Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Carpetball

For my brother Luke's birthday, my dad and our visiting friend built a carpetball table. It's an exciting and entertaining diversion with pool balls! We had played at a family camp we've attended in the past and loved it, Luke especially. So he received a huge birthday present this year!

Your goal is to knock your opponent's balls into the hole on their end. Normally you use a cue ball to knock the others in, but since we don't have one we've been using one of the normal balls.

But before we could play, they had to build it. If you purchase one, they can cost $1,000 or more, so building saves you a lot of money!


After building the frame, they glued the carpet down


It's pretty long!



To play, set up your 5 five balls however you prefer on your side of the table


A common way is to line them up on the edge because it's more difficult to knock them into the hole


Then you roll the ball to hit your opponent's balls in!


Loads of fun!!

Sorry, our table looks a little dirty in some of the pictures. Pollen has been falling from the trees over it!

Monday, March 23, 2009

My 19 Minute Survey

Caleb tagged me with this survey a couple weeks ago and I finally filled it out! Actually, I filled this out yesterday but didn't take the time to post it.

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The longest survey you'll ever fill out! Do the world a favor: fill it out and post it for all your friends. Do this because the person who sent it to you didn't sit here for ages for nothing. Answer all the questions honestly, no lying to avoid stuff.
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Starting Time: 6:57
Name: Allison
Sisters: 1
Brothers: 3
What are you wearing? Purple hoodie with black shirt underneath, jeans, jewelry and a hair clip :)
Favorite Number: none (no, I don't mean the number zero, I have no favorite number)
Favorite Drink: Dr Pepper, Sunkist or chocolate milk :)
Favorite Month: In Houston, probably March or April because it’s usually pretty nice outside and we have park days with our church!
Favorite Breakfast: something homemade—crepes, waffles, baked oatmeal—it’s all good!
Love someone so much who made you cry? I don’t quite get why this question is on virtually every tag. But to answer it, I don't believe so.
Broken a bone: yes
Been in a police car: I don’t think so
Been on a boat? yes
Came close to dying: no
Been in a hot tub: yes
Swam in the ocean: yes
Fallen asleep in school: Almost, but no
Cried when someone died: Can’t say that I have, no one has died that I’ve known well
Fallen off your chair: yes


***********What is****************

Your room like? Peaceful, organized (most of the time), beautiful, blue

What’s right beside you? a CD
What is the last thing you ate? applesauce


--------------------------Ever Had--------------------------------

Chicken pox: no
Sore throat: yes
Stitches: no

-------------------Do You------------------------------------

Like picnics? Church picnics? YES!
Like School? I enjoy learning new things, but some subjects aren’t so fun. So most of the time I like it.

------------------------Questions----------------------------------------

Who was the last person you danced with? I don’t dance, except when my sister and I are acting really goofy, so Katie would probably be the person and that would have been a long time ago
Who makes you smile? Almost anyone I'm friends with! But my family especially.

--------------------------Who---------------------------------------------

Who Did you last yell at? Umm…Seth probably. But I hope I'm not known to yell often!
Do you like filling these out? Most of the time
Do you like yourself? Yes, too much at times!

-------------------Final Questions---------------------------

What are you listening to right now? My sister messing with her stamping stuff, my brothers/dad playing baseball outside
Do you hate someone in your family? No way!
What car do you wish to have? Don’t care about cars
Good singer? “Good”? I think so
Indoors or outdoors? Indoors, unless it’s beautiful outside.

----------------------------Today did you------------------------------

1. Talk to someone you like? Yes, it would be a sad day if you did not talk to someone! And I pretty much like everybody.
2. Get sick? no
3. Sing? I’ve got to sing at least once a day, so YES!
4. Miss someone? yes

--------------------------Last person who---------------------------

7. You talked to on the phone with? Mrs. Head
8. Made you cry? No clue
9. Went to the mall with? My mom, sister and I went to a store at the mall recently, but we didn’t go through the mall…
10. Been to Europe? No
11. Been to Asia? No
12. Been to Russia? No
13. Been to the Bahamas? No
14. Been to Mexico? Yes
15. Been to Canada? No
16. Been to Africa? No

----------------Random-----------------------

17. What books are you reading right now? Bible (2 Peter, Psalms, miscellaneous other passages). That's all I'm reading consistently.

18. Best feeling in the world? Peace and joy only the Lord can give!
19. Future kids name? Where’s the apostrophe supposed to be in that question? :) Honestly, I don’t know because I can’t choose names for future children on my own! I like names with great meanings, or Bible names. A few names I like include Emily, Timothy and James…but I like many names and have no particular favorites.
20. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? no
21. What's under your bed? Shoeboxes that include scrap paper, boots, cosmetology supplies, and probably other junk
22. Favorite location? home or church

23. Who do you really hate? Satan
24. Do you have a job? Teaching piano and babysitting, but I prefer to refer to them as ministry or teaching
25. Are you lonely right now? Nope!


Time Finished: 7:16

With however long it took you to complete this, post as
"My _ Minute Survey"

I tag...
Vanessa
Lindsay
Kristen

If you have the time, please do this! I'd love to read your answers. If you were not tagged but would like to do this, I tag you--just make sure to leave me a comment so I know you've done it! :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fun filled weekend approaching!

Hello!
I'm sorry I've neglected my blog as of late, it's been a little crazy. I have a thousand ideas floating around in my head for posts, but not the chance to write any! Tomorrow morning (Friday) a good family friend is visiting us, and he'll be with us until Wednesday. So I'm afraid I won't have a chance to really post until late next week. Hopefully you'll see at least one post by next weekend!
May the Lord bless and keep you!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dirty and Callused Hands...

....are signs of hard work. (and sunburns too if you're me!) Today we took off school to plant some citrus trees we bought Saturday. Naturally, we ran into some issues. As we struggled to dig through the clumpy, hard black gumbo we struck some concrete. Yes, we found some large chunks of concrete about 4 inches below the grass! Working through that problem we eventually dug the amount we needed and shoveled 5 loads of dirt from dad’s truck to raise the bed for the trees. We planted 6 trees today!

Here are some pictures from the day...


shoveling the dirt






getting there...


watering


5 of the trees


One of our small orange trees already has blossoms!

Sorry, some of the pictures are not the best because I just took quick snapshots and did not bother with taking multiple or trying to get better shots. Someday I'll probably post more pictures of our "orchard". :)