Monday, December 21, 2009

Book Giveaway

There is a giveaway for the book Daughters of Destiny. You can enter at God's Daughter.

~Megan

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mums the Word



Before our mum dies from the cold, I thought I would post about all the secrets being kept around here. I cannot tell you any, but I can show you this picture:



Yes, presents have already made their appearance under our tree. I haven't quite figured out if that is a good or bad thing. I just hope they hold nothing breakable (they have endured some shaking :). Happy waiting! ~Megan

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Please Pray

If you see this, please pray for my friend Hannah's dad. He has cancer and is in the hospital right now. You can click here to learn more.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's All in Your Perspective



I recently colored this fairy. Middle Sister and Youngest Sister both loved her outfit. However, blond-haired, blue-eyed Middle Sister thought she should have blond hair and blue eyes. Blond-haired, brown-eyed Youngest Sister liked her brown eyes, but she would have preferred her with blond hair. My brown-haired, brown-eyed self liked my fairy just the way she was. Interesting, isn't it?
~Megan

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Good-Night Pep Talk

A few weeks ago I went into Youngest Sister's room to tell her good-night. I found her quite troubled and our conversation went something like this. . .

"What's wrong?" I asked.

"I am worried that I'll have a bad dream," Youngest Sister replied.

"Well, if you keep thinking about having a bad dream, that's what you're going to have.Thinking about happy things will help you have sweet dreams. Thinking about something you're excited about can help too. Remember you have ballet class tomorrow." I then added, "Monday I have the audition for the next ballet performance."

"You probably won't get a part," she said, like a little matter-of-fact raincloud.

"I know that," I answered, trying to redeem myself and muffle a giggle, "but I'll get to see how it works and tell you about it."

Trying to cheer her again I changed the subject, "Thanksgiving is coming up. You could think of decorations for it." Youngest Sister still seemed a bit depressed.

I tried one last time, "You could decorate a dream house in your head, like they did in All-of-a-kind Family." Youngest Sister was looking me in the eye, so I continued, "Did Mommy read that book to you and Middle Sister?"

"I think she read the first one to both of us," she answered.

"Do you remember how two of the sisters would design a different room each night aloud? You could decorate the blue room tonight. Maybe it has mahogany wood floors and a Persian silk rug that looks like the sky." I dip into the pool of my imagination, trying to think quickly as to what Youngest Sister's vision of an amazing room might hold. "Then there is an orange sofa with three blue pillows on it, one decorated with real diamonds. Another pillow has diamond shaped stitching on it. The third pillow has both the real diamonds and stitched diamond patterns."

Youngest Sister seemed interested, so I continue. "There is also an orange chair in the room. It rocks, swivels, and has very comfortable cushions. It even has a little compartment where you can keep scissors, tape, and magazines in case you want to make envelopes." We had just watched a youtube tutorial on how to make envelopes with a magazine page that day. "You could even keep a book in there if you wanted. Though, you would have to remember that you stuck it there, so maybe we should stick with magazines." I quickly scan my mind for another piece of furniture that would look good and be fun to describe. "There is also a little table." I told her, "It has a tall vase that is the dark blue Gramma likes." I now remember that the name of this color is cobalt blue, which is similar to the blue ink in the pen I use to write in my journal.



"The vase" I continued, "has orange peel. . .what's the word?. . . it smells good. . ."

"Potpourri?" Youngest Sister asked, pronouncing it a little weird, but giving me the word for which I was searching.

"Yes, potpourri. There is orange peel potpourri in the vase. There is also little dish, the same color as the vase, that is full of peppermints. But, instead of having red stripes on them, they have orange stripes. There is even a small tray that matches the vase and dish. Little sweet are put on it on special occasions." I said. "There is also a mahogany Armour that sits in the corner of the room." I said, a little to busy to start composing my sister-of-the-year acceptance speech. That was when Youngest Sister had a question.

"What's mahogany?" she asked.

I was a little embarrassed to realize that I didn't really know what mahogany was. I gave her the most truthful answer I could. "I think mahogany is a type of wood. I said it because I thought it sounded fancy." She looked satisfied with the answer, so I kept going. "The Armour has an orange diamond pattern painted on it. It has one big cabinet, one shelf underneath that, and one little cabinet underneath that. When you first open the top cabinet, it looks empty. Then you notice four knobs on the inside top of the Armour. If you pull one down, you will find that it is a TV screen. There is a projector for the TV screen, but I'll get to that later." I was on a role! "Another one of the knobs pulls down a dry-erase board and another a chalk board. The fourth knob pulls down a big pad of paper, for any meetings that might take place in this room."

"The shelf underneath this cabinet holds a Wii game system and several Wii remotes." I said, while realizing that as fun as a Wii is, it didn't fit in with rest of the room. Oh well. "The bottom cabinet is used to hold photo albums." I said, knowing that Youngest Sister enjoys looking at our photo albums and hoping this would strike her fancy. "There is also a chandelier hanging from the ceiling." I said. Can you guess the color? "It has orange crystals." I had decided to use orange and blue because they are complementary colors (not to mention my favorite color is blue). Youngest Sister's favorite color is pink and she probably wouldn't have gone with my color scheme, but she didn't seem to mind. "The chandelier looks a lot like the one in Middle Sister's room, except it's bigger and has even more crystals."



I moved on to describing what was behind the crystals in this princessy light fixture. "There is not only a light, but also a projector for the TV behind the orange crystals." I didn't know how realistic this was, but it seemed more believable than saying the TV screen could play by itself. At least it doesn't matter how realistic something is when it's in you imagination. "There is also a pink room in this house," I said strategically, "but I want to go read Anne of Avonlea in my room. You could decorate the pink room." I glanced at the clock.

"Okay." Youngest Sister said and I thought I heard her talking as I left.

I walked into my room smiling, knowing Anne would have to wait. I had to write down my talk with Youngest Sister!

The next morning I was informed by Youngest Sister that it was a lot easier to decorate a room when you have someone else to talk to. Did she mean I spent 20 minutes trying to help her for nothing? Though, I had fun describing the blue room and got an interesting pep talk out of it all!

Sweet dreams! ~Megan

A Day Out

Middle Sister and I recently played the piano in a hotel lobby, attached to a mall. While downtown we did a few other fun activities. Here we are waiting for our turn (Youngest Sister looks a little more relaxed than Middle Sister and I :)



Here Middle Sister is playing Holly Jolly Christmas-



Here I am playing O Holy Night-



After this, we went to the Crayola play land exibit in the mall-



Made it through the set of obstacles-



Before waiting in line to see Santa-



We grabbed a bite to eat and then went outside to see the fountains-



and mayor's Christmas tree-



Warmed up in Halls, and admired the sweets table there-



And ended the night getting a Skyscraper Strawberry Shake-



What a fun day! ~Megan

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

November

Don't worry, I have caught on to the fact that it is December 8! I just wanted to do a post that would show all that went on around here this past month.


An indoor ice skating rink opened near us. They had free skating for a few hours on the first day they were open.


My Dad's cousin came in town.


Another one of my Dad's cousins and her daughter also came in town.


Two Christmas card pictures were taken. This one is my Mee Maw and Paw Paw's.


And this one is my family's.



We had our first choir concert (you could see better in person :).

Thanksgiving came, along with. . .

my sisters making Thanksgiving hats,


my Pop Pop making dressing,


me making place cards,


my Mom making place settings,


and everyone helping to put together a puzzle (not to mention making much more food :).

The boy in this picture is my. . . second cousin? . . .third cousin?. . .well, relative who got his driver's license the day before Thanksgiving (the same day as another one of my cousins! Congratulations!).

And somewhere in the midst of these events. . .

Youngest sister became quite good at doing Fancy Nancy puzzles,


Youngest Sister finished her Learning to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book (thought she may argue with the title's claim that it was easy :),


Middle Sister and Youngest Sister played dolls,



I learned about ellipses in science,



and Youngest Sister made a "fun box" for herself, Middle Sister, and me.

Yes, it was an eventful November! ~Megan

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Halloween

Here we are with. . .

the newly carved pumpkin. . .

(which had the combination of three designs). . .

our cousins and pumpkin shaped pizza...

our costumes. . .

and the candy!

Yes, I was a princess. Belle from Beauty and the Beast (dressed like she is in the market) to be exact. Middle Sister was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Youngest Sister was Cinderella from (you guessed it :) Cinderella. One of my cousins was Andy Roddick (from tennis :) and my other cousin was a cowgirl (she walked around the neighborhood with us, but she didn't go up to the doors).

~Megan

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween Hints



Before I post pictures of Halloween, I thought I would give you a chance to guess what I dressed up as. Here are a few hints-

- I did not dress up as something scary

- My sisters and my costumes all went with a particular theme

- With that theme in mind, we thought my cousin who went trick or treating with us should dress up as Prince Charming (don't worry Zach, that's just a joke:)

So. . . any guesses?

~Megan

Monday, October 26, 2009

Three Wishes

Last week I was sick and my sweet sisters made me this card;




They paraded it up the stairs to where I lay. They came with hats on their heads, masks on their faces, and kazoos in their mouths. Maybe not the noise I would have asked for, but it's the thought that counts :)

The other day Youngest Sister told my Mom what she would wish for if she had three wishes. This is her list (in the same order);

1. To be a princess

2. To have unlimited money

3. To have wisdom

When I was sick, I only wanted one wish. . . to get better!

~Megan

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Half Marathon

My Dad ran a half marathon with his friend this morning. We went with one of his friend's daughters and his friend's wife to see them finish!



Here my Dad and his friend are about to cross the line. They don't look too sad. . . just a little tired :)


~Megan

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Apple Butter Time


I know it's autumn when we get together to make apple butter with our friends the G family. We got the recipe from other friends of ours. They showed us how to make apple butter when I was in kindergarten and we have made it with the G family ever since.


We take turns with the G family on hosting the apple butter making. This year it was our turn.


With the apples bought, apple cake made, and our house in order, we eagerly await the arrival of the G family.

Before to long they are at our house, laden down with more apples, a crock pot, pizza, and cinnamon sticks. We all eat before the G boys, Middle Sister, Youngest Sister, and I head down to our basement to play a few games of Roman Soldiers (it has become a tradition- partially because all of us like it :). After a while we come back upstairs and the apple butter making begins! There are three main stations. . .


 Station 1# has people using the (creatively named :) Apple cutter corer peeler slicers. Usually our dads are over here.

These apples are then given to the people on. . .


Station 2# who chop them up. This is where us kids are normally.

The chopped up apples are then given to. . .


Station 3# where our Moms are. We typically put the apples into the crock pots but they are the ones who add in the other ingredients. All in all, it takes us about a half hour to make two crock pots full of apple butter. We are told that when we first started it took us 2 hours to make it. That was when our age range was 1-6 years old. We must have kept all of their hands full! Making apple butter with the G family is a fun fall thing and I am glad it's become a tradition.

Happy autumn! ~Megan

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday with Aunt Judy


We recently went to the Toy and Miniature Museum with my Aunt Judy. They would only let us take pictures in the entry way of the museum. Consequently, we are posing by a bear that is by no means miniature!


After looking at doll houses and tiny pieces of furniture all morning, we ate lunch at Andre's, a Swiss restaurant. Upon walking in you are greeted by a mouth-watering array of sweets! Some are little. . .


And some big. . .


All gorgeous!


I ordered Quiche Lorraine and minestrone soup.


We were all excited about dessert! Which one to choose?


Youngest Sister, Middle Sister, and Aunt Judy decided on the Dubish.


My Mom decided on a Rum Cake.


And I decided on the Stolen, a holiday dessert.


We left full and happy! ~Megan