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!