Thursday, December 30, 2010

Life right now...

Life is good.

Sun is shinning, no school, New Years Ever... TOMORROW!, being with friends, basketball games, goofy conversations, card games, listening to my new favorite song... (You Got Me by Colbie Caillat) babysitting...

Its all just good.

With the sun shinning right now, I can getting a little taste of spring. Yea, it might 20 degrees out right now, but when the wind stops and its just the sun, you can kinda feel the warmth of the sun. And it feels good.

Oh, and to make life better, 2 people posted pictures on my wall. ( My facebook wall, incase you dont have a facebook and wondering why someone would just come and put a picture on my wall  :)  )  Which I love, a lot.

Maddie and I intertubing right before school started. SO much fun!!!!

Ok, blogger is being dumb and wont flip this picture...
 Emily and I with our old neighbor's cat Oreo.

So, I hope that you can enjoy the sun, have a great rest of winter break, and just realize how good life really is....  :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just lookin'

Today I found myself looking through old photos onthe computer...  And I found these...

This was during the time when we were living in a hotel cause our house had been "smoked" out

Thomas playing play station in a parot costume

just plain cuteness

First year of baseball

Westport Beach

Emily, Kaisha, and Me

Oh Emily...

Now isnt that just the cutest thing ever?

Friday, December 17, 2010


W.I.N.T.E.R   B.R.E.A.K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week could not have gone by slower.  Everyday was almost in slow motion.  I have been trying to be patient for this day, but it has been hard!

Not only was today the last school day of 2010, but it was also... SPIRIT DAY!!!!!!!!!!

Please notice the tu-tu :)

Oh! And I have been meaning to post this on here... but Maddie gave me my Christmas present... and I LOVE IT! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

It is a bullitin board filled with our inside jokes.  I dont think anyone would get any of stuff she put on the board, but I LOVE IT! It makes me laugh so so so much! Thanks Maddie!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We have fun...

I am not sure if I have expressed this on my blog yet or not. But... I LOVE YOUTH GROUP! Tuesday is my favorite day of the week by far! Hanging out with the coolest people in town, learning about God, playing weird games. Ahhh... LOVE IT! We had out Christmas party, and it was amazing.  Sorry for the crummy cell phone photos, but whatever!

The amazing Kay!

Me, Alli, and Kay... 3 Musketeers!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ugly Sweater Day

Today was Ugly Sweater day at school....
As my Dad and I would say... "This puts the Uggggg back in UGGGGGLY!"
Thanks Lauren for this crazy ugly sweater! I got many compliments!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Cubbies are fun.  Getting to help with a bunch of 5 year olds, play with play-doh, talk with my friends Jake and Jason, eat gold fish, get to see Mrs. Shier. Yea, its great. I love it. Last night Jake brough his camera, and here are just a few of the pictures that make me smile.

They were all so proud of this train they had made.  They took turns being the conductor

I have intorduced them to victory poses. 

The helpers got a free coffee for a Christmas present

They are cute

Super cute

And goofy

STORY TIME! Talking about all the miracles that Jesus performed.  They LOVE it!

Yes, my foot is small. Yes, his foot is big. BUT, this is ridiculous.  And, for the record. My shoe fits INSIDE of his shoe.

We are always sad when Cubbies are over...

Monday, December 6, 2010

This is cute

I dont mean to brag... but this is cute... very very very cute.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dear Cougars

Dear Cougars,
You let me down.  As I was babysitting I was watching the Apple cup hoping that maybe, just maybe you could pull through for me and win. Yes, this game was all for me. You see, last Tuesday Wescott, my youth pastor, and Jason, my funny friend, made a bet with me.  ( They are Husky fans).  They told me that if you guys won, they would wear a cougar shirt.  Can you imagine anything better then a husky fan wearing a cougar sweatshirt? I cant. But if they won, I would have to wear a Husky shirt.  Not just on Sunday, but on Tuesday and Wednessday for youth group.  Then... you lost.  And now I am stuck with this ridiculous shirt.  It is purple and has a gross gold "W" on it. Eww...

I am so sad that you let me down.  But dont worry, I will remain a faithful fan and keep cheering.


Friday, December 3, 2010

I have awesome friends...

Incase you didn't know, my friends are awesome... and talented.  I saw this on Mrs. Carlson's blog and it made my day! Click here!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, November 29, 2010


This is my child  cat. I love him lots. He runs into walls and does stupid stuff that makes my whole family laugh.

Friday, November 26, 2010


I am sure that every single one of you spent a lot of your day wondering.... "How do the Arend Family spend their Thanksgiving?"

Well worry no longer, I am here to answer that question for you.

It has become a tradition that our amazing friends, The Carlsons, come over with their sweet Grandma and we hang out and eat too much good food. 

This year, Emily decided we should play a game. (Thats Emily for ya, always wanting to play a game) She thought that Minute To Win It would be a fun game. She was right! Minute to win it is a game where you are given a task you must complete in 60 seconds.  If you dont do so, you dont get a point and your team is sad and goes and cries for hours and hours.  Okay, maybe not hours. We were broken out into two teams...
 Team 1: Dad, Mrs. Carlson, Brenna, Alex, and Thomas
Team 2: Emily, Mr. Carlson, Mom, Beth, and Me
We had 5 games. Whoever had the most points at the end of the games won a prize. 

The first game was called Candeleir. My dad represented Team 1 and I proudly played for Team 2. You have to make a stack of cups and paper plates. You must use 15 cups and 5 plates. 

 My dad won. His stood and was beautiful. Mine fell but was still beautiful. 

Then, we had the game, This Blows.  You have 15 plastic cups and one balloon. You have to blow the balloon up and then let the air out and blow the cups off the counter.  Alex played for Team Uno and Mr. Carlson for Team Dos.  Mr. Carlson blew up that balloon and knocked the cups off in no time at all! WAY TO GO MR. CARLSON!!!!!!!! HE WON! WOOO HOOO!  We dont have a picture of Alex playing this game. What a bummer...

Next up, Noodling Around.  Mrs. Carlson for Team 1 and Mom for Team 2.  You have a spaghetti noodle in your mouth and have to get 5 penne noodles on that one noodle without the spaghetti noodle breaking or one of the penne noodles falling off. 

Mom won. WOOT WOOT!

Match Maker was up next in line.  You have 18 cups with M&M's underneath it.  You have to pick up the cup, take the M&M and then put it in the right station.  For example, if you pick up the cup and there is a red M&M then you would run and put it in the red cup. You have to go through all of the cups before a minute is up. 

Thomas won! Way to go buddy!

Then we had Junk in the Trunk.  You have to tie a tissue box around your waist.  You have to put 6 ping pong balls inside the emptied out tissue box and shake around to get them all out.  You cant use your hands, so you have to jump around like crazy. Brenna shook for Team 1 and Emily for Team 2.  It was so funny to watch.

Next, my favorite.  Face the Cookie.  You have to put an Oreo on your forehead and move it down to your mouth using ONLY YOUR FACIAL EXPRESSIONS! You can not shake your head around or use your hands. Everyone ends up making weird face shapes and it is so much fun to watch.  Everyone played this one.

After this we went to Christmas Forrest...

 Look at my beautiful family!
 This is such a funny picture.  It just makes me laugh!

We usually come home after Christmas Forrest for some pie and some Christmas movie!  This year, we had pumkin pie, apple pie and then.... THIS.
Oh my. You can not say you have tasted something yummy until you have tried this. Then again, you cant say you have tried anything yummy until you have eatten anything made by Mrs. Carlson. She is an amazing cook/ baker.  It is Pumpkin Bread pudding. You have your pudding stuff and then this awesome vanilla sauce and then warm carmel! YUMMMMMMY! I am not a fan of pie or pudding, but this.... oh my. I think I may be asking for this on my birthday. It was the best dessert I have ever had.
Yupp... best dessert ever.

Hope you and your families had a great Thanksgiving full of fun memories. I know that mine was! Thanks Carlsons for helping make a bunch of fun Thanksgiving memories with us!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving- Eve!

What am I most thankful for? Well... Let me tell you!

  • The gift of salvation that is freely given to me through Jesus Christ
  • A family who loves me

  • Parents who love each other

  • A friend that loves Christ and is fun to be with
  • Laughter

  • A Big Sister

  • God Moments

  • Sibblings who are goofy and make me smile!