CPC {Challenge Two}

As I said in my last post, I’m hoping/trying to get back on my schedule, but my sister just got married so I had been helping with all the preparations. Sorry the pictures are kind of bad. 😉 Anyway, here we go!

|Prompts I used/points|


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“Have you ever dreamed of flying?”


I watched as everything faded before my eyes.


This could not be happening.

Prompts: 3

Story: 1

Photo/artwork points: 18

Total points: 22

I watch as everything fades before my eyes. As we drive down our rocky hill I watch as I see the blue fence of our porch and the green of our almond trees shift from view.

No, this is not an almond tree. 😉


This can not be happening.

Have I ever dreamed of flying? Of course I have. Who hasn’t? Who hasn’t dreamed of soaring above the clouds; free; happy; away from the troubles of the rest of the world? No one. No one that I know of. Each person I have ever met wants to get away.

Wow I didn’t realize how dark this picture was…

But now, I want to stay put on the ground. I want to  walk on the same grass where I took my first step.


Climb up the same tree where I marked the highest branch as my own. I want to live the rest of my childhood here. I want to have the same fun and adventure I had for my first years. I don’t want to leave. I see the yellow on the wattle tree beside our swing set fade into a blur, and our plum tree loaded with fresh plums slowly disappears.

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I feel like I’m a tiny person trapped in a place where I don’t belong. Longing to be where I do belong.

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This image isn’t mine. It’s one of the prompts.

Where the only things that hear my singing is the trees. Where when I feel like crying; I can, without any ears to hear me. Where when I’m happy, I can laugh my feelings out to the azure sky.

The memories of our picnics under the creamy clouds, the sunsets in the evening, and the sunrise, both beautiful scenes we could see above the mountain peaks from our windows.

I remember our raft where we floated on our pond, fishing out yabbies in our nets, and wading across our driveway when the rocks below overflowed.

I hear the signal of our car flick to the right, and we turn, leaving the gate, the pond, the rocks, the trees, and my home.


But then I smile. At least I can still remember all the memories. At least, wherever I go, I can make new memories. New cherished moments. And whatever time brings, this place will always be in my heart.



A very… inaccurate drawing of my old house. XD Sorry for the terrible quality.

There you go! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed. ❤Be - YOU - ti -f ul!-4


Camera And Pens Challenge {Challenge One}

Hi everyone! Carol is hosting a photography AND writing challenge. This is challenge, and the prompts are below.

First of all, I’m sorry for staying away for so long! I’ve been busy, but I think now I can get back to my schedule.

So anyway, below are the prompts that I used:

Enni (Hooves and Pens)
Zielle (My Homeschool Notebook)
Chloe (Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds)
Mirra (Colours Beyond Dreams)
Mukta (Born Free)
Saanvi (A Notebook, One Pen, And Me)
Yashvi (Born Free)
Anya (My Life In Words)
Aris (awkwardaris)


2) Maybe it was just one minute. Or just one second. Or maybe one microsecond.

It whipped past my memory WAY too fast.

3) “Do you even know how to do this?!”

“I don’t know. I’ve never tried to kidnap and hold someone underwater before.”


“Jackson!” the voice screamed. “Jackson Herald, get back here!”

Jackson jerked his bike to the right as a mother with a pram filled with three kids took up half the street. “Watch it!” the Mom shot him an angry glance. Her hair bushed over her face and the blond locks tangled.

“Sorry!” he called back, shooting a glance over his shoulder. She looked tired. Better give her a break.

His legs pushed down on the pedals, his helmet lolling back and forth across his head as he rode. The boy held his head up, feeling the wind whip through his dark hair. When he rode his bike, he felt free. It was the only thing his father left for him before he took off. He had never met his mother.


The yell and the sound of shoes slapping the pavement behind him broke his thoughts. He remembered why he was riding in the first place. It was his history teacher at the Home For Boys. Poor fella couldn’t get anything out of the teenager. This wasn’t the first time Jackson had run from his lessons.

The shoes to the pavement stopped, and Jackson whipped around to see his history  teacher standing there, his lips moving as if muttering a prayer and his fists clenched at his sides.


He shook his head and turned around, just as his bike slammed into a pole and toppled of the front of the bike, falling headfirst into the water. He was still conscious when he smacked the surface of the water and saw his bike; the only memory of his father, plunge in after him.

Jackson dove for his bike, his fingers stretching out to grab the handlebars of his bike. It slipped from his grasp. No. He thought. His tears mixed with the salty water. Air, was all he could think about for a few seconds. Shooting one last glance at his bike sinking to the bottom, he pushed his arms against the water as the surface came closer.

He wasn’t moving. Why am I not moving? The surface of the water wasn’t getting any closer. In fact, it was getting farther. NO!

He felt arms grasp tighter around his waist, and then water flooded into his nose and everything turned black.

Maybe it was just one minute. Or just one second. Or maybe one microsecond.

It whipped past his memory way too fast.

All he could remember was Mr. Haynes, his history teacher standing on the street as he rode away from him. Then he remembered falling. And that’s all.

His eyes fluttered open. “My bike.”


A face appeared in front of him. Coal black hair floated around the frame, and blue eyes stared at him.

Jackson tried to scramble back, but he only grunted as rough material ripped at his wrists and ankles. “What the-”

The girl that was staring at him before was now sitting on what looked like a giant shell. She held a sword like thing in her hand, the bottom covered with moss, serving as a handle.

“Am I in-” he paused. “Water?”

The girl nodded. “Yes.” And that’s when I noticed her scaly mermaid tail, shimmering and flicking around underneath her.

“You’re a- mermaid?”

She just looked at me.

“Why am I in- in vines? And…how am I not dead?”

“You’re a spy. You bring war. Why would you not be bound? And if you prefer to be dead, I can make that happen.” She approached him, the point of her sword aimed for his chest.

“No no no!” he tried to scramble back. Then he remembered. “You tried to pull me back under! And I’m the one bringing war? I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“But you’re not dead.” She said.

“But neither are you.”

“I might be dead if you had found me first.”

“But instead I’m going to be dead?”

The mermaid looked at me. “You’ve come to bring war. You’re a spy.” She floated closer to him, and he felt the ripple of the water against his skin and instinctively held his breath. “Is that true?”

“No!” Jackson’s eyes shot to his side where a sharp stone lay, fixed to the rock he sat on. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Keeping his eyes on the mermaid, he slowly inched closer to the stone.

She turned her back on him for a minute, and he edged closer, rubbing his bindings against the stone as best as he could in water. Snap! Hands free, he undid the vines on his feet. The mermaid suddenly turned around, and he pushed himself of the rock with his legs.

Bang! Jackson hit a wall. “What?” he turned around, his head smarting. Flinging himself at the mermaid, he pummeled her to the rock floor, taking her by surprise. “How do I get out of here?” he demanded, pressing his hands down hard on her wrists.

In a swift motion, the mermaid snapped her arm down, smashing her tail into his back. She pointed the tip of her sword at his neck. “Perhaps I was mistaken. Even if you had found me first, you would still be dead.”

“Do you even know how to do this?” Jackson tried to laugh. “Keep someone hostage?”

“I don’t know. I’ve never tried to kidnap and hold someone before.” The mermaid sneered. “Have you ever been in a situation like this? If you were, you would know never to go on top of your opponent like that. I will do anything to keep my people safe. You will tell me the plans of your master, or I will kill you.”

TA DA! Yes, I know, that was terrible. Shocking. Truly horrible. *sighs* Oh well. That was fun.

Sorry Team Lavender, that I don’t have any pictures or drawings to go with this. 😦

Good luck to all the other teams as well!

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P.S Sorry for the delay to all the people who asked to swap buttons. I’ll get your buttons up soon!!

Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe {Blog Tour}

Review of Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe.
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The ardent reader

Hello, hello!

I’m so excited to be here. Today I will be reviewing Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe.

Title:  Where Dandelions Grow

Author: Lydia Howe

Genre/s: Christian fiction

Content: 0/5. No content that I can think of. It mentions that two people are dating, but that’s it.

Age-range: All ages!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of…

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Back To School Tag + Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much to Kellyn for tagging me for this awesome tag! (which she her awesome self created)

Go check out her blog! 🙂

The Rules|

  1. Thank the person who tagged you. (#shamelessselfpromo)
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Post new questions. (Or a blank copy of the old questions, if you’re too lazy to make your own (or you just love my questions))
  4. Tag as many (or as few) people as you want. (Try to make sure they’re still doing school!)
  5. Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. (I can’t confirm this, BUT I’LL KNOW IF YOU LIE, OKAY? MAGICALLY!)
  6. Don’t die. (Death is terrible for the complexion, dearie)

Note from Kellyn:

I tried to include of mixture of questions for homeschooled and publicly-schooled peeps, so … this should be good for most everyone? If a question doesn’t apply to you, don’t answer it.


1.When’s your first day of school?

Well it was sometime around early February, but I can’t remember that far back guys, so I’m gonna go into the future 2018. #scary

2. What do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? Uh, I mean the learned?

I’m looking forward to having a fresh start and being more organized with my studies. What I’m NOT looking forward too is… um… getting older. Coz’ that’s #scary, guys….. *shudders*

3. Homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?


4. What grade are you going into? (if you’re okay sharing)


5. How many more years of torture do you have to endure learn?

3 (WHAT ONLY?), plus uni, I dunno. 😛 Well technically I’ll be learning my whole life, if I can. 😉 (what I like learning)

6. What are your goals for this school year?

Spend more time schooling and have a better attitude towards math and grammar and other stuff I don’t wanna do.

7. What’s your favorite season to school in? Fall, winter, or spring?

Spring! Because then I can go outside and do it in a tree.

8. How is schooling going to effect your blogging?

Not in any way much. or maybe I could take pictures of me if I happen to dissect a frog.

9. What’s your favorite school subject?

Science and creative writing/english, sometimes logic.

10. Your least favorite?

Most of the time math. Grammar (that’s funny since I’m a writer who never writes because she’s lazy and because she has WRITER’S BLOCK ALL THE TIME).

11. What subject are you best at?

Grammar (except when I have to answer questions you know), creative writing, babysitting (not really a subject), logic (well I like it so I have to be good at it *nods while you shake your head*), music (I just do this for fun though), and math when it likes me (which is usually never).

12. What subject are you worst at?

Math. And grammar (notice how I’m also good at it?).

13. What extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?

Um… I don’t think so? UPDATE: Oh wait! I’m doing drama!! YESS! I’m gonna be in the Sound of Music! Who else loves that movie? *raises both hands*

14. How are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?

I’m not really doing anything… if you count saving money then that’s what I’m doing.

15. Do you play any sports in school?

Nope! But I run… does that count? XD

16. Is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? Or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?

Well it might help. I’m planning to be more organized next school year. It probably won’t do anything for my blogging.

17. How much time a day is school going to take for you?

Considering I’m doing a different Science curriculum (I think I get to dissect a frog), it might take me a little longer than usual. Maybe 4 hours? Or more or less? No idea. remember I’m homeschooled

18. Are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?

*blank stare*

19. Are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?

Nope! I’m looking forward for this year to be over so that I can get more organized with my schoolwork. how many times have I said that?

20. What are you most looking forward to about school?

My science! Ooh and drama as well! 😀

21. How are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?

Well homeschooling is usually life soo… 😉

22. What are your overall thoughts on school?

I love it when it loves me. *sighs* I dunno! #deepquestion

Thank you again for tagging me, Kell, I had fun! 🙂

I tag|















S. Pilt@pheonixdarkscales

That’s a lot of bloggers. *blinks*

Okay here are Kellyn’s questions again.

  1. When’s your first day of school?
  2. What do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? Uh, I mean the learned?
  3. Homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?
  4. What grade are you going into? (if you’re okay sharing)
  5. How many more years of torture do you have to endure learn?
  6. What are your goals for this school year?
  7. What’s your favorite season to school in? Fall, winter, or spring?
  8. How is schooling going to effect your blogging?
  9. What’s your favorite school subject?
  10. Your least favorite?
  11. What subject are you best at?
  12. What subject are you worst at?
  13. What extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?
  14. How are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?
  15. Do you play any sports in school?
  16. Is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? Or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?
  17. How much time a day is school going to take for you?
  18. Are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?
  19. Are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?
  20. What are you most looking forward to about school?
  21. How are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?
  22. What are your overall thoughts on school?

I was also nominated by Carol@peekingthroughakaleidoscope. Thank you so much, girl! You’re awesome!


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Homeschool Notebook began|

Well, my Mom found a website called Edublogs and told me about it. I started a blog there, still called My Homeschool Notebook, where I shared my thoughts and anything, really. After a while, I moved to WordPress because I wasn’t getting much traffic and Edublogs isn’t used that much.

Naturally, I switched back and forth between blog themes (because I’m terrible at making decisions). I think Nuclear is the theme I’ve stayed with the longest!

After about six months I took a huge unannounced break because I had NO IDEAS… And in April 2017 I made a new blog (with the same title).

So thus concludes the story!

Hey, wake up!

You: Huh? Wha-?

A piece of advice |

1. Be yourself. Everyone wants to see who you are. Be creative. Blogging is a place to express yourself and be who you are. 🙂

2. Don’t push yourself down. Keep trying! Blogging is hard. If you don’t get the amount of followers you wanted in the amount of time you wanted, things will get better; keep trying! Interact with other blogs (but you also need to be careful and discerning of what blogs you check out, and who you interact with).

The nominations |











Sorry, that’s all…

Well I hope you enjoyed reading this!

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Sorry to the bloggers I nominated for both things! If you just want to do one of them, feel free to do so. 😉 | Have you done these tags? | Would you like to do the Back to School Tag? If so, consider yourself tagged! | If you do the tags, put a link down below so that I can check them out! 😀

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Define That Word #2 {Results}


UPDATE: Tomorrow is Megan’s (abarefootgal) birthday tomorrow! Don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday!! Happy happy birthday, Megan! I hope you have a fantastic day. ❤




Do you know how I made slime in this post? And remember how I made it too brittle? Well I was experimenting and I put some QV lotion in it and it made it stretchier and less brittle! 😀 I know it sounds weird, but it works!

Anyway, here are the results for Define That Word #2! I stalled. Again.















Answer Votes Percent
1) Cold, darkness and loneliness. (The sordid room was always in a state of depontiee.) 3 33%  Tess
Fancy 3 33%  Starling
Loyal and solemn 3 33%  Enni

Great job! I thought all your definitions were awesome.














Your definition was: To give back stolen goods voluntarily. (The pirates debooned their booty, for they were conscience-stricken and wanted to change.)














Your definition was: Meezies: The feeling of not being able to sit still. (Jimmy had the meezies as he waited for his vaccinations.)














Your definition was: The state of not being able to think clearly. (Lisle was in kenpise as he stared at the blank paper, unable to move his pen.)














With a total of 19 votes. 🙂 Congrats Tess (blackiesunshine)!

And congrats to Enni and Starling who also had awesome definitions! 😀

Here is your button, Tess. And if you would like to do a guest post/interview, comment below, so I can arrange it. Thanks! 🙂


There you go! Congrats again guys! 🙂

And I think  you probably all want to know about the results for the parliament voting. So here it is:


As some of you may know, our government isn’t minding their own business and wants to control what our parents teach us as homeschooled children. They want bullied kids to have to wait 28 days before their parents can pull them out of school, and the parents have to submit a full overview of their curriculum, and parents don’t really have the right to choose their child’scurriculum. You can see the post here.

I wasn’t too happy with that AT ALL, because parents should have the right to choose their child’s curriculum. So yesterday, my Mom traveled to the city to the Parliament with another homeschooling Mom. I should have went with them, but the train ride was too expensive. When they got there, homeschoolers, parents and children alike were campaigning for PARENTAL RIGHTS.

Unfortunately, we lost under Parliament votings. 20-20. There are a lot of positives though, such as

  • The government now know they can’t ignore us, and that we have a voice as well
  • We have won the favor of people who actually have a say in things
  • Parents have the right to choose curriculum

The downside is that bullied children still have to wait 28 days before being pulled out of school, and their parents have to show their curriculum. I feel sorry for future home educators; I can imagine how stressful that would be.

We still have to submit our curriculum and an overview of what we’ve done during the year,  BUT if they don’t like it, they can’t do anything about it.

I’m not too fussed about that, though. I know so many homeschool parents with large families, and it’ll be hard to collect their children’s work over the year.

It’s not as bad, and parents still have the right, but there are a lot of homeschoolers who are still disappointed.

Anyway, God is in control and He’s made things better. 🙂

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Did you enjoy the definitions? | What do you think about the results? | Would you be annoyed if you had to submit your work at the end of each year?

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The Kind of Thing I Think Blogging Should Be + BIBPC

Hiya lovelies! 😀

When I first started blogging back in 2015, I started it because I wanted a place to share my thoughts, and my life.

Over the months I’ve been blogging, I’ve kind of been trying to be like other blogs. Change my content so that people will read my blog as much as they read someone else’s. Make it as pretty so people will visit it more.

That’s all good. It’s a good thing to make your blog likeable and appeasing to your readers. That’s why I have a blog survey. 😉 But don’t try too hard, guys!

Blogging should be a thing where you can vent out your feelings and share your life. Have fun and don’t stress so much! Personally, I like reading blog posts of people’s thoughts and their life. Other posts are good too, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t do posts other than what I’m talking, but I don’t think we, as bloggers, should spend so much time trying to please our readers.

I’m struggling between having a schedule or not. I feel having a schedule is kinda limiting, because I should be able to post whenever I like. But I also think schedules are good, so I can be consistent and not run out of posting ideas.

I’ve put heaps of my posts back into drafts because I’m afraid people won’t enjoy reading about my life.

Don’t do that! Even if you think your life is boring, maybe someone else can smile about it. 🙂 So be yourselves, humans! There is no one else like you. ❤

Next up: The Kinds of Posts I Really Hate

Haha JK. XD

But I do think there is such a thing as useless posts, such as an apology post. Apologizing to people for not blogging for a while. Sure, it’s okay to apologize, but don’t make a whole post about it, folks. 😉 i just went of track there didn’t i

BIBPC #5, Category 3 – Books

First, I just want to apologize to all the bloggers who’ve nominated me for the Liebster Award or any other tag/award. I’m sorry for the delay in posting them, but I will soon, as well as the results for Define That Word.

I’m also going to be trying to post every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Just so I can get posts up consistently. 😉

Megan, I’m on Team Watermelon. 🙂 Anyone on my team, don’t forget to post extra photos to make up for the team members who aren’t able to enter any!


The story behind my picture is that we have heaps and heaps of old books in our house. We also have some creamy colored flowers out the front yard and some ornamental pear trees. So I stuck the book into the branches and snipped of a flower and took this picture! 🙂

I’ll post extra pictures on the BIBPC page as soon as the next category comes out!

God bless!

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What do YOU think blogging is about? | Do you agree with me? Or not? | Do you agree that I ruined the whole post with that last paragraph (apart from BIBPC)? | Do you like reading posts of people’s lives, their adventures and their thoughts? 

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Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler {Spring & Playground Photography} UPDATED

Hi my friends! 🙂

Spring is coming! The daffodils and the Narcissus Hybrids Erlicheer are everywhere now. That took us a long time to figure out the name of the white flowers! 😀

Today we scootered (is that a word?) to the playground and had a little BBQ. We also brought our Science books and played Guardian of The Keys and Giants Treasure.

I was being a little silly and I told my Mom that if I went into the middle of the bare winter mulberry tree and kissed the trunk, it would blossom and I’d stuff myself with berries. So I did that and bet my Mom $5 that when we came back from the playground I would have enough berries to pick I wouldn’t have to have dinner.

Obviously it bloomed and I ate the berries. In my mind. I didn’t lose $5 after all. Even if I wasn’t supposed to anyway. There were berries on the tree! I promise! in my mind. Shhh! Don’t tell my Mom. She might give me $5!!

There were a lot of Daffodils on the walk to the playground.




My brother cooking the sausages on the playground BBQ. I can smell them from here!



I also took some pictures of a magpie in the blossoms and on the grass.

“Is it raining??”

MAGPIE BOKEH in the blossoming plum trees.

“WAH! What’s that??”
“Peck peck!”


Taking a pic of moi shadow.


My brother trying to be a circle for me for BIBPC (Boring Into Beautiful Photography Contest, hosted by Megan). XD As you can tell, it’s not working. Thanks, though, bro! ❤



Blossoms on the tree. Can’t wait till they turn into fruit!


Kinda blurry. :/


Eh. The lighting isn’t very good!


I love the above one! ❤




So pretty! It was a lovely day today. A nice day after a week’s worth of raining. I love the blue sky in-between the branches.

*sings* Mr. Blue Sky! Please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long (sooooo looong!)


Hanging dangerously close to dropping my camera; I take my shadows’ portrait… 😛 ok not really




Circles. But not for BIBPC! 😉


Monkey bars.


Close up on the monkeys.


The other monkey bars.


More circles, but still not for BIBPC. You’re probably thinking, “If she’s not entering these ones in, then the ones she is entering is probably really good.” Well, sorry. You might get your hopes dashed cruelly.


More of the evil playground things that make your hands red and make you look like you’re falling when you flail your feet around to get to the next bar.

After I took half of these photos before we had sausages. YUM.

After that, we played Giants Treasure and Guardian of The Keys. Giants Treasure I am terrified of grabbing the treasure and running away. And terrified of being the giant and having my precious treasure stolen. Are you like that?

Then my brother and I had a running race across the grass. I won. 😉

The moment you’ve all been waiting for. My BIBPC #5 photo. Megan, I’m on Team Watermelon. 🙂

Thank you so much for hosting this contest!

The story behind the photo:

I had a lot of photos that were circles, such as the monkey bars and the bolts on the wobbly bridge. I decided to take a picture of the water spurting out of the drinking fountain. When I took the picture, it turned out they looked like circles! It took me a while to get an OK photo of it though. I thought this was a little more unique than the monkey bars, so… 🙂


It’s a little blurry, but they are pretty fast, right? And also, the bolts are circles as well. 😉

Thank you so much for reading guys, and I have reached 73 followers, so a sincere THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❤ If you haven’t already, please take MY SURVEY, so I can give you better posts. I’m going to try and reach 100 by October.

Also, one of my followers suggested doing a GIF post. I’ve been wanting to put GIF’s in my posts, but where do you guys get good clean GIF’s? Please help!

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What is your favorite picture? | Did you like my BIBPC picture? Do you think I should have used one of the monkey bar ones or the shadows of the circles (or my brother) instead? | How was your day?

God bless! 🙂

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