Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Noah!



My middle brother,  Noah, is eleven years old today! 
A few facts about Noah?
He is sweet and loves quality time. (I'm  afraid I don't give him enough of it).
He has the most beautiful, mesmerizing deep brown eyes.
He loves to draw and color.
Since he was born just three days after Christmas, I have memories of my sister and me going to the hospital to await his arrival in our bright red Christmas dresses. Papa and Grandma came to stay with us. We have footage of Natalie, Tim, and me jumping up and down to try and get enough height to see him through the hospital window.
I remember helping to feed him when he was around a year old; unable to contain my excitement over going on a vacation to see our friends, I poured it all into his patient ears.
I also remember that he's always been a noisemaker; Mom tells us she remembers hearing it get really loud all of a sudden, so she would tell the three older kids to be quiet, only to realize it was the baby in the highchair making all the noise.
I remember his first Christmas; we went to Idaho to see Papa and Grandma. We have the sweetest pictures of him and Papa from that time. (Although, he's always been partial to Grandma, because she prepared him a special treat and carefully fed it to him when we went to see them after he got his tonsils removed and couldn't eat solid food for a while).
Today, we surprised him and had his friend, Tim, over for the day. It was so funny to see his reaction! He got that huge grin that is unique only to him. :)
Happy birthday, Noah! I love you!
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Life and A Tale of Two Cities + Blooper Reel

Hello all! How are you? I've enjoyed reading your posts, although the fact that I don't get on my laptop much (I tend to do most things from my tablet these days) has made it hard for me to comment, since blogger often glitches on said tablet.
It's, as you know,, there's been some partying going on. :) Besides the regular school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and AWANA on Wednesday nights, this week we went to our choir Christmas party which went from 4:30 to 9:30. I had to get there earlier, though, because I needed geometry help from my friend. :P But the party was so fun! We had an indoor snowball fight (with fake snowballs), sang and sang and sang, ate delicious food, and played Apples to Apples.
The next day, I went to my friend Elizabeth's birthday party. (Thanks for having me!) We watched Christmas classics, ate pizza, and played games...including Mafia, during which my friend Chloe totally betrayed me. She completely had me fooled into thinking she was a townsperson, right up until my death by her hand.
And tonight is my sister and two youngest brother's piano recital. (The first time for the boys, so should be awesome!)
My Great Books class's most recent project was to divide the class into two halves and have each one make a musical video on A Tale of Two Cities. It was super fun to make, and although I don't care much for my acting, and Sophie was cruel and put in a montage of me laughing (I think she just wanted to get something on me), I'm pleased with how it turned out so I thought I'd share it here. :)
Well, I'd best be off to study for my chemistry test and drink coffee. I'm so glad that this is the  last week of school! And on Thursday, all our classes our shorter so we can have a Christmas party. 
 I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season!