Sunday, January 2, 2011

Goodbye, 2010

2010 was a big year for myself, as well as my family. I just wanted to reflect upon it one last time as a way to say goodbye and bring on good things for this year. =]

On the 10th, my Grandfather turned 90! We had a big celebration with a sort of family reunion. One Aunt was unable to make it, but it was still enjoyable. My Grandfather was so very happy. It was a great day.

On the 22nd, I believe, my town was hit by a huge storm and then a tornado. Over 100 telephone and electrical poles were knocked down in our town. Many roads were blocked. We were without power and water for over a week. We were displaced out of our home for five days by the American Red Cross. When powered was restored to our home, we had to go through our food. We lost over $700 in food that week. Only the food in the pantry was left.


On the 12th, by Father turned 56. We had a nice party for him. =D

Towards the end of February, my Grandfather who just turned 90, had a stroke. He was placed in an elderly rehabilitation center. He had lost his basic motor skills and could not walk. For the rest of February, all of March, and most of April we drove the 4-5 hour drive to help him, and returned home every week after two or three days. We never unpacked, basically. Eventually, he regained his motor skills, talked a lot, and was able to sit up and read the paper at breakfast. His walking skills never returned. 


My Grandfather returned to his home, but had to stay in a provided bed. Hospice was used to help take care of him since my Grandmother couldn't do it. We continued to travel to see him.

I got to go to Newport beach around the 3rd. I have never felt more relaxed. :D


At our local fair, I won Best of Show on a drawing of Elizabeth Swann's wedding dress from Pirates 2. I also won Best of Show on a photograph. For my other photographs I won three first places, two seconds, one third, and two honorary mentions. :D

My dad spent a week with my Grandfather. Nothing had changed.
A few days after, he had another stroke. He could no longer talk very well, and couldn't eat or drink.
We visited and stayed for a week, in which my mother had many good memories with him. I stayed with him until the last few days, since he didn't look much the same anymore.

My Grandfather passed away on the 16th.

On the 28th, there was a memorial and celebration of life for my Grandfather. Many family members came that I hadn't seen in years. It was bittersweet, really.

The 29th my family and I went to Disneyland to celebrate memories of my Grandfather. It was the wrong time to go for us.


I officially ended my homeschooling, and enrolled in the local High School. So exciting!

We went to Disneyland at the end of the month - a much better trip!


Participated in a book-a-thon during for a couple days. I read three books. Pretty shabby considering how much I read. :D


Went to Big Bear, Ca on the 10th and stayed in a four room cabin for a night! It was the most splendid place I'd been to in a long while. The air was so clean and crisp, and the trees were absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to bike a trail, but we didn't get around to it. We were able to go to Moonridge Zoo right near Big Bear, and I got to see over a dozen Timberwolves! They were gorgeous! My mother made them howl. XD

On the 13th, I celebrated my Sweet 16. :D I had a Mad Hatter Tea Party in the style of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. It was a birthday to remember, surely.

On the 23rd, I started public High School for the first time. I was stoked.


On the 8th, my mom turned 52. We went to Disneyland. Again. xD


CAHSEE and PSAT tests. Ugh!

Halloween. I went as a Victorian vampire. Pretty fun. 


On the 18th, I was inducted into the National Honors Society. I am so happy.

On the 22nd, I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in IMAX. I cried twice. Once when Harry found his parent's headstone. And when Dobby died. I couldn't help myself. Might I also say, that IMAX makes Harry Potter beyond magical!? It was flippin awesome. I must see it AGAIN. :D

On the 26th, it was my best friend's 18th birthday; Nicole at WORD. I love that girl beyond belief, and I was so happy for her that day. I bought her a signed photo of Richard Armitage. =]


On the 9th, 10th, and 11th, my high school had it's annual Talent Show. I signed up for Sound Crew. Worked out alright but I was able to do nothing since the seniors were in charge of it. I switched to Stage Crew and I had the most wonderful time. I was also placed into the Junior skit for the last two nights. We performed to the song 'White and Nerdy', because that basically is the Junior class. XD We won every night and overall. :D
I also met a new friend there, and he's awesome. I was able to become closer friends with a couple people there too. I have some pretty fantastic memories being Stage Crew too. <3

The week of the 13th, was Finals week. Ewwww. I received my PSAT scores. I soared to better than 90% of the nation on my scores. I was stoked. On my CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam), I passed with the highest score possible on my English section, and the highest score in the school for the Math section. Total, the highest score in the school. :DDD I was so happy. I can graduate at the end of my Junior year, if I wanted.
I passed all my Finals with a great scores too. A pretty awesome present before Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, I went to a Candlelight service at my church for the first time since I as a baby. It was beautiful. Then we went home to partake in tradition; watch The Polar Express before midnight with hot cocoa. :D

Christmas Day was wonderful. Religion wise, we had a great day celebrating. Present wise, I received some pretty awesome stuff. Harry Potter books (from London in a new cover :D), Harry Potter Film Wizardry stuff. A limited edition red Wii. The new Harry Potter Deathly Hallows game for it. Wii Fit (yay for yoga! :D). TONS of books. And games. And my parents received wonderful presents, like a season set of my dad's favourite show and the biggest cookbook EVER for my mom. XD

New Years Eve was my parent's anniversary for 16 years. =] We stayed up to midnight and toasted, and rang in, the New Year with wine and sparkling cider! :D It was wonderful.


So, that was a whole year for me. Too much for me. XD
A quick summary of random things;
Books Read: 33+ 
Movies watchted: Over 68 movies!
Things learned: 1 new language, a new art, and invaluable lessons from life.
Awards: 10
Other: I gained many friends this year! That makes me so happy.

It was a good/bad year in ways that I'm not able to list, but I'm hoping that 2011 will triumph with more. :D

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