November 10th, 2010

California bear

Kristine's trip here

This past week, my sister Kristine has been visiting us with her husband and three kids (including the newest member of her family Ellie). We had a lot of fun with them. Last Wednesday, we went to the beach with them for my other niece River's birthday, and then afterward we went to Chuck E. Cheese's. It was super nice at the beach; it was warm enough, in fact, to actually go into the water without freezing. The temperature was above 90. I had a good time watching everyone play in the sand and ocean. My little niece River was actually swimming in the sand. So much cuteness! Kellie had to convince Kristine to take beach pictures of Ellie, which she didn't want to do because of the sand, but she was happy afterward that Kellie was there to convince her to do it. We had a great time at Chuck E. Cheese's as well. There are a lot of games, and there aren't very many wide aisles to drive my chair through, so I stayed in the same spot and watched people have fun.

On Thursday, we had early Thanksgiving with them, which was exceedingly yummy. Somehow, they managed to cook all of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. I spent most of the day hanging out with Preston, watching Empire Strikes Back and Spiderman cartoons on Netflix, while also napping. I was really tired that day. After dinner, my dad dropped me off at church for a meeting. I also had my first wheelchair tumble just before the meeting. I went down this grassy hill in my front yard, fell forward in my chair, and then I nearly flipped my entire chair over. I really wasn't hurt at all that I could feel, but my dad hurt himself catching me (at least trying to catch me) and then hurt himself even more tipping me upright. I feel really badly for him. My feet look very bruised and swollen, but other than that, I'm pretty much just fine. I should probably go to the doctor's office and get them checked out. My feet are probably my least favorite part of my body. Even when they aren't discolored and misshapen, I feel like they are pretty gross, so you can understand my reluctance at wanting people to look at them.

On Friday, Kevin and Kristine went up to visit Kellie and Steven at their house in Running Springs with Ellie, while we went to Mulligan's and played with Preston and Eva. That was really fun. We only had one car seat, so my mom had to take two trips to get both children there. Preston and I and Kori got to hang out by ourselves for a little while, and it was fun to watch them interact with the other children, mainly he bossed them around.

On Saturday, we went to SeaWorld, which was a lot of fun. We got to see Shamu show, the new dolphin show, and Pets Rule. We got to see the sharks and the Magellanic penguins, and we got to go on the Sky Tower Ride. We also watched them take the little kids on the Sesame Street rides. That was all we had time for, besides having a little snack at the Italian restaurant there. On our way home, we decided to stop at In-N-Out. Eva was so passed out that even when Kristine took her out to eat with us, she never once woke out of her coma, despite being jostled and bumped and being around loud noises. It was quite adorable. Our food was really good, too. I had the hamburger with grilled onions, and Kristine and Kevin had cheeseburgers and fries all animal style. My mom had a veggie burger (no burger patty, but comes with all of the vegetables and sauce, which she said was actually pretty good) with french fries. It was a very fun day.

On Sunday, we all went with my parents to church to see Ellie get her blessing. It was super tender, and I was glad that I got to go. We had an awesome traditional Sunday dinner afterward with roast, mashed potatoes, salad and vegetables. It tasted really really good to me.

On Monday, they had to go home. They left here at around 1 PM, and they didn't get back to Idaho until yesterday around noon. It was sad to see them leave, but at least they are coming back in January.

Yesterday, we got the Xbox Kinect in the mail, and it was fun to see them try to play it. We also completed this flat Stanley thing that we are doing for KeriAnn's class. Then, Cecilia came home, which was good, because she had been in Pennsylvania for the whole weekend. She took me to an awesome church activity, even though she was so tired. I had a great time while I was there. Then, I got to play Rock Band Three with my mom and Katelynne for a little while.

Today, I hope to get many things done. It's very ambitious of me, and I hope it works out!