The Move 2013 (Part 1)

Okay, I finally got around to editing all of our almost-200 moving pictures, and I decided to share some with you. I put them into collages so you can see more of them and it won’t take up so much room in my post. Comprendo? 🙂

Ya wanna make the pictures bigger? Click on them, it might help.

(This was our house in Texas.)

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The last few weeks were filled with packing, and now unpacking. The weeks included a surprise visit from our cousin, Adriana, and her dad, lots and lots of boxes, Grandma coming to help us out with packing, awesome picture opportunities, crazy duct tape messages from my dad, and lots more.

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Then came all the goodbyes. We went over to our neighbor’s house one evening for supper and said goodbye to them, and two of our other neighbor girls came over the next day to say goodbye and give us a cute little teddy bear (which we then named DB). 🙂 We will miss our neighbors; they were pretty cool.

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Then, before we knew it, moving day came. We quickly ate breakfast and got ready for the day, and all our helpers came. A big thank you to everyone that came to help! We carried boxes, wrapped mirrors and pictures in blankets, carried more boxes, cleaned floors and bathrooms, and carried more stuff to the moving truck. It was quite exhausting, I must say.

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Then it was lunchtime and we children kinda took a little siesta. And took videos. And laughed at how crazy we looked in the video camera.

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Annnnnnd just like that, they put the last piece of furniture, our last piece of the Miller house in Texas, into the moving truck and shut and locked the big door. A while later we bid our uncle and cousin farewell and sent them on their way to Michigan with the moving truck and all our treasures and belongings. (That huge truck, by the way, has a very small horn.)

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We had to say goodbye to this wonderful family. They were the ones that met for church with us for over a year. We got to know each other very well; it was like we were a big family. Saying goodbye was hard. But, on the bright side, it gives us something to look forward to when we visit Texas again! 🙂

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Then we drove up to Lott to stay overnight there. We had a yummy supper with our cousins, aunts, and uncles at Grandpa’s house, hung out a little with friends and cousins, and then tried to get a good night’s rest so we would be able to get up and drive all day the next day. (Notice in the bottom left picture: Ya think we look alike? We are actually cousins, not sisters. But we like to say we’re twins, even though we are a few years apart.) 🙂 Gonna miss all you Lott people. Yet another thing to look forward to when we come visit Texas, though! Oh, and don’t forget, y’all are supposed to come visit US up here too! 😀

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The next morning we left. And we drove. And drove. And DROVE. There was a lot of driving, in case you didn’t know.

***Read part two for the rest…. 🙂

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Still in the Christmas Mood

After a 2 1/2 week vacation, I’m finally getting my Christmas pictures uploaded and edited. So that’s why I’m still “in a Christmas mood.” 🙂

For Christmas we went to Michigan, which turned out to be very fun!

*We got to see an amazing Christmas play, make Christmas candies, get matching pajamas from our wonderful Grandma, have a real “Geigley Christmas” (as you can see on the top right picture), and so on and so forth. 🙂

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*I was also able to hang out/go shopping with my wonderful friends, play some funny games, and see my old school friends. Oh, and my brother had a crazy/kinda awesome hat and a cool bass guitar so I thought I would put that picture in too. 🙂

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*Me and my awesome cousin being crazy. It was great to be able to goof off with my cousins again. 🙂

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* My little cousin. He is crazy adorable.

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*We got to play in the wonderful snow while we were there! It was so fun to be able to make snow angels, eat the snow, watch it fall silently to the ground, try to catch it on your tongue, stuff your face into the snow, then go inside and drink warm hot chocolate or tea. 🙂
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*Then we traveled back to another part of Texas. We got to hang out with some other wonderful cousins and awesome friends for the weekend. It was fun playing volleyball, going out to eat, going to some friends’ house, holding that fluffy little puppy that felt like a pillow (what was his name….Bentley?), and other awesome things. 🙂

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It was a very fun 2 weeks, I enjoyed pretty much every moment of it! Buuuut, I am glad to be back in my own room, with my own closet (not suitcases), and my own guitar and mandolin again! 🙂

As 2012 comes to a close, I want to thank God, my family, and my friends for making this year wonderful! (Maybe I’ll write a post about New Year’s. Maybe.)
Have a wonderful New Year’s everyone!

Alyssa ~*

My Thankfuls

Hello once again my wonderful blog readers! Sorry I have not written for a while….. I’ve been experiencing something called writer’s block, apparently.

Today I’ve decided to write about some of my ‘thankfuls.’  Yeah, I know, lots of people are writing about what they’re thankful for and you might be getting tired of all this “I’m thankful for this….I’m thankful for that” stuff, but, hey, why not take some time and think about all the blessings God has given you!

So here is my kind of thankful list….With PICTURES!!!! 🙂

 

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*First of all, I am thankful for my two wonderful parents. VERY thankful. I don’t know what I would do without them.

*I am thankful for my siblings. We do fight most of the time  sometimes, but we do love each other. Really.

 

*I am thankful for my family in general. I love remembering all the good times and adventures we have had, and I can’t imagine what adventures we’ll get into later in life!

 

 

*I am very very very very very (ok ok, enough) VERY thankful for my friends. I can’t imagine what life would be like if we had no friends….

 

 

*I am thankful for little children. Ahhh, how I love playing with little ones… Their laughter, their crazy, made-up words, their innocence…. 🙂

 

 

*I am extremely thankful for music. It’s amazing how music can make you feel sad, or happy, or make you feel like jumping 20 feet into the air… Just make sure the music is made to glorify the one and only God! 🙂

 

*I am thankful for God’s colorful creation. What would life be like without color? I just find it amazing how God can make everything from a small, fragile, pink flower to a giant, strong oak tree, all with his bare hands! How can we see the little miracles in creation every day and yet still say there isn’t a God that loves us, a God that cares about us?! Anyway, THAT is a blog post for another time. 🙂

 

*I am also thankful for animals. That kinda goes in the creation category, but, oh well… 😀

 

*Annnd, random as I am, I am thankful for the random little things in life. Short stop signs, yummy food, shoes, the ability to draw, bubbles, volley-ball, candy…..Yeah. Lots of little things to thank God for. 🙂

*Last but definitely not least, I am thankful for God’s never-ending love for us. Imagine this: He loves us day in and day out, from sunrise to sunset, 24/7…. I am just amazed that there is a God who actually cares about me, who actually wants to know about my problems, my needs, even just how my day went. I just want to encourage you to talk to Him, thank Him for the little things, the big things, and the in-between things in life. Even though He already loves you radically with a love that won’t ever end, He would like you to tell Him you love Him back. He desperately wants you, his beloved child, to give your life totally to Him. Have you?

 

 

*alyssa*

A’Traveling We Did Go

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Hello all, how is everyone today? I am doing pretty good, except for the uncomfortableness (is that a word?) of the ACE bandage on my hand. For those of you who don’t know, I sprained my wrist the other day while doing push-ups, bad idea I tell you! 🙂 So hopefully that will be healing over the next week or so…

Ok, back to what my original post was about. This post is a little late, I’m sorry to say. I just haven’t really got around to writing lately…. Last weekend my family and I took a trip up to Iowa for a friend’s wedding. So, being the little photographer I am, I just couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. 🙂 They are not at all professional, let me tell you that right now. Ok, first of all, we had to travel. In a van. For 18 hours. (Thankfully we did stop at a motel for the night.)

We ran into a dust storm and some crazy looking clouds on the way to Iowa. It turned out to be a cold front. The temperature went from 108* to 61* in 2 hours!  Yikesers.

Wonderful Kansas prairies………

On Saturday we went to the wedding. It was such a beautiful outdoor setting and it was such a wonderful couple getting married there. 🙂

The pretty set-up in front….

Then the ceremony started.  Here’s little Nate with the “Here Comes The Bride” sign.  He is so cute 🙂


The wonderful bride, Heidi, walking down the path that will change her life. Oh, and her dad is in the picture too. 🙂

Fast forward a little bit and now it’s time for the vows. Please excuse the bad quality photography. We were sitting near the back and I did an over-everyone’s-head shot. 🙂

Ooookaaaay, they got married and they ushered everybody out, and now I’m just taking random pictures of the couple, hoping some will turn out. I like this picture of the bride, except she didn’t know I was taking the picture and she didn’t smile. 🙂

I kind of like the lighting in this photo, soooo, even though they aren’t smiling, I decided to put the photo on my blog anyway  (Hope ya don’t mind, Heidi…) 🙂

This is one of my favoritest photos I got of the two. 🙂

Heidi took care of Nate, the little boy on the left, while she lived in Thailand. He was adopted by the couple (the ones standing up) in 2008. They also adopted the other boy on the right, Chayodom, when he was a baby. Wonderful people. Wonderful people. 🙂

My brother Alex and Nate lived together with Heidi until they both got adopted. Here they are, with the bride and groom. Priceless pictures.

Alex and Nate, reunited after almost 4 years. They had such fun together. 🙂

Just little tidbits from the wedding. The cutest little sign, flowers on the table, the set-up at the reception, with all its sparkly lights, and I thought that oil lamp looked really cool with the picture of Kenny & Heidi (the bride and groom) and the lights in the background.

On the way home, I saw this wonderful sunset, so I tried to get a few pictures of it and here’s how they turned out.

ANNOUNCING MR. AND MRS. KENNETH COBLENTZ!!!!! Kenny and Heidi, you had such a beautiful wedding, thanks for inviting us! 🙂

Well, that’s pretty much all I have for this blog update. Have a wonderful day people! 🙂

*~ALYSSA~*

Good Ol’ San Antonio

Greetings my wonderful friends! How are you this fine day?  I just thought I would do another blog update……This time it’s about downtown San Antonio! My family and I went downtown for Labor Day, and we had an awesome time!  So I decided to risk looking like a crazy tourist and take lots of pictures of random things down there for you, my blog readers. I ended up having TONS of pictures, so I downsized a little bit and put them into collages. Ok, so here’s what I have….. 🙂

Downtown San Antonio really is a wonderful place. Just look at the pictures.

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There is the Alamo, with it’s old stonework, shady gardens, and beautiful trees.

There are trolleys and double decker tour buses all over the place. There are horses and carriages too, but I didn’t get a picture of them.

There are lots of beautiful flowers. It’s so much fun photographing them. 🙂

There is awesome food, yummy snow cones, funny lunch buddies (aka a bird), and lots of other birds and ducks. (The ducks are not shown) (And yes, as a matter of fact, I DID eat all that food) 🙂

There are stores everywhere: In the mall, out by the streets, all over!

There are awesome stores there, like Aeropostale and American Eagle (as you can see from me and my brother) 🙂 Lots of little shops all over the place….

There are entertainers, with all their music and stuff, colorful umbrellas, riverboats, tall buildings, and cool old buildings with interesting designs cut out of the stone on the buildings.

Little things inside the shops along the street, snow cones, and rental bicycles.

There are also some pretty cool places to take pictures of people 🙂 (My photo courtesy of Ashley, my sister)(And sorry, I didn’t get a picture of Austin, my other brother…)

Aaaaand…..There are some pretty crazy looking people downtown too! (Not including me and my family) 😀 I tried to sneak a picture of this guy while we were turning the corner 🙂

So that’s all the pictures I have for you for now….What did you do for Labor Day?

Silhouettes, fireworks, and July 4th

Well, I am back again…With July 4th pictures! So whatcha think of that? 😀 So anyways, on with the pictures!

*Austin’s silhouette with my ‘fireworks’ setting on my camera. It has a long shutter on that setting and Austin was moving.* 🙂

*I really like this picture for some reason. The sun was setting, and the fireworks were ‘pow-ing’…*

*BAM!*

*This one is squiggly and cool looking—in my opinion at least* 🙂

*You can kinda see red-ish, white-ish, and blue-ish colors in this firework* 🙂

*I put words on some of the pictures, and here is how they turned out! Like them?*

*I like this one* 🙂

My 4th of July consisted of traveling to Lott to my Grandpa’s, eating yummy shrimp for lunch, Herbie movie at my cousin’s house, eating supper relative’s, traveling home, watching fireworks while sitting on camp chairs in our driveway, and, last but not least, taking PICTURES of the fireworks! 🙂

What did YOUR 4th of July consist of?

 

May I Do A Photography Post?

Ok, I have officially decided that it is alright to do a photography post. I just have pictures of what we all have been doing lately… So, enjoy! 🙂

This is a book that I am reading right now. I would advise ALL teenagers to read it! 🙂

I have also been memorizing Psalm 1. We, along with another family, are memorizing it together for church.

I have been drawing, of course. 🙂 For my art class, I had to draw this horse (by looking off of another picture) and looking at it upside-down! It was hard, I tell you.

I did the same thing for this horse as I did for the other one.

We have been planting flowers.

Planting a little garden. (The cucumbers are MINE!) 🙂

We kids are helping Dad build our own little ”fort.” I have a feeling that this is gonna be Dad’s storage shed once we get tired of playing in it. 🙂

We have been watching a Monarch chrysalis (two, actually) on our fence in the backyard. 

And we have been working hard on our schoolwork. Of course.

Well, that is pretty much what is going on at our house for now…Have a great day!

                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                           ~Alyssa