Anyways, I had a wonderful summer, and the pictures to prove it! There were some disappointments, including only finishing about 80% of my "before-August-ends" goals and spending more time than I should have on the internet, but overall it was lovely and brim-full of happy memories. I've gathered some pictures and some summer-y tidbits interspersed.
Without further ado,
^^One of my corkboard collages. I was hugely proud of it. See the picture of Carrie Fisher hugging a stormtrooper on the right? Isn't that the cutest? And the Enjolras/Marius/Eponine picture on the left? :D It makes me very happy.
(Oh and don't miss Anne and Gilbert at the top. <3)
Oh, and I think this is the first time for me to show you all a picture of my face, so...yeah. :p #alwaysafirst
Book Highlights of the Summer(Re-Reads Excluded)
~A Tale of Two Cities(I wish I'd been more awake when I read this, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it as a re-read)
~Cinder and Scarlet
~The Lunar Chronicles
~War and Peace(not a favorite, necessarily, but at least a highlight)
~Anne's House of Dreams
^^Meeting Mr. Paolini! :) (This picture doesn't capture, however, the extensive line that choked the Barnes & Nobles shelves and took hours to finish. *ahem*)
Best Movies of the Summer:
~Sense and Sensibility'95
~Anne of Green Gables
~The Walk(if you can get past the PG content warning and utter stupidity of the main character, you Must See This Movie)
~Captain America: Civil War
~The Empire Strikes Back
(Re-watches are obviously the best, considering that 2/3 of these are movies I'd already seen)
"At the top, at the top, at the top of the world, my head and heart are pounding. I'm alive and I am free, so look at meeeee, at the topppp of the wooorld!"~Tuck Everlasting: The Broadway Musical :D
Oh, and another picture from that same hike(but on a different day) which I shall caption "gym selfie". When THIS is your gym. :) (look at that! I'm wearing the same shirt here as in the first picture. I promise I have other shirts. ;) )
sunsets and persistent fishermen trying for salmon
~starting to learn violin
~playing my first Chopin piece
~getting somewhat addicted on Studio C's Mockingjay parodies
~listening to Hamilton, Newsies, and Tuck Everlasting tons
Finally checked off one of my bucket list items and ordered under a fake name! The barista's response: "Seriously?(pauses for me to tell the truth, hears the truth and continues...) Because when I was in fifth grade, I wrote in my journal, 'I want my name to be Hermione Granger'".
You know what guys, I've found a kindred spirit. :)
(And I did tell her the truth eventually.)
Here, just let me save up a few million dollars, then I'll buy a house there.
~having family friends visit and doing all the Alaskan stuff with them
~having a group of college kids we'd never met before over at house for a week to help with our homeschool conference
~completing a Downton Abbey marathon
~becoming a Studio C fan
~converting two other friends to the Studio C "fandom"
~finishing at least half a dozen hikes
~getting to see a world-class pianist perform at our church
~finding time to meet up with friends
~watching The Olympics: Simone Manuel is my new favorite athlete. She's 1). smiley and bubbly(got my priorities straightened out here), 2). talented(well, clearly), and 3). a Christian. Watch this and I reallly wish I could find a good video of the interview afterwards, but I can't. I just love that she immediately gave the glory to God and was so happy to have the gold medal. :D
Perfecting our selfie skills. (I'm 95% sure she'd be okay with my posting this.)
Beautiful ice cream cone and a rare display of successful Pinterest nail art. (Not a phone picture.)
Oh yeah, and some of these aren't phone pictures; there were just too many good pictures from the camera to not include them.
Ripstiking! (This picture was actually taken last summer, but that's okay.)
To quote Lizzy Bennet, "What are men to rocks and mountains?"
Though not without its shortcomings and disappointments, summer was great!!
How was y'all's summer? What were you favorite books and movies of the summer?