Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Back to School

Hurray! I am in sixth grade now! I am so happy! It's a new school, with new teachers and new friends!

I like it better because we get lockers, you don't have to walk in lines between classes, you get to wear flip flops, use rolling bookbags, but the downside is that the teachers are very strict!

I've made two new friends already. Their names are Amanda and Tyler. So far, my favorite subject is Latin. In this class we get to film interviews, etc. for 'Cougar Commentary' which is a show we have every other Monday about school stuff. And you get to eat snacks and do whatever you want. Are we actually learning Latin you ask? Not yet...

Canoe Trip

Just before school started had a 'Welcome To the Youth Group' canoe trip on the Saluda River. It was over three miles long. My dad came with me. We rode on level one rapids, it was cool! At one point we got to get out of the canoe and swim but it was freezing cold! I can take it, though!

Bethel Camp

I can not believe it's been so long since I last posted! I need to remember!

In July, I went to Bethel Camp. I've been going every summer for at least four years. My camp is so beautiful. As you can see in the background of the photo, there is a beautiful lake with trees surrounding it. Our camp counselors tease us by saying there was once a lake monster in our lake but it got killed by a lake ninja and now the ninja hides under the docks! Some people say they've been attacked by the lake ninja. LOL!

Some of the things we get to do are the zip-line, the rock wall, swimming, canoeing, tubing on the lazy river, archery, riflery, and outdoor survival. The boys cabins are across the lake from the girls cabins which are near to the outdoor amphitheatre where we have bonfires. That is also where we have chapel.

Once the counselors played a trick on one of the other counselors named Lavert. They took all his clothes, TP'd his bed and left him only a dress to wear. He had to come to chapel dressed like that! LOL!

My friend, Gibson, has come the last couple years, which is great because she lives in another town so we don't see each other often. (oh, yeah, Kai comes, too. Whatever.)

My Cousins' Visit

Aunt Amy, Canyon, and Aly came home with from Boone, NC. That week we all went to VBS called 'Game Day Central'. It was fun with great food for snacks and the music was really good.

One day, after VBS, we all went to the zoo where I took this picture of a fishing cat. It was so cute when it was sleeping, but I accidentally woke it up when I knocked my camera against the glass!
While we were at the zoo, we went to the aquarium and I saw a snake that was actually moving a lot. I took a video with my camera. It also poured rain and the other kids enjoyed running around dancing and playing in the rain. I don't like when the rain plops on my head, so I stayed under shelter.

On Saturday, Aunt Amy and mom went scrapping. We all hung out with dad then later that afternoon, Uncle Brad arrived and we went to Ci Ci's Pizza then to a playground. That was a lot of fun.

They left on Sunday. We had a really fun time with them. (Aunt Amy and Uncle Brad, if you are reading this, I love you!)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Visit to the Mountains

On July 11th, we went to the mountains to visit my Aunt Amy and her family. The mountains were so beautiful! On the way up we stopped so I could take this picture:They live in Boone, NC. It's the first time we've been to their new house. It was so cute and cozy. My cousin Canyon has some cool video games that we played A LOT! They next day we went to Linville Caverns. The caverns were so cool! I took so many pictures. At one point they turned off all the lights and you could not see your hands right in front of your face! There was also an underground river going through the caverns. We saw speckled trout in the river! There were three levels. The first level is full of water. We were in the second level. (The third level was kind of like attic rooms) The rock formations were so cool! The caverns were formed by moving water twenty million years ago. The formations were formed from dripping water and other minerals. Later we went to the gift shop and made a few purchases. On the way home we stopped for a hike to the Linville Falls Overlook. While there I noticed that there was another even higher overlook. Mom and Aunt Amy said we could go. I think they regretted it later! It was a long, hard climb, but it was beautiful!
A couple days later Uncle Brad took us on another hike to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Along the way we saw a tree that was growing on rocks and you could see the roots! It was cool. We also had a picnic up there. It was a very beautiful view.
The next day we went home and Aunt Amy and my cousins Canyon and Aly came with us, but I'll save that for another post!

Harry Potter Madness!

I have not blogged for I think almost two months now, so I think it's time! Back in July the new Harry Potter movie, 'The Order of the Phoenix' came out.My dad took us to the very first showing and it was at MIDNIGHT! It was my very first midnight movie. It was so cool, I liked the end best. There were a lot of people dressed up in costume.

Less than two weeks later, the very last Harry Potter book came out. Order of the Phoenix, came out, and I was so excited. YAAAAAAAAY! Dad took us to Barnes & Noble to get the book, once again at midnight! People were dressed up in costume there, too! It was so cool.
They had a costume contest, games, and arts & crafts, too. My dad and his friends did a dramatic reading from different parts of past books. They did very well and it was very funny. Here is a picture:
My mom and dad were so excited that they started reading it right away. They both read it in a day! They said it was so good. I thought, OK, time to start reading! (I'm on chapter 11) Kai's reading it too.