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Merry Christmas!

It's been an interesting past few months, but I have enjoyed blogging.  I have also enjoyed reading other blogs, as well as getting to know some fellow bloggers.  Thank you all for welcoming me so kindly, and I look forward to blogging more with you in the new year, and getting better at this whole thing! :-)
Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  (I'll be back in January.)

Christmas Memories

I dug back in my diaries this evening and was reading my Christmas entries in years gone by.  I just felt like sharing something sentimental tonight, so here are some of my little Christmas memories.
   Dec. 2011:  This year I performed in The Nutcracker Ballet for the first time.  It was one of the most exciting times in my life.  There were busy rehearsals, fabulous costumes, and two magical nights of the actual performance.  Also, my youngest cousin was born just a few days before.  It was a very blissful holiday season.  The highlight of my Christmas gifts was the beautiful ballerina nutcracker my mom and dad gave me.  It's really special to me and now sits on my nightstand during the Christmas season.     Dec. 2013:  It was our first Christmas at our new house, and we were still settling in.  It was also the year that my great-grandmother passed away exactly one week before Christmas day.  That was probably the saddest Christmas I can remember.   But we managed to have a cl…

10 Favorite Jane Austen Adaptations

Today is a special day, everyone.  It is actually the anniversary of Jane Austen's birth.  And, since she is the best authoress ever (don't even try to argue with me), I have decided to share my top 10 Jane Austen Adaptations (including movies inpired by or based on her work).  Note: I will only include one adaptation per story - though I know there are more than one for each of her novels.  Here we go:
10. Persuasion (1995)

    Honestly, Persuasion is my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels.  I liked it, but I just didn't love it the way I did with the others.  I couldn't relate to pushover Anne - I mean, I get that she has a heart for serving others, but she has no confidence in her own heart until the end.  Also, Wentworth was not my favorite Austen gentleman.  But enough about what I didn't like!  In any case, Wentworth delivers one of the top most romantic lines she ever wrote, so... And the fact that in the end Anne makes up her own mind and follows he…

I Just Love This Time of Year!

It has snowed two weekends in a row, and my city is a world of white.  You can just imagine how happy it makes me!  Things are looking up like we just might have a white Christmas here.  I have already enjoyed hot cocoa and a book by the window as the snow falls outside. 
  There's just something about Christmastime.  That feeling in the air that affects everything you do, that fills you with peace even in the middle of all the craziness, that  gives you the joy of the real reason we celebrate. 
Our family has been enjoying the fun activities on the Advent calendar my mom made.  We have had movie nights, picnics by the tree, family game time, lights drives, and all that fun stuff.  I can't believe there are just 12 days left!
   It is so nice to be on Christmas break from school now!  But that doesn't make us any less busy.  There's a lot of shopping, baking, wrapping, etc. still to be done before the 25th.  I have some posts planned, but they may be few and far between…

A Very Merry Tag

I found on Naomi's blog, Wonderland Creek, this fun Christmas tag from Abby at Lavender Spring, and I decided it would be a fun way to kick-off December.

   1. Does it snow where you live around Christmas?  (If it doesn't, you have my sincere sympathy.)  How much?  Any special snowy Christmas stories?

Typically, we do get snow, but there have been a few sad Christmases without it.  In 2013, we got our first snow in October and it was a blanket of white clear into April of the next year.  That was a very cold, but lovely Christmas (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) in a winter wonderland. 

   2. Do you get a real tree or a fake tree? 

Oh, we have a fake tree.  Real trees can be a hassle, though they are quite pretty.  

   3. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I do not know how to choose!  There are so many good ones.
   4. Where in the world would you like to spend Christmas the most?

Hmmm...I think it would be magical to spend Christmas in Vienna, Austria.  It seems that they go …

Holiday Look 2016

Since we traditionally decorate for Christmas today in my house, I have decided to update my blog for the holidays as well.  

 Now that Thanksgiving is over (Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I know I am way late.), I can finally blast the Christmas tunes, wear this adorable snowflake sweater from American Eagle, and set up my sparkly silver tree in my bedroom. It seems like once Thanksgiving hits, everything speeds up and Christmas goes by way too fast. In fact, this season comes and goes faster every year.  

 Right now, we are in the process of taking down fall decorations and lugging out the Christmas ones.  I love this time of year so much!  Expect some Christmas-y posts coming up.  Have a wonderful Friday!

 - Elanor

Moving On

Life can be confusing from day to day.  Trust me.  Read my journal sometime and check out how crazy things in my life get often enough.  The past few months since my family moved to a new town have been...different.  But I think it's all going to work out.  No, sorry - I KNOW it's all going to work out.  God must be growing me through this in some way.  At least, that's what happened the last time my family moved (three years ago).

 Leaving everything you're familiar with to start over in a new place is nothing if not unnerving.  And then, once it seems like you're finally settled there, you have to pick up and move again?  No, it's far from fun. 

 But I have been continually reminding myself to trust in God's plan.  Sometimes I fail.  I miss my old home and bedroom and dance studio and friends.  In those moments, it's time to count my blessings. 

 How about the new friends I have made here?  Making new friends is one thing every single person who's …

Five Character Crushes: A Silly Side of Me

Hello, everyone!  And happy November to you all.  I cannot believe that it is November already, and the holidays are getting closer and closer every day.  This is my favorite time of year, so you may expect some enthusiastic posts.  

I have been absent from Blogger for a short while; I got a bit busy.  I wanted to post, I truly did, but I couldn't find a spare moment.  Now that I have got one, I wrote up a silly little ramble that just shows you what a ridiculous, moony girl I can be at times.

Ok, so I decided to do a post on my character crushes because I know I am not the only girl who fantasizes about the guys in books and movies.  There are so many fictional men who are so far superior to the real life guys.  I know there's Mr. Darcy, but let's look beyond him...

1.   Faramir

    You may be surprised that of all the fantastic male characters in Middle-Earth I would choose him, but Faramir is way underappreciated.  He has so many good qualities.  First, he let Frodo …

What I Love About Fall

Here in the US, fall has arrived.  As the temperature dips down below seventy degrees, I find myself already missing summer!  But I do love autumn for many reasons.
  First,  where I live, the leaves of our trees turn beautiful shades of gold and scarlet.  It creates fantastic backdrops for pictures and a calming atmosphere for an afternoon stroll.  I just love to look at the colorful leaves scattered along the ground, distracting me from the cloudy grey sky.

Campfires are another delightful part of the fall season.  It's so fun to pull on jeans and a sweatshirt and gather around a fire to toast marshmallows, all the while laughing and chatting.  My family and I had this pleasure on a Labor Day weekend camping trip we took earlier this month.  There's something about being out late in the chilly air under a star-speckled sky framed by the silhouettes of pine boughs.

  Yes the outdoors are fabulous in the autumn.  But indoors, too, become all nice and cozy.  And then there is har…

New Look

I have decided it's time for a new look here on my blog.  I've had the same header and background since I started in August, and I know that hasn't been that long but I needed something more October-y, I suppose.  So, yes, I've given the blog a breath of fresh air.  

Have a wonderful evening!

(Original Look:)

Anne of Green Gables Week: Kickoff Tag

Miss Evie of  Over the Hills is hosting Anne of Green Gables Week, and, as a huge Anne fan, I am thrilled about it!

 Here are my answers to her kickoff tag:

1. How did you get introduced to Anne of Green Gables?

     My mom has loved the series since she was in jr. high, so I kinda grew up with it.  She read the books to my sisters and me, and we all loved the movies together.

 2. Are you more like Anne or Diana?  Why?

Definitely Anne.  I am very imaginative, and just like with her that sometimes gets me into trouble.  When Anne forgets to put the cloth over the pudding sauce because she was distracted by her imaginings...yeah, that would be exactly the kind of thing I would do.  I tend to cause other people to laugh at my expense.  I am stubborn and sometimes quite silly.  I could go on and on.  So, yes, I am Anne.  (If only I had red hair and freckles!)
3. If Rachel Lynde called your hair as red as carrots, how would you react?
     Probably not as angrily as Anne.  I like red hair :…

Pride & Prejudice

This is my old and well-loved 1945 copy of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice.  It actually belonged to my mom (and before that I'm not sure; it is very old), but she also has another, newer copy of it, so she gave this one to me in 2012, when I first read it.  (Has it really only been a little over  four years?!  It seems like ages.)  

 Pride & Prejudice is arguably Austen's most popular and well-known novel, and it's one of the best, as well.  It wasn't the first Jane Austen I'd ever read, but it pushed me over the line into the current obsession I now have with all things related to Austen and her world.

 For anyone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie (and if you haven't, you totally should do both!), I will lay out a brief intro in my own words, beginning with the opening line of the book:

 "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife."  It all begins when Ch…

A Few of My Favorite Things

As a new blogger, I realize I should continue to share more about my self.  When thinking of a way to do this, the song from one of my favorite musicals came to mind: "A Few of My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.  And, my, my, do I have quite a few favorite things!  People who know me well tell me often enough that I am rather indecisive.  It is very, very, VERY hard for me to pick a favorite out of any category.  But, for the sake of this post, I will try.

I'll start out by stating that my favorite color has always been and always will be PINK.  Any shade from coral to rose to magenta.  Some people could actually define me  by that color because there are few among my acquaintance that find it at all attractive (which I fail to understand).  Alright, now that that's out of the way...

One of the first things I love are books.  If you are a bibliophile like myself, you know the sweet sensation of opening a brand new book. The smell of the fresh, unread page…