Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

Well, I didn't take any pictures of our Thanksgiving meal, but if I had...:-D
Thanksgiving is always a blast at my house, and this year was no different. We had quite a few people over, so we had to set up another dinner table in the family room. The meal was delicious, and I had a great time afterwards talking and playing some games with my family.
Here are just a few random pictures from our day.
Tamara and I

During Apples to Apples. :-DI LOVE that game!




Our family tradition every year is to sit down (after the meal and games) and watch "A Christmas Carol." The version with George C. Scott. Its a fun tradition and something I look forward to every year.


I thank God for so many things! I truly owe everything in my life to him alone!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Ocean

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Our Vacation to Outer Banks, NC

Hello Everyone! Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did! I'll post pictures from Thanksgiving later.
This is a post from our vacation in Outer Banks, NC.
This is the room I stayed in.

The Living room
The Kitchen


On Sunday we visited a church which just happened to be having a dinner that night. We weren't going to stay, but the Pastor and the people there said that we just HAD to! :-D It was very nice!
This is Katie, at church.



On Monday, Oliver went with Katie and Ryan on a ferry ride. I went with my parents to Jockeys State Park, which is basically a lot of sand dunes!:-D
My Parents


The Ocean

















Me on the Sand Dunes
















Me and my Mother


Monday night Katie, Ryan, Oliver and I went wave Jumping. It was SO much fun! Some of those waves were HUGE!:-D


Katie and I








Monday morning we had set an empty pizza box out on our porch and that night when we were sitting in the living room, we heard some noises. Daddy went out and found this opossum in the pizza box. It was actually my first time seeing one. I thought it was a rat!!!
Ugh, it was SO disgusting! :-D


The last day, saying goodbye to the beach. :-(

I had a WONDERFUL time, and I love the ocean!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ever After

A friend of mine recently loaned me one of her many books. She had been absolutely RAVING over this book for months and telling me that I was going to LOVE it!
After opening the package and seeing the book, I was a little let down. By looking at the front cover and reading the back cover, I had the preconceived idea that this book was nothing more than another sappy love story. My friend had given me two other books as well, so I read those within the next two days. Finally, I picked up the book that was so highly praised by my friend. It was a little hard to get into, but after awhile, I could understand what she meant.
About ¾ of way through the book I found myself crying so much that I had to get a tissue. Let me just say that I haven’t cried over a book since I was about 9 and reading about how Crazy Horse was killed by General Custer. This book actually made me cry! I sat the book down about three times because I had to do something else, but each time I picked it back up, I began crying all over again. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two possible answers to this.
1: I’m getting sappy myself as I get older
2: The book was simply a GREAT story and was written VERY well!
I tend to lean toward the second answer.
So, this is just a short book report to let you all know that if your looking for a beautiful and sad (in some parts) book, read Ever After by Karen Kingsbury.
I certainly enjoyed this book even though it wasn't what I would consider my "first choice" kind of book.
Hope you all enjoy it!
By the way, I won't be posting for a few days as I'm going on vacation for five days! So I'll talk to you all later!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A FIELD TRIP!!!!:-D

A few Tuesdays ago my Mom took me on a field trip! It was exciting for me, since my family never really DID field trips to much.
We went to two Historical sites: The home of William Penn (Pennsbury Manor) and Washington's Crossing on the Delaware River.
I got as many pictures as I could, but thought I'd better not try posting them all...:-D As it is, this post will be kinda lengthy: sorry!!!!
Pennsbury Manor. Most of this site was reconstructed in the 1940's since it had long been dilapidated.

Inside the Manor. Our tour guide told me that was allowed to take pictures, but that I couldn't use the flash. So that's why they're kinda blurry...

This was supposed to be William Penn's bed.


I only posted three pictures from the inside, because all of the rooms KIND OF look the same after awhile...:-D



I asked my Mom to take a picture of me in front of the Manor, and she had the zoom on by accident. It actually turned out kind of nice though, with the leaves in the background :-D







There were about four Peacocks walking around. The tour guide told me they were tame, but whenever I walked up to one, it ran away...

After we were finished at Pennsbury, we drove to Washington's Crossing.
I got this picture of the original painting.

Our tour guide told us that this piece of the river was where George Washington crossed with his 2,500 men.


This is the Tavern where George Washington stayed when he layed out the plans for the crossing. The inside was SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!! ALL of the furniture was REAL and whenever one of our group would accidentally lay they're hand on a chair, our tour guide was like, "NOOOOOOOO!!!! That's ANTIQUE!!!!"
He told me I wasn't allowed to take any pictures of the inside. :-( But I guess I can understand, since ALL of the stuff in there was very old and valuable!

After finishing our tour of the Crossing, We drove up to Bowman's Tower and got a beautiful view of the Delaware.


My Mother




And that's it for my field trip post.
One thing that I found VERY interesting, is that Washington's Crossing is closing down. As it is now they're only open about three days a week, since they don't have the funds to hire workers, and volunteers are hard to come by. The lady at the ticket counter told us that Washington's Crossing had attempted to become part of the State Historical Society, but that they were not accepted since they were small. I thought that was SO sad! My state, Pennsylvania, is paying for BRAND new Football Stadiums (or whatever it is they're spending money on), while Pennsylvania Historical Sites are closing because of lack of advertisement and state funding.
Anyway, I'll get off my rant for now. If you haven't been able to tell by now, I'm a History FANATIC!!!!!:-D

Hay Ride

A few months ago Oliver and I went to a Hay ride/farm day at my sisters in-laws house. I've been meaning to put these pictures up, but just never got around to it until now. So, enjoy!
This is Mr. Shreve and my brother Oliver





Me, sitting with Kylee on the wagon.


Laken and I

Ryan, my brother-in-law.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday!

Wow, its been awhile since I've posted anything on here! I'm behind in my news. And pictures. But here are just a few pictures from my birthday. These were taken on Sunday.


A LOT more has been going on since that, but at the moment, I'm feeling kinda sick. Not sure if its just a cold (I don't think it is) or if its Flu.
:-(
Post more later!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I've been tagged!


Well, my blog has been tagged by The Hartley Family Blog
so here goes...
Random Questions Tag
What kind of car would you like when you're older?
Hmm...when I was about 12 I LOVED Eclipses and wanted one. But now I'll settle for anything that won't let me sit by the side of the road. :-)
Where would you want to live when you're older?
In a house...:-)
Do you want to go to college?
Yes
How many siblings do you have?
Six!

Are you Random?
Yes, very random

How many children would you like to have when you're married?
As many as I can!:-)
Boys or girls?
Both are great!

This or That:

City or Country girl?
um, I would hate to think of myself as a city girl, but I don't like the sound of "Country girl". But I AM a girl, and I DO live in the country. ;-) and LOVE it!

Gourmet meals or steak with a big salad?
Steak with a big salad. Gourmet makes me feel like a hog when I go back for seconds. :-)
Flying or driving?
I love BOTH!
Bike riding or swimming?
hmm, I guess Swimming.

Sports or no sports?
No Sports, unless its dodge ball or Red Rover....Wait, are they SPORTS????
:-)
Books or movies?
Books AND movies!
Outside or inside?
both

School or chores?
I guess school...
Wednesday or Sunday?
Sunday

Friends or Family?
(I'm copying Laurens answer cuz its so good!!!:-)
My family is crazy but my friends are crazier... I love them both!
This or that?

Fried or scrambled eggs?
Scrambled
Pancakes or cereal?
Pancakes
Big meal or something small?
Am I trying to lose weight or not????

Movie or TV show?
movie
Favorites:
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Hike
What is your favorite meal?
FOOD!!!!:-)
What is your favorite pass-time?
Writing letters to pen pals.

Where is your favorite place to read a good book?
my bedroom
What is your favorite vegetable?
String beans

I think I'll tag:
Cora Beth
and Miriam
Sorry it took me so LONG to do! :-) Enjoy you guys!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Just a few pictures!

These were taken on Sunday: The 15th anniversary of my church.
My gorgeous sister Katie and her handsome husband, Ryan

Four of the five sisters were there, so we took a few goofy pictures! (WE MISSED YOU SARAH!!!!!!) :-(



That's it for now! This is a sister-post!:-) I Love all of my big sisters IMMENSELY, and I don't know what I'd do without them!

I Love you guys!