Monday, March 29, 2010


This week is the close of the nine weeks, and the week before Spring Break. What this means is tons of work. Quizzes and tests in all my classes. Finalizing grades and extra credit. Trying to scrape all of the points that I can. This is going to be a really long week. I am slammed.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mr. Independent

This morning I woke up to get ready for church, and Ryan was dressing himself for church. He always dresses himself, but putting on church clothes is way different than every-day clothes. He needed his pants, button-up shirt, tie, and belt. Very independent, and very determined.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ryan's Bird Feeder

Today in preschool Ryan made a bagel bird feeder. Peanut butter was used to attach the bird seeds to the bagel, and a string was added to hang it from a tree. As soon as I got home from school, I heard about his bird feeder and he wanted to hang it up right away! So cute.

I don't know about you, but if I was a bird, I would totally eat that whole thing in no time.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dad's Are Always Right

Well, almost always. One of the things my dad hates is flip flops. He constantly says that the only places flip-flops should be worn are the beach and the pool. Like most girls do, I love flip flops; therefore, my wishes conflict with Dad's. I wear flip-flops all throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Because the weather was extremely nice the last week or so, I wore flip-flops to school on Monday.

Everything was going great until I arrived at school. Then, my friend Amanda reminded me that we had a lab in chemistry that involved strong acids and bases, and that if we did not have proper lab attire, we could not participate for safety reasons. Crap. I was really worried. I kept thinking over and over and over that I should have just listened to my dad all along. If only I had worn my white, closed toed shoes. But, too late for that. So I had a bright idea...

At first, I thought about putting plastic bags over my feet, which students have done in the past. However, since we were using strong acids, they could easily burn through the bag. Then, I thought some more and realized all the years of doing random things for my brother would come to pay off. I went and asked him if he would be willing to switch shoes with me for chemistry, and then we would switch back after my lab. He thought it completely disgusting, but complied.

I wore my brothers huge, year old, sweaty Sperry's while he wore my 3 sizes too small, not wide enough, noise making flip flops. Thank you Gray. You are a life saver. Next time when I decide to disregard my dad's wishes, I better make sure to double check my schedule.


My mom first introduced me to blogs about three or four years ago, when I started my own. Now, I love reading other people's blogs. Here are some of my favorites I have found:

First, I found a blog called whatever... about a mother's daily life. Her name is Meg. Recently, she went on a mission trip to Africa. She seems like such a loving and humble person.

Second, Rachel's blog, Born & Raised in the Boondocks. Her roommate was in our ward at church, and so I just happened to click on her blog one time. Rachel seems like such a fun and cute girl and is very humorous! I love all of her pictures and stories!

Third, Danielle's, la la la. She is Rachel's older sister, and I also found her blog from a link. I also LOVE her blog. So cute and funny, and makes me super excited to go to college and enjoy life.

Fourth, Jess's blog The Macs. I think that this blog is more popular, but I still love it. About a year ago, the McClenahan's lost their baby girl, Cora, due to neuroblastoma (cancer) when she was only 11 months old. It was completely unexpected, and only a 17 day battle for life. Now, baby Levi has been brought into their world and family, and her blog continues to amaze me. She is filled with so much faith and courage, and still humbles herself in order to help many, many people.

There are tons of other great blogs that I read, and I should probably find some more "educational" and "constructive" blogs to read. Just listing some of my favorites.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nerf Guns

Virginia received a lot of snow this year. We had two major snow storms, and a few little ones. During the second week of having no school, Mom decided the little boys needed something to do other than play Wii and junk, and so she went to Walmart and bought little Nerf guns for $7. Mom didn't buy Gray or me any, and we just had to have one. We couldn't let those little boys shoot us and not have anything to retaliate with. So Gray and I headed to Target to search for the perfect Nerf Gun--and of course, it had to be bigger and better than all the others. After 25 minutes of pondering the Nerf Gun isle, we decided. $35 later, we each had a huge, powerful Nerf Gun.

Proud owners of N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire Cs-35

The package... 70 darts, bullet drum, scope, gun.
Assembling his gun.

Dad and Ryan are filled with envy.

Needless to say, victory was ours. Nobody could beat Gray and me with our new guns. Many Nerf Gun attacks were held over the next few days. Victory is sweet.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Electronics Junkie

Earlier this week I came home from school and found Ryan like this:

Naturally, I took a few pictures. I just thought he looked so cute. He had fallen asleep with Mom's I-touch watching UP. He is so smart, and can correctly operate almost any electrical device or game. I would be willing to bet that he is better than me at multiple video games. He knows a lot more than I do in that department. He independently sets up and plays computers, i-Pods, Wiis, Gamecubes, Nintendo DS--anything.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I do not enjoy English very much. Right now I am trying to write a research paper for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. My topic is about Twain's views on morality. I have to talk about society and Twain, and more society and more Twain. I am about half way done. This paper is due tomorrow.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Greek God Ares

Today I stayed home from school to do some last minute studying for the SAT, which I am taking for the first time tomorrow. I woke up around 8, and before I could start studying, my mom needed some help. Apparently, Tanner had asked her the night before if he could stay home on Friday because he had to dress up like a Greek God, Ares, and he didn't have his costume ready. My mom forgot, and so I had to help him make his costume this morning and he was late to school.

Here is our Greek God Ares:

He also had to write a report:

I am the great god Ares. My Roman name is Mars. I am the god of war. My symbols are the spear, vultures, and dogs.

My mom is Hera, my dad is Zeus, and my wife is Aphrodite. My dad is in charge of all the gods, and he is also the ruler of Mount Olympus, the sky, and thunder. My mom is the goddess of both women and marriage. My wife Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty.

My powers are decisive, determined, and fearless. A person who is decisive is able to make a clear distinction between options. Determined means to settle or decide. Fearless means you are not afraid of anything. My weaknesses are impulsive and bloodthirsty behaviors, and roaring for a fight regardless of the consequences. Impulsive and bloodthirsty is being thirsty for blood without thinking. Roaring for a fight regardless of the consequences means trying to get in a fight not caring what the consequences are. I am a great warrior.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Carl's Ice Cream

This week the weather was extremely beautiful and sunny, which was a great change from all of the bitter cold, snowy weather we were having. When we all came home from school, Mom decided it was a great day to go to Carl's. Carl's is a local soft serve ice cream shop, and the perfect place for a little treat! Thanks mom for the ice cream!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our Refridgerator

In my house, there are a few jobs that nobody likes to do. In a smaller household with less people, I imagine that they wouldn't be as bad or take nearly as long. However, with ten people in our house, jobs like mopping the floor, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, and cleaning bathrooms are horrible. Definitely in the top three grossest jobs is cleaning out the fridge.

The fridge after it was cleaned. Fortunately for you,
I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like before.

It shines like the top of the Chrysler Building!

Dirty food containers.

Hungry anyone? Mmm... looks delicious.