I’m Back…Sort Of

HELLO!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m sure you all have been wondering since the end of March, “Man, where did Sunny go??”.

Well, I’ll tell you. First, my family went away for Easter break. Then when I got back, I had a ton of schoolwork to catch up on. Then, afterΒ that, I wanted to start posting again. But guess what happened??

My tablet (where I write all of my posts) died. AGAIN. (Remember this post??)

Soooo….I had to mail my tablet back to Acer for repairs. It is currently getting fixed up in Texas! πŸ™‚

I am writing this post on my family’s laptop. I don’t get to use this baby very often because…well…it’s the family laptop. (Which is why I haven’t been able to write a post till now.) My tablet should arrive back home around Memorial Day, so my next post will probably be then.

I just wanted to check in with you all, just to let you know that I am still alive and am still blogging. πŸ™‚ I love you all and I will see you soon—with the next part of the Q & A….finally!!

Till then!! ❀

 

Sunny’s Q&A: Part 1

Hello! Last week to celebrate my blogiversary, I announced I was going to be having a Q&A, and asked for you all to comment questions for me to answer. Well, I’m pleased to say that you asked me many questions, so many that I’ll have to split this Q & A into multiple parts. So if you don’t see your questions in this post, you’ll see them in one of the other parts!

The first few questions are from Katie:

Do you have any pets?
Yup, one dog named Gracie!

What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
I love to read, write stories, spend time outside, bake, take pictures, do arts and crafts, spend time with my family, travel to new places, and shop my little heart out!

Biggest pet peeve?
Ooh. That’s a hard one. Well…this is kind of a silly pet peeve, but it really bugs me when parents give their babies their smartphones and tablets to play with. πŸ˜› You never know what they’re gonna do with those…like, one time I heard a story where a dad gave his phone to his kid, and they ended up buying him a car. XD Plus, tablets and smartphones are really expensive things…they’re not just toys that you casually hand over to your ten-month-old whenever you want to.

What’s your favorite movie?
I really like Anne of Green Gables!

Who’s your favorite singer?
I have sooo many favorite singers! I really like Rebecca St. James, though. πŸ™‚

The next question is from Maddie:

Have you ever been horseback riding or wanted to?
No…except I did ride a horse at an amusement park when I was eight. XD But I don’t think that counts (plus I barely remember it). I would definitely like to go horseback riding sometime, though–my mom told me the story of how she went riding while on a trip with some friends years ago, and she had a great time! (She was really sore the next day, though…LOL!)

Grace’s questions:

If there’s one thing you’d like to add to your blog, what would it be?

I’m not exactly sure what this means…but maybe a shorter URL? (mine is pretty long….everythingfununderthesun.wordpress.com….kind of a mouthful!)

Also, favorite Christian song? (traditional /and/ contemporary)

My favorite Christian traditional song would probably be Table of Plenty, because it’s the first song I ever remember singing/hearing in church. πŸ˜‰

And as for my favorite contemporary Christian song….grrr, that is sooo hard! I don’t think I could pick just one. But I really like There’s Only One (Holy One) by Caedmon’s Call, Unspoken by Jaci Velasquez, Be One by Natalie Grant, Let It Fade by Jeremy Camp, all of Matt Maher’s songs….see, I told you it was hard! XD

Rutvi‘s questions:

Favorite animal?
Dogs, of course!!

Favorite song?
I love so many songs, I really can’t pick a favorite. And it’s always changing. But one of my favorites right now is Be One by Natalie Grant.

Do you like pie?Β XDΒ XDΒ XDΒ (tomorrow’s pi day and I’m excited, can you tell? :D)
I *LOVE* pie! Especially apple pie, cookies and cream pie, chocolate cream pie, pumpkin pie….and yes, I can tell you’re excited. (Hope you got to eat lots of pi on pi day! Get it??)
By the way, most of you probably know this, but Pi Day is March 14, 3-14. Get it? Because the first digits of pi are 3.14? LOL!

Do you like pegasi? (LOL)
Um, sure, I guess! I always wanted the Webkinz Pegasus when I was younger, even though she was retired by the time I found out about her. And I liked the Barbie Magic of Pegasus movie when I was younger, too. πŸ˜‰

Tulips or roses?
Roses!

Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to share my opinions about everything with the world.

Favorite book series?
Well, I’m not finished the series yet, but I love the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery. πŸ™‚

Now, for Samantha‘s questions:

1. favorite blogging friends
Aw, come on, Samantha! I don’t play favorites here! And even if I did, I could never pick a favorite blogging friend! Every one of my readers is my friend. πŸ™‚ But I guess instead, I’ll list the blogging friends I’m closest to at the moment: Christian Homeschooler, Maddie, Jaclynn, Megan, Allison, Heather, and Koko. πŸ™‚

2. candy or soda?
Candy!!!

3. Favorite female artist (in music)
Rebecca St. James! I never get tired of her songs. I also like Moriah Peters.

4. Favorite male artist (In music)
This is HARD, but I have to go with Matthew West. There’s not one song I know by him that I truly dislike, plus I always feel good when I listen to one of his songs. But I also really like Josh Wilson, Jeremy Camp, and Matt Maher. πŸ™‚

5. Do you like storms?
Yes! Except when they wake me up at 2 a.m. πŸ˜› And as long as they’re rain storms, not snow storms. But if I’m awake, yes, I enjoy them! They’re fun to watch.

All right, well that wraps it up for part 1! Because of Easter, I will be posting the next part next week sometime. πŸ˜‰

And Happy Good Friday, everyone! (Well, I guess it’s not all that happy…) Keep in mind that today is the day Jesus died for us, so that we would be able to get to Heaven one day. ❀ What a wonderful sacrifice! Thank You, Jesus, for what You went through for us!

*Sunny

BIBPC Collage!

Hi!! Here is my promised BIBPC collage that I mentioned the other day. Megan, I hope you don’t mind that I used a photo collage app that I had on my tablet already instead of Picmonkey. πŸ™‚

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I’m pretty proud of this….I think it’s the best collage I have ever made, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜‰

I really enjoyed BIBPC! Hopefully there will be another contest like it in the future! πŸ˜€

Alrighty, see you people later! Have a good night!

*Sunny

The Happy Tag!

Hi! I was nominated for this award by Clara–big huge thanks to her!!

Books:
Frindle by Andrew Clements
-The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
-The Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
-All of the American Girl/A Life of Faith books

Words:
-smile
-sunshine (duh!)
-giggle
-noodles
-sprinkles!!
-rose

Movies/TV Shows:
Little House on the Prairie
The Waltons
-Leave It To Beaver
-The Brady Bunch
-Godspell
-Anne of Green Gables
-The Sound of Music
-Beauty and the Beast
-The Prince of Egypt

Songs:
-Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns (my VERY favorite song!!!)
Fly Away by FFH (my other very favorite song!!!)
Welcome Home (You) by Brian Littrell (my other, other very favorite song!!!)
Make It Last Forever by Avalon
God Is Watching Over You by Phil Joel
It’s Not Over Yet by For King & Country
3 Minute Song by Josh Wilson
In The Blink Of An Eye by MercyMe
What My Life Is For by Ginny Owens
Something Beautiful by the Newsboys

Scents:
-fresh laundry
-brownies/cookies baking
-my cucumber melon body spray (the smell of summer!!)
-perfume/cologne πŸ˜‰
-flowers
-freshly cut grass
-my lavendar-vanilla “Sleep” lotion from Bath and Body Works
-new books
-CHOCOLATE!!!

Miscellaneous:
-The Peanuts comic
-dogs
-koala bears
-family get-togethers
-friends (blogging friends included!! :D)
-the outdoors
-long, flowy skirts
-jean jackets
-fun, dangly earrings
-mood rings (they really work!)
-dolls
-electric blankets
-the library
-Jesus!
-food! ❀

If this post made you smile, consider yourself tagged! ❀ Have a great night! πŸ˜€

*Sunny

BIBPC Entries 6 and 7!

Here are my two final entries for Megan’s Boring Into Beautiful Photo Contest—I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

Entry 6 (Light/Water):

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This  is a picture I took once of a hotel’s indoor pool…and you can see the light from the huge windows nearby shining on the water. πŸ™‚ (I just realized that so many of the pictures I’ve used for BIBPC are from vacations! LOL!)

Entry 7: Plants

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A shot of the rosebush outside of our home (though it sure does not look like that right now!). By the way, sorry for the random doll hand–this picture was part of a doll photoshoot that I never ended up posting on here. πŸ˜‰

Alrighty, I might make a BIBPC poster (and if I do I get four extra points for my team!!), but I have to go to bed now so I’ll have to try doing that tomorrow. Have a great night, all! ❀

*Sunny

Ways To Have Some Fun In The Winter

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert on finances, there are still many simple things you can do to take control of your finances this year. These past few weeks, I have come up with several ideas about how to save money and still have fun during the chilly winter months. Here are just some of them for you. I hope they’ll be helpful to you! πŸ™‚

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1. Check out books from the library.
This is a terrific way to save money. When you check out books from the library, you don’t have to pay a single cent to take them home…plus, you can come in and get new books whenever you want! πŸ˜‰ Going to the library is a great way to find new stories and discover old favorites—and it’s a warm, cozy place that’ll keep you warm on those days when it gets below freezing! πŸ™‚

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Not the best picture, I know...but it was all I could find. πŸ˜‰

2. Get active!!
I know that in winter, for the most part, no one wants to exercise, and no one wants to go outside, for sure. When the snow is falling and the sky is gray, watching TV on the couch sounds much more appealing than going out in the cold. But you can still have fun and stay active inside! If you have a big laundry room, garage, or basement, take advantage of them and use those rooms to play fun indoor games. Drawing a hopscotch board on the garage floor with chalk is a good idea. Even just using a basketball and tossing it around (or playing a quick game of basketball, haha!) would be great. If you get tired of playing inside, taking a walk around your neighborhood with your family is always an option (just remember to bundle up!!).

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3. Have some family time.
I love spending quality time with my family, especially in the winter when we can all cozy up inside. πŸ™‚ Watch a movie, play a favorite board game (Apples to Apples, anyone?), or just sit around and chat. You may be cold at first, but I guarantee that by the end of the afternoon, you’ll be all warm inside from all the love that’s surrounding you! πŸ˜‰

I hope that these free, fun ideas will help you through the rest of the winter! Remember that you don’t always have to spend a fortune in order to have a good time. πŸ™‚

*Sunny

BIBPC Entries 4 and 5

Entry 4 (Landscapes):

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Entry 5 (Closeups):

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If you don’t know what this is, it’s a closeup of the ceiling in our hotel room on vacation last summer! Cool, right?

Sorry if this seemed rushed….I have to go to bed now! πŸ˜€ Hope you enjoyed!

*Sunny

BBPIC Entry 3

Alrighty, for the third round of Megan’s photo challenge, the topic is Everyday Things….taken from an interesting angle! πŸ˜‰ So here goes:

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I took this picture on vacation last summer, while sitting outside at a picnic table near our hotel. Isn’t it cool? πŸ˜‰ I love how you can see the wood scratches on the table. πŸ™‚

And all that green…agghh, can it be summer right now? I miss sitting on our back porch! πŸ˜›

See ya later! ❀

*Sunny

BBPIC Entry 1

Hi all!Β MeganΒ is holding a “Boring Into Beautiful” photo contest, and I decided to enter! In case you’re wondering, I’m on Team Daffodil.

Anyway, the first category for the contest is Animals. Here is my entry:

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I took this picture at the beach a few years ago. My family was sitting in chairs across from the ocean, and this seagull landed right in front of our seats! He was so close to us that it was kind of creepy…but it made for a great photo opportunity! πŸ˜€

Hope you enjoyed! I’ll see you all soon!

*Sunny

What I’ve Been Up To Lately #3!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the 25 Songs of Christmas…I know I am! πŸ˜‰ I’ve been having internet problems lately, which is why today’s song hasn’t been posted yet. πŸ˜‰ Don’t worry though—it should be up later today! πŸ˜€

Anyway….I thought we’d take a little bit of break from that so I could post about what’s been going on in my life lately!

Reading: Lately I have been reading Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery. I read Anne of Green Gables a few months ago and loved it, and for my birthday I got the second book. πŸ™‚ I haven’t finished the book yet, but am more than halfway through, and it is so good!
Also, for this quarter in school, I’m reading Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read! We’ve had copies of it in our house for years, but I’ve only just flipped through it until now. We’re almost finished the first part, and I’m looking forward to reading part two! πŸ˜€

Listening To: Last night my family went to the library (which was REALLY fun!), and I got two CDs: WOW Hits 2012 (which I had a heck of a time trying to find, by the way πŸ˜‰ ), and the soundtrack to the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. We already have an American version of it at home, but this one was a “London Palladium Cast” version (don’t know what that means…). My mom thought that maybe it was the version she’d had as a girl (it wasn’t), so I told her, “I’ll check it out for you!”. We listened to it on the way home last night and it was awesome! I listened to more of it while I cleaned this morning. πŸ˜‰
We’re in the middle of a SUPER warm snap (I’m talking seventy degrees!), so right now, I’m sitting on our back porch in my beanbag chair and listening to WOW Hits on my CD player, which I’ve brought outside with me (along with Joseph, of course!). The song on right now is Starry Night by Chris August. πŸ™‚

Writing: Well, right now I’m working on a story involving the beach. πŸ˜‰ That’s all I’m going to say for now. πŸ™‚ I’m planning to maybe post it on here after Dare To Be Different is done. (I’m hoping to get that up within the next few weeks, but we’ll see.)

Other Stuff: Last weekend, my family went to my cousin’s school to see their production of the musical Annie. It was SO good. Plus, my talented cousin, who’s in eighth grade, played Daddy Warbucks (*SPOILER*: He’s the rich guy who eventually adopts Annie, who’s an orphan). πŸ˜‰ He was absolutely amazing! I was really proud of him. πŸ™‚ Afterwards we went out with my cousins’ family and my cousin’s friend to Applebee’s for dinner. Let me just say, they have the best chicken tenders ever! πŸ˜‰

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family put up our Christmas tree and all the Christmas decorations. And I’ll just get this out of the way and say that yes, we have a fake tree. Always have and always will. πŸ˜‰ Personally I think it’s easier to have a fake tree because the needles don’t get in the carpet. Plus, if you have a fake tree, you can put it up earlier than you could with a real one.

Well, guess that’s it for now! Hope you all have a great rest of your day! πŸ™‚

*Sunny