Friday, July 31, 2009

FriendBot

So I saw this weird thing on Facebook called 'friendbot' and I was bored so I decided to try it out. It apparently uses "advanced calculations" to figure out who my 'real' best buddies are. Here's what it said-

#1 Jordan Kirchner - Best friend
#2 Landon Lucas - The funny one
#3 Gloria Yu - Drinking buddy
#4 Olivia Jeannette McGregor - The trouble maker
#5 Elizabeth Anne Ozment - The partier

I have to agree that Gloria is definitely my drinking buddy and Olivia is the trouble maker. And of course, Jordan Kirchner is my best friend. Ha ha. And Landon is the funny one! As for Liz Anne, I don't really know!

Anyway, so the guys are all gone to Middlesboro for the weekend and I am taking care of the neighbor's dog and chillin with Mom. Tonight we went and saw "The Ugly Truth". It was hilarious!

Instead of taking a slim chance on catching a free ride on a flight to Louisville on Tuesday, a friend (Mrs. Bowling!!) is actually driving up there on Wednesday and we're going to ride with her!! ROAD TRIP!! And the Escalade will be an awesome ride. YES!! Hopefully nothing changes between now and then so that we can definitely go! WOOT WOOT!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blue Nails

Ok so I bought this amazingly blue nail polish and I must say, it earns the title of crazy awesome! I just wish I could take a picture of it! If only I had my memory card.. stupid fish.

Oh wait! Ha ha! I didn't even write about my little fishing experience! Ok, so here's what happened...

After finding out that our special little bait shop had closed early due to a family emergency, we were left to fish with bait of the fake variety- aka everything in our tackle box. With a fake minnow on my line, I immeadiately pulled a little Bluegill out of the water. Then another. Then another. Then another. Of course, after each catch, I took a picture of the fish, and one of me with the fish. Then I sat the camera down on the dock and tossed the fish back.

Now, I knew that something bad would probably happen. Electronics and water don't ever mix. But I ignored the little voice in the back of my mind telling me to leave the camera in the car and rebelled.

Well after the 5th fish, I was taking a picture when the thing flipped around, got off the hook, and made me drop my camera. The camera hit the dock and the bottom thing busted open. The batteries surprisingly went nowhere, but the force of the drop turned the memory card into an unstoppable projectile and I watched as it (in slow motion of course) flew out over the water and then met its match when the force wore off and it went down under the water.

My 4 GB memory card was gone.

I didn't know what to do. I thought about crying, but then I realized that it wasn't that bad. I had all of my pictures (except the ones of my fishing escapade) on my computer. AND I had another 2 GB card at home. So I stood up after staring into the water for a few minutes, put my camera away, and went back to fishing. I caught 2 more after that.

So at the end of the day it was:

Savannah- 7
Sam- 0
Dad- 0
Memory Card eating Fish- 1
Karma- Infinity and beyond

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ahhh, Summer...

Day 1 of Freedom:

I stayed up till about 2, so I ended up sleeping in till 11:30 when I awoke to the wonderful smell of love as Sam served me breakfast in bed. Later I took Sam on a bike ride and we went to Mellow Mushroom and Walgreens (of course). After eating dinner there, we rode back home. The whole way back, I had to hear Sam complaining of how tired he was and how much his legs hurt. We ended up stopping at the bottom of the hill in my neighborhood to rest and wait for my dad to come pick us up- because I couldn't just ride home and leave Sam sitting there alone- when I heard one of my favorite sounds in the world. That creepy song that is blared out of the speakers on top of the ice cream truck filled the air as it came closer to us. This is a big deal cuz the ice cream man NEVER NEVER NEVER comes to my neighborhood. NEVER. So I bought us ice creams and then the ice cream man drove away into the sunset...

Okay, not the sunset, but you get the picture.

Anyway, that's pretty much it. We might be going fishing later so let's hope I actually catch something bigger than my thumb this time!!!

Oh and ask me about the guy who told me he's in love with me. It's pretty interesting!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Summer Day Job = GONE!!

Since I haven't updated in a while, here's what's been going on...

In Loving Memory of Jeanette Adelia Hughes...

On July 18th, my great grandmother passed away. She was almost 92 years old and I knew her by the name 'Nanny". What is surprising to most people is that I actually knew her well. She wasn't just some random distant relative. She had congestive heart failure for about 3 years and then Jesus called her home. Her 1st husband- known as Pops- died of lung cancer a long time ago- 1977. She remarried and out-lived her 2nd husband as well- Charles.  Nanny always loved every creature that walked the earth- well, her backyard at least. She always had her bird feeder full and she loved to watch them twit around and sing her their songs. If a bird was singing, she could tell you the exact kind it was. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II and everything else since her year of birth 1917. Every day at 3 o'clock, she had her Creme Sherry, and never, missed a day, even at 92! She was the youngest of 8 children, had 2 husbands, 3 kids, 8 grand children, 8 great grand children, 1 great great grand child, plus one on the way. We loved her so, so much and she loved us all even more. Even though I am really sad that she's gone, I know she's dancing in Heaven now with God and her family and friends, and I will see her again.

So we drove up on Tuesday for the funeral and then came back Wednesday night. A lot of my family was there that I hadn't seen in a while and it was so great to be with them again!
   

It's so crazy to think that today was the last of me at Drama Camp until next summer. Since I'm not involved in any summer sports or anything, for the past 6 weeks I have been at Webb from 9-2, working with and teaching and learning from and helping and making friends and having fun with the kids. And having a blast with Rosina, Logan, and Beth (aka Donna). Now that it is over, I have absolutely nothing to do for the rest of the summer!!

*GASP*

I know. It's going to be weird. I will actually have time to do stuff with my friends, go places, etc. during the day.  (Speaking of which, I have not yet seen the 6th Harry Potter movie. Is it any good??)

In a few weeks, I am flying up to Louisville with my brothers to spend almost a week with my awesome grandparents and my incredibly amazing cousin! I have not seen her in FOREVER and it's going to be so much fun! Wooo!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Trend Setter

Today it started raining out of nowhere. I was just sitting here by my window when all of a sudden rain started pouring down. About 10 minutes into the downpour, I heard a bird start to chirp and sing. Me and my always metaphorical mind immeadiately saw a connection. Ehemm-

Even in the storm, the sparrow sings.

I think God was trying to show me something. This little singing bird sitting right outside my window revealed to me that even in the worst situations, problems, and positions, there's nothing that's keeping you from fighting back with an optimistic and positive attitude.

So there's your daily qoute of inspiration.
Anyway, we have some crazy kids again this week, but they have started to listen to us more! I am going to play Miss Hannigan in 'Annie' because we didn't have enough strong girls who weren't already given a part. So yeah.. I get to be an evil, bitter old woman. Woo! Oh and today I started a new trend!
Ehemm...
CAUTION TAPE HEADBANDS!!
Yeah, you know it. In a few weeks, people will be walking around with them on. But you saw it here first!
Crazy? No. Dillusional? Not a chance. Genius? Most definitely.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Discoveries

This week camp was amazing. God came into us and filled us with his love and showed us his glory. For the 8th graders, it was a very awesome yet emotional experience. Everything that happened on Friday night really showed us how much we are bonded together and how close we all are.

Though it was our last year at camp and almost the end of our experience with the middle school ministry, as Stan said, it is only the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another. Just because middle school is over does not mean that we are done. We're opening the next chapter of our spiritual journey- high school. It might seem intimidating because venturing out into the unknown always is. But the thing that is always there to reassure me is the fact that we have God on our side and in our hearts. I am so blessed that I will have you guys at my side as well. To know that you will be the ones who will always be standing beside me and there to catch me when I fall is more than I could ever want. We can all get through anything together. And even though the transition is a huge one, we can make it. Because as you know, Phillippians 4:13 says this: "I can do all things through Christ who strenthgens me." And with minds and hearts for Him, we can achieve anything. It just really helps me knowing that I will also be surrounded by a group of some of the strongest Christians I have ever known.

To the rising 8th graders, I have but one thing to say- you all will do amazing. Watching you at school, church, and getting to know you at camp has shown me how great you all are. Seeing Him shine through you is the most awesome feeling. I know a lot of you are worrying and  nervous about having to be leaders, but do not worry- it will be ok.
Phillippians 4:6 says this: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Though I can already see that you will be very strong leaders, if you are still unsure, just pray. Pray that God will give you the strength to lead and set great examples. I have been praying for you, and I know many other people have been praying as well.
Another thing that you all have to realize is that though you may look to us for guidance, we also look to you. Instead of us all looking up to the generation before us, we need to look to eachother. No matter what their age, people can lead anyone. You all have set great examples not only for the ones younger than you, but for all of us as well.
 The last time Cham came to speak to us was Camp '06, when I was in 6th grade. The theme of the camp that year was based upon this verse:
 "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for all believers in speech, in life, in love, and in purity." -1 Timothy 4:12
 From that point on, I have tried to be a leader and set a great example for everyone around me.

This year, I realized something. When I asked myself  "Do I have a life worth telling stories about?" I saw that most of my stories do not reveal the amazing things that God has done for me or the things he has blessed me with. I have God in my heart and I live for him, but I wasn't living up to my full potential for Him. I didn't even realize that UNTIL I got home. I came across this verse:
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord  saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -Isaiah 6:8

Not only have I found the verse that is the soul mate of my all time favorite verse ("'For  know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'" -Jeremiah 29:11), but I also discovered that I just need to give it up and lay all of my burdens, my problems, my flaws, my everything at his feet and do anything and everything he tells me to do. I had been praying that He would show me what it is that I need to do with my gifts. I see that now all I have to do is continue to let His love and His light shine through me and into His world and His people. When He wants me to see what I need to do, He will reveal it to me and I will just know exactly what to do. He will let me know.

I just want to thank Stan, and Erin, and Darby, and the band and Wesley and Cham and everyone who made this week so great and special. I will love you all forever and one day I really hope to go into the ministry with you. I know you will be praying for me and all of us as we go into high school and beyond. Thank you so much for the past and for changing my life.

God bless everyone who reads this and thank you for being in my life!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pass Me a Firecracker!

I had a great time at the lake this weekend. Usually there are about 15 people there, but this time we outdid ourselves. These are the people who were there-
Adults (parents): Jeff, Johanna, Mom, Dad, Sally, Tim, Joey, Michelle
By age-
Colton- 18
Kelsey (guy)- 18
Johnny- 17
Sarah- 16
Landon- 16
Jenna- 16
Me- 14
Ashton- 14
Boone- 14
Wyatt- 13
Blair- 13
Sam- 11
Ben- 9
Hank- 9
Bryce- 4
Bottom Row (left to right): Boone, Landon, Kelsey, Colton, Johnny
Second Row: Blair, Savannah, Jenna, Wyatt, Ben, Sam
Top: Bryce, Hank
For a total of... 15
                       + 8
                        = 23
So if I counted everyone correctly, we had 23 people.
Finding a place to sleep was the hard part. The lakehouse is huge but there are limited beds. The rest of us who were unfortunate enough to miss out on a bed slept on cots and pull out beds from the couch and air mattresses and couches. I really didn't mind though. It was fun.
So on Saturday, we took out both boats and jet skis and spent the day on the lake. When we got back to the house around 5, Mr. B went out to buy more fireworks. As if two grand's worth wasn't enough... jk. But the temporary firework superstores start slashing the prices at the very last minute. So they took advantage of that and left for about an hour. When they got back, we headed just across the cove to a...
PIG ROAST!!!
I have never been to a pig roast. They roasted the whole pigs in a giant smoker/ oven. It wass kinda weird... especially when I looked down and saw this-
Yes, that is a pig head.*
*enlarged to show texture ;)
The people who hosted the roast had really nice land and a cool setup. In this huge garage, a buffet line was set up with tons of food and great desserts! So after the guys pulled the pork, all of these random people I didn't know started crowding toward me and the buffet line. I got my desserts and ran.
 After we (me, Boone, Landon, Wyatt) got our food, we all just went down and sat on the boat, listening to music, sharing desserts, and chillin.
 Right before we headed back to the house to get our firework stash ready, a huge block headed yellow lab named Rosco decided that he wanted me to throw his stick in the water and play fetch with him. So I did.
          
Later, the fireworks were amazing. Of course we had the best on the entire lake! Duh! Half the people form the pig roast came over and we all sat on the long driveway down toward the dock and gazed up at the spectacular show of brilliant fireworks. It was so great! We had them going off in every direction! Tons of different colors, thousands of flashes!
And then...
It started to rain.
So everyone ran inside. After we got over the fact that the rain ruined our amazing light show, most of us settled down in the big open living room. Colton got out his guitar and played and sang for us. Kelsey, his friend, sang with him. They both have great voices and they blended together well.
When the rain stopped, we went down and shot off some more fireworks ourselves and lit sparklers for the
little kids.
We ended up staying awake till about 2 before drifting about the house to salvage a sleeping spot.
So, it was a really great weekend.
This week, I will be at camp (church! yes!) until Saturday when I return. There I will take tons of pictures and have another amazing time! So no texting, calling, or blogging for a week. But that's ok! I made this blog extra long (unintentionally) so you'll have a lot to read. See ya! Have fun looking at the pictures!
Mom and Blair
Bryce, Blair, Ben, Sam, Mom, Landon, Me, Johanna, Boone
Same
Mom and Johanna.. with Blair :)
Cake!
Me, Blair, Jenna, Johanna, Sally, Michelle, Mom
Landon, Boone, Colton, Kelsey, and Bryce, the happy camper in the middle
Boone, Landon, Colton, Kelsey
Me and Blair
 unintentional weird firework pic
Hope you had a great fourth!! I SURE DID :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

50th Post!

I know 50 posts don't really add up to much, but I thought it was cool that I've been at it for this long! Well, really more like 100 posts since I switched from my old blogs. 100 posts, 100 days. Countless thoughts, rants, raves, dreams, situations, encounters, experiences, drama, happenings and much more. Blogging is so amazing!

Anyway, so in preperation for Camp (church this time. 5 days), I ended up cleaning out my drawers yet again because, well, I felt like it. And I found this!

Things Our Mothers Teach Us
  • Logic: "If you fall outta that tree and break your neck, don't come cryin to me."
  • Religion: "You better pray that this comes out of the carpet."
  • Time Travel: "If you don't straighten up this instant, I'll knock you into next week."
  • Contradictions: "Shut your mouth and eat your dinner."
  • Perserverence: "You better eat every last bite of your spinach."
  • Genetics: "You're acting just like your father."
  • The Circle of Life: "I brought you into this world and I can take you right back out!"

So yeah, I thought that it was funny. Because sometimes we hear those exact words come out of our mother's mouth!

So happy 50th blog post to me!!