Showing posts from July, 2015

The Ride Back

I announced that we were home, but I didn't say how we got back.

We flew (obviously) out of the tiny Great Falls airport (five gates, one store, one restaurant, one escalator going up, one going down, impossible to get lost) in a very small plane (it could seat about 40 people). It was only about an hour and a half flight, and very bumpy. I've decided I don't like small planes.

Getting off the plane in Denver, I forgot that the ceiling over the seats was not very high, so when I stood up, I banged my head, really loudly, on it. I heard a few "oohs"'s.

Finding out that our second flight was delayed by an hour and a half, we settled down for our almost three hour layover. It was nice. We got to have dinner and a snack, and watch an I Love Lucy. I also got the internet to work, so I read a few blogposts.

The second plane was beyond nice. I've flown a lot, and not all the planes I've been on have a bunch of legroom. This plane had a bunch of legroom. Even…

Home Sweet Home

Ok, so we didn't actually arrive home until about 12:15-20am, so technically we travelled home over the course of two days, but anyways. We're home, and there was a surprise for us.

Somehow, while we were gone, Mom managed (with a great deal of help) to re-arrange the entire upstairs, paint a room, and get somebody to add a wall so we could have a total of five bedrooms upstairs. I know. I'm still in shock. And this was all with a sick kid, and Lydia working for a great portion of the day out of the house.

I thought I was going to be asleep by now, but I'm way to hyped up and excited. I have my own room back!

There's still a lot to do, I have a bunch of stuff to go though, I have laundry to do, I have a bathroom to clean, I have a closet to organize... Yeah.

Oh! I just remembered, I have a tag to do as well.

So. Many. Things. To. Do.



I'm Sleepy

July 27, 2015, Still Monday
Everything was closed. *cue The Park Is Closed from Jurassic World
Ok, not everything, just all the museums we wanted to go to. It would seem that everybody else decided it was a good day to stay in bed and snuggle down inside their covers whilst reading a good book home. We drove around for a bit, and stopped for lunch at Subway, because we couldn’t find a Chickfila, before arriving back at the house around 4:15ish. At least it was a nice day for a drive, we got to see a lot of pretty country.
Before our little excursion, we parked outside the library so that some of us, ok, I, could catch up on email a bit, Post a blogpost, and so that I could send dad the pic of his fish. I think I had around 20 emails, not including my junk inbox, which had five emails in it. 
Thing is, I have like, three different email accounts that I check on a regular basis, so not all of them came in at once. So, at first, I thought I only had eight emails (not bad, right), then…

It Continues

July 24, 2015, Friday

Being able to check email two days in a row is really a blessing, even if it’s just for about two minutes.

We picked up dad today.

July 26, 2015, Sunday

I crawled out of bed around 8 this morning to a hot pancake breakfast, before heading out to church at 9:30. It was a good service on the whole book of 2 John.

Yesterday we went to the pond again. After a morning in the sun, with no luck, I went to lie down across the back row of seats in the truck. Three hours later… “What? It’s time to go already?” “Yeah, it’s almost 6, we need to go back for dinner.” *nods sleepily* “Great, lemme sit so there’s room for Christian. Ow, I’ve got a splitting headache!” “Well, you haven’t had much water at all today, and a rolled up sweatshirt doesn’t always make the best pillow.” “Touché.”

We left to go to the lake around lunch time. Funny thing, Christian is eating like crazy, but almost every day, I’ve not been hungry enough to eat lunch. Been starving by dinner, but just not …

To Get Y'all Up To Speed...

Good news first: the library is within walking distance!

We are several days into the trip now, and what are we doing? Eating, sleeping, and fishing. That’s about it. There is so much to tell, but I don’t think it will be all in order. Oh well.
Never mind that I am way way way behind in my reading for school (I should have finished Gulliver’s Travels by now). I can’t remember the last time I checked my email, though, it will be checked as soon as I get to wifi, and probably before this gets posted. 23 emails later…
Let’s go back in time to the day we arrived, Sunday, I believe it was. We arrived in Augusta, Montana, tired and hungry. But after dinner, we felt ready to try out a lake several miles out of town. Just don’t tell anyone that my license didn’t go into effect until the next day. We didn’t catch anything. 
On Monday, we met up with a friend of Grampa’s and went fishing at a couple of lakes. I think Christian may have caught something, Grampa caught a really big one (five poun…

Today Is The Day

Well, we are going to be arriving at our final destination this afternoon, so I must say farewell, see y'all soon!


The Voices Are Back!

It's awesome when your characters start talking to you again, but it's slightly annoying when it's after midnight, and you can't see anything to write on, so when you do eventually write it down (in the dark, cause, you know, wouldn't want to wake myself up any more than I already was), it looks like a five-year-old's handwriting.

So, yes, my June QQ is coming back to me.


We are now in Billings Montana, and will, Lord willing, reach our destination tomorrow. To celebrate, Christian and I asked mom and dad if we could rent The Battle of The Five Armies. They said yes! Now, I have to deal with Adobe Flashplayer not working.

Last night, The Desolation of Smaug was showing on TV.

Did we watch it? Yes. *nods* Yes, of course. And why shouldn't we? I'll not even mention the fact that we missed the first third, but oh well. It was only the second time for both of us to see it. We have a blueray dvd, but we only have one blueray player (in the living room),…

On The Road; Thus Far

It is now day two of our drive to Montana. Despite the fact that I got a good seven and a half hours of sleep last night (I was not about to interrupt the hop-scotch tournament going on directly above us), and slept off and on throughout the day, I am still tired. :/

The first day, that would be Wednesday, we had a very short 4-5 hour drive up to Oklahoma to see the National Cowboy Museum. It was very interesting, but no photography was allowed. After another 30-45 minute drive, we arrived at our hotel, drove around town in search of dinner, went back to the hotel to check in and look up restaurant options (my job).

I was able to pull up the top recommendations on the internet, and found that the reviews for the restaurant we were originally planning to go to, mostly were complaints about the cleanliness (the lack there-of) and the service. Appalled that we were even thinking about going there, Thinking "surely there must be something better than that," I found an Italian pl…

Snippets Of Story

To post, or not post? I'm usually very protective about my works in progress.

Ha! I even told Lydia once, "It's my baby... But I want to kill it!"
I run home at a fast pace, quickly losing Brec and Favik. I slow to a walk when I reach our hut. I search under my cot for my sword, disregarding Greyla’s calls to care for the livestock, bring in another pail of water, and would you please quiet the dog? I grasp the cool metal hilt, and pull my sword out into the light. -The Lost Kingdom
Amarth. The fae who gave me this ‘gift’ was notorious for doling out charmingly horrendous curses. Charming for her sense of humor, but horrendous for the receiver. I’ve tried to find her, but she is strangely elusive unless… unless what? I don’t even know. -Now They Whisper (my June QQ that decided leave me stranded)
“There is a reason her name means Doom. That is why you are here. All through your life we have been watching and studying you. You have a fighter’s heart, even when the cu…

Movie Quotes~ Answers

The time is up! Thank you all for your participation!

1. "All good things, all good things." Frozen, Olaf.

2. "My hands are clean in all this...figuratively." Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End, Captain Jack Sparrow.

3. "What are you doing?" "Stuff" "What kind of stuff?" "Super cool stuff you wouldn't understand!" Despicable Me, Vector and Agnes.

4. "I will tell you. I don't know." I realize, this one may have been difficult, my apologies. Fiddler On The Roof, Tevye.

5. "Pity comes too late, turn around and face your fate!" Phantom Of The Opera, The Phantom.

6. "I like whispering too." Elf, Buddy.

7. "Is it tasty? Is it scrumptious? Is it crunchable?" The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gollum.

8. "You seem somewhat familiar, have I threatened you before?" Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, but also On Stranger Tides, Captain Jack Sparrow.

9. "…

Packing Party

Oh the joys of discerning which clothes to take on vacation.

Well, this trip it's pretty easy, no skirts, or dresses, or anything pink, whatsoever.

Oh wait. That's basically how I pack to go anywhere.

As the departure date for the Montana trip draws near, I have been reminded multiple times a few times to figure out what I'll wear to fish in. The boys' section of the thrift store is an awesome place to find t-shirts, as the ladies' section has no idea what a 'real' t-shirt, that isn't pink or purple, looks like. Christian scored it really big, and came home with a really comfy looking Captain America t-shirt.

I usually pack in a backpack, or duffle, so when I was told to pack in an actual suitcase, I had to think a minute, and try to remember the best way to go about doing so, especially since I won't be sharing it with anyone (people with big families = at least two people packing in one suitcase so everything will fit in the car).

Christian and I …

"Captain America: The First Avenger" Review

It was around the time I got my Pinterest account that Marvel was exploding all over the place. Of course, since I had no idea what "Marvel" was, I completely disregarded everything. I may have seen a few trailers, but all I thought was, "Super heroes. Yeah. Ok. Cool. Moving on."

It was when many of my friends were deeply into Marvel, and would not stop mentioning it, that it finally got my attention. So when Lydia, who normally watches stuff like Batman and Mission Impossible with her hands over her eyes, saw Captain America before I did... I had to see it, pronto.

The next day, Lydia stopped by at the teeny-tiny library, found it, and checked it out. Christian and I watched it that night.

The good:

WOW! Those stunts were amazing!

The casting was very well done.

The story was very well written, it kept me on edge, and made me want to see the next one.

I was glad that they gave Cap a team instead of letting him do everything by himself.

The bad:

There is language, t…

"Into The Woods" Review

Lydia and I had been wanting to see this movie ever since it came out, a very long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away a long while ago. The family finally watched it a few nights ago, but was a bit disappointed.

Please keep in mind, we bear no hard feelings to any of the cast or crew for making it.

The good:

The sets were amazing! The lighting was stupendous! The cast was perfect! The stories were all woven together excellently!

It was all relatively easy to follow, there were a few parts that took some pondering, but I think that everyone understood what happened in the movie.

Whoever edited the scenes was truly gifted in that department.

I did like that they referenced David and Goliath, by having Jack kill the giantess with a stone to the forehead.

The bad:

"Choose what's right for you."

Wait, what? Are you kidding me? No! That's like, a huge fallacy of some sort. I learned about it in Philosophy, but I can't remember exactly what it is called.

"I'm s…

Hand, Foot, and Mouth

And so, the epidemic begins.

Somehow, a family in our church caught hand, foot, and mouth disease, and have since passed it on to us.

Both Gabe and Mia have it, and it is only a matter of time before all the kids have it, or we are all healthy again.

Lydia has not been exposed...yet. So that's good. But she can't eat with us. Her and my room is supposedly a 'safe zone', so none of the kids are allowed in there, except, of course, me, because I sleep in there.

Mom made a run for food before we were quarantined, and Lydia checked out a few books and movies from the itty bitty library.

While everyone else watched the original Swiss Family Robinson, Christian and I watched Captain America (review to come).

Hopefully we will be back to normal soon.


I Have The Beginnings of My Own Fleet

Of fangirls.


My little sisters, with the initials 'Ava' and 'Mia', have been fangirling over Pirates of The Caribbean.

Meanwhile, we just got word that Lydia's and my first OTP, or ship, whichever you prefer, are actually getting married.


We used to tease them so badly when we were like, seven and eight!

And the girl used to hate the guy.... Hmmm....

Now Lydia and I are reminiscing about everything we did and said to them, and laughing, and maybe, just maybe, fangirling just a bit.


Movie Quotes

Sometimes, us kids like to play this little game while we are at the table.

The rules are quite simple, really. All you have to do is,
(1) Read each quote
(2) Enlighten us as to which movie it came from*
(3) Say who said it.*

Hope you enjoy it!

1. "All good things, all good things."

2. "My hands are clean in all this...figuratively."

3. "What are you doing?" "Stuff" "What kind of stuff?" "Super cool stuff you wouldn't understand!"

4. "I will tell you. I don't know."

5. "Pity comes too late, turn around and face your fate!"

6. "I like whispering too."

7. "Is it tasty? Is it scrumptious? Is it crunchable?"

8. "You seem somewhat familiar, have I threatened you before?"

9. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

10. "Did everyone see that, because I will not be doing it again!"

May the odds be ever in your favor.

No, I have…

In Which I Randomly Write About Tea, Snakes, Books, And Other Random Things

Or, maybe I'll talk write about why I like tea. Probably going to do both.

I love tea! Even though I manage to forget I have it while it's brewing, until, of course, two or three hours later. I like it strong. And cold.

One time, I had a tea drinking contest with Christian throughout the entire day. He quit after six cups, I stopped after ten. I wanted to make sure I beat him.

Out of The Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis) is a great story! It almost reminds me of Gulliver's Travels.

“You could never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me.” – C. S. Lewis (True, that^)

I over-slept this morning. 
Lydia has a baby come from 6am to 5:30pm on Tuesdays. Baby was rather 'joyful' this morning. 
A snake found me in the nesting-box area of the chicken coop on Sunday night. I didn't scream like a little girl. They are a whole lot scarier when they are at eye-level. Lydia freaked out screamed like a little girl, though she states that it was a perfectly ton…

Just A Rather Very Boring(?) Life Post

I sit down at the laptop, wanting to write, but the characters aren't ready to talk. I want to write something, so I'll give y'all a peek at what's going on.

Happy 4th of July!

Currently cooking:

Since mom bribed me with tea, I just made big sticky mess, but you'll love them anyways kefir biscuits. We'll have them with the strawberry jam she made earlier before some of us head off to church. For those of you who don't know what kefir is, it's sort-of like yogurt, except, if I remember correctly, yogurt is cooked and kefir is not. It's good for your gut. The biscuits are, like, the best ever. They taste particularly delicious with butter and lemon infused honey.

Currently reading:

I'm trying to hurry up and finish A passage to India, but it's just so slow, and long, and not exactly the type of book I would normally like to just pick up and read in an afternoon. I also recently found free copies of Les mis, The Last of The Mohicans, and A tale…

Officially Freaking-out

It was a dark and stormy night. The fog was so thick, it could have been cut with a butter-knife.

Ok, not that drastic.

But it was dark!

It was a quiet evening, all was well. I was watching Wimbledon with my Gramma, when this email came in:

Thinking I had somehow been hacked (a possibility, somebody has recently been trying to get into my Google account, but that was resolved by a simple password change), I sent an I'm absolutely terrified, what should I do email to my mom and dad asking their opinion, and also tried to get Lydia's attention.

Wait, what? It cannot be!

But it is...

Thanks so much for the biggest freak-out of this year Lydia! (I will be getting even)