Better Late Than Never, Right? // May BUJO Setup

*coughs* Umm.. It’s May. The 6th.

I definitely realized this. It’s fine. I planned to post this late. Yeah, exactly. MmHMM. Definitely.

Well, unfortunately I can’t go back and slow time down, so here we are. Ah, May! I am taken aback. School is almost over. Summer is near. *sweats*

Today I thought I would share the photos of my May setup. It is a different art style than usual, but I am really enjoying it thus far!

It’s a very abstract, colorful and modern look. The different colors and patterns are really fun and cheerful–and easy to do. It’s kind like a brainless art style, just throw random shapes and colors down. I decided to go with a fairly simple font, since everything else was already very busy.

I just went with a classic calendar setup, nothing too fancy. I included the same patters as before.

The next page is a gathering of “Goals,” “To Do,” and “Ideas.” I wanted the pages to look cohesive, to I connected the art across the pages. On the right I have three graphs for different labels of habit trackers. My habits I wish to continue building are 1. Reading my bible daily, 2. Drinking at least 73 oz. of water, 3. Keeping my room tidy.

On these pages I have four weeks worth of weekly logs on one page. I went for a messier look with the lines and I think it goes well with the different patterns throughout this spread.

The page on the left is my income tracker for this month. I usually group the different categories in =to that-categories. And then I like to add up and determine where the best income was, how I can stay more on budget, etcetera. I really like this tracker.

On the right, I hav etc last three days of the weekly logs up at the top, and the rest of the page has my Spring100 mile log.

The next page here has the incoming and outgoing mail tracker. I continued that previous pattern of shapes and colors onto this page.

Th right page has a little note section for my “End of School Completions.” I always love going back to these journals and reading all that I did that year. It’s crazy what you can forget!

The next page is a list for things I would like to accomplish in my Junior year (which I approaching WAY to fast!). The next page is just thoughts from the month. I always enjoy going back and reading these.

Thank you for reading! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to May!

Also, I have finally updated my About Audrey Kate page. If y’all would like a more up-to-date version about me, click here. (:

What are you looking forward to this month? Do you like these kinds of abstract patterns? What is your favorite color scheme? Any fun plans this month?

Go Find Some Clovers // MARCH BUJO Setup

Well, hello!

*Nervous laughter* It’s only a few hours until March. Augh. What.?! I know I say this every month but, it never fails to surprise me how fast the months come ’round.

I have created a new setup for this upcoming month, so I though I would share!

It is a very blue toned theme. I wanted to do a somewhat monochrome scheme because next month’s theme is very colorful, so I went with blues. (:

On the left, I have “Bloom where you are planted” to fill in that empty page. On the right, I have a “dutch door” With flowers and the month’s title. I made it a bit curvy to add some dimension and texture and to follow the shape of the flowers.

P.s… Didn’t mean to show my fingers in all of these!

I started my month’s calendar on the other side of the dutch door to the other page. On the bottom, a short quote and the carryover of the design.

On the left, I have ‘To- do’ ‘Reminders’ ‘Goals’ and ‘Ideas’ In rectangles, surrounded by the floral design. Very simple, but easy to layout and write in.

On the right, I have a very simple habits page–only the grid and the words. I thought it might be best to not over do the florals. What do you think?

On these two pages, I have two weeks worth of weekly logs, each with a ‘to-do’ list at the bottom.

On the left we have the letter/mail tracker for this month and sparse design elements. On the right I have a page of grids for money tracking.

On this left page we have one more weekly log, and for this one I played with a different layout–more horizontal. I used the different blues to define it a bit. It includes a ‘to-do’ at the bottom as well.

On the right, a quote and design that says: “You want nothing but patience–or give it a more fascinating name; call it hope” by Jane Austen.

The last pages wrap up the weekly logs for this month. It is more horizontal as well, using the same colors as before. On the right side at the bottom there is a small area for the month’s recap, too. I like to refer to these at the end of the year!

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed! I’m sorry I have been such a very bad blogger lately, I want to start posting more soon! Please share any and all ideas you may have, I’d love to hear. Thank you for reading!

Do you like blue? What is your favorite thing about March? Any Plans? What is your favorite history book? Chocolate or peanut butter?

Not Too Many Hearts.. // February BUJO Setup

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Haha, I hope y’all are well.

Today is very exciting because I’m posting about a bullet journal setup I am very excited about. And, can you believe there are only 2 days (?!) until February? I am at a bit of a loss for words. On month down already, whoosh! That was fast, it seems!

I have been very intrigued by the Dark and Light Academia aesthetics of late, and because I have a bullet journal, I though I’d try my hand at the aesthetic inside of it. I really enjoyed making this and laying it out, I hope you like it!

The main thing I notice about the Academia aesthetics is that they have a lot of tones of neutrals, so I went with that. For the most part, the only pens I used were the Tombow fudenosuke brush pen (hard tip) and a Pilot ink pen and a white gel pen for accents here and there.

I picked out some kraft paper for some different tones and I printed off some small photos and art to glue down (HERE is a link to my Pinterest board where you can find these additions to my bullet journal!) and to add some texture and depth and different elements to the spread. I used a very typewriter like font throughout, which is something i don’t do often, but really enjoyed.

I did a simple, two page calendar layout for this month (And I was very excited because there is a even number of days, 28, and this month starts on Monday! Eee!) and included the neutral colors and kraft paper at the bottom, as well as the same font and print outs.

On this next page I have Goals, To Do, Reminders and Ideas in one “scroll.” I love doodling things like this, so I figured I’d sling on in here somewhere. XD

On the other side I have a vertical layout (you can click here where I show you my BUJO add ons, and there I mention different layouts) for my habit trackers, featuring the same colors, fonts and prints. My habits to continue to build are daily bible reading, skin care at night, read daily, and keep a tidy room. What habits will you be building?

These two ( and a 1/2, I suppose) pages have the first two weekly logs of the month. I did a dutch door page in between where I doodled some books and letters and tea.

I think the next two pages might just be my favorite; perhaps, the dark colors, layout, I’m not sure! But, on the left we have the mail tracker (which is who I got a letter from, when, and did I reply) with various clips of photos and quotes.

On the next page I sketched a quote that says, “Those who have not more, must be satisfied with what they have.” By Jane Austen. It seemed to go with a bit of the “simple” theme. What are some of your favorite quotes?

This next page I have the money tracker for the month. It’s just the usual grid setup I do (see here for reference) with the addition of a budget space, and some beautiful pictures of libraries. ❤ Ahhh

On the right side I have a very simple weekly log. I felt like something simple might be fun beside such a busy money tracker. What do you think?

The next page is a planning page for somethings I’m hosting and teaching in February, they are just divided by a thin line.

On the right, I have another weekly log that is the same as the previous one, but with the addition of a slab of books. (:

Y’all. What is this?! Why is it touching my bullet journal?! Haha, Maisy wanted to show you her lovely hand curls.

The last page is a quote with some lovely, dreamy photos. The quote says, “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to experience.” Seems like a nice one to add in the mix! (:

On the right, I have a “scroll” with a “Month Recap” inside that I will fill out at the end of the month saying a few of the things I had done in it. (:

What did y’all think? Do y’all like the academia aesthetics?

I hope you are doing well and happy February!

What is your favorite aesthetic? Do you like neutral colors? What would be a exciting post to see? Favorite restaurant?

Bullet Journaling 2021 // Tips and Favorite Designs

Happy New Year! (plus one day. (: )

I have had a few questions about different things regarding bullet journaling recently, so I figured that I would make a post where I talk about a few of my favorite things when bullet journaling (including my favorite journals) and the different styles of fonts and pens. And, a page of titles and designs I love.

I have tried a few bullet journals in my time including one from Hobby Lobby that was abandoned on a end cap, a dupe for the Archer and Olive journals that I can’t pronounce (here. This is what I used last year. Very pretty!) , and these, which are my favorite that I have used. These journals are by Minimalism Art. They have a significant range in sizes and pages, and they have quite a lot of colors. For this year, I chose two of the 190 page journals. One white, one black. In 2019 I used the tan one which has a bit over 250 pages, which is just enough for a year for me. But I liked black and white, so I got the two smaller page journals to get me through 2021.

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I have tested out quite a few different types of pages as far as the grid goes, and a few years back landed on dotted grid pages as my favorite. I like that you can do art on top of them and you don’t see big lines, and they are faint, but you can still see them to help yourself make straight lines every time. But, most dots in each journal (any journals) are different. So, whenever I get a new dotted bullet journal I make a little not in the front about how many dots wide and tall the journal contains. This helps me if I need to make a line straight through the middle and I won’t have to cont up all the dots to find the mid part.

I make little grids all of the time, and I usually just freehand them by counting out 8 dots (or 7 spaces) and then draw it two dots high. Depending on the size o your journal, you might want to go 2 or 3, maybe even 4 dots tall if your dots are tiny and close together.

I am going to keep it pretty simple as far as the design goes for this post, but you are welcome to turn it into whatever you like! I like to look at stickers or pretty papers or pictures of different things on pinterest to decide my theme, but sometimes I just make it up without looking at anything for inspiration, too. For this design, I had these cute floral themed stickers to which I drew inspiration.

If you’re going for a simple theme, just centering your title (the name of the month) in the page with minimal designs around (I just did three flowers diagonally on each side of the title) is really pretty. I love going for more simple themes like this, but I also love going more into detail with harder themes. Speaking of, any theme ideas for this year you’d like me to try?

Choosing a color scheme can be one of the hardest parts for me, but go with what you love! For this theme I chose warmer, rosy tones and a deeper warm green in the Tombow dual brush pens (the exact shades are 772, 912, 026 and 249, which are all dear favorites that I’ve used multiple times in bullet journal setups.). You don’t have to over do it as far as color goes. Just a black pen and/or black brush pen and one or two colors would be plenty!

This kind of simple design is really easy and pretty, and you could carry these little flowers (or hearts or leaves or pumpkins ar books, whatever you choose!) through the rest of your pages and it would be so pretty!

I always like to make a little insert in my journal of my most used fonts to refer to through the year to help keep everything cohesive. Number 1,2,4,6 and 8 are the ones y’all see the most, but somewhere I would like to use the bubble letters (#7). A bit farther down I have a list of title fonts you could use to refer to, hope they help! (:

Below are some fun title and design ideas I love. Let me know if you use any!

I do weekly logs in every spread, and I seem to always be trying out a new layout. Below are the ones I have used many times before. You can check out this, this, this, and this to see a few of these designs in action.

These are my favorite and most-used pens. Overall, my most used are the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens. If you don’t have them, they’re worth the $7!

Below I have the Pigma Micron in 02 (my favorite fineliner!), the Tombow dual brush pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, a Tombow Fudenosuke, a pencil, a Ecoline brush pen, and a Baoke brush pen (in S23). If you want a more detailed pen post, let me know!

And lastly, the main add ends I love to use in my bullet journal: Washi tape and stickers. I find these add some very fun colors, patterns and textures, and you can use whatever suits your fancy! I also like to incorporate kraft paper, patterned paper, magazine clippings, etc. But, these two categories are my main used(:

Maisy wishes you all farewell and Happy New Year! ❤

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and maybe you were able to pick up a tip or two. I hope you are all doing well, have a lovely day! And, please be sure to leave me any post suggestions below, I’d love to hear what you would be interested to see.(:

Do you do any of these things in your bullet journal? What is your favorite color group? Do you like sweet or salty better?

Farewell, 2020 // January 2021 BUJO Setup

Wow. It is almost 2021.

Friends, we have experienced much this year. Some had the year very hard, some not too bad, but just because we’ve had a year of extreme uncertainty (and surprise.. heh) doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to and make the best of the new year!

I just wanted to share a bit of encouragement since the past year has left everyone a bit confused and uncertain. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2021!

Also… HOW IS IT A NEW YEAR?! It’s been a fast year for me. How about y’all?

I am kind of in that fresh, minimal, simple, organized mood of late (I always tend to get that way for the start of the year) and so I wanted to bring that, of a sort, to my bullet journal. I am taking American Sign Language (ASL) for high school, and for a project I had to draw some of the letters on an online program, but I figured I would try my hand drawing them in my journal! This isn’t on every page, but I do incorporate it wherever I can. This can be copied with any design, but I thought It would be a fun thing to look back on someday.

I used more pastel, “happy” colors and black fine liner to do most of this. (I use similarly colored wash tape later on, too.)

I did a two page spread for the calendar using the same colors and designs. For the day of the week (M, T,W,T,F,S,S, etc..) I sued the fingerspelling alphabet letter. Takes up space, but fun!

Right up front I made my year-at-a-glance layout. I like doing this at the beginning of the year to see the day layouts for the year, and to put the important dates up in front.

I wanted to do a vision board for 2021, which is all the things I enjoy or want to enjoy. Also, to bring inspiration.

The left page I made a month goals and a to do section. I just made simple lists and the use of the same colors, and some fingerspelling above the label saying the same.

On the other page, I have a quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” by Zig Zigler. I tried to use a scratchy type of lettering for a faded look. It worked out perfectly, because I have a dying Tombow Fudenosuke pen I have been using. XD

On the left, I have the usual habit tracker layout of four month overview grids and I used the same pastels and title/ASL translation in fingerspelling.

The right side has the first weekly log, with the date numbers(1st, 2nd, etc) in ASL. I used the same font and colors.

I continued this layout (though the font is moved to the middle) for the second week of January.

On the next page, I have my “Big Goals” for 2021. These are the ones I really want to complete, though I have a separate section for the more detailed goals.

The next is the very same weekly log layout. Same everything, actually. Sometimes doing the same weekly logs keeps things simple.

On the next page, I have a very simplified version of my money tracker than usual (you can see what I usually do here) to keep with the simple idea.

These next two pages are reading focused. The left page is a layout for books I WANT to read, and the right page is books I WILL read. I put them together last year and it helped to have them close to each other.

These next two pages I finish my weekly logs for the month, and have a month recap on the right.

I’m not exactly sure what happened for the left page. I had originally planned it to be something else but it went in a different direction. Anywho.. There is a quote on this page, and on the other page a gift ideas and wishlist section. Often throughout the year I think of things I might need or want to get for others, etc.. so I have a page I can add things on throughout the year.

This is the section of resolutions or goals for the year. I made a wide and cropped dutch-door layout for the different categories in my goals. I have about 8 sections total. I love making the big goals, then making smaller ones to accomplish.

For the last two pages, I have my mail tracker in the same theme colors.

On the next (and last) page, I have a “Farewell to you January!” doodle.

I hope y’all have had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best for 2021!

Are you hopeful for 2021? What are your goals and hopes? What dreams do you have for this year? Are you bullet journaling for this year? What is your favorite color category (pastel, neon, etc.)?

A Little Bit Of Glimmer // Holiday Themed Mail

Hello lovely people! How are you this fine day?

After a month or two of slacking in the pen pal realm of things, I have decided to jump back in full swing with Christmas themed art and addresses! Ahh, I love making pretty Christmassy envelopes, so fun!

For this first one, I wanted to experiment with another texture, and I remembered I had these small red buttons I ad been saving for such and occasion. I drew poinsettias, the name and address, then randomly glued a few buttons down. I love the added texture, and it

I continued the same design, buttons and all on the back. I feel like doing a little something on the back makes it more complete. But really, any chance to do art is a good chance, right? (:

I packed up a little Christmas package to a secret Santa giftee, and did a similar design to the last on this, though a bit more simple. I just did four poinsettias and leaves and some loopy lettering. I have a clear glitter gel pen I love using on uh.. everything, so I used it on this, too. XD I love how vibrant these yellow package envelopes are, so fun to do art on!

This one is a bit more original: Holly and Berries(: I really like this one. Super simple, and cute! If you have two tones of the same color pens or markers, one a bit darker than the other, you should try fading or creating ombre in your font. I love squeezing this in for a little extra sumthin’ (:

This one is very similar, thought the font is more from and center, rather than the design. Come to gaze upon it, this is almost a replica of the prior envelope, just less greenery. Sometimes simple is fun, too! Do you go all out on art (of any type) or more minimal?

I did the same everything for my return address, but to seal the envelope I glued some buttons down. I think buttons or string or flowers or anything of that sort are a fun, unique and creative way to add some fun texture and other elements to letters. What do you think? How would/do you seal an envelope?

Well, that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed! And please don’t hesitate, leave ideas and suggestions in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think! ❤

Have a glorious day, and remember, Jesus loves you and cares about you, in whatever state you are in!

Do you write letters? What is your favorite design from above? What is your favorite kind of cookie? Do you like Thanksgiving or Christmas better? Gum or mints?

PEOPLES. what?! // September BUJO Setup

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Hello there!

Oh my! SEPTEMBER?!???!!! WHHHHAAATTT?!

Seriously. Every. Singly

Did I just say singly? Oh well. It fits.

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I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!

September means (still hot but trying) fall colors starting, fall candles in every nook and cranny in my house, and the leaf garland my family has had since mid 1998. Eheh. sEPtemBeR?!!

Okay. Well.

(These intros are always so very awkward. XD)

I have a new bullet journal setup for September, I hope you enjoy!

I decided to go with the classic leaves theme. I love fall leaves, and after all of the bright, Summery themes, I decided to go with muted, neutral colors. It was a nice break after the color. XD

I used watercolors and a gold paint marker as the main design materials. I also used my Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip brush pen. (I highly recommend either it or the hard tip, so good!)

Now, ehe, the first page isn’t my most favorite, but I do enjoy it combined with the gold calendar. I kept it fairly simple for this month, which I enjoy.

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The next page is my To Do, Reminders and Goals page. I just painted a few different leaves. I’ve been using the theme subjects as this page (see here and here).

The next page is the habit tracker for the month. I painted some leaf doodles around the trackers, and kept it fairly simple.

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This page is the letter trackers page. I used the gold pen and the black pen for the outlines and did the same leaf doodles surrounding.

The next page is the first weekly log of the month, consisting of only leaves.

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The next page is my money tracker. I used the gold, and painted the same branches as the first page.

The next page is the next habit tracker. I turned a few of the leaves, but it’s fairly the same.

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The next page is another weekly log, the same(:

Then, to make this a bit more “fun” I created a brain dump page. This is for fun sentences or doodles. Hehe, I got so excited I started on it already.

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Then I have two pages filled with the end of the weekly logs. On the second page I also have the end of the month recap. A fun little page I like to include sometimes.

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To conclude this theme, I have a “creation” page. For doodles and sketches, things of that sort.

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What did you like about this theme? Do you bullet journal? Let me know in the comments!

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Some Recent Letter Art // Pen Pal Post

Letter Art

Hello!

How are you?

Boy. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a letter/pen pal post.

Today’s The Day!™

Yes.

It’s true, that was a trademark.

Just kidding.

 

Maybe.

Well, recently, when making envelope art, I’ll stick with the same styles per group of letters. Some group may be flowers, some just lettering. Some highlighted. It just depends. I really love making a whole stack of letters that look similar.

Starting Simple.

I’ve found a go-to when it comes to designing envelopes, for me, is just a simple script. It’s so pretty and old-fashioned and simple. And, it doesn’t take that long. I enjoy doing this in large scale and small, like this one below.

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I also love highlighting or outlining the same script. It adds a little pop of “something”, ya know?

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Abstracts.

Abstract shapes and colors are a great way to add some points of interest in your envelope art. I love throwing circles ore triangles or rectangles ore wonky shapes on envelopes. It’s not hard, and it always looks cool!

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Watercolors and Florals.

If you’ve been around here awhile, seen a few of my letter art posts, you’ll know my habits. I always do some sort of florals or watercolor on my envelopes. It doesn’t have to be fancy, little daisies are always cute!

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I’ve been painting flowers in vases a lot. So I put one on an envelope, too. XD It’s simple but very pretty. Pairing this with bold or fancy lettering is always fun, too.

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This one is similar, except there’s an arm. I have no idea why I drew that. XD

What an abnormally large flower.

Colored envelopes are another way to bring a fun somethin’ into your envelope art.

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I went ham with the flowers. Oh dearie me.

I love doing big and bold art with tiny, simple lettering. It’s such a fun envelope to do. Doing something that is simple but maximalist is so fun.

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I hope y’all enjoyed a few recent envelopes! Do you like these kinds of posts? Let me know!

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Which envelope was your favorite? Do you pen pal? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite thing about 2020 so far?

A Collection Of Recents

Some

Hello!

Oh my, *checks calendar* it’s been way too long. I’m glad to be writing again! Even though I’ve been “quarantined” I’ve somehow let the days slide quickly. Is that possible? XD

Well, in my absence I’ve done a lot around my house, which I’ve enjoyed. It’s been nice having time to do things I’ve wanted to do, but just didn’t find the time to do. And luckily all of this craziness seems to be slowing down a bit at the start of Summer! I end my school year on the 22nd this year, and I can’t wait to have those long, fun Summer days ahead. Anyone else?

Well, lots of letters have passed through my *sanitized* (🤣) fingers, and I thought I’d share a bit ‘o recent letter art/lettering.

For some reason, I’ve been really into identical envelope art. Each day when I mail out letters, each day has different envelopes. A few days ago I did these black and white envelopes, using a white Signo broad gel pen.  This is a wonderful, affordable pen for dark papers as such. I also use it a lot for highlights when lettering, one of my favorites.

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I suppose this was another themed day. XD I love using a slightly different tone of color on envelopes to do the lettering, it creates such a pretty, soft, simple look.

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Ah, another! Hehe. I love doing this lemon-looking pattern. It was so Summery I couldn’t stop doing it. XD I used my Tombow Dual brush pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens for this.

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I really enjoy using washi tape as borders for envelopes. If you’re running low on time, but want to make your snail mail fun with color, throwing a bit ‘o washi tape or sticker on there is a great way to spruce it up!

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Using drop shadows is one of my favorite ways to do letter art. It just adds a little sumpin’ sumpin’. What are your favorite ways to spruce your envelopes? I’d love to know!

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I’ve been enjoying lettering bible verses lately. Below is part of one of my favorite verses (and a sneak peak into the June BUJO setup(: ).

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The walks lately have held many beautiful flowers and beautiful skies. Have you all walked this Spring? Do you have flowers blooming?

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My cousin and his family came to visit a week or so ago, and so provided some photo opportunities of his little children. It was so fun! Toddlers and babies are interesting subjects. (:

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Oh yeah, my brother caught a baby mouse in our next-door field. hELp. He will just pick anything up. O.o

Though, it is rather cute. XD

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A few weeks ago I took a walk through the field while the flowers were in full bloom. I documented some of it, so here we are! (:

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Me ^ XD I set my camera down while I picked some flowers and it was on timer, I guess. XD

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That is it for now, friends! Truly, how are you doing? Farewell!

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What part was your favorite? What would you like my next post to be about? What do you think about lemons? What’s your favorite color?