Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Olympics Time!

This year, I'm really looking forward to the Olympics. Its actually only about a day away, can you believe it!?
        I think this is one of the first years where my family is actually celebrating the olympics; we're making flags, cupcakes, and even t-shirts! I am really excited.

Here are some photos of the activities we did:

Here I am drawing out my design on my shirt.

Mom was drawing for Carter.

Pictures of Carter's finished Olympic Swimming shirt.

Tyler's Basketball Olympics shirt

My gymnastics t-shirt.

Olympic cupcakes

Olympic flags

We had a fun few weeks of Olympics. Did you?

Exiting Experiences at the Zoo!

I know I have already made a post about the zoo, but that was in Tyler Texas. This time I went to the big Dallas Zoo with my brothers, Tyler and Carter, and my mom and my grandma. Here are some pictures and videos of the exciting things we got to see and do. 

We got to see a bird show!

Here are Tyler, Carter and I looking at some muskrats through a little bubble in the ground.

Woohooh! We got to ride on a camel named Mathew! The worker who led us around the pen said that this was Mathew's first year giving rides in public. Tyler sat on the hump of the camel, and he said that it was really scary.

Thank you Mathew!

We each climbed up on a fake elephant. There I am!

We even got to to pet giraffes! Mom didn't want to buy any lettuce for us to feed the giraffes, but one girl was really kind and gave us some.

We saw lions really up close! If it hadn't been for the glass in that restaurant, I probably could have reached out and touched them.

Whoa! Look at those teeth! The lion was yawning.

Here is a video I took of the lions.

Cool alligator!


Ew! Look at these huge snakes!

So as you can see, we saw lots of amazing creatures. Isn't it amazing how God created all these magnificent animals!? The Bible says that he made the animals for our enjoyment. They are also for our health; if there were no animals, the trees would not be able to make oxygen and we would not be able to breath. Evolution couldn't have made all these tiny details. Our God is an amazing God.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Birthday Room Makeover

My birthday was on June 25th this year, and I turned eleven! My parents always ask my brothers and I what we wanted for our birthdays, but this year I couldn't  really think of anything I wanted. Then Mom showed me a picture of a really cool modern room, and I decided that I wanted to make a room like that for my birthday present.

Here I am painting my headboard.

                                      This is what you see when you first come into my room

I really enjoy my new 'room makeover'! It is a room style that I will probably enjoy for several years and not want to change. I am glad that Mom and Dad helped me work and buy the things for my new room. I hope this was some inspiration for rooms in your house!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I again looked for any familiar landmarks. I walked a little in the direction I thought I had come from, but still did not know where I was. Suddenly, I saw something rush through the trees on the right of me out of the corner of my eye. I spun around and scanned the forest surrounding me. It flew by again, startling me, and as I took a step back, it came out right in front of me! I fell backwards, terrified, landed roughly on the hard ground, and the mongoe drew closer. I didn’t realize I had dropped my backpack when I fell, because I was focused on the mongoe. It was so terrible looking I couldn’t look at it, but I could not look away, either. It must have been a foot long, and three fourths a foot tall. Its yellow and black-striped body glittered in a horrifying way in the sun, as did its long, golden mane. I could hardly see its tiny wings about seven inches tall; they were so clear they were almost invisible. It opened its mouth to show the long, sharp teeth of a lion. Out of all, its eyes were the most terrible; they had such a wild and savage look. It reminded me of a nightmare I had once when I first heard about mongoes. The look in it’s eyes said that it was desperate to kill.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012


The weeks passed, and there was no sign of any danger. No Samaj, no Kasues, and no mongoes....  One Wednesday, I asked Mom if I could walk to school the next day. She said yes, and the next morning I immediately got ready, desperate for some fresh air after being cooped up inside for weeks... I packed up my backpack and ran out the front door, shutting it before Moonball could follow...

Being outside was great!... The fresh air made me feel adventurous, for some reason, and I decided to take the long route through some woods a few miles away-I had enough time. When I got there, I was delighted to hear the leaves crunching under my feet again; they seemed to call me deeper into the forest. Not thinking of what I was doing, I ran farther into the dense trees, enjoying it more than I ever had before.                             

I started walking a few minutes later, catching my breath. It was then that I realized I had gotten off course, and I was probably late for school. I wondered where I was, and looked around for any familiar markings. I had thought I had been through the whole of the forest before. All of a sudden, sunlight bounced off of something imbedded in the dirt. I bent over and picked it up. It was clear, and I could see right through it. The object was in the shape of a cube, and had a little design on one side in black. When I looked closely, I could see that the design was made to look like a bird, a hawk.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

trust again

“What was that all about?” I asked. I had grabbed a magazine from the side table and started reading, but could not help but overhear. Now I sat up, wondering what was going on. Mom sat down beside me and looked straight at me. I figured that she was about to tell me something important by her expression. “You know how we believe that Hallah created the universe, and that he promised to send a savior to do something great for us, right, Kalina?” Mom asked softly. “Yes, Mother, I know,” I waited for Mom to explain further. Moonball hopped onto the couch and laid down on my lap while I stroked his back. “Well two officers from the K.D.C. have secretly gone to Samaj, and met a man who claimed to be the savior. Now, this man looks nothing like a savior from the descriptions we received, so he cannot possibly be Hallah’s chosen man. The great savior has to look like one in order to show who he is.” “Yes, Mom, right.” I moved my hand down to scratch under Moonball’s chin and rub his belly. “This man-Kasues is his name-told our officers that next he would come to Kila to preach. He is probably drunk or possessed by an evil spirit, spreading rumors that he is the savior, so we must be especially cautious of this man. What endangers us more is that Kasues spreads a massage far different than Samaj’s belief, too, and he has made himself present in the house of their emperor and ‘taught’. This made Samaj especially angry, and they are out to kill him. Our officers say that Samaj seemed angry enough to travel the whole universe chasing him and trying to destroy him, so they will probably come to Kila in search of him if he disappears as he said. We need to avoid them, as they might hurt Kila citizens, too. Keep a close eye out, and stay away from anyone who seems suspicious,"


Saralina pressed one of the orange buttons underneath the row of books her art book was in (every book has one of its own buttons) labeled ART, and only the glass covering her book slid to the side so she could grab it. She slid on a pair of gloves that were in a small, round compartment and then carefully took the book out. Even though these books were brand-new to our school, they were actually very old. In fact, all books in the book office are so old we have to wear gloves whenever we are handling them. While Saralina went to tell Miss Lshit she had picked out a book, I turned back to examining the titles. Suddenly, I gasped, startling Bridget, who was just reaching out to press one of the orange buttons. I grabbed gloves, and then retrieved a book from inside the dome and walked to the nearest table where a group of students were reading, and sat down. I opened the book with “All You Need to Know about Mongoes” as its heading and turned to the table of contents. My eyes were drawn to the fifth chapter, which said “Weaknesses of the Mongoe”. I had not thought mongoes had any weakness, so this interested me. I flipped the pages until I got to page 104, and started reading. Mongoes’ habitats are usually in volcanic areas. Mongoes seem to be especially drawn to Mount Niphmore, which is nicknamed ‘Mongoe Flowing’. More than a hundred thousand mongoes live there. They like it there because of the extreme heat. (The only reason mongoes leave the warmth of the volcanoes, is because they are driven out. This hardly ever happens, however, because mongoes can put up quite a fight, and most people are frightened of them.) The main weakness of the mongoe is the opposite of what it is used to: extreme cold. If you ever get attacked by a mongoe, get something really cold and throw it at the mongoe. If you hit it a few times, it should eventually go away. If that does not work, the best thing to do is not to move at all or make any sound. The mongoe will wait for you to give any sign that you are frightened or angry, and then it will attack. If you show no emotion, it will either attack only out of frustration (or hunger), or go away in search of a more fearful prey. Your best chance is, again, to stay still and noiseless.