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EPiLOGUE: Stratego is a fun strategic board game in which the Marshall is the most powerful piece. Two years ago my sister challenged me to a battle of wits in the form of Stratego. Being not a very optimistic person, I shouted "No!" although she convinced me that my sheer wit could beat her more offensive strategy. So we began a cunning battle of strength between siblings.
The battle began. In many a brilliant and brutal duel I beat her by sheer force of will. But, horribly, my sister planted a mine field which is when one's army is surrounded by bombs. I was left in tears. My army was brutally decimated. Tens of good men lost, but there was one left, the Marshall! I was ecstatic!
I whipped myself into shape and courageously sprang into action. With my Marshall I eradicated three-fourths of her army. She glared at me angrily. Game over. I was killed by a sergeant. I was both proud and discouraged.
When it was my birthday I was so sad everyone forgot, and I got no presents. But my mommy got my a really pretty bracelet and necklace. My mom's boyfriend got me a really pretty birthstone necklace; it was a little heart and it was green.
My gamma said that I might have my birthday at a hotel but it might be too much money. If I have my birthday at a hotel it will make me the happiest girl at the party. I will invite all my friends and we will go swimming the whole night and we will go on the treadmill and go to the computer room and go on the computers and it will be super fun. I might also invite some of my cousins too.
So when I have my birthday I want it to be perfect and I hope my gamma has a lot of money during my birthday so we can rent two rooms so the parents can stay in one and the other room can be for the kids. Yay. So I really hope my gamma has a lot of money.
On January 2nd 2014, I had to get a retainer. I HAD to. It was for my braces. But I was really scared because I thought it was going to hurt. When we got there I stood at the door just staring at it, and all the sudden BAM! My mom pushed me in the door. Remember that I said I was scared? Well now I was FREAKING OUT! They called my mom in to talk about the retainer. While she was talking to him I was sitting in the chair and I couldn't breathe at all. Then I finally just said to myself, "I CAN DO THIS!" Dr. Henry called me in and showed me where to sit, and told me what to do which was just lay back and close my eyes. Then that's what I did. Then I heard a done and I open my eyes and I felt the retainer up on my mouth. I was SOOOO happy when I was done. I ran out of the building and screamed of excitement and skipped all the way to the car.
One time I was at the fair with my mom and brother and sisters. I was in fourth grade and it was August something. We were about to leave until I made up my mind. I saw this ride that I wanted to go on. It was called The Apollo. I told the guy that I wanted to get on. He said, "Are you sure?" I said yes. He said that because that ride was the 2nd most scary ride.
So we got in line, and then we gave them our tickets. I had to get measured to see if I was tall enough to get on. I was. So we found seats and they buckled us and closed the gate. We had to wait for more people to get on. Then it started moving.
I started to get scared and exited at the same time. I was scared because it goes high up and upside down. I was excited because it was the famous ride that year. Like on the third round going upside down, I was going to cry. I told my brother and he said to put my legs under the person's chair in front of me. Then it was one more round and it was done. When I got off I told my brother that I wasn't going to get on that ride again. Now I'm in sixth grade and I still, well I have got on it last year but I chickened out. :) The End
About 2 years ago, I decided I’d learn how to surf. We were going on vacation to Maui soon, and I wanted to be prepared. So, my mom and I concocted a master plan.
First, I grabbed my surfboard. Next, we readied the Jet Ski to pull me across the gravel pit I live by. Finally, we headed to the beach and Mom prepared me by teaching me the basics.
“Okay Mu,” my mom said, “When you get out there, make sure to keep your knees bent and about 2 feet apart.”
“Yes ma’am!” I replied as I practiced keeping my knees bent on the beach.
“Also, this isn’t like the ocean, Matthew,” my mom warned. “In the ocean you’ll need to actually catch your own waves and you’ll need to watch out for coral and other threats.”
“I’ll learn about that in Maui,” I replied, a little worried. “For now, let’s stick to the basics.”
“Ok, are you ready?” mom asked.
“Yep!” I answered with a big empty pit in the bottom of my stomach. I was beginning to regret this.
I got on the surfboard and waded into the cold lake water. Mom hooked me up to the Jet Ski and we were all ready. I was really scared, but I knew if I wanted to surf in Maui I would need to learn here first. The Jet Ski then thundered out into the lake until the rope pulled taunt.
“Let’s do it!” my mom screamed as she ripped the throttle and sped out into the lake.
Just as my mom told me, I kept my knees bent and about 2 feet apart. I couldn’t believe it I was surfing! This was an amazing accomplishment and I was now ready for some great fun on Maui!
I am going to tell you about the time when I went through my fourth year of soccer in 2012. When I was six years old, I really wanted to play a sport, so I chose soccer. Big mistake.
You see, ever since then, my mom signed me up for soccer every year, and every year I hated it. Every year, it drug on and on. I would have sneaked away if my mom wasn't there for my practice. When my mom first signed me up, I thought it would be fun. I soon found out I was very mistake; it was just as boring and hard as the year before, and before, and you get the point.
I felt like I wasn't going to make it with all the running and annoying teammates. By the end of soccer I was overjoyed. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was also happy when my mom never signed me up for soccer again.
When I was six years old, I was swimming at Westcott pool. My cousin said, "We're going on the slide."
"Ok, have fun!" I said.
"No. You're coming with us," she said. I was shocked. My mouth felt like it hung open for at least an hour. I knew my cousin knew I didn't want to go, but she grabbed my hand, and dragged me with her.
I was mortified. I watched the gallons of water splash down the slide. I was mostly afraid that I wouldn't be able to make it back to the top of the water. I went up to the "must be this tall" sign. I knew I was tall enough, but I pretended I wasn't.
"Oh man! I'm not tall enough! guess I can't go on," I said. My cousin took me to the sign.
"Yes you are," she said. I couldn't have an excuse now. There was nothing I could do, but go.
I held my cousin's hand as we went up the stairs. Finally, we were in the short line that I wished was long.
"Please don't make me go," I said, admitting I didn't want to.
"Well it's too late now; we're already up here," she said.
I looked down. It seemed like we were above the clouds. My cousin went down the slide. She made it look so easy to go down! Then the person said I can go. I walked up to the slide, grabbed the slippery bar, sat down, then let go. I screamed. I closed my eyes for a minute, then opened them. I loved the feeling of the warm water pushing me down. I swirled, and drifted, and spun, then I fell into the water. This was the scariest part. Would I be able to make it up? I pushed, and pushed. My arms and legs were getting tired, but then I made it. I gasped from holding my breath so long. I couldn't believe it! I really did it! And that was the time I overcame my fear.
When I was four years old my cousin was teaching me how to drive a four-wheeler and I doubted myself. It was a nice day out in Rampart, a village where my mom was born. And I've always wanted to drive a four-wheeler, so I asked if my older cousin could teach me. He said yes, and I was happy. I got on my shoes and went out the door.
At first, he gave me a ride while telling me what were the throttle and what were the brakes. After the ride he let me try, although I went too fast and he nearly fell off. He afterwards told me to not push the throttle too hard, but I kept going too fast. So I then gave up and went to play with my other cousin.
So I kept practicing and practicing. Then I finally decided to try it again and I did it! I was able to maintain my throttle without going too fast!
But afterwards it was time to try going up-hill. I would have to be careful to not go too fast or too slow. It was harder than going down-hill, because when going down-hill you barely push the throttle, and so I doubted myself and let my cousin drive.
I kept on trying that same day, and on my third try to go up-hill, I did it! So even though I doubted myself I still became a natural at driving. I still drive my mom and brother to places whenever I'm in Rampart, every day.
The first time I rode a bike without training wheels I was at my sister's friend's house and she had a bike that had no training wheels so I rode it, and I can ride a bike without training wheels now. I went off the bike and went to my grandmas's house and asked my grandma's friend if he can take the training wheels off, and he said are you sure? I said yes, so he took them off with a wrench. When he was done I started riding again and now I can ride my bike anywhere. I sometimes ride it around the block near my house with some of my friends.
It is really fun! Now I can ride my bike anywhere in the summer with my friends. That is how I accomplished something.
P.S Try not to fall off when you try to ride a bike without training wheels.
When I was at my grandma's house I got hungry, and I wanted some sweets at the moment also. So I asked my mom if we had any leftovers from my brother's tenth birthday party. She said yes. She checked to make sure we did. Then she asked me, "Do you want S'mores?" I said yes, bouncing up and down with happiness. We had everything; all you need is graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, and plates.
Would you like to learn how to make a marshmallow sandwich?
GREAT!!!! You grab two pieces of graham cracker, put the marshmallow on there, and put the chocolate on there. Mash it down gently. Put it in the microwave for thirty seconds. Take it out and test it to see if that it's how you like it. Then enjoy.
When I ate two it was okay I guess. After I ate them I decided to make my own S'mores, because I didn't really like the first one my mom made. So I took the chocolate off, and left everything else on there. And guess what? SHABAMO! I invented a new snack. After you heat it up it's like a fluffy pillow. UHHHHH1 It's so delicioso. Well I'm starting to get hungry; bye!
I am going to tell you how to make brownie cookies. I love this snack because I can eat brownies, and cookies at the same time!
Here are the supplies that you will need-
*A large bowl
And here are the ingredients-
*Brownie mix(I usually make it from scratch, or buy 2 boxes.)
*Cookie mix(I don't make this from scratch, the one I get is already made.)
So now we can make it! First, I crack the four eggs, and put them in the large bowl. Then, I pour in a 1/8 cup of vegetable oil, and a 1/8 cup of water. After that I pour in the brownie mix. I stir it until it is nice and creamy. Now I just leave the brownie mix aside. I open the cookie mix that is already made, and get it ready to spread on the large pan. Now I take the brownie mix and spread some of it on the pan.(Do NOT cover the entire pan with the brownie mix!) Then I spread some cookie mix on the pan.(Do NOT cover whole pan with this mix either!) It is probably best having the brownie mix on the edges of the pan, and the cookie mix in the center. Now it is ready to go in the oven! I set the temperature at 350 degrees, and cook it for 30 minutes.
Once it is done, I stick a toothpick in it to make sure it is moist. If it isn't, Just cook it for a few more minutes. Then I pull the pan out and let it cool for 15 more minutes. Then, cut it up with a knife, and your treat is ready to be served!
What I'm going to help you make is cotton candy. Cotton candy is so fun to make and is cool too. Cotton candy is fun to do with family and friends. Cotton candy is a good and fast thing to do.
First you have to get sugar and flavor together and in a bowl.
Then put it in the machine.
you have to put the stuff from the bowl to the machine and let it get hot. Then you have to grab n stick and the cotton candy is going to make itself.
you have to put the stick in the cotton candy machine and the cotton candy maker will start to form a web and you have to make the stick go around and around the cotton candy.
the cotton candy will get so big that you will need a new stick and you keep on doing this til you get to how you want it and you eat it, and I think that you will like it.
and that's how you make cotton candy :)
I'm going to tell you how to make mango chips. Every night I make mango chips for the next morning. When I wake up I have to race my brothers to the chips if I even want some! Mango chips aren't just good tasting; they're good for you!
Here are the supplies you'll need;
*A Topchips chips-maker
*Food slicer (Mandolin)
The ingredients you'll need are;
*Seasonings (I prefer sugar or no seasoning at all)
Now you're ready to make mango chips!!
1. Cut off the peel of the mango (try not to cut too far into the mango, or you won't get many chips.)
2. Use the mandolin to cut the mango into skinny slivers.
3. Put the slivers of mango onto the chips-makers.
4. Put the chips-makers into the microwave:
1,000 watt microwave= 4 minutes in the microwave.
850 watt microwave=4 1/2 minutes in the microwave.
750 watt microwave= 10 minutes in the microwave.
Make sure that the mango chips are nice and crispy!! I hope you like the mango chips too! You can also make other chips out of fruits and vegetables. :)
I'm going to tell you how to make scrambled eggs and cheese. I personally like this meal because of how how the eggs make it taste.
You will need a mixing bowl, a fork, a plate, a spatula, a cooking spoon, a pan, a cooking surface, eggs, milk, grated cheese, and butter.
First, you crack open your eggs and put it in the mixing bowl. Make sure that there is no eggshell pieces in the bowl. Then, pour in the milk and a small handful if cheese in the bowl. Now, get your fork and mix up the eggs, cheese, and milk. When your whole mixture is done with no insinuation that there is any unmixed eggs, your mixture is done. After you're done mixing your ingredients, turn on your cooking surface to medium heat. After that, put the pour on your heat surface. Put a tablespoon of butter into the pan. Once the butter is completely melted, pour your egg mixture into the pan. When you're done with that, get your spatula and move around the eggs in the pan. You'll know that they're done when the eggs aren't liquidy any more. A way you can tell if the eggs are burnt is if they are black or brown.
And that's my recipe, I hope you have fun, and enjoy making and eating your scrambled eggs and cheese.
When I get hungry I make mac and cheese for my brother and I. I like it because it's really good and easy to make. I hope you like it!
What you need to make mac and cheese is a pot, spoon, bowl, and a strainer. The ingredients are cheese, noodles, milk, and the butter. There is a harder way to make mac and cheese, but it's my mom's secret mac and cheese.
First, you get a pot and some water and wait until it's boiling. Second, you put the noodles in and wait until they are soft. Third, when the noodles are all soft you grab the strainer and put it in the sink and then put the noodles in the strainer and then put the noodles back in the pot. Forth, you put the cheese, milk, and the butter in and stir in until it's all creamy. Finally you grab your bowl and spoon and you put your mac and cheese in the bowl.
It's really fun to make and it's really good! Whoever is reading this, I hope you can try it and see how GREAT it is. Like I said earlier, there is another way, just harder to make.
This is a easy snack to make, so it shouldn't take that long. I'm going to tell you how to make a little small pizza. This little snack is a pizza. I think this is good because the sauce and the cheese taste good together.
The supplies you're going to need for this snack is a plate, butter knife, and a microwave that works. The ingredients you need for this are shredded cheese, bread, sauce, and pepperonis.
Ok now that we got all the stuff, let's get started. First of all you grab the plate and put the bread on it. Then get the sauce and the butter knife and smear the sauce all over the bread. After that grab the shredded cheese and sprinkle it all over the top. If you want pepperonis you can put some on there. After put the plate and the pizza in the microwave for two minutes or until the cheese melts. When it's done be careful when you take it out; it might be very hot. After that, you can enjoy your meal. :)
C-milk stands for caramel milk. I make C-milk every Friday when I get home from a long day at school. C-milk is a delightful treat due to it's rich creamy smoothness and light taste. After I tell you how to make C-milk, I'm sure you'll want to make it too!
To make C-milk, you will need a cup (preferably big), milk (I use vitamin D milk because of it's richness), caramel syrup, a measuring spoon, Whipped cream, and cinnamon powder. You will also need something to stir your concoction with. A spoon will work. After you have all the supplies you need, find an area that you can clean easily, and begin creating your masterpiece!
To start, you will need to fill your cup of choice about a quarter full with whipped cream. This will add a sense of creaminess to your C-milk. Next, you will need to fill the rest of the cup with the milk you've prepared to add a liquid component to your C-milk. After that, fill your measuring spoon with a teaspoon of caramel syrup and dump this into your milk mixture. Make sure to get rid of all the syrup. Then, add a pinch of cinnamon to your concoction and stir until liquid is smooth and creamy like egg-nog. Finally, you may consume your delightful masterpiece.
So, now that I've informed you on how to create C-milk, you should try it! There's nothing stopping you! Enjoy!
Hi guys! When I'm hungry I like to eat oatmeal, so I will teach you how to make it. Oatmeal is normally a breakfast food, but I like to eat it at any time of the day. I like oatmeal mostly because it is a fast and delicious meal to make. It also isn't too hard to make. Although when making it, you still have to be careful to not burn yourself.
To make it, you need a pot (not too big), a spoon, a bowl, and a stove. Also, you need oatmeal (not the cooked kind), milk, brown sugar, and water. But if you can't find any of this, ask your parents to buy some next time they go to the store.
When making it, first put your pot with a desired amount of water on the stove and turn the stove to high. Bring the water to a boil, then slowly add oatmeal to a desired thickness. Also a good amount for two servings is 1 cup of oatmeal, and 1 3/4 cup of water. Then let it cook for a couple of minutes, and stir every now and then. After that, put it in a bowl and add brown sugar and milk for a flavor. Stir it, then let it cool, and eat!
Now that I taught you how I'm sure you will want to eat this at any time. So Enjoy!
I look forward to having fun at Matthew's birthday party.
I plan on having fun with my best friends. We're going to the movie theater, playing video games, and playing games outside.
The games that we are going to play are Terrira, Marco Polo outside, and Pokemon.
Not long ago me and my best friend watched all the Twilight movies and here's my opinion on them.
The first movie of Twilight was horrible. I mean, look at Kristen Stewart's emotion through the whole movie. Can't see it? Exactly. She has no emotion whatsoever through the whole film. Not to mention, they really could have chosen a better actor than Robert Patenson. Maybe one that actually looked like a teenager.
So I'm reading the first Twilight book, and I think it's a good book but the movies are just a trashy version of it.
Twilight, New Moon:
I tried to watch the second movie of Twilight, but honestly I almost fell asleep. I figured that this one would be better than the first, and surprise, I was wrong. I believe the only reason they did this movie was because the first Twilight made a lot of money, so they must have figured this one would make even more money. I just have a question for you, why do the vampires sparkle??? I mean, how in any way does that make sense? Also if he sparkles in the sun, lives in the forest, and doesn't eat people he has to be a fairy. Another reason I don't like the movies is because I personally just don't like love triangles. The reason why is because almost all the time I will chose a side, only to be let down when the girl goes with the other guy.
A year ago I went to Minnesota to see my family. They lived in Duluth but we went to Minnesota so we could meet them there. While we were waiting my family, my mom and I went to the Mall of America. It was the biggest mall ever! It was so big it had a park in the middle of it, and it had restaurants there. The park had a lot of rides like roller coaster and little kiddy rides. My mom's uncle (Uncle Bill) picked us up. It took 2 hours just to get to Duluth but it was all worth it for meeting my family. When we got there the house was 100 years old and my mom's uncle ripped some stuff out of an 100 year old school and put it in the house. The house was so old every step I take makes a creepy noise. I meet a lot of my family, and when I mean a lot, I mean a LOT. My mom and I had to go soon and my family cried and cried and cried. Uncle Bill drove us back to Minnesota and we went to the Mall of America the last time and rode some rides and we had to get on the plane and leave. I hope i can see my family again.
I can't wait for my birthday! I don't know what I am going to do yet, but I am still super excited.
This is how I wish it will go:
I wake up around 10:30 super drowsy and tired. I forget that it is my birthday, but everyone else remembers. I make my bed, brush my teeth, and then I remember, its my birthday! So I wear my favorite outfit and do my hair nice. And then I smell something delicious! I walk into the kitchen and see my mom making pancakes, sausage, bacon, and muffins for the family! When breakfast is ready, my whole family sits at the table and eats. And its so delicious! when we are done eating, we go out to watch a movie at the movie theater. By then its about 1:30. My friends come over and surprise me! My friends and I hang out for a little, Then my mom comes in with the cake. Everyone sings Happy Birthday, and we eat the cake. After that I get some presents. Not so much, but a few. I get some crafting things, because I love art, mustache stuff, American stuff, iTunes cards, And money! We eat dinner at Pikes, then everyone leaves. That would be the best birthday ever!
A couple of weeks ago, my mom decided that she wanted to join a gym. It took awhile to find a gym, we went to the ones that were closest to our house. That gym only allowed people over 18. The next gym only allowed people over 14. We went to one last gym, The Alaska Club, they allowed all ages and even had a daycare!! Kids 10 and up are even allowed there by themselves. Knowing my mom, I know that she wont just want to go every other day, she'll want to go every single day! So we have been going to the gym every day at 5:30 in the MORNING! You may think that is totally obnoxious to get up that early, but you aren't tired after 20 minutes on a treadmill. At the Alaska Club, they have lots of classes, a family room, a adult room, a basketball court and a running track. Also, a weights room, a pool, a sauna, a tanning room, a gift shop, tennis, racket ball and a turf field.
When I was small I lived in Fort Yukon with my grandma and sister and my mom. I was about four or three. One year I wanted to go to school because I loved school. It was winter and it was Saturday. I told my grandma that I wanted to go to school. So she dressed me up in clothes, then my outside gear. After that she got me my Spongebob backpack. It was pink and and had Spongebob on it. His legs where hanging off my backpack. After my grandma got me ready she took me outside and she told me to wait for the bus. So I waited and waited for the bus. Then my grandma told me to come inside. Then I don't know what happened because my mom only told me the story and showed me a picture. That was one of my childhood memory. There was no school that day so my grandma made me go outside and wait for no reason. Maybe she wanted me to get out of the house.
I cant wait to go to Hawaii! I'm going on July 9th.... I think. When I go to Hawaii I'm going to go swimming, shopping, and play in the sand. I'm going to buy a whole bunch of things. The reason why I'm going to Hawaii is because we were going to go last year but we weren't able to. I'm going to be gone for 9 days. When we are in Hawaii I want to go swimming with the dolphins. While I'm in Hawaii I might learn how to surf.
A few months back I was complaining about being alone because it was just my dad and I, and my dad did his own thing and I did mine.......alone. Then I was always whimpering about nothing to do by myself and I said, "Dad, pretty please can I get a dog? It can be small.... I'll take real good care of him or her!"
The next day we went to the pound to go look, and I saw a beautiful pitbull named Cool-aid. I said, "Dad, this is the one!!"
"No, it says it does not like to be alone," said my dad. Because I'm at school and my dad is at work.
We left, and this went on for about a month and I said that about twenty dogs. Then one day my dad came home from work and I was on the couch facing the other way, and he said, "Ready to go to the pound??"
Of course, I said yes and then I turned around and he had a kennel in his hands. I said who's dog is that?"
"Its your now!" my dad said.
"Ummmmmm okay?" I said worriedly. Out of all the dogs I wanted, a chihuahua was not one of them.... I would've preferred: Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Husky, or Golden Retriever, or Pitbull. Then I got a Chihuahua.
Now he is my dog. At first he liked my dad more, but now he is really mine. Now he tries to protect me. One day my dad shook me to wake me up for school, and Luie attacked my dad because he touched me roughly. And now if anyone tries to touch me rough he will attempt to get him off. Mostly I get hurt more than the person touching me, but I still love him!!
A few days ago, my sister went to Hawaii. She is going to be there for four months! I have to admit, I was pretty sad at first, but now instead of being upset, I am happy for her. Lately I have been texting and face timing her. She has sent a lot of pictures and videos, and it looks really cool there! I wish I was there so badly. I remember my whole family going to the airport with her helping her carry her luggage, and then saying goodbye. She comes back around May. She will be so tan. :/ I can't wait to see her though! And every day I am also excited to see the pictures she sends. Its like I get a tour of Hawaii! So although I miss my sister, I am more happy for her.
Tonight I am going to stay the night with one of my best friend. Its because I have not stayed the night with her for like a month. Another thing is because I was gone the whole Christmas break. She has never stayed the night with me ever since I got my new house. Her and I lived next to each other for a year and a half. I miss those days where she comes over and visits and stays the night and I stay the night and visit with her. We would stay the night on weekends and sometimes on week day not really though. We talk about stuff and we laugh a lot when we are together, she is really fun and cool to hang out with. We use to have a lot of sleep overs together. We had fun. THE END!
About a year ago, my great Uncle Junior passed away from pancreatic cancer. My Mom decided that it would be a good thing to head down to Kauai, where he lived, to see our family. We planned our trip that day and we would be heading down on November 8th and coming back on the 21st. Almost my whole family in Alaska was going, too.
November 8th had finally arrived; we woke up at three o'clock that morning, loaded our bags in my Grandma's red truck, and headed to the airport. The drive was long and sad. My Grandma was reminded of the times she shared with her dear brother, my mom remembered piggy-back rides on her Uncle, and my brother and I missed my Uncle. I stared out the window the whole drive trying to be cheerful about the fact that we were going to our home, but it wasn't any help.
When we finally arrived at the Fairbanks airport, we parted ways with my Grandma. A few tears were shed. We headed inside to check our bags and knew that we were doing a good thing visiting my family. Next thing I knew we were past security and on the plane headed to Kauai.
Our flight was long and boring but soon enough we arrived in Kauai. As we exited the airplane, we could feel our skin absorbing the moisture in the air.
"This is it, Mu," my mom said. "We're finally here."
We grabbed our bags from the baggage claim and took the bus to the car rental stations. My mom chose a nice blue Charger. She paid for it and we got in and headed for the memorial.
It was a grim drive, the sky was a dull gray and rain pelted the newly painted asphalt. As we proceeded towards the hills I saw a double rainbow across the pineapple field. Soon, sun rays peeked through the clouds and illuminated the wet road. Out of the corner of my eye I could see a small, green house. It was my Aunt Michelle's house! We finally made it.
As we opened the car doors, we heard the creak of the screen door and out came my little cousin, Keona.
"Hey Cuz!" he yelled. "How'ya been?"
"Good, you OK?" I said. "You know, with your Grandpa and all?"
His faced paled and he didn't answer.
"Come on in guys!" my Aunt Michelle said as she peeked out the screen door.
I put my arm around Keona and headed in. Inside, my whole family was waiting. There was my Uncle Jeej, My Aunt Kehau, my cousin Chris and his fiance, Paula. Even my cousin Sean and his wife! I hugged my Aunt Michelle and told her things were gonna be OK that we all were here now. My mom did the same and so did my brother. We knew she had it the worst. He was her beloved husband.
After a moment of silence, I dipped my hand in Aunt Michelle's candy jar and pulled out a red hot. (one of those spicy jawbreakers) and plopped it in my mouth. A few seconds later my mouth was on fire. I rushed to the bathroom to wash it down and, "SPLASH!" I knocked the cat's water over. My mom decided I should probably spit that out, and we should head to the memorial before I caused anymore trouble.
"Besides, it's about time anyways." mom said.
We all huddled together in each of our vehicles and set off for the memorial. I sat next to Keona and my brother to comfort them and next thing I knew we were at the memorial.
"We're here!" mom called from the front seat, "Be ready."
We exited the car and headed to the tall white building. Near the sides of the walkway leading to the white building were beautiful hibiscuses and daisies to brighten the mood. I gingerly stepped closer to the entrance and gently opened the enormous mahogany doors. After my eyes adjusted to the dim lighting, I saw my uncle Junior laying on a bed-like table with several leis around his neck and I began to cry. My whole family did the same.
We sat down on the benches near the showcase after visiting our uncle. All my aunts and uncles stood up to talk about why they loved uncle Junior and shared some of their memories with him. After about an hour of respecting our lost family member we all left with reassurance that he was in a better place.
After Uncle Junior's memorial, my family and I spent the rest of our time in Kauai spending time with our family, surfing, and snorkeling. I enjoyed that trip and I hope there will be more to come.