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Another blog!

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

This weekend, my sisters and I learned how to design blogs! =) My Dad taught us how to do it. The blogs we have now were created by Kane and Dad. Anyway, we had a lot of fun with it…and we made three new ones! I plan on continuing to blog on this one, but I will use the new one as well.

Here is my new blog address:

http://puremessenger.blogspot.com/

Hope you enjoy it!

~Paige

Blog Award!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I received a blog award from a sweet friend from chorus! Actually, it's my first blog award ever! I didn't quite know what it meant when I first got it. Apparently, when you are given the award, you must list seven things about yourself and then list 15 other bloggers that you enjoy. I know I can complete the first requirement, but I'm not so sure about the second one. =) I'll do my best, though!

Here are seven random things about me:

1. I am a sinner saved by grace!

2. I am a homeschooler with five younger siblings and two wonderful parents.

3. I enjoy texting...a lot!

4. I love to cook with my sisters.

5. I like to hike.

6. Some of my hobbies are: reading, sewing, and knitting.

7. I love to sing!

Okay, I don't think I can come up with 15 blogs, but I'll try! Just click on the names to go to the blogs.

Daddy

Momma

Michelle

Grace

Faith

Benjamin

Julia

Engle's blog

Anna

Sarah

Elizabeth

Thanks, Kristiana for giving me my first blog award! See you soon!=)

~Paige

Cow day!!!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Every year Chick-Fil-A hosts a Cow Appreciation Day; a day which allows devoted fans to display their loyalty to Chick-Fil-A. You can have any meal on the menu for free…all you need is a cow costume and courage. Naturally, when free food is involved, our family usually participates! So, we’ve been doing this for four years running.

This year we had our largest herd ever!

37 courageous cows!

2008

2009

2010

Happy Birthday, Uh-Oh!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I imagine you’re wondering who Uh-Oh is. Naturally, people wonder and ask about how Uh-Oh received his unusual name, so I thought I would write about the story behind it.

When I was young, my grandfather would sing a 50′s song to me, which goes something like this: Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-oh…uh-oh…doo-ee-op! Then he would conclude by saying, “I love you!”. I enjoyed it so much and would always hold up my index finger and plead, “One more time!”. Since I associated my grandfather with the “Uh-Oh Song”, I eventually started referring to him as Uh-Oh. Being the only grandchild at that time, I paved the way for my younger siblings and cousins. So the name stuck.

Uh-Oh, Bradley, and I on the boat!

Uh-Oh is so special to me. He loves to fish and he bought a pontoon boat a few years back. When we visit my grandparents, Uh-Oh wakes us up early and takes us fishing. It is so fun! Especially when I drive the boat!

Uh-Oh checks and reads our blogs faithfully…even when we aren’t faithful about posting! Lol! So, I thought he would enjoy a birthday post.

I love you sooo much, Uh-Oh! Happy Birthday! =)

A Belated Celebration

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Last summer, my siblings and some friends of ours agreed that we would have a “secret Christmas” with each other. We talked, planned, and then finally executed our plans. Thankfully, there are eight of us so it was perfectly even and everyone had a “secret someone”.

To start out, we wrote each one of our names on pieces of paper, along with a few small items we wanted. Then, we took turns drawing. Due to circumstances, we did this several times.=P With this done, our next step was to purchase the presents.  However, we were sick for nearly two months after Christmas and we were unable to get with them for quite awhile! Because we were so sick, we didn’t actually shop for them until last month sometime. So, two weeks ago we had our Christmas. Perhaps it was even more fun since we had been looking forward to it for a very long time!

AliO, one of the two friends who did it with us, had me as her “secret person”. She was so sweet by making and buying me wonderful presents. The only thing I wrote on my paper was earrings, but she went all out! She made me beautiful earrings and gave me a matching bracelet.

She also presented me with four different colors of friendship bracelet thread! Two of which were pink…my favorite color!

Topping it all off, she gave me two packages of Doublemint gum…my absolute favorite!

Thank you AliO!!! I’m glad that I was your “secret someone” and that we were finally able to have our Christmas! You are such a great friend. I thank the Lord for allowing us to become friends.

Fruit Turkey!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The day before Thanksgiving, we created something unique. Grandma visited us and she brought tons of fruit with her. We all thought it was meant for lunch, until she explained that we were going to fashion a turkey out of the fruit. What? How do you do that, you ask? Those are the same questions we asked her, but a few hours later Grandma taught us how to make a turkey…out of fruit! Here are the instructions, if you want to try your hand at it!

Ingredients:

-Foam board

-cutting board

-sharp knife, several if you have many helpers

-tons of toothpicks

-coffee straws

-platter to place the turkey on

-fruit…we used cantaloupe, red and green grapes, lemons, limes, and oranges, but feel free to be creative!

Step 1: First things first, wash the fruit thoroughly. 

Step 2: Begin slicing the oranges, lemons, and limes.

Step 3: Cut a thin strip off (what will be) the bottom of the cantaloupe, so it will not move around on the platter. Place the cantaloupe on the platter.

Step 4: Cut a candy cane shape or an upside-down “J” out of the foam board. This will be the neck and head. Stick it in place on the cantaloupe with several toothpicks.

Step 5: When this is completed, insert the coffee straws directly opposite the neck/head.

Step 6: Start covering the cantaloupe with grapes, with the help of toothpicks. You may have to break the toothpicks in half, if they are too long.

Step 7: Do the same thing with the head and neck, but use the same color of grape. Use the color that you didn’t use to make the eyes.

Step 8: Now shift gears to the “feathers”, or coffee straws. Push a strawberry down each straw.

Step 9: With this done, continue by pushing lemons and limes down the straws.

Step 10: Finish the feathers by topping the straws with oranges. We had to cut the orange circles in half because the straws became a bit top-heavy.=/

Step 11: The final touch is the beak and gobbler. We used an orange peel for the beak. The gobbler was a bit trickier. We fashioned it out of a strawberry. Feel free to become creative here!

The creators, minus Grandma.

Here is the finished project! Thank you, Grandma, for teaching us how to make a fruit turkey! It was awesome.=)

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment!

May the Lord bless you this Thanksgiving!

~Paige ♥

Winning Souls with Illusions

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

This week end we had the privilege of being entertained by an illusionist, Brock Gill! He was very entertaining and had us all sitting on the edge of our seats. Our great-grandma invited us to the event, which was at her church. We picked Nana up on Saturday (her 86th birthday!) and took her with us. I think she really enjoyed it. One especially neat thing that Brock did was pour six different types of drinks out off a milk carton! Then, he had six people drink them. Each person claimed that it tasted exactly like what it was! Wow! Brock performed many other neat things, but I will save some of them in case my siblings or parents want to blog about it, too!

It was sooo cool that we just had to come back the next night! He told us that it would be a completely new show. (He had three shows: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.) So, on Sunday, at church, we told everyone about it. Almost everyone excitedly told us that they would probably make it! It was nice because the whole event was free!

After Nana’s birthday party at my grandma’s house, we drove to the church. We met some friends from the chapel and decided to sit with them.  Brock did some really cool illusions. He wiggled out of a straight jacket while walking barefoot on glass!!! This was both amazing and painful to watch. =/ On both nights, after he performed his illusions, Brock presented a nice Gospel message. This was cool because many people were saved! It is neat that he is able to use illusions to win souls for Christ.

After the show on Sunday night, we were able to get a picture with him!

~Paige ♥

Happy Birthday, Bradley!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

My baby brother is eight years old today! Bradley is “king” for the day because the biblical person he was named after became king when he was eight!!! Dad surprised us with donuts on the table when we woke up!  Right now, Bradley is engrossed with his new Wii game that we bought him last night. We gave it to him this morning at breakfast. Bradley had wanted to wait to open it until my Dad came home, but he just couldn’t wait.


On birthdays, we don’t have to do school! All of us are happy about that. However, we are planning on making an edible cell for human anatomy and physiology. We are looking forward to it! I won’t give away too much because I think my brother is looking forward to writing about it on his new blog!=D

Bradley loves Little Caesar’s, so that’s what we are having for lunch. I’m sure he will want to watch a movie this afternoon. Then for dinner we are meeting Grandma at Whataburger. It looks like a fun day ahead!


Happy Birthday, Bradley! I love you!

Happy Sixteenth, Marie!!!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I will apologize up front, Marie. This is extremely overdue…I know your birthday was three months ago! I’ve been wanting to write about our time together, but we had sooo much fun that it’s hard to sort through everything that we did! I will try my best though.=)

For my sixteenth birthday Marie and her family came down to celebrate with me. It was a delightful surprise.=) Six months later, Marie invited us to come celebrate her sixteenth! We happily agreed and in early July we went up to see them. Our families are about four hours away so we usually only see them twice a year.=(

The first night, all of us girls (nine total) slept downstairs on the floor in the girls’ room. We stayed up very, very late!!! It was so awesome. The next morning was spent getting all dressed up for Marie’s tea party. This was sooo cool.

When we arrived at the tea parlor (where Marie had her sixth birthday party too!), we sat down, ordered tea, and played “telephone”. After awhile, we sang “Happy Birthday” and had cake. Then we walked casually around the shop, admiring the goods.

After this, everyone strolled down to a little park with a beautiful fountain. We all acted like six-year-olds! We ran around the edge of the fountain, climbed on the statue, and posed for pictures. It was a ton of fun.=)

Later that afternoon we went back to the house. Of course, we had another slumber party that night! There were other things that we did together, but I thought I would just focus on the party. If you want to read about our crazy adventure that happened later on that night check out my Mom’s post!=P Happy birthday Marie!!!! I’m thankful that you are my friend. Thanks for inviting us! We had a great time.=)

Thanks AliO!!!!!!!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

After co-op today, when we got in the suburban, a delightful surprise awaited us. It was from our friends who recently went to the Grand Canyon! AliO (that’s what I will call her in my blog, for privacy issues) had given Michelle a bag before her family left for home. Michelle had mentioned it to me, but we were so busy cleaning up and playing Ultimate Tag that we didn’t have a chance to open it until we were all seated in the vehicle.

As I hopped in the front seat, Grace handed me a paper bag with my name on it. At first I thought it was a snack, but I peeked inside and found something much, much better!!! It was a pink t-shirt that reads, Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona. If you know me, you know that I love most anything that’s pink!!!=) So thank you, AliO! You made my day. You are such a sweet friend and we are blessed to know you and your family.