Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review: Little House on the Prairie Series

Ya, ya, I know. Most people read the Little House books when they're in 4th grade. But I don't like reading, and it took me a while to find the WHOLE series, which I wanted to read at the same time, in order. All that to say that I just read the series, and I thought it was great. Personally, I prefer non-fiction books or realistic fiction books - I'm not into Sci-Fi, Harry Potter, or anything like that. So the Little House Series was a perfect pick for me in the first place. However, I honestly think that the perspective of the books is perfect! Laura Ingalls Wilder really knew how to just write about simple, family stories. And to think, I've gone my whole life thinking that the show followed the books exactly. Ya.right. As much as I love both the show and the books, they're totally different! Anyways. Just a short little post to let you know that, yes, I like Little House on the Prairie - both the books and the show :)

P.S. Okay, so the show actually gets me out of bed every morning - it starts at 10:00 and I promised myself I could only watch it if I got out of bed, showered, and got dressed by the time it started. But it's a great, sappy, cheesy show to start my day out with :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

mInNeSoTa MaDnEsS 2o1o

This last week, my family and I took our yearly trip up to Minnesota - only this time, we drove a lot farther, and we had a few more complications.

I started thinking about the trip early on - my cousin's wedding, my grandma's 80th Birthday party, seeing all of our relatives, and bringing our pop-up camper along. But my anticipation soon came crushing down when we found out there was something wrong with the engine in our suburban - the only vehicle that could pull the camper AND fit all 5 of us. Of course, this happens the day before we were supposed to leave, so there was no time to fix it. So my parents looked into a few options: rent a car and spend an extra 600$ that week, not go, or cram into our little tiny Subaru legacy. (Which, by the way, is a great car). So they used process of elimination (without me, of course) to decide what to do. Obviously, they didn't want to see an extra 600$ go down the drain just for our comfort. Obviously, we all wanted to go - no matter how we got there. So. We all crammed into the Subaru, and let me tell you: that was a tight squeeze. You see, the poor car is supposed to seat five . . . but let's just say you can only fit 4 comfortably - especially for long car trips. haha :) Then there came the issue of packing. We are all used to having the Suburban to spread out all of our stuff and basically bring what we want. But this time, we had to cram all of our junk (for a whole week) into the tiny trunk of our little car.

To this day, I'm still not entirely sure how we made it all the way up there, but we managed somehow, because sometime after a cheap hotel, we were all standing in my Grandma's driveway. Whew! My rear end was so sore I was sure it was going to fall right off, but somehow, that's still here too ;) So we spent Tuesday and Wednesday night at Grandma's (my Dad's mom) house, and then we were off to see my Grandparent's (My mom's parents). Thankfully, Grandma and Grandpa live only about 45 minutes away from my other Grandma - so it was a short little trip :) When we made it there, we all went over to my Aunt and Unlce's house to eat and 'chill' for the afternoon. Well...my unlce as a speed boat, and we talked him in to taking his neices out for a swim on one of Minnesota's lakes. That was wonderful. We got to go tubing and jump in the fReEzInG cold water and go for a little swim :) I then spent the night at my cousin's house and woke up and went Strawberry picking! I love strawberry picking: the 'eat more than you pick' rule, the fresh air, and all of the sweet little red berries. Then my sister, cousin, mom, and I went back to my Grandparent's apartment to de-stem and clean all of the ripe berries so we could freeze them to bring them home to make jam :) After that, unexpectedly, my parents decided to go to the new Twin's stadium and take the 10$ tour (which, by the way, was WELL worth the ten dollars). There were only about 40 other people besides my family, and we all got to walk around the new stadium and see everything. We went in the visitor's dugout and locker room, we sat in all of the private rooms that your company has to rent for a LOT of $$$$$ (waaaayyyy too much if you ask me), we got to walk on the fields [okay. so we weren't supposed to walk on the actual grass, but just guess who decided to step on it a few times just to say she'd done it?!] Anyways. All in all, we definitely had a blast at the Twin's Stadium :)
[just a warning - everything in that gift shop is WAAAYY overpriced, but it's the MLB, what do you expect??]

Then, after the strawberry picking and the Twin's tour, I went back to my cousin's house and got to hang out with her (the rest of my family was at my Grandparent's apartment) . Yes. that was an EXCELLENT day.

Then. (yes, there's more), we went back to my other Grandma's house for some of her delicious food:) We woke up, and went to my cousin's wedding. That was a perfect wedding :) So we spent the afternoon there (and evening, really) and went back and crashed at my Grandma's house :) We woke, went to church with her, went out to lunch with her, and then we were in a cute little town somewhere in Minnesota at a cute little tea room for my other Grandma's 80th Birthday Party (which was perfect too, of course) Boy, was she surprised when she saw that laptop! :) We then spend the evening walking around that cute little town, wishing the stores were open. We stayed at a little hotel with the rest of that side of the family, then woke up to my "Birthday celebration". ya. It was my Birthday, so we made the best party we could. Mom went to the gas station and got me a couple of doughnuts and an orange pop :D and then I opened the 'presents'. But basically, because we couldn't possibly fit anything more into that car, I just got a bunch of cards with some money :) I was content. Even if it wasn't the BEST Birthday, it was better than some of the other ones I've had. haha :)

Then, like before, I don't know how we did it, but we were home. It was 1:00 in the morning. and we were all exhausted. I crashed into my bed, and that was the end of Minnesota summer trip, 2o1o :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Be sure your Dentist will find you out. . . .

Yesterday I went to the dentist to simply get my teeth cleaned and lo and behold, the dentist knew everything I've eaten since my last appointment. and not because I don't brush my teeth or because I had really bad breath. I'm not really sure how she does it, but it goes a little like this:

"Do you floss twice daily?"
"Do you eat candy?"
"Do you sip on pop?"
"Do you drink Gatorade?"
"Do you have fluoride in your water?"
"Do you eat sugary cereals?"
"Do you consistently brush your teeth EVERY night before you go to bed?"
"Do you like to eat cookie dough?"
"Do you rinse out your mouth after you have pop or Gatorade?"

I mean. seriously. they asked me EVERY one of those questions. and let's just say I slack off on that stuff every once in a while ;) Which isn't necessarily good. But who really wants to rinse out their mouth after they have a little sip of pop? Anyway. I thought that I should just share that because . . . . . I don't really know why. But let's just say I've had some *great* dentist experiences;) Like getting those 11 teeth pulled (yes, all at once). Or having that one tooth pried out. Those didn't feel so good :) But I do appreciate what they're trying to do! ;)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I Wish

So I haven't written in a while - but right now I'm not even sure who actually reads this thing, so I could care less. . . .

But I'm going to do a list. A list of wishes. A list of things I've always wanted to do, but have never gotten the chance. A list of things I hope that I will someday be able to do. And a list of silly things that will never happen, but hey, I can wish, can't I?

1.) I wish these 'grown-up' decisions would never be. What happened to the hardest choice being which crayon to choose? Right now I'm being forced to make some tough decisions - and I don't appreciate it

2.) I wish I could go back in time. Back to where I went to my old school, lived at my old house, hung out with my old friends, and I didn't have to make hard decisions.

3.) I wish I could fly. If I could fly, I would go back to Nebraska. and I think it would be amazing to be soaring through the sky and look down and see all of these little cars driving on the freeway or something.

4.) I wish I could be more motivated. I only like to do things when I feel like doing them (which isn't necessarily often) For instance, right now, I really should be folding three loads of laundry, cleaning my room, or sweeping the hallway. So much for that . . ..

5.) I wish that someday, I will be happily married. I hope that my future husband is out there today, living his life for the Lord and keeping himself pure for me.

6.) I wish that I could drive. but no. I have to wait another year and a half before I can even get my permit! >:(

7.) I wish that I had a job. yes. that's not really what most teenagers want, but I want money and something do to. but once again, I have to wait another year for that one.

8.) I wish that I could go to a Vikings game before I die. I love the Vikings. and hey, I'm a Minnesota brat.

9.) I wish that there was an 'undo' button in life. for the stupid little things, like spilling the last glass of my favorite pop and for the bigger things, like saying something REALLY stupid to someone.

10.) I wish I was as perfect as I think myself to be

11.) I wish I had better feet and knees. dumb family genes...

12.) I wish I could be fearless.

13.) I wish that sometimes, you could wake up from the 'dream'. like when I moved last summer. For the longest time, I thought I would wake up, and everything would be back to normal.

14.) I wish I knew more kids my age that weren't rich and snotty. bleh.

15.) I wish I never become one of those kids that are rich and snotty.

16.) I wish I could live a life for the Lord and glorify and honor him in all that I do.

17.) I wish that I could have a golden retriever puppy.

18.) I wish that my cat would never die.

19.) I wish to someday become a teacher.

20.) I wish that someday, I look back on this blog, and check off every one of these. ya right.

21.) I wish my best friend and I could be best friends forever :)

I'm sure I'll add more later. but that's it for now, folks! :)