Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blogger Awards!

Hello, all!

We have been nominated for so many blogger awards, and so I'm just going to combine them into one post.

First off, the Sunshine Award nominated to us by Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination.

- Thank the person who nominated you. (Thank you, Ana)
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate a few other bloggers.
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
- Notify the bloggers on their blog.
- Put the award button on your blog.

Anna's answers will be in green, and Katie's will be in blue.

What is your dream job, and why?
      - I want to be a photographer.  I love taking pictures of nature and it would give me a chance to go to different countries.
      - A writer? I'm not entirely sure if that is made for me, however, because I like to be social and work with kids. I have a lot of jobs that I think would fit me well.
Name five of your favorite blogs.
      - To tell you the truth, I don't follow any blogs, it's all Katie.
      - Red Lettering
        Of Battles, Dragons and swords of Adamant 
        Go Teen Writers 
        Jaye L. Knight 
        Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

Why did you start blogging?
      - I was planning on creating a blog for school and then Katie told me she wanted to do one and that's when Cousins in Christ was created.
      - I had already been contemplating about starting a blog, but when Anna told me about her school project... She suggested at doing it together and I jumped at the chance :)
What is the word count of the longest piece you’ve ever written?
      - Around 20,000, and that's my word count right now.
      - 73,809 - The finishing word count of Faith.
What is your favorite genre to read?
      - Either Christian fantasy or just fantasy.
      - Fantasy, preferably Christian.
If you are going to college, what’s your dream college? If you’re already in college or have already graduated, what college do you go to?
      - I don't have a dream college yet.
      - I. Have. No. Idea.
What is your favorite Disney animated movie? Please don’t tell me you’ve never watched a Disney movie.
      - I like Atlantis, but frozen is my new favorite :)
      - It is a close tie with Frozen and Tangled... But I think in the end, Tangled is ultimately my favorite.
What is your favorite classic book?
      - Anne of Green Gables.
      - I don't have a specific favorite of right now (Unless LOTR counts, which I highly doubt) but when I was younger I loved the book Pollyanna.
What was your favorite book as a child?
      - Either Butterwings or Goodnight Moon.
      - I'm answering this question as a very young child, probably the age of 2. I loved the book, Ten Little Ladybugs.
What are your other hobbies besides reading, writing and blogging?
      - I like to draw or dance, and listen to music.
      - I love babysitting, drawing, playing the piano, and going to youth group, if that counts.


And then, we have been nominated for this same award again by Raleigh @ Accelerate the Jesus Movement. The same rules apply, so I won't list them again. Here are the questions Raleigh came up with:
What is your favorite song and why?
      -Raise the Banner by Audio Adrenaline, the only thing I picture while listening to it is a battle from LOTR or something.
      - I also really like that song :) Otherwise, I've grown attached to the song, Oceans, by Hillsong. It reminds me of how vast God is(like an ocean) and that he can save us when we are sinking.
How old were you when you first valued reading as a treasure?
      - I'm the kind of person that has a hard time finding books I love... So, I have no idea about the question.
      - As soon as I was able to read :) Instead of having other privileges taken away when I was naughty, my mom would occasional take my reading time at night. That was more valued than any snack or stuffed animal.
Do you think that you could be a good teacher? Or are you?
      - I think I'd be a terrible teacher.  Except for the fact that I taught Katie how to braid and now she's practically a master.
      - It depends on who I am teaching. If it is one on one, or even two-three on one, I think I would be able to teach fairly successfully. But, if I had a whole classroom full of kids, I don't think I could handle the chaos that goes on.
Would you rather eat on a paper plate or a glass plate?
      - Hmm, that's a good question. It kind of depends, what kind of food am I eating? I'm going to answer glass. 
      - For me, it depends on if I have to wash the dishes afterwards. If I did, then I would go the easy route and choose paper plate. There isn't much of a difference for me.
Can you write on the spot or must you have lots and lots of time before anything comes to mind? If you answered that you can write on the spot, would you write a small scene that involves a watermelon?
      - I need time to write, though I do like word wars.  I love taking my time.
      - I can usually write on the spot, but I like having a slight idea of what I'm going to do. A scene with a watermelon? Okay...

  The cook's high-pitched shriek drew everyone out of their mundane activities. Everyone in the kitchen turned to her, stopping their mixing, kneading, and baking.
  "The watermelon!" The cook held a hand to her flushed face, shaking her head slowly, "It is gone."
   Gasps of horror spread throughout the kitchen. What would the King say? It was a tradition to have his watermelon on the third day of every second week of the month.
   "Don't stand there with your mouths gaping wide!" The cook waved her spatula at the frozen servants, "Do something, go find that watermelon!"

That was very random ;)
Which would you rather read, a modern-day comedy or historical tragedy?
      - Historical tragedy. 
      - Uff. Probably a historical tragedy, but it would have to be interesting.
Do you use writing prompts often, or do you prefer to stare at a piece of paper until a story comes?
      - I don't normally use prompts... I'm usually on Pinterest looking at inspiration.
      - In the past, I never used them, but lately I have been doing them a lot. Sometimes I do it with friends, which is hard, but also fun to encourage another through a writing activity.
Favorite cartoon growing up (or currently)?
      - Looney tunes or Tom and Jerry, Spongebob was another one that would be on the top of my list.
      - I don't think I ever watched cartoons, unless you would count Veggie Tales. For a different cartoon, (In the book form) I loved Calvin and Hobbes and still do :)
Do you read in the pool? Or are you to scared that you will drop your book and forever ruin it (like yours truly)?
      - I have never read in a pool, and if I were to bring a book to one I'd be reading it in a chair.
      - I have never read in the pool either. If I'm in a pool, I might as well swim in it.

Now we've gotten nominated by Katheline Hansen @ Fantasies of a Pocket Human for the Sunshine award again! Only, it appears that this one is different than the one above... *shrugs* Oh well.
For this one, you list five facts about yourself, answer five questions, and make up your own questions.
1. - I have never been out of the US.
    - If I am comfortable with you, I can ramble on for a long time. I often bore myself with my useless conversation.
2. - I don't like big roller coasters.
    - As much as I despise waking up early, I can get out of bed pretty easily. Granted, that does not mean I'll be wide-awake for the rest of the day, but, hey! At least I got out of bed; that's a start.
3. - I can notice small things easily (As I'm writing this I can see a spider above me).
    - I like to chew gum, and am chewing some at this moment :)
4. - I'm horrible at keeping track of time.
    - Unlike Anna, I love big roller coasters. It is such a thrill to feel the wind rush in your face as you fly down a huge drop.
5. - I love to travel because of my parents :)
    - I love archery, but I am horrible at it. If I hit the target, that is pure luck, not skill.  (For example, she's hit my target accidentally while standing next to me -Anna)

Katheline's Questions:
Beach or mountains?
      - Beach.
      - Beach, definitely beach.
What's your favorite book? (Yes I'm evil like that. XD)
      - Resistance by Jaye L. Knight :)
      - Resistance by Jaye L. Knight. This isn't an evil question for me, for the book is so good that nothing else can compare.
Which book character do you think you're most like?
      - I don't really know, I don't read that many books so I can't really think of one.
      - That is hard. I got help from my mom with this one, and she answered it with this character: Vicky from Meet the Austins.
What animal do you think you're most like?
      - A panda.  Don't ask, I eat a lot more than I should.
      - If Anna is a Panda... Then I'm a shrew. (picture to the left) Apparently they eat 80-90% of their body weight each day. They are actually very cute animals despite eating like a pig :)
What places would you most want to visit, or would you want to travel at all?
      - I'd like to go either California, Hawaii, or somewhere out of the country.
      - I would like to go to a place with clear blue water, wherever that might be.

That comes to the end of our blog awards. Thank you to everyone who nominated us, it means a lot to have so many people reading our blog and (hopefully) enjoying it ;)

We aren't going to tag anyone for the awards, but if you would like to do one of them, go ahead! Here are some questions for you to answer:

- Favorite toy as a child?
- Would you rather be a mermaid or an elf?
- What is your favorite Disney movie?
- If you are going to go around the block, what mode of transportation would you like to take? (Bike, walk, drive, skateboard, rollerblade, etc...)
- What is an achievement you are proud of?
- Last sentence you wrote?
- Favorite author?
- What is your favorite day of the week and why?
- Do you have a collection of something? If so, what?
- Why did you start your blog?
- Katie and Anna


  1. Thanks so much for answering my questions!

    Katie, you could be a writer part time and do another job full time. I myself plan on being an author part time and an engineer full time.

    Anna and Katie, I don't read much fantasy, but I agree that if I do read fantasy it has to be Christian (unless it's a classic like LOTR or The Hobbit). My parents severely restrict my fantasy reading due to magic or sorcery that is often in fantasy books. That's why I've never read the Harry Potter series. Do your parents have similar restrictions?

    Anna, Anne of Green Gables is a great classic. Katie, yes LOTR definitely counts. I love both LOTR and The Hobbit.

    Once again, thanks for answering my questions!

    1. No problem, I (we) had a marvelous time answering all the questions, yours included!

      I like that idea. Writing will most likely become a side-hobby for me, but I don't plan on ever giving it up.

      They obviously don't want me reading anything inappropriate. I only read books I have heard from friends, or have looked into to make sure that it is appropriate. I haven't read anything bad yet, and want to keep it that way. Our family is just careful on what we pick up to read.

      Okay :) Then LOTR it is!

      No problem. Thanks for commenting!
      - Katie


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