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Christmas Town

Hey,

Last night my family and I celebrated my Papaw’s 70th birthday by going to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens! It was SO much fun!! There were over eight MILLION lights!! Here are some pictures that I took from the park. Some of them are kind of blurry. 😕 We arrived at the park around 3:30 and left around 9:30. I provided a map below so you can track where we went.

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This was a HUGE Frosty that you could take pictures with.

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This place was France.

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From left to right: Lily (my cousin), Abby (another cousin), Me, Maddox, Matthew, and Micah. This was “The North Pole”.

There was a 50 foot christmas tree with so many lights that correlated with the music.  This place is called O’ Tannnenbaum.

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This was the bottom.

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This was “The North Pole”.

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In “The North Pole” they had a “snow” machine that blew out bubbles. All of the little kids LOVED it.

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Has anyone else noticed how creepy this elf looks? These next three pictures are from New France.

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This is France at night. The theme for this part if the park was, The Twelve Days Of Christmas.

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Here is the tree from the other side.

 

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Here are some really cool ornaments.

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This was Ireland.

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Last, but not least, Holiday Hills. 😀

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Then, as we were leaving we saw some more lights.

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Sorry, this one is a little blurry.
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This was the most BEAUTIFUL thing ever!!!! My favorite light arrangement in the park. 😀

 

We had so much fun at Busch Gardens! I think it was my ONLY time I have been to Busch Gardens and not ride anything. 😀 Thank you for reading this and have a blessed day.

-Maddie-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Camera

Hey,

 

I’m sorry I haven’t had a post up in a while. My camera is broken. I don’t know how to fix it. D: I will try to take pictures on Mom’s phone or other cameras that we have. I wanted to let everyone know. I am so sorry and I will try to put a post up soon.

 

-Maddie-

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Kennedy’s Kottage

Hey,

This post is about a girl at T.D.T., a dance group that I go to every other Friday. Her name is Kennedy and she is 13 years old. Kennedy comes to T.D.T. with a big smile, excited and ready to dance. She loves T.D.T. and the friends that she has made there. On the outside you would think that everything is fine. But, that is far from true in Kennedy’s case.  On the inside she is very ill. Without using medical terms, her body is attacking itself. There is currently no cure, and no end of sight because it is so rare. Here is the situation in Kennedy’s own words.

“Hi, my name is Kennedy. I have Pediatric Lupus SLE. Because of the lupus my immune system sees some of my other systems as an enemy. It is attacking some of my systems like it would rid a virus from my body. One main part of my blood stream that it is attacking is my platelets. This caused another disease called ITP. I am hospitalized every couple of weeks because my platelets get critically low. The treatment for this is called IVIG, but his is just a band aid on the real problem. It only brings my platelets up temporarily before they drop back down to critical level.I take several medicines a day, and I get chemo therapy that helps temporarily. I am getting ready to to New York because my doctors at MCV do not know what other treatment options they can do help my illness. This is a hard disease to fight every day, but other people’s love and support helps me a lot. With everyone’s love I know that I am not going on this journey alone.”

 

 

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This is Kennedy’s Kottage. It is made of graham crackers, gummy bears, candy canes, mints, frosting, and so much more. We are raffling this huge candy house off. 100% of all of the money that will be made will be given to Kennedy and her family to help with medical bills. Each raffle ticket are five dollars or you can buy five tickets for $20 below. If you want to make a donation (they are tax-deductible) you can pay below.  Kennedy will pick the winner at the Christmas Ball on Dec. 16.  You do not have to buy a raffle ticket to donate and vice-versa. If you have any questions feel free to comment below.

 

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This is a picture of Kennedy.

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-Maddie-

 

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Thanksgiving

Hey,

This Thanksgiving my grandparents came over and celebrated with us. It was so much fun and we were all stuffed. 😀

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Mom made Mac-N-Cheese. It was delicious.

 

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Grandma and I made these. They were okay, they would have been better if the green beans had cooked.

 

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Cornbread…mmm.

 

We also had had pork chops (my Dad isn’t a very big turkey fan).  I didn’t get to a picture because they were eaten up so fast.

Now for the desserts.

 

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Apple Spice Cake. Yum!

 

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Grandma made this Chocolate Chip Cake.

 

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This is my Mom’s Trim Healthy Mama Chocolate Zucchini Cake. I didn’t try that one.

 

We didn’t have a HUGE Thanksgiving but, I am thankful for what we do have, which is family, love, and a roof over our heads. I just hope that going into the holidays God will help my family and I to see what Thanksgiving and Christmas is really about.  Thank you for reading this and have a blessed day.

 

-Maddie-

 

 

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The Natural Bridge and the Va Safari

Hey,

A few weeks ago my Memaw and Papaw took me and my brothers to the Natural Bridge and the VA Safari. We stayed there for two days and went home the next. The N.B. (Natural Bridge) is so big!! You see the pictures on the internet but you’ll never know how HUGE it is unless you go there.

 

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It is so pretty!!

 

 

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This was the hotel was stayed in.

 

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This is a picture that I took at the N.B.

 

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There was an indian village so I had to take some shots. 😀

 

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Out of all the pictures that I took (which was over 250) this one is my favorite.

 

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At the VA Safari there was a zoo. There were a lot of different animals here are just a few.

 

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In the zoo there was a kangaroo walk through. They are SO cute!!

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Believe it not not this animal is a flamingo.

 

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This is the “little” baby. 😀

 

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It was a lot of FUN!! Thank you Memaw and Papaw for those amazing memories! 😀 😀 Thank you for reading this and have a blessed day.

 

-Maddie-

 

 

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OBX Beach Trip! Part 2

Hey,

I just want to start by saying how sorry I am for not getting this post out sooner.

In this post I am going to show you the pool, sunrise pics, and some other random shots.

 

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This is the boys in the pool. I was taking pics on the second so I wouldn’t get splashed. 😀

 

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This is a picture that I took of the tablecloth.

 

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Me and dad went out one morning and I caught the sunrise with my camera.

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Here are some wave shots.

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Before we left we did family photos.

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Thank you for reading this and have a blessed day. 😀

-Maddie-

 

 

 

 

 

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OBX Beach Trip! Part 1

Hey,

I said there would be a BIG post. 😀 It was SOOOOO much fun. We left last Sunday and came back today. The house had a pool, a pool table, and a foosball table.

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This was our beach house from the outside. We went with my Mom’s side of the family.

 

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This was what our house was named.

 

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This was the kitchen.

There were a few AMAZING sunsets. Here are just a couple of pictures that I took.

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One of my cousins posed for me, (just because Matthew wouldn’t do it). 😀
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On the third floor balcony there was a hole in a board. If you looked down the hole you would see the porch swing. I thought, why not put the camera up here and go sit on the porch swing. I had Matthew take the next pic.

 

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We had to take a few shots because some of them didn’t work out, but this one did. 😀

 

This is all for now, but I will put another post up soon. Thanks for reading this and have a blessed day.

-Maddie-