Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Parties, Burns and The Lion King

Let's catch up!

Saturday: I had to run a bunch of errands with my sisters in preparation for our upcoming vacation and our cousins bday party that night. We got to the party late (as always) but in time for the food. They had the best watermelon I've had in a long time, yum! We got to see all of our cousins kids (there are 4 under 3) and little baby A was sleeping. She had surgery and is doing well, please continue to pray for her if you can. For his 2nd birthday, we bought my cousin D a superman shirt with a cape and a hat and an Eric Carl book with sound buttons. I think he liked it a lot :), he's so cute! We also got to see my 3 girl cousins who attended VBS last week, since none of htem were in our group it was a huge blessing to hear them talk about how much fun they'd had and the friends they had made.

Sunday: This was such a great day! I finally got to wear the dress my grandma bought for my birthday to church. The message was delivered by our youth pastor and it was about God's comfort during our suffering. I am continually blessed by these teachings. After the service we stayed and talked to some friends for awhile, I feel like we're often the last ones to leave! When we got home M came up with a fun idea for the summer. We wrote down a bunch of writing prompts and every week we'll pick one and write a short story using it. This weeks prompt is "After a life changing event". The weather was incredibly beautiful and hot so I helped my dad get the pool ready and floated around on a raft for a bit. Then we headed to pick my grandma up for a cook out at my favorite aunt and uncles house. They live on a nice set of land and we all got to eat outside and chat, for desert my uncle let us ride in the back of his old fashion car on our way to get ice cream! M and E were there too and we were laughing and singing the whole way, it was really exhilarating. When we got back we ate our ice cream and then we all prayed together. It is so special to me that my favorite people all love the Lord.

Monday: I went with M to he nannying job with 2 year old El. I had to help M with a paper of hers and then I got to pick out a cute outfit for El and do her hair in pigtails. Around lunchtime we headed out and picked up a poster board from my favorite family, our church is fundraising for an event and I needed this informative board for when we try to raise money. Once at home, we were going to all go swimming but I had to stay in because I had these awful stomach pains from drinking apple juice, not fun. I did get to come out and take some pictures later on though. El was so cute in her float. When they went back inside we put on The Lion King, which I hadn't seen in forever, but before we even started it something awful happened. E had made herself some piping hot tomato soup and filled her cup to the brim. She was about to sit down in a rocking chair and eat it in our newly redone family room so M of course told her to go to the table. She didn't listen and before anyone could do anything El had tried to climb up on the chair with her and the soup spilled over them both. E screamed at the top of her lungs right in El's face. I scooped her up as she started to cry, I didn't even realize that she'd gotten spilled on until M came running with a wet towel to get the soup off, then we ran her hand under cool water and she began to calm down. Still, her hand was read and slightly swollen. E's legs were only slightly burned. We watched the movie after that and El fell asleep, we all felt terrible. Luckily her mom was understanding about it when M dropped her off. I quickly made some cookies for Bible study while she was gone and we headed off to church after my mom got home. The study is on Proverbs and it's taught by one of my favorite church elders. I'm really enjoying it.

Tuesday: On this day we went to visit my cousin B and her kids before heading off to a sprinkler park which El loved. Unfortunately, it started to storm after being there for just over an hour so we packed up and went home. El was asking to watch "the tiger movie" again so we put in The Lion King. After she got picked up we went to get my mom and waited at the bookstore while she went to work out. From there we went to the mall to try and find her and M bathing suits, no luck! On the way home we got caught in a massive thunderstorm, the lightening was so close. We did make it to our house safely, just in time to eat some quinoa! ;)

-G-

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Concerts

In the past 6 months I've had the opportunity to go to two amazing concerts. Taylor Swift and Jackie Evancho, both were excellent and I've been wanting to share on here for a while now.

My mom took myself and sister to T-Swift. Bret Alderstone and Ed Sheeran (!) opened the show. Ed was AWEsome, he was so natural with his guitar and no fancy sets or anything.

And then the music for "State of Grace" started playing and Taylor appeared! I never thought I'd be one of those people who went crazy over celebrities but I honestly felt like I was going to cry when I first saw her. That's really extreme for me but it's what happened! It was just so weird to be in the same room as someone you watch on TV, listen to on the radio, etc. I was a little nervous about how she would sound live, I know that she can sometimes sound amazing but other times a bit off. Really though I shouldn't have been worried, she sounded amazing! This is a picture of her singing "You Belong With Me", she totally changed up the beat and it sounded sort of old fashion and soulful.


My favorite part was when she sang "Love Story" and floated across the crowd on a platform, it was so cool to see in person! I was afraid she was going to fall.


 I'm not sure what song she is singing in the below picture, I think it's a toss up between "Treacherous" or "Sparks Fly". Another part that I loved was when Taylor sat in the middle of the audience and sang "The Best Day" with just her guitar. That song really holds a special place in my heart because it remind me of my own mom. One (of many) things that I love about Taylor is that she has great relationships with her parents and respects them. I wish I was talented enough to write a beautiful song for my mother.


 The last song Taylor sang was "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together". I know it's been sort of overplayed but hearing it live was really neat and the whole stadium was singing the lyrics and having a great time. I had so much fun that night, I hope I am fortunate enough to get to go see her in concert for her next tour.

Now, onto concert number 2! My dad bought tickets for M, E and myself. I had only heard of Jackie Evancho but never "heard" her voice in a literal sense. The day of the concert I was having awful stomach pains so I almost didn't go. Last minute I looked up a video of her singing on my ipad. The video was a recent performance in which she sang "Bridge Over Troubled Waters". WOW. I couldn't miss it. I was feeling alright by the time we got there and forgot all about it as soon as Jackie walked onstage. Her first song was "Pure Imagination", it was honestly the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. This 13 year old girl is truly blessed with a gift from God. Her voice is so precise and pure that once more I almost felt like crying. My favorite song she sang was "Wish Upon a Star" but a close second would be "Reflections" from Pocahontas which she sang for her mom.

Photography was actually not allowed during the concert but I had to snap this one picture:

The dresses she wore were gorgeous.



Jackie would thank the crowd and curtsey after each song, she was so cute and earnest. You could tell she was more comfortable singing in front of us than talking. She was very polite and sweet, I wanted to take her home and have her be my little sister (along with E of course...). The night was so much fun and we really enjoyed going with dad. I would pay to see Jackie again and again!

-G-

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I'm a Knight for the Week

Well, we are over halfway through VBS and I'm having a really great time. We're with 1st graders and our group is 8 boys! I was a little said not to have any "Maiden's" (medieval themed lingo) but I really have grown to love our "Knights". They're a lot better behaved than the group I had last year so no complaining at all! The weather has been awesome so far, it was hot on Monday so M and I took cousin El who she is nannying to the pool. I finally got to wear my new bathing suit!

Yesterday and today were only in the low 70's but still sunny so it was fine. The next four days are going to be HOT. I am SO ready for that though, seriously, let the summer weather begin! I worked a 4 hour shift yesterday and I'm working another tomorrow, easy-peesy.

Alrighty, my parents need my help moving furniture back into our recently redone family room. Happy Wednesday all!

-G-

Sunday, June 16, 2013

For My Lovely Clairie

Dear C,
     I cannot believe that you graduated and are going (far) away to school in the fall. I am selfishly feeling a little sad for myself since I will not be seeing you as often. But for as long as we've been friends (8 years) I've always known that time and distance cannot separate us or cause us to grow apart. I think our friendship is special because of this, I just know we will always be friends.
     Doesn't it seem like just yesterday we were inventing out own secret land in Uncle D's backyard? Somewhere Else was a place where we could get away from our sisters (namely E). We had a whole history for our kingdom and we were obviously the queens from the start. Those epic picnics we had in Somewhere Else were so much fun, we would put on dresses and eat right on the grass. We loved it there. I can't believe that that backyard now belongs to somebody new.
      Remember our stories we used to tell? Back and forth for hours, on the phone or in person. There was the one about Sydney who had leukemia or the one about Shelby who went to summer camp. Or the love story one with the boy named Alvy. I loved those stories, there must have been dozens. I love how we both put our heart and soul into writing, it is absolutely the glue that bonded us from the start. I'd never been friends with another writer before.
       How about the games we would play? The time we stayed up until 2 in the morning with E's new American Girl doll and my old ones. We pretended to be moms who were overstressed and used water to pretend it was vodka...we were weird, it's true. Remember when we dragged M into being another student in the game we played about the school for disabled kids? I was blind, you had a crutch and M was deaf.
        Remember how into soccer we both got after my dad took us to see the movie Gracie? We passed my ball back and forth until after dark and your mom dragged you home. We made a game out of it. My name was Star and yours was Lacey and we were both extremely dedicated athletes who had soccer playing boyfriends named Jack and Jude. Later on we forced M to play and she was an Irish girl with famous parents. I think that game went on for a good year or so.
         C, you are fabulous. You are everything anyone could want in a best friend. I don't think I'll ever be able to accurately describe how much you mean to me. You have been there for me through my awkward middle school years and those times in high school when I felt alone. Your presence in this world brings me joy beyond measure. I will forever be grateful to call you my best friend.
Love, G

VBS Week!

Yay! Tomorrow begins VBS week and I am super excited. M and I are going to be guides for the first graders and E will be helping out in the nursery and crafts. I absolutely love VBS and this is my 7th year helping out. The theme is medieval and it's going to be awesome. Here is a photo of my newly ironed on (and old favorite) green t-shirt:
You can see some of my fabulous bedroom in the background.
Other than that, here is what else has been going on:
  • C's grad party was yesterday and it was so much fun. I did not over indulge in deserts AND C loved the charm bracelet we bought her. It was a success overall 
  • Today for fathers day we went to church and then to my grandpas house and then to the cemetery to visit my grandpas (my dad's dad) grave. The weather was finally nice and sunny and warm. 
  • I've been feeling like I'm getting a cold or literally a month. I'm guessing I'm developing allergies or something. Today though, my throat is sort of sore and my nose is itchy. I really don't want to be sick for this week :(
  • Work is working out! I'm glad to be back in the swing of things and earning some $$
  • My cousins B's baby is having surgery tomorrow to hopefully fix her issues with eating and breathing. Please pray for baby A if you can. 
That's about it, I promise to post more, I really love summer blogging but it's hard to actually sit down and write!

-G-

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Always Something, eh?

Turns out the scheduling lady at work failed to include my work days in the master schedule. So I got to work and was initially told I wasn't on the schedule, the nice charge nurse then said that they probably needed me back in Labor and Delivery. But still, that doesn't change that I'm not written down to work any days at all. So today I have to call the scheduling nurse so that we can meet up tomorrow and I can put down my work days. This is very annoying to me but I'm trying to be patient and not get upset. I can't do anything about it now so I'll just have to roll with it. Ah well.

In other news, the weather here has been extremely depressing. Cloudy, rainy and dull. I want summer weather so bad! The pool is ready and I want to swim. I really pray that C's grad party will be a warm sunny day. Today I'm going to run some errands with my mom and go out to eat with a book club tonight. I have to be up bright and early for work again tomorrow. Oh, please let everything work out.

-G-

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Life is Defined by Choices

Today I'm choosing to be patient.
I'm choosing not to be nervous about starting back at work tomorrow.
I'm choosing to allow myself to relax and just enjoy the summer without worry.

Here's what's coming up: Jewelry party at MFF's house tomorrow night, book club Tuesday night, fun outings toward the end of the week and C's grad party on Saturday.

Yep, it's going to be a good week. A blessed week.
-G-

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Summer Goals 2013

Summer Goals 2013
Accomplish at Least Half
  1. Grow in my faith and as a person
  2. Gain patience and improve with E
  3. Get a good tan
  4. Spend a lot of time outside, swimming, biking etc.
  5. Develop a friendship
  6. Read at least 5 books
  7. Have the perfect day
  8. Do one thing crazy
  9. Improve my skin
  10. Witness to someone
  11. Take a lot of pictures
  12. Eat healthy
  13. Go out of my comfort zone a few tiems
  14. Join a Bible study
  15. Have fun!

Checking In

Wow, ok. I have been a terrible blogger...why? I'm not sure, I've been busy I guess. I hate to say this though, but this post will be rather short. Lars (my laptop) is low on charge. I got back from babysitting MFF about an hour ago. Before that my mom and M and I went to an outdoor art show, it was a good day. I really want to write posts about C's graduation and a few other things. I promise to do some good writing this coming week.
-G-