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A Walk Down Memory Lane

In my life, I have moved twice. Once was in my old town, to just around the corner, and the other time was from Massachusetts to Texas. The first house I ever lived in was 51 Parks Drive. You might say it was in the middle of nowhere, in the center of a swamp. That’s what made it so great! Some of my best memories as a little kid are of me and my best friend, Kismet, and I having adventures in the lonely woods. We would run out and find something new, a huge fallen tree, chewed- on stumps from the family of beavers living there, or our favorite, a mucky, watery area with a log across it that we used as a balance beam. We had to be careful for the skunk cabbage, because if you stepped in it your shoes were ruined. That happened to her once, yikes!!

Weather in Massachusetts is much colder than Texas, so we had lots of snow. When we got at least 4 feet of it, my mom would let my sister and me jump off the monkey bars of our swing set and into the fluffy, white blanket below. We also liked to take “snow showers” where, if the snow was accumulating on the tree branches, we would yank them down so that a flurry of snow surrounded us. Sometimes the snow went tumbling down our backs, which was not a pleasant feeling. We still did it anyways.

There was an abundance of animals here too. You could find beavers, bunnies, deer, turtles, and all sorts of creatures roaming around that little area. I remember, when I found out I was moving, I was devastated even though it was only around the corner. I had become fascinated by the small family of rabbits that lived in the deep hole in our backyard. We finally had to put a miniature fence on top of that hole, because my dog happened to be a hunter. Loki loved to sniff out the rabbits, and sadly, he repeatedly tried to chew them up.

The trees on this property were perfect for climbing. They weren’t too high, but they were plenty strong. One in particular I loved the most, because I had found a way to climb almost to the top. I often came here to read a book, because I could wedge myself in between the branches in a way that I had both hands free to ruffle the pages. I love the feeling of being high up in the air where the wind can blow through my hair and I can breathe in the rich, deep smell of Earth!

Have you ever had to move? What do you miss from that area?

Austin City Limits!

Last weekend was my first time ever going to ACL! It was a ton of fun. We went on Saturday and Sunday, so we got to see Skrilex, Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris, and more artists. Personally, my favorite was Lorde. 🙂

For Lana Del Ray and Iggy Azalea, we got really bad seats, but for Icona Pop and Skrillex we were front and center. We went with my Uncle Alex and his girlfriend Tara the second day, but the first day we didn’t find them until it was time to leave. ACL is packed with people.

There was also a lot of mud, so nobody had clean shoes by the end. Next time, I need to remember to wear my boots if it’s wet! Overall, I thought it was an awesome weekend and I hope to go again next year.



Trick or Treat?

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Hey everybody! It’s that time of year again… sweaters, colorful leaves, hot cocoa, pumpkin flavored everything, and best of all… HALLOWEEN! I’m still not totally sure, but I think I want to be a scarecrow this year. Last year, I was Katniss Everdeen, (I was going through an archery phase) so I decided to dye my hair brown for fun. It turned out slightly red, but I was happy with the results. Might do it again this year! My best friend and always dressed up as the same thing. In past years we have been Katniss, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Vampires, (x2) and more! I’m gonna miss that little neighborhood party. My favorite part of Halloween is always the time right before you go trick or treating, because while we are getting ready, (which is actually a ton of fun) we always have this old Halloween music CD playing in the background. Also, we’re feasting on roasted pumpkin seeds, one of my favorite fall snacks. What’s your favorite part of Halloween? What will you be this year?

Piano Lessons with Gracie!

I love doggies! This is Mikaela’s puppy, Gracie. Isn’t she cute? I have two dogs, named Moxie and Mojo. Moxie is a Jack Russell Terrier and Mojo is a Rhodesian Ridgeback. One thing I think is really cool is how the ridgebacks have little “mohawks” on their back. All the hair on their body goes one way, but the ridge goes in the opposite direction so it is pretty noticeable. Jack Russells are super cute, especially as puppies. Both of them love to cuddle! Do you have dogs? What are they named? What breed are they? 🙂

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