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Wednesday, August 30, 2006
And summer is well on its way. I can smell it. (don't you love that??)
Today, I thoroughly enjoyed my paper route. My hands got all black, I was sweating, and the blister on my foot was killing me, but it was great nonetheless. I just smiled at the sun and clear blue skies, the budding flowers, and Benji hurrying along beside me.
Speaking of Benji...I should go make dinner for him. And me.
Wow, what a short post. How uncharacteristic of me! I will post more another time.
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Song of the post ~ "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green day
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
"Niiiiiice!" (*said in perfect Ozzie accent*)
Here are some nice, randomish pictures that I wanted to share with you. YAY THEY ARE SO GRRRRREAT!! (Like Kellogg's Frosted Flakes)
Isn't this fun? I like centering things. I like pictures. I like ice cream. I like.......
Yeah...this is basically my most favorite picture EVER! (MUST...EAT...CHINESE...FOOD!)
I LOVE THIS FAMILY! (Blakstons)
*sigh* Allen and his stuff...
Faithful Church greeters! :-)
Don't worry! They have the YMCA here!
Check out more lovely pictures at www.zachary.blackwoods.us or www.picasaweb.com/mariaj.blackwood!!!
"So we bottled and shelved
All our regrets
Left 'em fermenting
Came back to our senses
Drove back hom
Slept a few days
Woke up and laughed at
How stupid we used to be..."
"I got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory..."
Song of the post ~ "Heart Still Beats" by Brave Saint Saturn
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Monday, August 14, 2006
Please pray for Allen and Brandon, Meg, and Jolene Fisher. As many of you know, they just experienced a serious fire in the home that they (the Fishers') are renting. Most of you know the details, so I won't go into them. Please pray for peace for all of them, as well as provision financially. Allen lost quite a bit himself; though, obviously, it wasn't nearly as significant as the Fishers' loss. Here are some pictures that show some of the damage to the Fishers' home. Read more on their blog.
Not a very cheery start to our new week... but we all know that God is good through it all. I've been praying all day yesterday and today, and I just keep reminding myself that God works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Though we have confidence in that fact, we don't always see the good this side of Eternity. So I'm praying that God will show us some good in this tragedy.
To end this post on a brighter note, here are some quotes that made me laugh (mostly taken out of context...but that's the fun of it! ;-)):
"Pastor's are weirdos."
"They don't take baths in Scotland."
"I almost cried when she kissed me!"
"Zachary, you're just like an elephant!"
--My loving mother
**Don't forget my post below about our adventures in the mountians! :-)**
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Saturday, August 12, 2006
I'm going to recap our trip from end to beginning... 'cause I can remember last night a lot better than last Monday.
We stopped with the Blakstons at Hungry Jack's. Maria and I were making the fashion statement of our lives in coats and big black rubber boots that went up almost to our knees. We had a lovely, fat-filled meal, and went to the restroom before we hopped in the car once again. So there we (Maria and I) were, innocently discussing farms, cows, and the like in our ever so perfect southern hickish accents. I heard someone come into the restroom, but decided it must only be Tamara. So I yelled out, "Hey, Tamara, is that you?" She replied back that she was in there. "Okay," I said, coming out. "Just making sure it was you and not some strange--" Tamara cut me off and shushed me and pointed to the second stall. I'm sure the random lady was very much disturbed by our, um, disturbingness. I ran out of there as fast as I could, laughing my head off.
I decided to try snowboarding one more time Friday morning. I was still using Brandon's snowboard and boots. Allen was there this time, so he kindly offered to help Tamara and me out. We definitely needed the help. I braved it all the way to the top of the hill three times. The first time, I fell at least 4 times. The second, only two (once in the middle, once at the bottom). The third time, I nearly killed myself flying straight down the steep part and landing right near the bushes and rocks to the side. I alarmed a couple people and almost broke my tail bone, but I made it the rest of the way down the hill in one piece. It was almost lunch time, and I decided I'd had just about enough snowboarding for the day (for the year).
I spend Wednesday and Thursday being sore from the day before, watching other people ski/snowboard, having snowball fights, and hiking over the mountians. Oh, those days also included eating and making people hot chocolate. Yum. You can't have snow without hot chocolate! :-)
Tuesday brought my first attempt at snowboarding. Maybe I should've just left the whole idea alone. According to my mom, I should've given up and taken up skiing like Maria. Oh well, maybe next year. We girls spent the entire morning walking up the slope instead of taking the ski lift. Instead of being a chair lift, it was this little disk-like thing that you put between your legs that dragged you up the slope. We finally got the hang of it after a couple of tries. My family kept making fun of my "I'm a little tea pot" pose (holding on with one hand and putting the other hand on my back hip). But that's what the guy said to do! And besides, it worked for me! So there. :-P I had fun snowboarding, but I wouldn't say it's something I love. More something I made myself do. I think I will try the skis next year - if we go.
I think my favorite part of the whole holiday was just hanging out with the other people in our cabin. I especially enjoyed getting to know Jono and Louise Blakston and their kids better. Oh my, you should've seen their kids ski! Ages 8, 6, and 4, they were unbelieveable!!! I'm sure I should've been embarrassed at how good they were and how bad I was, but I wasn't. I just enjoyed watching them. Jono was fabulous at capturing some of my more graceful moments on camera. He was even gracious enough to get a video of my first collision with the temporary fence. Contrary to popular opinion, I hated that fence!!!
Tamara & Me
(don't we look like we know what we're doing?? Well... we don't. :-P)
Song of the post ~ "Bring on the Rain" by Jodee Messina and Tim Graw
Yeah, so this song doesn't really go with the post at all... but I'm in one of my 'country moods'. :-D
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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Yeah... I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to handle that one. We're leaving on Monday to go to Mount Baw Baw (<--hehe, I know). We'll be staying until Friday, and the general plan is to go skiing (or maybe snowboarding for me) one day and play in the snow the rest of the time. A few other familys from Geelong - including the Fisher's - are going, as well. A & Z have school this week, but they plan to come up on Thursday so they won't miss out on it all.
I'm sitting and typing this in my lovely snow suit. It's actually getting rather hot... and it makes that annoying "swish, swash" sound when I move. I'm definitely stylin', though, let me tell ya! ;-) I'll be sure and take lots of pictures so you all can be jealous of my gear - not to mention my 'ownage' skills (as Z would say)! My main goal this time will be to get off the ski lift without falling. I didn't exactly master that technique on my last snowboarding venture. It should be interesting. And fun. :-)
To all my faithful phone people: I know you'll probably nearly die from going a week without hearing my beautiful voice, but try to manage. (just teasing, dears!) And, as always, our answering machine works as well as ever!
I'm really not quite as excited as I feel I should be I'm sure I will have a grand time, no matter what. Well...I may not have such a fabulous time if I break my leg or neck or something. Buuuut hopefully these things will not occur. Okay, I need to go pack. I just thought I'd post so you all wouldn't think I'd deserted you without cause.
Snow, here we come!
song of the post ~ "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World
(I've had this song stuck in my head the past couple days.)
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