Playing Catch-up

Whether blogging or schoolwork, that’s been the story of my life for the past month or two. So where shall I start?

In January, my family got a puppy. We named her Eponine as a tribute to our favorite character from Les Miserables. DSCN3751IMG_0201

Eponine recently after we got her, and then at the beginning of May.

My archery team had their State Tournament in March and their National Tournament in May. The high school team got third place in the state, but we were still a wild card team.

May is always a super busy month for my family. Two of my siblings share a birthday three years apart Рthey both got a party this year. One was a tenth party with boys from our church and their families, the other a thirteenth sleepover with  teenage girls.

The first weekend in June, my choir was invited to sing during the intermission of a dance recital at the Springer Opera House. As if singing at the oldest theater in the state wasn’t scary enough, I was accompanying the choir for two songs. And our two guys who can sing bass had other plans. We did well, considering the fact that my sister and I had taken the ACT test that morning.

Two days later, a group of friends and I left for GBC’s music camp. It was a blast – I absolutely loved the choral clinician. I made performing handbells…super exciting! Now I want to go to Berry College…

Speaking of college, I applied to a nearby community college for duel enrollment classes!

Then I helped with cosumes at a summer drama camp. That involved running up and down three flights of stairs, plucking children from classes to fit their costumes, and countless trips to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

The next week, I helped with my piano teacher’s music camp. I got to teach the general music class (basically anything that remotely has to do with music), which is fun because we make food that goes with the day’s Bible story.

Independence Day was awesome, as always. We didn’t do fireworks this year, but we got to go see Opelika’s public fireworks. My cousin has a Snapchat account, so we posted a bunch of videos with “La Vie en Rose” playing in the background.

This has been my life lately. Voila. I registered for dual enrollment classes! I’ll probably do a whole separate post on that…

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Regional Tournament

 

On January 30th, my archery team hosted our regional tournament. This was kind of a big deal, because our school had never hosted a tournament before. I say “our school,” but that’s not technically correct. I’m homeschooled, but a nearby Christian school allows homeschoolers to shoot on their archery team. Our flight time was at 10 am, but I came early to help register, direct people, etc. (I didn’t end up doing much to help.)

I had high hopes for this tournament, but when the time came to shoot, my hopes were, let’s just say, shot. At our district tournament in November (one week after we got back from Croatia), I shot 262, one point higher than my all-time high at World the previous year. A few weeks before this tournament, we scored at practice and I shot 258. That made me worry a little bit, but I was still hopeful. The day before the tournament, I shot a 0 and a 2 at 15 meters. My friend said it was the dress rehearsal before the performance.

As always, I shot very well in the practice round, but the first scoring round was a different matter. I shot badly. Not horribly, but worse than I’ve shot in a long, long time.

After we shot, my friends and I went into the cafeteria to hang out and stress over what our scores might have been. I ate pretzels and watched one of my friends draw on other people’s arms with silver Sharpie.

In between flights, we helped change target faces and just basically goofed off. I was able to work on my Robin Hood story a little bit, and I watched people play chess. Then it came time for the award ceremony! *cue dramatic music – the Empire Strikes Back, perhaps?* I ended up shooting 229, which was about what I shot last year at Regionals with a messed up bow. Our middle school team took first place, and our high school team took first, too! We shot 3276, which would put us at first in the state until the next week when the last set of tournaments were completed.

We took pictures, then headed back to the cafeteria for our stuff. When I looked at my phone, I had a text from my dad saying, “When you’re done, come see the new puppy.” Puppy?!!

To be continued…

 

USO Party

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Recently, my homeschool group had a USO party. We took swing dancing lessons for about a month to prepare. Finding dresses and shoes was the hardest part for my family. Rachel and I were gone the first week of November, and we hadn’t found a dress before that. The one we found for me was a size 10, so we had to alter the neckline. I was very happy with the dress, and felt that it looked very authentic.

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In addition to swing dancing lessons, we also took line dancing lessons. You know, Electric Slide, Cotton-Eye-Joe, Cupid Shuffle, etc. During the dance, we got to put our line dancing skills to use! After a while (2 hours) we started to get goofy and play Ring-around-the-Rosy: something I haven’t played in about 10 years.

Line dancing!
Line dancing!
Ring around the rosy, anyone?
Ring around the rosy, anyone?

 

All in all, it was a great party. We had doughnuts, licorice, and Coke in bottles. My mouth waters just thinking about it! Now I have to convince the moms to do it again!