VERY Happy Easter

Yesterday was Easter, and I had a perfect day. First thing, I went downstairs to look in my Easter basket to see what the Easter Bunny brought me. My basket was a smorgasbord of candy, including a solid one pound chocolate bunny, and on the table four movies were lined up; Happy Feet II, The Adventures of Tin Tin, a pack that included All Dogs Go To Heaven I and II, and Annie since the Easter Bunny knows that’s the musical I’m doing. Then, we went to church, where Daniel carried the Lily Cross, Matthew Sherman, Abby Van Velson and I played violin, and towards the end of the service, members of the congregation were invited to come up to the balcony and join the choir in singing the Hallelujah Chorus, and sing they did! Abby, Matthew and I (or at least just me) were all wishing we had asked for sheet music, because it sounded glorious and as soon as they started, we were itching to join in. I wonder if God was smiling as much as I was, of if He was even happier, because like I said, it sounded perfect! After that, we went to a service in a nursing home and listened to my dad preach. Then we got to hand out coffee filter butterflies to the old people. After that we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We had a giant feast for lunch, then us kids were told to stay downstairs (meaning Tara, Tim,Rachel, Alicia, Daniel, Rachel’s friends Collin and Matt and me) while the adults hid the eggs. When it was time, Grandma came down to explain the rules. We each had to find twenty-four eggs with our own name written on them.The boundaries were anywhere around the duplex, including the deck. There was one golden egg, and it didn’t have any name on it because whoever found it, got it. Anyway, I stopped looking for my last two eggs right quick when Aunt Beth told us that the golden egg was somewhere in the back yard. After some time, we were also told it was not on the deck. Then, we were told that Tim was the closest, so we all went over to where Tim was, and he was reaching under the corner of the deck. I got down beside him and reached under too. Finally, I grew impatient and crawled right under the deck. Under some lawn clipping bits of grass thingies, was the golden egg! “I GOT IT!” I yelled. I got out from under the deck, and after watching Daniel jump up and down screaming (his version of imitating me), went to search for my last two eggs. I watched as Collin and Matt played hot and cold to help Rachel find one of her eggs. She dug around in a bush and pulled out an egg. Then she said, “This is Anna’s.” Everyone looked at Matt as he insisted he thought it said Rachel. So I thanked him and went to look for my last egg. But I never found it. So I just went inside and emptied my eggs. The Golden Egg contained five dollars. After hanging out a bit, we went to go rent a movie at The Movie Place. I went straight to the gumball machine to spend one of the three quarters that I found in an egg up in a tree. The first one I got had winner written on it! So I got to keep a coupon for a free movie rental and a different gumball. I gave away my two other quarters to Daniel and either Collin or Matt. My day concluded with jumping on the trampoline with Rachel and her friends and making s’mores sitting around the fire.

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Spelling Bee

Again, the bees that spell plague me. This time it was at a church. Grandpa Royuk paid the entry fee (thanks grandpa!) so I could do it. It was awesome because they had silly hats you could wear, but we didn’t get to keep them. Anyway, it was an oral spelling bee, and all ages were welcome. But the adults got harder words than me. I got all the way up to the final three, but I got out on one of the stupidest words ever: judgement judgment. This site didn’t underline either of the spellings! But when I spelled it with an e, the crowd was clapping because they thought it was right, but the judges were shaking their heads, so I went out. But, each participant won a can of alphabet soup, and I won a twenty-five dollar check for being the farthest non-adult competitor. I should feed my alphabet soup to my cats and see if they talk.  🙂

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Annie

The Lincoln youth theater is having a musical; Annie. Auditions were last Saturday, and today we’re having our first practice.I got the part of a servant. in the audition, I sang the last part of Tomorrow, and read a line they had available from 101 Dalmatians. The rest of the time, we had snack, lunch, and listened to Derek tell us stories. I can tell that I’m going to have a lot of fun with this!

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The NAIA National Tournament

On Friday, we left to Sioux City for the NAIA national tournament because Concordia’s women’s basketball team was in it this year. We stayed in the same hotel as Sasha and Jonathan and their parents. We went to a lot of games that day, and the very last one was when Concordia played. That was when Addie came. We went down by the railing where the Concordia students (Rachel included) were standing to watch the game. The next day, I went swimming with Sasha and Jonathan after breakfast. I was glad to have somebody to share all of our pool toys with. After I was done swimming, we checked out of the hotel. Then we went000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 [Snowy, get off the keyboard!] to Hobby Lobby where I got a ladybug playground (I already have a roly-poly playground from the same company), then to Kohl’s, then Maurice’s, then we went to the games. When the Concordia game was starting Rachel, Mom, Dad and I moved to different seats, and I asked if I could go stand up front by the college students again and I found Addie, Gemma, Luke and Abby Baack there. Gemma and Luke were both wearing their Bulldog Puppies T-shirts like I was and Abby and Addie both had pom-poms like mine and were holding signs. With a little help from the college students we were cheering like mad and I think our crazy encouragement helped because WE WON! Now the Concordia Bulldogs are going to be in the final four!

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National Lutheran Schools Week

This week was National Lutheran Schools Week. The festivities began on Sunday, with the Fun Fair. The Fun Fair is this thing when you buy red tickets. You pay one or two red tickets (depending on how many times you want to play) to play a game. Whatever game you play you win yellow tickets. Yellow tickets can be traded in for prizes. This year I won three champagne party poppers, Pop Rocks, eight wax bottles, a cool sounding whistle, and a ball on an elastic cord that you throw to play catch with yourself.

On Monday, we had our school Newcomb tournament. For those of you who don’t know, Newcomb is a game with a volleyball and a net when players throw the ball over the net,and someone on the other team has to try to catch it, and if they don’t, whoever missed it is out. But if you throw it and it lands out of bounds, you are out. This year, the teams were divided by color. I was on the purple team, and we got last in our division.

Nothing really happened on Tuesday or Wednesday…

On Thursday, we had a giant field trip to the state capitol. We saw senators making laws, those colorful famous doors, and we all passed the bar on our way out of the Nebraska supreme court 🙂 . Then we moved on to the governor’s mansion. As we were touring, we got a wonderful surprise; while we were touring the dining room, the first lady of Nebraska herself popped in along with the first puppy of Nebraska named Snickers. He reminded me of our cat we used to have and that was probably because our cat’s name was Snickers.

And today we didn’t have school. 🙂

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A Trip to the Vet for Raphael 2

Once again, my kitten Raphael has had to make a trip to the vet. One day Raphael came home with something sticky in the fur on the left side of his neck. I thought Raphael was just dirty, but I didn’t know then that it was blood. Later, Rachel pointed it out to me. I told Dad, and after he got a look at it he scheduled an appointment at the vet. The veterinarian shaved down the fur around the wound, washed it out,and told my dad that it was definitely a bite about the size of a dog’s jaws (stupid dog). So now we’re just going to have to wait for it to heal, and make sure we prevent any more dogs getting at our cats.

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Snow Play

We finally got snow! We got a whole blizzard and I’m very happy about it. The only bad part is it was on a weekend so we don’t get a snow day. But I’m still very excited about it. Right now we have three snowmen and a snow fortress in our yard. On another block, my friend Dylan and I have a giant snow fortress. I’ve already been a part of three snowball fights too. My only problem is this: I haven’t been sledding yet! I think that’s just insane. Every time it snows at least half of the kids in the area that got snow need to go sledding,and I want to be a part of that group of kids! I think I’ll sled at recess tomorrow. I hope I go sledding at recess tomorrow, but I’m thinking our class will probably stay inside because it’s so cold.

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The Big Ball Factory

In school Mr. Wilcox has K’nex available for us to play with. K’nex are things for building, but not much like legos or blocks. They are pretty much a modernized version of Tinker-toys. They come with wheels, so everyone builds cars and race them. A lot of people built fancy garages for their cars with two floors and a ramp leading down from the second floor to a courtyard. As some people who think garages are a waste of pieces said, “Does your car really need a nice castle to live in?!” But anyway, they all sacrificed their garages to straighten out the K’nex table and make room for the construction of the Big Ball Factory. The Big Ball Factory is simply a five foot tall structure with balls. Once it’s finished, you put a ball at the bottom of the structure where it goes up the motor powered elevator then down all the ramps and loops and swirls and ends at the bottom of the elevator to do it all over again. I really enjoy watching and operating that kind of thing. I can’t wait until it’s finished!

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Gob

Gob. That’s what I call the Geography Bee, because a lot of people call it the Geo Bee for short. G-O-B spells Gob. Anyway, every year our school has one to determine who will go to an even bigger Gob. Fourth grade and up gets to be in it,and this year I got to be in it. I was the only fourth grader out of ten contestants. All of the questions were about the United States,except for in the championship rounds, which,miraculously,I got into! I beat all of the big kids except for one, because in the championship rounds, I missed two out of three, because like I said none of them were about the U.S.A. Evan Mettenbrink, a boy in Daniel’s class whose sister Gillian is in my class, got first. We both got cool pens and Evan had a choice between a water bottle and a drawstring backpack, and he got a medal. Since Evan chose the Water bottle, I got to keep the backpack. The back pack is VERY big though, for a drawstring bag. I am just glad I had fun.

 

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Kitty Town

My friend Madalyn and I have been working on a fun project together. We’re making a special city for cats. We have a giant piece of paper we are drawing it on. We call it, Hisspurrmeowmeow City! So far we have: Litter-Box World,The Mega Mega Mall, The Park, The Toystore, The Courthouse, The First Lutheran Church of Hisspurrmeowmeow City, St. Kitty Lutheran School, The Snickers Memorial Library, Kitty Inn, Hisspurrmeowmeow City Hardware Store, The Dead Fish (which is actually a fancy restaurant), and Hisspurrmeowmeow City Theatre. We plan on making a lot of houses and maybe a bank, and then we’ll stay in my mom’s kindergarten classroom after school and add kitty citizens and color. I’ll add a picture of it when it’s done.

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