**Fun Fact** For this trip of flying, Damarise and I traveled with the least amount of luggage ever! Usually when we fly we are flying overseas and taking our whole house with us, but this time we just had a carryon and a purse! It felt SO cool! :D Actually, while we were on our way back to MO this gentleman who was behind the escalator we were on came up and was like, "I have never seen ladies traveling SO lightly! You guys must've been on a half a day trip!" Hahaha...
Grandma dropped us off at the airport since Mom and Dad were at the FIRE conference. We got all checked in, got on our flight, buckled in, and pretty soon we were up in the air! :D I love flying!!! It's such a cool sensation! While on our flight we got pretzels :) Mmmm :)
Damarise and I were really excited to be flying by ourselves :D
When we got to Buffalo airport we were greeted by Ruth and Mrs. Dyck!!!! :D :D
They were holding up a sign that said "The Party's Here" and a welcome balloon :)
It was so fun to be greeted like that :D
We got home late that night, and after hellos to the rest of the Dyck family we went to bed. Zzzz
The next day was the NTMC Academy's field day! :D So we went down to cheer Titus on.
Some of the beautiful tulips by the Dyck's house :)
We all woke up with glowing red skin! :P Ouch! Not putting on sunscreen the day before wasn't the smartest idea :P But we made it through the day :)
Then came the blowing up of the many balloons! :D We sat down and watched Numb3rs while we blew, blew, blew. :)
Awww look at all those curls!
Then the hair dresser put Ruth's hair up. I have never seen so many bobby pins or hairspray go into someone's hair! It was amazing!
Back at the house, Mrs. Dyck was preparing food for dinner :) Thanks Mrs. Dyck for all the food you made! It was all amazing!
Then came the time for pictures :)
And the graduation began!
Ruth's brother, Caleb, played pomp and circumstance on the guitar while Ruth walked down the aisle :) it sounded really cool!
The amazing band! :D Left to Right Kris, Caleb, Carly and Seth played the drums. They played Everlasting God, Mighty to Save, Beautiful One and Lifesong. All of them did an amazing job!!
Mrs. Penner gave Ruth a rose for being a great student. Ruth's gotten straight A's since 10th grade!!! AMAZING!
The 2009 graduate of NTMCA!
Hehe, when Ruth got her diploma about 40 people had blowers and we all blew, blew, blew to congratulate Ruth :D Mr. Penner was cracking up! It was great!!!
Auroralyn (Ruth's niece) blowing away :D
YEAH!!!! CONGRATULATIONS RUTH!!!!
Ruth's Uncle ended the ceremony.
And back down the aisle Ruth came... only this time she's a HIGHSCHOOL GRADUATE! YAY RUTH!
Saturday morning... well... we slept in til 11... so we kind of missed the morning. But we did have a GOOD breakfast! Mmmm :)
After breakfast Ruth, her mom, Damarise, Ruth's Aunt and cousin, and I went out to a lil' town to walk around. Then we stopped in to get icecream at a 50's diner :)
Then we took a drive to the dam in town to walk around.
Cuddles loves the feeling of wind on her face :)
Uh! Is Cuddles DRIVING?!
We were off to the lake :) We went to Lake Huron and to Kincardine to spend the day! :) It was fun!
The Canadian flag. Yep, we were actually in Canada :)
A red telephone booth!!!!!!! I have always wanted to see a red telephone booth and thought I'd have to wait til I was in England, but lo and behold there was one there!! :D
Then came the fun pictures :D
"I can't believe it!!! I won this!!!"
"HELP! I'm falling!"
"Oh no! I can't get you... HELP!"
"Here I COME!!!"
"Oooo what is that over there?"
Then I started getting bored.. So snapped some pics. A Baby Ruth bar, she had them at her graduation party :)
We went to a mall in Hamilton. Had fun walking around :) And eating some Greek food! MMMMM... Then Ruth and Mrs. Dyck took us Booster Juice! MMM!!! The juice there was amazing!!! It was soo good and fruity!
Advertising it :) hehehe
Ooooo SO good!
Thursday: *the last full day* :'(
We made pretzels :) Ruth kneaded the dough! :D
Rolling out the pretzels...
Ta da! The finished pretzels!
Oh, and the cheesecake!! Mmmmm It was amazing!
Chocolate covered strawberries! YUM!
Then we decided that we weren't about to let this last night together pass without any fun! Thus the planning began! We took all the many balloons down from around the house. Loaded them in bags...
Then stuffed them in the Dyck's van for transport.
So... what were we going to do???
Well, we decided to go balloon Carly's car :) But we couldn't just put balloons in and that's it... Oh no! We went all the way! We decided to dress up in black. Put on lots of black eyeliner and RED lipstick and skimasks :) Hahaha...
Do we look scary?
Hahaha... I love this! Ruth and I are doing... who knows what, and Damarise is looking at us like we're crazy :) hehe.
Awww, they are so pretty!
Armed and ready ;) hehehe.
Mr. Dyck was our driver... and cameraman for the fun :)
Hahaha, we couldn't make it through the ballooning without cracking up and popping many many balloons!
After the ballooning we went back up to the house and decided that we still need some fun to end the night with. So Zachary volunteered to be our cameraman and take us around and snap pics of us :) Our first stop was at Timmy's to get some coffee for the night :) Then on the way back to the camp we couldn't resist posing by L&M :D Hahaha... Nooo we are NOT breaking in!!
It was a sad day as our last day came :( We packed up all of our stuff. And said goodbye to the Dycks. :(
As we were driving out of the camp we passed Carly with her car stuffed full of balloons :D
Since Damarise and I still had some Canadian money, we stopped off at Timmy's to spend it :)
We got to the border with our passports in hand :)
It was an amazingly fun 10 days!! I'm so thankful that God provided the money so that Damarise and I could make this trip! And I'm SOO thankful for Ruth! She is and has been an amazing friend! She's more like a sister to me and I'm so thankful for her and the time we got to spend with her! Thank you to the Dyck family for hosting us! You guys are so much fun to be around!! And both Damarise and I had a wonderful time!!!!