Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Junior Tournament Videos

Howdy everyone!
I finished uploading all the speech videos and they are available to view here-

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving and Memories.

We had a wonderful thanksgiving on Thursday. The Emmons came over and they had painted their faces with indian war paint. That was funny!

So we ate a lot, but I didn't gorge myself half to death as I have in the past. After the meal we went for a walk down to a new road near us while the sun was setting. It was a splendid walk.

Then the Emmons had to go to another party so they left about 6pm. We had dessert and watched home videos.

It's always odd seeing yourself from years ago. I certainly was a geek!....always jumping in front of the camera and stuff....I guess things haven't changed too much.

Caleb was sure cute back in those days.

So I found an old video of myself from a Covered Bridge Family Arts night. I think I'm either 11 or 12. I had never given a speech before so I was pretty nervous. My voice sounded pretty high back then, too. :)


Friday, November 23, 2007

Amazing Grace

We watched "Amazing Grace" tonight.

It was incredibly done.

You must see it.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Sister's Blog

Naomi and her baby. (Don't you love his fat little hands and cheeks??)

Hello y'all.
If you want to read some funny stories from my older sister Naomi, go to her blog.
It's great!

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Round Robin

On Saturday the Deems, us 3 older Sleadd kids, Dillon Holst, Jachin Scott, Ellie and Kolton Anderson, and Alex Goldman all went up to Portland for an Lincoln-Douglas debate Round Robin.
From Clarion speech club there were 6 debaters, 4 timers, and 2 judges. We got up at 3:30 in the morning and met the Deems and Holsts at Wal-mart at 5:00.

Then we headed out.

2 red vehicles: Clifford and our Astro van. I slept for about the first hour and a half. At the end of my nap I was half awake and dreaming at the same time and I dreamed we were about to run some long haired guy over. That kind of woke me up. Haha!

The ride was very interesting after that. Dillon and Dylan got into some heated debate about Iraq and Isolationism in general. We all pitched in our 2 cents and argued with them.....more like 222 cents. Haha!
It was one of those informal debates where everyone's just trying to scrounge up random evident to support their case....and speaking loudly at the same time. Haha! 'Course with everyone doing that, the van was pretty Nathan flipped on the radio. And a talk show happened to be on, discussing Iraq and whether or not we should keep our troops there. Which has a lot to do with Isolationism; the LD debate resolution. Ironic.

So we made it to the church facility at about 10. Tait, Dylan, Alex, and I lead worship and then we began the debate rounds. There were 4 other debaters from Seattle.

I'm so glad I went because I was a little unsure if I wanted to compete in debate. In short, I was a little nervous about the whole ordeal. But now I know it's tons of fun and it's not nearly as scary or hard as I thought it'd be.

I'm also really excited because I got 2nd place! And Dylan Deems got 1st! Yippee!
I feel like I was just lucky or something. I couldn't believe I actually placed higher than all the better, more experienced debaters.

Here are some random pictures of the trip.

Creighton rockin' out on the church drums.

The ride home was pretty wild, as you can see.

We stopped for pizza on the way home. It was really good! We also went for a walk there in Jefferson city.

My polite brother. Rather discreet I might add. :)

Dylan the Dude!

The Nerd of the Debaters

Tait. I love his hat!!! I am going to get a fancy hat like his to wear everywhere. Yup!

Tessa the terrific timer.

Taking a break, on the way up.


Debater Jachin.