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I’m Really Boring.

Hey!!!!! How is everyone? What have you been up to this week? Can you believe that it is Wednesday? The week is halfway over! And I still have TONS of exams……yuck.

Yesterday, I took my first challenge exam. I opted for the Webpage design test, thinking that it would be easy. Well, I was sure wrong! Most of my grade will actually come from building my own website, which took about 3 hours to do. I had initially planned on taking two exams yesterday, but that one took up my entire afternoon! Fun stuff.

It has recently struck me how incredibly boring I am. I take tests, mope around the house, bake occasionally, and go to the gym. That’s pretty much it. And then I share it all with you guys, and throw in some random musings and stories for good measure…..:P

Speaking of stories, I happen to have a cute one. I’m a klutz and fall down….a lot. Every day, I go to the bread store to buy bread, cheese, lunchmeat, etc. There is this sweet, poor man in a wheelchair who sits outside the bread store every afternoon and chats with customers. He knows pretty much everyone, and everyone likes him. So anyway, he has noticed that I tend to trip a lot. Now, whenever I’m leaving the store, he says: “See you tomorrow! Be careful and don’t fall down on your way home!”. He also tells me if there is a lot of traffic on a particular day, so that I know to pay even more attention to my surroundings. Always watchin’ out for me! hahahaha

Here’s someone (or something) else who is always watchin out:

The only difference is that he’s watching out for himself, not me. 😀

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!!


May 25, 2011 at 6:05 am 6 comments

Kitchen Time

Heeey everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! I sure did! We relaxed, had family time, and went to church. My cat even had some relaxation time with dad:

TWO remotes! 😀

Before I forget to mention it, I got an awesome workout in on Friday! A few weeks ago, I cam across this circuit, and let me say, it doesn’t look that hard, but by the fourth time you are doing pushups, it IS!!!! 😀

Today’s a busy day for my mom, so I thought I’d tackle breakfast. I made my first-ever scones!!!! They were actually pretty easy to throw together, and everyone seemed to like them! I confess that I haven’t actually eaten one yet, but will for a post-workout treat! 😀 Anyway, here’s the recipe that I used:

Banana Scones (adapted from


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 T brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 T butter
  • 8 T milk (I ended up adding a little more)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup diced banana


  • Preheat oven to 400°F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut butter into a few chunks and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingertips.
  • Mix milk and vanilla in a small glass. Add the banana chunks and continue to stir, adding more milk if necessary, until dough comes together.
  • Pat dough into a disk about 1 inch thick. Cut into eight sections with a knife and place each on baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400F for 17-20 minutes, until light gold.                                                               I also made some homemade coffee creamer! My mom loves it, and since this is both her birthday and her wedding anniversary month, I thought I’d make her a special treat! It was actually super easy! All I did was combine 1/2 C milk, 1/4 to 1/3 C sweetened condensed milk (I didn’t measure exactly :P) and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract! Then, I shook everything up and voila we have vanilla  coffee creamer!
  • That’s about it for me today…. What does your week look like?
  • April 4, 2011 at 6:06 am 20 comments

    I Hate Waiting

    Hey everyone!

    Thanks for all of your super sweet comments and ideas on yesterday’s post! I did call my doctor, and she said that as long as I don’t lose any more weight, and stay on the right track, she has no problem with me going to the NSLC! Sooo, I applied yesterday, and sent in my scholarship application….now all I have to do is wait until April 11th to see if I did get the scholarship. If not, then I guess that the NSLC wasn’t in God’s plan for me this year….we’ve done everything that we could do. I honestly have NO idea how I’m going to be able to wait 2 weeks until the scholarship results come in…hahahaha. It’ll be a good practice in patience I suppose….

    Anyway, yesterday I had my new favorite sweet ‘tater combo once again! This time, I made it more dessert-like by using dark chocolate dreams. Also, I figured that I like honey on my pb sandwiches, so I drizzled some on the sweet potato as well. It was awesome!!! 😀 This was at lunch, so I had a side salad with some sauteed kale, assorted veggies and some turkey. All in all, it was a fun, different lunch! I definitely needed a change! I’m really bad about finding something I like to eat, and then proceeding to eat it every day until I never want to see it again….then I switch, do the same thing, and so on and so forth. I usually have to make myself eat different foods, but I’m always glad that I did! I sometimes tell myself that if I like something enough to eat it every day, I don’t want to ever get sick of it, so I should switch up my meals!

    What are some of your favorite lunches? Do you ever get stuck in a food rut? How do you get out of them?

    Anyway, because no random HC post is complete without a picture of my cat, here ya go:

    Cardboard boxes are FUN!

    Hope you have a great day! 😀


    March 29, 2011 at 6:08 am 12 comments

    Why We’re Here

    First of all, I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start!!!!

    We bought a new printer yesterday, and look who decided he like the box that it came in:


    So yesterday, Alex asked me why me family’s in Brasil. So, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to what we do here.

    Since 2004, we’ve lived in Recife, Brasil,population of about 4 million, located on the northeaster coast of the country, about 9 degrees south of the equator. My parents are missionaries here, and originally came to help out with a children home located in one of the poorer areas of our city. While there, they made visits to families in the surrounding community and felt called by God to start work there. About 3 and a half years ago we went to the States on furlough, and when we came back, we began working in this community, called Dois Unidos.

    Here’s some pictures:

    Food Bank

    Soccer Project

    Before/After of a house

    Building a Church

    Over the past 3 years, God has helped us build 25 houses, a church, operate a food bank and soup kitchen along with another church nearby, open a music studio, have activities for children in the community, and start a soccer project. We work with Brazilians, and have a couple of US work teams come every year to complete special projects. God is good and everything we do is because of Him. We’re missionaries with South America Mission and have been for about 3 years.

    I love living here! Its home to me! =D If any of ya’ll have any more questions about us being here, feel free to ask them!!!! =D

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

    God bless!!!!!

    February 26, 2011 at 8:16 am 22 comments

    Jam-Packed Day


    Today started off with a little bit of apple cinnamon tea in my faaavorite cup:

    Isn't it cute? =D

    Today is the day where we head out on a trip to have a Brazil missions conference with the rest of the missionaries from our agency! We’ll be gone a week and I don’t know how often I’ll have internet access…..

    Sooo, I wanted to go ahead and wish Janae a happy early birthday!! I looove your blog and you’ve been a great inspiration to me these past couple of months, girl! =D

    Guess who else has a birthday this week?

    The HC cat!

    He’s a valentine’s day baby! =D

    Hope you all have a wonderful day!

    What are your weekend plans?

    February 12, 2011 at 5:24 am 13 comments

    I’m a Crazy Person

    At least that seems to be the general opinion of me. =P

    Here’s an example:

    Our fridge was fixed yesterday, and last night, the power went out. The only thing running through my mind was: “Oh crap. We just got everything back in the fridge and now the power’s out! How am I going to make smoothies?”.So I proceeded to jump out of bed (I sleep on the top bunk in my sister’s room because she has an air conditioning unit and my room does not) go out in the hallway and stand there because I realize that there’s nothing I can do about it. The power did come back on eventually though, and my smoothie bananas are frozen! =P

    This morning has been full of this:


    Because I didn’t understand my crappy algebra book, and needed my dad’s assistance, I started on my Algebra at 8 AM. Which is early for homeschool. Now I’m supposedly writing a US History essay (I really am, just took a quick break! =P). And to top it all off, guess who’s asleep about 2 feet away from me? Him:

    He's got a hard life.

    Its been a hard day’s work for this critter. He woke up, had an extra-large Friday breakfast,bit me, and went to sleep. He’s exhausted. =P

    Oh and another reason I’m crazy? I can’t wait to finish school so that I can get into the kitchen and bake something!!! =D

    Honestly, though, I’d much rather be me and slightly crazy than be a normal person.I have lots of fun!!! =D

    How’s your friday going?

    What’s a characteristic that makes you different (in a good way, of course =D)?

    Well, I love to bake. I’m pretty sure my whole family appreciates that one! =P

    Also, I love to wake up early and get stuff done, which helps me not feel overwhelmed.


    February 4, 2011 at 7:26 am 12 comments

    Running Around

    First of all, Happy Groundhog Day! =D

    Yesterday we did a LOT of running around. You see, when you go to downtown Recife, you have to go to at least 10 different stores to find what you’re looking for! =D So we ended up spending the entire afternoon out! It was fun, but we were STARVING when we got home! So we got a quick bite to eat out, and then dad took us to the acai place again! I even brought my camera, but forgot to take pictures. =( Sorry!!!!!

    To make up for it, here’s a pic of my cat:

    What? You didn't get me any acai?

    So today, I don’t even have a lot of school to do, which is super nice! =D All I really have left to do is work on my webpage design project, read Act IV of Julius Caesar and do an Algebra II lesson. Technically I’m supposed to have Algebra every day of the week, but I’ve got it worked out to where I take mondays off, do an Algebra lesson on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, study and do any extra work on Friday and then take the test! What can I say, I’m the queen of procrastination! =D

    Oddly enough, our fridge started back up and the little red alarm light went off last night, but we’re still having someone come look at it, because who knows how long it’ll keep working.

    In a little while, mom and I are heading to the grocery store because I am out of snacks and if I don’t have something to eat later on the world as we know it will end! Just kidding, but we really do need some stuff. I tag along because I can be helpful if I set my mind to it! =D We can walk to the store, and take a cab back if we have a lot of groceries. Of course, being in Brazil, our grocery store doesn’t always have everything we’re looking for. Like ground beef. or vanilla extract. or powdered sugar. We’ve had to make our own powdered sugar in the food processor because we made cinnamon rolls and needed glaze for them. =D It was like a science experiment!!!! And tasty, too!

    How has your week been going so far?

    What’s your favorite way to wind down after a super long day?

    No cooking + giant fruit salad + family time= relaxation!!!! =D

    Is there anything that you HAVE to have every day or you’ll miss it?

    Chocolate. And snacks every two hours! Otherwise I turn into a grump! =D

    Hope you have a great Wednesday!!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:06 am 16 comments

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