Saturday, April 11, 2009


So I decided to actually put some pictures on. They're in order of parks and when we visited them, but they got backwards! Then at the top are all the pix of my birthday and license and pre-spring break. The joys of blogger! Hope you all enjoy!
I got glasses!! I can actually see now! It's really amazing.

Celebrating my birthday - I really can't take anymore candles!

Driving with my family to Arby's - my dinner choice. I'm Thinking Arby's!

Where we stayed during our trip to Florida. It was really nice - the room that we were in was spacious and well furnished, and the beds were pretty comfy.

Our last family picture at DisneyWorld!

Hot, tired, and I had a cramping stomach. Great way to spend your last day at Magic Kingdom.

Nathan was explaining his plan for the rest of the evening with plenty of hand motinos

The lovely Cinderella with her slightly middle-aged Prince Charming. I missed the show - Dad and I stayed home for the morning sick - but I thought this picture was really cute!

Mickey and Minnie together - aww!

Everyone loves Tigger!

One of those great candids that is one in a million! Megan is mad, Rachel is laughing, Nathan's explaining, I'm drinking some water, and Dad is trying to talk.

Here's the hilarious giraffe! No one took a pic of his head in the truck, but he did stand in the way of a different truck for a while!

Four kids - we'd only been at the park for about an hour so we weren't terribly tired yet!

The Nemo musical was surprisingy cute. The puppetry was amazing!

The Festival of the Lion King is probably the best thing about Animal Kingdom. Get to the early show - no one was there because they all wanted to take the safari early.

Megan, Rachel, and Dad braved each and every roller coaster throughout Disney.

Here's a pretty good picture of the stunt show, but you have to see it to really enjoy it!

At the Lights, Motors, Action! stunt show, Herbie made an appearance and split in two!
You definitely need to see this show at MGM if you ever go to Disney - especially if you like car chases!

Indiana Jones stunt show - very cool to see how they make movies like Indiana Jones.

There were adorable topiaries everywhere! This one was on the Backlot Tour at MGM.

Goofing around in the gift shop

Main Street USA looks gorgeous with all of these lights!

Like I said, the fireworks were amazing!

Rows and rows and rows and rows of cars - there were a couple other lots this full!

Megan and I managed to stay pretty dry on Splash Mountain

The family favorite: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Watch out - they spit! they really did at the park!
First day @ Magic Kingdom - this was at the front gate.

We were all hot and tired!

Geckos everywhere! Megan freaked out whenever she saw one! :)

Everyone go "awww."

Nice shot of the ball and me and Nathan

The temple grounds were gorgeous - especially the palm trees!

Rest stop

Home of the Kentucky Derby - the biggest horse race of the year!
Make sure to watch this year's on Saturday May 2 on NBC!
Wow - that's a lot! Hope you made it through them all without going totally crazy!

Starting to Blog again...hopefully it WILL become a habit!

Okay, so I haven't blogged in forever so I'm just going to start fresh with what's happened in this year so far. You can check the family blog for pictures:
In January I celebrated my 16th birthday! I went and saw Bedtime Stories with my parents (awesome movie by the way) and I got my LICENSE!!! So now I drive to seminary alone. It's kind of nice to have some quiet time in the mornings.
We were able to correct some intestinal problems, and since then I've been feeling great, except a little tired. So the kidney people decided to get me some iron infusions and now I feel a whole lot less exhausted. It's a very nice feeling.
My dad got called to be the Bishop, so we see a little bit less of him now.
I ended first semester being sixth in my class 582 - whoo hoo! My goal was to be valedictorian, but I'll live with the top ten. Now I'm in probably the best/worst semester of my life: love global issues and I'm learning a ton about current events. Did you know there are actually pirates? family joke My English class is actually quite interesting, especiall since we just started rhetoric - sarcastic writing. Health is probably the easiest class ever. I really like creative writing, but our fiction unit is about to end. We did this really cool thing called a 55 word story - it's actually really hard to write a story in 55 words or less! I strongly dislike science, but at least we don't have to do anymore lab reports and I managed to bring my grade up. This is the first time in a long time that I have ever had an A+ in math - I give all the credit to my teacher and her amazingly organized notes that actually make sense. AP European History is fun, but we're racing to the finish since our AP Test is only 27 days away. That's only 27 days to study over 800 years of history. YIKES! But I love my teacher (who happens to be my global issues teacher and is an absolutely amazing person) and the topic, sothe studying is worth it. Dad actually didn't know that you could take an AP test and get college credit, so to him, the $86 for the test is easily worth it - especially if I do well. Spanish is increidbly easy. We finished learning a new tense and our strange video project is done and over with. Now we learn about culture, which is so much easier than vocab and verbs. The yearbook has been shipped off to the printer, so that won't take up my Wednesdays until next school year!
Seminary is awesome! Bro. Rubow is a great teacher and does a great job at inviting the spirit and helping us (at least me) understand the scriptures. We just finished James, and we're getting ready for our big SCRIPTURE MASTERY event on Saturday. If anyone has any ideas on how to get a bunch of sleepy teenagers to seminary on time, I'd appreciate those ideas!! We're supposed to start at 6:15, but we usually start with one or two people around 6:20.
Break was amazing - again look at the family blog for cool pix! We went to DisneyWorld! But on the way there we stopped at the home of the Kentucky Derby - Churchill Downs racetrack! It was gorgeous, huge, and absolutely amazing! Even if you don't like horse racing, I would definitely suggest going to visit to at least say that you've been there. I loved the stunt shows and animation exhibit at MGM Studios. Mom and I got SOAKED on Splash Mountain. The last day, we rented a wheelchair because I was exhausted and having stomach cramps, so we got to go to the front of a bunch of lines. GET A WHEELCHAIR when you go to Disney - it'll save so much time waiting in line! A giraffe stuck his head in a truck ahead of us on Safari at Animal Kingdom - adorable! And the fireworks were absolutely amazing everywhere! We managed to visit all eleven countries at Epcot and we went on Test Track twice. Each morning we woke at the crack of dawn to get to the parks early. The opening shows were really cute, and we did manage to aboid some of the longer lines. We took a monorail break during our visit to Magic Kingdom - we took on to the TTC and then hopped on the one to Epcot. We rode back and forth about three times. We were all rested, and it had AC so we cooled down, too. All in all, it was really fun, and the road trip was definitely worth it. Dad learned from some bad Super 8's over our summer trip and booked some really nice Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn places to stay. Thank you Daddy!
I think that's pretty much it! We're on a four day weekend right now - Good Friday we have off and Monday is an institute day. So we're all hanging out and cleaning the house and making easter cinnamon rolls - YUMMY!
There's a guy named Paul Cardall who is waiting a heart transplant. He's an LDS musician with a little girl. Please pray for him and his family!
Forgot to mention: I got glasses! and my license! And I finished Personal Progress and received my Young Women in Excellence Award from my wonderful Bishop, Daddy.
Love you all!