Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving, etc.

So, how was your Thanksgiving?
Mine was great!
We went to our grandma's house (our dad's parents) and our cousins (there are only three) came over.
We ate a lot (of course), played games, and talked, and talked, and talked.
Two of our cousins are in college, and the other is in high school, so I'm the only one who's not younger than any of them, but Joe is finally old enough that we can all play games together.

We're making gingerbread houses this weekend!
For the past two years, we've actually made our own gingerbread from scratch, which is really fun!
It's cool because we don't all have to make the same kind of house,
we have a book with different patterns in it, so we all make different ones!
Today we baked all the pieces for the houses,
and tomorrow we're going to assemble and decorate them. 
I'm going to try to make mine like a Hansel and Grettel house. :)

We also just got back from watching Thor 2 in theaters!
It was really, really good.
The characters were very well developed and continued, the story line was great, and the costumes and settings were awesome. 
Loki was splendid, as well.

Talk to ya'll later!
Christina

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rambly, Rambly, Rambly

Hello!
I can't wait for Wednesday!!!
I get a 5-day weekend!

In other news....;)
Tonight is the last rehearsal before we start rehearsing in the Festhalle!!
(that's where we perform)
It's so much fun to start doing it on the actual stage
With the set
And props
And our hairdos
And costumes!!
(not makeup, everyone looks weird with all that makeup)
I'm so excited!!!

Remember that research paper I mentioned?
The one about chocolate?
Well, it was due today.
We had/have to do presentations on our topics.
One girl researched mermaids.
She believes in mermaids.
There's this "thing" called Aquatic Ape something that says that mermaids were the in-between stage of apes and humans in evolution. *barf*
The class (at least the part that I could see) nearly died of not laughing.
We were exchanging glances like mad.
It was the weirdest and funniest thing I've heard in a while.

I've got a new story idea.
I know, I know.
I never did anything with Idlewild.
The problem is that I didn't actually plan it out like a story
I just got the idea for a beginning and kind of went with it.
If I ever find some spare time lying around somewhere I may use it for that.
Prob'ly not. :P
Anyway, I have this story idea that I'm really excited about!
It's about a 16 year-old girl named Cora who lives in a tiny beach town with her aunt and uncle.
I'm going for a little bit Anne of Green Gables, a little bit Little Women, and whole lot of me. :)
I have a Pinterest board for it here if yer interested. ;)

Well, that's all.
Here's an adorable little girl to finish off this post!
Bye now!
Christina

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

Back Cover: The Minnipins have lost their past.
     Long ago, the hero Gammage led them in war against the horrible Hairless Ones. But now--
Bravery? Forgotten. Courage? No more. Heroes? The stuff of storybooks.
     Yet sometimes heroes turn up when they are least expected. . . .

     Muggles, Gummy the poet, and Walter the Earl are not like the other Minnnipins. They dress differently, speak their minds, and--when Walter the Earl finds a package of old scrolls and swords--dare to disagree with with the Minnipin leaders. For their troubles, they are banished from their village.
     But Walter the Earl found the weapons for a reason: The Hairless Ones have returned. And this time there is no Gammage to protect the Minnipins. This time there are only Muggles and her friends, outlaws who must rescue the very people who have cast them out.

My Thoughts: I have read this book 3 times and love it every single time. It is so fun, and funny, and exciting. Actually, there are several parts that remind me of LOTR, not the writing style, but the story, but at the same time it doesn't feel like a rip-off of LOTR.
    The story is set in the fictional village of Slipper on the Water in the Land Between the Mountains. The Minnipins are folk of tradition, they never do anything out of the ordinary. Everyone wears green cloaks and paints their doors green. Except for "Them." Gummy writes "scribbles" that aren't proper poems, Curley Green paints "blobs" that aren't proper paintings, and Walter the Earl is always studying history.
     Muggles isn't exactly one of "Them", but she sometimes wears a orange sash instead of the typical green. People say that she is "simple" and forgive her for being occasionally influenced by "them."
     However, when Muggles sees fires on the mountains, Walter the Earl finds a stash of old documents and armor, and Gummy confesses to having a home near the mountains, Muggles knows that something is happening.
     I love this book. It is very well written and a lovely story. Muggles is very relatable character and all of "Them" are lovely characters as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy sort of stories with a hint of LOTR and Wizard of Oz.

Plus: It has a map! I love maps in books!
Bad Content: None!

Age Range: It says ages 8 and up, but I didn't read it until 7th grade and I still love it!

Sequel: The Whisper of Glocken. I've never read it, but it's on my list!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Love to Win


"See you on Monday!" I waved to my friends and began the short trek to my car. It had been a good day. I'd gotten 100% on my math test, and Spanish and English were going well.
To my left was a green lawn on which the college softball team was warming up. There were several girls stretching and chattering. I passed them nearly every day after school and I always watched them as I walked by, fond memories arising of my past time in softball. 
As I turned away, I heard a different voice begin to talk to the girls and looked back. It appeared to be their coach. Far off as she was, I could just hear her say,
"You have to love winning more than you fear losing,"
Immediately, I began to mentally pick apart what she had said. What did that really mean? I had always been skeptical of anyone else's little phrases, especially when there's a good possibility that they don't share my worldview. I nearly dismissed it from my mind when it struck me: as a Christian, we need to love winning more than we fear losing. 
We need to be more excited to do what is right than to fear "sticking out like a sore thumb."
We need to let our love for God overtake our fear of the world.
We need focus on what is winning in God's eyes, even if it means losing in the world's. 

"You need to love winning more than you fear losing"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Answers


there are days when you think you're "doing it right"
when you think you understand
what it takes to be a Christian
when you think you know
how to fully trust God
when you think
that you are living in love

but the very next day
your heart aches with worry
you are rude to your family
you "fail at life"
you wonder what you did
to lose your glorious place
and what you didn't do
to make you feel so low

soon you must realize
that there are no answers
there is no formula
to getting it all right
there is no way to fix your life
for once and for all
you always will be struggling
so why worry so much?

there is no need to worry
to hurt yourself with trying
to hate yourself for doing wrong
to search for all the answers
just live and try to trust him
to love him and to serve him
he knows what you are facing
and he's ready to help

there's nothing wrong with struggling
with worrying and wondering
with trying to do better
but remember that he knows
he understands and loves
and in him the truth is found
that it doesn't matter if it's hard
we simply can't give up

there are no answers
we are free to struggle

Monday, November 18, 2013

I've Heard...


I've heard that I'm talented,
I've  heard that I'm smart
I've heard that I'm pretty
I've heard that I'm amazing


Hearing all these things
I feel uncomfortable
And I often believe
That they're not credible


However, now I know
That what everyone is seeing
Is you shining through
And nothing that I've done.


Now I can accept
The things that they say
And then can credit them
To you, my God and King

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Shrek//Busy Week Ahead

Hola!
I like centering my posts :)
Hehe.

Last night we went to the high school's production of Shrek: The Musical.
It was okay.
The acting was great, but the story was lame.

Every year, the high school puts on a musical, and every other year it is a district musical, which means that kids of all ages are included. I knew a fair amount of kids in the cast, so that was fun!
There were two girls from our co-op (one of which was teen Fiona!), Marnie from church, Allie and Devan from piano lessons, Grace (she was my sister in Sound of Music!), and Alex, a girl that I've known for a while from various places. Alex played Fiona, which was really neat!
The best parts were Fiona in the tower and Lord Farquaad.

They had three Fiona's, child, teen, and adult. (though of course, the "adult Fiona" was played by a high-schooler). 
They showed each one in the tower singing (they had awesome voices!) and then all three of them singing together. That part was really cool!

And then Lord Farquaad.
Of course, he's supposed to be super short, so the actor was on his knees wearing a costume that had legs connected to his thighs, so his walking was hilarious!!
He was very funny.

The actor for Shrek was good. He was actually an adult.

The donkey was okay.
He was trying to talk like a black guy like in the movie, but it was hard to understand him.
He talked kind of fast and mushy.

Of course, there was plenty of crude humor, which is lame.
So overall it was okay.
Good acting, poor scripting.

Anyway, I'm going to have a super busy week this week, so I may not post that much. 
I have rehearsals, preparation for piano recital, and a research paper to write.
Ugh. Research.
I'm researching chocolate by the way. :)
Have a great Sunday!
Christina

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little L-'s

Last night we watched "little kid videos"
which is what we call the old recordings of us when we were little.
There are several things that the "little us" said that are frequently quoted in our house.
I thought they might interest y'all (and maybe even cause a chuckle?)
In no particular order...

"I've always wanted one of these!"
 - Young Christina - used after receiving a present.

"They're yucky!" pause, then whispers, "I like yucky these"
 - Young Joe - after asked how his chicken nuggets tasted.

"Hey Dad, remember that thing I used to put cheese in?"
 - Young Will - random question, but pronounced Dad as "Day-ad"

"If you ever ask me, bang bang bang!"
- Young Christina - hoping that Will will let her hit his pinata.

"Dad, you know!"
- Young Thomas - after Dad asked him how old he was

"I like to play with chains"
- Young Thomas - chains pronounced "chay-ns"

"Camera this!"
- Young Christina - trying to get Dad to video her

There are probably plenty more, but I can't think of them at the moment :)
Hope you enjoyed!
Christina

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ah, The Life of a College Girl...

Thanks everyone for commenting on yesterday's post! That was fun!


It's really, really weird to me that I am in college.
 This is the time that all my life I thought 
"whoa, when I'm that old I'm going to be so smart and know what I'm doing, etc."
Um no.
I don't know what I'm doing.

Honestly, it feels like a game.
Like I have to shift things around so that I can get my required classes in while also getting enough credits.
But I also have some choice in the matter.
And at the same time like it all doesn't really matter.
Like a game, y'know?

At times I feel like I'm managing someone else's life and I'm somewhere in the background.
Anyone know what I mean?

Right now I'm registering for winter quarter.
I'll probably take Spanish 2, Pre-calculus 2, Fitness Lab, and Volleyball. 
I have friends in every class except volleyball. Yay!

My current classes are all going quite well.
English is the hardest. My teacher is supposed to be a hard grader.
It's true, she is. But she's also a great teacher.

My Spanish teacher is a bit...eccentric, you could say.
But he's good too.
You just have to get used to his anger when people don't do their homework.
Or his confusion when people ask a question.
Or his way of acting like your question is ridiculous.

Ah well, the life of a college girl...;)
Have a splendid day!
Christina

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Little Kids // A Tidbit of My Life

Isn't this girl gorgeous?

For the past few months I've been volunteering in our church nursery once a month. I usually only get three kids in there (we have a fairly small church, and several moms keep their babies with them). However, last Sunday five kids came in, three of which weren't my "regulars". In addition to the two "regular" toddlers I had a baby and two more toddlers. The baby was very easy (he just sat in one of those circular play things with all the toys around the edges). Lexi is a little difficult because she wants everything for herself, but Gabe and Luke are fairly easy.

Anyway, this story is really about Sam. She came in with her mom, who wanted to ease her into being in the nursery by staying with her for a little while. Finally, her mom was ready to leave, and she set her down and said goodbye. Sam was pretty sad and would have gone after her mom except that I picked her up (yes, she did struggle). She was crying pretty hard and I tried all the usual things, y'know, reassuring her that her mom will be back, trying to distract her, etc.

When nothing worked (not that I really expected those things to, but it's worth a shot, right?), I decided to sing. Of course, because I was in a nursery, the only thing I could think of was Jesus Loves Me. I carried her around in slow circles, bouncing her and singing, and, wonder of wonders, she quieted down! It was so sweet! She actually got quieter, where she was still crying, but not loudly. Eventually, I sat down with her and she kept crying softly on my shoulder. When Luke brought a book over for me to read, she looked and listened, and I would catch her stealing glances at me with her her big grey eyes. A moment after I looked at her, she would turn away.

She continued to cry for a while, but she eventually stopped and started playing with some toys. She was a real sweetie. I hope she comes back!

Well, I hope this wasn't too long for ya'll! I considered shortening it, but y'know :)
Thanks for reading!
Christina                                                                                   Photo via Pinterest

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sometimes


Sometimes,
when I look at all you can do,
And the ways God is using you,
I feel jealous


Sometimes,
when I hear of your success,
Your God-given awesomeness,
Mine fades away



But then,
When I feel envy creeping in,
I look at what God's done for me,
And I feel better



Once again,
Everything falls into place,
And I have a joy that is so great
It is from God



Always,
I want to share in your joy,
To love unselfishly,
As you do me



Again,
I will look at you jealously,
Then God will remind me,
Of his perfect plan
scribbled a few months ago by Christina

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Frosty Leaves

It's getting colder! 
We've finally gotten to the point where the ground is covered in frost each morning.
I can't wait until we start building fires!
I love waking up to the crackle of a warm fire on a frosty Saturday morning
Enjoy! 












All photos were taken by Christina

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Happy Post

Hi guys,
I'm happy right now.
Why, you may ask?


1
After school I went to get frozen yogurt with Kara and Kyrie, two of my newer friends.
Well, I've kind of known Kyrie for a long time, but we're more friends now than before. :)
It was super fun; we talked about books, movies, funerals (yes, funerals) etc.
It's fun 'cause even though we don't all like the same stuff (they don't like Charles Dickens, at all)
None of us care. We each appreciate the others' opinions.

2
*singing* I have a three day weekend! I have a three day weekend! (Jack Sparrow anyone?)
First time in my life that I've gotten Veteran's day off of school!

3
My mind is brimming with story ideas. 
Even though I don't really have time to write them down, it's still fun :)

Side Note: remember Idlewild? That story I kind of started in the summer? Well, I haven't written any more. The next part is going to take up too much brain energy for me to just scribble it down while lying in bed.
Seriously, that's how I wrote the other parts.
Anyway, I don't know when/if I'll write more.
Hopefully someday....;)

4
The amazing comments that I've been getting. 
Thanks everyone :)

So, how are you doing? Got any plans for the weekend? 
Have an awesome weekend!
Christina
P.S. Please pray for Anna's family!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My One and Only Fandom//A Rant

Ya'll might be like "what??? only one fandom??"
Well, I have only one thing that I am rather obsessed with.
Narnia
I love Narnia so much.
It is the best story since ever.

Yes, I like LOTR, Anne of Green Gables, Scarlet Pimpernel, Charles Dickens, etc., etc. etc.
I have millions of literary loves.

But Narnia.
We have the Radio Theatre dramatization--which I love.
I don't know about you, but Narnia gives me thrills.
I mean, how could it not??
It's so magical and exciting, and awesome!!

I've been listening to the dramatization while driving to and from rehearsals.
It's not a perfect dramatization.
They do leave some things out.
But it's still splendid.
I've listened to these about 4-5 times each (each story, that is)

Since rehearsals started, I've finished The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and now I'm listening to The Horse and His Boy.

It's so fun!!!

There were some quotes from TMN that I wanted to share. I provided some previous quotation so that you know what the context is, but the part I love is in bold :)

"Well, I do think someone might have arranged about our meals," said Digory.
"I'm sure Aslan would have, if you'd asked him," said Fledge.
"Wouldn't he know without being asked?" said Polly.
"I've no doubt he would," said the Horse (still with his mouth full). "But I've a sort of feeling he likes to be asked."
"Alas," said Aslan, shaking his head. "It will. Things always work according to their nature. She [Jadis] has won her heart's desire; she has unwearying strength and endless days like a goddess. But length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want: they do not always like it."

"For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are."
 My favorite part of TMN is when Aslan creates Narnia. It's so beautiful.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this fanble (y'know, fan ramble :P)
Have a lovely day!
Christina

Monday, November 4, 2013

Love It {#2}

I have absolutely no idea why, but I love freckles!
Do you know what I mean?
There's something so...I don't know, novel? whimsical? about them.











What about you? Are you strangely drawn to freckled faces?
Maybe it's just me :)

(notice a trend in these pics? most of the older girls aren't smiling. I guess it's because the older you are, the more serious...not. hehe)