Tuesday, January 31, 2012

...korea, skype, and jealousy...


It’s so hard to realize that Thomas is in Korea. ^
My oldest brother, who’s always been there to talk to, (even when his friends are waiting for him, and I talk for over an hour!! J) and been one of my best friends (Andrew being the other. J), is in Korea?!?!?
I know I’ve said this a lot lately, but having your older brother’s move out is SOOO hard. Little brothers are awesome, but they’re too short to hide behind!!! J
Thomas flew out yesterday evening, (and I’m guessing that he has arrived! J) and we got to Skype him in the airport. That was a blast, (except the part where my video froze for a couple of minutes, and if froze just as I was taking a bite of my dinner, so I was leaning over my plate, with my hand up to my mouth. J And anybody in the airport could see me if they really wanted to.) I am a little jealous of the fact that he is in another country, and really close to a bunch of ofther really cool countrys, and gets weekend passes often, and gets to visit those really cool countrys!! lol
Why is it that embarrassing things ALWAYS happen to me?!?!?

xo,
Becca

(This has nothing to do with my post, and I do know that it is random. You know, I really do like being random, and unpredictable, it's really kinda fun!! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In for it!!

A couple decided to send their two mischievous boys to see a clergyman for assistance with discipline.

A huge man with a booming voice, the clergyman made an imposiiung figure.

He asked the boy, "Where is God?"

The boy's mouth dropped open. The man repeated himself in a louder, sterner voice and shook a finger in the boys face.

"Son, where is God?"

The boy screamed, bolted from the room, ran all the way home and locked himself in is closet. His older brother, through the door, asked what happened.

The younger replied, "We're in for it now. God's missing, and they think we did it!"


I know the frog has nothing to do with this, but I thought it was cute!! :) (And I didn't take that photo!)

xo,
Becca

The Gentlewoman's Choice


Hello!!!

Outside, my world is cold and gray. The snow is still pretty, but not nearly as pretty as when it first fell! It's cloudy, instead of bright blue and sunny. I've been trying to avoid going outside at all costs for the last few days. I'm a wimp when it comes to cold!! :) (Unless I'm skiing or doing something like that!) But inside, I am warm, and so happy I don't have to be out there!! :)


Have you read this ^ book?
If not, I highly suggest you do. It's so beautifully written, so sweet and thought provoking. I just finished it a couple of days ago, (for the second time! :)) and loved it. I decided to read it again, right away, but slowly, and stop reading every time I came to something amazing, and think about it. Most of the time I just blaze through books, and don't stop and think about things. This book is filled with beautiful quotes and things.
Here's one of the first things that caught my attention last night, just a few pages in.
The mother and her adult son are talking, while on vacation, and the son is angry because the weather is stormy. He brings up the story about the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace.
"I am afraid, Cornelius, my dear son, that you will need the furnace yourself to teach you that the will of God, even in unpleasant weather, is a thing for rejoicing in."
I've never really considered the will of God something to rejoice in, much less when His will is different that what I think I *want.*
This book is about 23-year-old Hester Raymount, a girl living in London. She has a passion for the poor, and a beautiful voice. When, her family inherits a home in the country, and her father becomes a semi wealthy squire, a man, who hides his real character from her, falls in love with Hester, and they become engaged.
Then, when her future looks bright, her brother make some awful choices, and disappears. Her family is devastated, and Hester fears that her engagement must be broken off. She quickly goes to London to restore the family's honor, and try to find her wayward brother.
Then, Lord Gartley reveals his true character, and Hester must decide if her convictions, and her Calling, are worth more to her than marriage to the earl.
You can find the book on Amazon, pretty cheap. :)
So, what do you do inside, to keep from going crazy, when the weather is frigid outside?
And another random question, if you're a country girl, do you have *your*mountain, that's near you, that you love, and claim?
Mine's Adams, and I LOVE that mountain, and I love Hood second best. :)

^ Mt. Adams

^ Mt. Hood

Well, hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!
xo,
Becca

Thursday, January 26, 2012

do i really look old?!?!

Today, I went with my dad and two of my little siblings to run a bunch of errands in the closest *big* city near us. We ran to a couple different shoe stores looking for a shoe I can fit my special arch's in. [I have almost no arches in my feet, which makes my walking look really funny. My feet roll in and my toes point in towards each other. I've been fighting wearing them for months, 'cause they hurt, REALLY hurt to get used to, (they take like a month of working up from a half hour a day to 8 hours straight.) and it was warm weather when I got them, so I wanted to go barefoot. I have decided to force myself to start wearing them, though.]



We also went to the music store so I could buy a flute book.


 
At Kmart, our first stop, a lady, quite accidentally, ruined my day, big time!! My dad had found a big sale on toilet paper, and since we have 10 people in the house, he decided that he should buy a lot while it was on sale. We made it to the checkout, with like 4-5 huge things of t.p., and the manager that was standing watching the checkout girl commented that it was a lot for one family. [Keep in mind; it's my dad, my 13-year-old brother, and my 8-year-old sister, and I.] Dad told her that we had a big family. The lady then asked how many kids there were, and dad replied that "we're expecting number 11." The manager lady was shocked, and looking at me, said, "Shame on you for looking so fabulous." *Screams really loud while turning bright red again at remembering!*
DO I LOOK THAT OLD, PEOPLE?!?!?
My mother is in her forties, and I find that REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY embarrassing that someone thought that I had 10.5 kids!!! I didn't even have a ring on my ring finger, y'all.
I was pretty shocked when she said that, and started shaking with laughter and embarrassment. That's when the cashier told me my total, and I had to ask her to repeat it, as I wasn't comprehending anything at all. I managed to get out a rather interesting sounding, "Oh, I'm his daughter!" and the manager turned bright red with me. She started making excuses, her eyesight was horrible and she was almost blind, etc. All her co-workers were laughing pretty hard, I don't think that she'll ever live that down with all of them.



Do I look old?!?!?!


[Please note: My mother is absolutely gorgeous, so, these photos are not pointing to her age, or her looks, 'kay?!?! :)]

How old have people mistaken you for?
 xo,
Becca


Friday, January 20, 2012

randomness

Little things make me happy. A bird eating out of a birdfeeder, a water drop on a flower, facial expressions, dogs intent of getting that squirrel, emails from my brother. I love being a “photographer,” because it gives me the opportunity’s to capture the little things, the happy little things. J  

This ^ is our lovely yellow lab, Sunny, at the park the other day, she was about to run after a squirrel, and she looks so intent. It’s funny to watch her chase a squirrel and then look surprised that she didn’t get it! J She does get a lot of them here at the house though.

This ^ little boy is too cute. His name’s Luke and he is one of my seven brothers. J
Such a sweet girl!!! ^
Who knew that taking macro pictures of wet dog fur was entertaining?!?!  
I love fruit, and taking photos of it is totally fun! There is such a variety of colors and shapes, and sizes…
Pomegranate is really fun to photography, and it’s one of my favorite flavorings for juice and infused redbulls. J

Littlest siblings,  ^ who are really cute!!
What little thing makes you happy?
 xo,
Becca

snow + tea = sitting inside and being warm

I know that every blogger out there is talking about the weather and snow and all that lovely stuff, so I promise not talk to long about it!!
Yes I’m a happy gal; we have about a foot of gorgeous white stuff, and a half an inch or more of ice on top. I’m staying inside and drinking coffee and tea all day!! J I love winter days, when it’s too cold to even think about going outside, so we stay in and watch a movie instead of freezing. J




Okay, I’m done!!

Are you having fun in the snow, or are you like me and are spending your time in, looking out on it? :)
xo,
Becca

Monday, January 16, 2012

Interier Decorating + awesome photos!

One thing that I love is Interior designing.
 I will inform you that I have no experience in that area, have only read tons of books about it, so I really don’t know what I am doing when it comes to decorating. But, I do love to think about how I will decorate my own home, and go through photos and books and find things that I like. This post is different photos that I love, and hope to decorate like, in my own home someday! J

Photo found here

I like this dining room, but would probably use a more vintage table and different chairs. And I think I would add more color. I love color!!! J

Photo found here
What a cute little corner to sit and read a book!

photo found here

I love this room. It is cute, maybe just a little to ‘pink,’ but it’s calm, and beautiful.  
photo found here
What a cute living room. I’m not sure if I would decorate a living room quite like that, but it’s nice anyhow! J  
photo found here
Even better!! J   
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Ohh, I love those windows!!!

Photo found here

LOVE THIS!! :)

Photo found here
How would you like a bed like this!!

Photo found here

How would you like to have your morning swim just steps from your bed?!? This is apsolutly CRAZY!!

Well, hope you have a apsolutly lovely day, with lots of smiles!! :)

xo,
Becca





Thursday, January 12, 2012

In Love with Photography #1

Hey there!
     Okay, so let’s talk about photography.
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     The number one thing to remember about photography is that it’s not about the big fancy camera and fancy equipment, although those defiantly make it easier. Photography is capturing the beauty around you, with what you have, even if it’s a small point and shoot camera from Kmart!!


      Photography is not about copying what the pro’s do all the time, but using your unique sense of creativity and what YOU love.
      Try this fun photo-shoot to get “creativity movin’” in   your photos.

     First, find a well lit room, or somewhere outdoors, and create a low background, like a table, chair, or even the floor, and get a drinking glass. Then, fill the glass as full as you can with crazy colored drinking straws, or new crayons, and start snapping photos from different angles.
 

     I guarantee you’ll love the photos (they’re so cute!!) and you’ll be smiling by the tine you’re done.
So go ahead, don’t be afraid to experiment with photography. Don’t worry about making mistakes, ‘cause you’re the only one whose gonna see them anyway!! J
Go be creative, and take some photos!!
xo, Becca

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"wacky words and sayings, and what they mean" number one

This is a post I’ll be doing once or twice a week, consisting of weird and wacky words and sayings, and what they mean!

Our first word, is….
Succinylcholine:

     A basic compound that acts similarly to curare and is intravenously chiefly in the form of a hydrated chloride C14H30Cl2N2o4-2H20  as a muscle relaxant in surgery.

 (Please don’t ask me to say this word. It’s beyond me!! And to explain the definition… We’ll just all pretend that we know exactly what this rod means. J)

     And our first maxim is…

Bubble and Squeak:

     A dish consisting of usually leftover potatoes, cabbage, and sometimes meat, fried together. J

So the next time you combine leftovers, potatoes and cabbage or meat, for instance, you know that you’re not really making fried potatoes and cabbage, but bubble and squeak. J

There’s your vocabulary lesson for this week!

xo,

Becca


...changes...


Dear person reading this,
     I hope life has been lovely for you lately.
     Well, to get straight to the point, (without beating around the bush, which is a very funny saying...J) I’m getting a little bored with my own blog. I feel like my posts are getting boring, because nothing real new happens around here, and I’m not being very creative with photography. My life is pretty much the same from week to week, and there’s only so much new that I can post about.

     So, I’ve decided to make some changes in the way I blog, and what I blog about.
     Some of my biggest interests and “hobbies” are interior designing, photography, music and old books. So, I think I’m going to start blogging about those things, as well as life too.

     And I’m also trying to come up with an new name for this blog, as “Pianos, Photo’s and Books” is really, really boring.  (Any ideas anyone?!? J)
Anyway, thanks for putting up with me,(and my frequent blog design changing,) I really appreciate it!!

xo,

Becca

Monday, January 9, 2012

catching up on sleep


 An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was taken care of.
He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner of the sofa and fell asleep.
An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.



The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot on the sofa and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

Sea of Life


by Doyle Lawson and Quick silver. I love this song!! :)

xo,
Becca

Saturday, January 7, 2012

a suiters tale

I thought this was hilarious!! :)

xo,
Becca

shopping


Doesn't that word just make you happy? I love to shop, but in certain circumstance, shopping with my seven younger siblings is a little, challenging, shall we say. :PBut nevertheless, shopping is still really fun.

I went shopping a couple days ago, (with my seven little siblings. :P) and came away with some really cute things, I took some photos (with my six-year-old sister's help.) of a couple of my favorite things.


This sweater is lighter purple than in the above photo, and darker than the one below. :) It really is beautiful, and looks good on me, dark colors look good on me. :)

Sorry about the funny pose, I was having some fun while I did this, and this was the best one. :)
This is a cool color!! I can't believe that I convinced my mom to let me get it. :D I love this green.


And this is my 6-year-old sisters, and I am in love!! It is so cute, I think I'll steal it from her. :) Ok, maybe not, I just thought about what it would look like if I walked around town with this on. :)

And I just added this scarf to a scoop neck tee I haven't been wearing, and I am in love with it. It's SOO cute.
So, do you like shopping?
xo, dears,
Becca

Sunday, January 1, 2012

this is a new year

  With the pages fresh this is a new year, with all new challenges, fun and lessons.

This is 2012.

 
     2011 was a hard year for me, and, honestly, I’m pretty glad it’s over. There were changes that I’m still trying to get used to, and I probably won’t ever get used to, problems that I just can’t solve.  




Having both my older brothers move out within 4 months of each other is hard. Their my best friends in the world, and it’s difficult to see them branch out, and move on with their lives, and leave me behind, to struggle on by myself.
 

 
But 2011 was also fun. We went places this year, with friends, camping, skydiving, (only getting to watch, unfortunately for this thrill loving gal,) skiing, canoeing, rock climbing… and my parents even let me fly down to visit my Aunt and Uncle in CA by MYSELF for a week.(which I’m sure you all have heard about like many times!! J)

 
I refuse to make “new year’s resolutions,” because I always fail them, but I do have some goals for myself.

 
Some of them include:

Improve my photography
Learn some basic car mechanics,
Get ‘in shape”
Collect lots more old books
Get way better on the piano and flute…



So, I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, and I hope your year is happy, and simply epic!!!


With much love,
Becca