Monday, April 30, 2012


M1: Monday

That's today, in case you didn't know. I really hate Mondays. They serve no purpose for me except to provide me with headaches and no motivation. I vote we just completely skip Mondays. Let's start a petition.

M2: Middleton

I love Kate Middleton. Seriously, that woman is so classy...and I might have a strong urge to raid her closet. She totally conducts herself like royalty, even though she isn't officially queen yet. Her desire to help others outside of her social status totally reminds me of Diana. I'm starting to sound old, so let's wrap up this subject.

M3: Movies

I really want to see The Vow. It's been out for a while now, but I still haven't dragged my sorry little self to the theater to see it yet. Have you seen it? Is it worth going to see it in the theater, or is it Redbox worthy?

Well folks, that's all I have for today. Enjoy your Monday, if that's possible.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Confessional Friday.

Hello there! I hope you all have been enjoying the fabulous weather this week (minus the rain this morning). It's been a fairly interesting week, so let's get to confessin'!

1. I love Coke. Honestly, I probably drink way too much of then stuff, but nothing cures a headache like a good ole McDonald's Coke.

2. I do not love exercise. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually worked out. With swimsuit season upon us, I'm trying to jump back on the wagon, but above addiction is making it a little different.

3. I'm so tired. All the time. I absolutely love my job, but I came dang close to tears when my alarm went off at 7 a.m. yesterday morning.

4. I can't say "no". Tonight I am volunteering at an event that the high school puts on for 8th graders called P3 (purity, passion, and pearls). I am working in the kitchen with my good friend Katie and her mom. I love these ladies, and can't wait to hang out with them tonight. However, I am doing that tonight, working 8-2 tomorrow, and then babysitting tomorrow night. Apparently "no" is not in my vocabulary.

5. Allergies suck.

6. I highlighted my hair! I had a mini freak out of sorts when I dried my hair and there were BLONDE streaks in it. Not caramel as the box promised, but blonde. However, as the days have gone by, I'm starting to like it more and more. It makes me feel like summer.

7. <-- I had a difficult time typing that number. On Tuesday I was messing around with my dad and brother, when my dad threw a dry erase marker at me. It bounced off of my laptop, resulting in the loss of my seven key. Sad day.

8. I made no-bake cookies at work yesterday, and they turned out dang good (dang well?). Still a little soft, glossy, and chocolaty, I was pleased with my work.

And on that note, I am off to take a nap in preparation for my busy weekend. Have an awesome week and be blessed!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Homeschooling: The Real Deal

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not anti-public school NOR am I anti-homeschooling. I firmly believe it is whatever works best for your family.

This is my 8th year of being home schooled. We started homeschooling in 3rd grade, and never looked back. There was no extremely awful school situation which caused my parents to make the decision to home school me. In fact, I loved my school. I had great teachers, and my principle was an awesome guy. However, I had been begging my parents to pull me out of school for a while, because, quite frankly, I was bored. * I am not trying to toot my own horn here, just giving you the facts* I finished my work before everyone else, homework wasn't a challenge, and I got good grades. In 2nd grade my parents made the executive decision to put me in W.I.N.G.S., the gifted program for our area. It was one day a week, and focused on a higher level of learning. At 7 years old I was putting together multiple power-point programs a month, memorizing lines and writing skits, and solving simple algebraic problems. But that was only one day a week. The other four days I was doing an advanced math curriculum, but the school wouldn't let me skip a grade because I was at different levels in every subject.

The first year was hard. My brother wasn't in preschool yet, so my mom was trying to take care of him and teach me consecutively. At the same time, I was struggling because I didn't get to interact with my friends throughout the day. There were also things that I loved about homeschooling. I didn't have to be up at 6 a.m., I was finished by lunchtime, I wasn't forced to do P.E...just kidding. Kind of. After deciding that homeschooling was do more good than not, we planned on trying another year. And we are on year 8 of "trying another year".

Homeschooling does not mean your children are sheltered. If you choose to shelter them, then they will be sheltered, yes. I am 16 years old. I listen to secular music stations. I watch reality TV. I wear modern clothes. If I don't know a song, that isn't because I'm home schooled, it's because I choose not to listen to that music. If I don't dress like a slut, that's not because I'm home schooled, but because I choose not to dress like that. The only effect homeschooling has had on me is whether or not I go spend 8 hours in a building, or 2 at home. It doesn't affect my music choice, my clothing choice, my personality, or my beliefs.

That being said, I don't judge you for going to public school, so don't judge me for being home schooled.

It looks like year 8 is where it stops for me. This August I will officially be enrolled as a junior at Nixa High School. Am I excited? Absolutely. Am I terrified? Duh. But I am ready for a change, and I believe this is the change I've been looking for.

If you've made it all the way through this, congratulations! Have a great week, and be blessed!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jesus and Cheesecake.

Hola amigos! I hope you've had a muy fantastico weekend..(that is the extent of my Spanish-speaking skills). I spent my weekend the right way: worshipping and fellow-shipping with my best friends. Friday afternoon about 20 students from the youth group hopped on a church bus and we set off for K.C. After a lovely bus ride, we pulled into the Independence Event Center at promptly 6:45, and by 7:00 we were getting our worship on with Jesus Culture. They are a worship team from Bethel Church in Redding, CA. After an incredible night of praise, the group hopped back on the bus and headed for Raytown First Baptist, where we stayed the night. We actually got to sleep in...until around 8. Then we went to The Plaza to some shopping and, of course, eating at The Cheesecake Factory. After we finished gorging ourselves, we moseyed back onto the bus and drove home. It was an absolutely amazing weekend, and I had a blast with some of my closest friends.

This week is nice and's a brief view of my schedule.

Monday: Bible study: 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuesday: FREE DAY
Wednesday: Work: 8-12; Office: 2-5; Pre-service worship: 6-6:30; Midweek: 6:30-7:30
Thursday: Work: 8-12
Friday: P3: 4-7
Saturday: Work: 8-2; P3: 4-6:30; Babysitting: 7-9

Just typing this schedule out makes me tired. I hope you all have a fab week! :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Remember When...

-Remember when I didn't blog for a month?

I had no clue that it had been over a month since I blogged until I looked at the date on my last post. Oops. A lot has happened in that time, so this post will probably be uber long and filled with obnoxious pictures. Ready?

-Remember when I went to Disney World?

Best week ever. Ash, Lori, and I left Springtown on a Monday, and had five fun-filled days in FL. The highlights of the trip? Let's just say I plowed into an elderly couple on the Disney shuttle. My bad folks...It was such a nice time to just chill. We left Saturday afternoon to head back to the 4-1-7.

                                                                Enjoying the sunshine

                                                            Safari ride in Animal Kingdom

                                                                       The castle!

                                                     We had an encounter with some rain...

                                                         Buzz and Woody were a hit!

                                                         Last night in the Magic Kingdom

                                             We ordered a town car and got a limo...oh yes.

-Remember when we had DNOW?

DNOW is one of my favorite student ministry events. For a whole weekend it's just you, your friends, and God. Worship, services, and small group sessions. I'm so glad I got to be a part of it!

-Remember when I burned my arm?

I happened to burn my pretty nicely while taking croutons out of the oven at work Saturday. Those darn croutons..

-Remember when Jesus rose from the grave?

Easter was yesterday, and for the first time in sixteen years the Easter bunny skipped my house. I did get a solid milk chocolate bunny though, so all was not lost. We got ready, picked my grandma up and then went to service at church. After service we ate lunch at the White River Conference Center.

-Remember when I stopped writing and let you get back to your life?

That happens now. Have a fab week!