The Liebster Award! (again)

 

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Hello again, my lovely Hoodians! Catharine nominated me for the Liebster Award (thank you, Catharine!), so even though I’ve done this tag three times before, I haven’t done it on this blog. So, onwards!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Name 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

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The Questions:

  • Where is the farthest you have been from home? Utah or Arizona. We traveled there last summer on a road trip to see the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City. It was definitely one of my best experiences.

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  • Why did you start blogging? I started a blog because my sister did. Not because I was interested in blogging. Now I have a genuine interest for blogging, though, and I thoroughly enjoy it. 😉
  • What’s your favorite season? Oh, for sure Autumn. Though here in Florida, Winter is the equivalent of Autumn, and Autumn is still summer. XD

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  • What was the best day of your life? Hmm, I’m not sure. I’ve had so many wonderful things happen, but at the same time, all of them seemed dulled. I think I’m still waiting for my best day ever. 😀
  • Cats or Dogs? Well, I’ve never owned either, so this is kind of hard. I don’t like it when hyper or big dogs jump on my legs because they always leave me with scratches and bruises, but I also don’t like how cats hiss and scratch you at the most unpredictable times. Probably cats because, well, kittens are SO DANG ADORABLE and it would be nice to just have a fluffy cat sitting on my lap while I read.

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  • What’s your favorite song? Um, I love a lot of songs, though their inspirational effect seems to fade the more I listen to them. There are only a few songs that always stay awesome after I listen to them a bazillion times over. One of my favorites is probably Riptide by Vance Joy.

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  • Have you ever wished that you could go back in time? Why? I didn’t exactly wish to go back in time, but I have often though about all the embarrassing things I’ve done and wished I could fix them.
  • Vintage or Modern? Modern. I don’t know why, but vintage doesn’t appeal to me very much.
  • Math/Science or Writing/Art/Music? Oh, definitely Writing/Art/Music. If I was allowed to burn my math book, I would. Science isn’t so bad, but it annoys me how I have to study a bit of every scientific field including the most boring ones.
  • What’s your dream vacation? A tour of Europe. I’ve always wanted to go there, especially Italy.

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  • Tea or coffee? I don’t drink either, but I love the smell of coffee, so I’ll just say coffee. XD Plus, I’ve had herbal tea, and I wasn’t impressed.

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11 Facts About Me:

  • I got braces yesterday (and it huuuurts)
  • I love the cold and hate the heat
  • I think color is one of the most important things in the world
  • my favorite colors are the color themes on this blog
  • I have over five novel ideas I plan on writing
  • I’m a Mormon (and I’m proud of it! :D)
  • I’ve traveled in over 25 states but never left the country
  • I’ve never gone to public school
  • I’ve never had a crush on a real boy
  • I have an iPad mini
  • I’ve read the Harry Potter books three times

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And that concludes that! I’m not going to nominate anyone since I don’t know a single blogger that hasn’t already done this. XD

I hope you enjoyed!

Have you ever had a pet?

Do you drink coffee or tea (or both)?

Are you homeschooled or public schooled?

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My Washington D.C. Trip! (part two)

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Hello fellow Hooodians! I’m back with part two of my Washington D.C. trip*. I guess we’ll just dive right in. 😀

*you might have noticed that there isn’t any underlining on my featured, but I want to know, do y’all like the featured images better with or without underlining?

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Day Three:

Thursday started with the same morning routine. Though, it did snow! That was awesome! Though it was really light and you couldn’t really play in it, but I got to make a snowball, so #crossedoffbucketlist. ;D

We did took the metro in again. We got on during peak hours, so it was super crowded. Everyone in my family but my mom had to stand halfway thought the trip. Eventually it cleared and we all got seats. Though, I personally enjoyed standing.

We got to the National Mall, and it was a good thing we were doing only museums because it was FREEZING. The wind was super icy with flurries blowing everywhere, so it felt like 10 degrees, which is pretty much the coldest I’ve ever been in.

First, we went to the National Museum of American History. It was probably one of the more boring museums for me, because I’ve studied American history several times over. Though it was cool to see the artifacts and more modern-day exhibits.

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On one side of the main floor, there was a big statue of George Washington in the pose that Zeus has in some other statue. I think it’s the original, but I’m not sure.

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The side with the George Washington Zeus statue branched into several connected exhibits, where there was a bunch of cool historical items. I didn’t read many of the plaques, but I did read some. :p

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These are ceremonial outfits for religious ceremonies. The pink one is for a quinceañera, but I forgot what the other one is for.

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(hehe it’s a wig)

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They had this really cool exhibit with a super old gunboat called the Philidelphia.

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My favorite exhibit was definitely the one with all of the first ladies event dresses. It was super interesting to look at the fashions through the years. 😉

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After the American History Museum, we went to the National Museum of Natural History. That was definitely my favorite one. There was a lot of cool interactive exhibits that I really loved. Unfortunately, we completely forgot to take photos, sooo… hehe. We did get one photo! Though it’s not very interesting. XD

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Day Four:

This began the final day of our trip. On Friday, we went to the National Art Gallery, the National Archives (which cameras weren’t allowed in, sadly. Though, I assure you, the Declaration of Independence doesn’t disappoint. And guess what? They actually do sell copies of it in the gift shop, just like in National treasure! *flails*), and the National Portrait Gallery.

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The outside of the National Art Gallery.

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The first five exhibits we walked through were really boring and creepy because every piece of artwork was of the same thing, Virgin Mary and Child. Some people apparently didn’t know that babies don’t look like tiny grow men. For instance:

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LIKE HOW CREEPY ARE THOSE CHILDREN

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Like, guys. This is an actual Leonardo Da Vinci painting. HOW COOL IS THAT?!!??

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Look! He painted the back of it, too!

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This was one of my favorites.

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There is an entire painting with a man, but my sister just liked the dog, so she only photographed this part. XD

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fruit man hehe

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Then, there were the exhibits of paintings of life happenings and such.

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After the National Art Gallery, we went to the National Archives, but as I said before, no photography was allowed. :/

Anyways, after the Archives, we went to the National Portrait Gallery.

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This is Juliet Gordon Lowe, the founder of Girl Scouts, which I used to be part of. 😀

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It’s Albert Einstein! 😄

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On the third or second floor, there was a cool exhibit with abstract like art. Unfortunately, we only got to see a couple of things in it. -_-

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On the first floor they had a hall with all of the presidents’ portraits.

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Finally, they had scenery and people paintings.

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON! I just had to get a photo with this portrait. XD I also got a picture with Elvis’s portrait, but I chose not to put it up. :p

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At the end of the day, we went to see the Washington D.C. Temple.

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Thus concludes my Washington D.C. trip. I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience!

Have you ever been to the Museum of Natural Museum?

What’s your favorite place to travel to?

Are you a Girl Scout?

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*All photos in this post were taken by me or a member of my family. Credit to siblings or mom for any photos taken by them. Please do not use photos as your own.

My Washington D.C. Trip! (part one)

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Hello, lovely Hoodians! I’m back! I mentioned it in my last post, so you probably knew this. Last week my family started our New Year with a big BANG and traveled to Washington D.C.! It was my family’s first time going, so it was a super cool experience. Sadly we didn’t get to see everything we wanted too, but we still saw a lot!

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Day One:

I’m going to skip the car ride on Monday because that’s the least interesting thing that happened during the week (I read and slept the entire time 😏. hehe). Anyways, we didn’t take many pictures on Tuesday, but we have a few, so I’ll just show you those. 😀

First, we woke up, ate breakfast, and got ready. I had to wear three layers plus a coat, and I still wasn’t warm! It felt so nice, though. The icy cold was a relief from the humidity and constant warmth here in Florida. Though my lips and hands were dry the entire time. :/

Anyways, we took the metro straight to the Smithsonian, which was SO AWESOME! I’ve always wanted to ride the metro, so something on my bucket list checked off! 😄 Sadly, I didn’t have a chance to take pictures on or off the metro due to lack of time. 😦 Hehe, I do still have my metro card, and it happens to have $5.25 still on it, so if I there go back to D.C., I can use it. I actually had three dollars extra on my card leftover compared to my family. Apparently the scan thingies didn’t scan my card once when it was supposed to? Idk.

Once we got off the metro. We went to the Smithsonian Castle, which had two small exhibits that we went through quickly. We got pictures there, but I can’t put them here because they all have someone from my family in them. Actually, someone in my family managed to get this one of stuffed ducks or geese (?).

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Somebody tell me if you know what type of birds these are because I honestly don’t know. I’m pretty sure they’re geese.

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After the Smithsonian Castle, we went to the National Museum of Air and Space, which was super cool! Though I think I enjoyed looked at the planes and going through the interactive exhibits a lot more than reading the cards by each model and exhibit. My favorite exhibit I think was the one called How Things Fly. It was entire room full of interactive exhibits that explained how and why airplanes are built the way they are. Above is a model of the original plane created by the Wright Brothers. The room with it had a bunch of models of the stages the Wright Brothers went through to build the first plane, so that was pretty great. 😀

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This is a model of Amelia Earhart’s plane. I think it’s so cool how she was the first women  to fly across the Atlantic.

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There were a couple of planes that were made so you could go inside of them and see what it looked like.

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After the Air and Space Museum, we decided to go eat lunch. We couldn’t find the place we wanted to eat at for at least thirty minutes, but once we got there, it smelled SO GOOD. And the pizza was delicious too. We ate at We the Pizza, and I highly suggest going there if you ever go to Washington D.C. 😉

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After we ate, we went to the Library of Congress! That was awesome. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed, and we weren’t allowed to go into the reading room either. 😦 Buuut, we did get to see to Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, which was super awesome! We only saw a small portion of it though, which is amazing because what was displayed was at least fifty times as many books I own. They also had several history exhibits. Their was one about court history, and that was rather interesting.

Since I wasn’t able to get photos in the Library of Congress, here are some photos I’m quite proud of. 😀 I took them as we were walking back to the metro. The one above is of the Supreme Court building, and the three below are of the capitol building and the side of the Library of Congress.

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Day Two:

On Wednesday, we woke up, ate breakfast, got ready, and piled into our van. We decided to visit anything outside that we wanted to see since it was the warmest day that week (which wasn’t really warm at all XD . I think it was around 23 degrees most of the day.).

First we went to the National Arlington Cemetery. That was really kind of emotionally touching. Plus it was super pretty and there were great views. It churned my heart a bit to see so many graves of so many fallen soldiers.

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There was one point on the tour where we got to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s a tomb with an unknown soldier who was killed in war, and it represents every soldier who was killed in war but was never identified.

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The super cool part was seeing the guard switch. They guard the tomb 24/7 switching out I think every hour. They have a special ceremony every time they switch out guards. It was awesome to watch! My dad said they have a small area in the army where the men are trained just to guard the tomb.

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Next we drove to the National Mall to look at all of the monuments there.

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There was big monument across from the Lincoln Memorial, and it had all of the states and territories’ names engraved on raised stones. I’m not sure what the monument was for because I didn’t ask. *nervous grin*

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The reflection pool was frozen over and people were walking on it. I wanted to walk on it too, but my family kept saying it was stupid to walk on ice when you don’t know how thick it is. I was sorely disappointed. 😒

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Of course, we saw the Lincoln Memorial. It was an über cool experience, though I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t bigger. XD

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The Korean War Memorial was super interesting because they set up statues of soldiers in the shrub and it made them look like they were on duty.

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SQUIRREL!

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Finally, we saw the Jefferson Memorial. I liked it more than the Lincoln Memorial cause it’s just inspiring to think about all Jefferson did for our nation. Plus it was less crowded. *shrug*

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Thus concludes part one of my D.C. trip. I hope you enjoyed! I’ll try to get the next part up soon. 😀

Have you ever been to Washington D.C.?

Which was your favorite picture?

What is your favorite place to travel to?

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*All photos in this post were taken by me or a member of my family. Other content is rightfully mine.

 

2018: A New Year, A New Start

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Hello everyone! It is exactly 12:00 AM, and the official start of 2018! So, what a better time to post about my goals and plans for this year?

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2017 Recap:

January-March: Not much really went on in these three months from what I can remember. I’m sure I had fun during them with a new year and all. If I did do something, I don’t remember it. *scolds the remembering part of my brain*

April: I pestered my sister endlessly about letting me doing Camp NaNoWriMo, but she didn’t let me, so yeah. -_- I did get to peek into the chat a lot and learned Madi is crazy in a great way. XD

May: I started my blog, Near but Far to post my writing. I was super excited to have a WordPress site!

June: Summer break started! My friend (who we will call Sabi) came and visited me for the first time since we moved to Florida! We went to the beach and got REALLY sunburned. I’m not even kidding, it was awful. And a little later (I think, it could have been before) my cousins came to visit. 😀

July: We celebrated Independence Day with a bunch of friends. We had hamburgers and homemade ice cream. We also shot off fireworks in my backyard. It was epic. Oh, and not only did I participate in Camp NaNo for my first time (WIP: The Forgotten), but I also left my cocoon of four states for the first time in my life! We went to Nauvoo, Illinois to see church historical sites, and from there we went to see Arches National Park, Temple Square in Salt Lake City, the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, a lot of corn and small canyons, the Colorado River, the BYU campus, and the Rocky Mountains.

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August: I decided to leave my Blogger blog and began to create this blog. After a while of messing around with templates and such, I created this amazing (if I do say so myself) site! Oh, and school started! That was ok. XD

September: School was in full blast at this point. On one weekend, some friends came to stay overnight and have a short visit. Otherwise, I did some blogging and added finishing touches to this blog. 😀

October: The Georgia vs Florida football game was on, and a bunch of my family came over to watch. Georgia won for the first time in three years! *celebrates* We also had the trunk or treat at my church, and not too many days after we went trick or treating. Lots of people liked our Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 costume trio idea. 😀

November: I kind of participated in NaNoWriMo, working on my WIP Chocolate Waffles. Yes, I know, such a mouth-watering title. XD Also, two books I had been waiting to come out for ages were released (Nightfall by Shannon Messenger and Renegades by Marissa Meyer). They were awesome! Thanksgiving also happened, and we went to my grandparent’s for that. 😀

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December: Christmas! I got some epic stuff, including a stylus, lots of gum, and a super fuzzy blanket. I also celebrated my two year blogiversary on Mixing Colors and Writing Words, and then I announced this blog!

My favorite reads of 2017: 

Dragon Slippers, Dragon Flight, Dragon Spear—Jessica Day George; The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Fever Code—James Dashner; Nightfall—Shannon Messenger; Dragonwatch—Brandon Mull; A Wrinkle In Time—Madeleine L’engle; All Fall Down, See How They Run, Take the Key and Lock Her Up—Ally Carter

My favorite songs and album releases:

Something Just Like This—The Chainsmokers & Coldplay; Symphony—Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson; Warmer In Winter (album)—Lindsey Stirling; Inside a Dream (EP)—Echosmith; Just the Beginning (album)—Grace VanderWaal; Runner Runner—The Merrell Twins

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As you can tell, my year was amazing. But now it’s time for another great year. Time to step aside 2017! 2018 is here, and I’m going to do everything I can to make it as awesome as possible.White - Large - 1028x172.jpg

Coming Events:

January: I’m going to start this year with a BANG! We leave to Washington D.C. in just a few hours, and I’m about to burst from excitement! Don’t worry, I will do a post on my trip complete with photos. 😉

February: Hopefully I’ll be caught up on school at this point because I’m pretty behind on some subjects. *glances at math* *laughs nervously* Oh, and Valentine’s Day! I’m going to do my best to make valentines for my friends this year.

March: Not much is happening this month, I think. I will, hopefully, be completely caught up on school. If I’m not, then I am already disappointed with myself. XD

April: I WILL BE CAUGHT UP ON SCHOOL. ahem. Camp NaNoWriMo is this month which I am super excited for! I can’t wait to chat with my cabin mates again. I think I will work on my idea Atmospheres (which I plan on being SUPER EPIC. hehe). Hopefully nothing will prevent me from doing it. I believe my parents are going to Spain at the end of the month, and they’re not taking me. *sniff* My sister says that one day she’ll go to Ireland, and she’s NOT going to take my parents with her as payback. XD

May: My parents will be back at the beginning of the month, following the end of Camp NaNo. We should be wrapping school up if I caught up in February (XD). Then summer break comes, leading to three months of FREEDOM! Already I cannot wait. XD

And that’s about as much as I know about going into this year. XD (Am I putting too many “XD’s” ? Oh well, I suppose you’ll just have to deal with it until the end of this post XD). I do plan on redecorating my room and painting a lot this summer since we probably won’t travel that much. I will do Camp NaNo in July and NaNoWriMo, also. 😉White - Large - 1028x172

Goals:

Personal Goals:

  • Exercise four times a week (doubtful)
  • Eat bit healthier (hopefully XD)
  • Read 100 books
  • Say my morning prayers every morning (I always forget :[])
  • Read my scriptures every day (I usually forget on Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Finish 7 paintings (or more)
  • Improve my handwriting (it’s really bad 🙄)
  • Spend more time outside
  • Clean my room every day after school (this one will probably be a challenge XD)
  • Continually clean out my closet (once a month, maybe?)
  • Be more diligent in my studies. (Not that I’m not already diligent, I just need to stop taking such long breaks and procrastinating subjects)
  • STOP PROCRASTINATING
  • Write in my journal at least three times a week (this one actually shouldn’t be that hard)
  • Fast a full fast every fast Sunday without complaining (even if I really am about to die from starvation XD)
  • Spend less time on the screen and more time reading (this kind of contradicts going outside more XD)
  • Finish three values in Personal Progress (a program in my church for girls from the ages of 12-18)
  • Actually complete 5 pieces of digital art

Blogging and Writing Goals:

  • Keep to my blogging schedule (I’m supposed to post twice a week)
  • Finish writing at least one of my WIP’s (ya know, I started writing 2 years ago and have not even finished a first draft)
  • Be more organized in my posts (shouldn’t be to hard)
  • Update my blog more often
  • Write 3000 (or more) words a week
  • Reach 50 followers (hopefully more :D)
  • Comment more on other people’s blogs

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Things I Want to Try in 2018:

  • Eat a bowl of whipped cream and strawberries with my sister while we watch a movie
  • Go horseback riding (doubtful, but it might happen)
  • Do baptisms for the dead in a temple besides the Orlando Temple
  • Start a YouTube Channel (it might be fun)
  • Meet a blogger friend (crossing fingers it’ll happen)
  • Try spray-paint art
  • TAKE OVER THE WORLD MWAHAHAHA. ahem. Just kidding!

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Book and Movie Releases I’m SUPER Excited For:

Books:

Book 7 of —Shannon Messenger; Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue—Marissa Meyer; Quests: Dragon Bones—Lisa McMann

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Movies:

The Incredibles 2; Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; A Wrinkle In Time

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I hope to make 2018 the best year I have ever experienced. So to wrap things up, happy new year, Hoodians!

Are you excited for the new year?

What are your goals for 2018?

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* I do not own any of the featured images except for the separators, sign-off, temple photo, and Grand Canyon photo.  All other credit goes to the original owners.