Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Little Things

...that will happen soon!

Tomorrow at 4am we will leave to go on our big family trip to Colorado where we have a Family Reunion! We will also travel around after that (Yellowstone, etc.). I am so excited to be able to see more of the US before I leave!

Three days after we come back I will leave for Sonshine (July 13-16), a christian music festival where Skillet, Switchfoot and lots of other cool bands - all in all there are 100 I think...

I'm very excited for all that!

Alright I have to pack the rest of my stuff for tomorrow now!
"See" you in July.

Give me your eyes

Operation St. Cloud was great!

I'm really sorry that I didn't post about it earlier, but I just never felt very motivated to write everything down. If you read Steph's Blog you already know that it was a really great idea. It was basically a missions trip but we did all the ministry work in St. Cloud. We stayed about 20 minutes from town in the Riverside Resort in Richmond, Minnesota.
The five girls of our team, Kenna, Kaitlin, Katie, Rachel and I, stayed in Cabin 14 and the 7 boys, Jordan, Will, Darris, Colton, Trey, Caleb and Josh stayed in Cabin 10.

We left on Monday at 11am from Calvary... well actually that's when we met there to pack everything up so we probably didn't left until 11.45. We head out to go on a Prayer Drive - we stopped at the Dream Center, Downtown in front of the Court House , Federal Building and Catholic Church; St. Cloud Hospital, Place of Hope, and at Southside Park where we did the VBS. We then also walked around and handed out flyers to kids for our Vacation Bible School. We then went to our Cabins where we unloaded everything, played volleyball (lots of fun!), ate, took showers, talked about the next day: what we would do for VBS etc., and we had Devotional Time and a Camp Fire.

A 'normal' day looked kind of like this:

  7.30am Getting up and ready
  8.30am Breakfast
  9.00am Devotional Time
10.00am Prepare Lunch Bags
10.30am Leave the Resort and drive to St. Cloud
11.00am Set up for VBS
11.30am Go out and ask kids to come
12.00pm Start playing with the kids
12.30pm Do the craft and snack after that the drama and lesson
  1.00pm Pack everything up and drive to Lake George for Lunch
  2.30pm Leaving the Park and going to the Dream Center
  6.30pm Heading back to the cabins

What we did at the cabins kind of changed in time every day but we basically discussed what we did so far and what we wanted to do the next days.

I really enjoyed the whole 'Operation' :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Everything Burns

First of all the lyrics don't really fit, but the title totally does!

I have a huge, very bad sunburn on my legs and arms :(
I decided to go outside to read my book Wuthering Heights (thanks Laura for borrowing it to me), because it was only about 75°F - compared to the 100°F from Tuesday - I thought it wouldn't be so super warm that I would get a sunburn... well bad thinking.

I think I had about 2 hours total of sleep last night because I can't sleep on my tummy, but my sunburn is mostly on the back of my legs so sleeping on my back wasn't really comfortable either.

It's burning a lot and it's really, really, really red :(

I tried taking pictures, but they don't look anything like it really is. I also wasn't really motivated to keep taking pictures until I have a "real" one :D

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Glorious Day

Last Friday and Saturday - so two glorious days actually - I stayed at Laura's house.
Mitch took me over there at around 5 or 6pm and pretty soon we walked to Dairy Queen because it was so hot outside! It was great!

When we were home we started watching Mamma Mia! and later on The Lake House. We had so much fun and I think we finally fell asleep at around 1.30am :D

The next morning she had a hard time waking me up ^^ She said she let her alarm ring, put it on music, she played music on her phone and hold it next to my head, and then she eventually poked me and I woke up. It was funny because I just put all her other waking-kathi-up-attempts in my dream. So when she played music, I was listening to it in my dream and when the alarm clock went of I just dreamed that some random alarm clock went off - but definitely not mine :) I told that next time she should just start playing songs from my cell phone because those are the ones that I use as an alarm and I will be up right away.

Anyway, we had breakfast (outside!) and we then started to work in her garden. It was fun! I watered all her flowers and sprayed water on her too :)

It is so incredibly hot lately and there are way too many Minnesota State Birds around! It's always somewhere between 70°F-95°F (21°C-35°C).

At about 12.30 we stopped and took showers and got ready to leave and go downtown. We rode the bus which took us about 4 minutes. We walked around and stopped at a couple antique stores - I just love them they always have so much fun stuff!

Anyways at 2 o'clock I had an appointment with Jodi to get my hair cut. It just got to annoying - to long, so super warm around my neck now since it's so warm, but still to short to be able to put it all up in a pony tail!
I told Jodi that I want it short and she asked me 'How short?'. I told her to just cut it really short :D She said 'Okay, I like that that's so much fun.' (just cutting, she said it's more art that way.) She is so funny.

I really like this new haircut! My last one was exactly 3 months ago (March 4) on Saturday.

I tried to take pictures of the new haircut but I really don't like them so you'll have to wait until there is a good picture :D

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inner Peace

Okay Sally, since you decided not to pick up your phone and didn't let me talk to you, I will have to write this blog post for your birthday!

Happy Birthday Japaner!

I enjoyed our time together at Apollo sooo much. It is just so funny to be around you. You are one of the best friends I've ever had and I want to thank you for being such a great person :)

I will never forget the time that we spent together:

  • all the Pep-Band events
  • going out to eat with Tony
  • concerts
  • band rehearsals
  • A-lunch during Trimester 2
  • the car ride to the school and home
  • Graduation
  • the Graduation Party
  • the different dances
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • and all the time that we will hopefully spend together before I leave :)
I'm so glad I got to teach you some German and I just love listening to your German talking! I'm proud of you for learning sooooo quickly it was just crazy how fast you picked everything up and started talking to me in German so that I couldn't answer because I already forgot my German :D
I hope you'll have fun with my German dictionary!

Deutsche and Japanerin :)

Stay as awesome as you are my little Panda!
I know I will miss you a lot so don't you EVER forget me - you promised to come visit me in 3 years!

Ich liebe dich :)

P.S.: I promise you, you are good enough to sit in THAT classroom, you won't have to watch everybody through the windows and wait to go to the dummy classes with the scary special teacher ;)
P.P.S.: I love the way you pronounce the German 'ch'!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hope Always

The pictures that the photographers took at our graduation are finally online.

I wanted to order the plaque and put a Bible verse on it. Now I have a maximum of 60 characters that I can use, so a lot of my favorite ones are already out. I try to only take part of the verse, but it's not really working.

For example, I really like Psalm 32:10:
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
For that one I would be able to put "But steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD" on the plaque.

Or Hebrews 13:6
The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?
For that one "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear what can man do to me", would be what I can put on it...

Well there are a couple of others and I thought it would be fun to make a poll about it :)
So I will do that and in case you have any other ideas, PLEASE comment on this post!