The Truly Abigail Family

5.31.2010

Whatever Tickles Your Fancy #5

Day 30

Shoes are incredible.

I have had many pairs throughout my life.

I love Converse, Airwalk, and...

Vans.

While I only have three pairs, they treat me well.

It's as if I have hundreds of them all in one.

Vans are comfortable.

Vans fall apart long after you first purchase them.

Vans make you run faster (at least for me).

Vans comes in several shapes, sizes, designs, and colors.

And I love them just as much as Converse.

Thanks for sacrificing a few minutes of your valuable time every day to read all thirty days of my blog.

It was a blast.

Maybe you can do this on your blog, too.

Rock on, people,

♥ Abigail ♥

5.30.2010

Hopes, Dreams, and Plans for the Next 365 Days

Day 29

This post is going to be a long one. I have a huge list on what I'm going to do for the next year. So much to do when you're a kid, too little time to do it!

  • Have a good impression on my teachers when I first enter middle school.
  • Grow to at least 5'9".
  • Practice ball handling.
  • Dominate in volleyball and basketball.
  • Learn to jump serve.
  • Get braces.
  • Become a great Beehive.
  • Don't be as shy as I usually am.
  • Take a photography class in middle school.
  • Get straight A's.
  • Take a ton of pictures.
  • Write in a journal at least once a week.
  • Join Hoop Dreams.
  • Write to Madison once a week.
  • Study the scriptures more often.
  • Take better care of Cooper.
  • Make a ton of new friends in middle school.
  • Keep all the friends I already have.
  • Avoid drama.
  • Blog more often.
  • Join track and field.
  • Finish my story and hand it in to an editor by January 2011.
  • Keep playing volleyball and basketball.
  • Practice every day.
  • Stop chewing my nails.
  • Study for every test, no matter how easy it may seem.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Write, write, write!
  • Read the newspaper more often.
  • Learn how to cook.
  • Impress the boys. ;)
  • Get enough sleep every night.
  • Enjoy my childhood.
  • Try to visit Boise at least once a month.
  • Ride my bike around town frequently.
  • Get out of the house and hang out with people.
  • Wear your contacts.
  • Do more with my hair.
  • Spend more time with family.
  • Set a timer for computer time.
  • Be a better listener.
  • Learn to be social outside of class.
  • Don't forget to set my alarm.
  • Go to bed between 9:30 - 10:00 every night.
  • Eat healthier.
  • Compliment people when it's appropriate.
  • Party like a maniac.
  • Wear a lot of sunglasses.
  • Be smart.
  • Be a good 6th grader.
  • Avoid the druggies.
  • Buy more shoes.
  • Start babysitting.
  • HAVE AN AMAZING YEAR!
This 6th grade year is going to be a good one.

♥ Abigail ♥

P.S. Tomorrow is the last 30 Days of Blogging! Thanks for supporting me this whole month. You've been awesome, loyal readers.

5.29.2010

Your Year in Great Detail

Day 28

This first half of 2010 has been pretty outstanding. I still remember watching on TV the New Year's countdown in New York City: the couples kissing, the performances, the confetti, the celebrities, everyone trying to get warm in the light snow, and I even remember Ryan Seacrest on the stage counting down to New Year's with everyone. And now it's almost June; that's unbelievable. Time can go by so fast. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you have it.

I remember my awesome brother Madison's mission farewell in January. We drove the long five hours to Salt Lake City and had a big family party at Grandma's mansion. We then drove to Provo, ate at the legendary Brick Oven, watched as Madison turned off his phone for two years, and dropped him off at the curb of the MTC. I remember it as if it were just yesterday.

At the end of February I moved to this lovely little town near Boise. At first I thought it was all trees, farmland, and only a few houses, but now that I've lived here for almost three months, I have found that this place is awesome. I love the open land, the schools, the teachers, the town (especially Doug's Burger Den, the hot spot for all 5th graders and up), and of course the people. They have been so kind to my family and me, welcoming us to our new ward and schools.

In the middle of March my parents and I made the decision to stop driving a half-hour every day to my school in Boise and to enroll at an arts school. There really isn't a difference between the arts school and a regular elementary school; we just have a little more artistic minds. The kids immediately became my greatest and most treasured friends. Although I dearly miss my friends back in Boise, I am happy here. I fit in, I feel confident in myself, and I love how the kids admire who I am. I finally feel that I am in the right place, even if I'm still called "tall" or "Big Bird" sometimes. I don't let it get to me. Besides, everyone wishes they were tall. :)

In April I started making a ton of new friends from both church and school. My parents and I found some camps to attend over the summer, and April was just a great month to find new people.

Now it's May. In six school days I will be a 6th grader, and it will be summer where I can sleep in and hang out with people whenever I want and feel free again! Woo hoo, so close!

Yes, a great half has come, and I am now anxious to see what the other half has in store.

♥ Abigail ♥

P.S. My friend Savanna and I created a new blog: www.homieswswagger.blogspot.com. Visit it!

5.28.2010

Your Month in Great Detail

Day 27

May is the month for the flowers blooming, the air fresh, the temperatures and the humidity rising. Oh, how I love spring. Although the weather can surprise you this time of year, whether it's rainy or sunny, May is a great time to go outside. Oh, how I love spring. Mother's Day is in bloom, and the children thoughtfully give their mothers presents. Even if the gift is made of paper or of gold, a mother appreciates the effort and the thoughtfulness of their children. Oh, how I love spring. Kids nearing the end of the school year, their heads dreaming of summer vacation. For me, I am totally ready for the year to end, because next year I get to enter MIDDLE SCHOOL! Oh, how I love spring.

My months are filled with unpredictable events. Who knew I would be grounded for the second time in my life this month? Who knew today would be windy? Who knew my dear sister was going to stay for Memorial Day weekend? Who knew Roaring Springs Water Park would open earlier than expected? Our lives are just plain random.

I've loved May 2010, but it's time for June to replace you. See you later, school, spring, storms, and say hello to sleeping in, sun, swimming, and summer! (Notice how all those nouns were s's. Hehe.)

Let's celebrate the almost-ending of the 30 Days of Blogging! Only three more days to go! :( and :)

♥ Abigail ♥

Your Week in Great Detail

Day 26

My week has been average. Nothing more, nothing less. Everything has been plain normal. I will describe to you an average day for me.

  1. Get up at 7:45 A.M.
  2. Get dressed and do my hair before 8:00.
  3. At 8:02, make the regular sack lunch: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, applesauce, Trix yogurt, Chewy granola bar, and a dessert that varies every day.
  4. Make a giant cup of Carnation Instant Breakfast (chocolate milk) at 8:10.
  5. Feed Cooper at 8:18.
  6. Walk to the bus stop at 8:22.
  7. Climb onto the bus at 8:27.
  8. Get to school at 8:35.
  9. Bell rings at 9:05.
  10. Do morning warm-up.
  11. Math is from 9:30 - 10:20.
  12. Recess from 10:20 - 10:35.
  13. Writing/Language Arts/English from 10:35 - 11:25.
  14. SPECIALS: P.E., Music, Art, Library, Computer Lab. Changes every day.
  15. Lunch from 12:15 - 1:00.
  16. Reading/get-work-done time/more English from 1:05 to 2:10.
  17. 2:10 - 2:25 : Recess
  18. 2:25 - 2:40 Correct warm-up.
  19. 2:40 - 3:40 History
  20. 3:40 Get out of school.
  21. 4:15 Get home.
  22. 4:15 - 9:00 Watch TV, go on the computer, play volleyball or basketball outside, walk Cooper, be boring
  23. 9:00 Shower, blow-dry hair, prepare for another average day.
  24. 11:00 Lights out.
So it may sound complex, but really it's a boring day. I try my best to hang out with friends, but when I did yesterday, I was busted and got grounded for the weekend. That is why I didn't write. My mother will still let me update my blog, but when that's done I'm off until the next day.

But pleading for forgiveness in an innocent voice always draws a mother's sympathy. That's how it was, and so I am allowed to hang out with friends tomorrow. YEAH, YEAH!

This was my week in somewhat great detail.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.26.2010

Your Day in Great Detail

Day 25

It's 7:45 A.M. The alarm buzzes, and I slowly open my brown eyes to see the ceiling looking higher than I've ever viewed it. I roll over the king-sized bed that I slept in while my dad was away and ask my mother who is also struggling to wake up, "Can you drive me to school today?"

"What time does it start?"

"9:20. It's collaboration day."

Mom looks at the digital clock, looks at me straight in the eye, and says, "Sleep for another half-hour. I'll drive you."

"Thanks," I grumble, and I roll back into a peaceful sleep. It isn't long before I can't seem to shut my eyes. I have to get up and do my hair nice; it's program day.

I put on the outfit I'd laid out the night before and stumble into my bathroom. I plug the curling iron into the wall and wait impatiently for it to get hot. I make my bed to pass the time, which is a task I haven't done in over a week. When it finally is burning, I take the curling iron and try to do a successful curl. I remembered a week before when I had tried curling my friend Savanna's hair. It didn't turn out so well, and neither did my hair. I am not very experienced in hair-dos. To try and fix the messy hair, I took my straightener and gave it a little flip. It looked perfect. I took a fancy bobby pin from J. Crew and placed it in my long hair. I gave a long look in the mirror; I looked like an angel from above.

I struggle eat breakfast and make a sack lunch and try to memorize my lines at the same time. Mom, being the supportive being she is, calmly helps me while I overreact. Big time. We finally climb into the Lexus, and off to school we go!

I love taking the scenic route to school. I love looking at the horse and her colt in the small farm. I love the open, vast land that confronts me. I love the mansions that sit right across from each other. I love the middle school. I love passing by green neighborhoods. I love everything about the route. While program day was predicted to be a sunny day, it is drizzling outside, gray clouds covering the sky. I get dressed in my nice clothes and walk to the lower building where my classroom is located. I am constantly trying to go over my lines with Brennan, the boy who sits across from me, while attempting to listen to the lesson.

After a boring morning of areas of circles and functions and changing percentages into reduced fractions, the program is finally going to begin. I nervously stand at the front of the line, being the tallest in the grade. I try as confidently as I can to walk onto the stage without tripping or having a nervous breakdown. I am not that kind of person, though, and I step onto the risers perfectly, even with my extremely tight skirt.

I stand stiffly as the curtains open. There, in a gray jacket and short hair, is my mother, trying to root me on. A boost of confidence suddenly fills me. I sing all the songs like butter, and when it is my turn to do my narration, my legs shake a bit. Having to look down at my index cards a few times, I do the narration clearly and fluently. I hobble onto the risers and watch as Abraham Lincoln, played by my friend Grant, says the whole Gettysburg Address like magic.

Now let's skip to the end of the day. Mrs. Jones's class and my class are practicing our dance for the 5th grade awards assembly when Mom walks in. She steals me and takes me to my volleyball camp at the high school. I am not excited. It felt like YMCA volleyball all over again, because no one knew what they were doing. No one called the ball, and I am the only one running across the court struggling to set or spike or pass the ball, while everyone just stands there blankly. Because of this behavior, a 7th grade team beat us 30-24 when we had been leading 5-16. I am very angry at my team at the moment.

The four hour camp was not a success tonight. It was just like yesterday, except I didn't sit alone when it was break. I ate chocolate Teddy Grahams with the 6th graders and rested on the curb, my sore legs throbbing with pain. I finished the camp without dying, but I do not want to go tomorrow. Hopefully I can convince my mom that I am done with the camp, even though tomorrow is the last day.

Now I am home waiting for a family member to get home. I am starving. I need some dinner. I am waiting for the American Idol finale to finish recording. Yes, it's an average life.

Proofreading this paragraph, I can tell I need to practice on some writing skills. Like trying to make the story sound interesting. I am sure no one is reading this right now. You probably fell asleep at the first paragraph. Sorry, there's still a long way to go.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.25.2010

Whatever Tickles Your Fancy #4

Day 24


Converse are my life.

Although I only have two real pairs of Converse, I love them.

I also have about six fake pairs of them.

I am hoping to buy a lot in the future.

Ever since I tried on a pair of black Airwalks that looked exactly like a real pair of Converse, I fell in love. I started obsessing over them.

Oh, Converse, I wish I owned every pair ever made of you.

I wish I could show off your beauty.

Oh, how I love you, Converse.

Anyone know a place where you can get REAL pairs of Converse FOR WOMEN for $30.00 or less?

Comment below if you do.

I will thank you over and over and over again.

And everyone loves a thank-you from Abigail. :)

♥ Abigail ♥

5.24.2010

A YouTube Video

Day 23

This video is HILARIOUS, along with all this guy's other videos. His name is Ryan Higa, and he is my most favorite comedian ever. I could go on and on about how funny he is, but I'll just let you sit back and relax.

5.23.2010

A Website

Day 22


www.clubpenguin.com

I love this website.

I started when I was eight years old, and ever since I have loved this game.

It's almost as if I've grown up with it.

You are a penguin in a virtual world where you can meet other penguins...

...play games...

...buy clothes and fuzzy pets called puffles...

...explore.

You would have thought I would be tired of it a year ago, but for some reason I still love the environment.

I guess that's what happens when you've grown up with knowing the site so well.

Just like I love this blog.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.22.2010

A Recipe

Day 21

Since I have plenty of other things to do, I do not cook much. I would rather be lazy and have my mother, the brilliant chef, make my food. But one time I baked cookies with my friend, Allie, and following the recipe was pretty easy. The recipe we used was a family recipe, so you probably can't find it online. I will give you the recipe for the legendary SNICKER DOODLES!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
  3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

Thank goodness we have copying and pasting these days.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.21.2010

A Hobby of Yours

Day 20


What I like to do in my spare time is write. I write down my thoughts in a special journal, I write down ideas for chapter books in a notebook, I write the final copy of a story on Microsoft Word, and I even write on a blog as a form of writing (obviously). And I love doing it.

Some people may be mathematicians, others may be scientists. But for me, it's all about writing. It's all about the punctuation, the amount of power a sentence shoots at someone, the action of the story, the plot, the details, the characters, the setting. It's all about what you are feeling inside as you write the story. Which is why I live to write, to show passion, to express feeling.

I feel that I have a good shot at becoming a great author as I grow older. I want to write inspiring children's books. I will be selfish this paragraph and say "I" at the beginning of every sentence. I have a strong feeling inside that I can be a great author.

I really can.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.20.2010

A Talent of Yours

Day 19


That's me right there.

Well, I wish it was.

I do have a talent of basketball, though.

I made the most points on my team this season.

I was recruited to be on a competitive travel team.

I am to try out for a really competitive club team this fall.

And I LOVE THE SPORT! That is all that matters.

I am not aggressive because I am forced to.

I play hard because I want to.

Come see me play sometime or even challenge me to a game; I dare you.

See you on the court sometime, readers.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.19.2010

Whatever Tickles Your Fancy #3

Day 18


I absolutely love spaghetti and meatballs.

It's been my favorite food in the world for as long as I can remember.

It must have meatballs, though, or else I don't eat everything on my plate.

Food is a wondrous thing.

I sure will miss it when we're all resurrected.

That picture looks appetizing; at least my mother's making that very meal right at this moment!

Bon voyage to the wonderful world of FOOD!

♥ Abigail ♥

5.18.2010

An Art Piece

Day 17


Google is currently holding their annual drawing contest, where kids from kindergarten to twelfth grade draw the logo with a message that said, "If I could do anything with the world, I would...". Some drawings were absolutely spectacular, like the one above. A fifth grader drew this picture, and it talked about how there could be a bridge of harmony between nature and mankind and how their large differences could come together. This one was my favorite of the age group; who knew someone my age could draw like that?

I didn't enter this contest, for I am not an artist. I probably wouldn't even make the top 10,000 out of the 30,000 who entered. Although I can tell that I have largely improved in art, I know that I will never be one of the best. I have a friend named Tykena who stuns me with her artwork. She has some of the best drawings I could ever see. She is by far the best artist in the class, next to a boy named Ben. She inspires me with how she draws, and I hope to have artwork just like her pretty soon. I can tell she got her genes from her father. I met him one day, and he has an artistic mind. He shows his talent in his drawings that he showed us; he even customizes shirts with his artwork and gets paid to do so! Although I am certain that I won't become an artist, for I live to write stories, I hope to improve as I am inspired by my artistic friends.

To see the top 40 kids in the drawing contest, go to www.google.com and the homepage should have a link that leads you to the drawings. Happy looking, readers!

♥ Abigail ♥

5.17.2010

A Song that Makes You Cry

Day 16


This song makes me cry EVERY SINGLE TIME I listen to it.

The lyrics had nothing to do with it. We were just all saddened up from the movie that went with it that we bawled our eyes out during the credits, which is when this song aired. Also the beautiful harmony and piano made us cry for no apparent reason.

The Land Before Time is so good, it makes you want to cry. See? Even cartoons can affect you. Don't ask me how dinosaurs can make you so emotional. Just go watch the movie.

Oh, goodness, I am tearing up right now.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.16.2010

A Fanfic -- Mother's Day

Day 15

I have no idea what in the world a fanfic is. Well, I do, but I don't have one to share.

I'm going to have to skip this day.

So I will share some story about my life with you.

I had a pleasant Mother's Day.

I gave her a long letter about how much I love her.

I gave her a picture I drew. (I've become a WAY better artist, so respect!)

I gave her a present that I made in Activity Days (a church thing).

I told her, "I love you, Mom" even though I was cranky because I had just gotten up from a nap.

"I love you, too, Abby."

"You have beautiful handwriting, Abby."

"You're the sweetest thing, Abby."

"You're one of the greatest things in my life, Abby."

"You're a doll, Abby."

She is the reason why I love her.

She is the reason why I am blessed to have a mother.

She is the reason why I feel confident in myself.

And I am proud to say she's all mine to keep.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.15.2010

A Non-Fictional Book

Day 14


For some reason, I despise reading non-fictional books; they bore me. I don't like true facts. I like make-believe stories. But this story blows me away. Although it is all true, it entertains me, amuses me. Our good friends let my family borrow this book. My dad and I ended up being the only people in our family to read it. I'm sure all of you have heard about this book, because it turned into one of the most-watched movies ever. I love this story. I love dogs. This also helps people know what troubles they may face when they're married with young kids and have one rambunctious dog, which is why I would like to read this book over and over again.

I love you, Marley, but I love Cooper more. :)

♥ Abigail ♥

5.14.2010

A Fictional Book

Day 13


This is one of the most amazing books ever.

It is about a teenage girl whose single mother dies in a terrible accident.

She moves in with her aunt and uncle who have a newborn baby.

This is a story of how there is a ray of happiness even in the worst of times.

This story always lets me know that there is joy, even if you can't notice or realize it.

It lets me know that everything will be alright. Don't let the hard parts ruin your life.

So just go with the flow.

Read this book.

You will feel better reading it than sitting there thinking about your worries.

Books have expressions, too, you know.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.13.2010

Whatever Tickles Your Fancy #2

Day 12


I really love my iPod Nano, I really do.

We have spent almost half a year together.

However, I am in love with this baby (above).

You can do a lot more with it than my Nano for sure.

But I will love my Nano out before I get a hold of an iTouch.

Until then...

♥ Abigail ♥

5.12.2010

A Photo Taken of You Recently

Day 11

{Taken in my living room on April 4th, 2010}

While I do love watching the LDS General Conference (maybe) my older brother, Tanner, and I decided to not pay attention and to use all our Easter Starburst and create a Starburst ball. We compacted all the fruity candy together, rolled it, and made a perfectly round, colorful ball. We tossed it around for a while, and we love it. We took lots of pictures with our masterpiece. When we got bored of it, we put it in the freezer.

The Starburst ball is still in the freezer at this moment.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.11.2010

A Photo Taken of You Over Ten Years Ago

Day 10

So I don't have a picture of me from when I was one.

Although I could have scanned a picture, I am too lazy.

Is it really necessary to have you all see me as a baby, anyway?

So I will just show you a picture from when I was eight.

That's ME! Aren't I hot?! Well, guess what? That isn't me. It's Meredith. Dang, I wish I had her looks. :)

THIS is the picture. I know, I look horrible.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.10.2010

A Photo You Took

Day 9

Let me tell you, I'm pretty stellar at taking somewhat romantic photos of my parents.

I make them look twenty-five all over again.

I'm an expert at taking photos of them, aren't I?

It's true.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.09.2010

A Photo that Makes You Angry/Sad

Day 8

{Taken at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho}

The above picture makes me frustrated because this was a really tough football game. It was the Treasure Valley against the rest of Idaho. The opposing team (the rest of Idaho) had many amazing players, and there were more of them than the Treasure Valley. I thought this was an unfair placement. It was also very rough. Although the Treasure Valley played their hearts out, they just couldn't beat the other team. I wanted to beat up the opponents, because they had played so unfairly and the referees hadn't caught it, which is why I also wanted to give the refs a piece of me. I still am mad at this picture because my brother, Madison, looks so frustrated. DUMB PLACEMENT PEOPLE, REFS, AND OPPOSING PLAYERS!

I will have to apologize, though, because now we live in Eagle, and some of the rest-of-Idaho team had some players from Eagle.....

♥ Abigail ♥

5.08.2010

A Photo that Makes You Happy

Day 7

{Taken at the Seattle Ridge Lodge in Sun Valley}

This photo makes me feel good inside because it lets me know I have improved A TON in skiing. Last year I skied like a six-year-old and this past winter I became a lot better. My form is still a little weird, but otherwise I am much faster when I ski down the slopes and I am not afraid to go down more advanced runs (most of the time).

This also makes me happy because of the Pringles can in front of me.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.07.2010

Whatever Tickles Your Fancy

Day 6
Cookies are amazing, no doubt about that. But after trying every single flavor that ever existed, I came to a conclusion that snicker doodles are my favorite cookies. They are sugar cookies coated in brown sugar and lots of butter! They can be greasy, too. Although snicker doodles are probably one of the most unhealthy types, I can sneak one or two sometimes.

Do not underestimate the deliciousness of snicker doodles.

♥ Abigail ♥

5.06.2010

Your Favorite Quote

Day 5


I try my best to follow this quote daily.

Fail.

Succeed.

Don't let people get in your way.

Embarrassing yourself is a part of life.

Practice makes perfect.

You can't do everything.

I love this quote, because it has so many meanings.

Quotes can be found everywhere, so if you're wondering, I found it on the wall of East Junior High. :)

♥ Abigail ♥

P.S. I made that picture. Be amazed at my artwork.