I’m Back…!

Wow guys, I am so sorry! I know it has been just ages since I blogged.

The rest of my stay in NZ was great! I got to go spend some time in beautiful Whangarei visiting my handsome boyfriend and meeting his awesome family.

Leaving was pretty terrible. It was so sad to say goodbye to my friends in NZ and sadly some I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to. It was so good to get home and back to my family and friends here, though! It took a while but I’m getting back into the swing of things. It’s so weird looking back how time goes so fast, eh? I guess that’s just life. I started work last week so it’s good to be back at it.

Last week mom took photos of me and my siblings together, because most of us were together for the first time in ages. Keziah, Ezra, and Boaz weren’t here, but the rest of us were. Adalia came back from NZ for a visit and Judah was home from University for the week.

Since getting back home I’ve got to do some fun things. Grandma and Grandpa took my family out to Pizza Hut for dinner. I went up to Canada and visited with my other grandparents, and then later that week went up to Canada again to celebrate my cousin Alanna’s birthday with her, my cousin (her sister) Kayla and my aunt (their mom) Michelle, our grandma Jean, and Adalia. That was so fun. We had high tea at an adorable place in Abbotsford. Then we looked around some shops and then went to a thrift store there. Where I found an amazing old book. I actually have a nice little collection of old books, I’ll have to blog about it sometime. I got more yesterday too, at a garage sale. Another day, Mom, Adalia, Kalina, and I went to Fairhaven and looked around a book store then got Mexican food. On Friday, my church had a teen activity and that was loads of fun. We played lots of group games, and then had a devotion that was really encouraging. Afterwards I went to my friends Hannah and Briahna’s house and spent the night. We actually didn’t do normal sleepover stuff, like staying up late watching movies and talking, because we were all tired so we just went to sleep. At like midnight, so it was still late. I’m sure I’m forgetting to add a few things, but this is just a bit of what I’ve done since being home. Also, getting back to my church was really great! I loved the church I went to in New Zealand, and I had some great friends there too. I am so thankful for that church and the people there. I really miss them! There’s no place like home, though. It’s also good to be back with my siblings! I missed them a lot. Me, Kalina, Jubilee, and Avi all share a room now, and I was kinda thinking it would be… well, interesting. Not very fun. But I actually like it. It’s fun to be in the same room and it’s not as messy as I’d thought it would be. And hey, I add to the mess, not trying to say I always keep my room perfect. I will try to be better at blogging now that I’m back into a schedule.

Here’s one of my outfits from last week. The top is Old Navy, and guys, I love this shirt. I thought I’d lost it because I forgot that I’d packed it away and left it here when I went to NZ. When I found it when I got back I was so happy. The jeans are from the Warehouse in NZ, and the boots I got from Goodwill ages ago. And I did not intentionally dress in all black, y’all. It’s just that’s what matched. And yes it’s freezing cold, I did wear a cardigan. And I was still cold. I’m still getting used to dressing for this cold weather after being in warm NZ.

And here are a few photos from Alanna’s birthday tea.

This photo is so funny to me because it totally looks posed. Adalia’s happy smile as she pours my tea and I smile at the teacup. Couldn’t have been done better on purpose eh? The tea was amazing. I loved the Vanilla Bean tea. And the food…. oh my word guys! It was so good! The scones especially were just delicious. Everything. So good.

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Kayaking with a Shark!

Where Adalia and I stayed in Australia, we just had to walk a short trail from the resort to get to this gorgeous beach. The colors were so amazing, the water was so many different colors of blue. We found a few tiny blue jellyfish on the sand one day, and then the next time we were there we found big blobby clearish ones that had washed up. The water was the perfect temperature, cool enough to be refreshing without being uncomfortable.

One day we decided to go on a kayak tour in Noosa. We didn’t do a ton of planning before we went to Australia, so we just took it day by day. We were lucky to get the kayak tour so last minute. We booked it the morning of. Thankfully we were in the off season. In fact, we went to Australia at the perfect time. It was right after the Christmas rush and so nothing was very crowded or busy.

For the kayak tour, we went with Epic Ocean Adventures. Our guide was Sean and there were two other people on the tour. Sean drove us along the beach for 50k or something, to get to the spot where we were kayaking. It was so gorgeous! The kayaking was really fun. I’d never done ocean kayaking before. Sean said that ocean kayaks are really hard to tip, so really, it’s kind of impressive that Adalia and I managed to tip ours. I scrambled back into that thing as quickly as I could. We were in the ocean, and in Australia, and yeah I was not going to wait for Sean to come help us get back in like he’d said to, in the event of a canoe tipping. We’d only seen a few manta rays and schools of fish at that point so it’s not like the ocean was teeming with dangerous marine life. But still. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to water, and particularly the ocean. We were hoping to be able to see dolphins, and maybe sea turtles. We saw neither, so that was a bit disappointing. But it was still a really enjoyable day and we had lots of fun. Adalia and I both started feeling a little queasy while we were sitting in the kayak, though, from the ocean rocking it.

The best part of our kayak tour? Adalia and I saw a shark. Hey you know, that means that I’ve gone swimming with sharks, because when we fell out, we were in the water, where the shark was. Pretty cool eh? We had no idea that we were going to see a shark, so at first we didn’t realize it. We were sitting in the kayak out in the ocean, and Adalia pointed out to me- look, it’s a manta ray! We watched it swim around and under our kayak and then disappear. We didn’t think too much of it until later when Sean told us that he’d seen a shark, but he hadn’t mentioned it because we wouldn’t have been able to get to where he was in time to see it because it was swimming away, and then we’d all freak out probably because there was a shark and we weren’t sure where it was. I was a bit disappointed that he hadn’t pointed it out at the time but still thought it was pretty cool that he saw it. Then afterwards Adalia and I were thinking about it and we realized that what we had seen was not in fact a manta ray, but the shark. It looked nothing like a manta ray, to be honest. Looking through the choppy ocean, you can’t really see very clearly. Our minds had jumped to manta ray because we’d seen some before and we had no idea we’d see a shark. But Adalia originally thought it was a dolphin, except that it was too dark. Dolphins and manta rays- they are totally different shapes. Dolphins and sharks, they’re pretty similar. It was the same size (about a meter and a half) as the one Sean told us he’d seen, and later we were watching a show about sharks and we were like ‘oh yeah! that’s definitely what we saw!’. So. That’s the rather lengthy and roundabout story of how we saw a shark. It swam right under our kayak! Some day I want to go in a shark cage in the ocean with great whites. For now, getting to kayak with a shark was pretty darn exciting. After the kayaking, Sean drove us to the part of the beach with the colored sands, which is this bright red and orange sand.

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My swimsuit here is from Land’s End. I really love it!

 

Australia Zoo {Part 4}

I know I’ve been terribly boring lately saying nothing but at least I’ve got lots of pictures right? I really haven’t been doing much lately so I don’t have much to write about. I’m only here in New Zealand for another month. It sounds funny to say that. It will be so weird (in a good way) to be back at home.

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We got to feed the kangaroos and wallabies! It was so fun to get up close to them.

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This is what I wore the other day. I got this dress from Old Navy, and the red sweater is from an op shop in Putaruru. The heels are from Payless Shoe Source. See how I wore red, white, and blue? I felt so patriotic. Totally did that on purpose… not. I didn’t set out to be patriotic, I guess it’s just in my blood. 😉

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Australia Zoo {Part 3- Birds and Lemurs}

At the Australia Zoo, the wetlands area was really interesting, with many birds including the emu. Emus are just creepy, guys. If I ran into one of those in the wild, I’d be terrified. They are so evil looking.

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The zoo offered camel rides and the price was reasonable plus when else do you get to ride a camel?! So Adalia and I gladly hopped on a few camels. It was fun! The workers led us on the camels around the camel enclosure for several minutes. It was a fun new experience!

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When we got to the lemur section, there were a bunch of lemurs hanging out and sleeping in a tree.

And here are a few more outfit photos. I got this Pagani top at St Paul’s op shop in Putaruru for $1. See why I love op shops?! On the left I wore it with a denim skirt, keds, and a necklace from Maurice’s. On the right I wore it with a skirt from Frockwork Orange, a secondhand clothing store in Putaruru, sandals from Francesca’s, and the same necklace.

Australia Zoo {Part 2- Crocs and Kangaroos}

I’m seriously so excited about all the photos I got in Australia. I had so many great opportunities, especially at the zoo.

I haven’t been posting much about this past week just because telling you about Australia is much more exciting, because I haven’t been doing much lately. But I’ll tell you two things.

  1. It is snowing like crazy at home. It hasn’t snowed like this in years and years. The past two years it hasn’t snowed at all. So I’m a tad jealous. But at the same time I am pretty glad I don’t have to drive in the snow and ice.
  2. I got to ride on a motorcycle! Ben’s brother Jason gave me a ride. It was so fun. A bit scary, I’ll admit, but in a good way.

Now on to some more photos of Australia. We had so much fun exploring at the zoo. We got there a bit later than planned because of our bus being late and not catching the connecting one in time. Then we found out that the last bus to leave the zoo for Maroochydore, where we needed to go, was at 3:50. We had originally planned to stay at the zoo until it closed at 5, so we ended up being a bit rushed especially with our shopping at the end. If you know me, you know I can take ages shopping. Having five minutes to shop for souvenirs isn’t what I had intended. However, I survived. Somehow. 😉

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The Wildlife Warriors show was really cool! There were a bunch of different birds that flew around the crocoseum and of course the croc feeding!

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After the show, we headed towards the kangaroos and wallabies. It is so cool! You get to walk right among them, and there’s food you can buy if you want to feed them.

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Disclaimer- I’m not actually sure if this is a kangaroo or a wallaby. I’m just going to call it a kangaroo. I love kangaroos. They’re so human like! Look at this dude, he’s just laying there chilling.

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Also I just realized I haven’t posted any outfits on here in a while, so here are a few of my outfits from when we were in Australia. I really liked the wall. It’s better for photos than where I usually take them in my room. Also it was very nice, I had Adalia to take photos of my outfit for me, so I appreciated that.

I got this dress from my friend, and the shirt underneath is from Walmart. The shoes are Keds.

Here are two ways that I wore this adorable shirt I got at an op shop in Putaruru. On the left I wore it with a denim skirt from an op shop, and Keds. On the right I wore it with a skirt from Walmart and Ralph Lauren flip flops.

I hope y’all have a great day!

Australia Zoo {Part 1}

On Monday, Adalia and I got on the first bus to Maroochydore. From there we planned to catch the bus to the Australia Zoo. Our bus was a few minutes late though, and we just barely missed the one to the zoo. We had an hour before the next bus went to the zoo. It was a bit disappointing. But we were in town so we walked to an an op shop and then got coffee.

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We made sure to be at the bus stop with plenty of time, and caught the bus to the zoo. Honestly, it was so exciting! I’m a big fan of the Australia Zoo and the late Steve Irwin. It was so cool to be there and experience what Steve devoted his life to.

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I have a lot more photos to share later as well!

Peregian Beach and Noosa

Last week Adalia and I were in Australia. We had a really great time! It was so much fun. We got there late Saturday night. We stayed at the Glen Eden Beach Resort in Peregian Beach. It was really nice, and just a short walk from the beach! We could hear the ocean from the resort.

On Sunday we woke up around 5 when it got light. We took the bus into Noosa, a nearby town. We thought it would be fun to wander around and get lost, and we did those things, and walked and bused around, and I’ll admit it was a little less exciting then we thought. Walking can take awhile. We finally decided to find a map and that helped. We still had a lot of fun though, because we were in Australia! How is that not fun, whatever happens? We got the bus system figured out, and eventually found the farmer’s market.

We got fresh figs, lychees, passionfruit, and camel milk. I’d never tried any of those before so it was a fun new experience!

We also got some crab and vegetables that we (and by we I mean Adalia) cooked up for dinner that night.

There were tons of wild turkeys roaming around, and we also saw a huntsman spider- a small one, but it was pretty big to us. And we saw this huge lizard as well! It climbed up the wall and onto the roof.

And it was so, so hot in Australia. We were sweating like crazy. It was gross. The resort had a pool, though (and a hot tub, which wasn’t too bad) and the ocean was the perfect temperature.

On Monday we went to the Australia Zoo, so soon I’ll be sharing photos from that!

Aussie! 

Well, we are here! I’ll post more deatailed and with better photos once we get back to NZ but for now I have a few phone photos to share. 

Yesterday we hopped on a bus to Noosa and explored. We walked and bussed and got lost and finally asked for a map. We went to a farmers market and got lychees and figs which was my first time trying them! Also camel milk (yum) and passion fruit (haven’t tried that yet). In the afternoon we hopped in the pool for a swim. 

Today we’re heading to the Australia Zoo! It is a dream come true for me. I think I’m crying tears of joy. I can’t wait and I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos. 


My outfit of the day. The blouse I found at St Paul’s Op Shop in Putaruru, the skirt is from Walmart, and the shoes are Ralph Lauren. So comfy. It was stinkin hot yesterday! But in a good way. 

The Statler Brothers

Hello! Well, since I sorta gave up on reading Sense and Sensibility, yesterday I watched the three part BBC movie. It was good, and hey, now I’m glad I didn’t finish the book. I wanted to read the book before watching the movie because I thought it would be more enjoyable. Well it was anything but. Because, it’s boring. And it’s especially boring when you go a few weeks without reading anything and then when you pick it up again have no idea what’s going on. Anyways, I may try it again now that I’ve seen the movie, but it’ll be a while.

I also baked bread yesterday and spent an unreasonable amount of time doing my makeup just for the fun of it. I know, I lead an exciting life don’t I? 😉

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Hey, soon me and Adalia will be in Australia and that’s going to be very exciting. So if I don’t post here much next week that’s why. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos though! I especially can’t wait to go to the Australia Zoo, and just to hang out on the beach.

These quotes are all from songs by The Statler Brothers. I just found out they’re not actually brothers which was shocking but it’s kind of obvious because they don’t really look alike. There are four of them, and two are brothers. Anyways, just thought I’d share that fascinating tidbit with you. I first heard their music a year and a half ago or something. I found a CD of theirs at Goodwill. Now, looking for CDs at Goodwill is quite the task. You have to dig and dig and dig. There are thousands. Not really, there are probably hundreds. But it feels like thousands because there are all kinds of CDs. But if you persevere you can find some great stuff. One of my favorite songs of The Statler Brothers is Do You Know You Are My Sunshine.

January 22

Yesterday I got up at 5:30 to watch a livestream of the Inauguration. After that I went for a run and then I revisited my Netflix and YouTube days. I watched The Atheist Delusion. I’d encourage you to check it out, it’s really interesting!

And here’s my outfit for the day:


Because I just stayed home all day and wore a sweatshirt (it was cold!) I decided to wear the same thing to church today. The shirt is from Old Navy, with a t shirt underneath. The skirt is from Kmart and the shoes are from a garage sale.


Today I wore it with a skirt from Goodwill, sandals from Maurice’s, and this adorable army green jacket from Labels, a consignment store.

Anddd I have to admit I’ve given up on Sense and Sensibility. It’s so long and boring and I have to force myself to read it and then I go weeks without reading it and forget what’s happened. I may try again someday. But for now, I’m afraid I’ll let that one go back on the bookshelf.

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