say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight like this city is on fire tonight; this could really be a good life – a good, good life

vacation with the extended family and friends was fabulous. i’m really starting to dread the coming week – school starting again and all that. visiting with family in alabama was great. we celebrated Christmas three times exactly – one at home, second with daddy’s family, and third with mama’s.

and then for new year’s eve, i got to spend it with my best friend and her family! WOOT! fun times. ^_^ it was by far one of the best new year i’ve ever had. ^_^ music was loud and we all dance and sang. maribeth and i stayed up until 2:30 the first night, 4:30 the second night, and then finally pulled the anticipated all-nighter on the last night there.  needless to say, i slept for an awful long time in the car on the way back home! >_<

title from: the good life by onereupublic 
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it’s Christmas, and we are in love with the way that soft snowflakes kiss us from far above the blustery breeze

first off, i apologize. i could have updated my blog in the past month and a half, but instead, i have danced, listened to music, and watched tv in my free time. ::blushes:: not on cable, anyhow, but on the internet, which causes a real problem, you know – it’s not like on the internet you have to wait until next week for the next episode because all the episodes are there for instant streaming.  i thought my tv watching would be curbed when my dad told me to stop using hulu because it took up all the internet in the house… so i found the tv show on youtube. :} teehee…

Christmas vacation is finally upon us! hooray! although, it would be awkward if it wasn’t, considering, it is Christmas day. :P  it was strange, being the Christmas season is here and all, and i haven’t gone to a single party.  y’all may remember, last year, we were in a constant mess of parties. every night for two whole weeks it seemed we were partying.  so no parties this year (since we moved to a small town in mississippi), but we’ve been excessively busy still.

by finals week, i was staying up until 3:00 and 4:30.  i was thoroughly exhausted and thought that yippee! i can catch up on my sleep at home! but nooo, instead, i was staying up until 1:30 and 3:00 every night and sleeping in until noon every day.  needless to say, my whole sleeping schedule has been pretty messed up.  not that i’m complaining, it’s been fun.  i might start complaining when school starts up, though. :P

so, last night we had a delicious meal at a friend’s house, and the Christmas spirit was really kicking in.  we got home, and drank eggnog while my daddy read the Christmas story from the Bible.  after that, we each opened one present from under the tree. i scurried off to bed at 11:30 (because it really messes up the magic of things if you go to bed after 12:00… i mean, santa comes then, right?).  but unfortunately, the normal excitement for Christmas – you know, the kind of excitement that keeps middle-schoolers up – kept me up for a while.  ‘oh what the heck,’ i sighed – and commenced to opening my laptop in order to watch ‘barbie and the nutcracker’ on youtube.  unfortunately, internet takes forever to load in my bedroom so instead i watched the end dance scene – you know, the part when everything seems like it’s going to end happily ever after when the prince and the sugar plum princess are dancing in the castle courtyard.  successfully made drowsy, i shut my computer and went to sleep.

this morning, i was pounced on by my older brother.  i dragged my feet out of bed, put on my fuzzy slippers and went into the living room.  our stockings are hidden and we have to find them every Christmas – i had a ‘little helper’ who showed me where mine was.  needless to say, i was truly grateful, seeing as my eyes didn’t seem to want to open.

the loot i got from my family! ^_^ unfortunately, wordpress is going too unbearably slow in order for me to upload anything else, so this is all for today folks. :)

i hope you all have a very happy and blessed Christmas! <3

title from: the Christmas song by owl city

if you were falling, then i would catch you; you need a light, i’d find a match; ’cause i love the way you say good morning, and you take me the way i am.

well ladies and gents, i am back only momentarily.  we’ve been in mississippi for about two weeks now. there’s not too much to update on except for the fact that our road trip was fabulous and that we’ve been unpacking ever since we arrived here. :P

yesterday was my eighteenth birthday and my family took me out to a chinese buffet in order to celebrate. i really look forward to wednesday, because we intend to celebrate my birthday again with some friends who will be in town from colorado! we’re going to go out for some ‘concretes’ (a sort of ice cream and custard so thick, that if you totally tip over the cup, it stays in!) at a place called bop’s. i’m so excited. :}

well, college starts in two weeks! i’m excited and just a little nervous. :) every now and then i get a little anxious, but it’s no biggy to me considering i already have friends who go there. it’ll be easier for the transition. we’ve been shopping for last minute stuff for the dorm and all that jazz. even though there’s been all the stress, God remains good and i know everything will turn out swimmingly.

well, unfortunately i haven’t had time to upload any pictures, so y’all will just have to be patient on that note. ;) my time on the computer is up and i have to continue unpacking the house. ’till next time, peoples. :)

title from: the way i am by ingrid michaelson

all that i’m after is a life full of laughter – as long as i’m laughing with you; i’m thinkin’ that all that still matters is love ever after, after the life we’ve been through ’cause i know there’s no life after you.

this will be the last time that i post on my blog in a long time. i’ll go one step at a time. :P

the retirement ceremony! i promised that i wouldn’t cry, and guess what?! i cried. :P it was very lovely. daddy unfortunately wasn’t able to have a whole, decked-out navy ceremony because his flag bearers and side boys backed out at the last minute. but despite that, it still turned out perfectly. daddy even said that he was glad that it didn’t work out, or else it would have been focused more on the navy and not the gospel message or his family.  it was beautiful. :)

:)

we’ve been to several parties and have said goodbye to a lot of people as well. it’s been rough, but i know i’ll see them all again. i’ve actually been guaranteed a job already as a live-in nanny for the sarah and andrew – the kiddos i nannied last year! i’m excited to see them and everybody else again. :)

we’ve said other goodbyes as well…

sunday was john’s birthday party. we all went to the park to play games in order to celebrate his fourteenth birthday. but because a lightning storm unleashed not twenty minutes into the game. :P some sweet friends offered to host it at their house so we had an indoor party. it was still very fun, but there were a lot of weepy goodbyes at the end.

we had dinner with more friends last night and we’ll have dinner with more friends tonight and some the next night – our last night. unfortunately, i haven’t had the chance to upload more pictures. on thursday we leave colorado to visit people on our cross country trip to mississippi. so, on that note, i’m not sure when y’all will hear from me next, though i hope it’ll be soon.

well, it may sound like i’m a little down in the dumps here. but God is faithful so i’m confident that everything will turn out for our good. and, it’s not like i’m not coming back next summer. ;)

so, time for some happy tunage! :D  whenever i feel a little down, i listen or dance to it, or sometimes both. ;) when i hear it in my head, i can’t help but dance too! (i don’t doubt that it offers another excuse for people to look at me funny :P) but it all makes me so happy. :}

title from: life after you by daughtry

ps, i still can’t believe that the final harry potter comes into theaters the day after we move! i know that it’ll *have* to happen, but i want to see that movie so bad! what can i say? it’ll be epic. :) aaand, i’ll wear my ‘i <3 fred’ shirt in support of the poor dood. :)

give a little heart and soul, let your body lose control – give a little-oh-oh-oh! give a little!

as it slowly/quickly (it depends how i’m doing sometimes) draws closer to our move, the more people i’ve been saying goodbye to.  last minute sleepovers, multiple parties, just small outings to the bookstore, mall, or coffee shop… just a few things that have been happening a lot lately.  i’ve been sad, but i’m trying to be happy with all the fun times i’m having and the thought that i have so much to look forward to on our road trip as well as when i get to my destination.  it’s the next chapter in my life, an exciting adventure that awaits… although i should let y’all know that i’ve never been too keen on adventures (i like things for them to stay the way they are). but things change – part of life i suppose. :P

i had to say goodbye to my dear friend ellie-bell after our first and last sleepover.

me and timmy :)

i had to say goodbye to timmy early because he was going on a missions trip and wouldn’t be back before i left.

katy, katie, and katie ;)

i went out shopping with my katies from church. the katie on the far right left for college yesterday.

we went to a goodbye party that was held for us by a few friends. we know and love a lot a sweet people. :)

wansa, me, and baitsy ;)

laura and i :)

ooooh, and trey and i went to the cheesecake factory with my friends emily and trevor. we had a swell time. :)

me, trey, trevor, emmy :}

yummmmm.... ;)

my yummy godiva chocolate cheesecake which happened to be divine

oh yeah. which brings me to say the reason i got the godiva chocolate one besides the fact it was beautiful and tasted beautiful. ;) it happened to be the only gluten free cheesecake on the menu (haha, i had a lot to complain about there… i’m being sarcastic, obviously ;). yes, i’m officially gluten free. apparently, being gluten free is a ginormous way to be uber healthy, and because it would be beneficial to my health, mama said i should try it out. so, lunch the other day consisted of…

ta-da! :)

vanilla light soy milk and gluten free crackers that taste like a mix of nuts! :D

so yes. that is how life has been here in colorado. saying goodbye, cheesecake, and lack of gluten. oh! and dead flowers too.

my momsy has informed me that she threw away mine and her’s pretty carnations that we got from some friends after the last performance of music man. needless to say, i was a little upset, but they would have had to be thrown away anyhow before the move next week.

the move! next week! oh dear… now off to happier things…

july fourth independence day was lovely, especially the evening. i sat on our little porch that was surrounded by little twinkle lights, ate gluten free cookies, and listened to happy music (namely hanson singing ‘give a little’), while i watched the fireworks. it was a fantastic display. :)

and then yesterday, on my parents’ anniversary, (APPLAUSE! :D i just love you guys!!! <3), my daddy’s parents who are in town for his retirement ceremony this friday, took me and the little boys out to boulder to see my aunt sarah-grace. then from there, we went to this adorsable little town in the mountains called nederland. the ride there was incredible – the drive through the mountains was so majestic! i couldn’t get over the fact that my God is such the amazing  and ultimate Artist! and nederland, the town, was the sweetest, most romantic little place i’ve ever seen in the mountains. :}

once we reached nederland, we went to the cutest little carousel, called ‘the carousel of happiness’. all of the animals were carved by one man over twenty-six years as a way for him to handle his grief over the loss of a few close friends or relatives.

and then the rest of the pretty little town… :)

and then we went to a little area called eldora where some of the sweetest little log cabins resided. :)

*phew* so now y’all know what’s been up in my busy life. o.0  it’s crazy. slightly hectic, and slightly enjoyable. WOW. i’m so impressed with my long post. :P

title from: give a little by hanson

ps, i’ll try to post one more time before we move next week… you know, about daddy’s retirement ceremony and shtuff. :)

celebrate good times, c’mon! (pt.2)

more pictures from the graduation! :)

the charge...

singing...

*applause!* :D

william and timmy :)

title from: celebration by kool and the gang

celebrate good times, c’mon!

ladies, kindly remove your hats… ‘from the curly head’ proudly presents… your

class of 2011!

william, rachel, and me! :)

i graduated this last friday with my dear friends, william and rachel! :) and my daddy’s parents came for it! :) lemme just say that everything went wonderful! it was all totally worth it!  my sweet friend chelsea gave me an early present of a pack of tissues that had the letter ‘k’ on it because she knew that i’d need it during the actual ceremony.  and i did. but unfortunately, it was misplaced by one of my siblings during the ceremony and mama had to pass a pack to me in the middle of it. :D the heel of one of my high-heel shoes snapped forward, but i pulled it backward a bit and prayed that it would last through at least the ceremony. :D  the slideshows came out beautifully and the charges given by the parents were wise and tear-jerking (for me, anyhow :P).  i don’t have that many pictures with me, so please bear with me as i wait for more to come in. :)  my dress turned out perfectly (unfortunately, i can’t prove it to y’all, because i don’t have any full-length shots yet :P). my song had allot more vibrato than i intended (i was nervous!) but besides that, i think it turned out rather well.  the other music and speeches were superb and the whole ceremony in general was wonderful! :} i really did not deserve all of this.  i’ve been blessed tremendously! :)

i was going through all of my cards and little notes (ha! some of them were not really considered ‘little’) in my scrapbook when i got home that evening and i began to tear up a bit.  God keeps reminding me of His eternal and everlasting faithfulness toward me.  i just feel so blessed… i have so much.  God has given me such wonderful, beautiful, trusting, caring, genuine, loving, amazing parents, siblings, and friends. all over the place. goodness, i feel so much love!

the party!

daddy, wimmy, and papa :)

during the party...

dancing! :)

hopefully more will come in time for the next post. :)

title from: celebration by kool and the gang

all the other kids in the pumped up kicks you better run, better run faster than my bullet

buh-dee-ya, buh-dee-ya, buh-dee-ya…

life has been hectic. increasingly busy. insanely busy. so. without further ado, i must inform you that there won’t be any posts until after this friday.  momsy and i have been running all over the place getting last minute, trying to deal with the air force base’s ridiculous requirements so we can have guests at our graduation, and we’ve just been pulling our hairs out in general. it’s crazy. and we’re all tired. which doesn’t help. we would appreciate prayers though. :)

a plus: i’m done with school for the semester. hooray!

another plus: we have allot of friends to help us organize and set up stuff we’ve been stressed about.

a big plus: we got God and He’s faithful to stick with us. ‘…all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.’ (romans 8:28).

and i know that i’ve promised and have planned to post pictures of music man rehearsals, but i’ve just been so busy. so here are only a few:

:)

:D

i’m still working on my bell kicks though. can’t you tell? ;)

title from: pumped up kicks by foster the people

and you’re the prettiest lady in the whole wide world… and i love you for giving me your eyes, staying back and watching me shine, and i didn’t know if you knew so i’m taking this chance to say that i had the best day with you today

this is my belated tribute to my mama for mother’s day. :)

thank you for giving me the discipline and the structure i need.

thank you for homeschooling me my whole life, even when things got rough.

thank you for making time for hugs everyday.  and thank you for letting me hug you allot more often then you wish sometimes. :D

thank you for playing our night-time race (see you in the morning, bright and early! ;)

thank you for taking up so much with this whole graduation thing for me. you got guts.

thank you for staying strong when everything just seems so hectic and stressful.

thank you for taking the time to run around for all the doctor appointments, rehearsals, and practices that we have everyday.

thank you for loving me unconditionally.

thank you for instructing me in the Word of God.

thank you for being one of my best friends.

thank you for being my mama and momsy. :)

i love you this much: *stretches arms far from each other* and a whole lot more.  i just don’t have arms that long. <3

and thank you, God, for placing me in this family and giving me the best mama ever.

title from: the best day by taylor swift

let’s waste time chasing cars around our heads

friends

 friends

these pictures are from mine and trey’s Christmas party, and our new year’s shin-dig.  i was going through the pictures and i was like, ‘hey! i never showed the blog world!’  good times with good peeps.  i love them all so much. God has greatly blessed me.  :)

unfortunately, i don’t have much to update on.  see, i have my book that i need to finish writing in less than three weeks… ::falls out of chair and then recovers herself:: yes. things have been hectic.  forgive me, peoples.  forgive me and pray for me.  i need all the help i can get.  i have to go and work. :P

title from: chasing cars sung by snow patrol

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