Friendship Bracelets

September 6th, 2010 by Michelle

For the past few weeks, I have had a lot of fun making friendship bracelets. My sister Grace got a book at a book sale that teaches you how to make ten different kinds of bracelets. They are all pretty neat/amazing! Here are some pictures of the ones I’ve made and the names of each:

Basic Diagonal Stripe


Double Chain Knot

Swirl and Braids

Totem Pole

Rag Rug

Zig Zag

Diagonal Threes

Broken Ladder

Bordered Chevron With Beads

It’s nice to make them for friends! I made some for my parents. My Dad even wears the ones I made him.

I also enjoy making them with my sisters. We have a lot of fun making them together.

I think it’s so cool the way the strings are woven together to make beautiful patterns. When you put them all together, they make an awesome picture!

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Brace Yourself…I’ve Got Braces!

March 8th, 2010 by Michelle

Blue BracesOn March 2, I got a new mouth -a metal one that is. My spacers were put on, to make space for the braces, two Tuesdays ago. I had them on for a whole week. A whole week! I know that it doesn’t sound long, but for me it seemed like the equivalent of a month. The spacers felt like huge chunks of meat were stuck in between my teeth. Sadly, I couldn’t use floss to get them out. I couldn’t get them out at all! It was difficult to consume any type of hard food, so I found myself eating ice cream a lot. So as you can imagine, when the time came— I was really glad to get them out of my teeth.

I watched the orthodontist put my braces on with fascination. For the most part, it hurt very little. So that was good. Unfortunately, I did not find the  glue they used to attach the brackets very appealing to my taste buds. But what glue is found to be appetizing anyway?  Once I got my braces on, it took awhile to get used to them. After the Tylenol wore off, and I flossed my teeth for the first time (to get the glue out), I thought my life had ended. That did not feel good! But, I have been delighted to find that I feel a significant improvement in the way my teeth feel, as each day passes. Yeah!

There are many changes that take place when you get braces. I guess my ten-year-old brother Ben was right when he said, ”Braces will change your whole life.” For instance, there are many things that you cannot eat—including most candies. We found this out when we went down the candy aisle searching for a treat that I could eat. It was a hard task! Eventually, we did find something. Also, you have to brush your teeth a ton. I brushed my teeth eight times yesterday! But despite all this, I still like them. Of course, I had to get them in my favorite color, blue. Overall, they are pretty cool!


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The Thanksgivings Turkey

December 22nd, 2009 by Michelle

This is a poem that I read for a humorous speech in co-op:

By Jack Prelutsky

The turkey shot out of the oven
and rocketed into the air,
it knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.

It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.

It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
there was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there’d never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance,
It smeared every saucer and bowl,
there wasn’t a way I could stop it,
that turkey was out of control.

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
that I’d never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.

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The Panda

December 22nd, 2009 by Michelle

By Donna Word Chappell

A big old pudgy panda bear walked into McDonald’s one day.
Ordered a Big Mac, fries and a Coke, and ate it all right away.
He paid his bill at the counter, then with a great big grin
He pulled out a big water pistol and shot the cashier in the chin.
He sauntered out to the sidewalk; the cashier followed him there.
Drying his face he said, “Why’d you do that? It wasn’t really fair.”
“In the encyclopedia, friend, the answer can be found.”
The panda said, and then he left, saying, “Well, I’ll see ya around.”
The cashier looked it up that night. What he saw he couldn’t believe.
The encyclopedia said, “Panda — eats shoots and leaves.”

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Christmas Memories Are Fun!

December 22nd, 2009 by Michelle

One of my funniest Christmas memories that I can remember happened around Christmas of ’04. Almost my entire family (on my mom’s side) and I were gathered at my grandparents’ house in Dallas. That night the Dallas Cowboys were playing on TV. By the way that is my grandpa’s all time favorite football team. So he and his four sons-in-laws settled down to watch that. My grandma, my mom, and my three aunts went out to do some last minute shopping. So the kids were pretty much left alone. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but…earlier that night my grandpa had received a turkey in the mail from one of his co-workers. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but…that turkey was surrounded by hundreds of Styrofoam packing peanuts. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem either but…my grandpa took the turkey into the kitchen and left the box of Styrofoam there. That left all the little ones alone in the room with the Styrofoam. They decided to have some fun with it. Apparently they thought that it was snow because they started treating it like it was! They were throwing it up in the air and just going crazy with it.

Meanwhile, my cousin, two of my sisters, and I were in the kitchen calmly making hot cocoa— unaware of what was happening in the next room. Then we heard noises coming from the front room indicating that something was up. We entered and saw our cousins by the box that had just recently been full of Styrofoam. Now about half of it was scattered on the floor. Our little cousins were throwing it up in the air, filling blankets with Styrofoam, and lifting them up which made Styrofoam go everywhere. It was literally sticking to the floors, walls, and everywhere imaginable. Eventually the dads came in and were horrified—of course it was kind of a shock to them to see such a mess. So they put all the kids to work cleaning everything up. It was a big job too. I mean we had to pick up every piece in sight and look for the ones that were out of sight.

So anyway when the moms got home it was dinnertime, and as you can imagine we were starving. We had been cleaning up for what seemed like hours. So we made some dinner and sat down to eat. Then just as we were biting into our food, wouldn’t you know it— everything went black. Apparently the power had gone out. As soon that happened everyone started screaming because it was pitch black in the house. So the men went outside to see what happened, and everyone else got busy lighting candles.

So that night we had a good time just sitting around the fireplace singing Christmas carols with our candles in our hands, and our family around us. Then when the men came back they said that our house was not the only one without power. In fact the same thing happened to the whole block.

That Christmas we all joked about what happened and said ‘’Well this year it snowed inside and outside!’’ There was real snow outside and Styrofoam ‘’snow’’ inside. The next year my mom knew exactly what to give our relatives for Christmas. A clear ornament that was filled up with Styrofoam so our family could always remember what happened that Christmas.

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Some Things I’m Thankful For

December 22nd, 2009 by Michelle

If I could make a list of all
The things I’m thankful for.
Pretty soon I know I’d find that
It would soon reach the floor.

So I will have to summarize
The things I’m thankful for.
I’ll be starting with my pastimes,
Then I’ll move on to more.

Reading is a favorite thing.
Naturally I like books.
I also like writing poems.
At least that’s how it looks.

I’m very thankful for music.
So I would have to say,
I enjoy many hymns and songs.
I sing them every day.

Any sport is a lot of fun.
I guess I like them all!
I enjoy Ultimate Frisbee,
Soccer, and volleyball.

I’m thankful for circus peanuts.
They’re something I can’t pass.
I’m thankful for education.
Co-op and Civics class.

I’m thankful for the holidays.
Celebration galore!
Christmas, and Thanksgiving,
Fourth of July, and more.

I’m thankful for our four seasons:
Summer, winter, spring, fall.
Each season is so different,
I guess I like them all!

I’m thankful for the fact that my
Own parents educate.
My favorite color, which is blue.
Our country and our state.

I’m thankful for the food we have.
So many go unfed.
I’m thankful that I have a home—
Where I can lay my head.

Now moving on to something new—
My family that I love.
I’m thankful for them and for friends.
Blessings sent from above.

The most important thing of all
That I am thankful for.
Is Christ Jesus, my Lord and King
It is Him I adore.

He bore the sins of everyone.
He took my sins away.
And on the third day rose again.
With his love, He did pay.

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Labor Day

September 7th, 2009 by Michelle
Go Texas Longhorns!

Go Texas Longhorns!

Our family loves Chick-fil-A. Our family also loves free food. Today we got both. We went to Chick-fil-A wearing a sport shirt, and got a free chicken sandwich in return. We thought we might as well take advantage of the free food, so we went twice—for lunch (at one location) and dinner (at another location).  We met my aunt, uncle, and two of our cousins for lunch. Then we went with just our family for dinner. It was a fun day!


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Back to School

August 31st, 2009 by

Today we started our new school year! We have been doing school all summer, but today was our first day with our new curriculum. It has been a pretty good day so far. We have got a lot of headway. The schedule has worked out well and we have stuck with it for pretty much the whole day.

This morning we put an old family tradition into practice—blueberry muffins for breakfast on the first day of school. So, we had them today.

Paige and I are both in high school. So, this year  we decided to do our school upstairs for some quiet. Because things get pretty lively downstairs.

Well, I ‘d better go back upstairs now. There are a lot of conversations going on and it is getting loud. :o

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Congrats Faith!

August 9th, 2009 by

Today, I told my sister Faith that she should have her own blog, and now she does. Yeah! A blog will be great for her. She has bags that are full of papers and drawings. Now she can publish them. Well, I won’t tell any more about Faith. From now on, she will be telling you about herself.

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We Had A Ball At The Mall

August 8th, 2009 by

Recently we went shopping at the mall. We really shopped until we dropped! We were there for three hours; but, we had a lot of fun. Grace was given a gift card to Icing (a sister store of Claire’s) for her birthday. Icing was in the mall, so to the mall we went. There was one thing that we wanted to do first. On our way in, we saw a photo booth.  We have never done that before, so we decided we would do it. It is really only meant for one or two people, but we fit five. I have no idea how we managed it. Paige had Faith sitting on her lap, and our legs were all hanging out. Here are the pictures of our faces.  If you could have seen the rest of our bodies, you probably would have laughed. We did.

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