What’s Up?! Long time no Post!

Hey Y’all!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow, it’s been so long since I posted here! Well, here we go. I’m going to update y’all on what all I’ve been doing lately ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been pretty busy these past few weeks. Piano Lessons, School, chores, sports, family, friends from out of town, the list goes on and on! In the process of all this hubbub, I really have not had any “profound” writing ideas hit me, and I have not done any photo shoots recently either. So I decided to just do an update post.

Okay so I’ll start with school. We do school through the summer, because being part of a family that travels so profusely, at various times through out the year, we really don’t need a “summer vacation”. So I can’t actually put a date per say on when school started for us, but I can say that our county started school the 12th of August, so we’ve been in school for somewhere around a month or so now. Things have gotten very mentally exhausting to say the least. This past year, life has been so crazy, and my life literally went from “busy” middle-schooler to CRAZY High-schooler! So goes the life of a home-schooler, says my Mom. Yea Mom has a large part to play in all this, because she is my curriculum coach, so she really piles on the assignments! Still love you Mom! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have had a few extra classes added to my plate this year. This year I am taking Journalism and Computer Coding/Programming, along with all my other studies. The Computer Coding class has been really fun and interesting, so far, but when I get done most days my brain literally swimming in computer code. LOL. The Journalism class, is pretty interesting so far aswell, but it can get a little exhausting writing/typing and researching and editing for long periods of time, can get at least a little monotonous. LOL, but whatever, I can deal with it. BTW, as a little spoiler, i will be posting some of my journalistic pieces sometime soon.

Next up: Chores! Not much I can really say for those, except, they like to take over my life, and the very second I think that I’m “done” with my allotted chores, another one falls out of nowhere. Thanks a lot Chores, don’t know what I would do with out you. LOL ๐Ÿ˜›

Yes! Sports, this year I will once again be playing for our local YMCA. This year though, I will be playing Girls Volleyball. I’m pretty excited. I really like playing volleyball, and I have never played for an actual organized team with players my age. So the season starts the week of Sept. 24th. I’m VERY excited. My sister Allie will also be playing, though not on my team. Also concerning sports, it looks like I will be going to my first football game! So super excited about that! The game is on Oct. 3rd, and it will be between our local high school, Orange Park High, and the high school of the nearby town of Lake City, Colombia High, the school that my best friend Sam plays for. I’m really like overly excited about that one too! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

My Family, well that subject is going to take a little while LOL ๐Ÿ˜› Everyone is growing up so fast! Noah will be 6 this Nov. I’ve said it before, and I guess I’ll say it again, this year has been the fastest flying year I have experienced in a long time, literally it has come and gone already. I can’t believe Sukkot is next month! Wow! I will also say, though, that all my sisters are getting very pretty. I’m almost jealous sometimes,I honestly think they are all going a lot prettier than me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Mama, and I were talking about it a few days ago, and it really is true, Faith is certainly going to be down right gorgeous! Maggie, and Allie, are pretty close being her in the running. I know is probably a little unfair because I know that all my sisters are very beautiful in different ways, Maggie is very exotic-ly (Oh well, it’s my word, no you can’t have it :P) beautiful, and so is Allie. Faith is hard to explain, all I can really say is that she is going to be really beautiful, she already is. I am just another pretty face, really, I’m nothing special, LOL. Oh and not to leave Noah out, that little man is going to have problems when he gets into his teenage years. In case you don’t get the implication, Noah is really going to be very handsome.

We were graced with the pleasure of seeing our dear friends the Hackney family, this past August. We have known the Hackneys since 2006. We met them at the St. Petersburg International Boat Show, and our Mother’s hit it off immediately, and we know their kids, and their kids know us well enough to easily be our own cousins, though there is no blood relation between our families. Ever since then we have been friends. They have five children, as well. Shortly after we met them, they sold their house in Clearwater Fla. and moved aboard their very spacious, and totally awesome 48 foot catamaran named ‘Take Two’. My Mom, and Their Mom, Miss Tanya, are so alike, I mean it’s crazy sometimes, like they finish each other’s sentences and stuff, and know exactly what the other is talking about, before they’ve even like explained it and stuff, so it is really funny, when those two get together. Their children, all younger than I, but not by much, are really fun to hang with as well. Just about every time we see them, we end up hanging out with them on their boat for a while just talking, catching up, and/or playing with Legos, which always brings back memories of the days when i was younger and we too live on our sailboat.

This time around, they stopped in St. Augustine, a town just about 45 mins from our house, for the week. We just could not turn up the invitation to go hang with them, especially since they were so close! (FYI, we have driven at least 100 miles out of our way to go see these good friends of our, before). As usual, we had an awesome time with them. We hung out on their boat with them, ate lunch and caught up for a little while, and then we all went to the beach. After the beach we went back to their boat, showered on the dock, with the hose (Love showering on the dock! LOL, had to do it, ‘cuz I normally don’t do that on a daily basis) ย and then ordered two 24 inch pizzas for dinner. Now, I kid you not, those 24″ pizzas were inhaled within about 10 mins flat by 10 HUNGRY Kids, ranging from ages 15 to 3, and only 4 of which were boys! It was a sight to behold. We all cracked up with laughter after all the pizza was gone, and it had only been like 10 mins, it was just too funny.

So let’s see, what else is there? Oh yea I have been spending almost every weekend on the beach, so I have gotten my hair to bleach out a few shades. Kinda cool to see science at work like that, and also look a lot cooler at the same time ๐Ÿ˜› I like my hair a little lighter, in color, I actually think it looks a little better ๐Ÿ™‚ Not to mention the 5 – 6 times that I got a nice red sunburn, not always fun.

About two weeks ago, we also finally got some waves here. The best waves we’ve had all summer, so I got to take the Surf board out, and did a little surfing. My surfing need a lot of work, LOL, but in the absence of waves, my skate board has actually gotten a lot of use.

I did a lot of stuff this summer that I haven’t done other summers, and I didn’t do a lot of stuff I usually do during the summer. For example, I spent uncountable nights texting my two very best friends, late into night, something that I would happily do, just about anytime, given the chance. One thing that I know for a fact that I did not do, that I have done so many times, during past summers, is I have yet to wake up at 5 am with my Father, to drive to the beach and just hang out and watch the sunrise off the ocean. In fact, I have not even woken up any earlier than 8:30 am, something that is very unusual for me, especially during the summer. I know I could go on, with numerous things, that I have not done this summer, that I wish I had, but to be honest, I’m pretty happy with the stuff I have done this Summer.

Oh and last but not least, my sisters and I have been enrolled in Piano lessons. So every Thursday, we go to our piano lessons. That has been very fun, and we look forward to it, every week. I think we are all pretty about the prospect of learning to read music and being able to play the piano. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well that’s all I can Think of right now, that has been going on recently, so. I hope y’all all had an awesome summer.

I am going to add a song to the bottom of this post, that I really have been enjoying recently ๐Ÿ˜› \

Just for those of you, who don’t what, or who the Maccabeats are, they are a acapella (Music that only uses voice and hands/feet, no instruments) group from the Yeshiva Univ. The Yeshiva Univ. is an all Jewish Univ. in NYC. Check out their website, which as all their music videos, and lyrics, as well as appearance schedules. Oh yea their amazing story is there too. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my totally favorite groups.

Peace y’all!

~ Sunshine ๐Ÿ˜›

Awesome Friends, Wet Kiddos, and Giant Rubber Tubes! Makes for some unforgettable Fun!

Unforgettable. That is only one word that explains ourย AWESOMEย time on the Itchetucknee river, and springs. The scenery, the experience, the time with friends, and theย AMAZINGLYย clear water!

“The heavens declare the glory of God (YHVH), and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

Psalms 19:1

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD (Adonai)! Praise the LORD (Adonai)!”ย 

– Psalms 150:6

โ€œAsk the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord (Adonai) has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.โ€
– Job 12:7-10
โ€œPraise the Lord (Adonai) from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds.โ€
-Psalm 148:7-10ย 
Okay, so by now, some of y’all might be thinking I’m going to get all preachy on you =P No, I won’t. I just felt so led to add those verses to this post, because they really truly exemplify what the whole trip was like.
So, last Sunday my wonderful family and two other families, friends from Shul, went to Itchetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White, Florida. Aprox. 100 miles from our house. We were told about this place by some friends, who lived here nearby us, before they moved to C.O. (miss them a lot) a year ago.They raved about it, and how great it was! Well that was like 5 yrs ago! So when my Birthday rolled around, I asked for two things, to get my ears pierced and to go to Itchetucknee. So, that’s what we did. We took some friends with us. My Best friend, Violet, and her family came, and Sam Cook, my good friend, and his family came with us also. Actually, when I say Sam’s family came, picture 7 boys, 2 girls, and their dad! Yea a whole lot of us where there, but that just made it more awesome =).
We came prepared to go tubing, down the river, and go swimming in the head spring, and Blue hole. We also brought picnic lunch stuff. So, my family got there around 10-ish, in the morning. As we were waiting for our friends to show up, we formulated a plan. We would go swimming in the head spring, until everyone showed up, then we would eat lunch and hit the river! So that’s what we did. we swam in the Head spring for a while, which was awesome, but cold. You see, the head spring, stays at 72 degrees , year round, so it is a little chilly, when you first get in. But after so many times of going swimming in cold water at the beach, I’ve learned that in order to deal with it, you just dive in head first, and then you will get used to it. Besides Last Sunday started out as a rather hot day, so it was like, you would dive in, and finally stop freezing, and shivering, and then, once you were in totally,if you got out you were like, wow it’s hot, I gotta get back in! =)
Around 11 am, the Cook Clan, showed up. So we went swimming with them, and pushed people in the water, and dove in, and practiced flips and dives,and stuff. That was a lot of fun. After doing that a while, we wanted to go over to the Blue hole, to see what it looked like and kinda just see it. So we walked about ten minutes to the south, in the woods, to the blue hole. The blue hole is a giant hole or cave rather in the ground, that goes down for quite a ways and it’s crystal clear, blue. None of us Children had ever seen or been to a Blue hole, so it was pretty cool. Papa, and I went out into the middle of the water, and swam around looking down into the hole for a couple of minutes, but the current from the spring, was moving at a considerably swift rate, so it was sort of hard to swim in there. My arms wanted to fall off, when I got out.
After all that swimming, Violet and her family, finally arrived, so we all ate lunch together. We had sandwiches, and guacamole, and potato salad and chips, and all kinds of stuff, for lunch! After lunch we all got read to go for a float down the river. It was a two and a half hour trip, for us, so we wanted to make sure we did not take anything with us, that could either get lost, or that we would not want to carry, during the trip.
Now the State park has a certain system set up, so that you don’t get stranded and that you can get home when you get out of the river. So how this works is that, you arrive in the North entrance of the park, drop off all your tubes, passengers, and whatever else and then, when you are ready to get on the river, one person from your group, will take your car about fifteen minutes away, to the south entrance, and then a shuttle will bring them back.The only glitch, is that the shuttle that brings the drivers back, waits till it’s full, to bring everybody back, which amounts to about a 45 minute wait. So we would be waiting a while, before we got on the river, because we all wanted to tube down together.
So while we were waiting for our extra group members to get back, some of the younger children went to play at the playground there, while the teenagers (yes that includes me) all sat around joking around and chatting with each other, that was really cool. And just imagine after talking for about 4 & 1/2 hour straight, almost, where did my voice go?! =P Yea I had almost no voice after that. Well and also when we were on the river, we were kinda hollering back and forth to each other, between tubes =) But it was really fun. I think my favorite part of the trip was the fact that it was so relaxing to just float down the river, and chat with my friends, and just hang out! Violet and I got a double tube, so we were on that, and then we, somehow fit three people on our two person tube, so that was Me, Violet and Maggie, all on one double tube, and then, we had Sam’s tube tied to ours, so we were all floating together. It was pretty awesome. A few times while we were floating along, we came to some really narrow areas and there were like trees over the river and stuff, so that was kinda funny to see how each “team” tackled” the obstacles =) We all kept with in Shouting distance of each other so yea. In the middle of the trip, it started to drizzle, and lightning stuck about oh, i would say like 1 8 or 10 miles away. So we were all like, looking at the pretty spectacular lightning show, and hoping it would not get any closer. Also, once it started to drizzle, we all got sorta chilly, because by that time we were mostly dried off, except for our bottoms, which were in the water, of course. So most of the group was pretty ready to get out, as soon as the dock came into view, With the exception of one group of tubes. Can you guess? Violet and I were kinda cold, but we were ready to deal with it if we could just keep going! We wanted to keep floating, down the river! But once we got to the first half way mark, landing, it was already like 5:30 pm, and if we had kept going we would have had another 2 more hours to float, before we could get out, so yea we did not do the whole trip,ย butย Vi and I plan on talking our parents into letting us do the whole trip. next time =)
Well I should go, so that’s all for now =) We hope to go back, some time really soon, and we all look forward to that time =)
Shabbat Shalom, y’all =)