Monday, September 14, 2009

"What's That Hiding, in the Tree Tops?"

Living in North Idaho, we are blessed to see tons of beautiful wildlife, right by our house! We frequently see deer, and at certain times of the year elk, less then five miles from our house! Once, we even (almost) ran into a moose, on our own road! Though we see tons animals, almost every day, we rarely see such as Gregory saw the other day…

We were driving home Friday, and Gregory claims he saw a Doe! We all ask him where, can he show us? Unfortunately the car was going too fast, so we hadn’t gotten the privilege to see this doe… and buck, he tells us. A buck, a buck with big antlers! He also seems to have seen a moose. And a bear… And a giraffe... And a zebra… An elephant too!Is there a zoo in Kidd Island Bay? Possibly, as he had also seen a lion, two rattlesnakes, a baby kangaroo ‘’with his mommy’’, a tiger, and much more. How could we have missed all that? Maybe next time we might have as great eyesight as Gregory – or perhaps as great of an imagination?

(Title Lyrics from Jitterbug from The Wizard of Oz)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"The Best day, with you, today..."

I'm packing for the trip tomorrow... I'm not so excited about leaving now, because I was hoping to stay a day or two more - oh well! I am happy to be going home!

Today Grammy took me to Trinny's and I got a manicure and pedicure! We took my cousin Avalon too, and we had lots of fun! I love the color I chose for my toes, I think it looks great! For my fingernails I decided to get a fringe, and they look great too. Unfortunately I stubbed my toe in Avalon's pool afterwards, and chipped the paint on my toe, but thankfully Trinny gave us the color, and I can touch it up now.

At the moment I'm having a little trouble packing.. Grammy went shopping with me a few times, and so I have even more than what I came with. Plus I have presents from Big Bear, presents for the boys from Grammy, and a card and present for Jordan from the Crouses. I barely have enough room! Thankfully I can leave some things to make more room, and the boys will take it up when they come home in a week or so.

Okay, I better finish my packing, ptyl!

(Title Lyrics from Best Day by Taylor Swift)

Monday, June 22, 2009

"Say your Sorry..."

I feel so bad about not writing on the blog for FOREVER! After my last post we were busy for a week or two, but than I guess I didn't want to write this long apology post. Anyways...
Summer has finally hit! Not only the awesome weather, but the business of it all too! (is that word?) We've been so many places in the last few months!

First of all need to tell you about the show. It went so well! Everybody that went loved it, and it was a big hit for everybody in Coeur d' Alene! AJ and I really enjoyed it! I made so many friends, and I'll always remember it. I think it was a great experience, especially since it was in such a huge theatre too! Miss Dena (the director) told us it would probably be the best stage we'll go on unless we become professionals!

During the play Mom, Joel, Jordan and Isaac were down at the parish life conference. Joel, Jordan and Isaac were their own Senior Bible Bowl team for our church, and after five tie breakers they won! Isaac was the only one in both groups to put down the right answer. Joel also won the Oratorical Contest, Isaac did very well too! They all will be going back down to Palm Springs in mid July for the finals - pray for them!

As for me, I'm actually in San Diego at the moment. I'm visiting Papa and Grammy here at the ranch. I'm having an awesome time! The boys and I drove down Tuesday, and ended up making it here at 1am. We than went to Big Bear with the boys from Thursday-Saturday, we had so much fun with the Mulder cousins! Yesterday morning the boys headed of to Project Mexico, and left me here :) I've been having so much fun though! Last night we went to the Crous's for an awesome dinner and we went swimming in the pool. I've also been riding, which has been awesome!

Okay I'll keep you guys updated now... Later!

Title Lyrics from White Horse by Taylor Swift

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Each Day's a Gift and Not a Given Right...

Title Lyrics from "If Today Was Your Last Day" by Nickelback

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Get together and let the good times roll..."

We are looking into another busy weekend... As the "Bishop" or the head of the churches on the west side of the US is visiting at our church, as well as a church up in Bonners Ferry. Our friends from Vancouver are going to be up in Bonners, so we're looking forward to seeing them too!

Saturday is the ground breaking, for the new church. Then, we're going to spend the rest of the day with the Charles' (the friends from Vancouver). Saturday night we are sharing our other good friends the Schrom's old house, with the Charles'. AJ is stoked because he and Nick are going to be sleeping out in a tent.

Sunday we are going to the church for our usual Sunday liturgy. Then home! Jordan'll be home Saturday so she'll be able to go too. If you look at Jordan's twitter it's actually helpful, I mean I haven't talked to her on the phone once, but I know exactly what she's doing ever two hours or so.

I don't have much else to say. The sun's shining! That's actually good news... Right? Anyways I'll ptyl!

Title lyrics from Let the Good Times Road by Brad Paisley

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine..."

Today is Mom's Birthday! Unfortunately Jordan's gone, to California, so she couldn't be here. She is baby-sitting for Ben, Addie and Jack, (see her mini blog/twitter) our younger cousins for a few days while Uncle Mark and Aunt Julia are on Vacation. Mom didn't really want to celebrate without her, so we did a small celebration with pancakes, sausage and eggs... And of course the presents!

Jordan, AJ and I gave her a certificate for 5 massage at The Highlands Day Spa. One of which is today! Dad, Joel and Isaac all got her another laptop, as her old one wasn't working too well. Gregory gave her a hanging basket! He was very proud of it... Mom also loved all our cards, we got those ones how you press the button and your message plays before the song... yeah! DoeDoe found this one for Gregory that had You are My Sunshine, Mom's and His song :) She was very happy to see that!

Altogether we had a happy day, even if DoeDoe wasn't here to celebrate! I apologize for the lack of pictures - We didn't take any today! I'll try to take more pictures for the blog though... If Jordan left her camera! Okay ptyl everybody!

Title Lyrics from You Are My Sunshine

Monday, April 27, 2009

"He's Alive! He's Alive and I"m forgiven, Heaven's gates are open wide..."

Wow! I haven't written in so long! Probably because we've been so busy... between church, CYT, Dentist Emergencies (yeah!) and just life, it's been pretty crazy! Also.... Christ Is Risen Everybody!

First of all Easter (Pascha for orthodox friends :)... We had a beautiful midnight service - we actually did our procession through the cemetery, which was really cool! My candle didn't go out the entire procession! Oh yeah :) After the service we enjoyed the feast (well I had a fever and didn't eat much :( ) and then went home and slept until 11:00 :P than we drove up to Bonners (Well actually they rented a place in Hope Idaho for Easter, a beach house...) for the Agape Vespers service, and the Celebration for afterwards. After hearing the gospel of the Resurrection in 10 different languages, we had a gigantic feast - again. Than we had a huge egg hunt, around that big beach house! I found the biggest jack-pot of eggs (thank you, thank you very much...) and to AJ's horror, shared the majority of the eggs with everybody :) Over all, we had a very blessed Easter/Pascha.

Next, CYT. Although it's been so much fun, it also takes up lots of time! We have rehearsals usually every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The play is starting to look really good! Speaking of which, if you are interested in buying the tickets, leave a comment (friends and family :) and I'll give you the Information. Our Ozian dance is all finished choreographing, now we just need to not forget it (easier said than done...)! Classes on Tuesdays, I think are my favorite part, we get to play lots of Improv games, which I really enjoy!

Now for Dentist Emergency's! For a while my tooth been hurting, and so Thursday we went in to Dr. George, for him to take a look. Apparently the cavity was bigger than he thought, and I now have to have a root canal! Oh man! He did do something Thursday though (I don't really know what!) and it's been feeling better, though my jaw's pretty sore...

Okay I hope you enjoyed that little catch up on our life... In a nutshell :) I'll now try to keep posting constantly - every few days. Christ is Risen and - ptyl!

Title Lyrics from "He's Alive" by Don Francisco

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"The Sun'll come out, tomorrow..."

NO, no again! Here we are, April 2nd, and not only are the big giant chunks of ice still in places, but it snows yet another three inches! Why? ahhh man.... I was so excited a few days ago seeing a robin digging for worms outside. I was hoping for a green Easter! or not I guess?

So there isn't much new... As this week is Spring break there wasn't any CYT classes, or practises. Oh, and April Fools days was great :) All of us kids had been planning for ever to do a crazy awesome April Fools trick on mom and dad, unfortunately it didn't work out... We had been planning to wake up at six, and hide in the car, all of us, including Gregory. I was sitting in bed the night of the thirty-first, putting together the dates, today was the 31st, tomorrow would be the 1st, the 4th was.... OH WAIT! April fools day was tomorrow. I ran down and reminded Isaac, and he said it was too late, Joel and Jordan already asleep and everything :( well we did have a pretty fun April Fools day... AJ did the finger in Ketchup trick to Gregory (he was scared!) and I totally messed up the oatmeal, (I can't believe they didn't smell the garlic and Tabasco in it!)... among other tricks our April fools day was pretty fun :)

I'm also still folding napkins :) now we're at... 93 out of 140, a little better? I hope so... I'm just hoping we'll have enough time to make all 140 of them before the tea this saturday... oh well :)

Hoping the weather will change it's mind... So, tell next time.... I'll ptyl!

Title Lyrics from Tomorrow from Annie.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Please Comfort her with the truth, that the angels hold me safe and sound, because I'm in your arms now..."

Busy day.... After waking up and folding napkins (yes, folding napkins), I remembered it was the thirty-first. Earlier this week my mom asked me to look for Red paper. She told me about Red Envelope day. Red Envelope day was created by Brian Potter, this year. He wanted to see how many empty red envelopes out on March 31st. One empty red envelope equals one child who died because of abortion. We would send them all out to President Obama on the 31st, empty red envelopes.

Instead of buying a whole lot of red envelopes, my mom made post cards, and envelopes on the computer. We made tons ourselves, and also brought some to our church. It was really cool seeing all our red paper, turning into a helping effort :) So back to today... We sent out all of our Red Envelopes, as I put them in the mailing slot at the Post Office, I was thinking to myself I wonder how many red envelopes are down in there... did anybody else do this? It was funny to think.

lol, and back to 'folding napkins'. Jordan and I are folding a bunch of napkins up for the "Ladies Tea" coming up Saturday that Jordan is hosting at our church. So far we've made 66 out of 140! yikes! It was funny to tell my friend, I had to go (I was talking on the phone with her) fold napkins, literally! The title lyrics is from Kathy Troccoli's song, A baby's prayer. It is really touching.... I though it would go well for a post on Red Envelope day... ptyl!

Title Lyrics from A baby's prayer by Kathy Troccoli.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

"In the merry old land of Oz...."

So we made it! My friend Bridgett, called me at 4:30, telling us that they had posted the cast list a little early! I quickly ran and looked at the list. I was so scared, after looking at the list, not finding either of our names on there. AJ then started screaming, saying "Oh look, Ellena Schaefer, Ellena Schaefer". (He says that he doesn't know why he was so excited :) ) After looking over it a few times, we were assuming the worst for AJ, but then noticed that he was there too! After all the excitement of finding that we were in the play, we saw what we got as parts. AJ got to be an Polisher Ozian, and I am part of the Ozian Chorus, along with a friend of mine, Kelly. We can't wait until the next class, and practise!

Title Lyrics from Merry old Land of Oz from The Wizard of Oz

"But I got tired of waiting..."

Waiting... Waiting... I am so anxious to see the cast list! I want to know if I'll even be in the play! I've been counting down.... 2 hours and 10 minutes! I really hope we get it! I will tell you the knews asap when I get them!!!

Title Lyrics from Love Story by Taylor Swift

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Good Morning Baltimore..."

This week has been pretty crazy! Mom and Jordan have been working very hard with AJ and I on our CYT Auditions songs. It's been fun, but hard!
I mentioned CYT earlier. Again, it stands for Christian Youth Theatre. Our whole family has seen many CYT plays, but hasn't ever participated. AJ and I are both taking classes, and trying out for the Spring Musical, The Wizard of Oz.
For audition songs, AJ is singing I Just Can't wait to be King from The Lion King, and I am singing Good Morning Baltimore (hint the name :) ) from Hairspray. Jordan and Mom have been helping us figure out the Choreography, and its been... fun! I've got to admit, I probably will never like Good Morning Baltimore ever again! Pray for us on Friday! We're auditioning from 4:00-5:00, sometime any in there :) Lets hope we do well!
The first class was Tuesday, which was great! AJ and I both had so much fun! We are both taking Drama 101, AJ is in the younger group and I'm in the older. It was kind of fun not being together, getting to tell each other all about our classes :) In my class, we started by getting to know each other with 3 different name games! My favorite was a game that we each had our own Dance. It got more fun towards the end, because you'd have to remember everybodys dances to make it their turn! Afterwards we worked on our auditions, and those who wanted to sing their audition songs in front of class could (I did). It was sooo fun and I can't wait until next week!
I'm so excited for the next 10 weeks to come! Wish I luck tomorrow! We will keep you all updated on who we get, our upcoming classes... etc!

Title Lyrics from Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray

Friday, March 20, 2009

"I know the sun's still shining when I close my eyes..."

The weather finally changed its mind today! It was a little chilly this morning, but when the sun came out, AJ and I went out with our school-work to enjoy the sun. I actually put on shorts this morning... :) After school we went out to play catch when the Putren boys came out. So we enjoyed playing Football, Baseball and Basketball with them in that hour or so of warmish weather. I actually didn't wear my winter jacket while playing!

There are some beautiful swans that are migrating back to their home, who came to visit on the bay. They are very pretty, and there are over twenty in our bay! After a bit of research mom and I found out that they were Tundra Swans. Apparently they're attracting a few tourists up here too! This morning I went down and took a few pictures with Jordan's camera, They were out in the middle of the bay, so iwas pretty hard to see them, but you can see a whole lot of white blobs :)

Hope you like the pictures! I hope you can actually see the swans :) Now that Dodo (Jordan's nickname sorry) is home I can take pictures, so you don't need to deal with my clip art anymore (well as much...)! I'll also tell Jordan to make a post on her trip.... For now I'll ptyl!
Title Lyrics from It's a Great Day to be Alive by Darrel Scott

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"She said if you work hard to get where you are, It feels good in the hot Spot light...."

Another activity for this spring is CYT… CYT stands for Christian Youth Theater. It isn’t very new to us, as we have been going and seeing the plays for years and our good friends and neighbors have been participating in it. AJ and I are really looking forward to being in the play, which is going to be The Wizard of Oz, for Spring 09.

To explain more, CYT is a program that is all over the Country, which has a play every season (except summer) which all the cast and crew are kids ages 8-18. We have gone to see a few shows, including Annie, Oliver, Snow White, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Jungle Book. We can’t wait to be apart of the cast for The Wizard of Oz!

To be apart of a CYT play, you need to Audition, with a song. We’ve had a bit of trouble deciding our songs, but after I don’t know, five changes? We have finally decided to have AJ sing I Just can’t Wait to be King from The Lion King, and me to sing Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray.

Mom and Jordan have been a great help for Choreography, and it’s been really fun! A bit hard, (I am not a dancer) but after a bit AJ and I are getting the hang of it. We're still working ont he words, but we've been singing them all over the place, around the house, outside, in the shower :P

We can't wait to be apart of this all, and we'll keep you up to date On everything. Auditions are on the twenty-seventh, so we have a ways to go. When we audition we have to wait a week or so to see what we are going to be... This being our first play we're just going for the chorus. So I’ll ptyl (I like that!) and HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!!!!
Title lyrics from "Big Star" by Kenny Chesney

Monday, March 16, 2009

"What if tomorrow, What if today? Faced with the question, Oh what would we say..."

was bored again today, stuck inside from this cold, wet weather! Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll have spring coming for a while, with this foot of snow still stuck here (The few inches that fall every once and a while aren’t helping!) So for now I’m getting through tons of books… Those of you, who know me, will know this is not unusual for me. In the last couple days I’ve gone through four books - including the one I’m in the middle of.

Speaking of which, a school project Mom, Isaac and I is studying World War two, and the Holocaust. It’s been very interesting; at the same time it’s been tragic too. I’m actually just beginning the Diary of Anne Frank. Last night we watched a movie on a book I just finished called The Hiding Place. It’s about a Dutch woman named Corrie (Cornelia) Ten Boom Who was caught hiding Jews in her house. After going to jail for months, she was taken to a Concentration Camp. It was frightening to think of what we would do if we had the choice to save a person's life, at the same time risking your own life... I’d better stop before I get going… Anyways it was a very good movie.
I’m hoping and praying that god will send us lots of Rain, and then sun…So I’m hoping that all this reading and school-work will get me through this cloudy weathered time :) For now, I'll ptyl - post to you later?

(Title lyrics from "This is your time" by Michael W. Smith)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"I am the vine, and you are the branches, and if you remain in me, fruit will abound...."

So I decided to finally start writing on this blog… It’s been a while since Jordan last wrote, and a long time since I wrote a post :) I’m going to start writing more often, I hope :P So this week Jordan’s out of town until Wednesday in Seattle. She’s hanging out with a friend over spring break. That leaves us to a small family, having Joel sleeping for work most of the time, though quieter… Well I can’t necessarily say that with Gregory, AJ and Isaac all still here :)

We all just finished our Creative Arts and Writing projects for the contest. It’s through our church; we’re given prizes for our age group in the whole west side of the country. The theme this year was “Doing good works” and “Bearing Fruit” so through the weeks we’ve been talking about what it meant by “Bearing Fruit”. We talked about in John, where Jesus says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. Hearing that, I did my art showing a flower, around it, there were mini pictures of a seed being planted, then being watered, sunlight hitting it, and it being pruned. On each little picture I would write “Planting is like Baptism, Watering is like Communion… etc.” I Used watercolor pencils, and I think it looked great :P AJ drew a tree, and in the branches, showed the fruit of the spirit being done (for Love, he showed people with arms around each other, and for patience he showed a big brother playing with a younger sibling, things like that) in each branch. For writing, I wrote about our OYO (Orthodox Youth Outreach) trip, and helping the poor. Then I also did poetry, which I wrote a poem on what one of the homeless people said on the trip. We were passing out donuts, and after they were all gone, a lady came, and after hearing they were all gone she looked disappointed, but then smiled and said “Well, how about a hug?” That really touched me, and so I decided to make a poem out of it, which turned out nicely. (Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of them before we sent them out, so for now you'll have to put up with my clip art, nice huh?)

Okay like I said, I will try and be more consistent, and I hope I can write more often… So ttyl! (For now) :)

(Title Lyrics from "I am the Vine" by Steve Green)