MY HEROES! (some of them at least...)

>> July 27, 2007

Jesus--for changing my life, making me whole, and saving me from my sin!
Blake Lewis--for being a gentleman.
Charlie Brown--for being the funniest depressing character ever.
Charlie Pace--for being willing to die.
C.S. Lewis--for writing great Christian literature that taught me so much.
The Fellowship of the Ring--for saving Middle Earth.
Harry Potter (& friends)--for killing Voldemort
Jack Sparrow--for being awesome.
Jamey Jamison--for bringing out the best in me and my fellow cast members.
Jessica Hulcy--for teaching me to always do the best I can do.
The Pevensies--Narnia... enough said.
Steve Hyatt--for being a great mentor, lifeguard, and friend.
Sydney Bristow--for fighting the bad guys.

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I ♥ MUSIC

>> July 21, 2007

There's a fracture in the color bar
In the back seat of a parked car
By the liquor store where the streetlight
Keeps you company 'til the next night

In the same town, there's the same scar
In the same glow of the liquor store
By the freeway, where the headlight
Keeps her company 'til the next night

~Switchfoot

I'm not alright,
I'm broken inside
And all I go through
It leads me to you

~Sanctus Real

Burn back the sun,
Bring back the fire once
Blazing inside this hollow cage
Burn back the sun,
You were the only one
To love me with passion's quiet rage

~Decyfer Down

Right now
He knows who you are
The light and the dark
He picks up your broken heart
Right now
He's telling the truth
That you will make it through
His love can rescue you
Right now

~This Beautiful Republic

And I love many, many more.

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Feet

>> July 15, 2007

I finally have time to do this!! Yes!

Thursday

Getting there

Friday

Chichen Itza

Saturday

We thought we were doing a concert, but we weren't

Sunday

I borrowed Rachel's flip flops!

Monday

Fun Fun Fun!

Tuesday

Last Day!

Wednesday

I didn't actually take a picture this day, but we went to the beach.

Thursday

Going home

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... Staying up all night...

>> July 14, 2007

With Beth!

Oh, so fun!

I hope we make it!!

Now I will make her a blog so I can put a link to it on my page.

P.S. Have yet to make time to put the promised foot post on XD

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Mexico

>> July 12, 2007

Mexico was so awesome it blows my mind! It is a beautiful country with beautiful people, and I wish people from the US were as generous and kind as Mexicans.

This week we stayed at the hotel Maria De La Luz and ate food at the restaurant there. It was most beautiful hotel I could imagine (though it wasn't the nicest you've ever stayed in).

I can't put to words how much I loved Mexico, but I do know that my favorite part was socializing with the people there. Each day we went to a different village and did a Bible Club. We went back in the evening to do our concert.

The villages we went to were:

Xcatún
Xúch
Pocbichen
Chichimilá
Ek Balám

In Xcatún, we only did a concert, because we went there the day we went to Chichen Itza in the morning, but we went to the park and played with kids. One of the little girls there kept putting sand in my shoes, but she was so cute that I couldn't be mad at her. A couple of the boys kept jumping off the slide and pretending they were Superman.

In Xúch, we were just going to do a concert in the morning and then go to another town in the evening, but we ended up doing Bible Club because there were so many kids. The kids there were so sweet. I loved them. I was really happy that we went back there in the evening, but our concert got rained out, so we had to go home. Everyone was so sad.

The morning we were supposed to go to Pocbichen, we accidentally went to the wrong village, so we all got out and then had to get right back in the van. In Pocbichen, one of the girls had the same name as me! I have a picture of Noemí y Noemí. (That night we actually went to a different village, but we didn't really bond with the people, so I don't think it counts.)

When we went to Chichimilá, we thought, since it was a bigger town, we would have trouble getting kids to join in to VBS. We were surprised to find that this was the most involved group of kids we had. One of the little girls was adorable! Her name was Katerina, and she was three years old. She loved doing the motions to our puppet songs. When we went to the village in the evening, there was another little girl named Malaysia who was about three, but only like two feet tall, and she was really cute. The boys in Chichimilá were so crazy! I loved them.

Ek Balám was the last town we visited, and it also had the noisiest kids. The kids there were really quite greedy, especially the boys, but they were adorable all the same. Another thing was that they probably had an attention span of only three minutes, because they got really distracted during Bible School. That was my least favorite village. I'm glad we went to Cancun instead of going back to do a concert.

We went to a beach in Cancun the night we got there. It was really fun. we played in the waves and got so much sand in our suits it wasn't even funny. Actually it was really annoying, so when we went out to eat, I cleaned it out on to the bathroom floor (shh.. don't tell anyone)!

The next day we went to a water park built around a natural lagoon. It was a blast until about two o'clock, because by that time we were so ready to go home. Lauren, Clay, and I were the only people who didn't get sunburned. I ate nothing for nine hours, and I was in so much pain that we had to order pizza. And then the pizza was nasty.

Today I was SO happy to be home finally, even though I had a great time.

P.S. I took pictures of my feet every day, so expect another post about that soon.

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Happy 4th!!

>> July 5, 2007

Hello, all you nerds who read my blog! (no offense?)

Did you have a good day this fourth of July?

I did.

The Texas Pool party rocked the house!! I had a great time getting smashed by all the multitudes of people trying to cram themselves into the limited water supply (so maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit...). I probably swallowed a half-gallon of icky water, but it was fun.

No really, today's party was AMAZING!!! The pool put up the high dive just for one day... oh, how I missed that thing... It is very nostalgic to me (I think I'm gonna cry...), it reminds me of all the years I had as a child of the Texas Pool before the city became evil and passed that evil law prohibiting the joy of high dives, stealing the joy of children... (what I mean to say, is that if the children have never gone off a high dive, they haven't really lived)

Back on earth, I re-perfected my 1 1/2 flip, showed off to all those people who are amazed at my mad skills (I admit it... I am a bit of a showoff... it's one of my imperfections), pigged out on hot dogs, and had an all around good time... The cats sure are having fun right now.

Tonight I went with my youth group and gave people free water before watching fireworks (which I didn't pay much attention to because my friends were there).

And tomorrow I have to get up really early to leave on my mission trip, so I think I had better stop writing now so I can get more than 4 hours of sleep.

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Awkward!

>> July 3, 2007

Today Elena and I were at the Texas pool, and we decided to freak some people out.

We took off my swim trunks (it's ok. I was still modestly covered) and put them on the bottom of the pool.

We then waited for someone to pass by, and I swam down to get the shorts.

When I came up I said, "Awkward!" This one kid was like totally shocked! He was like, "GROSS!!!"

Elena and I burst out laughing, and we assured the kid it was OK.

Then it started thundering and we had to get out of the pool.

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In the past week...

>> July 2, 2007

I haven't written anything in quite a while because I had my computer time taken for a week.

News from the past week...

Movies: I watched Fantastic Four 2 (same comic book cheesiness, but still good), Evan Almighty (The whole premise of that movie is hilarious, and the message is great), and two favorites of mine: Fantastic Four 1, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Music: I mastered several new skills on my guitar, and

I taught myself to play "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" on the piano (it has a bad word in ow about until I got the sheet music. See look, right there on the picture: explicit content). I downloaded all the Strong Bad songs from homestarrunner.com and put them on my iPod.

Social: The youth group had Camp Disco (which was amazing, by the way). I got my hair cut.

An old friend of mine came to my house (Troy has changed so much in the past 7 years. Wow). I went to Austin to visit a great aunt I didn't know I had until this week. I flew on the same plane as my friend who is a flight attendant (no planning involved).

Joel's finger is bleeding... um... yeah. So I think that's it.

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