Hanging Out

We have not done very much this week but yesterday we went in to Plymouth to go to band for Eli. I got to join the beginner band! After band we went to go rock climbing with our friend Adam. And today we get to go to a ward Christmas party! I cannot wait at all. Eli is going to a stake youth convention tomorrow with his friends. I also got to face time my friends this morning at 7:34 am. I am so exited for the Christmas party!

Kate is leaving!!!!!

We have been watching lots of movies and playing lots of games so Kate can pack because she is leaving Tuesday. She is almost 18, so she is going back to the States to live with our grandma and grandpa and get a job. So this week we have watched Forrest Gump, Incredibles 2 , and City Slickers. We have played a little bit of Skip-bo and Arm and a Leg too. I am going to miss my sister! But I am happy for her. I love my family! Here are some of my favorite pictures of us.

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Scott's View and the Scottish Monument

In late October while we were visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, Enoch, Eli, Mom, and I took a double-decker bus into town to catch a few sights. We first went to Scott’s Monument. Scott’s Monument is a large Gothic tower near the old center of town that was built in memory of the famous Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. We climbed lots of stairs to get to the very top (Enoch’s i-phone said we climbed 23 stories!) where we got to see the view of almost the whole of Edinburgh. It was awesome!! Inside the tower there was a museum that told about the monument. I learned that the thistle is the symbol of Scotland, the rose is the symbol of England, and the shamrock is the symbol of Ireland. Scotland also uses the unicorn as another one of its symbols.

Mom then took me to a store called Smiggles that I had been wanting to go to. It is a girly store popular here in the UK full of cute backpacks, pencil cases, notebooks, and art supplies. I got a new sketch book and ice cream pencil.

After that, we walked up the hill to the Scottish Monument. It has a similar name to the Scott’s Monument, but it looked very different. I liked it because it was old and looked Greek with its huge columns. It sat on top of a hill that had a pretty, pretty view.

We had lots of fun seeing the city of Edinburgh. It is beautiful!

Stake Pioneer Day

Last Saturday we went to the Stake Pioneer Day. It was fun. We played games, ate lunch, and had a barn dance.

We played Hook-the-Duck which is when you have a hook and there are a ton of ducks in a little pool, and you try to get a duck on your hook. If you do get a duck you get a treat. We also played horseshoes, did some pioneer crafts, and we did a sack race. There was a little bounce house too that my friend Alaya and I spent alot of time in.

We ate lunch in the cultural hall. We waited in a long queue (that’s the British word for line). I ate pulled pork and an orange. They served pulled pork, corn bread, and ice cream cones. British people don’t really eat corn bread, so there were a lot of people asking my mom about it. It’s an American food.

After we ate we did something called a barn dance. It’s when you dance in a really big circle with a partner and spin and dance (it was really fun).

I loved Stake Pioneer Day and would like to do it again. Look up lds.org for more stuff like this.

Lining up for our next race!

Lining up for our next race!

We made it to England!

Last Friday we got to England (safely). It was cold when we arrived and it took us 3-4 hours to get here from Valencia. It was really weird having everything in Spanish and then just automatically switching to everything in English. We were so happy when we figured out we were near a Costco in Bristol where we landed. It felt like home! We loaded up with groceries and made the 2.5 hour drive to Newton Ferrers. We have a beautiful little house here, and we are so happy to be settled once again!

 

Our new home...heading off to catch some crabs down at the "creek" in my new Wellies.

Our new home...heading off to catch some crabs down at the "creek" in my new Wellies.

The "creek".  Newton Creek is an estuary, meaning the water comes and goes with the ocean tide. It is a picturesque village that we absolutely love!

The "creek".  Newton Creek is an estuary, meaning the water comes and goes with the ocean tide. It is a picturesque village that we absolutely love!

Power's off AGAIN!!

Yesterday our power went off. There is a short somewhere in our apartment, so it keeps happening.  It gets hot very quickly when the air conditioning is not on, so we like to leave and go somewhere fun when that happens. So yesterday, my family and I took the bus to a little museum called Museu de Belles Artes (Museum of Belles Arts). It was a museum full of alter pieces and other religious paintings. There were a few pieces that I really liked, but for the most part, museums are not my favorite. But the air conditioning was nice. After the museum, we grabbed a quick lunch at El Corte Ingles - our usual assortment of gazpacho, smoothies, apples, chips, and smoked salmon (weird, I know!). After that we went to a sports store called Decathlon to get rain jackets for our travels to England. Then we came home and ate some more and watched a movie and rode the moped my dad rented. I had a lot of fun yesterday.

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Lladro Museum

In July, my family and I went to the Lladro (pronounced "yadro") Museum in Valencia.  It was fascinating.  We got to take a factory tour and learn all about how these famous statues are made. First, the artist creates a "rough draft" out of regular clay.  If it is accepted, molds of the sculpture are created. The detail and shape of the sculpture determine how many molds must be made to replicate the artist's original sculpture. The molds are then filled with porcelain and allowed to dry for an exact amount of time. Next, the pieces are "glued" together with watered down porcelain clay. They are left to dry, then painted by artists with just the right colors. The detail painting is done right before the last step where Lladro's infamous flowers are painstakingly added. These last two steps are only performed by women - men do not possess the patience necessary for this detailed work. The pieces are then put into the kiln to fire. After this process, this is what they look like:

Bird's Eye View

Yesterday we went to Torres de Quart and climbed the steep stairs to the very top. Torres de Quart is a tower in Valencia that was originally used to help defend the city. In 1808 Napoleon attacked the tower and you can still see the marks. Later the tower was used as a jail. It was interesting to me to visit because I could tell it was very old and it told a story.  I especially liked seeing the tall slots carved in the stone walls to let archers shoot their arrows through.  The bird's eye view from the top of the tower was also very pretty. After climbing Torres de Quart we got a snack at a vegan shop called "Aloha". I got a slice of chocolate cake (it was dairy free and delicious). Kate and Enoch each got an acai bowl, and Eli got potato chips. Next, we went to the Valencia Cathedral. There we saw what they call the holy grail, different statues, and more. After that we went to a carnival in Turia Park.  We went on a ferris wheel, where from the top we could see a lot of Valencia, just like the birds.  Lastly, just for fun, Eli and I  got to go bungee trampoline jumping while Kate and Enoch went on the Bomber ride.  

Our family holding hands at the base of Torres de Quart

Our family holding hands at the base of Torres de Quart

Eli and me at the top of the towers

Eli and me at the top of the towers

Me and my heaven

Me and my heaven

Creepy knocking thing

Creepy knocking thing

Europe Fun

I've been having lots of fun in Europe. We are living in Spain right now. Some of the things we have enjoyed are visiting Onda castle, hiking in the mountains, and driving around Burriana in the rain. 

What I liked about Onda castle is that it is big and beautiful. Onda castle is made out of stone. 

Hiking in the mountains was great because there were lots of apple trees, cherry trees, almond trees, and fig trees. There were lots of berries too. 

I really had a great time driving around Burriana in the rain because we saw a lot of really cool sights, and we made friends with the greatest duck in the world that we named Philbert!

Hannah is here!!

On March 10, 2018 Kate's friend Hannah came to Hawaii to visit us.  At the time we were at the temple in Kona, so we drove right over to the airport to get her. We took our friend Kala'i and Hannah home with us from Kona (but Hannah of course came to our house). On Sunday we took Hannah to church. On Monday we went to Hilo and went to Rainbow falls, Coconut Island, Safeway, Liliuokalani Garden, and Walmart. Hannah is the best. She is originally from Arizona and is a great actress!

 

One day when Hannah was here, we went to the Kapoho Tide Pools.

One day when Hannah was here, we went to the Kapoho Tide Pools.

Waiopae Tidepools

Hi this is Karlie! We recently went to the Waiopae tidepools, also known as Kapoho Tidepools. We saw...eels, corals, angel fish, saddle wrasse, bluespine unicorn fish, sharpnose mullet, grouper peacock, moorish idol fish, gregory fish, file fish, dascyyullus fish, cornet fish, coris fish, butterfly fish, and needlefish. We had fun! It was lava rock on the top and mostly coral on the bottom. I went with my Dad, Kate, Enoch, Eli and our friend Maq. We saw a sea urchin that was 6-7 inches long. It was a sunny day and the water was warm.  UPDATE: Since this blog post was written, this entire area has been wiped out by lava and no longer exists.  We are so grateful we go to enjoy it while we were there.  It was such a beautiful place!                                                                                       

Eli is a photo bomber!

Eli is a photo bomber!

The Papaya Tree's Welcome

Hey! This is Karlie. Recently we got to Hawaii (October 12, 2017), and a couple of days later I touched a papaya tree in our backyard. When I touched it a branch fell down and knocked me over on to some lava rocks, and when I fell the branch hit my head. It hurt so BAD (that apparently was the tree's welcome). Ha Ha! After that happened, everyone came rushing outside. My Dad took me into the guest room. Then my Dad and my brother, Eli, straightened my back and my brother, Enoch, got me some ice. But my sister and my Mom just sat and watched. After that I felt much better. 

The infamous papaya tree. Be careful not to touch any of the branches!

The infamous papaya tree. Be careful not to touch any of the branches!

Bio

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Hello! My name is Karlie, and I am 8 years old. It has been really hard to leave my friends and get rid of all my toys, but I am excited to travel with my family and spend time with them. My favorite color is blue, my favorite animal is a horse, and my favorite island is Hawaii. I like to play with my friends, have sleep overs, play piano and ukulele, go to the movies, and spend time outdoors.