Saturday, July 09, 2011

New Blogger Dashboard?

So, I've noticed (well it is rather hard to miss) that Blogger has almost completely changed the look of the dashboard.

At first it was frustrating for me. And I didn't really like it. Kind of hard to navigate first time around.

But I've blogged a few times now using the new set - up, and I have to say; I think I like it. 

The color scheme is more simple, elegant. 
And if you think about it, everything is actually easier to find; it just takes some time to adjust after being used to something completely different that was around for so long.

So what do you guys think? Bring back the old Blogger, or in with the new?

Jungle Cat

At the end of last month the garden was really starting to bloom and I decided to head out and take some pictures.

I was rather frustrated by the end of my photo - session, we only have a 7mp point-and-shoot camera and it tends to irk me when I can't take the pictures I want...oh how I long for a nice Nikon.

But despite my camera - woes here are the pictures I managed to take:

{ these flowers are a relative of the carnation - their actual name totally escapes me }

{ snow on the mountain }
 These are some of my favorite flowers ever, snow on the mountain. They're an absolutely gorgeous ground cover! They also happen to smell really good!

{ rock wall }
 I think I might've posted about this before, but last year a team of kids came up from a close-by Bible camp to do service projects and help in the community. Three wonderful girls helped my family build this rock wall so that we could level our yard. It turned out rather well I think.

{ snow on the mountain - on the rocks }

{ snow on the mountain }

{ snow on the mountain }

{snow on the mountain - on the rocks }

{ lupin }
 It was really hard for me to get a good picture of our purple lupin. The woes of a point and shoot camera; auto focus. bleck.

Most of our lupin actually didn't make it this spring, we've had a really bad aphid problem.
And I mean bad.
Some of the aphids were actually bigger than the ladybugs!

{ paws }
 Ah Paws. The jungle cat.
Well really she just thinks she's a jungle cat, our garden is her jungle.

{ that flower whose name I can't remember }

{ paws - that sneaky jungle cat }

{ paws }

{ watch out - she just might be hunting you }

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Who's EXCITED???


Wow! So, this summer (though barely a month into it) has been a whirlwind of activity! (which I must say I enjoy!)

Last week was spent at my church's fireworks booth to raise money for youth activities such as...*insert drumroll* CAMP!!!!!!!

Yes, its that time of year again.

That most epic five days of the year spent not only with Jesus, but also with my best friend Lauren.

Usually, I am the only teen who comes to Sr. High Camp from my church/area.

Buuuuut this summer I am happy to say that I'm SUPER excited for what promises to be the MOST EPIC and AWESOME five days of camp EVER because *third drumroll* three more of my friends are coming!!!

Aside from Lauren and I (you might remember Lauren from my last post) who have been going to camp together for three years now (I met her at camp a couple years ago now and we've been best friends ever since) my best friend where I live (who also happens to be of the male - persuasion) Josh, will also be coming.

Annnddd also in attendance with me is my best bud Amanda who I've known for several years now and since she's staying up here with her grandparents this summer she's able to come with me to camp!

And last but not least, definitely the one person coming along who I've known the longest is my friend Sierra who I've known first grade I think. She was  something of a last minute addition to our group but I've been trying to get her to go for a couple years now and was super excited when she was able to come this year!

So that'll be us, this random bunch of kids who...well all basically know each other through me! haha In all there will be five of us; Lauren, Josh, Amanda, Sierra and of course, me!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm thinkin some super awesome stuff is gonna be happenin' at camp this year! And I'm not just talkin' about the tubing, games, mini golf, epic air - hockey games and meeting new people!

Camp doesn't start til the 18th, so when I get back I'm sure I'll be posting epic jokes, stories and maybe a picture or two!

But, until I return from this years epicness, here's a few pics from last year! (literally a few...I would prefer not to go posting peoples faces on the 'net without their permission lol)

{lights for the altar / stage}

{normally I'm not too bad at air - hockey...but I only managed to win once last one point...}

{Lauren and I taking pictures of...erm...each other taking pictures haha}

{waiting for pick - up, last day of camp...silver mark for having cleaned the cabin and okay to leave}

{my photography brilliance haha just kidding, Lauren's finger naturally glows ;-) }

{still waiting for pick - up, my bracelet abundance, here's what each of them are:
Orange: team color for camp 2010 we were ARMENIA! (each color coincides with a country)
Pink: its this star gel bracelet I've had since I was like...4...
Yellow: bracelet I wove out of twine made from recycled milk jugs haha
Black: just a black stretchy piece
b.a.s.i.c. : my bracelet from The Voice of the Martyrs it stands for brothers and sisters in chains as a prayer reminder for the persecuted church
Pink and Blue: little bracelet I wove out of cotton crochet string
my watch: haha pretty self explanatory lol I made the band and stitched '1 Corinthians 10:31' onto it as a reminder "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
Green: first year I went to camp instead of the paper bands we got pieces of fabric. first year the team was simply "light green"
and so ends the LONGEST CAPTION EVER}

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