On November 26 my family and I went to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm in Central, South Carolina. For the past 15 years, it has been tradition to go there to find the perfect Christmas tree. After walking through the grounds many times (and doing several Manaquin Challenges), we finally found a sufficient seven-foot tree. The rest of the afternoon was spent with our friend Mrs. Deborah.
We had lunch with her at Mac’s, a local burger joint. After our meal, Mrs. Deborah looked down the table and observed me coloring. “Are you always doing something?” She asked me, wanting to know if I was bored. I explained that I simply prefer to be productive.
As I pondered over her observation, I realized how true it is. Even when I’m listening to music (to help me fall asleep) I am mentally planning a possible music video. I am sure my projects could tally up to a million, I have so many. As Dad once said, “You are a busy beaver.” 😂
Happy Thanksgiving! I thought I would take this post to write about what I am thankful for. Just so I can spare you the agony of me repeating myself: I do not deserve anything I can call my own.
First, and most important: my salvation. I am inexpressibly thankful for His love for me. Words can not accurately describe how grateful I am that I am His.
Although at times I wish the good Lord had not given them life, I can not accurately describe how immensely grateful I am for my family. I would be utterly devastated if they were taken from me. I am so thankful for each of them: my dad, my mom, my little buddy, and my little sis.
I am SO grateful for my friends. Big and small, young and old, near and far, I am thankful for them all, especially Abi. The fact that she can even cope with me is enough to be grateful for. 😂
Of course, I am thankful for so much more: oxygen, this beautiful earth, laughter, tears, comfy beds, and a home to return to each and every day. The Lord has been much too good to me. I have done nothing to deserve my life and the fact that He has blessed me with it blows me away. Thank You, Jesus, for everything.
Finally, the day our candy craving selves had been looking forward to had arrived: Halloween. As always, I had a hard time deciding what to dress up as. Staying true to myself, I made a list which helped me eliminate ideas until I was left with one: a nerd. “Great!” My best friend exclaimed when I informed her of my final decision. “You won’t even have to dress up!” I laughed at this because I am beginning to realize that it’s true 😂. Haydn dressed up as a Hobbit and Ansa as a ballerina.
Continuing our tradition, after trick-or-treating my siblings and I dumped, sorted, and counted our Halloween candy. This year Haydn collected 465+ pieces, Ansa collected 556+, and I collected 413+ pieces of candy. The “+” includes candy we ate, gave away, or donated to the pile reserved for New Year’s (which only includes Extreme Sour War Heads)). Once we had traded what candy we did not want, my siblings and I put each piece away and headed to bed. We are going to ration these goodies in order to prevent stomach aches and sore throats. Happy Halloween!
After the church service, my family and I went to my Grandparent’s house for Easter dinner. Once stuffed full of Grandma’s delicious cooking, we opened up an egg decorating package. It was fun to mix up the colors and experiment with differents ways to apply them to the eggs as we worked together in trying to decipher which way worked best. In the end, we had a patriotic egg, an egg sprinkled with gold, and many other eggs of various colors. Happy Easter!
I usually get out of school at 1:30 PM on Fridays, but Friday the 18 was an exam day so, since we only had one exam that day, we were released at 10:30 AM. The weather was nice outside. A bit chilly but, overall, rather nice. My family picked me up, we drove two hours to Greenville, Tenessee, pulled into the Johnson family’s driveway, got out, and it was snowing. Talk about a change of weather! My first reaction was, It’s not supposed to be snowing! It’s December! We’re not supposed to get snow until March! Ansa said she wanted to go home but I’m sure she was joking, right?
Ellie and I spent the afternoon running around taking pictures. That evening we went to their old church to enjoy a local Christmas recital that Simon participated in. I had fun hanging out with them while we tried not to freeze to death. 😂
Saturday Ellie and I filmed half of a soon to be music video. The boys joined us as we made our way back to the house which is when they discovered large pieces of ice behind the barn. Simon broke a big chunk over his head which looked really painful but seemed not to scratch him. Once back inside we played several games with the rest of the family including dodgeball and Buzz Word. Later the girls decided to open my Christmas presents to their family and they posed for pictures before we retreated to the basement to play more games.
Sunday came, as it always will, and we had to go our own ways. I had a lot of fun with you guys! Hope we can get back together really soon!
QOTD: It seems we have always been, and will always be, friends. Time can change much, but not this.
The Heffernan Home
On December 21, we arrived at my Uncle John and Aunt Christina’s house. After unpacking, we spent the evening hanging before the kids and Uncle John went caroling at a nursing home.
On the 22 we played Ticket to Ride before Aunt Chris, Mom, Haydn, Ansa, John, Joel, and I went to Martin Nature Park for the afternoon.
Christmas Eve was filled with cake decorating and a lovely dinner and Christmas day, of course, was filled with present opening and the enjoyment of our gifts. Merry Christmas everyone!
The Blackert Home
On December 26 we arrived at the Blackert’s home in Dearing, Kansas. Mrs. Blackert, or Aunt Barbi as we call her, has been my mom’s best friend since high school so visits with her and her family are real treats since they now live so far away.
Over the summer the Thomas and Blackert kids performed The Phantom of the Opera. We had a lot of fun producing it so, over Christmas break, we attempted Les Miserables. Sadly, this project never reached completion but we had a lot of fun and made many memories while filming what little we did.
It snowed while we were in Kansas so our days were filled with a mix of filming and breaks spent in the frozen water.
On New Year’s Eve, we did our best to stay up all night but weren’t able to keep our tradition as well as we have in the past. Heide fell asleep around 4:00 AM, Ansa around 4:30 AM, I around 6:00, and Haydn around 8:00. I had A LOT of fun with you guys and hope we can visit soon.
We did a couple small things the week before leaving for our Christmas trip. Friday we were at Panera, as usual, to pick up bread. Ansa and I created our own little dance (which I can not share here for some reason). Saturday we burned last year’s Christmas tree since we will not be here on July 4th to burn it then. Sunday Ansa sang a few Christmas carols for the church along with her classmates. Afterward, we went to our Grandparent’s house for lunch where we made our gingerbread house. Monday and Tuesday were stressful for me as I struggled to complete a Christmas present for my friends. Once home from school, I rushed to finish homework and then spent every spare second after that crafting, barely pausing for dinner, and staying up late. Thankfully I was able to finish by Wednesday when my mom and I dropped off the now wrapped present: my own re-creation of Marvel’s Avengers. Johnson home, here we come!
I had a hard time deciding what to wear for Halloween. After a lot of dressing up and much consideration, I decided to be Queen Sunflower (my role in a game I invented/ book I wrote) for Trailer Park Treating (an event at school), but I promised Ansa that I would go Trick-or-Treating dressed as Anna from Disney’s Frozen. Below are pictures of this year’s costumes:
Upon returning to the house, my siblings and I counted our candy. It took a while but we were able to see who had the most. Haydn came in first with 229 pieces, I came in second with 205, and Ansa in third with 186. I had a great time and can not wait for next year.
It has become a tradition between my siblings and I to stay up all night New Year’s Eve. This year was our second attempt since we did not make it past sunrise last year. To us, staying up all night means staying up ’till the time you awoke the previous day. I was the only one who did not do this since I felt sick due to my lack of sleep. I dozed off soon after taking the last pic below.
I woke up at 7:00 Christmas morning although I had to wait until 11:00 to open presents due to everyone else sleeping in. I had a great Christmas and am very thankful for all the wonderful gifts I received. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!