Friday, March 30, 2012

go green.

Last sunday, I dressed in green, and ran a race in a sea of 30,000 other people..... all dressed in green.

Here's half of our group that finished. We recieved free chowder and soda afterwards. :) It was FREEZING, but it was so much fun. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

may the odds be EVER in your favor.

"May the odds be ever in your favor". 
Heard that line a lot recently? 

If you are living under a rock and don't know who Effie Trinket is (the bearer of those words), what the sentence means, or what the Hunger Games are....

Overview: Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old, lives in District 12, one of the 12 districts of Pamen. Panem is the remains of North America in the future. She is a hunter with her friend Gale, in order to save her family from startvation. Every year for the past 73 years, two tributes from each district are called to compete in the Hunger Games--a fight to the death. The games have 24 tributes and only one comes home. The children are care ages 12-18 and called by lottery. When Primrose, Katniss's 12 year old sister is called for the 74 Hunger Games, Katniss takes her place as tribute. Her fellow tribute from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy who mysertiously saved her life five years ago.

My Positive thoughts: first I steered away from what seemed like a bloodbath of teens. A few friends told me how good it really was so I picked it up at the library and got to reading. I fell in love with Katniss, Gale, Peeta, and Prim. I could not put this book down! I think it does have some good elements in it. At first I did not read it due to the fact it was children dying for entertainment. But it's much more. It's a story of sacrifice, of love, and of healing whats wrong into what is right. Peeta once saved Katniss's life and she knows she can't kill him in the games... but only one can come out. It's a terrifyingly, exciting adventure. It's thrilling and you dread picking it up, wondering what will happen. If you love adventure, thrill, the battle between good and evil, you'll love it. 

The movie came out today! I'm so excited to go watch it! Here's the trailer :)

So seriously. Go read it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

please pray.

Some of you know Anna Johnson. She's an 11 year-old friend of ours who's been hanging out with us a lot recently. Anna's mom is fighting cancer and takes multiple visits, each week, to the doctor. Things seem to be improving, praise God, but today there was a little scare. 

Just a few minutes ago Anna's dad dropped her off at our house for the rest of the day because her mom had to go to the ER. She had stopped breathing. We're not sure of all the details since her dad just dropped her and ran, but please pray. Pray that this is just a little scare and that, if it's God's will, Mrs. Johnson will keep improving. Also pray for Anna. Right now she is practicing her piano a little faster and louder then normal. I can just imagine all the thoughts that must be going through her head right now. But, she's handling it better then most adults would handle a situation like this. It just goes to show how even an eleven year-old girl can stand strong when she has Jesus to lean on. :)

Thanks for your prayers. 

//All photos copyright Makenna 2012. Please don't use without permission.//

Monday, March 12, 2012

very late, i know.

The morning started out cold and rainy.... but we were determined to have a successful and fun fundraiser...

This post is very late, I know. 
I did post about this day right after it happened, but I have been asked to post a few more pictures. So, here you go. ;)

Of course it was a fundraiser for our mission to Africa this summer. 

Dad went up to Portland at 5 in the morning to grab 50 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts! 

We stood out in the FREEZING wind and rain (oh yes, there was a tiny bit of partial sunshine too), holding signs. You had to constantly move around because otherwise your feet would freeze and become numb! It worked out pretty good though, for the sign holders, since they had to be jumping around waving signs anyway. :)

Mr. Phillips said that the area where we set up our canopies, to sell the donuts, looked like a hobo camp.


It really did. ;) We had the van backed up to 3 canopies. It was alright at the beginning of the day, but at the end, everything (our signs, chairs etc.) were soaking wet, and dirty. 

It makes me laugh when I look back at our "hobo camp" and how people actually bought donuts from us. We were selling them out of the back of our van for goodness sake! Next time I'm going to suggest that we look a little "less hobo-ish". ;)

Poor Bryanna. She was freezing the entire time. :(

Dawson and Micah are such good buddies. :)
They were amazing sign holders, and kept at it all morning! We wouldn't have been able to do it without them. :)

We started to get loopy at the end of the day. We were tired, cold and very hungry. All in all it was worth it though. 

We ended up making over $300! 

That's quite a bit, but tune in for a post about the fundraiser we had this weekend.

I'll leave you with this:

1. It was a competition. 
2. It only lasted 4 hours. 
3. We made more then 3 times the amount of money we made at the donut sale!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

i'm horrible at titles.

I am. So, I might as well just come out and say it. I'm horrible at titles. Sometimes (very rarely) I'll think of something clever to use as a title, but i feel like I'm always racking my brain for a title heading. So today... this is as good as it's gonna get. ;)

I'm sitting here on the couch watching my brother and dad play virtual baseball. On the PS2. Scissors, pens, scraps of paper and glue sticks are lying around on the floor and coffee table. I was attempting to make myself some cute, inspirational cards to write bible verses on and hang by my bed. I must admit only a couple turned out the way I had hoped. But, none the less I was able to exert some of my creative juices tonight. This way I won't be dreaming about cute projects with paper and poems.

Via~ me :)

 I've been really into simplifying my room (and life) lately. Part of simplifying (for me) is replacing things I need and look at everyday, such as lamps, blankets, and clothes, that I don't necessarily like the color or look of, with things that I love. That why I'm not looking at clutter that I hate all day long. It might still be a bit of clutter, but at least I like what I'm looking at! Ha. :) I recently rearranged my room a bit, and with our Zambia garage sale coming up in May, I've been throwing stuff out left and right. I've cleaned out my closet so many times this week that I looked at it today and said, "You can't get rid of any more! You like all these clothes!" I think I'm going a little over board, but I'm in the creative mood and I can't create when I'm suffocating with clutter. 
via~ pintrest

My creative photography jucies are also getting smothered by a computer jammed packed with so many pictures that I can't upload anymore. I'm not very savy in the area of computers and I just never thought they might get filled up one day, and run out of space. (I know, dumb right?) So, I am now learning the art of backing up my pictures onto a hard drive so that I can take and edit more! Haha, it's the circle that never ends. Hopefully now I'll be a bit more organized. 

via~ pintrst

Well, I'm really tired because I went on a run this afternoon. I went with 3 other friends and we practiced sprinting up 3 hills. Whew! We have a race (the Shamrock Run) coming up on Sunday, March 18th so we were out training together. It was lovely weather today! Spring just might be upon us. ;)

(Written Wednesday Night). 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

modern princess.

I was on Pintrest the other day, and when I typed "princess", into the search engine, this is what came up. 

My first thought was, "What?! This is what i get when I ask for a princess??" I was upset that I actually had to scroll down to hit REAL pictures (from the movies) of Ariel, Cinderella and the rest of the gang. 

But, I got over it rather quickly when I stopped to notice how stinkin' cute these outfits are!! Love!

So, now you get to look at thousands (ok hundreds) ...(ok 17) pictures of modern princess outfits based on our favoritest princess ever ever ever! Disney princesses!

Love the dress, jacket and clutch on this one, but all the skeletons are creeping me out. But, know that it's Jack Sparrow I had to put it in. So awesome! 

This coat and shirt are amazing. You'd feel like a pirate as soon as you put them on!

*Tour guide voice*. As you can see these outfits are based off of Disney's "Princess and the Frog". The whites and light, clover greens, give the feel of a magical forest. The gold accents of the jewelry, the crown earrings in-particular, also reassure us that this is a wedding fit for a princess. ;)

Love the lantern earrings! <3

Speaking of princesses tune in later this week for Beth Moore's story about the Princess who didn't want to be royalty, but would rather play with the village children. 

So goodnight and sweet dreams... 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Dear Face Washing Commercials, 
Nobody actually splashes their face with water like that. 
My bathroom is sopping wet now. 

It was supposed to look like this.  ^^


Monday, March 5, 2012

i will be grateful.

Time to start a new week!

I know what you're thinking... "IT'S MONDAY!! Are we supposed to be excited about MONDAY?"

Well, no.

You're probably not thinking....

Maybe something more along the lines of...

Didn't we just start the weekend?? 

Yes we did, but now.... it's a new day! A new week! Remember the little chat we had a few posts back about being thankful. Let's try to have a good Monday guys. Let's praise God, and say...

All photos via~ pintrest

This is gonna be tough, but we can do it! 

But, I do have one question:

Why is Monday so far from Friday and Friday so close to Monday?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

a lazy saturday post.

Let me redefine the word "lazy". Today it means "relaxed, doing things at random, (such as) going to visit a friend, drink coffee, or watch an episode of Robin Hood. Relaxed, but not bored". 

So, now for a lazy (and random) Saturday post. 

This morning I slept in until my eyes just "popped open"! 
At 11:31. 


Those of you who know me, know that.... THIS IS TOTALLY ME WHEN I SLEEP!! :D

Breakfast. Makeshift French toast and bacon. By makeshift I mean that I don't really know how to make french toast to I just went with it. It tasted pretty good. :)

Of course it had to be eaten on the couch. (Lazy Saturday remember??) 

Yesterday we went to Saint Vincent De Paul. They have a 1/2 off sale ever friday and Saturday. (Although as of yesterday you only get half off your purchase if you bring in 3 canned goods, but still. It's a great deal if you find lots of treasures). ;)

These are the treasures I found yesterday. A hard back version of Anna Swell's "Black Beauty". Copyright  1966. 

It was regularly $1 so, half off, it was.... a whoppin' 50 cents! 

The illustrations are just great! I love it. :)

  I also found the cutest notecard sets. Each one as a cheerful little poem and a bible verse. :)

These were also 50 cents so I splurged and got 2 sets. :P



This afternoon we are going up to my aunt's to meet her roommate from when she, mom and dad were in college. It should be fun! 
Tonight holds: and movie night with friends, and just a plain fun time of relaxing with friends. 

What did your day hold today??

Happy Saturday. :)