Sunday, July 31, 2011

I'm Back from Camp....

And already missing it!!!! It seemed to go WAY to fast!!!!! :)

So… We got back July 28th from Fiddle Camp. I didn’t take any classes, as I play Piano and Flute, not really bluegrass type instruments, but I still had a ton of fun!!!!!!
           Here is what a “normal” day there for me looked like.

8:00 A.M. ~ Get up and start getting dressed (trying to get 10 people dressed in a tiny little camper trailer bathroom, one at a time, can take quite a while!), eat breakfast.

9:00 ~ Thomas, Daniel, David, John, Mary, and Julia head to fiddle and Guitar class, while Mom, Luke, Caleb and I hang out around “camp” (that is, the trailer.), and play some “volleyball” (as much volleyball that you can with a 4 and 2-year-old!)
10:30 ~ start wondering if the clock can’t be behind and that it is surly about time for everybody to get back!! Play more “volleyball.” Check the clock again. Volleyball.  Check the clock. Again. Volleyba…….. :D
11:30 ~ everyone gets back from their classes. We sit around, just hang out, eat lunch, and sit around some more…
1:00 P.M. They leave again, and I am left behind. Mom and the kids (now with Julia back for the afternoon.) lay down for a nap, and I am left to myself for 2 ½ hours. I either watch a movie or read a book with earphones and music. (:D)
3:30 ~ everyone gets back from their classes, and we eat a snack and sit around and talk.
4:00 ~ I head off with either mom or Thomas to a dancing class. (I took a Box Waltzing *not sure what it is called* class with Thomas, and that was SOOOO much fun!!!!  I now LOVE waltzing!!!!!!!)
5:00 ~ Head back to the trailer for dinner and getting ready for the evening.
6:45 ~  walk to the gym.

7:00 ~ get out on the dancing floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were square dancing every night, and had the time of our lives doing so. It was square dancing, circle dancing, Reels, Scottish’s (SP?!?!?) Waltz’s and a few embarrassing ones like the Hooky Poky and the Chicken dance. J 

9:00 ~ dancing ends and we get back to the trailer and start getting ready for bed.

10:30-11:30 (maybe later, I don’t know!! :D)  I get done reading and listening to music and go to bed.

AnD dO iT aLl AgAiN ToMoRrOw!!!!!

I had fun, wish it was longer (!!!!! although I heard one guy put it into perspective very well. He said that tenting it for the week really made you NOT wish it was longer!! :D), and would go back and do it again tomorrow!! lol

There were some “different things in the schedule.” Thomas met some people, and on Thursday they invited him and I to go swimming and play volleyball with them. And that was a ton of fun. In case I haven’t told you guys already, I can’t really play volleyball at all, but despite my efforts to lose I still had a ton of fun!! :D

They asked us to come hang out Friday night for “Arm Wrestling and a Jammin’ session.” NOW THAT WAS INCREDIBLY, AWESOMELY, ENTIRELY, AMAZINGLY, COMPLETELY……………..FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We should have filmed the guys getting serious about arm wrestling. They had built a actual table for it and got real serious!!!! Several of them were REALLY strong and took some pride in showing the rest of us how it was really done. At one point one guy stood up and told us all the “secrets” (Which aren’t so secret now) to arm wrestling. It sounded really complicated when you’re serious about it. lol I didn’t do it, but did have a lot of fun watching.  After the arm wrestling we went into the school to jam. Well, everyone else was jamming and I was listening. :D

Andrew and Dad, who had been working all week, came up Thursday evening, and it was fun to be able to dance with Andrew Thursday. :D He can’t do the box waltz, but he sure can do the regular one!!!!

Thomas got invited to do a “advance” square dance performance. It’s where you get taught how to do this crazy hard dance, and then get to preform it twice during the week!!! It was totally cool!!!!!!!!!! took a video of it and will post it when I am at a high-speed internet computer. J
Anyway, I had a lot of fun and will defiantly go back if I can!!!! J

Love to ya’ll,

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Completly a Country Gal!!

Hello my poor neglected readers!!!!
I am so sorry I take so long between posts. I did try (really) last week to post a bunch of pictures but for some odd reason, unknown to me, my computer kicked me off and wouldn't post the pictures. :( But I have been going through my pictures and have picked out a bunch to post soon.

But not this next week I am afraid!! Most of my family and I are heading to a Bluegrass Camp later today for the week. I don't play bluegrass, so I get the job of babysitting the kids. :D

Let’s see... Thomas is playing the guitar, and Daniel, David, John, Mary and (I believe) Julia are all going to be playing the fiddle. I did tell you that they all started playing the fiddle a couple months ago, didn't I?!?!? Well, needless to say, whenever they start to practice I run to the  corner of the house that is farthest away from where they are practicing!!!! :) I really ought to record them sometime and post the video just so you all can hear it!! They are trying hard though, and it is cute to see them all screeching and scratching away on them!!!! lol
And Dad and Andrew are staying home. (My poor brother. He is going to be bored out of his mind!!!!!!!!! I feel so sorry for him!)

Ok, so this is a thing that I wrote a little while back on one of those sleepless nights where you just aren’t tired yet.... I kinda liked how it turned out but would love some comments on it!! :)

I’m completely a Country Gal, Thank-you!!!

To be perfectly honest, I suppose I really seem what you would consider a “citified country gal.”
          Living only three miles out of town, with close neighbors all around me wouldn’t make most people consider me a “country gal,” But I beg to differ!! True, I ‘m not particularly fond of lizards and snakes,*shrikes as little brother holds yet another one under my nose*, or getting dirt under my nails workin’ in mom’s garden, (you break a lot of nails that way! Hey, I’m a home-schooled freshman in high school, I don’t like breaking’ nails!! J) I don’t really like to be out mowing the lawn, and I really do hate getting up in the morning, but I am still a country gal, through and through!
           I’ve watches the miracle of little baby goats being born many times, watched calve from the sale die because we just couldn’t save them. I’ve held baby chicks and felt the wind blow through my hair as I gallop the family mare through the field. I’ve been out fishing with my dad, brothers, and grandpa and watched the sunrise. I’ve even been out mudding* with my oldest brother, (and loved it!!) and gone pheasant hunting on a crisp bright January morning with almost all the family.
          If you tried to take me to a city and make me live in it for longer than a day or two, then you’d better be ready for trouble, and a lot of it! When I go to a big city for the day, I tend to gawk in true country kid fashion, and wonder how on earth that many people can live so close together without one of those huge buildings falling on them!! LOL
          No sir, it’s the country life for me. I may have to clean a chicken coop (when my little brothers can’t,) or get up a little earlier than I would like, or maybe break a nail diggin’ a few weeds for mom, but I’d rather that then living in a crowded city with bright lights, lots of noise, and more people than imaginable. Why in my town, there are barely 5000 people and that is counting all the surrounding farmers and all the other “country folk” like me and my family of 12! We don’t even have a Wal-Mart or Starbucks, and the only “entertainment” we have is a pool and skate park, and that is pretty limited for a poor girl like me who would just fall over if you tried to put her on a skateboard.........… But that is quite another subject!! J

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Busy Summer??

Hey gals,

Well, this month is gonna be pretty busy, 'cause Thomas is leaving next month and we are trying to pack everything into this month.

So.... let see. Last weekend we went up to Oylimpia to visit my Aunt and Uncle and a cousins and second cousins and maybe third cousins for all I know!!!! :) (The whole cousin thing just confuses me, is it a second cousin, or a first cousin once removed?!?!?)

This weekend we are heading to the beach for days, with that family I think I told you about that we went to visit and pulled the all nighter and all that... :) It should be really fun. They have  kids and we have 10, so there will be a whole ton of all kids to watch!! *smiles*

And then the next weekend, Thomas and Andrew are having a huge airsoft war, (with tons of guys. I am already feeling sorry for myself. I think I will have to have a couple of girls over to counter the overwhelming amount of guys!! :) )

And the next weekend (*laughs*) We are heading up to a fiddlein' camp for like 6 days, I think.

And sometime in August we are planning to go bungi jumping... :) SCARY!!!!!!!