Thursday, October 31, 2013

We Made It!

We made it! Haha! It took a long time but we made it. Here is a post I wrote on the plane. I will post pictures later. :)

Hey guys! As I write this it's now 6:30pm in Florida and 7:30am in Japan. I've been in the airplane for about five hours and forty five minutes now. If you look out the window (I have the window seat on the long flight) all you can see is the blue sky and the puffy white clouds beneath. We've had a pretty good day so far I guess. Last night Ben and I wen to bed in our clothes so all we'd have to do is get in the car and go because we had to leave at four in the morning. We got on our first flight to Toronto and took off around 7:15am. Then we had a three hour layover there. We ended up just sleeping at the gate. We took off toward Japan at about 1:00pm. And now I've only got seven and a half hours to go. :) If I look out the window now, the clouds have cleared and you can see beautiful snowy mountains. How great God must be to make all of that! Now I will end this post and maybe play another game of solitaire.   Leigha

Monday, October 28, 2013

Chai Cupcakes

A few days ago I made some Chai cupcakes from a recipe book I got for my birthday. The only thing was I made a slight mistake. If you know me, you know I always make little mistakes during baking that always turn out delicious. It happened again. :) They were so good that I ate 5 out of the 12.

Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Cloves, and black pepper
Mmmm! This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Happy Birthday to my daddy

You can find out how old he is by counting the candles. :)

And happy birthday to my other friends born in October!


Day after tomorrow! I am looking forward to seeing my grandparents, but I am not looking forward to the flight. 3 hour flight from Orlando to Toronto and another 13 hour flight to Tokyo. Every time I get on that long flight, I feel as if I am going to explode before we get off. I can't sit still for 13 hours straight! I suppose I will just sleep and read and sleep and play solitaire and sleep and... you get the idea. My awesome friends gave us sort of a bon voyage party (it was Mr. Buchite's birthday party too). Now I just have to wait for a couple days...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine
Only two more weeks till I board a plane headed to Japan! I'm getting so excited. We've pretty much packed everything already because we won't need our winter clothes until we get back anyway. Ben and I were looking at some old pictures he found from two trips ago. (We're cleaning out the closet that has all of the picture CD's because my grandparents are moving in.) We also found pictures from when we went to Washington D.C. in 2003. It's amazing how much those pictures and videos mean ten years later. There's a seven second long video of Ben and me rolling down a hill with the Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool in the background. It's short, but somehow it brings back memories. We had Skittles in our pockets because Daddy bought some for us. We raced across the lawn to the Washington Monument. I now know he was trying to tire us out. It worked too. :)

 I'm really looking forward to this trip though, because I will be able to remember more. Unfortunately, this will probably be the last time Mommy, Ben, and I go together, and the last time my grandparents will be like they are now.

Two weeks. Fourteen days... By the way, the 30th, besides being our departure date, also happens to be Talk Like Jane Austen Day. It will be the 202nd anniversary of the publishing of Sense and Sensibility. You can bet I'll have a lot of fun with that. I will have Ben video me bumping into someone and saying with a British accent, "Oh, forgive me!" (from the 2007 adaptation of Persuasion). Maybe I'll act very emotional and then say, "I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself." (Sense and Sensibility, chapter 48). And when someone asks my opinion of something, I shall say, "It is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me." (Pride and Prejudice, chapter 3).
:D Leigha

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Dairy

For my science class, I had a very fun assignment. I had to choose a place of interest, such as a farm, vet clinic, zoo, etc. and shadow someone there. So... I went to a dairy. I like cows and I want to be a livestock vet so I might as well see what my future might be like, right? I had a great time and everyone was nice. We went on the day that the vets were there to palpate some cows. Here's the definition if you don't know what exactly that is.
rectal palpationpalpation of the posterior abdomen and the organs in it by inserting the hand and arm (in horses, cattle and pigs) in the rectum
 Somehow they could tell whether a cow was pregnant or fresh or other things. It was extremely interesting.

Fieser Dairy, Inc. in Deleon Springs, FL
 Palpating a cow.

Those are the cows waiting to be milked. The jets sort of start cleaning off the grime from the udders.

The cows line up ten at a time to be checked.

This cow right here got the cow version of Gatorade.

You probably can't tell, but the cow in the foreground is missing it's left eye.  It had some cancer on its eye lid so the vet wanted to take it off. They put the cow in a stanchion and secured her head so she couldn't move it. The vet was only planning on taking the eye lid off, but after he did, he saw the cancer went behind the eye so he said, "We're going to have to take it out."  I looked at Daddy and said, "The eye? They're going to take the whole eye out?"   So I stood there and watched the whole thing. It was interesting and gross at the same time. I can watch that kind of thing, but I'm not so sure if I could do it...  I think the thing that surprised me the most, and I know it shouldn't have, was that it was a spur of the moment thing. 'Oh, we'll have to take the whole eye out' and then inject more pain killers and operate.

Later, someone asked me which vet I liked the best, the older one or the younger one. I don't know. Probably the older one better because I just like old people and because he made Mr. DJ (who was helping him take the cow's eye out) go find the eye he threw into some grass so I could see the optic nerve. :) But I like the younger vet too because he drew a smiley face on the side of a cow with his cow crayon. That made my day. Now there is a random cow out there that has a smiley face on it's side. On the way home, we went to Tractor Supply and got some cow crayons and drew on Honeybelle and Sugar Muffin. :D


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

VCBC Picnic

A few weeks ago, my church had our annual church picnic at Campbell Park in Deltona. It was awesome (as always).

Our friendly game of softball...

Fellowship with friends...


Yup. I went wading with my friends in the lake. I enjoyed it too.

Food. What we all live for. (Just kidding. I know we live for better things. lol)


Victoria and Arryanna


Sergey caught a bass. I think it was 2 lbs or something like that.

Have a great day!