Friday, May 12, 2017


Hello everyone.

I've been thinking a lot over the past month of my blogging break . . . I've also gotten a lot done, read a lot of articles, and thought a lot about my goals for my future in blogging.

When I started this blog, there really was no long-term goal I had for it. To have fun, share some stories I had written, and ramble and rant about things, I guess. Really, the entire point was so I could blog about something besides dolls (at that point I still ran my doll blog.)

But now, four years later, my interests have changed. For a long while I've been interested in being more objective and professional with my blogging. I've tried to do it on this blog, I really have, but I just feel like I need a new, fresh start.

So yes, I'm leaving Through The Wardrobe - first Disney Fans 4 Ever, then The Fangirl Blog, then Peanut Butter Girl, then what it is today.

I am very emotionally attached to this blog and it's hard to leave it.

 But I am starting a new blog. I've been working on this blog for a long while now, and I've already cranked out a couple of posts to get it started. I'm even working on a companion Etsy shop (which isn't finished yet, but soon will be, Lord willing.) Now all I need to do is let you guys know about it.

You can check it out here. In case you're wondering what the point of Lydia Therese is, it's going to be a lifestyle blog. It will have fashion posts, book and movie reviews, and other tidbits.

So yes, new, exciting stuff on the horizons. I'll still keep this blog open to the public, so you can go back and read my old posts if you would like. :) If you didn't follow for things like what my new blog will be, thank you for sticking around this long.

See you guys on my new blog! Thank you for 74 followers. I really never dreamed I'd have gotten to that many four years ago, when I started this blog to spam people with Frozen fanart I had saved to my computer. ;)

~Lydia~ <3

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Projects and Such

Hey guys!

I would like to make a post to explain why I haven't been posting much lately.

Firstly, my book. So many things to do before the deadlines!! Pictures to take, information to fill out, kinks to work through. Publishing a book is a lot of work. I have way too many things to do and way too little time. :P

Secondly, a new project . . . I have been thinking about doing a new blog for a long, long time, and I've finally decided to just go for it. I am super excited about this new journey, and I can't wait for you guys to see it! But first I have pictures to take, a design to do, and a bunch of other stuff. You guys will definitely get the link to my new blog when I'm done, though. ;) (And no, I'm NOT quitting this one!! My new blog will be a niche blog, this one will be the same, insanely-random, jumbled mess it always had been. XD)

Camp NaNoWriMo . . . oh dear. It will be the entire month of April. I want to get a ton of writing done! I am incredibly excited about the new book idea I have planned. I have more than half of it planned out, and it will probably be finished tomorrow. :P

Speaking of April - my birthday! My birthday is April 21st - I'll be turning 13! *queue crazy wild screaming*
*calms down* ANYWAY. Of course for my birthday I have to plan my party, and my family celebration, etc.

I am just sooo busy right now. I'm taking up so many different things at so many different times!! Posting on here might slow down a little - I will still be posting and commenting on blogs, though, don't worry. :) Maybe just not as often as I usually do.

Thanks for reading!

~Lydia~ <3

P.S. - I finished Star Trek: Voyager recently. I LOVED ALL THE CHARACTERS IT MAKES ME SO SAD NO MORE OF THEM WHY. :( :( :(

*ahem* Okay, now I'm done. Bye!  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

To Be Read - March 2017

Hello everyone!

Sorry this post is so late! :P I'm going to make this my TBR list for both March and April because I didn't do it at the beginning of the month . . . I may or may not have forgotten to do it, haha. Here my list of books I read - or didn't read - from my last TBR post.

Emily Climbs
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
A Dream Not Imagined
The Only Pirate at the Party
The Hidden Amethyst
Courageous Love

So as well as the ones I didn't get a chance to read this month, I also have these books on my list . . .

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
I've heard great things about this classic book. It sounds interesting and incredibly sweet, so this is one of the ones I hope to read in the rest of March and April!

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Yay! Another book by C.S. Lewis. It's science fiction, too, which makes it even more interesting. I'm also pretty sure my dad has this book, so I won't have to spend money on it either. :P

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Trenton Lee Stewart's writing style - so I am SOOOO excited to read this! (And my library has it, so that's also a plus.)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Okay, so the thing is, I actually started this book. I really tried to get into it, I did. But I just didn't work out. There were also so many other books I wanted to read first. But I WILL READ THIS BOOK THIS MONTH. I am determined to do it even if I have to force myself. :P

And there we go! That wraps up my list for this month and the next. Have you guys read any of these books? :)

Thanks for reading!

~Lydia~ <3

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Office Tour - March 2017

Hello everyone!

Last March I did an office tour, (I don't actually remember that, I was just looking through old posts, hehe) and since it's March again, I decided to do an updated one! My space has changed a lot (it's also gone through two new computers, a chair and new furniture since last year) so I thought it would be fun to do.

Just a note, I don't actually have a real "office", per-say. It's just a little space in our dining room where both me and Jo do our school, blogging, gaming, etc and I call it my office. ;)

Let's get into it!

Firstly, we have a cart next to my desk that holds all my schoolbooks. I am homeschooled and use a curriculum that teaches you online and then gives you assignments afterwards, so I keep my school-related stuff here.

On top, there are some books I'll be reading for school later in the year (if you know what the printing company JourneyForth is run by, you probably know what curriculum I use...) a spelling bonus word sheet at the bottom, tape, a post-it note holder, my calligraphy pen, and a to-do list thing that I actually use a lot (I got it at Walmart.)

And here are all the bins where I keep my school books.

Here's my computer, and the lovely desktop background. I like having monthly ones, either from Google Images or KBR, which have lovely monthly desktop backgrounds with Bible verses on them. :D

There's my keyboard, mouse and lovely and aesthetically pleasing mousepad. XD

At the left side of my computer there's a pencil holder (if you've seen my other office tour, yes, the Enterprise figure is still there. It doesn't light up anymore though :( ), a stationary set my mom gave me, and a Rilakkuma notepad set.

On the sliding, pull-out tray I use to store some other stuff, we've got my planner. Obviously I can't show you the inside but it's SO. PRETTY. As you can probably guess from the front, it has writing and reading quotes on almost every page! It's my favorite planner ever. ;)

Then we've got one of my Bibles, which I keep in my desk because I'm always needing to look of Bible verses in school, and a notecard thing from Studio C.

Here's a picture of Jo's desk, which is literally right next to mine.

And here's the view from our big windows we have right in front of us. :P

And there you go! My "office" tour. I hope you guys enjoyed! :)

Thanks for reading!

~Lydia~ <3

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Recently - 7

Hello everyone!

It's time for another Recently! :)

I just started the first Sherlock Holmes book but it's the second one I've read...A Study in Scarlet. It's good already! I love the Sherlock Holmes books, they are so brilliant. I enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles immensely so hopefully this book will be just as good!

Illuminate, the second book in my Star Trek fanfiction series. My original goal for the book was 5,000 words, but since I joined MyWriteClub and started working on it from there and doing word sprints with some friends, I've gone above and beyond my original goal. It's insane how much I've written through that! I can't rave about it enough! Go check out MyWriteClub, you won't regret it! Seriously! (And if you join hey I'm Lydia_Dyslin)

Listening To 
I have been quite obsessed with Echosmith for the past week. You know, that band that did the song "Cool Kids" (which I actually don't like very much XD) I like how the band members are all siblings...I may be getting just a leetle obsessed. Stop groaning.

Aside from Star Trek I've also been watching a lot of Murder, She Wrote with my mom and Ellery Queen with my dad. I love Jessica Fletcher, she's so cute. XD I also really like Ellery Queen, I wish it had run longer. I only have 12 episodes left! :( Fortunately for me Murder, She Wrote has 12 seasons so I think I'm sorted for now. XD

Okay, that's all I have for you guys today! Thanks so much for reading! :)

~Lydia~ <3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Hey guys!

So a looong time ago Adi made a post called "Dear...", where she wrote mini letters to her family or friends or whoever she felt like writing them to. And I thought that was a great idea, so I decided to do it, too. Hope you guys enjoy!

so basically I tried making a picture for this about a million times but my computer is being stupid and wont let me upload it so here is a pic of Georgie Henley :P

Dear Joanna, 
Sure, you get on my nerves sometimes. But you are the best little sister anybody could ask for. You are not only family but also my best friend - you know absolutely everything about me. Thanks for being so awesome.

Dear Adam Young, 
I just wanted you to know you were my first celebrity crush. Also thank you for showing society you can still be a successful singer and be open about your faith. And your Instagram is #goals.

Dear friends,
I've known you guys since 3rd grade and some of you even longer than that, and you guys stuck with me through everything, and didn't say I was weird or a geek because of my love of Star Trek and Narnia and I even got one of you addicted to it (or you got me even more addicted than I already was I don't know at this point). YOU GUYS ARE THE ULTIMATE HOMIES COME HERE GROUP HUG

Dear random old guy dressed up as Heidi's grandfather at Storyland who yelled at me when I was four years old for moving around some fake wooden plates in that cabin when I was having the best time ever, 
I never thought I'd forgive you for that. It took a long time, but I have gotten over it. That burden has been lifted off your shoulders. You're welcome.

Dear parents, 
You are AWESOME!! I love you so much. Best parents ever. :DDDDD

Dear Chris Tomlin, 
You put on a good concert. Also, good choices with those other bands that came before you. I would have never listened to Tenth Avenue North otherwise.

Dear two teenage girls sipping Starbucks at that tourist stop in Vermont, 
You guys actually made an effort to look nice. I wanted to tell you that but was too shy. Your outfits were really cute, and the nerd glasses tho. You have your lives together, good job.

Dear Starbucks, 
Just wanted to let you know your green tea milkshake thing is gross, you should take it off the menu. However your strawberry smoothie and pumpkin spice mocha latte are spot-on.

Dear Lydia Winters, 
Yo since we are basically twins we should hang sometime. You look good in a beanie.

Dear Sqaishey and Stampy, 
You are the people who got me into Minecraft. You are so fun and cheerful all the time. One more thing Stampy, I have that comment you replied to hung up on my wall. No it's not creepy, what are you talking about? xD

Dear girl that also takes music lessons with my music teacher and who looks nice, 
Hopefully someday I'll get up the courage to talk to you. You are an awesome singer and your hair looks really cute in a pixie cut.

Dear Fraser, 
Your laugh is really cute, your hair is always on point, you always manage to make me smile (especially on your livestreams) and did I mention your laugh is really cute???

Dear Squig, 
You are one of my favorite YouTubers and you are the type of person I feel like I would want to be friends with if I knew you from church or something. Thanks for watching my YouTube video, it seriously meant a LOT to me. :D

Dear Georgie Henley,
You definitely aren't my role model anymore, I'm sorry to say. But I believe you are still a sweet girl with a kind heart who is doing what you believe is right. You play THE BEST Lucy and you are absolutely gorgeous. Don't forget that!!!

Okay that post was really long but it was super fun to write. Hope you guys enjoyed it! :D

~Lydia~ <3

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Question of Honor - Cover Reveal

Hello everyone!

I have a very exciting post to share with you all! Today is the cover reveal for my friend Jesseca's book, A Question of Honor. It looks absolutely amazing and the cover is breathtaking! But first, an image so you can't just look at it in your feed and you actually have to click on the post and feel the suspense...;)

yeah its edmund
Drumroll please...

Here it is!! Doesn't it look amazing?!

And now, here's some more about the actual book itself:

A Question of Honor
Releases March 3rd, 2017

A man. A child. A war.
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold to those whom they have never met.
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable - forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that following God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to the One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country - but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

About the Author

Jesseca is an 18-year-old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she's convinced there's no place like home.


Doesn't it sounds amazing? I'm so excited for it! :)

Well, that's all for today's post everyone! Thanks for reading!

~Lydia~ <3                                                       

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

To Be Read - February 2017

Hello everyone!

Sorry there wasn't a Friday post this week, I got sidetracked and didn't finish my character spotlight on time. :P Lord willing there will be a post this Friday, though. ;)

Anywho, I know! It's been SUCH a LOOOONG time since I ever did a To Be Read! However I always enjoyed doing this series, so I've decided to bring it back!

If you are one of my newer readers and you aren't sure what this post series is, it's where I find a bunch of cool-looking books I want to read during the month, and try to read as many of them as possible. At the end of the month, I will come back and say which books I had read and which books I had not, and come up with some more books to read for the next month. Pretty simple, and I like setting goals for myself. :)

Here we go!

Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery

A little while ago I read the first book in the Emily series, and I enjoyed it! Just recently I got the whole series on Kindle for only 99 cents, so this month I will hopefully get around to reading this (and the third book in the series, Emily's Quest).

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

Okay, so I'll be honest, this doesn't exactly seem like the type of book I would go around reading all the time. It seems to be part of that middle-school genre that tends to be a little...shall we say...strange.
BUT the concept sounds fun! The description also says that the book club reads Little Women, one of my favorite classics/books overall. My friend also has it and she said she would let me borrow it sometime. So, yeah, I'm willing to give it a try. :-)

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

This book sounds amazing - from the reviews I've read it has a nice, strong female character and an interesting plot. I've been wanting to read some of Melanie Dickerson's books for awhile now, so this seems like a good book to start with.

A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu

Some of my friends have posted glowing reviews of this book on Goodreads, and sounds like such a sweet book! I've actually only read one Cinderella retelling before (which I actually didn't finish) so hopefully this will be the first of many retellings I read. :-)

The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey

I am a longtime Lindsey Stirling fan - I've always loved her music. I remember when at the age of 8 my babysitter (she was a cool 14-year-old) showed me her music video "Shadows" and I've been obsessed with her ever since, so I would love to read her book!

The Hidden Amethyst by J.C. Buchanan

When this book was written I believe the author was around the age of 13, which is just about my age. I would love to read another book by someone who isn't 16+! The plot sounds interesting, too.

Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow

I saved the best for last...hehe. ;-) I am SOOOO excited to read the final installment of the Circle C Milestones series. If it is anything like the three other books, it's sure to be absolutely amazing.

Alright! I think that's all the books for this post.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

~Lydia~ <3

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Writing Programs - Which One Is The Best?


In today's Tuesday post I'm going to be comparing writing programs by listing out the pros and cons of each of them. There are plenty of them out there, but these are the different ones I've used so far:

Let's get started!

This is probably the most popular writing program by far, however I actually only used it as my main writing platform for about 6 months when I was just starting to get serious about writing (age 9). Now I do use it for school sometimes, however a lot less frequently than I used to use it. 

 You can easily write offline. 
Lots of different formating tools, text colors and fonts. 
Writing a book report? There's a template for that. A business letter? There's a template for that. A report? There's a template for that. A list? There's a template for that. 
You can easily upload photos. If you are going to have a lot of photos in your document, Word is probably the way to go. 

Not free. To my knowledge you need an Office 365 Subscription for Word. (Maybe I'm wrong though. But I know it isn't free.) 
If you forget to save your document and simply close the tab, bye-bye document. :P It's SO frustrating, let me tell you!
Unless somebody has a set-up Microsoft account, you can't share stories or reports very easily. It's quite complicated.

Celtx is actually a script-writing program but I do know some people who use it for all of their writing. I have only used it for script-writing (a YouTube miniseries based off one of my favorite books I dreamed up and would LOVE to make happen one day [and no, it isn't Narnia]) but here are the pros and cons I have noticed so far. 

 Nice categories. There are episode categories, (which my friend uses as chapters), plenty of different slots for different projects, and you can even create different movie studios (book series ;]) if you would like. 
Free - although Celtx does offer plans that allow you to do more on their website. I've never tried them before, so I can't say much about them. 
If a friend has a Celtx account, it's easy to share projects and you can even be apart of the same "Studio" together.
There is a feature at the bottom that tells you your word count, how much time you have spent writing, and how much time you have spent "Thinking" (not typing). I think this is a pretty cool feature, but it depends on whether it will motivate you to keep writing or make you feel guilty. :P

Despite all its cool features, this IS a program meant for writing movie or TV show scripts, not for writing books. If you want to use Celtx for writing a book or story, it may prove difficult. 
They are constantly badgering you about updating to a plan and paying money for it. :P 
Can't write offline. (As far as I know).

I just recently discovered Evernote, but it is absolutely amazing so far!! It has a ton of different and useful features. I use it to write a lot of my stories and also to plan my blog posts and set reminders. I also like to clip recipes and things, which is made easy with the iPhone app they have. 

Evernote has "Notebooks", which are basically categories you can put your notes/documents into. This is wonderful because I can create a notebook entitled "Illuminate" and then write a different note per chapter, put it in the notebook, and all the chapters are there separately, ready for me to edit. 
Free, although it does offer plans you can pay for with more features and storage per month (none of which I have tried). 
If you sometimes write down your stories/books in notebooks but want to back them up online (like I do) it's easy with the Evernote app that they have for iPhones, iPods and iPads. You just take a picture of the paper and it uploads it to Evernote. 

Evernote says you can use "Work Chat" with anybody, even if they aren't signed up to Evernote, but I tried to with Jo and she said she had to sign up before she could chat with me. 
It has so many features it can sometimes get really confusing. I haven't even tried out the audio feature yet. 
If you want to write a really long book, Evernote does have a limit (on the free plan) to how much storage you can use a month. It resets each month.

Until I discovered Evernote, Google Docs was my main writing program for nearly two years. It's a great writing program, which any of my friends will vouch for (also perfect for school projects). 

You can use it with your Google account, which nearly everybody has, right? ;) Therefore there is incredibly easy sharing. Even if a person doesn't have a Google account, they can still view, edit or comment on the document, they will just be signed in as "Anonymous Squirrel" or something like that. Google Docs is probably the best writing program listed here for group projects. 
Auto-save, which is a LIFESAVER!! :D 
It can be used on mobile, a web browser, or can be downloaded on your computer. 
Documents created can be found both in Google Docs and Google Drive. If you are a more organized person (like me) and like your docs in categories or folders, Google Drive is probably the best way to view them. 

It can be hard to navigate sometimes, especially when you have as many documents as I do! 
 It doesn't have as many fonts as programs like Word. 
I can't think of anymore cons. XD 

Okay! So now that I've listed the pros and cons of each program, here they are listed in the order of how much a like them and how good they are for writing book and stories. 1 is the lowest and 4 is the highest. 

1. Celtx
2. Evernote (I LOVE it but it doesn't have as many functions on documents)
3. Microsoft Word
4. Google Docs

This is just my opinion. I'd love to hear what you think! Soooo...

What program do you use primarily for writing? 

Thanks for reading! :)

~Lydia~ <3 

Friday, January 20, 2017

The 2016 Bookish Recap Tag

Hello everyone!

Happy Friday! And with a Friday will usually come a tag or a character spotlight. Today is also a very special Friday because it's Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. Whether you're super excited or using the #doomsday hashtag everywhere or are kind of in the middle (like me) I hope you're not spending too much time on the computer and watching this historical event instead. ;-)
(And if you don't live in America well LUCKY YOU)

Anyway, Kaitlyn at Twin Thoughts tagged me for the 2016 Bookish Recap Tag! Thanks, Kaitlyn!


-Include the above button in your post. 
-Answer the 11 questions. 
-Use as many book covers as you like. 
-Tag 5-10 people and notify them they have been tagged. 


1. How many book did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
I read a total of 79 books in 2016! Some of you might think that's good but I read around 120 in 2015, so this year I really need to step up my game if I'm ever going to beat that!

2. Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it? 
I set a goal for myself of 75 books and I just barely beat it by 4 books. ;) 

3. What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
My most read was definitely mystery. I read almost half the Trixie Belden series, a couple of classic Hardy Boys from the 1920s/1930s, the first couple Nancy Drews, a Sherlock Holmes book, and two Cherry Ames
My least read was probably biography, in which I read a grand total of 1 book. 

4. What's five of your favorite books from 2016? 
I'm just going to list books I read for the first time in 2016, not re-reads. And I know this question is supposed to mean books that came out in 2016 but I only read around 3 books that were actually published this year. :P 

-The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow
This book was amazing!! It made me cry so hard my mom was like "Lydia are you alright?!" So good, but so sad. <3 

-The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 
This was my first Sherlock Holmes book, and I LOVED every minute of it! It was suspenseful, eerie, and everything I could hope for in a mystery. ;) 

-Dare by Tricia Mingerink 
I went into the book doubtful I would like it, but I was sooo wrong - L-O-V-E!! 

-The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart 
This is such a brilliant a clever book that I absolutely adored reading. 

-The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton 
I read this for a blog tour, and I really enjoyed it! The book was exciting, fast-paced and very well-written, with a Christian message woven in as well. 

5. What's five of your least favorite books from 2016? 

-Princess in Calico by Unknown 
This book just fell flat for me, like I said in my review on Goodreads it's like an Elsie Dinsmore story except the characters are less developed. 

-Terror on Tour by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon 
I have a lot of nasty things to say about this book. I will refrain from saying them. :P 

-Elsie's Girlhood by Martha Finley 
I liked it OK but definitely could use some improvement. 

-The Secret of the Unseen Treasure by Kathryn Kenney 
Worst Trixie Belden book I have read so far. 

-Jane Austen by (once again can't remember his name)
I liked learning more about one of my favorite authors, but biographies don't really give me too much entertainment, you know? :P 

6. What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is "new", but that they became new to you this year.) 
Trenton Lee Stewart. Hopefully I can read a lot more of his work in 2017! 

7. What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 

-The Last Ride
-The Silent Blade
-Where Hope Prevails 
I can't think of any other covers I particularly liked that came out in 2016. But those are my top three, at least. :P 

8. How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.)
I would guess around 25, I don't really keep track of these things though so I'm not entirely sure.

9. What's the longest book you read in 2016? 
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

10. What's the shortest book you read in 2016? 
Katy by Mary Evelyn Notgrass

11. What's your reading goal for 2017? 
At the moment it's 100 books, but we'll see how that goes...:P 

And there you have it! My answers to the tag! ;) And now, here are the people I tag: 

 Elly at Iridescent Auras

And of course, you don't have to do it if you don't want to. ;) 

Thanks for reading, everyone!

What was a favorite book that you read in 2016? 

~Lydia~ <3 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What I Got For Christmas - 2016

Hello everyone!

In today's post I thought I'd show you all what I got for Christmas this year. Before I start I would like to clarify I'm not trying to brag in any way. Personally I LOVE seeing what other people received for the holidays so I thought it would be fun to make a post about what I got. That's all. :-)

Some of these gifts are from my parents, some from my Grandpa, some from other family members and some from friends. :-)

With that said, let's get into it!

The first things I got were two Cherry Ames Boxed Sets! Cherry Ames is a book series for girls from the 1940s, and I think they went into the 1960s (I'm not entirely sure, though). I was looking through the Vermont Country Store catalog and saw they were publishing them again, and I flipped out because I had been wanting to read them for awhile. So I was sooo excited when I got these! Thanks mom! 

Next I got this Lindsey Stirling vinyl record. When I was about 7 years old my mom got me a record player from the 1970s and a bunch of old story-book-type records for Christmas. I used them for a little while and then they got packed up in the closet...recently vinyl has come back in, so I got out my record player again when received this!
I also got an Owl City one, and I was supposed to get a Tenth Avenue North record, too, but Amazon made a mistake and sent a Walk The Moon record...? Um, so yeah, we have to get that sorted out. :P

This was a shared gift from my parents for Jo and I. We have a portable DVD player in our room and we love watching Little House on the Prairie together. We just finished up the fifth season and didn't have the rest, so we both got the last few seasons. We're already on Disc 3 of season seven. ALMANZO AND LAURA ARE SO CUTE IT'S JUST I CAN'T EVEN

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just about cried when I opened my Susan Narnia Tonner Doll!!! I love her SO MUCH! I am so grateful to my mom and dad! Thank you guys so much!!!!!!! <3
(Sorry about the exclamation points but how can I help it? :DDD)

I got all of these Agatha Christie books, they are all Miss Marple. I've already read one of them and  enjoyed it immensely! I'm super excited to read all of these. :D They are also all vintage, the oldest one is Murder With Mirrors which is from 1951 (it is in extremely good condition for being that old). 

Finally, I got an iPod Touch 6th Generation in Gold, as well as this adorable case (which is just me in a case, like seriously how perfect is this???) It's exactly like an iPhone except no phone feature and no payments, so it's great for me (I don't need a phone, I'm only twelve).

THANK YOU to my family, I love every single one of these gifts and I am so grateful! <3

My friends and I had a what will hopefully become annual Secret Santa, and the person who drew my name got me gel pens (which I needed), a little journal (not pictured) and the sticker pictured, which is symbolic of an inside joke we have about a lemon clover...(don't ask XD) Thank you, friend!

That's everything I got for Christmas! (Minus candy, of course. ;])

How do you celebrate Christmas (if you do celebrate it)? What are your favorite traditions? 

Thanks for reading, everyone!

~Lydia~ <3 
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