Saturday, February 4, 2017

Catching a Wave

 "Meatball" the dog. He was staring at us through the window.
photo (the first two) credits to Roby (yes, he did make me design his entire blog so I could use his photos)
^Attempting to comfort Lexi while she has to endure the worst thing in the world... A BATH!!

I love doing adventurous things.

I've touched the Eiffel Tower, gone on rollercoasters, visited Stone Henge, played in the ocean for countless hours, hiked up many mountains, and sat on an alligator. Last Saturday, my friend and her family picked me up in their big red van and took us to the beach for a couple hours of surfing! I was so excited and nervous. I think I did okay, but I pretty much only went on my knees, and was on my feet for 1/4 of a second, till I belly flopped in the water. Paddling out to the waves was definitely the HARDEST part. My arms felt like wet noodles the entire time, and felt so for days after!
 Thursday night, my mom got a text, and turns out, my friend invited me to go surfing with her again on Saturday (now today)! Of course I said YES! This time, though, Roby got to come, and he spent some time on the beach learning while my friend and I got to paddle out in the chilly, crystal-clear ocean water. Roby paddled out, and we all just kind of hung out, waiting for the perfect wave to come our way. A decent wave came and I caught it! I was lying on my stomach, and something (maybe it was the fact that about four people were watching me) made me want to go for it. In one fluid movement, I pushed up with my arms and jumped to my feet. I was riding the wave! It felt so good. After a few seconds, I fell sideways off my board, hearing cheering.

After that, I rode about 4 or 5 more waves on my feet. It's such an amazing and fun feeling! The waves started getting pretty choppy, and I had a hard time finding a good wave to ride. So, I paddled back in, handed my board to one of my friend's younger siblings, and just played in the ocean, talking and swimming around. I got to go back out again, but the waves were no good. It had gotten increasingly windier, and I just couldn't find any good waves. It was really frustrating. I only got 1 at the end, when I was paddling back in, and rode it for a second before falling into the water. But, I did it, and I was so happy.

I am so thankful that now I can at least say I know how to surf, and I have caught a few waves! :) I just wish I could go again tomorrow!

 My week was pretty good, and busy. One of the highlights of my week was getting to talk on the phone with my aunt Jessie! It was so fun, I love her so much.
 Lately I have been eating popcorn and ice cream, yummm!

Thank you so much to Julia for mentioning me in your blog post! That is so sweet of you!

Mahalo for reading!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mango Muffins & Choking on Water

 Yesterday (Thursday) I made some (healthy) mango muffins. Honestly, I feel like I had more fun baking them than eating them! Baking is a serious stress reliever. Do it! :)
It feels really good to be making a new blog post. My week was boring in the beginning (a mix of rainy and unmotivated, ugh!), but on Thursday, it totally turned around. Last evening Roby and I went to youth group, where we played our weekly game of sock warz. Sock warz is where we throw socks filled with flour at people. Basically. As you may guess, it is filled with sweat and exhaustion.

At the end, a youth leader and some of the boys bring in a couple of bright-orange water coolers. Every time, the boys fight to be the first person to get water, and every time, the youth leaders let the girls go first. There was a certain boy, though, that really wanted water. When he heard he would have to wait, he dramatically doubled over and screamed "NO.. WATER!!!!!" My friend looked over at me and smirked, thus beginning laughing far longer than appropriate and choking on water.

Our birds have really been misbehaving. We have a bird feeder in our backyard, and when filled, we have over 20 birds flapping around the yard. We must drive our neighbors insane. It is a never-ending battle for the bird seed. Some birds-that-shall-not-be-named (DOVES) are bigger than the tiny little tropical birds, and they take full advantage of that, by picking the little birds up by the neck and shaking them around till they scream "uncle! uncle!" Sometimes I feel guilty for causing so much violence.

I am going surfing (for the first time EVER) with a friend on Saturday morning. Pray for me guys! Hi, I'm Abi, the girl who got smashed into the sand three times in a row today at the beach. Oh dear. My brother is coming up with all these crazy scenarios of things that could happen to me while surfing. All I know is, there is gonna be an interesting post on Monday or Tuesday!

Mahalo for Reading!

P.S. This is my 100th post!!