy went to Aaron Rodgers:

Here is Aaron Rodgers with the trophy he won. 
Here are a few more pictures:


I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

November 28, 2011

Christmas Party!


1.  Besides celebrating the birth of Christ, what is your favorite part of Christmas?  
Oh, lots of things. The food, presents, decorating...


2.  What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
There is one thing I like above all the others-
We have this really special nativity scene. It's really pretty, and very realistic. 
Every year my dad waits for us all to go to bed, then he hides all the pieces to it. 
Since we don't know the day dad hides them, we will unexpectedly find them. 
Mostly my dad hides them where we (are supposed) to do chores or other fun places.
The tradition has changed over the years as we all got older, but we still find them, and it's still a ton of fun.

But during the Christmas season we have to be careful where we sit, what we wear, and where we lay our heads! Why? Almost every year, my dad hides one or more in a coat, or in a pillow etc.


3.  What has been your favorite Christmas gift?
My first AG doll; Kit.


4.  Do you have a special Christmas tree ornament?
Yes!  It's not mine, but we have this adorable egg/chicken ornament, it is so cute! (picture below)


(not the best picture, I know)















5.  What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
Winter Wonderland (by Audrey Assad-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSIKLcQnSy4and I also like Carol of the Bells


6.  If you could be anyone in a Christmas nativity play who would you be?
Mary


7.  What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Hmmm, that's really hard. I'd guess I have to say 'The Nativity Story' It's not just for Christmas, though.



8.  Do you go caroling?  If so where do you like to go?
No.


9.  What is your favorite Christmas decoration?
The Christmas tree. It's not Christmas without one!


10. The birth of Jesus brought a light into the world.  How can you bring some light in the world this Christmas season?
By singing and praising God.



MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 

'till next time, 
 
 P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

November 26, 2011

Like the 'new'? **and some extremely boring updatezzzzz**

Hey, y'all!
Wasup??
Anyway, just wanted to make my blog a little more... Seasonal... XD Although, right now we have no snow on the ground. We had no white Thanksgiving like we usually do... :O It is actually really surprising for Wisconsin weather. :P
My backgrounds will probably change a lot around Christmas.

Ooh! Some more fun news is that I won NaNoWriMo, AND I finished my book! :-)
See-

There are actually quite a few more to choose from... XD

So you have a wonderful day, and a very Merry Christmas! :)

'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

November 24, 2011

Thankfulness on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! :-)
Yeah, I know it's kinda late, but hey! It's still Thanksgiving right now! ;-)

Anyway, here are eight things I'm thankful for (not really in any order, but God is first for a reason. ;) (sorry, Karalee, I know I took all of yours, they were all just so perfect! :D) :

  1. God- Without him I seriously would be nowhere. I would be lost without him like so many people in this world are. He brought us here. And without life, we wouldn't be here. So I am very, very thankful for God.
  2. Family- I love my family (and relatives). We don't always get along perfectly, but we get along well most of the time. ;-) I love them tons.
  3. Friends- weather I know them personally, or if I know them online, I love you, all of you! Thanks so much for giving me advice when it was needed, and encouraging words when I needed them.
  4. My followers- I am very thankful for every one of you! I love all the comments you give me. For faithfully reading my (boring) blog posts. You are so encouraging!
  5. My place in the World- I could be a lot worse off than I am. But I'm not. And that is something that I think everyone needs to be Thankful for, because pretty much everyone is better off than at least someone. So be Thankful for what you have. :-)
  6. My Education- Yeah, I know, it gets boring and annoying to do the same stuff over and over again. But some people don't even get an education! So I have that to be thankful for.
  7. My Talents- I know like all of my family members would say I have none. But I know I do, and that makes me happy. God gave them to me, and I love them.
  8. My Parents- I know I already said family, but I think my parents deserve their own point. They are encouraging (in their own ways) and they teach me what I should do right, and try to keep me on the right path when I'm going headlong in the wrong direction.
So there! You have eight things!
(not my pic!)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! :D

You always know that you are very blessed when you are creating your Christmas list and can only think of five things... XD
'What if you woke up this morning and found the only things you had left were the things you thanked God for yesterday?' - Terry Shock


'till next time,
 
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Photography contest- Activity three! There are only two rounds left! Info: http://rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-contest-round-three.html

November 17, 2011

NaNoWriMo goal is REACHED!

I'm actually really surprised that I reached my goal this fast. It *was* only 7,000, but I have been extremely busy as of late... sooo...


  1. Well, my novel is actually quite far away from being done. But, I should be able to finish it by the time November is over I think... (I hope) there are quite a few stages it needs to go through:Finish it (that's always a goof place to start, right?)
  2. Let my sister edit it and edit in my sisters' edits.
  3. Let one of my friends edit it and put her edits in.
  4. Let my sister edit it *again* and put the edits to good use (i. e. edit them into my novel)
  5. Let my friend edit it and edit in her edits. (yeah, you get the story...)
  6. Keep doing steps 2-5 until there are no more edits.
  7. Do all the thanks, and dedication (if there is any)
  8. Name it. (this might be moved... I really need help with names, so if you have any ideas... it's about two friends who are having friendship problems and much more. If you read the summary and the excerpt: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/user/691860 Then that will help you... :-) please give me some ideas!)
  9. Do anything else I need to do (lovely step, don't you think?)
  10. Get my free copies (I get five)
  11. Decide who the copies will go to. This is going to be a hard one... :P

Well, thank you for reading that boring checklist! :D
Please give me some ideas for names! :D

Thanks so much!

Some more stuff:
71 pages
7 chapters
7,000 words (7, 017 now)
(I just realized that all that stuff has a 7 in it... As the first thing... :D I guess '7' is my 'lucky number'! No, just kidding. ;) )
Here are a couple screen shots for you to look over and enjoy... XD (click to see them bigger)



'till next time,
 
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P.P.S. sorry about the lack of posts lately, I have been sooo busy + I had this NaNoWriMo thing, so you should be able to understand... ;)

November 10, 2011

When Fall Sends It's Snow

I love this one -- it's so pretty!

Unfortunately, snow has come, though it isn't quite sticking to the ground, it has come.
I mean, I like snow, and it is really gorgeous, but, it just lasts for so long, and you I get extremely tired of it, it's also not so fun when we play Frisbee. I much prefer playing Frisbee on (dry[ish]) grass.



The snowflakes were really big today. This is pretty much our 'first snow', although, it did snow yesterday (for about 3 minutes tops), I will consider this our first snow.




You know what? Snow is actually really depressing. At least for us, here in WI. Because it stays so long. Once it starts, you won't see grass for months, yes, months. I think that's why I really don't want it to snow.




But, if it started right before Christmas, and was going by February, I would be happy. But, it doesn't (stinky, right?) Because I love snow at Christmas.
If there isn't any snow at Christmas, it isn't 'Christmas' here.




So, I do like snow. But I don't like 'early' snow. (technically, it isn't early, but to me, it is.)
But, God gave it to us, so I will thank him for it. It is pretty...



So, since it was our first snow, I decided to take some pictures of it! :) (these are all taken from inside)
(I had a really difficult time watermarking them. :P I did all the watermarking, then I uploaded them, but I got the copies that weren't watermarked, so I uploaded them again, and again they weren't watermarked [I did upload the ones that were watermarked] then I decided, just skip all that, and upload them from the actual Picasa program on my laptop. I saved it as a draft, and here we are, finally!)

I really like how this one turned out (although, the first one will still be my favorite). But there isn't much snow... :(

Do you have snow yet? Do you ever get snow? What is your favorite picture?

This one is neat, I think.

I love this one! Can you find the watermark?

This one, too. Find the watermark!

Thanks so much for reading and looking at the pictures! Answer the questions, and if you answer them all comment PB&J, and I will give you a shout-out in my next post, (don't forget to give me the link to your blog so I can give the links in the post.)

You all have a fantastic day,


P.S. Don't forget to vote for your favorite picture!