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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Teen Ranch - The Goblin's Point of View

Over the weekend I went to the Cornerstone Kids Camp that was held this year in Sydney at Teen Ranch. As I am in Year 7 I was a junior leader. Finally, on top, after being for 12 years at the bottom of the food chain.
Teen Ranch has heaps of activities. There was archery, horse riding, canoeing, the giant swing, ropes course, rock climbing and a couple of other stuff as well.
As I am so terribly modest I won't go on and on about how wonderful I was at everything. Simply because I wasn't. I was...average. Three of my shots did get pretty close to the bullseye in archery, but all the other shots went off to explore new places.
Horseriding was great, although at first I thought that my horse must have gotten the name Blade because a blade of grass could move faster than he could. He ended up getting a move on though.
The scariest thing that I did there was probably the giant swing. There was a harness that was pulled up on an angle until it was a little more than eight metres high. Then you would pull on a rope (like signing your own death notice) and fall backwards then forwards ect. Sort of like a giant swing...(More like the giant drop!)
The second most scariest thing I did (#1 mentioned previously) was the high ropes course. Only the adults were actually supposed to do this but the junior leaders wormed their way in. The high ropes course was even higher than the giant swing. You were harnessed up and clipped onto cables, but the scary thing was that no one was holding you up. It was all you. And there were times when you had to undo your clip-thingy to clip it onto the next obstacle and then nothing was holding onto you..........................I'm a very brave person......

The theme of this year's kids camp was 'The Princess and the Goblin' by George MacDonald. As junior leader I got the massive privilege of dressing up as a goblin (along with my other goblin friends) so that I could scare the kids as they came along the path for their bush walk.It was pitch dark. I believe they scared me more than I scared them. That night (and also the next day) I also had the great opportunity of:

  1. Stepping in mud (At least, I hope it was mud) in my nice new-for-me converse.
  2. Getting thrown (Fully clothed) into the pool (Twice!) by my not-so-nice, treacherous goblin friends.
  3. Laughing as I watched those not junior leaders getting chased by this! (Payback for chasing me so I that stepped in err...mud.)

Despite all this I really did have a good time...

Oh yes, and I can't forget to talk about the bus trip to and fro. I don't think I've ever actually travelled in a bus going to a camp before, and I gotta tell you, it was really great...Apart from having to sit next to those two large Albanian woman, with crucially severe body odour. And that little kid at the back of me kept throwing up the whole time. And the serving lady ran out of Dr. Pepper and salted peanuts.... Oh yeah, and three of the bus engines burned out, and we went through a tailspin and crashed into a hillside and the bus exploded in a giant fireball and everybody died....

Well, actually, that's not very true...The only thing that happened was that the kids sang happy camper songs very loudly (and very off key) the whole way sending me half deaf and half crazy. As always though, I kept my calm and on the outside, looked a very happy camper. But on the inside...


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The Sky is Yellow

Exactly what the title says...we're going through a yellow-skyed dust storm...
Doh! Gonna have to wash the clothes again...

Monday, 21 September 2009

The Sign of the Beaver

Book Review
The Sign of the Beaver
Elizabeth George Speare

Matt and his father have finally finished building their new cabin and now Matt’s father must go back to fetch his Mother and sister. Matt must stay home and take care of the cabin while his father is gone and he will come across many dangers including meeting up with a bandit, being attacked by a bear and being chased by a cluster of angry bees.
Then he meets the Indians. At first it’s just Matt trying to teach the sullen Attean to read and write, but soon Matt and Attean have formed a true friendship, but can it last?
Soon Matt will have to make a huge decision about staying true to his friend, or his family.
I enjoyed this fantastic Newberry Honor book because it keeps you enthralled throughout the whole book, waiting for what will happen next. An exciting story for ages 10+.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Who is Your Neighbor?

Yesterday, I made a discovery that I will never forget. We live next door to a witch.
I was outside on the lawn when I heard the most evil laughter. I couldn't see anything from where I was but in my head I could picture her, bending over her boiling cauldron cackling hideously, a dangerous glint in her eyes as she stirred her evil potion.
Am I crazy?

Friday, 18 September 2009

Midnight Mayhem

I hate maths, but so we can be sure to understand what happened at the Youth Group sleepover last weekend, we'd better do a bit of adding.

  • Singstar game + Abba + Girls with colds = Awful singing. I'm quite surprised that the neighbors didn't complain, and that the police didn't call...:)...again..
  • Face cream + a few slices of cucumber = Somewhat familiar aliens with large, seedy-looking eyes.

  • Ice cream + Mn M's (assorted colours and flavours :)) + Chocolate syrup + Whipped cream = Desert.

  • Dinner + Singstar + Charades + 3 Movies = No sleep till 4:00, and I still wasn't tired!


Monday, 14 September 2009

When I Was a Girl...

I'm sure every family has funny or embarrassing moments and with not a whole lot to write about lately I thought I would write some of my families, mild as they are...I can't write anything too embarrassing.

  • Kylie: Tom and Kaity wondered how she was able to breathe so long under water. Kylie told them the secret. Going under and taking a huge sniff through your nose. They tried it...

  • Kaity: Letting out the washup water from the night before. Picking up what she thought was a spoon. It was, actually, a dead mouse.

  • Tom: Asking 4 year old Jenna if he had a hole in his pants and when innocent Jenna bends down to look gets a faceful of some...unfresh-smelling air.

  • Jenna: Getting tricked by her parents in a prank call...

  • Emily: Thinking that a chauffeur was actually pronounced 'Chuffer.'

  • (I don't really want to do me, but if I didn't, it just wouldn't be fair. ) Jordan: Wondering who that guy, Anon, was. He's sure written a lot of things.' (Yikes, that wasn't even very long ago!)


Friday, 11 September 2009


This is just a poem I wrote for a narration in school yesterday. It's about Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20.

Hezekiah was very ill,
He’d never felt so low,
So when Isaiah said ‘you’re going to die.’
It was an awful blow.

Isaiah looked pityingly at him,
In his saddened state,
He said ‘I have to go now Hez’,’
And off he went, sedate.

Hezekiah wept with grief,
His eyes full of dismay,
Then a thought occurred to him,
And he began to pray.

‘I’ve always served you well oh God,
I say this with hopeful breath,
Can you possibly spare me, my Lord,
From this awful death?’

Isaiah, the prophet of the Amighty one,
Was feeling his very worst,
When God came to him with a new message,
Quite different from the first.

‘Go back in the direction you came from,
Give him this message, Isaiah,
“You shall be healed, because you serve me,”
And that one’s not so dire.’

Isaiah rushed back to the king’s bedside,
He said, his heart lifted high,
‘God’s message is “You shall be healed,”
Hezekiah, you’re not going to die!’

Hezekiah sobbed again,
This time with joy revealed,
Isaiah put a poultice of figs on his boil,
And before very long he was healed.

God in Heaven had heard the prayer,
He’d seen the tearful face,
It had moved his heart to see such pain,
And God, he has much grace.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

The Golden Goblet

The Golden Goblet
Eloise Jarvis McGraw

I love historical novels and that have mystery and adventure in them. This exciting tale has both.
Ranofer is virtually a slave for his half-brother, Gebu. He hates and distrusts him and wants to get away from him as soon as possible. When he finds the golden goblet in Gebu’s room, he knows that Gebu must have stolen it from one of the crypts in the City of the Dead. To finally get away from his hated half-brother he must prove that Gebu is guilty yet protect himself from the danger that lurks behind every corner.
This fantastic Newberry Honor book is for ages 10 and up.
“An exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring” story recreating the glories and evils of Ancient Egypt- Horn Book

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Free Haircut

One of the first things I have done since I moved here was have my haircut. A little strange but a great opportunity. I got it for free.

Washed, combed, brushed, styled, cut, layered, straightened...all for free...

It was because they needed models for up at the Tafe...Emily got one too + a free face massage yesterday...

If they need anyone else my hand is up!