You Never Know What's Going to Happen...

When you get Madi (formerly Frogger) and I together.
Before I start in on our adventures, however, I would like to deeply apologize for my baby  camera. The poor little point-and-shoot is on its death bed. I uploaded all of these pictures and realized that they were the worst batch yet - they all have this weird, grainy quality. I feel much more comfortable using my grandmother's camera (a Canon DSLR). Ideally, I'm saving up for this baby. But I have monthsandmonthsandmonths to go until I reach that. *sobs*

Okay - so on Sunday, I went home from church with Madison and hung out at her house until the church dinner that night. We had a blast before we even left the church because her mom had to stay late and do some things. {for the record: the word of the day was awesomesauce}

mirrors + cameras + mcat + madi = awesome
What the nuts am I doing with my face in this picture? My eyes are so wide - I look like I've seen the light or something...

blurry *sobs again* but still cool

When we made it back to her house, we did what we are notorious for - we put together outfits and had an impromptu photo shoot. We went down to this awesome melancholy playground down the street from her house - no one plays there and the swings are rusty. It's like a haunted movie set or something. 

Look at the awesomesauce old jungle gym! {there - I used it in a sentence for you}

I was going for the old polaroid style with this edit...

This one looked so cool that I had to edit it a little...

It kind of looks like a book cover, doesn't it? 

This is my favorite picture of the entire day that Madi took. She has a great eye for photos.

Of course I had to edit it too. Which do you like better, black or white?

Does this picture look like it belongs in a teenage style magazine or what?

Do you see how cool this playground is??

And my attempt... fail. 
Here's a video chronicling the day's events - enjoy!


Happy mid-week! {xo}


Some Photography Entries

I've been reading more photography blogs lately and I decided to link up to a few today.

{Happy Monday} (linky buttons hate still don't cooperate with me)

{Something You Love}

There is also a giveaway going on over at {life is too short not to} Wear Red Shoes. Go check it out!


Dear Summer,

I know, I know. I've been wanting spring and now I want summer. But what can I say? I've been looking at beach pictures from last year and I. Want. Summer. It was forty degrees again this morning. And it's cloudy. Ugh. 
PS: There is a terrific giveaway going on at The Frosted Button! Go check it out!


Reflections from the Lake

The first morning that we were at the lake was pure mystical. It was one of those half-cloudy, half-sunny days were the rays can be seen through the clouds. I grabbed my mom's camera to capture the essence.

It's stuff like this that leaves no doubt in my mind that there is a God.

Later in the day, it got sunnier and I got some great shots when I wasn't busy wading in the water.

This one is straight out of the camera - no editing! 

Oh, for the love of summer...

It was so nice and warm there. It seems like spring arrived at home while we were gone though  - we got home and everything had started blooming!


Meet the Cutest Thing on Four Paws

We came home from the lake with an unexpected new family member.
Meet - Tonto.

You have permission to "Aaaaawwww!" 
 Tonto followed my mom and I back to the lakehouse from a walk around the block. He stayed overnight, even though we hadn't fed him, and the next morning he ran six miles with my dad, never leaving his side. Hello, loyalty! He zonked out on the porch after that, and stayed for two days at the house. We gave him water, but no food. We didn't want to get attached. Too late.
Finally, we started feeding him bread because it didn't look like he was going home either way. The day before we had to leave we took him to the humane society in Heber Springs - just a short thirty minute drive from where we were in Arkansas - and gave him up.
An hour later, we went back and got him. Fate is funny that way.

We found out from a neighbor that three or four dogs get dropped off a week at the little isle where my grandfather's lakehouse is located (it's called Mystic Isle - isn't that pretty?). We're not sure what Tonto's background is - he's terrific with every person he's come in contact with so far and he seems half trained because he never barks, chews, or acts aggressive. We took him to the vet on Monday, and the vet said that he is only eight weeks old. 

I've started calling him our providential puppy. The exact day that we decided to keep him was the exact day that my grandparent's had to put their dog of fourteen years to sleep. So now they have a new grandpuppy to spoil! 

Isn't he gorgeous? After some research, we decided that he's a shar pei lab mix, meaning he's the most perfect family dog you could ever want. And he loves us a lot.

Before we decided to keep him, he slept outside on the porch every single night outside my parent's bedroom. 

You have permission to "Aaaawwww!" again...

Have a good Wednesday (or Thursday, or whenever you get around to reading this...)!
PS: For the record, he is tied with my rabbit for cuteness...


Bloom! Staff Linkup

Some of you may have heard about the magazine that I write for. Bloom! is a Christian teen magazine, for girls, by girls, and brimming with creativity and glory for God. We are currently doing a blog hop, and it would be greatly encouraging if you stopped by our blog and read the other entries. 

1. Your blogging name, age/birthday (if you're allowed to reveal it on blogger), location (as detailed as allowed) and Bloom! staff position: 

My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Tennessee, and I am a writer and blogger for Bloom!.

2.  How many siblings do you have and what are their names/ages?

I have five younger siblings, three boys and two girls. (names not available) C. is nine years old, M.D. is seven years old, P. is four years old, M. is three years old, and T. is almost nine months old. Learn more about them on the munchkins page. 

3. How are you educated (homeschool, private school, public school, etc)?

I am homeschooled, but I am going to attend public high school next year.
4. What denomination of Christian are you? What are your personal Christian beliefs, in a nutshell? 

I am a baptist, but I do not believe that a denomination defines what you believe. As a Christian, all that matters is loving God and living for Him - repenting your sins and witnessing to others. 

5.What are some of your hobbies - such as sports, musical instruments, artistic talents, etc.

I used to play basketball, and that's still my favorite sport. I've played piano for about eight years, danced ballet for seven years, and I've been singing since I was five. I can even play saxophone! I like to dabble slightly in fashion and interior design.
6. Describe your personality in a few sentences:

Hmm... I guess I could call myself organized, musical, and structured. Most people call me kind *blush*.
7. Do you consider yourself more of a girly-girl or a tomboy? Or somewhere in between?

I'm a complete girly-girl but I'm not afraid to get dirty. 

8. Picture yourself ten years from now. What will you be doing, where will you be living, etc?

Writing and photographing nature for a living, living in a classy house, living and loving for Christ, reading... but who knows where I'll be? 
9. What is some of your favorite books? Favorite movies? Favorite foods?

Books: Anything by Nancy Rue. Movies: National Treasure 1 and 2, Chronicles of Narnia 1, 2, and 3. Favorite foods:  macaroni and cheese, cheesecake, key lime pie, and chocolate anything.
10. What got you interested in becoming a part of Bloom?

I've always liked writing, and the thought of collaborating with a lot of other girls like myself sounded like a blast. At this point I'm not even sure how I found Bloom - I think I saw the call for applications through a random blog.
11. What's one way - or more - that you've been blessed, inspired, and/or challenged through becoming a part of Bloom?

I love seeing the different points of view. We encourage each other, pray for each other, and understand each other. There are so many great staff members, and they definitely challenge me to be closer to Christ every day.
12. What is your favorite thing about Bloom! as well as one thing you would like to see improved behind-the-scenes?

Hmmm... I guess my favorite thing that I keep repeating is the fact that we're all in the same situations, but I get to see the different views on those situations. At this point, the only thing that could be improved is communication. :) 
13. What brings you inspiration?

Creation brings me inspiration. I love to go outside alone and just take pictures of everything that God has made. It makes me feel closer to Him.
14. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Who would you take with you and how long would you stay?

I would go tour Europe, most definitely. I might go alone, I might take my family, or I might take my close friends, depending on what type of trip it was. Realistically, I would stay for a month. Unlimitedly? I'd stay for a year!

15. What's your favorite dessert/treat?

I don't think I've ever found a favorite, but anything lemon, lime, or berry flavored. I also love Oreos and cheesecake. And chocolate, of course.
16. Coffee, tea, or soda?

Soda. Although I want to train myself to drink tea more often. 
17. What's your favorite color combination? Or combinations? ;-)

Any pastel with grey. Pink, lime green, and lavender.
18. What's your favorite time of year? What about least favorite?

Favorite: Autumn. Least Favorite: Spring or summer. 
19. Would you rather have one very close best friend or a group of close friends?

I would rather have a group of close friends.
20. Who is a role model for you in your life today (could be your mom, grandma, family friend, celebrity, etc.)?

My mom, my grandmothers, and Nancy Rue. 
21. Share a favorite quote or Bible verse. Why is it your favorite?

My favorite Bible verse currently is 1 Timothy 4:12  Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

22. What is one thing that you've been trying to accomplish in 2011?

I've been trying to prioritize, seize opportunities, and manage money better.
23. What is one way (or more!) that you are trying to strengthen your relationship with Jesus right now?

I've been working on having a longer Bible study time. That is one of my weakest points in my relationship with Christ but it is the most important, so I need to get back to where I have a quiet time every single day.

Many thanks to KyAnn and Hannah M. for setting all of this up! Please go visit the Bloom! website and subscribe! 


Off for a Holiday

Reason #176 why I should move to Europe: In England, they call any sort of break or vacation a holiday. Even if it's not, technically, a holiday (correct me if I'm wrong...).

My next stop? The lake house! *relaxed sigh*
The giggling waves, the rushing of the wind in the trees, and the shore of the lake in the backyard... it's like a haven. Sometimes I like the lake more than the beach. And I just want to gulp gallons of the fresh air as soon as we get there.
I won't be back until Sunday, so I hope you can hang on without me during my absence. {kidding, kidding. I know you people have lives.}

{from last November's trip to the lake}


Because We All Love Cameras...

I vlogged because I was too lazy to write {ha. kidding.}... enjoy.


Okay, so I can't resist asking - don't you think she's adorable? My little sis, that is. Not me! Ha. 
Sorry this post wasn't up earlier. The video took an unearthly long time to load. {blogger video uploader, I hate you}

It's spring break {squeal}! But hopefully my little cough will go away in time for us to go to the lake... currently half of my family is sick. Today was decent, though - I slept. And slept some more. Oh, and I hate daylight savings. Just saying. I mean, Benjamin Franklin was a brilliant individual, but making the world lose an hour was not one of his highlights. 

Oh, and I apologize for looking at the screen a lot and not the camera. Who doesn't do that? Urgh.

{love from mcat}

P.S. There's a terrific giveway going on over at Aspire. Go check it out!


Think Warm, Happy Thoughts...

Today, it was thirty-eight degrees when I woke up. Yes, thirty-eight. I'm at the point where I want to stare up at the sky and scream, "People! It is spring break! It's supposed to be warm!!"
Oh, well.
Nevertheless, it warmed up to a nice sixty degrees by this afternoon (only where I live would it do that), and we all went outside to gulp warm air. It was a nice way to forget the hideous sign in my front yard (yes, I have a very low opinion of it. what tipped you off?).

The daffodils have started to flourish in the backyard, and they smell heavenly as well...

These are hydrangea blooms. They burst into gorgeous purple, pink, and blue blossoms towards the end of spring. 

These purple flowers are teeny tiny. Still pretty though. The birds eat them sometimes.

The sun was gorgeous, so I told my mom to set T. on the grass so I could have a mini photo shoot.

She didn't have a very high opinion of the grass...

This is T. with half of a smile. She moved around too much for me to get a full one!

Of course, M. had to get in on the act too.

P.S. Oh, and guess who came back to my house today? Meet Flurry the traveling butterfly! Isn't he cute?


The Awesome and the Uncool

the awesome                                                                   

Wearing pajamas to school (outside classes) yesterday. Oh, yes.

Terrible picture, I know. But it was dress code free this week and we asked the administrators if we were allowed to come in pjs. About seven of my most daring friends and I showed up in them. And I focused better (aka I understood what was going on in math class). I'm convinced it was the sleepwear. {it should be noted that Sara Beth wore some adorable Paul Frank penguin pajamas and Sterling - well, Sterling wimped out and came in jeans. Kidding, kidding - we love you Sterling!}

Wearing this shirt that I got at the conference last weekend. I'm thinking I'll wear it to public high school next year and see what sort of reaction I get. If I had a bucket list, that would definitely be on it. *gags at the terrible blurry picture* Oh, for the love of a good camera...

Hats. They brighten anyone's day.

Dueting with Sterling for the school's concert of the arts in April. We're doing "For Good" from Wicked. {squeal} Comment if you heart Wicked! {we're also trying to decide who should be Elphaba and who should be Glenda. Any ideas?}

Writing letters. Frogger sent me a letter a couple of weeks ago, and now we're full-out pen pals! We also have an epic traveling butterfly sticker named Flurry (if he wasn't on his way to her house right now, I'd show him off). 

This outfit that I put together using above shirt. I'm in love with the scarf  - my grandmother brought it back from New York. {notice the beret. I have a love affair with hats.}

Spring break (ohmigoodnessspringbreak). Although I think my teachers loaded us up with work for the free week. Darn. 

the uncool                                                                  

Packing for a month long trip to Paris I can handle (hey, I'm an ambitious person). But packing to leave the house you've lived in for ten years - that's really hard to do. Have I mentioned that my room looks like a pink jail cell? It's almost completely empty. So depressing. 

Feeling completely busy and still wanting to find time to blog. {hear me, oh blogger populars - how do you balance school, trips, and extra-curriculars and still have time to post every single day?}

Cold weather, I hate you. Die, freezing winds. Die.

The "for sale" sign that will be in my yard in a few days. Talk about uncool...