Random Snippets: The first {of Summer Gardens, Landscapes and foggy mornings, & birthday parties}

Hello, my friends!

I have SO many extra photos. And that happens pretty much all the time. So I decided to make a new series: these ‘Random Snippets’ posts will have random photography as well as recent life, thoughts, etc. (A bit like my monthly reviews but different.) I hope you enjoy reading them!

OUR Garden

Our garden is a good summery place to start! We’ve had so many vegetables from it this year, despite it being smaller than other years, it’s been so nice.

I was surprised that vegetables are incredibly photogenic! Especially, when it’s just rained and there are water drops on them.

The orange flowers on the zucchini are actually quite pretty. Zucchini has such interesting leaves with neat patterns and shapes.

This is one of my favorites! I love all water drop photos, so that adds to it, but the garden has become a stop on my semi-daily photo walks. I also like seeing how each vegetable grows a little bit each day.

I like this one with the tomatoes on the vine, instead of just one. It’s fun seeing each of the different angles and how the tomatoes varied, even though they’re all the same kind of vegetable.

I love this one! It’s my favorite out of all of them, actually. But I do say that about most photos I take so. . . .

We have many watermelons growing! This is our first time planting them, but they appear to be growing well and I’m excited to see how they taste. The little ones were cute, in a way. 😋

And one last picture before we finish this section! I really like how watermelon leaves look – They each seem so delicate and neat, and then the patterns on them are beautiful and interesting, in a way. I really like this picture! What do you think about how watermelon leaves?

MY BIRTHDAY PARTY

I did a post last week with all the wonderful gifts I got for my birthday from the amazing people in my life, but I did say I’d share some birthday party photos, so here they are. My mom got these decorations for our church formal and they looked lovely in our yard. (If only Malachi’s truck with the mower on it hadn’t photo bombed. :P)

We had a fire and roasted hotdogs, apparently, out of my four friends, three of which who have gone camping most of the time, am the only one who can successfully cook a hotdog without burning it. It was honestly hilarious. Somehow, one of them, got the most random notion to roast a tootsie roll so she found one, and then roasted it. . . She convinced each of us to try it and it actually wasn’t that terrible, and my cousin actually liked it.

Everything was set up so nice and festive! The checkered tablecloths and the flags went very well together.

Mom made these very delicious treats like smores but in ice cream cones instead of graham crackers and you put the marshmallow and chocolate into the cone and baked it all up. It was delicious!

I had a lovely time and I’m so blessed to have such wonderful friends!! ❤ ❤ It was the sweetest time.

Flowers and other nature things

I know I just did a post on this kind of thing two weeks ago, but I have some other pictures now, of course, and some other neat nature things, plus, more pictures of Georgia, my sunflower pot. Starting with Georgia. . .

Our hydrangeas have started to bloom, and they are all so pretty! I love them when they are dried, especially.

These little plants were right down by the garden. I don’t know what they are, but they are so pretty and I love the water drops. They really seem to make it pop!

Ahh, I love this one. ❤

This gorgeous purple flower really pops with the splattered white paint and the rustic wood. It was actually an old ladder that Malachi was using to climb up on the roof.

Sunsets & Landscapes & CLOUDS

We’ve had lots of foggy mornings, and we were in town early, and I got this picture of the church from the top of a hill. So pretty. ❤

We have also had some especially gorgeous sunsets lately. I love the hills in the background. I truly live in such a beautiful place. 🙂 ❤

I had my camera with me one day as we were driving from town — It was a bit dark and stormy (it rained literally right as we got into the house) but the overcast skies fit these pictures, I think.

There is so much corn and so many corn fields around us. 😛

I love the tree in the center of this picture, with the field of flowers around it, too.

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and seeing all of my recent photography! ❤

What do you think about my new series? Which photo was your favorite? Least favorite? What do you think about the zucchini flowers? And roasted tootsie rolls?

Thank you for reading and please have a wonderful day!

Birthday Goods {2022}

Hello, my friends!

Today, I’m super excited to FINALLY show you all the wonderful gifts I got for my birthday in July!

Anyhow, first the obligatory disclaimer about how this is the obligatory disclaimer that no, for those of you who have a nagging doubt, I am not trying to brag about my gifts (I never saw any posts like these that were, but alas), I am simply making one of the practically useless but quite entertaining birthday posts that I enjoy reading for some reason. XD So, hopefully you enjoy it too!

Also, these gifts are in no particular order and the background is a black and white checkered table cloth that my mom got off Amazon and tube confetti that I found somewhere which I very quickly regretted using because it literally gets ALL OVER and sticks to everything. 😛

(Oh yes, one more thing: For some strange reason, the term “haul” bothers me, so I looked up synomns for haul, and “goods” came up, which I like much better.)

All righty, onwards!

I got this lovely devotional from Levi! The devotions are amazing and it’s so pretty on the inside with lots of flowers and pretty designs. I read one every morning during my devotions. 🙂

Meet George, my very fun succulent from my grandparents! (And yes, I name my plants. 😛 :)) His leaves are really soft and I love the pink on the edges of them.

I got this awesome journal from my other grandparents! I’ve been wanting to start an art journal for a while, and now I finally have a journal. The paper is SO thick – I can’t wait to get started with it!

I got this super cute sign from my cousin, Liv, it’s the shelves above my desk and I like it a lot.

Sticky notes!! I love sticky notes and use them all the time. I’m so excited to have all of these to use. 🤪

This gorgeous stationary set was a gift from Mercy! All of the stationary is so pretty and I’ve already written lots of letters with it.

I’ve wanted these two books for a while now, and after entering multiple writing book giveaways in hopes of winning them, I finally decided just to add them to my wishlist. They were from Luke, I think. 😀

I got this beautiful necklace from my dear friend, Chloe! ❤ It has a beautiful charm on the inside, and there’s a bracelet too. Such a thoughtful gift. ❤

I got this notebook from my friend, Katherine–She also decorated most of the pages with lots of pretty washi tape and stickers.

My grandma and grandpa gave me this brown notebook! It’s so much fun to use, especially with my white gel pens.

More organization and planning things! The clipboard opens and has a notebook inside, along with a pocket to store loose papers, too. I use the planner for days when I have a ton to do and the small list in my bullet journal isn’t enough space. Both of them are so helpful! These were from Jewel!

I’ve seen people use wax kits for snail mail a lot and I thought it’d be fun to use it! It is just as awesome as I thought it would be, and the stamp (pictured below) is so pretty! This was also from my grandma and grandpa. (All the colors are a bit jumbled in the picture from when I opened it, but it’s back and each color is in the correct space now.)

And the stamp, along with a tealight candle to melt the wax, and metal spoon to hold the wax.

I got this candle from my aunt. It smells amazing (A coastal wind + lavender) and the wicks are made of wood, which I find neat.

A friend of mine, Kate, made me these positively gorgeous handlettered cards. They’re all so pretty! ❤

I got these handmade keycains from my lovely writing and blogging friend, Vi. They’re all amazing!

All of this washi tape was from Grace. I love it all SO much and it’s so pretty! (I got more (about 40 rolls. o.O) but was only able to squeeze these ones into the picture.)

I got this wonderful mug from my cousin, Liv, too. I don’t drink coffee much, and when I do, it’s usually iced, but I do drink tea A LOT. I can’t wait to try it out!

And lastly, one of my favorite gifts yet, a sunflower plant!! I was so excited to get it. I immideitaly name the her Georgia. 😂 🤣 My grandma knew I wanted some sunflowers, especially after all of the ones I planted either died or didn’t bother to grow (we have no idea why, still) and now I have one! Grandma said she got it from Walmart and had to nurse it back to life, but now it’s alive and there are tons of new blooms on it.

I love it so much! ❤

Welp, that’s it! ❤

So many other people gave me the sweetest cards, envelopes and little birthday packages, but I didn’t have enough space in this already very long post to show everything. If I didn’t show something you gave, please know that I still truly and honestly loved it and you made my day by sending it.  THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE, for a great birthday! ❤ I felt incredibly loved – my family, and my friends online and offline were so, so sweet!

What is one thing on your birthday list? Did you find anything here to add? What do you think about Georgia, the sunflower? Do you name your plants?

Thank you so much for reading and please have a lovely day, friends!