Ode to fall.

Oh fall, dear fall, why did you have to go? Your dancing leaves and scarlet trees make winter my new foe. When snowflakes fall and Jack frost calls, the wind will hear my woes. I’ll wait ten months ’till you return, the wait will sure be slow. But nature is a symphony and on the show must go. ~Aubrey Connolly (me)

Weekend thoughts.

I sit here, my mind in a fog. People are calling my name every five seconds with some new feat or chore for me to do. It will be only a matter of seconds before a small child come running in the room, screaming my name at the top of his/her lungs! My house is a monopoly of toys, dishes, and people 24/7. To me, serenity is just making it up to my room for five minutes:) My choices are this: I can dodge all the mess and frustration and hide away in my room, yet still being exausted in the process, or I can contribute and clean, while being exausted, OR I can engage in extra-curricular activities with my younger siblings such as walks, running, or even checkers. And STILL be exausted. I was born into my fun family and proud of it, but sometimes I just need a break to spill out my frustrations or latest events on paper (or here). Often times I dont put my life in perspective. Other days I will be happy, energetic, and fun! It’s kind of a talent we teenagers have (being slightly bipolar is normal for us apparently). But with all that’s happening in life at the moment, I often find it is even hard to be a teenager! Sometimes I honestly forget I am only 14! From my desktop to yours, ❤ Aubrey

A spot of tea.

Whether you are snuggled up with a book on a cold day, or watching your favorite show, nothing screams relaxation more than a steamy cup of heaven. Personally I love chai, spice, and fruit teas the most. What is your favorite kind? ❤ Aubrey

A few of my favorite things (part one)

They can’t necessarily be wrapped in brown paper packages, but horses are such amazing creatures and one of my favorite pastimes and hobbies. I have been riding horses and loving it since I was just a wee little girl. Ever since I was lifted on the pony at the fair, I was hooked and you can’t blame me! They are so majestic and beautiful. God is so amazing and he shows it through all he creates. Some people call me the animal whisperer, but really I just LOVE all animals and they love me:) Riding is not just jumping on and going, it is a bond you create with your horse, and takes some time to form. Riding is the purest form of freedom (to me anyway) and the wind blowing in my hair combined with moving at fast speeds kind of makes me want to just take off and gallop away into the sunset…ahhh. I dream to have (if I’m ever very wealthy) a small hobby farm in the country with two horses and one cow and eight chickens, and a large round studio apartment overlooking downtown Minneapolis or Chicago. I know it’s a lot to ask, but a girl can dream right?:) What is your dream house(s)?

DIY painted canvas shoes

Hello! Today I am going to share with you my way of painting canvas shoes. I got the idea from  abeautifulmess.com. Elsie does this with a thimble and different shoes and paint but I wanted to do my own spin on it:) First you need your shoes. I got mine at Wet Seal for $16.99, but you can do these with any pair of canvas shoes. Then you need paint. I used some extra acrylic paint we had at home, but the best option would be fabric paint (not puff paint) or waterproof paint. Next you need a marker lid. A big or little will work depending on what type of shape you want. Next I put a small puddle of paint on my palette, then dipped my marker lid in the paint evenly, and press it gently onto the area you wish to paint. No need to do two coats- it is thick enough the first time! ( learned from experience). Fill in any bare spots with a thin paintbrush and let dry. I sprayed mine with Scotch gaurd to keep out moisture and staining. have fun with your new shoes!:) -Aubrey<3

Summer

Ah summer…I can only wait until you come again. Sigh, I love summer and everything that comes with it. The freedom, ice cream, late (and I mean late) nights with family and friends, and my favorite-trips! This summer I had the opprotunity to go to Arkansas, Minneapolis, Camp, and Chicago my hometown. I had so much fun learning new things and experience life at it’s fullest. While in Chicago, I served at a homeless shelter in the bad part of town. There  were two buildings, one for the men and one for the women. We walked to the women’s building to serve lunch (taco in a bag- a ND specialty) and before we reached our destination, we saw a little boy drinking the filthy, reused sprinkler water by the basketball court. It just broke my heart to think about how we just grab a coke out of the fridge like it’s no big deal but really, we are so blessed to even have a refrigerator! Can you even imagine going to get a drink from a filthy sprinkler?? We would be grossed out and walk away, and honestly that’s just sad. So, I think we should all at least consider what other people are going through before we pop open a diet coke or pull out our iphones. Another thing I did this summer was Minneapolis. Naturally being a big city girl, I soaked up the sights and sounds of big city culture with two of my best friends in the whole world! We went to the sculpture garden around 11 p.m. There were hundreds of people yelling, running, and singing everywhere! The combination of all of those things plus fireworks lighting up the sky made me a little emotional about how amazing God is and how he put me there at that time to see what he has made. What was your favorite thing you did this summer?

Models

This is my little sister:) She is my little model in the making! She puts up with all the poses, props, and one more’s from me:) Here we went to the dike and waited for golden hour( the part of the evening where the shadows are perfect.) Nothing is more akward than people watching you take pictures. When we were doing these, some random people were watching me like I was shooting a movie or something…wierd!