Sunday, December 30, 2007
NATE: You should have shared tonight.
ME: And what would I have shared about?
NATE: Hmm... I don't know... Kenya...! (sarcastically of course)
And then I shared about Kenya. This is what I said:
Kenya is a country in Africa that I learned about in Social Studies last year. It starts with a K and ends with an enya. That is all I know about Kenya.
I just decided that I know one more thing though... OHP, just thought of another... two more things.
They don't speak English there so I can't talk to most of them. And Sango goes there on mission trips sometimes.
Ta-da. There is my sharing about Kenya. If you REALLY wanted to hear me talk about Kenya tonight, you didn't miss out. Here is my speech. You're so welcome.
(And Nate, if you wanted me to share about something non-sarcastically, you should try to tell me that. Even though I already know what it is that you want me to say. But anyway, I might just share about that later, just not with a microphone in front of lots of people. Next year I will. I will only talk about mission trips that I know more about when I come back from the trip and am forced to. Lol. Just kidding.)
So there is probably my last post for this year. Happy New Year everybody! See you in 2008!
Wow, that was random, but anyways, there is my poem about 2008. Happy New Year again!
Monday, December 24, 2007
1)Jesus' birthday/ celebration & reminder that He came for all of us!! Woo-hoo!
2)I get to see my family (aunts and uncles and cousins- some of which came in from Minnesota yesterday... safely I hope...)
3)The majority of the money usually spent on Christmas presents for me is instead going towards my mission trips to Haiti... it is in an envelope on the tree I think.
4)Getting to see my family open their presents that I got for them and seeing the reactions. That is always a lot of fun.
5)And the smallest bit of excitement is from the selfish American left in me after going to Haiti - presents. I have presents in my stocking, and I get presents from my aunts and uncles, and I have money that was already given to me for Christmas that I am saving.
I think it is kind of sad that the shortest (written) part of my excitement is about Jesus, and the longest (written) part is about the presents. It makes me stop and think what the majority of the world is thinking about, presents instead of Jesus' birth. Which makes me sad. Truly, truly sad. I don't want to make anyone feel guilty or ruin your Christmas (yeah right...) by thinking about this all, but just try. If you have never been on a mission trip, foreign or in-country, I'm sorry, but I'm not sure if you can imagine what I am going to say next as well. People don't have Christmas presents some places. Haiti is the place I am thinking of obviously, because that is the only place I know to talk about. But the point is, LOTS of people around the world don't have the money to buy fancy presents or buy an expensive Christmas dinner. Some might even go without dinner, and maybe even lunch and breakfast too. But they are still HAPPY. These people don't need money or fancy dinners to be happy, they already are.
There were quite a few times during the Bible School when we were in Haiti, that our translator, Peter, would ask the kids if they were happy. I never heard anyone say no. They always were happy.
Now that I think about the Bible School we did there, I wonder how many of those kids will REALLY be celebrating Christmas this year. Not just for however they celebrated it before (with presents maybe... I don't know.) But because now, some of them are celebrating their first Christmas with Jesus in their hearts. I hope they remember the stories we told them (the first day was the Christmas story, the second day was the death/resurection story) and understand what they mean. I wish I could be in Haiti right now to see what they are doing. To see how they are celebrating Jesus' birth instead of just presents. How cool would that be to have Christmas in another country? I wish SOOOOO bad to be there right now!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYBODY!!!!!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
CHRISTMAS BREAK IS TOMORROW!! I am really excited, in case you didn't notice. We aren't even really doing anything tomorrow because none of the teachers want to grade anything over Christmas break, so I don't think I will have any homework either! Oh yeahhh!
I also thought of another fundraiser. Pinatas. Hand-made by yours truly. They are lots of fun to make... and lots of fun to hit. Candy costs extra. I am thinking $1,000 a piece + candy/material costs. Haha, just kidding! I don't think anyone will want one really, but just in case, thought I would say that.
Well, I have to go get ready for my last day of school. (!!!!!) But, it's not like I am excited for it or anything. Not at all. Where would you get a silly idea like that?
I suppose I have rambled about enough for one day. So I guess I will stop now.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Well, ok. This is about it. I get to babysit on Friday. Yay! I love babysitting! So much fun! And money for my Haiti fund! Woohoo!
Oh, I played that game that Britt posted about too on the Livesay blog. It is lots of fun. I got frustrated though, because I always kill the family. Oops. If you have never played it, you should sometime. It is here (hopefully, I don't know if I am linking this stuff right...).
Well, that is all I can think of. So I guess that's all. Sorry. Bye.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I also laughed so hard today at . She drew a picture of a girl riding a horse in her notebook. Except she never finished the girls legs, so it was kind of like a half-horse-half-human thing, whatever those are called. I forgot. Anyway... she is also reading the book HOUSE. It has cool lettering on the front, so she wanted to try it out. For who-knows-why, she decided to try out the letters IN MY NAME. So silly. But, to make it so funny, she wrote it at the top of the aforementioned picture. The girl in the picture also looks nothing like me. She is quite ugly and has about 3 chins. HA! Thanks Anna. So I found that in Spanish class and started laughing while she was trying to explain this picture to me. Somehow it got passed around the whole class, and lots of people were laughing. I laughed so hard, I started to cry. It was so funny! I still love Anna though...
So there is the "Birthday Blog" you were all waiting for. You are so welcome.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
I am taking Spanish 1 right now. Since the beginning of the year, we have had practically THE most amazing student teacher ever. Today was her last day. We threw her a "suprise" party. That is in quotation marks because it wasn't really a suprise. She sort of knew about it, but not everything. We made her a ginormous "Thank you" card and all of us signed it. Lots of the class brought in food, Spanish food or American. There were Churros (if you have never had these, I recommend trying them sometime... yummy!!), cake, 3 different kinds of brownies, chips and salsa, chocolate chip muffins, and pop. If there was anything else I can't remember it right now.
And here is my part. The pinata. I decided to make one. In one day. It was a lot of work and I was actually still working on the finishing touches in homeroom today. I thought it turned out awesome. My homeroom teacher donated some tissue paper to put on the outside. Then one of my friends helped me put in some suckers my mom bought at the Mexican store by the post office. (If you have never been there, I also recommend checking it out.) These suckers were brought into class by another classmate earlier in the week and are probably my favorite suckers ever. They sound weird but are delicious!! They are carmel type suckers, but they are made with goat milk. YUM!!
When I got into Spanish class, I kindly asked Ms. Barber (student teacher) to go get some coffee. That is what we always say when she needs to leave so we can talk (or set up a suprise party) secretly. So she left, and we all started setting up. Anna Hill (my friend also in my Spanish class) helped me try to put paperclips through my pinata. Stringed paperclips. Nobody had string for this pinata, so our teacher teacher gave us paperclips instead. We finally got them through after much work. Then we were seeing if it would hang and the paperclips chain fell out. It broke right in the middle. UGH!! So then, Ms. Barber was almost back in the room (actually waiting out in the hall). We completely gave up and decided just to give it to her to chuck against the wall. Not one of our best ideas, but if you spend any time with the two of us together, you will know that this was actually one of our better ideas.
She came back in and we gave her the card and some treats that another member of the class's mom had made for Ms. Barber. Then we gave her the pinata. She was preparing to throw it against the wall when she said, "This is the weirdest thing I have ever done." I agree. She also said she was going to be really embarassed when it didn't break. Ha! It didn't actually. It just sort of got a really big crack in the side. She just pulled out all the suckers for everone. Our geniusness never got to the part AFTER when she chucked the pinata. Obviously, they were all broken. But still very tasty.
During the party, everyone was eating, when me and Anna realized that there was Oreos. A while back in Youth Group, one of our ex-leaders, Morgan, taught us a really fun game. You get all the cream from the Oreo on one side. You can eat the naked side if you want to. Then you lick the cream so it is really wet, and stick it on your forehead. Without using your hands or anthing else, you have to try to get it into your mouth. Me and Anna raced during class. This was lots of fun and I am proud to announce that I won. Everyone was laughing at us though, even us.
Then, Ms. Barber told us to go to the bathroom so we could get all the cream off of our faces. It was really funny to see what we looked like. We ran into someone in the hallway, and he was like, "What were you guys doing?" We told him what we did and he was like, "What class was that in?!" Lol. We told him it was for our party in Spanish class and then went into the bathroom. What a funny sight. Cream all over our faces. Oreo crumbs in our eyebrows. Red marks from who knows what. Wow. It was amazing.
When we got back to the room, they were setting up to play the game "Never Have I Ever". It is a game where someone is in the middle and they say something they have done before. (I think. I didn't really get the game, but I am pretty sure it is something you have done.) Example: Never have I ever been to Florida. Then anyone who has done that has to stand up and find another chair. The chair has to be at least 2 away from where they started, and whoever ends up chairless has to be in the middle. It is a really fun game except it gets really crazy. Me and Anna were both trying to get to a chair. I won, but she sat on my lap, stepped on the girl's foot that was next to me, and shoved my chair into the table behind me. We all started laughing at this because it was really funny. Why else would we be laughing?
I am really sad to see this teacher go. I really enjoyed her and now we have our regular teacher. He is cool too, but I really liked Ms. Barber. She is going to have no problem finding a teaching job somewhere.
I also wanted to add this quote that I made up today about myself: "Well, it appears I am starting to ramble, so I'd better shut up before someone else does it for me." Thought that was pretty funny, and I am going to take my own advice and zip it. :-l. Zipped tight.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I think I am going to make treats for my Haiti fundraiser instead. The baked goods at the craft sale went over really well. So if you want cookies or special K bars or something, you can tell me and I will work on that. I can still make the other stuff too if anyone wanted that. I have stuff left over from the craft sale too. I have Christmas cards (with messages and without), giftboxes, and lots of potholders.
Also, I am a very curious type of person. So, because of this I am wondering who is secretly reading my blog without commenting. If you read this will you please leave me a comment so I will know. That would be extrememly appreciated. Thanks!!
<3 Tori <3
Sunday, November 25, 2007
1) I am an only child... not really, I just wish that sometimes
2) Haiti is my favorite place in the whole world
3) A soccer field is my second favorite place in the whole world
4) I like to read and write stories/poems and stuff
5) I am blessed with too many friends to count
6) A Creole book is supposed to come for me from the library soon I hope... yay!!!
7) I am going on two trips to Haiti next year, yikes - expensive
8) Rice Krispies with sugar on top is my favorite cereal ever and I had it for dinner tonight with my favorite type of Pop-Tart: Brown Sugar Cinnamon or whatever it's called.
I am tagging whoever hasn't done it yet, so get crackin!!
lotsa <3 with a few smiles (just not as many as Mrs. Hill... lol. Just kidding!)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We were away in Wisconson as some of you have probably read on my mom's blog. My dad took his laptop, but the charger cord was not in the bag, so neither of us had the chance to update. We had a lot of fun on this trip, and ate WAYYY to much food!! Lol...
There is one thing I wanted to blog about in particular. It is a funny story of how I thought when I was littler. On the way to my grandparents house, there are a lot of those "rumble strips" or whatever they're called. Well, I never understood why they needed to put those in the road, so I came up with my own explanation. This is it- there are some people that crashed their cars a long time ago, but their cars stayed there and the people were still in them (don't ask why I thought that, I have no idea) but the road was built on top of them. They didn't like it when people rode over top of where they were crashed under the cement, so they would honk at you when you drove over them. It sounded different though because the cement muffled the sound of the horn.
I know, I was a looney back then. Still am, actually. And I don't understand those things yet either. Except to get people to pay attention or wake up or something I suppose. I don't really know.
I am still making things for a fundraiser for Haiti. If anyone wants pot-holders, Christmas cards, birthday cards, or stationary I am making those right now. I am having a table at the craft sale with Melissa and maybe Anna and her mom I think, so I will be selling those there, but if anyone wants any before the sale or can't make it to the sale, let me know so I can get them to you! Same rules as my mom though- I can (have my mom) deliver it in Allendale, anything else will have to be picked up or shipped by you.
Thanks and have a happy Saturday/Sunday or whenever you read this!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
So I don't really know what this video is about because I can't watch it until I post this. I know it has something to do with when we were in Haiti this August, but I don't actually know what. Holy cow, I just about had a heart attack! The video went away for a second and I thought it deleted, but then it came back, so " 'sall good!" Had to say that... lol. I think this is a video of the kids from Barbancourt singing, but I could be wrong. I am not liable for anything by guessing that except maybe a genius award if I turn out to be right. If, by the rare chance that I am wrong, I don't get anything and I'll go cry under this computer desk right now. My mom will tell you if that happens I suppose.
Oh, and the video was taken on either mine or my mom's camera, so there is no sound. Nothing is wrong with your computer or speakers or headphones or whatever. Suprisingly, nothing is wrong with the video either. The camera just has no sound recorder, so it is a quiet movie. Just imagine it is one of those old movies from like 19something when they were all black and white and there was no sound, just words that come up after every picture. Except there are no words, so just pretend it is one of those, but everyone was too involved in the singing to want to type all the words out for the video.
Gotta go finish my book... T2daO2daR2daI
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
These are some kids at church too. I think my mom took this one.
Some boys at Bible School. Don't know why he looks so mad, but the other one is smiling. Maybe the smiling one pinched the mad one. I don't know.
A few girls outside the church after church was done.
Girls at the orphanage we were at. The ones in the background by me are cousins. Their names are Katsana and Fosaee. My mom was holding that other girl, but I don't remember her name.
So I was thinking about it, and I realized that I haven't posted about a specific "thing" on this whole blog! Shocking, right? So I decided to post on one of my favorite things ever... Haitian kids! I put some of my favorite pics on, but then I found out you can only post five at a time, so I am going to add another one some other time. Don't worry! Lol.
I think for the fundraiser I am going to babysit for people who want me too (even the Yonkers, but I might have to recruit Anna to help me). Also, I can make brownies for people if you want any. I am going to go with donations, but the minimum would be $2.00 for a plate. Melissa mentioned maybe having a table with her at the craft sale and selling some of my potholders or something. So I might do that if it works out. Otherwise, if you have any other ideas for me or want to buy something, I open for comments!!