Sunday, February 22, 2009

First Weekend in Chesapeake, VA

Friday, February 20, 2009

Virginia or Bust!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Time to Go!

Monday I picked up the Penske rental truck and parked it in front of my house. I had been packing like crazy so I could be ready to load the truck on Monday and Tuesday. Dad had the day off, it was President's Day, and they had actually just gotten back in town from Idaho that afternoon. Well, earlier Dad and I planned to move in the heavy objects on Monday, then I would move the boxes in on Tuesday, etc. Dad & Mom came over and we pulled the truck into the driveway. We started getting my stuff ready to move when my home teacher happened to be walking by, and my male neighbors downstairs all were home. They all were available to help Dad and I get my belongings into the truck. It didn't take any time at all! Many hands make light work! I was so grateful for their help and hopefully they knew that! After, we drove the truck over to Grammy's house to pack the rest of my belongings into the truck. By this time, David and Sheila were helping out. When I had all the boxes in the garage for David and Dad to pack in, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to get it all in! Well, I shouldn't have doubted because Dad and David are packing masters and they turned that space into a nicely ordered cube. It all fit perfectly with a few spaces to squish some last minute objects! I couldn't believe we got all of that finished on one day! Yeah!

Tuesday I was able to do some last minute errands and even had time to watch a movie with Mom. I started my good-byes and that was really hard. I hate doing that! Dad gave me a blessing that evening and it was great. I didn't even know he was wanting to do that, and it was really good.

Leaving tomorrow...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Caliente! on Youtube!

Here is the puppet show for those of you who didn't get to see it! Watch a little bit and try not to judge our amateur attempts! (hehe)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. As they sail up the river to Kit's new home, the teasing and moodiness of a young sailor named Nat doesn't help. Still, her unsinkable spirit soon bobs back up. What this spirited teenager doesn't count on, however, is how her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community will view her. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk and satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in grave danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it is more than the ascetics can take: soon Kit is defending her life.

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a long time get around to reading it, but I'm glad that I did. It's about a young girl raised in Barbados, who goes to live with her Puritan aunt and her family. She has to learn fast to restrain herself and that frustrates her. She meets an old lady who lives secluded, and somewhat shunned in the community. They instantly become friends. This friendship is what causes some controversy. I was worried at the climax that things weren't going to work out - but I was pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Larry the Loud Librarian

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Banff National Park

Today was really fun. We drove to Banff National Park and spent the day there. There is a town there that reminds me of Park City kind of - full of shops and resort hotels, etc etc. We first went to lunch and Chili's. Yum! Next we went on the gondola ride. This ride, which was an enclosed ski lift, took us to a top of a mountain. The ride up was slow and a bit scary - just because we were suspended over the snowy trees. I got some fun pictures.

The view from the top was amazing. It was the Canadian Rockies and they were beautiful.

Too bad it was windy and cold that we couldn't stay outside for long to admire the view. We got our pictures and went inside to the warm gift shop. They we took the ride back down the mountain.
It was really fun. After we parked the car and walked through some of the shops on the main street. They were the usual souvenirs that were over-priced. I didn't get anything this time - except for an ice cream cone and some fudge. Yum!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Birthday Report

So, my birthday started great. When I got up, Jocelyn was in the process of decorating the house with decorations. She had leftover "30" decorations from when Daylyn turned 30 a few months ago. She even had a bunch of balloons for me. I guess that Daylyn picked them up the night before and was worried that I would see him bringing them in - but Jocelyn and I were still out at Wal-mart when he got back.
So, after breakfast Jocelyn and I started our Jane Austen festival by watching the new Sense & Sensibility. She loved it, of course she would!
Later we all went to dinner at this place called Kelsey's. Jocelyn gave me all these choices for dinner and I thought it would be fun to go to a place we don't have in the states. So, I chose this place they liked that had American food. It was really good. Jocelyn had called ahead for a reservation and she told them about my birthday so they came out with a desert with a sparkler on it. That was really cool. The people at the table next to us started singing before my party did and then all the people around us were singing as well! I bet my cheeks were so red!

When we got home Jocelyn finished up her special cupcakes she made for my birthday. They looked like a corn-on-the-cob! It was so cute!

It was a great day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

They say it's your birthday!

This song is a tradition in our family - Enjoy!

"They say it's your birthday! It's my birthday too yeah!"

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I made it to Canada! This will be a great 5 days!
More info to come!

As a Rule

This was my favorite part of the Superbowl - well it's the only part I actually watched...