Thursday, December 27, 2012

What I got for Christmas

I got everything I ever wanted and more for Christmas!!

Hello Kitty stuff:

(also pjs, sweatpants, and fuzzy socks)
Indiana Jones Legos:

Caroline AG books


Santa brought me my two fave gifts.

and, Drumroll please...

A KINDLE FIRE HD, plus a pink kindle case!!!
(Sorry the pic turned out blurry!)
Then we went to my Grandmama and Grandaddy's house, where we got more wonderful presents! I got Taylor Swift T-shirts, cute clothes, a cupcake necklace, and so much more!

This Christmas was awesome! But, before I end this post, there's something you need to hear. Christmas isn't about presents, and twinkly lights. It's not a about cookies, or trees, or Santa. All those things are great and fun, but sometimes we can get so caught up in them we forget about the Reason for The Season-Jesus! 
There's a Taylor Swift song I love and part of the lyrics are:
What if ribbons and bows didn't mean a thing
Would the song still survive without five golden rings
Would you still wanna kiss without misletoe
What would happen if God never let it snow
What would happen if Christmas carols told a lie
Tell me what would you find

You'd see that today holds something special
Something holy, not superficial
So here's to the birthday boy who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
So here's something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

I hope you all had an awesome Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Charlotte's Web Cakes

Last week, Charlotte's Web ended, and for the final performance Mom made tons of pretty desserts to sell at the auction. Every year there's an auction to benefit the theater.
Piggy Cupcakes in Oreo crumbs "dirt"

Mississippi mud cake with pig figurines
Charlotte's webs

How to make the Webs:
  1. Melt  a package of white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.
  2. While hot, transfer to pastry bags. Find a web template (google "web")
  3. Place a sheet of wax paper over the template, and, using the pastry bag, trace over the webs.
  4. Let them cool and harden, then peel off and place on a cupcake!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Review

In the mid-1830's, the Aleuts come to the remote village of Ghals-at, on a tiny island far off the coast of California. There is a fierce battle, and many villagers die. Soon the Aleuts leave the island. The remaining villagers decide to leave as well, but a young girl, Karana is left behind. Alone on the island,she must now take on men's work, such as hunting, and making spears or canoes, in order to stay alive. She wants revenge on the wild dogs who killed her brother, and  kills a few of the dogs, but she changes her mind  when she finds the wounded leader of the pack. She tames him and names him Rontu.
After a while, Karana makes a good place for herself. She builds a strong home, surrounded by a fence made of whale bones and even furbishes a nearby cave with food in case the Aleuts ever come back, so she can hide from them. As she explores 'her' island, Karana discovers ancient artifacts left by people long ago. She also tames birds and otters; she is no longer lonely and is happy with her animal friends.
One summer, the Aleuts return, and she hides in the cave. She spies on them, and  sees that there is a girl, Tutok, with them, who cooks for them,often getting water from the pool near Karana's cave. Despite Karana's fears, she and Tutok meet and befriend each other. They give little gifts to each other and learn the other's language. When they leave,Karana realizes how lonely she has been without other people.
More time goes by, and Rontu dies. She finds his son, however and takes him in, naming him Rontu-Aru (Son of Rontu). One day, she sees the sails of a ship. It docks, but it then leaves after calling out something. She wonders if they were looking for her. A few years later, in the spring, the boat comes back, so she dresses up in her best skirt of cormorant feathers and goes to the shore to meet them.The sailors realize her attire will not be appropriate for the mainland, and they have a dress made for her. Although she does not like it, she cooperates, bringing Rontu-Aru with her to start her new life in civilization. The book is based on a true story, and while it seems like it might be sad, it isn't, for Karana is not often lonely, busy taming animals and building structures. While I was on google looking for a picture of the book, I discovered there is an Island of the Blue Dolphins movie! I'll have to ask Mom and Dad if we can get it. Have you ever read Island of the Blue Dolphins?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gaylord Texan

December 1, 2012
December 1, 1962

For my grandparent's 50th anniversary, we took them to the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, which is an amazing resort filled with replicas of important Texan places.

 It's like a city inside one enormous building! There's a Spanish Mission, the Hill country, the famous Riverwalk-all recreated indoors!! The Riverwalk area is my fave:

This is the only picture I did not take. I found it on Google.

Then we went to the cool (get it? :) OK, I'll stop with the corny puns) ICE exhibit! Expert carvers from the ice festivals in China come and work the ice into amazing shapes. 
It was 9 degrees and freezing fun! You go in, and they tell you "Don't touch or lick(!) the ice, here's your parka!" And they give you a voluminous, bulky, aqua-blue parka that dozens of people before you have worn. Then the line moves in front of you, and suddenly all thoughts of the voluminous, bulky, aqua-blue parka are gone, and it's like stepping off a spaceship into a strange, cold, noisy, mysteriously beautiful world! The theme this year was Merry Madagascar,and I was super happy because, well, I love watching those movies. It was like walking through the movie, because they played the the sound as you went through...

There was an ICE SLIDE! It was short but very enjoyable and fast!


Then we went back through the warm resort and dressed for dinner. We ate at a place called Bob's Steak and Chop House. (It was delicious)Next, we walked around the hotel enjoying the decorations and looking at all the interesting things to see. The next day, we ate breakfast,played card games, went for walks around the hotel, and had fun. Then we went to bed so we could get up and leave the  next day! I had a good time, and I hope Grandmama and Granddaddy did,too!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sarah McClendon

(Picture Source is Wikipedia, other picture sources are and

So a few days ago, my mom took us to a historical home for a tour. It is called McClendon house because it was the home of Sarah McClendon. She was born July 8, 1910 and died January 8, 2003 at the age of 92. She was a White House reporter who covered  politics for over 50 years. She started her own free-lance news service as before WWII, and was known as a model for women in the press and as a supporter of good wages and better care of  American military veterans. Sarah was best known for her questions at presidential press conferences, which were often slightly rude or blunt. She once shook her pen at the then President  Nixon and demanded "Why aren't you doing anything to help the veterans?"!!! She interviewed with presidents from Franklin Roosevelt all the way to Bill Clinton. After she left the house, her two spinister sisters lived there for many years they were recluses and let the home fall to ruin. After their death, a fire that would've ruined the home had it not been for it's good construction,made everyone realize what a great historic home was there. It was restored and you can tour it at this address:
806 W. Houston Street
 Tyler, TXP.S' Check out my friend Anners' amazing blog here. Be sure to comment and follow!

Review of Daily Life in a Covered Wagon

We've been doing a pioneer study, and this book, Daily Life in a Covered Wagon,has been very informative and fun! It follows a fictional pioneer family, the Larkins, on their 2,000 mile journey from Independence, Missouri, to Portland, Oregon in the 1850's. The Larkins have three kids- Rachel, Abe , and Rebecca. Their hired hand is also with them. What makes this book different from other books on the pioneers is that, as you read, it has real life pictures and inserts describing what certain words (such as "alkaline water" or "river ford") mean. Also, when the Larkins face a problem, the book explains how early settlers would've handled it, how the Larkins handled it, and how later settlers handled it. It's really quite fascinating!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Night Flying(a poem by yours truly:)

Source for picture: In my dreams,
I can fly.
I spread my arms
And touch the sky
I chat with the owls
and laugh with the moon.
I sparkle with the stars,
and I wake up all too soon.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2!

Well, hi again! Last year I did a post on what I was thankful for, and enjoyed it so much I'm going to do it again! This time my challenge is to find things other than what I did last year!
Everyone came to our house this year, and I had a lot of fun! My cousins' little cousins came with them this year, and they were soo cute! Their names are Charlie, Evan, and Corbin. Corbin is 1, Charlie is 6, and she's so cute. Evan is 8. Charlie and I played Groovy Girls, Barbies, American Girl dolls, hula hooped, Blongo Ball, and a bazillion other games. So, it was fun, but now I am exhausted :). I've never played that many games in my life! My Mom made(every thing was homemade)turkey, ham,wheat rolls,crescent rolls, cheesy olive cakes, turtle cheesecake,apple cake, relish trays, mac & cheese, and tons of other things! I made green bean casserole, yams, and grated mounds of cheese, and helped out in  the kitchen.

I'm thankful for:

1. The Bible!I enjoy reading it because I always see something new.

2. Family. This is my Mom and my cousin Corbin.

3.Music! I 'm glad I can listen to Taylor Swift anytime I want! I just finished reading a book, Hurt Go Happy, and it made me very thankful I can hear.

4.  My camera

5. I'm thankful my parents give their time to help 4-H, Teen Court, drive me to theater,and my candy striper program. I wouldn't be able to do anything if it wasn't for them! (BTW, I'm getting super excited about our upcoming performance.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! What are you thankful for? Let me know!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Counselor at YES camp

This weekend I was a counselor at YES camp, which is a camp 4-H holds every year for 8-12 (and some 13) year olds. I worked with five 8-10 year old girls from my county. The theme was "Wild About 4-H!" We had a camo costume contest, and one of the little girls, K, from my group won! Her costume was so cute! I was glad she won, because she's really sweet.
We then broke into our"color groups". One of the other girls - I'll call her R-from my group was with me in the green group. It was fun working with her. she really liked painting and told me all about how she wants to be an artist.We all made birdhouses as part of the activities, and R decided all the girls should paint my birdhouse for me. It was so sweet of them, and i turned out really cute! I enjoyed being a camp counselor for many reasons, one was that it allows me to be a good role model and a mentor to the girls, like helping them pray at meals and playing games with them. Have you ever been a camp counselor? Did you enjoy it?
 Oh, yes. Be sure to check out my other little brother, Andrew's new blog here!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thoughts of a goose:)

Well, I've learned almost all my lines and the scenery is coming along rather nicely for Charlotte's Web, and yesterday I got a sneak peek at my costume. It is ADORABLE!!!It is a bunch of lacey white skirts( like a hoop skirt), a long white shirt, and a little brown vest. Plus some ancient (but pretty!)glittery shoes from 
previous shows. I found these pictures on the internet to give you guys an idea of what  it looks like...





A goose!

Best ever Gingersnaps

2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2  tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup sugar

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine half the flour. Add the
brown sugar,shortening,molasses,egg,baking soda,ginger,cinnamon, and cloves. Beat with an electric mixer on high till thoroughly combined. shape dough into balls and roll into sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.Voila! You have 48 yummy gingersnaps!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

An interview with Christopher!

So, I'm interviewing my brother Christopher today! He has a blog, it's here.  Here's a picture of him:
He's a good cook, too!

Let's start the interview!
Maroon = Christopher

Fave color?
How long have you been blogging?
"It will be 2 years in Feb."
What do you want to be when you grow up?
"A large/small animal vet!"
Where do you want to go to college?
"A&M University, of course!"
What are your favorite animals?
"I like dogs and horses."
What are your favorite movies?
"Grand Champion, the Madagascar movies, and Raiders of the Lost Ark."
What is your favorite candy?
"Jelly belly jelly beans and sour candies."
 Who are your favorite authors?
"Hmm. Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley, Jean Craighead George, Will James, Ralph Moody, Robert Lawson, and Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the Mysterious Benedict Society series. You can find out about all these authors on my blog!"
 Favorite Indiana Jones character(s)?
"Indy and Short Round."
Favorite Mysterious Benedict Society character(s)?
"Reynie, and Sticky. Oh, and Milligan. And don't forget Mr. Benedict!"

Thanks, Christopher! Don't forget to check out his blog to find out more on all the above topics!!

Watching Raiders of the Lost Ark(and Indiana Jones quotes!:)

Well, I FINALLY got to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark, a.k.a ROTLA. Check out my other post on Indy here. BTW, I own none of these pics.

It was... bedazzling.Amazing. Astounding! Perfect. Spectacular. Stunning! Just like the book. Okay, I loved it. No, I loveloveloved it! Basically, the story is:
It's 1936. Hitler is rising to power- and he wants the Ark of the Covenant because he thinks it will make him powerful. After Indy returns home from his search for the Capochyan idol(love the boulder scene -see a clip here!),the American Government hires him,the famous archaeologist Dr. Jones, to find it before the Nazi's do- and to figure out what's going on. Can Indy triumph over the forces of evil? He heads to his old friend Abner Ravenwood, a collector of Ark-related artifacts, to find out. He tracks Abner down to a remote bar in Nepal, only to find Abner's dead, and his feisty, beautiful daughter Marion (who happens to be Indy's ex-girlfriend from when he was younger.) is stuck running the bar. She won't help Indy, and so he leaves. The Nazis arrive, start a fight, and nearly kill Marion but Indy heard the noise, returned, and saved her. You go, Indy!  There's a big fight between Nazis/Indiana/Sherpas/Mongolians, but Indy and Marion win. Of course! :)Marion says she'll help Indy,so, they head to Egypt to meet his friend Sallah. They find the Nazis digging  for the Ark, but realize they're digging in the wrong place. *Spoiler Alert* Marion is kidnapped by the Nazi's main man, Belloq. Indy thinks she's dead, but.. she's not! Indy finds the ark, only to have Belloq steal it from him and then Belloq locks Indy and Marion in the Well of Souls, were the Ark was. They escape from a snake filled chamber. After a bloody fight scene,(We fast forwarded a little of this scene), Indy sends Marion and Sallah off to get transportation to America and announces he's off to find the Ark. There is a spectacular fight between Indy and a bunch of Nazi vehicles! It was soo good! They eventually recover the Ark, and Indy and Marion get on a boat with it to head back to America. There is a long kissing scene we also fast forwarded. Suddenly, the Nazis take over the ship. Indy manages to escape but they take Marion. Indy rides atop their submarine to their secret island, where, after a failed attempt form Indy to stop, them, they open the Ark. Definitely fast forward this scene! The wrath of God destroys the Nazis rather graphically. Indy and Marion get the Ark and head home. Now  just have to see Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!!!
All in all, I give it 5 stars, although there were a few(4) bad words and the three objectionable scenes I mentioned.  Other than that, I really enjoyed the movie! Thanks SOOO much to Dad for letting me and Christopher watch it!
Christopher's Notes:
"I liked the part where Marion hit the man with the frying pan and dragged him away. I also liked how when the airfield blew up, Belloq said "Jones!" My other favorite part was when  the guy was being all scary with the sword and Indy calmly shot him.:)
Thanks, Christopher!
Now I leave you with this:

Belloq: How odd that it should end this way for us after so many stimulating encounters. I almost regret it. Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level? 
Indiana: Try the local sewer. 

Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago. 
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage. 


Indiana: You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do. 
Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move? 
Indiana: Give me your torch. 
[Indy takes the torch and drops it in
Indiana: Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes? 
Sallah: Asps... very dangerous. You go first. 
Indiana: The Ark of the Covenant, the chest that the Hebrews used to carry around the Ten Commandments. 
Major Eaton: What, you mean THE Ten Commandments? 
Indiana: Yes, the actual Ten Commandments, the original stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mt. Horeb and smashed, if you believe in that sort of thing... 
[the officers stare at him blankly
Indiana: Didn't any of you guys ever go to Sunday school? 

Indiana: Do we need the monkey? 
Marion: I'm surprised at you. Talking that way about our baby. He's got your looks, too. 
Indiana: And your brains.

Indiana:There's a big snake in the plane, Jock!
Jock: Oh, that's just my pet
Indiana: I hate snakes, Jock! I hate 'em! 
Jock: Come on! Show a little backbone, will ya?

Which one of these quotes is your fave? Comment and let me know!  Bye for now! Thanks for reading!