summer with a purpose: week 6

There I went going on and on about keeping up with the SWAP, even though I've done away with the blog-about-this-on-this-day stuff, and I skip last week. Oh well, brace yourselves, because this SWAP post is chock full of two week's worth of productivity!
Along with some odd jobs, like always, here's some of the big things I did...

  • Worked my tail of in math. After you get over the shock of me saying "worked my tail off", read my lips when I say this: I have less than 10 lessons left, which translates into a week's worth of lessons, if I'm a good girl and do 2 lessons a day. Can I get a Woot, Woot!
  • Cleaned off my school desk. I must admit, I'm one of those people who never works at their desk, but hates it when someone else does. This was the before:

And I'm sorry to say I don't have an after. Use your imagination, readers!

  • Another big thing was having a sewing date with Emily. Oh, how I love sewing a straight line. I know most young women bloggers have Esty shops and make most of their own clothes, but I'm not one of them. I drool over handmade necklaces and purses, and attack a clearance rack like no one's business. So to fix a dress all by myself is really cool. Thank you, thank you. Hold your applause, please, for the comments. :)

  • Some more sewing news! I've started making these little precious flowers at night while watching TV. I can crank one or two out a night, and I've got big plans for them, so keep a eye out for...something. I'm not quite ready to tell yet. 

Finished my photo wall! Wanna see pictures...of pictures? Of course you do!

  • Speaking of photo news, I've been searching through three years of photos, picking my favorites to get printed with the other 75 free prints...that expires tomorrow. I've got to get it done tonight, but it should take long, really, because all I have to do is put them on the flashdrive.
I'm sure there are more things, that I'm forgetting, of course, but those were the major projects! If you're particiapating in this little blog carnival (it's not really little, but it could use some more people!), make sure to stop my Emily's latest post and link up! She thanks you in advance...


watching the pastor's kids

Ever wonder what we do when I say we've watched the pastor's kids that day? Well, here's your chance to find out!
Usually when we get there, which is somewhere around 9, Samantha is watching some Disney Channel movie, and Caleb is upstairs playing on the Xbox. Of course, that's if he's not asleep. Yes, that has happened, and it's pretty funny to run into his room and dog pile him. After that, Sam and I spend time watching insane amounts of iCarly. I'll admit it...I like iCarly. Not my first choice to watch on TV, but it's not like pulling teeth to watch it. Sometimes we'll watch something else, but I now know the whole iCarly theme song.

Before to long, the guys will emerge from a intense Battlefront war (don't worry; it's a game!) hungry and ready for the breakfast of champions: poptarts. Seriously, they're addicted to them, and they're not into the classics like I was. It's all ice cream sundae and cookies and cream. Disgusting, if you ask me. Sam'll eat some kind of cereal, and she and I'll plop right back down of the couch. Clark and Caleb will head back upstairs and get on the computer, usually to watch a Weird Al music video. I can also recite the whole Amish Paradise song.
After lunch, which is usually sandwich's and apple slices, we play Guitar Hero. Pics below. I'm now a awesome GH player...

Also? We laugh at Caleb and his funny faces, take pictures, jump rope, cart them off to summer camps, and just generally have a good time. Really, it's been awesome, and we were sad to learn that yesterday was the last day we'd watch them. Boo! :(

Oh, how could I forget? Here lately, I've been bringing my math with me. Some things never, ever change, but can I get a woot-woot for only 8 lessons left?!


beach weekend

Did you miss me this weekend? Of course you did. You might be wondering why I've been absent in the blogging world over the weekend, and here's why...
We were too busy wave jumping. And reading. And trying to keep sand out of things, and places, it shouldn't be. Overall, it was just what the doc ordered: a nice family vacation day. You can only float in the pool until your fingers are so shriveled you can't stand it for so many days in a row, you know?
The day started off bright and early at 6:30 when Mama got up for the day. Needless to say, I fell back asleep...thankfully! When I finally decided to get up for the day, Clark was running around like a mad man, counting down the hours until we would be there, along with how many hours we'd be able to stay. I will admit that I was, too. After all, it was my very belated birthday present!
On the way, loaded up and putting in the DVD we watched on the way down. Clark looks like such a manly man, doesn't he?
Me, Clark, my awesome sunglasses and equally awesome hair. Why did I have the most beautiful looking hair the day I went to the beach?!
I spy a girl who has a problem with taking pictures in mirror!
Immediately after we put down the bags, Clark had to go down to the water. Mama didn't want him to be alone, so she went looking for shells.
Meanwhile, I took pictures of the setup. Why, yes, that is a old sheet and an even older umbrella that wasn't worth anything. Thanks for asking.

And while we sat in the shade that only had enough for one person, the people who had money got these fancy things. The five minutes we stood talking to our friends who happened to be there that day was heaven.
After reading some, then finally giving into Clark's pleas to get in the water, we took a walk. And saw some very interesting people. I love people watching. And, if you click on the picture, you can see that I'm walking like an ape, while Dad and Clark are posing, looking all buff. Don't look at me, they started it!

Father dear and I. Is it just me, or is this picture melting your heart too?
Alas, it was lunchtime, and we decided to head up to the resort we parked at to eat some good beach food. Homemade, though. It was mighty tasty, and I do believe I ate my weight in watermelon and hummus, but that wouldn't be much anyways. Ever heard of a girl who hasn't broken the 80 lbs. mark...and she's 15? Well, that's me.
When we came back, it was like attack of the killer seagulls. It didn't help that the people we were next to were feeding them, actually. I kept a weather eye on them, just to see if what would happen when they stopped feeding them. I really wanted the guy to be pecked on his little bald head.

Sand covered feet. There's nothing quite like it, really.
When we'd had our fill of laying out, we bogey boarded some more, and the waves were awesome! Clark rode one all the way to the shore, and so did I. Full speed, too!

Helicoptors are a regular sight at the beach we go to. There were even guys sitting on the back of it, waving to all the people. I almost waved back, but remembered I had the camera. Quick thinking, SA.

Not long after that, I rode the best wave of the day, and my whole entire life, into shore. Everyone was cheering, then as I was breaking the waves and trying to get back out there, I felt something burning. Turns out I cut myself on some unknown object, salt water got in the cut, and it burned. Badly. We went up to the shower to try and rinse out the salt water, but the burning didn't stop for awhile. Mama and I made the trek to our friends condo and put on antibiotic stuff on it, but it wasn't anything a dip cone from Dairy Queen couldn't fix. :)
And so concludes our beach day trip. I loved having a camera with sports mode for the bogey boarding, and I loved riding in the waves even more than last time, even though it resulted in an injury. I can't wait to go back, and take a friend or two with me. Anyone want to put in an offer?


sports mode

This little series of photo's was originally going to be a almost wordless Wednesday post, but since I've put my love of all posts that tell you to blog about certain things, it was get over it and post them or leave them in the picture file forever. I just couldn't bring myself to be that cruel, so here they are!

Post summary? Sports mode has a new special place in my heart. You're welcome!


one month birthday

Who's one month birthday (plus a couple days) is it? Well, you could say it's mine. But you could also say it's my beloved camera whom I've yet to name. Yes, I name things that are special. Don't tell me you don't!
A birthday calls for birthday pictures, no? That's exactly what I did yesterday and today. Wanna see?

This one's like some optical illusion or something, you know? You can see inside and outside...at the same time. It just blows your mind! :)

Before you think I'm really, insanely, unbelievably vain for taking almost ten pictures of myself and the camera, try taking a picture of the camera itself. Unless you have two of the same camera, it's not possible. Plus, it's just fun to take pictures in your mirror. The picture of you is a bonus. You understand where I'm coming from, right?
Also? Happy birthday camera that I've yet to name!