Monday, July 29

Summer Memories #2

Even though May doesn't technically count as summer, it totally still does. Because I want it to. :D
 Geoffrey graduated in May, so this fall he'll be moving on to bigger, better, more college-like things. Fortunately he's planning to stay here in Pensacola, and even more fortunately, he's staying in the dorms on campus, so I get the bathroom all to myself now.
We also went to Fort Myers, FL for a piano competition, and I spent the whole time vegging out and listening to jazz. And also I played the piano a little, but mostly I just ate tacos and hated my life.
 This piano was just one of the coolest things I have ever done....maybe. At least it was definitely fun, and I'm excited to see it out and around town. In case you hadn't picked up on that yet.
 I went to Songs in the Park every week except the one week when I was in North Carolina and the other week when I was at a baseball game and the two weeks when I was at camp. So I guess I haven't really gone all that much...but I'm back at it now with a vengeance! If it's possible to attend an outdoor concert with a vengeance...
 Audrey went to band camp and became the proud owner of a recorder. *wince* Those band directors are laughing maniacally right about now. *FWEE FWEE FWEE FWEE FWONK* has been the soundtrack around here lately.
I've been busy working with the other SGA officers to plan this upcoming year of SGA. We have a very good board this year and I'm thankful for everyone's willingness to work. With lots of prayer, sweat, and tears (and - if I get my way and we can play killball - possibly blood) I think we will have an excellent year.
Okay! So I made it through the summer up through camp already! I'm doing good! Aren't you proud of me? Memories post - special camp edition coming up next!

Friday, July 26

Summer Memories #1

Okay guys, I'm back.
(wait for applause to die down)
I've done a lot of cool things this summer, and I know that though you have heard bits and snippets of everything, I haven't gone into detail about anything. Now there's been so many fun things happening that even though I'm going to do this in a series, I won't be able to tell you everything, but I'm going to share some of my favorite summer memories with you guys, with accompanying photos of course. 
 I'm going to start with my family reunion, even though it wasn't technically the first fun thing that happened this summer, simply because it's going to be one of the two biggest sections. Okay, so these guys right here are some of my favorite people in the world. Not to mention that they are amazing ultimate players. God really blessed me with a wonderful family and I am so thankful that we get those few days together every year.
 Every year on our first night together, we order out for pizza. It is yummy, it is fun, it is nuts. I like it.
 An interesting tidbit about my cousins - some of them are somewhat obsessed with fire. And don't get me wrong, I love my crazy pyromaniacs, but...not always in the forest...but having a bonfire or two has become tradition, and we all love to sit around the fire and say random things/sing random songs/strike random poses.
 Oh, picture day. Um. I absolutely ADORE picture day. We all do.
 I will never forget the hike I went on with these adorable girls (and Dad). Nor will I forget trying to walk up a steep gravel hill carrying Bethany piggyback. It was not fun, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?
 Ooooh, we had good times on the rocking porch. Yes sirree. Taking selfies to our heart's content, discussing deep matters of life and the heart, exchanging pickup lines....those are the things that really matter in life.
 We had a good time on the pier. The boys made a brilliant scientific discovery: if you spit in the water, the fish will come and eat it. That kept them occupied for a good twenty-five minutes. I enjoyed relaxing on the rocks across the shore, and flopping across the drainage system while everyone else vaulted graceful as gazelles, and trying to get smiles out of my cousins.
 Ah, and how could I forget the fish. We had a mini biology lab - twice. It was awesome.
 Dis es most of de gang.
This is the time that PJ, Jacob, and I wandered around the side of the lake, almost got run over, failed planking, sang songs, and were late for dinner. This was also awesome.
So yeah! There's some of my memories from our family reunion in Banner Elk! I suppose there's another post to come about some more stuff. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know if there's anything you specifically want to hear about!

Saturday, July 20

Monday, July 8

I will never forget you guys....but I do have to say goodbye and go away for a time! I love you all and will miss you! <3

Friday, July 5

Tuesday, July 2

The Duck Tape Queen

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you know who this chica is....
Just in case you don't, that is my sister. If you couldn't tell. ;))
And because she is AMAZINGLY talented with her duct tape stuff, she now has a blog so you too can learn how to make cool things with duct tape.
She is the Duck Tape Queen. (I kind of alternate between "duct" and "duck" so just bear with me.)
Go follow her. She will be ecstatic.

On cheeseballs

I am 15 years old.
Or 184 months old.
Or 803 weeks old.
Or 5,625 days old.
Or 135,010 hours old.
Or 8,100,650 minutes old.
Or 486,039,027 seconds old.

That's not really a long time when you think about it. But it is fifteen years longer than zero. ;)

And so, I have learned a thing or two in my lifetime. Now, I don't claim to be wise as King Solomon or brilliant as Albert Einstein, and I doubt I ever will be. However, I am friends with this girl who happens to know everything. And she teaches me new things almost every day. And we both figured something out recently.
And that thing is that people can be cheeseballs sometimes.
But that's okay.
No matter what you do, there will always be someone judging you. But they don't really matter. 
What's important is that you realize these six things.

1. God loves you.
2. You love God.
3. God is a part of you.
4. So you should love you. (Cuz you are pretty stinking awesome, you know.)
5. You should love other people. (Even the icky cheeseballs)
6. With all that love exuding from you, people won't be able to help but love you too.

Therefore, you win. (And I suppose you could eat the cheeseballs for dinner if you want...even though they're icky...)