Monday, November 14, 2011

A Fun Friday

On Friday, the eleven of us went on a picnic for lunch. We tried going to the Anderson Dance Pavilion, the place we usually have our breakfast picnics. The Pavilion has a canopy over a cemented part, and had beautiful flowers all around it. Unfortunately, the Pavilion was closed because of all the damage the flood did this summer. Instead, we decided to go to a park. We had Little Caesar's pizza (which I think is one of the best kinds of pizza!). After eating lunch, some of us went off to play on the playground, some took pictures, and others sat and talked.

Here is Alexander swinging, while attempting to play football with Mark.
Natasha and Amy were sharing the seesaw. Then, Amy got distracted by something and ran off, leaving her sister dangling.
Oksana, our little superstar :), with multiple photographers taking pictures of her at the same time.

Daria and Tatiana swinging together. Daria is reaching her hand out to grab the hand of Tatiana.
As I watched them, it seemed to me like it would be hard to hold hands while moving in opposite directions.
Tatiana making her landing after jumping off the swing.

Natasha hanging upside down on a piece of equipment that looked like a snail.

My cool, awesome, handsome, and bearded brother, Joe. 
Some of my favorite people in the world!! My sister Lissie, and brother Joe.  

We had a great time together!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Best Daddy In The World!

I love my daddy so much!

 He's such a good example to me in everything that he does and says. I just want everyone to know that I think that I've got the BEST dad in the world! I want to list twenty things that I love about him. By the way, there are way more than twenty, but if I listed them all, you would be reading them forever!

He's the four P's:
1. Priest
2. Prophet
3. Provider
4. Protector
5. He loves Jesus with all his heart
6. He's trustworthy
7. He's very forgiving
8. He's a good listener (and when you have that many kids, you really have to be one)
9. He loves to spend time with us every night, even though he might be really tired
10. He's a good leader
11. He has a heart for the orphans
12. He has a tender heart
13. He's patient
14. He's honourable
15. He's honest
16. He loves his wife
17. Whenever he comes home from work, even though he might have had a hard time there, he ALWAYS asks what he can do to help
18. He's joyful in everything
19. He's gentle
20. And best of all, I LOVE HIS LAUGH!

Whenever I hear my dad laughing, even though I might have no idea what he's laughing about, it makes me laugh. :)

Thank you Daddy, for being an amazing dad and a Christ-like example. I don't know what I would have done without you. My life would have been so messed up if you and Mom hadn't adopted me! Thank you for being willing to welcome me into your family, and for giving me your love.

Love your,
Silly Sally :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fun Day of Baking!

On Saturday, my cousin Amanda and I baked a lot of banana bread. The last time we went to the grocery store, we got WAY too many bananas! That was a very big surprise for our family because we usually go through them very fast. However, we weren't able to eat them fast enough this time, so we had to find recipes that had banana in them before they went bad. So, we decided to mutiply the recipe by 6; each recipe used three bananas. So that is a lot of extra bananas :D

This is the batter of the banana bread with chocolate chips. It weighed 18 pounds :)

This is the big bowl that we used to mix all the ingredients. This is the same bowl I used to make Anna's wedding cake, which weighed 24 pounds. (Some will know what I'm taking about.)  

Amanda with the ginormous bowl. 

That's how many loaves of bread we made. 

The bread after it was done baking! Yum!
 Yes, you may have noticed that there are only six loaves of bread here :D That does happen in a large family. Before the last two loaves of bread were done, someone had gotten into one of the loaves.

This is what was left of the seventh loaf even before all of them were done!

I love being part of a large family! It's so much fun. And I love baking in large quantities. If you're going to cook or bake, why not do it in big amounts? :) I think that every one should have a big family!! :D

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Beautiful Evening

Two days ago, we went on our daily walk with Amanda, and I brought our family camera along with us. I attempted at taking some pictures of the beautiful evening.

And, to end off the day, we saw a very gorgeous sunset!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

God Is So Amazing!

Last night, I was taking pictures of the moon. The moon was beautiful, clear and shining brighly. For the longest time, I've been trying to take a picture that was clear and that would really show the details of the moon. Well, God was so good and let me take that picture last night.

God is so amazing and so creative with everything that He makes!!

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of
 ~ Psalm 148:1-3 ~