Saturday, October 29, 2011

Don't You Look Boo-tiful?

Unlike the rest of my family I love Halloween. I love the pumpkins, the candy, the cute costumes (I don't like any of the spooky/creepy stuff though)

I'm getting too old to trick or treat so the past few years I've been dressing up and handing out candy in a costume. This summer I made a mermaid costume for Kamp, so I'm planning on breaking it out again for Halloween. I only made the tail and some of the jewelry, the top is two different dance costumes I've had that I combined into one.

This is the WHOLE costume


This is the WHOLE costume on!


This is just the tail



The cool "artsy" angled shot. It kinda gives a close up of the "scales"


Hope you like my costume!

<3

Madeline

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Ever since I can remember I've wanted to travel the world. Maybe the desire grew in me from the number of times my mom and I have moved around or maybe I've just inherited her adventurous spirit, but whatever the case, living in one spot for the rest of my life has never been an option. However, it's hard to be a person with big dreams if you're not a person with big funds. I- along with a large percent of the worldly population- am one of those people. Of course, I don't really care and I will continue to search for cool places to visit until I tire of it (which will be never). Even if I have to pull a Jean Beliveau and walk around the world.
    I recently joined Pinterest and now I am constantly looking up pictures of cities and states and countries and "pinning" them to my "boards". Here is a portion of the indefinite list of places I would like to see sometime in my life.
    Let's start in the States:
1. West Virginia- I'm not too familiar with this state, but I found an absolutely gorgeous picture of Grist Mill.

 2. Boston, Massachusetts- Apparently this picture is of a casket delivery. The picture is just so beautiful, though, isn't it? All of the white sails just like clouds floating on the clear blue water. Then it directed me to a website: 24hourCaskets.com! High quality caskets at the best price direct to the funeral home of your choice - anywhere in Massachusetts. I know I shouldn't laugh....

3. Santa Fe, New Mexico- My mom says this is her favorite city. I love all the adobe structures and the Spanish feel, and I think that's what she likes too. Hopefully that will be a trip in the near future.

Now, let's move a little southeast of Minnesota.... okay a little more to the east.... THERE!
4. Toronto, Cananda- Now that's a city! Wowzers!

Okay, now we're going to look at a college Maddie and I are planning on going to the first year out of high school.
5. Capernwray, Lancashire, England- I'm not 100% sure on how to write the location of this place, but whatever the case, Capernwray Bible School is a castle on the countryside- sheep and all!

You may have heard through the grapevine that I am half Italian. No, I'm not from New Yohk or New Joysey and I do not fake-bake or wear a poof. But I would like to go back to my ancestor's home country:
6. Secily, Italy- I know the least about my dad's side of the family, and some day I hope to go on a trip with my dad.
7. Manila, Philippines- My cousin works for a company here and one day we really want to visit him... and the mountains. ;-)

Some non-related places I would like to visit are:
8. Santorini, Greece- Mama Mia! Here I go again! My my, how can I resist you?


9. Rome, Italy- While my dad and I are in Sicily, we might as well just be-bop over to Rome! Oh, they're over 300 miles apart? This might have to be a separate trip.


10. St. Petersburg, Russia- Watch out, Anastasia!


I'd love to hear about the places you'll go, too! By all means, leave a comment and let us know!

=)

Breanna

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting...
No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy! (or girl. We'll cut him some slack.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
~excerpts from "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Last Laugh

Well friends, I'm headed out of town for the weekend! I'm going to a camp to help close it up for the winter as a service project! I can't wait! I was asked to lead worship so I'm a bit nervous about that but it should be all good :) Thought I'd leave you with something to giggle about, it sure made me laugh!


Have a fabulous weekend!

<3

Madeline


The Martha Stewart Column


Hi guys! Lately I've been in the homemaker mood and I thought I'd share a few of my recent projects with you.
    Is it weird that I'm planning for my firstborn already? Now before you're all like, "Is there anything you'd like to tell us, Breanna?" let's just clear the air. No. There is nothing I need to tell anyone. There is nothing strange for a seventeen year-old girl to plan for her first child just like there is nothing strange about two seventeen year-old girls to get together and dream about their weddings (which is exactly what Maddie and I do when we get together). As of now, I have everything planned for my wedding except for the groom. ;-) Now back to my firstborn. I just knitted a stuffed elephant for him or her. It really didn't turn out to look anything like the one in the picture on my pattern, but she's pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. Babies don't care, right?

 
    I like to name all of my knitted creations, like you saw in my "Freaky Phone Socks" post, so meet Harriet.
She says it's her pleasure. Aw, isn't she polite?
    The pattern I used was from the book "Toys to Knit" and I don't know if I can do this, but I highly recommend buying it. The patterns are easy to follow and the projects are adorable!
    Next on my list is hummus. I was getting a haircut one day and I picked up an issue of "O Magazine". Flipping through the pages, my eye caught an article called "6 New Takes on Hummus- and How to Make Them at Home" Now, I don't usually like to promote Oprah and her plans to take over the world, but I was in desperate need of a good hummus recipe and when confronted with an opportunity, I just had to take advantage of it. The first recipe I tried was for cocoa hummus and that was a complete flop. Don't ever make it, it tastes awful. I won't even give you the link for the recipe, the stuff is so nasty. Look it up if you want, God forbid you ever make it for a party. People you thought were friends will try to kill you. The next recipe was for regular old hummus and it was pretty good. At first I subbed peanut butter for tahini and it was alright. You can do that in a pinch, but after I made it again with tahini I would never go back.
    Last but not least is shoe shining. About a year ago I splurged and bought my first pair of expensive shoes: Oxfords. They are real leather and I would have liked to keep them nice, but that just isn't possible when you wear them to school. Until I found a bag of shoe polish cans and buffers that must have been my grandpa's. The cans are so cool and antique-looking that I just had to take a picture.

Neat, am I right?
 Not only that, but the polish actually worked! Now my year-old shoes look brand-new! What more could you want?

    I hope you all are enjoying the fall weather! I loved hearing about Maddie's Homecoming experience. I'm so glad you didn't succumb to the grinding, Maddie, and the only thing I'd like to know is if there were a lot of "unflattering" dresses like there were at mine. Maddie and I had a conversation via Twitter and she suggested I wear a dress that I have that is reminiscent of something Kate Middleton might wear. I told her I didn't think it was trailer-trash enough and she told me to cut a slit up the back and I'd fit right in. Straight from the homeschoolers mouth. I also want to say that I wore my pair of nude heels, too!
    I hope you all had a fun Homecoming week and are looking forward to dressing up for Hallows Eve. There will probably be a post on that coming up. ;-)

<=D

Breanna

Monday, October 10, 2011

I Could've Danced All Night

Well blog pals, homecoming is over :) And it was FUN!



This is my date and I. We look pretty swanky huh? I think we make a good looking couple ;) He was such a gentleman all night long, I don't think I touched one door handle all evening.

We went to dinner with my parents which was really nice. I didn't know how to pin on his boutonniere so the waitress did it for us. Then the pin was sticking out so once we got to the dance we took it out because it would've jabbed my in the face during slow dances. (Of which there were only 2, some song by Nickleback, and You and I by Lady Gaga) How either of those qualified as slow songs I'll never know, but oh well ;) The majority of the songs were hip hop and rap so you couldn't really dance to them unless you wanted to subject yourself to grinding which we both made clear was NOT going to happen. But there was a fair amount of pop music that we just danced around like crazy to. I even taught him the Cupid Shuffle! (Wait, there are still people who don't know this dance out there?!) I'd have to say the big hit of the night was Hey Ya! by Outkast (Nothing like throwing it back to the early 2000's :)) We called to get picked up early because some of the people there were getting a bit raunchy but by the time our ride got there the dance was on its last song. Our group was awesome to be with I loved meeting all of his friends :) All in all, I'd totally do it again! I felt like this afterwards...


(Too lazy to try and embed it right now)

<3

Madeline


Monday, October 3, 2011

Research

Fall has arrived (much to my dismay, I love summer weather) and with it school has arrived too. Both Breanna and I are home schooled and we both love it.

Right now I was told to choose one topic that interests me from 1900-1909 and it was about the ship The Lusitania. Oh the simple joys of being a home schooler. I love research, google and wikipedia. Did you know that...



The Lusitania was a passenger ship when it was sunk by a German U-Boat? 1,198 people aboard died.

The last surviving passenger of the Lusitania died just this year in January, she was 3 months old when the ship sank.

The ship had 48 life boats, enough to save everyone on board yet only 6 were lowered successfully.

The Lusitania was built so it could easily convert to a auxilary cruiser in war times, this was an agreement with the British government who loaned 2.6 Million Pounds to the construction of the Lusitania and her sister ship Mauretania.

Both the Lusitania and the Mauretania held the Blue Riband speed record for a transatlantic crossing (though at different times in their career)

Her Captain, Captain Turner stayed on the bridge until he was washed overboard into the sea. He managed to take the log book and charts along with him.

That's all for now! You should look up something that interests you! Post a comment telling me what you found!

<3

Madeline