Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Like to Think//Different Kind of Poetry

I Like to Think
I like to think.
When the wind blows through the trees, and the branches sway,
As the dimming sun shows the closing of day,
I like to think.
When the rain is going gently, over the wet, wonderland,
As the raindrops fall with a plink, on my outstretched hand,
I like to think.
When the fire crackles in the crisp evening air, and the flames dance,
As the stars twinkle down when you give an upward glance,
I like to think.
When I hear the music in a small child’s laughter, and see the joy,
As I feel the sticky kisses of a happy little boy,
I like to think.
When my mother gives me her warm smile, and pats my hand,
As she assures me God gives the strength to stand,
I like to think.
Yes, in the quiet, peaceful moments, of a fast-paced life,
Where there is so much pain, so much strife,
I like to think.
I think of the pain I’ve seen, yet the peace that I have felt,
Of how many times on my knees I’ve knelt.
And then in these moments, I smile, for it’s good to know,
That I am so very, very blessed, and as the years go,
Even when the days are weary, and the nights are so very long,
These moments will come and go, and they will keep me strong.
In the quiet moments at dusk, when the Ancient Words are read,
As the psalms and hymns dance through my head,

I simply listen. And my soul is at rest.

LaKaysha Stenersen
August 9, 2017

A little jumbled, I suppose. But generally, my thoughts are. 
 Not the style I usually write in, but....*shrugs* 

Monday, August 7, 2017

In the Good Old Summertime//Life Update

Flowers and the view from 'My mountain'. Silver Star

It's me again!
 I haven't been on here in a while. *my apologies*
So much has been happening!
 Felicity's boyfriend Josiah flew out from NH and it was busy week, showing him the local sights and enjoying summer.
 We hiked 'my mountain' *giggles because every member of my family calls it their mountain* and went to Johnston Ridge Observatory to look at Mt. St. Helens.
 I got burnt, but it was fun!
I always enjoy hiking, although I personally like it better when it's cooler. I have a hard time handling heat!
 Not necessarily cold and cloudy, although that can be fun hiking in, too. I just prefer clear skies but 75 degrees at the most. ;)

  So, anywho!
I also took a trip up to Tri-Cities, which was awesome!
 I enjoyed snuggles with little cousin Kaaren and Chase, and hanging with my bestie, Kirsten Jean!
It was hot, there, too, but that's to expected! I mean, it's the desert. lol
 There were a few moments, like then poor Chase fell headfirst into a bucket of cement, and when Konner hurt his head, which turned black and wasn't as bad as it looked! but the kids were basically great, and it was fun babysitting them.
 Sweet little Kaaren would fall asleep on me, and my heart would swell in my throat.
These are the moments that make me long to be a mom.

 When we weren't watching the kids, we drove around in Kirsten's awesome Jeep, listening to music, getting sweaty and hot, but making memories! <3
 Once, when we were sitting in a bakery, chatting, an old woman approached us and asked our ages.
We told her and she smiled and said, "You girls are just dazzling. I mean, you couldn't get any more beautiful. I see all these girls these days that look trashy, but you are lovely!"
 I felt so encouraged by that!
I often feel like I haven't been shining my Light enough, or perhaps don't talk to people enough about my faith.
 But when she did that, I felt so happy!
Sometimes we can simply shine our Lights by living in the way God wishes us to, and others will see the difference. It isn't our light. It's His.
 After the two weeks on Tri-Cities, we headed back home, in time for Kirsten Jean to stand in a wedding.
 She was so beautiful with her long hair braided, and looking so sweet and graceful in her bridesmaid dress. I could have cried, she was so gorgeous! *squeals*
 This morning, she joined my sisters and I, along with Emily, on a hike up Bell's Mountain Trail.
It was super hot, since we are having a drought, but so much fun!
 Basically, it's been a busy summer, full of swimming, hiking, family, traveling, coffee, milkshakes, and fun!
 Quiet moments, sitting on the swing and listening to the wind, crazy moments with cousins, and it's been a great summer.
 Can't believe it's nearly over! Already!
 And here have random pics from my cell.

Back home from NH, I snapped this pic.


'The Lady' St. Helens

Grandpa S came for a visit! And yes, a squirrel decided he was great

Sitting around the fire, listening to singing

We also took Josiah to the beach! Aren't they cute?

Kaaren Sue! Little angel

Dirty boys back from work! Kaaren was glad to see them

Well, sorry, it's sort of meshed together, and ramblings, but it's hot in here and we have no AC. 
 So, so long ya'll until next time! I'll be back! lol

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why I Love America // Independence Day

Yesterday was the glorious 4th! *fireworks explode*
 Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, since I was a little girl.
Fireworks, sparklers, barbecues, and flags flying in the wind.
 Why do I celebrate the 4th?
Is it because I am an American, thinking my country is superior to yours?
 My patriotism run much deeper than anything like that.
I'm not the gung-ho, shoot-your-head-off-if-you-run-us-down type, nor do I think that because I am an American, I am better than any other nationality on this earth.
 I love my country.
On Independence Day, it's more than a celebration of our nation's birthday.
 More than a celebration of America's past, present and future.
It's the celebration of an idea.
 An idea that God placed in the hearts of our Founding Fathers so many years ago.
An idea that all men are created equal and free, by one God, and that any man, of race, color or social stature, can walk with his head high, look any man in the eye, and say, think and believe anything he desires.
 An idea that burned in millions of hearts throughout the years, across the nation and across the world.
 And that idea, that kindling flame, still burns in the hearts of millions today.
Freedom, justice, and peace, can be possible for any man.
 That idea isn't for only Americans.
It's for the British, the Russian, the Chinese, the Canadian, the Australian; any man or woman 'who holds these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
 No I don't believe that being American is only way to go, that we are the better people on earth, or that because of our nationality, we are getting a higher place in heaven.
 I know sometimes there are those who can get carried away, and may across in that way.
It's because it's so hard to explain, to bank this flame that grows inside.
 I can't truly tell you why I feel the way I do.
I can't recall a time where anyone told me I had to be a Patriot, or to love my country, or why.
 It's just...a feeling, a conviction, a deep, deep love that God seems to have placed there, and nothing anyone says or does can change it.
 Here in the United States of America, we have our problems.
No nation is perfect.
  I will be the first to agree that things seem to be getting pretty bad these days, and many times I have been driven to my knees with a heavy heart, asking God to forgive our nations many sins, and to open the eyes of the people and the leaders to Him.
 Yes, these have been dark days for Miss Liberty.
But that flame is still there.
 She still holds it high, for all the world to see, reminding us that as long as we feed that flame, that idea, it will never go out.
 If we look up, into the Divine Light of our Savior, He will continue to bless this nation and forgive us our many trespasses.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

God bless the many men and women who have given their lives for this nation, for this idea, this flame that He lit. 
 God grant our leaders humility, wisdom, and grace. 
And may God continue to bless the U.S.A. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Top Ten Saddest Disney Songs

Ok, so we all grew up with some songs that just got to our hearts, right?
 I mean, every kid has watched a Disney movie and cried at one point or another.
This is just my list of the saddest songs I've ever heard.
 Grab your hankies, y'all. *winks*

#10 Candle on the Water: Pete's Dragon

This poor woman! Even through all those days of people telling her he was dead, she never gave up hope...

#9 No Way Out: Brother Bear
That moment when he says, 'Your mother's not coming.'

#8 Once Upon a Time in New York City: Oliver and Co.

My heart just ached for the poor lost little kitten!

#7 Not in Nottingham: Robin Hood
 Am I the only one who had a serious crush on Robin?
'Oh, he's so handsome. Just like his reward poster.'

#6 The Best of Friends: The Fox and the Hound
This movie!
I put it going for a boy I was babysitting, remembering that I had liked it as a kid and, no joke, as soon as the opening credits came up, I was already choked up.
 Such a beautiful movie, with such an emotional plot.

#5 When She Loved Me: Toy Story

This songs always pulled my heartstrings.
 Shows the emotional side of growing up, and things changing... *sniffs because I can't watch this without crying*

#4 Your Heart Will Lead You Home: Tigger Movie
 Another one about growing up and makes me just want to blubber like a baby.
Becoming an adult, having things change...Ugh. It should be outlawed.

#3 Your Mother and Mine: Peter Pan
 Never fails to make me cry!

#2 Baby Mine: Dumbo

 Horribly heartbreaking moment in the movie..... *weeps*

#1 Someone's Waiting for You: The Rescuers

This is number one!
 I remember watching it as a kid and just bawling my eyes out, my throat choked up, tears streaming down my face while my chin quivered.
 Poor little Penny, so brave.

And there we are!
Know any of these? Agree that they are just heartbreaking?
 What other Disney songs just get to you?


Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag

Natasha tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag, so I actually have something somewhat interesting to blog about. lol
 Thanks, girl. *Blows kisses*

1) What was one of your scariest moments?
Hmm......Well, honestly, I haven't had that many scary moments.
 I guess one I can think of, besides our car accident back in '08...
Swimming in my Grandpa's pool with my cousin, when I was little.
 We decided to see which one of us could stay underwater the longest, and both of us dived down. 
 Well, (I STILL have this problem) instead of simply shooting back to the surface, my brain said, 'Breathe!' so I did. 
 And sucked in a bellyful of water.  
Of course, I instantly began to cough, which caused me to suck in some more, and I began to panic.
 I didn't know which way was up, and I was choking.
Finally my wits came back and I reached out my hands, banging into the bottom of the pool, so I pushed with all my might and shot up.
 My cousin was still underwater, so this could have only happened in a few seconds, but it terrified me, and was coughing and gagging as I announced that I didn't want to swim anymore.
 Never did tell that cousin what happened.... *shrugs and smiles*

2) What is one thing you want to experience\do in life?
Hmm....A lot of things!
 I would like to go sailing someday, on some blue lake or ocean, in a white sailboat...*looks dreamy* 
Unfortunately, I get very motion sick, and even swimming can make me dizzy, so I don't see that ever happening, but it is a dream I've had since I was a little girl.  

3) Favorite vegetable (even if you don't like any ;P)?
 Who actually likes vegetables?
On second thought, I enjoy carrots and celery whenever I'm feeling too fat but need a snack.
 I LOVE cooked carrots for some reason. lol

4) What's one of your favorite Bible verses?
That's a hard one.
 I guess the one I most often think of and read would be Psalm 139:23-24
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

5) If you could write one message to the entire world, what would it be?
Life isn't about gaining as much money or power as you can.
 It's about living for Christ in any way He sees fit, about loving and laughing with the heartache and tears, and about opening your arms and heart to all in need of help.
 In short:
Look to Christ, and let Him do amazing things with your life.

6) One book you hope to read this year?
Honestly, I have found that I am not much of bookworm.
 I LOVE reading a good book, but they are very few and far between, and I've come to realize the only author I really LOVE is Louis L'Amour.
 I guess I'm too much of a simple girl for all those many books out there with the dramatics.
 I suppose I would like to read Little Women again this year.
It's always a sweet book to read when you are feeling a little down in the mouth, and I enjoy Louisa's writing style.
 Sherlock Holmes will probably be read again. That goes without being said.

7) If you were to go into a movie and be the main character, which movie would you choose?
Oh, boy.
 Most movies I watch are war or historical movies, which don't always end the greatest... lol
 Summer Magic would be so cool.... <3
Getting to wear such pretty dresses, living is such a cute house, with Burl Ives around to sing for me. *winks*
 Not to mention dancing with Peter Brown! (Tom Hamilton)

8) What is your description of the perfect day?
Warm weather, (Not HOT) blue skies, and lush green grass for me to enjoy while playing a game of crochet or KanJam, or driving down a backroad with the windows down and music going.
 Then in the evening, when the sun is going down, a fire crackling, the crickets chirping and a guitar strumming while we sit in the grass and enjoy the evening.
 Summer memories...

9) Italian food or Mexican?
Can I say both? *blushes*
 I always enjoy going to Olive Garden, with all the jazzy music playing and the delicious food, but then again, Taco House has amazing chips and salsa, as well as awesome Mexican music... lol
 Depends on my mood.

10) What is one of your favorite stores?
Antiqued and Co. at the mall.
 It's a retro clothing store, which costs an arm and a leg, so I've never actually bought anything from them, but I could just stand there and drool all day long.
 Another one that I actually shop at would be online, if that counts?
I love, which is actually a natural store full of vitamins, oils, and beauty products.
 They have mineral makeup, and I just love ordering a new color of eye makeup from them. <3 They have so many soft, subtle shades to choose from.

11) What's your favorite season and why?
I love all the seasons...
 Summer is amazing, with all the warm weather, blue skies, and all the fun activities you can do.
And summer evenings are always so wonderful... <3
 But then fall, with it's cold, crisp air, and the chilly breezes and rain, makes it all so cozy inside.
Canned apples, caramel apples, apple cider...Oooh, I love fall.
 Winter is so cozy, and cold, and Christmas is in the winter, so that should just explain it all right there. I mean, who doesn't love the wonderful season?
 And then comes spring, when the trees and flowers begin to grow lush and abundant, and the birds come back from their winter vacation.
 All seasons have their good qualities, so honestly, I just couldn't pick one.

And we are done! I have to tag eleven people?!
 Whew...Do I even know that many?

I tag:

Sorry, but I just don't know enough ppl! *covers face*


Thank the person who tagged you

Answer the 11 questions

Tag 11 people

Give them 11 questions to answer

Your questions:
1. What is one habit you've never been able to break?
2. What is your favorite way to relax and unwind?
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, pre-paid, where would you go?
4. If you could meet one living celebrity, who would choose?
5. What is your favorite hymn?
6. Coca-Cola or Pepsi?
7.What is your go-to, everyday outfit?
8. Which interests you the most? WWI or WWII? Why?
9. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, or Perry Como?
10. How often do you wash your hair?
11. What is one thing God has done in your life?

Sorry if some of the questions are totally random. I'm a random person. lol

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Kirsten Jean

Today is the nineteenth birthday of my dearest, deepest friend, Kirsten Jean!
 You've heard me mention her on here many times, so she isn't a complete stranger to ya'll. *winks*
Being a cousin, I've known her since she was born, and we've made a lot of wonderful memories together. <3
 Her family moved back East when we were still young, but we kept in touch with letters, and visits back and forth, so we never really grew too much apart.
 Although I was just a tad bit more girly, we were tomboys when we young, running around with wild hair and barefeet.
 When they did move back out West, it was like she had never left, and I began to grow closer to her, and now she is the sweetest, greatest friend I've ever had.

 Kirsten has blossomed into a beautiful, lovely young woman, and I respect her so much for her attitude towards life, wishing I could be more like her.
  She has a kind, caring heart, plucky, happy nature and she just shines God's light when she walks into a room, that sweet smile of hers making everyone feel loved and wanted.
 Always ready to serve, to listen to what I have to say, even when it gets old.
Whenever I'm feeling blue, I tell Kirsten.
 Whenever I'm feeling happy, I tell Kirsten.
I can go to her with anything, and I know she'll listen and understand, and always has some wise words for me whenever I'm feeling down.
 She seems to draw me closer to God, and I pray I can be as uplifting as she is.
When I feel like giving up, she shows me that everything happens for a purpose and to stay strong.
 She can get pretty crazy at times, and we all love her for it! <3
I'm shy and reserved in public, but Kirsten Jean seems to somehow draw me out of my shell, and helps me step out of my comfort zone.
 She has her insecurities like all of us, like feeling too goofy at times, (never!) and feeling like she isn't pretty enough, but that makes me love her all the more!
 Am I the only one here who thinks she's beautiful? *dies because she's just so cute!*
Kirsten is the picture of a Proverbs 31 Woman, (even though she isn't married) she serves her family with a caring attitude, even when I'm sure it gets hard and tiring, and she seeks God with a sincere heart.
 She adores her siblings and parents; although she isn't verbal on the subject, and she shows how much she loves her family through her actions.
 She's the greatest girl I've ever known, and I'm so blessed to have her for a friend!
It'll be a hard day when some nice young man comes and takes her away from me. *winks*
 And he better be a good guy, because she deserves the best! *takes fighting stance*
I love you, Kirsten Jean!
 Stay true to who are you, and who God made you to be.
Thanks for being there for me, thank you for being you! <3

 Happy Birthday!!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Where Do I Go From Here?//Learning to Live

You all know my issues with being single, having anxiety, and all that jazz.
 I've written about it before.
Why hasn't he come yet?
What am I supposed to do with my life?
 Whine, whine, whine.
This is partly why I took that wonderful vacation to New Hampshire; to get away from things, to take a moment to breathe, and to simply enjoy being with family.
 And it was amazing.
I know, I keep saying that, but I had such a great time, ya'll!
 I snuggled with my sweet little cousins that I miss so much, hung out with a cousin who I haven't really talked to in a long time, got to know him better, and I stepped out of my comfort zone to do things I would never have here at home.
 I went Glow Bowling, I drove a stick-shift (NEVER would have dreamed of it before) went to a gathering where I didn't really know anybody, and went to volleyball....
 Sounds like nothing to you, but to an insecure introvert like me, it's a big deal.
I was so... happy.
 I didn't realize how unhappy I had been until we flew out and I saw how other young people live.
One night, Tyrel took Daminika and I to volleyball, and we didn't really talk to anyone.
 Just sat up against a brick wall and watched the game.
But as I was sitting there, the thought occurred to me.
 I can be content with where I am.
So I'm not married.
Obviously God knows that I am not ready for marriage just yet.
But, you know, I can still be quite happy.
 Sitting around pouting because I haven't a boyfriend isn't the way to live at all.
I'm nineteen years old!
 It isn't like I'm an old maid, with no future in sight.
I enjoyed hanging out with the guys, without looking around and wondering if there were any available.
 All the guys I hung out with were my cousins, anyways. lol
But I realized that I should simply enjoy living.
  If I can't be content with being single, then how can I be content with the problems that arise if I do marry?
 It isn't what life gives you, it's how you respond.
I guess, what I'm trying to say (and doing a terrible job at that) is that God finally got through to me, and told me to relax.
If you've read my sister Felicity's blog, you'd know that she now has a man of her own, and that she once had a similar revelation.
 I love the way she put it.
"Wait. It's going to be beautiful."
 I have been job hunting for a while now, with no prospects in sight, and it can get pretty overwhelming at times.
 But I have learned to breathe.
I have learned that life is beautiful, with all the bumps and curves, the storms and turmoil, and God gave me a great, wonderful purpose.
 To live for Him.
In any way He sees fit.
'He makes all things beautiful, in His time.'
 I still have my problems, but the trip to NH did wonders for me, and God opened my eyes to things I have never seen before.
 Showed me that it's all in His hands.
'I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.'


Monday, June 5, 2017

New Hampshire 2017

And I'm back! *throws arm out wide*
 Oh, my, it was a wonderful, amazing trip, full of lots of fun and laughter, and it ended with some tears.
 Getting up super early, *like, 2:00 am!* we drove to the airport, hugged my parents goodbye, and headed through security.

 It went well, even though Kirsten and Daminika both had their braided hair patted down. *laughs*
Then all of us gals had to have a picture taken of our feet on the famous carpet, of course, so we did that before heading in the direction of our gate, McDonald's for breakfast, and restrooms.
 Soon it was boarding time!
Emily and I waiting to board

Our first flight went all right, although I was super nervous about take-off, and Kirsten and Emily managed to get seats behind us, so none of us were separated.
 I sketched a bit while flying, drawing a face of a woman and one stewardess said it was amazing. *grins with pleasure*
 The second flight was delayed, so we ended up wandering around Chicago Midway for hours, dragging our feet, complaining, laughing, and finally sitting in some chairs lined against the wall, reading, charging our phones, and doing word searches.
 It was fairly late when we finally arrived, and there were Grandpa and Grandma when we stepped off, waving and grinning. Ah, at last.
 On the drive to Grandma's, we chattered like magpies, laughed, and bounced around in the backseats, glad to have finally made it. It had been a long day.
 Honestly, the next few days are fuzzy, and all meshed together, so I can't tell you word for word, step by step how each day went, like Daminika probably can. *winks*
 My Grandma always has a bike-a-thon each year for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and she asked if we could be 'counters'.
 So we girls sat a table in the freezing cold, shouting out numbers as every bike went by, me looking and sounding like a crew chief in my Grandpa's eighties jacket, dancing to keep warm.
The kids did great, some as young as six years old, pedaling in the freezing cold, and doing as many as 100 laps around the course.
 Sometimes large groups of them would come by, and shouting out the numbers taped to their bikes was fast-paced while the writers quickly marked them down.
 It got so fast at times I felt like an auctioneer and ended up bouncing on my heels, slapping my hands to warm them while singing, "Well, all right, sir, open up the gate, lead em and walk em in, boy.."
 It was a lot fun, and the kids were the cutest things.
 I ended up catching a terrible cold, so for the first few days there, I was pretty sick and miserable. (My cousin Tyrel gave it to me, I think. Shameful man.)
Guess that's why I was so exhausted when we took a hike..... *blushes*
 Honest, people, I've never had a problem with hiking before.
Here at home I can run up Bell's Mountain, and I have always enjoyed climbing mountains.
 But it's different in New England!
The mountain was mainly straight up and down rock that is so smooth your sneakers slip and slide, and I had a fever the night before, so I was feeling..... *chest burning, throat on fire, face aflame, and knees trembling.*
 We reached a little flat spot, and I sat down, dying.
"I can't do it!" I wailed, panting.
Daminika: "You need Tyrel to carry you?" *joking, of course.*
Tyrel hands Daminika his water bottle and steps up to me.
"What are you doing?"
"Daminika says I have to."
"No, no, no, no,...." I squeal while he literally slings me over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes and starts jumping from rock to rock with me on his back.
 I am sure we got a lot of stares as this young man bounces around on the rocks with a hyperventilating girl slung across his shoulder.
 He put me down after a while, because my panic wasn't helping my breathing at all. *laughs*
Well, I did manage to make it to the top, although by the time we reached the bottom, my legs were vibrating so badly I could hardly stand.
So that was an adventure. lol
 We also took a trip to Boston, MA!
Kirsten, Felicty, Tyrel, Daminika, and I

Walking to the Wharf

I LOVED the wind and fresh air

And headed back to the rig. 
(Thanks to Emily for pics, because my phone takes terrible ones)

Tyrel drove, while Kirsten, Felicity, Emily, Daminika and I rode along, gazing up at the sights and exclaiming over how many people there were.
 When you take small-town girls from out West to Boston, you're bound to get some looks.
We pointed and gasped, squealed and hollered, acted like tourists and drooled over the historic buildings.
 First we went to the Aquarium and that was fun, but the Freedom Trail!
That was amazing. <3
 History geeks are the coolest. *flexes mucsles*
 "Look at that! I'm standing where Lafayette stood. I'm breathing the same air!"
"Paul Revere touched this!"

 The old buildings were awesome, and we went to Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, and walked down Little Italy, where the streets are so cute and vintage.
 Then we walked down to wharf to breathe in the fresh air and gaze at the boats sailing in the cold, misty weather.
 We snapped pictures of the water and Daminika, Tyrel, and I did the Monkee Walk on the way back to the parking garage, much to our companions embarrassment, just because we're cool.
 When we got back.....
we found that our mischievous uncles had TP our room

The skilled guys managed to get an air mattress in the bathroom

We went out to ice cream, sweated in the muggy Eastern weather, snuggled with my adorable little cousins *heart breaks because I left them* played games and enjoyed family time.
 Cormick and Callen, the twins, are the sweetest little things you'll ever see, and when they run up you with arms stretched wide, your heart does a little flip-flop and you want to just die. <3
 Once, Callen was sitting at the table eating his lunch when he randomly rambled, "BlaKaysha..."
I was like, "Oh, my, did you say my name?"
 He just smiled and went back to eating, but my heart was officially his from that moment.
Those two ramble in adorable baby-talk, shout and run about, getting into everything.
Twins. Are. Double. Trouble.
 They LOVE hearing elk bugles, so whenever they were being grouchy or ornery, one of us would get out our phones and put some going.
 When someone asked Callen what an elk says, he'd grin adorably and wail, "A-eeeeeeeeeee..."
This is Cormick and I. 
The expressions he makes....*hearts*

 Aunt Mary is fun and sweet, and I enjoy being with her. *mentally sends her a hug*
Daminika beat me in Trivial Pursuit, so I was getting a little bit of an inferiority complex.
*counting fingers...let's see, she climbed a mountain with no problem, drove a stick like she was a truck driver, and beat me in Trivial Pursuit...What's wrong with me?!*
 But I made supper alone, (I do it all the time) and she still doesn't do that often, so I've got the edge. *winks*
We even went to a 'youth' gathering, which is a big deal for me, and had a wonderful time listening to adults give wise advice and tell humorous stories.
 I left with a warm feeling in my heart, and Kirsten agreed it was such a wonderful time of fellowship.
 Another first time for me; I did Virtual Reality!
My aunt and uncle have a system, where you wear goggles, have these little remotes things, and you can fly around a city, do some sort of archery game, and walk the plank.
 The plank....
They had an real wooden plank set up and measured so that when you walk on it, it is exactly like what you are seeing in the VR goggles.
  They even had a fan blowing on you, so it really does feel like your stories up, staring down at the city.
 I didn't want to do it, and was enjoying laughing at everyone else do it, but Tyrel dragged me over and put the goggles over my eyes, muttering about how little my head is.
As soon as the 'doors' opened and I saw the plank hovering over the city, I screamed, flattened against the wall, and started gasping, "No, I can't do it! I can't!"
 It was so real!
Tyrel tried to 'throw me off', and he and Kirsten started dragging me to the plank, but as I screamed and struggled, I managed to click the button with my little remote thing and shut the door.
 Skill, I'd say.
I never did go out in the plank. lol
 We girls also went with my Grandma and Aunt Mary to the famous Pickity Place for lunch once, and the Cathedral of the Pines.
 Soon Kirsten and Emily flew back home, and we were feeling a little, 'now what?'
But Tyrel hung with Daminika and I the rest of the time, and we enjoyed getting close to him, like we once were as kids. *he's now my adopted brother, and we were 'The Three Musketeers', running around town together*
 Cousins are the greatest. <3
He took us out to teach us how to drive a stick.... *face palm*
 Guys, I'm terrible!
Daminika climbs in the driver's seat.
"Ok, press on the clutch and shift to first."
With a calm face, she does it perfectly. Like a boss....
I killed it so many times, and Tyrel would say, "Shift to third."
I'm like, "Ok....third....."
He'd have to tell me which direction, while Daminika just did it like she'd done it her whole life. 
 Hmmp.... whatever, man. 
I also drove (automatic this time) to the store, even though the roads there are sooooo confusing, and made it just fine, parked straight as an arrow, and got home without a single mishap. Proud of me? 
 Afterward Tyrel took us to volleyball, but there was only Jeremy there.... 
Where is everyone? 
 Tyrel and Jeremy tossed the volleyball back and forth and tried to convince us to join in, but I laughed and refused. 
Me, play volleyball? You jest, sir. 

People showed up after a while, but Daminika and I just sat against the brick building, content and happy to simply watch. 
 It was actually quite fun. 
And Tyrel took us bowling!
 I was so nervous, because I had never been, and some cousins I didn't know very well were coming along, but, man, oh, man, was it fun! 
 We went Glow Bowling, starting at nine and stayed until midnight. 
The music is super loud, the lights are bright, and you have to lean until your faces are almost touching before you can hear each other, but after a while, the noises fade into the back of your mind and you get used to it. 
 I even won one game! 
Memorial Day was wet and cold, so there wasn't much of a celebration at the square. 
 My dad had wanted us to experience the great festivities that he grown up with, but the weather wouldn't permit it. 
 It was an ok day, though. :) 
Tyrel and Ryan (cousin) also took us to the outlet stores because I wanted to buy a new sweatshirt, and as we are driving down the road, Tyrel says, "So we are going to an outlet mall, and it's supposed to rain?" 
 Ryan: "Thunder and lightning, actually."
Tyrel claps his hands and grins. "Brilliant." 
 It was actually pretty warm and muggy at first. 
Being the rather silly small-town people we are, we wandered around in circles all over the mall, trying to find Aeropostle, and finally decided to actually look at a map. 
 "Oh....It's way over there."
Well, we did manage to find it, and I got my sweatshirt. *Snuggles it to my heart* 
 As we stepped out of the shop, I felt a raindrop. 
Oh dear. 
 Pretty soon is was pouring rain, unlike any rain I've seen out west, and we were running, ducking under every canopy we could find, getting soaked to the skin. 
 We ducked into a chocolate shop for cover and Tyrel ended up buying a bag of 100 chocolates. 
*holds stomach* wayyyy too many. 
 The sky looked pretty cool after the storm passed over, but I didn't get any pictures of it. Sorry.
Our last day in NH, my Grandma had a 'Fun Day' for all of the kids who rode in the Bike-a-thon, and we helped set it up. 
 Tyrel and I blew and tied balloons while Daminika found a place to hang them. 
Ryan showed up later, so Tyrel had him draw on the balloons, and soon we had a pretty good system going. 
 Then we sat for hours beneath a canopy, just talking and enjoying the sunshine.
Roger and Kaysha had flown out to surprise family, so they were there, too, and it was an enjoyable time. 
 My Grandma had rented a Fun House for the kids, and they informed the guys that it can hold up to 500 pounds...
 So of course they had to race each other through it, nearly plowing down little kids as they went. 
I even raced Tyrel through it, and lost miserably. *cough* 
 And then....
Tyrel and I were playing catch that evening, and I was doing pretty good, I gotta say. 
 One time Tyrel tossed it, I jumped to catch it, stepped into a hole, and fell, ker-flop. 
I didn't really think much of it at first. 
 "Ow. There's a hole in the yard." I quipped and got to my feet to throw back the ball. 
We tossed it around for a while, and I even raced Tyrel through the course, before we started back towards the house. 
 By then my foot was really starting to hurt. 
"I think I really hurt myself." 
It was aching pretty bad, and I had scraped in pretty good when I fell. 
 Tyrel scooped me up and carried me to the house, despite my embarrassed pleas to put me down. 
 I sprained it somewhat, I believe. 
I had it up the rest of the evening, on ice, and hoped it would be better by the next morning. 
 Tyrel and Ryan wanted to take us out to breakfast before we left, so I got up and showered. 
While showering, my foot started aching again. 
 By the time we left for the Diner, I was limping around again. 
Of course, Tyrel carried me to the truck. *covers face* 
 After breakfast, we asked if they could take us to Market Basket to buy snacks for the flight home. 
I had to hold onto Tyrel's arm and shuffle around the store, but he got tired of that and gave me a piggy-back ride. 
 In the store!
I was quite befuddled. 
"People are going to see,"
Ryan: "They'll just think: 'Oh, what a happy group of people. They're so much fun, they even give each other piggy-back rides."
I convinced him to let me go back to shuffling around, holding onto his arm, but when we left the store he saw how far away we parked and said I was way to slow, and it would take way too long. 
 So, he scooped me up and carried me to the truck again, me trying to pretend that nobody was looking. 
 After we got back to the house, it was time to get ready to go. 
All packed, and waiting, I felt like crying as I sat there and stared at the clock. 
 I didn't want to go home! 
But it came time to head over to Mary's, so we hugged Tyrel goodbye, ordered him and Ryan to visit us soon, and piled into the car. 
 At Mary's, it got worse as Cormick greeted me with a grin, and my throat tightened. 
I sat outside and watched him play for a while, and then it was time to go. 
 Just like that, my vacation was coming to an end. 
I snuggled them both close and kissed them, hugged Mary goodbye, and started for the door. 
 Callen grinned and rushed to me with open arms, thinking I was taking him outside, and I thought I would break down then and there. 
"Oh, Callen...." 
We finally left for the airport, and it was a quiet ride.
 After checking in, we hugged Grandpa and Grandma goodbye, which caused me to get all choked up again, and we then we headed for security. 
 Tyrel had given me a brace for me foot, so I had to take it off and have it scanned. 
My bag was searched, too, but there were no problems, so we headed for our gate, me holding into Felicity's arm and shuffling slowly through the airport. 
  The first flight was ok; not very long. 
The second one, I had a migraine, my ears hurt, my ankle was swollen beyond recognition, and I was lonesome for everyone I was leaving behind. 
 So.... I cried that whole flight. 
3 and a half hours of misery. 
  The last flight I put my foot up on top of Felicity and Daminika, so it didn't swell as much, and I managed to keep my tears in check. 
 When we stepped off the plane and saw the family waiting, I wanted to just drop into their arms and die. 
 I was tired, in pain, and so lonely. 
But it was good to see them all. 
 Chancy was taller than I remembered, and Liberty looked so old! 
We stayed up until 2:30. talking about our trip, and when we finally dropped into bed, we were thoroughly exhausted. 
 It was 5:30 to our bodies!
And that ends our trip to New Hampshire. 
 It was amazing. 
Even spraining my ankle made it an adventure. 
 I made so many wonderful memories, and I am so thankful it was possible for us to go. 
I'm going to hold those moments in my heart for the rest of my life. 



Thursday, May 25, 2017

I'm Still Here

Hello, everybody! *grins ands waves!*
 Yes, I'm still alive, but have been much too busy here in New England to write any posts.
 It's been a wonderful visit, and we have one week to go!
In these last two weeks, I climbed a mountain (that's a story in itself) drove in the East for the first time, walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, and drove a stick-shift... *wide eyes*
 But, all that will be told in a much more lengthy post when I get back home.
You excited for this?
 I am! This has been an amazing trip! <3
So, just a quick update to say, I'm alive and well, and will be back soon!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Leaving on a Jet Plane// I'm Going On an Adventure!

'L.A International Airport, where the big jet engines roar...'

'I'm sitting out here watching airplanes take off and fly...'

And soon I'll be off, going up into the wild blue yonder, and heading for an adventure back East, where lots of family is waiting. 
 I gotta say I'm a little nervous, and will be glad when this whole flying deal over with. 
Ya'll gonna miss me? *winks and laughs* 
 I am not sure when I'll be back on here again. 
So I thought I'd give my blogger friends a quick goodbye. *sniffs* 
 Say a little prayer for me, because flying is nerve-wracking for someone as motion sick as me. 
So 'happy trails until we meet again...' 
 I'll be back before you know it!
                                                                             Signing off,