When all is bright and warm again (and other stuff)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I am soo happy! When I looked at the thermometer, it said 69.7 degrees (Fahrenheit). I like rainy days, don't get me wrong; but I adore warm, bright days (I get to have my window open. If you haven't figured out that I love to have my window open by now, then all I can say is, "pity on you").

My aunt e-mailed my family something last night, and I thought that I'd like to put a link to it on here: http://www.theonion.com/articles/increasing-number-of-parents-opting-to-have-childr,17159/. This will take you right to the page. Let me know what you think.

So, as I am random, I will tell you some things that are random. I have two signs in my room, and I am going to put them on the sidebar of my blog. They will say: "Don't retreat, RELOAD" (Sarah Palin said that), and "Failure is not an option" (said by Eugene F. Kranz, from Apollo 13--I learned that when I was at NASA. It's good to remember when I feel depressed about my writing).

Okay, so now that my Random Story for the day is over, I will once again tell you all that it is a beautiful day, and I am loving it. It's so wonderful!

Now I will get off. Oh dear. *frowns sadly in dismay* This post is very random, and not set up too well, in my opinion. *sigh* Oh well. I'll think about that tomorrow, as Scarlett O'Hara would say.

Here Brothers Fought...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This week, I watched one of my favorite movies, The Blue and the Gray. Of course, it set me to work upon my Civil War play, Two Little Boys. I decided to turn my play into a book, and to change the title (and also the story line for that matter, but that's a different story. The book version will be much better than the play).

The Blue and the Gray is a really powerful movie, and it makes you think (the music is also wonderful. I could watch the credits over and over just to listen to the music). This is a movie that makes you laugh, cry...everything! There's two good love stories in it, some action, a little suspense (a crazy Confederate officer) and so much more.

There's a lot of characters in the movie, but I guess that the main character is John Geyser. John is from Virginia, and he lives there with his ma, pa, brothers Matt, Mark, and Luke, sister Emma, a slave, and a freed slave, who is John's friend.
Well, John is an artist and he spends his time drawing instead of helping out on his parents farm--that makes his brothers mad. So, he heads up to Gettysburg, to draw for his uncle's newspaper. His first assignment is to get pictures of John Brown's (the abolitionist) trial. It's there that John meets Jonas, who--throughout the war--becomes his best friend.
We'll fast forward a little. John's sister has gotten married, Jonas has fallen in love with John's cousin Mary, and the war has started. John's brothers are fighting for the Confederate's and his cousins are fighting for the Union. John won't fight for the South--I won't tell you why, you have to watch the movie. I love his speech when he tells his family--and he won't fight for the North--that's because he feels that he can't carry a gun against his brothers. So, going with the advice of Pres. Abraham Lincoln (he meets Pres. Lincoln in the movie), John becomes a war correspondent.

Oh, I could go on forever, but I can't say anymore or else I'll give the story away (I'm just brushing the surface). I will say that the movie is two or three hours long. But it's worth every minute of it! It's really a great movie and I recommend it to everyone. Right now, I'm going to go work on my Civil war book. I've been thinking about new titles. So far, I don't have many good ideas. My best one is taken from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address (just a little altered): The Full Measure of Devotion. My book's about a family during the Civil war, so I thought that The Full Measure of Devotion might be a good title. I'd be glad to hear ideas!

(The picture at the beginning was taken at Vicksburg, Mississippi. It's the Pennsylvania monument, and I really liked what it said.)

What's happening a week from today..And a thank you

Monday, March 29, 2010

Today has been an exciting day because...In exactly one week I will be fourteen. Okay, maybe it's not so exciting for you, but that's not my problem. Hey, I have I right to be excited, haven't I? After all, in two years I will be behind the wheel of a car--driving. Not dreaming about driving, like I do now, but DRIVING. Ah, that will be the life. Also, in one week, my friend Andrea will be having a volleyball tournament. Good luck Andrea! If you could all pray that her team does well, I'd appreciate it (and I'm sure she would, too).

That's really all I have to say (I know, "how boring is that?"), so I guess I'll get off. Before I do though, I'd like to thank everyone for leaving comments on my blog and following. I love followers! Thanks and luv ya!

Finally no rain!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The sun has finally come through and it is a beautiful day after all that rain. The rain did make the grass green, though. Soon I'll have to mow it (And I really love mowing the lawn. I love getting behind anything with a steering wheel).

What is new with all of you? Having a good first week of spring? I am. So far, this week has been near perfect. It's really quite wonderful to have a near perfect week. lol. It's probably the first and last near perfect week I'll ever have (Except for the week I get my drivers license. That will be the best week ever).

I'd like to thank everyone who replied to my random question, "Why do we call our parents mom and dad?" (Okay, thank you David. You're the only one that answered. It was a stupid question, but it popped into my mind, so I wrote it down).

I am trying to set up a photography page, but so far, I have only zero pictures up. haha. I need to finish it sometime, but I have so much to do (I know, excuses, excuses). When I do get it set up (it might take a while, but I plan to finish it), I hope that you will enjoy my pictures.

Well, now I must go. My mom's piano lesson is here. I hope to see ya'll sometime soon! Enjoy that nice fresh air!

Spring has Come

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Today is the first day of spring! Oh, I'm so glad! Tonight for supper we're having hot dogs on the grill--as a celebration, my dad says. I'm very happy with the first day of spring. Not too hot (I don't mind hot weather too much, as long as I can swim), not too cold, a nice breeze, the sun is out...And it's a Saturday--my whole family is here:Dad, Mom, me, Mark and Annie.

Here's a really random question that just popped into my head: we do we (everyone in general) call our parents mom and dad? Why don't we call them by their first names? (There's random ol' me again. Why am I so random?)

I have to start my birthday list today (actually, I started it before we left for Texas, but I still need to work on it). By the way, am I the only one who thinks that I won't get a car this year?

Thank you all for reading this post. None of you can imagine what it's like to know that people take the time to read my posts that are very random. Now that you read it, go out and enjoy the nice day! Happy Spring!

Spring is tomorrow!!!! (e.i. Yea!!!!)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hello, everyone! I'm in an especially good mood today. Why? Because we've had three beautiful days in a row and tomorrow is spring. Plus, I've been able to wear capris and flip-flops, and have my window open (yes! Welcome, good old days of endless writing ideas!) as I mentioned in my last post.

Right now, I'm trying to get ready for Talents for Christ(all of you should know what that is by now). I'm going to do a flute solo, a trio with Sarah and Andrea, and extemporaneous writing. I'd also like to do photography, but I can't get any good pictures. So, I'll be thinking about that.

Then, Sunday night is Youth Night. I had to write a welcome. I hope people like it. But if they don't like it, I don't blame them.

I suppose that's all I'll write now. I just had a Subway sub for lunch, so now I'm happy. (I also have to get off because my mom is kicking me off)


St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day! And the top o' the mornin' to ya! (okay, that was really scary! I apologize sooo much!)

Today, I can remember my Irish roots (their yours, too, David). Sadly, I just remembered now. And I forgot to wear green. What's up with that! Uhh, I don't know what will ever become of me. (I'll wear my Ireland shirt to bed)

Well, it turns out that 2010 is going to be a busy year. But I'll get into that later.

Today was a perfect day and I got to open my window! And wear capris, and flip-flops. Yea!!!!! It was altogether wonderful! I am so happy. The moon tonight is especially cool. I tried to take a picture, but it wouldn't turn out. It wouldn't have done the real moon justice, though.

Now I must get off. There are people waiting to get on and I must make them happy (they're my only hope to get a new room. And the car)
So, good-bye everyone! Happy St. Patty's Day!

P.S. I just remembered that my blog is green, so that counts, right? I'm festive all year round!

Happy Birthday to Annie

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy birthday, Annie!

Annie is now officially seven years-old. It's so hard to believe my baby sister is that old. It's hard to imagine what life would be like without her. She's one of the biggest blessings in my life. And she has taught me so much! Patience, sharing, big things come in little packages... The list goes on and on. I learned that someone is always watching. Sometimes I'll tell Annie not to do something, and she'll innocently say, "But you do it." That teaches me a lot. Annie also keeps me on my feet. I can't be "boring"--she won't allow that! If Annie thinks I'm behind in my playtime duties as sister, though, she reminds me; "You're boring!" "Don't you remember what it was like when you were six?" "But I'm you're baby sister."

Yes, God has given me a very special gift; one that I sometimes take for granted. But if Annie wouldn't have been born today, I would be a kid that was a little more selfish. A little less patient. And when I think about how selfish I am now, and how impatient I am, I know I would be awful without Annie. I'm so glad that she came into this world, and into my life. I love that little blond haired, blue eyed, imp. Love her to death! And I'm so glad she's mine. I think that I'll hug her a little harder tonight. Make that right now.

Happy Birthday, Annie!

Why we Do What we Do

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Have any of you ever wondered that?--Why we do what we do? Why do some of us write? Why do some of us dedicate our lives to music; acting; sports. Why?

I have been thinking about that a lot. The answer is very plain: God made us like that. He has a plan for our lives that includes a gift He has given us; God gave us something that we enjoy doing. Something that we can use for His glory. And that's why we're here: to bring glory to God.

If you really, truly enjoy doing something, then maybe God has given you a gift. And maybe you can use it for Him. If God gave you something that you love to do, then try and do it--use your talent! Sometimes you will ask yourself why you are doing what your doing. Sometimes you will want to give up. But don't! You have something that God gave you--something you enjoy --something that you're good at. It is hard, though. Sometimes I wonder why I pretend I can write. Why I'm going to so much trouble to make myself a better writer--it's no use. But then I remember how much I love to write; how I express myself through writing; that God made me like that. I will not let those mountains in the distance keep me from my goal--don't let them keep you from yours! You've got to climb. That's what I'm trying to do. I named this blog after a book that helped my to remember that. That's where I got the poem that I wrote under my blog title. That's why I named my blog Em's Alpine Path. Climb! That's what we've got to do; don't let you're talents go to waste. You can use them for God. And you can enjoy them.

"Then whisper, blossom, in thy sleep
How I may upward climb
The Alpine Path, so hard, so steep,
That leads to heights sublime.
How I may reach that far-off goal
Of true and honored fame
And write upon its shining scroll
A woman's humble name."
-L.M. Montgomery

Now that I'm back

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hello everyone! I'm sorry that I haven't written in a while. I was sort of busy with getting home. And I didn't really have anything that I wanted to write. But now, I have time and I have some stuff to talk about again.

Well, two days from today, March 12th, Annie will be seven years old. It's hard to believe. She will have a fat black and blue lip at the party, though. Explanation: She was going to go into a room, but turned a little too late and walked into the side of the door. It was sort of funny, but she cried so much, I felt bad. Now her lip is a black-blue-purple color. Poor thing. Her consolation, however (actually, her lip doesn't bother her that much, I think) is that her birthday party is the day after tomorrow. I am equally excited. I love having the whole family over, and this year, Londan will be at Annie's party. It's hard to think that Londan wasn't around at this time last year. I'm certainly glad she came into our lives, though. She really is a blessing from Heaven.

The next bit of news is that I'm getting ready for Talents for Christ. All of you know what that is, I think. It's a talent "competition" that our youth group does. This year I'll do flute, like last year and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be in a girls quartet with Andrea, Diana, and Sarah. It should be fun! I was also thinking about photography. I really like that, so I might give it a whirl. And then, of course, I want to try expository writing, although I don't know if I'll do to well on that. *gulp* Oh, well, it's not the end of the world. I'm really not that much of an experienced writer. I just right stories, narrations, and papers for school. (I have to write ten page papers for honors. I think that sounds fun!)

Well, that's really all, except for that I turned in my WILDS registration on Sunday. I'm so excited! I'll think I'll have a good time and I've been told that the preaching is really good.

So, now I will leave you. It is 5:03 and we have church tonight. I'll see my family on Fri. and my friends on Sun. if I don't go to the youth activity on Sat. Bye!

Some News

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

So here are the rest of the zoo pictures. If you want a close up of the pictures, you can click on the pictures. Of course, I think that the pictures, are going to big close ups. Well, it will probably be hard, but enjoy!

Boot Hill. This was outside the old time town.

This is "Texas Town". The zoo made a small old fashioned town. It was cool.
Another picture of the town.
A baby longhorn. Except without the longhorns.
This is a brown recluse. It's toward the top. It's also sort of hard to see.
A black widow. One of the most poisonous spiders in the world. It sort of sticks out.
Tarantula. Need I say anymore? They were actually kind of cool.
A centipede. It was really big. Sorry that you can't really see it.
This is a close up of a scorpion. They were really small.
I know you can't really see it, but this is a falcon-I think.
I can't remember what this is. Maybe this was the falcon. No, I'm pretty sure that the one above is.
A jaguar--once again, I'm pretty sure. (They have them in Texas)
The back side of a bobcat. I couldn't get the front.
The backside of a porcupine. It obviously isn't very photogenic--it wouldn't turn around.
A black bear. The picture wasn't that good.
We have black bear at home. But I wouldn't want to get this close at home. Unless it was in another zoo. And the bear was behind bars. (Once again, this picture isn't that good, either.)
An otter. It wouldn't hold still. But they were cute!
Alligator. It was BIG! I wanted to see one when we were in Louisiana, but I didn't. :( (No one else wanted to, though!)

A toucan. You can't really see it, though. What is it with me and bad pictures?
There were all sorts of birds in this big cage and you could walk inside. The zoo workers gave you sticks with bird seeds on the end and you could walk up to the birds and feed them.
"Don't be shy"
More birds. They were all over.
An American Bald Eagle. It was really cool. I love these birds.
Two rattlesnakes. We have these at home, too. If you click this picture, you can see the two snakes better.
A mountain lion. Or cougar. I think there are other names, but I forget them all. Oh yeah--big cat. This was a male and he was pacing back and forth, showing that this was HIS territory.
The cougar pacing back and forth.
This is the other cougar, the males sister. He was growling at her and making all sorts of other sounds--he was telling her to back off; this is his ground. They were cool.

Guess what! I am almost definitely going to be home this Sunday or Monday. Then I can show you my pictures if you want.

Some things that happened this week:
#1. Flat tire (two days ago)
#2. Wore my flip-flops (yea!) (yesterday)
#3. Stuck my feet in the Gulf of Mexico (the water wasn't that bad. there were people at the beach in their bathing suits-whether or not they were swimming, I'm not sure) (yesterday)

Well, I will get off now. Mark just came back from swimming in the indoor pool. I didn't want to go. We're staying in Vicksburg Mississippi tonight and tomorrow, we go to the the battlefield. (BTW, people here have really thick accents. I'm talkin' 'bout major Southern style, ya'll! The ladies call you honey and babe; they're all so friendly!) That's all. Good-bye! (Hey, when I get home, should I show you what I mean with the Southern accent.)

The Fort Worth Zoo

Monday, March 1, 2010

Here are some of the pics of the Fort Worth Zoo. Hope you enjoy!

Lions. You can't really see them.

A bad picture of a tiger. It was sleeping. In a funny position. Sorta reminds me of someone. Oh yeah--me.
A sun bear. Don't ask, I don't know.
A cute tiger. The only time they're not cute is when they're charging at you with they're charging at you with their teeth blazing.
Another tiger sleeping comfortably.
A white tiger. It has beautiful sapphire eyes.
Another white tiger. It was pacing back and forth at the window. Almost like it knew it was a hot shot.

I don't know what that is. I think it might be a baby. I'm not sure, though.
A hippo. You could only see the rear end. Wonderful.
Giraffes. There was a baby one, but I didn't get a picture of it.
An ostrich. Soo big.
Giraffes again. Some people can be tall. Others can't. *sigh*
A swan. They're cool animals.
Elephants. They were big. (duh)
Three elephants. One of 'em liked to throw a stick.
The stick throwing elephant. It was funny.
The elephants again.
Zebras. Black and white. Stripes. That's what comes to my mind.
I can't remember what these are. Gazelles?
There's a baby over the the tree branch.
Flamingos. Orange.
Pink flamingos. Thin and tall.

A gorilla. Anyone for Tarzan?
Monkeys. I don't know what kind.
A chimpanzee. "Our ancestors" Oh, I'm so glad that is not true.
Another gorilla.
The gorilla was looking at me. I sorta felt bad for it. I don't know why. The look it gave me was...indescribable.
An orangutan. It looked so evil. It had red eyes.
A close-up of the scary monkey!
How would you like to have a face like that?
To many plastic surgeries.
A rhino. I think that the horn is intimidating.
A cheetah. I'm seeing spots.
A wart hog. It was laaazy.
The same cheetah sunning itself.
Monkeys. Cute.
A chimpanzee. It was..different.