After a summer containing many e-mails and Skype calls. . .
. . . one amazing big sister got back from Europe last Saturday.
And turned twenty the next day!
Happy birthday, Becca! I love you!!
. . . because I seriously need to!
To begin with, my big sister is in Sicily! And she’s going to be there all summer! I seriously don’t know how I’m going to survive, but I guess I’ve gotten this far (exactly one week, to be precise), and she responds to my e-mails, because she’s awesomeness.
(Prepare for this post to be a lot of scattered randomness!)
Calling all you sweet Omaha people, I’m doing a fundraiser for our adoption! You can read about it on the family blog here! I’m selling made-from-scratch, chocolate chip scones. I’ve gotten rave reviews on them at every party and gathering I’ve made them for.
We’ve been listening to this song a lot lately:
“Raise your thoughts a little higher,
Use your words to inspire,
Joy will fall like rain,
When you speak life with the things you say”
Little Brother loves it. 🙂 We’ve been saying “speak life” instead of “speak nicely” or something like that, and it works well. Oh the magic of making something a song!
Plus, I had the best ever Middle Earth geek moment a few weeks ago, and I had to tell you all about it: I walked down to a playground in our neighborhood recently–because I have a “thing” with playgrounds–and wandered around and climbed on top of monkey-bars and walked on fence-rails. What big kids do at parks. It had rained the day before so there were some lovely puddles to splash in. I was just paddling around when I looked down and there, half-buried in the sand, at the bottom of a puddle, gleaming in the sunshine, was a ring. A ring. I just stared. Then poked it with my Aragorn boot. Then picked it up. It was silver–a little disappointing, but still cool. Though slightly creepy. I put it in my pocket and brought it home with me. 🙂
Happy Wednesday, folks! What have you been up to?
One sweet big sister got back from China late Sunday night!
Welcome home, Becca!
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Mama and Ellen guessed it right, and Ellen got the chapter.
I realized after I posted it that last week’s quote fit in with my new October theme. I wanted to find another sunshiny one for this week, but nothing felt right, so I just went with a random quote from one of my favorite books:
‘They say that you breathe so loud that they could shoot you in the dark.’
P.S. Our “Random Writing Challenge” has been going for more than a week now. I’m officially making the deadline this Sunday, the 25th. I’m going to try to do a post with all the stories in it on Monday or Wednesday since “Mystery Quote” will be on Tuesday.
Almost a year ago Becca drove Mom, Dad, and I to the airport to get Lucy. Very early this morning the three of us rode with her to see her off on her flight to China, on her first trip out of the country!
Love ya, sister! Can’t wait to hear your stories from this place I love.
A friend gave us these little cards recently. They have questions on them, and we’ve been reading one question a day at dinner, and then all answering it! (When we remember!)
“What is your dream job?”
Some of these I saw coming, some of them I didn’t!
Becca: An ESL teacher. Oh, she already is. Mission accomplished! :) Spencer: A computer programmer, a chemist, a pastor, or a statesman. Me: An author! :) Lucy: A bridal shop owner. Michael: An "ice cream cooker".
We made a bonfire a few days ago, and cooked hot dogs on it.
It was sooo fun
I think it is the first fire we’ve made after Lu came home. She’s kind-of afraid of fire and she was definitely cautious around it, but she did good–and I think she had fun. 🙂
My family. . .
Minus Michael, who was too busy to stay at the table.
Turns out fires are fun to take pictures of!
We got to take Lucy swimming for the first while we were in Guangzhou, and she loved it! We wanted to take her again (plus the rest of us love swimming too, including little brother), so we started going swimming on Sunday afternoons. I thought I would post some pictures. (Just F.Y.I. these pictures are from three different days; hence the people pictured in more than one swimsuit! 🙂 None of them are from today, but some of them are pretty recent.)
The lighting is really bad in there from where I was sitting because there is a window right behind the pool, but this one turned out pretty bright.
I love these silhouettes!
These pictures turned out sooo well. . . because I got up and walked around the pool to be closer to the swimmers. Good pictures are hard work sometimes. 🙂
^Isn’t this sweet?^
So, I had a bit of an adventure last night. Rather different from the big one I just went on, but an adventure nonetheless: helping Dad unclog the bathroom drain! Plumbing being something quite out of my experience, I was rather scared at the prospect. And, of course, Spencer was off swimming with some friends–and probably having the time of his life–so I had to do it. 🙂 Cue Dad’s comment about how Becca and I are now ‘learning what it means to have a brother’. Really, I think that should have been directed solely at me, as Becca just sat on the bed in the other room on her computer, using college as an excuse. 🙂 I must say that Dad did most of the work. And, that kind of thing is somehow less gross when you’re doing it, not just standing around watching your dad and brother do it. (I know, I know, that doesn’t follow.) But only a little less–to say I felt like I needed to wash my hands afterwards is an understatement; I felt more like pulling them off and throwing them away. Suddenly wishing I was a Lego mini figure and could grab easy replacements out of the toy-box! 🙂 Even after I washed them they still felt dirty–and probably would have for hours had I not already been planning to shower. Oh! and I bumped my head while climbing around under the sink. Pathetically classic.
Okay: enough about my adventure, let’s get to Hannah and Spenser’s!
Hey! one more thing: for those of you who were disappointed because you were expecting a more classic, medieval dragon-story–don’t worry: the next one is a good ole’ unoriginal, knight-in-shining-armor, princess-story.
And, in the original version part of this was in Chapter 4. I decided that the chapter ended better the other way, so I cut it off on here. And like always, here’s the last one. Now:
Hannah and Spenser pick up as much of the treasure as they can carry and start up the tunnel. It’s very difficult to carry twenty pounds of hold and diamonds over two miles, especially when all you have to carry it in is a bunch of old chests that are so rotten that when you pick them up the bottoms break because of the weight. It takes Spenser and Hannah three hours to move all the treasure back to the helicopter.
The two of them have a lot to tell Kirsten and Bekah on the way home! The day after they get home, Reporter Mike Joseph comes to to Spenser’s house. Hannah and Spenser get to tell their story on the news! After that Spenser calls Jason Daniels, who is the director of a museum in Omaha. Mr. Daniels says that he will buys the Rothfuss’ gold and diamonds and display it in his museum.
After that Spenser makes Hannah his official navigator, and The Darting Dragon becomes their official transportation.
Spenser, Hannah. Kirsten, and Bekah have many, many adventures together and become very good friends.
And someday, perhaps, I’ll write another book about this quartet! 🙂
Which I never did! 🙂 And, yes, the smiley-face is original. *sigh*
So: what did you think of the first story I posted? Who was your favorite character? (I know characters were limited, so if you don’t have one that’s fine! 🙂 ) What was your favorite part? Any other comments, thoughts, concerns? I want your opinion! I won’t be offended if there’s something you think I should have done different!
P.S. And don’t give up on me. I have another surprise for next Tuesday! 🙂
Okay, some of these are going to be kinda’ old, but I thought I’d post about what we’ve been doing lately. First of all…
Dad and Spencer installed a slide in our basement by laying cardboard on the stairs. It’s really incredibly fun! 🙂
In motion. *sigh* But those two are always in motion, even without a slide! 🙂
Yes, even us “bigs” did it…
Including me. 🙂
I never thought I’d be the one to post about crafts, but this was just so cool, I HAD to post about it! It’s really simple: you just write/draw something on a piece of paper with a white crayon, and then water-color over the top. The white shows through!
Voice of Experience: make sure your crayon-lines are thick. Otherwise they don’t show very well. Oh! and if you don’t think it’s working at first; try painting a little more before giving up, because if takes a minute sometimes.
Guess who made this one? Mama made one that said ‘Joy’ and I went with the fruit-of-the-spirit-theme. And seriously what other one could I do???
I also made an “H” [for Hanna], but the crayon didn’t show up real well… I’m blaming it on my brush–and whoever stole my first brush (by mistake) and gave it to Lucy. Mama got me a different one that worked better, but it still only worked so well.
What’s that? Oh! no, there’s no point. Just me being artsie again, that’s all.
Lu saw people playing dominoes at grandma’s house, and was very interested. We got ours out and she played it with Becca and I one evening while the big boys were gone and Mom was putting Michael to bed.
I found dominoes quite picturesque:
We had these left over, and I figured out that they all went together…
Except this one:
Poor, lonely, little domino!
Butterflies this time. I have NO idea where that came from! We’re still crazy about Cinderella… though at the moment Kipper the Dog is playing in the background–Michael’s choice. 🙂
This is from a while ago, but I thought I’d post it anyway ’cause it was just way too cute!
Over and over and over and over…
There’s never a dull moment at MY house!!! 🙂
Happiest of Friday’s to you! 🙂 🙂 🙂