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Archive for November, 2014


This holiday break, you’ll find me chillin’ at home. Normally my family doesn’t vacation for the holidays. However, we will still have our friends and family over to celebrate! We moved from Massachusetts to Texas mostly just to be closer to family, so we’ll be sure to have a great big party.

I’m really looking forward to food, since it is Thanksgiving. In particular, I’m excited for the pie. Each year, we make a ridiculous amount, last year a whopping 8 desserts. My favorites are chocolate pudding and pecan pie. Nobody in our family really likes turkey all that much, so we choose to cook BBQ ribs instead! This is all lot of work for my mom, but my sister and I like help out when it comes to creating these crazy meals. What do you like to eat on Thanksgiving?

I will enjoy having no homework or school as well. Lately I’ve been really stressed about all the work and it’ll be nice to get away for a while. Without these things on my mind this week, I will hopefully be able to enjoy the time with my family more!

By the time I return on Monday, I think I will be much more rested and cheerful. With the time off, I will spend with my family, not with endless assignments and late nights. I think taking the time off each year to think about what you’re thankful for is really important. Not many people in this world have nearly as much as we do!

Karate Tournament!

This weekend I’m going to a karate tournament in Galveston! I’m super excited and can’t wait for Saturday to arrive. I’m competing in two divisions, creative open hands, and creative weapons.

Two weeks ago, I came home with two 1st place trophies. I hope I do just as well this time around! That was the Lone Star Open tournament, and it wasn’t nearly as big as this one will be. I’m a little nervous to see my competition!

Also, I believe that at this tournament I might be competing alongside those with musical forms, meaning they perform with a song in the background. I’ve only done one in my life, and I had a ton of fun with it! However, I think they will be hard to beat, unfortunately. I watched a kid at Lone Star do a musical weapons form with A BLINDFOLD. It was pretty cool!

What’s your favorite sport? Have you ever been to some sort of competition with it?


The weekend before last was Halloween! I had so much fun. I was dressed as a farmer/cowgirl/scarecrow, and I went with Katie, who dressed up as a strip of bacon. We liked to tell people that we were indeed a pair, I the farmer and she the slaughter.

We went around the school area neighborhood, which has a ton of houses in it. I was over the moon, because I got eight whole pounds of candy this year, more than I had ever gotten in my previous small town.

This year’s trick-or-treating also brought some nostalgia. However much fun Halloween in Texas is, I think I will always miss the little neighborhood parties, where it was a tradition to all go trick or treating together.

This is actually also the first year we’ve ever had to actually give out candy, believe it or not. The only other places I’ve lived were 1.) A house at the end of a cul-de-sac that no one ever trick or treated at, and 2.) A house with a driveway that gave you a workout just walking up it. It was so cute to see little kids in their costumes racing up our driveway to get candy!

What were you for Halloween? What’s your favorite candy?


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