Sunday, August 31, 2014

Magic Mountain

 Last week to celebrate one of my dear friend's 16th birthday, a whole bunch of people from church went to Magic Mountain for a day. Hannah and I are both terrified of roller coasters and most of our friends were a little nervous themselves. We spent the days before the trip in nervous anticipation :):)  Dad, Hannah, Sean, Scott, Tobin and I left on Sunday after church and spent the afternoon with Lacy. Lacy was determined to get as many people as she could onto all of the scary rides. Han and I remained unconvinced ;);)
On Monday we arrived at Magic Mountain at 9:30 and waited for our whole large group to arrive.
 They were playing Owl City at the front gate which made all of us pretty happy :) When we got inside the park we waited at Will Call for a little while. Us young people took "usies" For those of you who don't know what that is; it is a group selfie and I like that word alot :)
 Some of us got our pictures' taken with Daffy Duck and two superheros. I know very little about superheros but I like getting my picture taken with people. It is a nice memory even if you don't know them :):)
 We all rode on a rapids tube ride towards the begining of the day.  We all got pretty wet but I was soaked!!! My jeans were wet for most of the day. In the picture above we were all waving to the people going up Tatsu. That was probably one of my favorite rides of the day! I was super nervous waiting in line but ended up absolutely loving it!!! It felt like you were flying. Some of us rode it again later in the day. 
Some of my very daring friends went on Drop of Doom! My brother, Scott, also did it which really impressed me. I didn't do it because I am terrified of large drops and heights.

 A whole bunch of people also did Goliath which apparently is a very famous ride. I didn't do that one either but everyone who did it loved it.

 My other favorite ride was Full Throttle. It is the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster and it was AWESOME! I was a nervous wreck waiting in line but it was so worth it.

 My least favorite ride of the day was Wonder Woman. I didn't get sick but afterwards I couldn't walk in a straight line and everything was out of focus. It made poor Hannah sick but at least we did it at the end of the day.

At the end of the day we all got Cold Stone ice cream and tried to right our stomachs that were tired of being flipped, dropped and spun all day ;)
We then all said our sad goodbyes and went home. We drove Morgan, Trevor and Lily home which was alot of fun. We listened to Horse and His Boy.
All and all it was an awesome day spent with wonderful friends!!! Thank you so much, Hannah III, for inviting us all to join you :):)
P.S. Happy Birthday !!;)
P.P.S. Thank you Hanna and Lillian for the extra pictures :):) I really appreciate it:)

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Liebster Award

A young lady named, Anne at Joyfully His nominated me for the Liebster Award.

The rules are as follows.

#1:Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.
      Anne with Joyfully His

#2 Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger asked you.
      1.What inspired you to create a blog?    
Quite a few of my friends had a blog and I thought it would be fun to try. Also since I am        interested in photography I thought it would be a good place to put some of my pictures. 
      2. Your life verse?
Joshua 1:9. "Have I not commanded you, 'Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'" 
      3.  If you could witness one of Jesus' miracles, which would you choose?
Him rising from the dead and then ascending into heavan.
      4. City. Mountains or Beach?
ummm.... how about the beach that is close enough to the mountains I could still go visit them frequently. I love the mountains but it is hard to beat the beach!
      5. What absolutely random thing makes you smile?
ALOT of small, random things make me smile. Most recently it was listening to Damian Mcginty sing Come By the Hills. That is my happy song. :):)
     6. Your favorite color to wear?
Polka dots. wait. that's not a color. I guess purple or blue. I like green I just don't own anything green at the moment. 
     7. Your hobby?
Reading, most definitely is at the very tippy top of my list in capital letters. My other hobbies are photography and adventures which I love almost as much as reading :)
     8. Do you play any instruments?
I am learning how to play the violin. I used to take piano lessons so I can kinda play that too.
     9. Favorite season and why?
I like all seasons for all different reasons. I like winter because I love storms, snow, baking, Christmas, parties, skiing and New Years. I like spring because everything is green and coming to life, Easter, and it is cool yet sunshiny. I like summer because of swimming and because that is when we take summer  I like fall because I like baking, pumpkin, church camp, colorful leaves, crisp leaves and Thanksgiving.    
    10. What is one thing that you absolutely love about your family?
That we all love history and we all love to take big road trips together!
    11. What is your top favorite book besides the Bible?
What kind of a question is that?!! I have a list of favorite books!!!!  If I had to narrow it down it would probably be Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott. I highly recommend those books if you haven't read them yet :)

#3 List 11 bloggers with under 200 followers that deserve recognition.   
  A couple of the blogs I really enjoy and follow were already nominated so I can only list three blogs.
     1. Hannah at Hannah's Home Life 
     2. Lacy at Puddles and Sunshine
     3. Maddie at Madeline's Musings 
#4 Write 11 questions for them to answer.
  1. How long have you had your blog?
  2. How did you come up with the blog name you chose?
  3. What is one thing you have learned through blogging?
  4. What was the last book of the Bible you read?
  5. What is your favorite family memory?
  6. Who is the last person you talked on the phone too?
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
  8. What do you do when you are nervous?
  9. What is your favorite saying?
  10. What was the last song you listened to?
  11. What book would you recommend?
#5 Notify them that they have been nominated.
    Okey dokey!

Thanks for nominating me, Anne. This was quite fun! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sean and Scott

August 4th was my brothers', Sean and Scott's, birthday! We haven't officially celebrated yet but today I took them on a birthday photoshoot. We had alot of fun! Here are some of the pictures I took. What do you think?

Friday, August 8, 2014

My Sister's Blog

My sister recently started a blog called Hannah's Home Life. I encourage you to check it out here. She is an intriguing and interesting writer. Most of the pictures she posts will probably be mine however ;)

Colorado Trip!!!

My family and I spent the past week in Colorado with my mom's side of the family. It took us two days to drive there.
 We all love driving in the car!
 This was my first view of Utah. I was not favorably impressed after all I had heard about how beautiful it was.
 But then we came to places such as this and I changed my mind :)

 When we arrived in Colorado we were happy to eat at our favorite restraunt; Cracker Barrel!!
 We celebrated my uncle's wedding with an "I Do" barbeque reception. There was lots of family and friends of the couple.
 On the left is my great aunt Lucy chatting with my aunt Alana
 These two are best pals! My cousin Madden is on the left and my other cousin Henry is on the right.

You remember Clay :)
My uncle's wife, Melissa is a 7th grade teacher. One of her students made these lovely cupcakes!

 Elianna was very happy to see her Grandpa! :)
 This is my mom's dad and her younger sister (Alana)
 This is one of my mom's brothers. He is my uncle Justin. He likes the camera :):)
 This is my mom's oldest son. His name is Sean ;) Next to him is my cousin, Sarah. She is Uncle Justin's daughter.
 This is Sarah and her mom, Uncle Justin's wife.
 Here is my mom's whole family with spouses included. From left to right: Mom's youngest sister, Alana and her husband Spencer, Mom, who is the oldest child, and Dad, next Uncle Ethan and his wife, Melissa. They are the ones who's wedding we are celebrating. Next to them is my grandparents and then Uncle Justin and his wife, Jean. They are all wonderful extended family.
 My aunt found this Coke bottle for Hannah. In case your eyesight is failing, the label says, "Share a Coke with Hannah" She was pretty thrilled.
 On Tuesday we went on a train ride in Georgetown. There was a bridge over a river. It was really cool. Colorado is beautiful!
 My wonderful family.
 My Uncle Spencer has a new hobby, photography.
I don't  believe you have met Anna yet. She is Justin and Jean's daughter and Sarah and Henry's sister. She is holding Paige because Paige was scared of the engine whistling.

 Here is Sean and my grandparents enjoying the train ride.
 We toured a retired silver mine. It was chilly, wet and really cool. It was raining outside so once the electricity went out. But not for too long thankfully!! :)
 Did you know that liquified silver is called Dragon's Blood?? That trivia fact was for you, Hannah III :)
 The train ride was a blast. I could have ridden it all day long through beautiful Colorado mountains.

 Georgetown is this really cute little, old town that had this amazing homemade ice cream store. As you can see, Henry thoroughly enjoyed his ice cream. If you ever go through there stop by and try their brownie sundae ice cream. It is full of huge chunks of brownie! :)
  "No!! My ice cream!!!"
 Mum and Dad enjoyed strolling up and down the small main street.
Elli tried  to figure out how to push her own stroller :)

 This is everyone all together. Please note that all 26 people are looking at the camera and looking as normal as anyone in the Steenson clan can look ;):)
We had a wonderful week together filled with swimming, Foosball, ping pong, food, Captain America, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Catch Phrase and Pinochle. It was fun just to be all together for a week!