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!
On December 26 we arrived at the Blackert’s home in Dearing, Kansas. Mrs. Barbi, 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 our own little version of The Phantom of the Opera. We had a lot of fun performing 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’s insane how much Heide looks like the actress who plays Cosette in the movie.
While in Kansas it snowed so our days were filled with a mix of filming and breaks spent in the snow.
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.
On December 21, we arrived at my Uncle John and Aunt Christina’s house. After unpacking, we spent the evening hanging out before the kids and Uncle John went caroling at a nursing home.
On the 22nd 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!
Friday, December 18th, I got out of school early. I usually get out of school at 1:30 on Fridays but the week of the 18th we were taking exams so (since we only had one exam on Friday) we were released at 10:30. The weather was nice outside. A bit chilly but, overall, rather nice. My family picked me up from school, we drove two hours to Greenville, TN, pulled into the Johnson’s driveway, got out, and it was snowing. Talk about a changed 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 (a few below). 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 attempted to film a music a video, at least half of one. 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.
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!
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my kith and kin (friends and family). They are a true blessing from God and I do not know what I would do without them. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I had a hard time deciding what to wear for Halloween. I tried on several costumes (pictured below).
I eventually decided to be Queen Sunflower (my role in a game I invented/a book I wrote) for Trailer Park Treating (a Halloween event at school) but promised Ansa to go Trick-or-Treating dressed as Anna.
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.
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!
Haydn with his Tin of Tea
Ansa with her LPS
Me with my Pillow from Grandma
Haydn with his Minecraft Book
Haydn reading his Minecraft Book
Me with my new Pens
Ansa testing Dad’s Zero Gravity Chair
Dad enjoying his Zero Gravity Chair