First Day Canoing

We went on a canoe trip. On the first day we traveled in two canoes. We learned new things. I learned about “killer trees”. I learned how to paddle properly.  I learned how to “pull” and how to listen to Mark on where to paddle.

Daddy, Mommy, Adrian and Megan tipped twice. The rest of us tipped once. No body got hurt tipping over.

We found a sandy beach. We slept in one tent. We were crowded! Mommy and Daddy’s tent was SOAKED!  We had fun.

Starting off at the first access point



Biltong for Vacation

Biltong    We are going on vacation!  I made biltong; a beef jerky from South Africa.  We did not want to buy jerky with all the yucky stuff in and because biltong tastes so much better than jerky.

   We are going to Mark Twain National Forest to go canoing! I love canoing, so I think this will be FUN! But I have never canoed for a week, so it will probably be hard too.

   Here is the Biltong recipe I used. Momma found the recipe years ago and does not remember where.

  • 3 pounds Beef (Boneless Round Roast and Sirloin are good. Silverside and London Broil are recommended)
  • Coarse Kosher Salt
  • Coarse Ground Black Pepper.   We used about 1 tsp
  • Coarse Ground Coriander.  We used about 1.5 tsp
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Red Wine vinegar would be good too)
  1. Cut half-inch thick strips of beef with the grain. The pieces should be about 6 inches long.
  2. Liberally sprinkle salt on each side of meat strips and let them stand Andrea readyfor an hour or more depending on how salty you want it.  We cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge.
  3. After the hour, scrape off all the excess salt with a knife.
  4. Put some vinegar in a bowl and dip the strips of meat in it. Let excess vinegar drip off.
  5. Sprinkle ground pepper and ground coriander over the meat on all sides.
  6. Dry meat.  We use a home dehydrator set at 145 degrees for about 18 hours. You’ll know when the biltong is ready when it is quite hard, but still a bit moist inside.
  7. If it is green, looks or smells wrong, or you are unsure about it, DON’T eat it.
  8. We freeze it until we are ready to eat it and then we eat it within a week.  I don’t know how long it lasts, we eat it pretty fast.
  9. OPTIONAL:  Use garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire or other favorites after applying vinegar.


Indoor Soccer


This is last weeks game. The skor was 5/3. I had fun. You can bouns the ball off the wall. I did not now that. If the ball goes up over the wall–there is a net to catch it.  Then it is a kick in. There is plastik to see throu.

Can you ges were I am?  Here is a clou, I am no 9. 🙂

My indoor game schedule is every Friday at 5:00 until the 14th of March.  As of now, when those games are done, I am finished with games for awhile.  My games are all at Elkhart Sports Center on 1162 Fremont Ct.  When you go in the building, the field is on the left.There is plenty of room if you want to come watch.


My Team
A great team!














On Friday we drove fours hours when Daddy got home from work to get ready for my soccer tournament.

The first game was Saturday. It was freezing out! I saw lots of people but I thought it would be easy to find my team. It took “forever” to find them. There were “thousands” of people and “hundreds” of fields and we did not know exactly what field we were supposed to be on.

Once I found my team, we started warm up. The first game went good, but we were freezing on the bench. We won the first game 2-1.  I was cold and ready to go for some hot chocolate. One of the girls had brought an RV and they invited us to have a tail gate party with them. We had some warm food and got warm.

Then we went back and jogged some and did some other exercises. The weather was slightly warmer. We were not freezing! It was another hard game but we won 4-3.

After the game we went back to our bed and breakfast. I took a shower to warm up.  We took a walk and got some chocolates from a neat candy store. Then we had popcorn and watched a movie.

We knew that if my team won Sunday’s game we would go to the finals.  Our coach said it was a “very good team and it was their home field so they knew every bump and blade of grass.” Taylor’s mom brought us honey because she heard that honey was good for pre games. It tasted good, but I don’t know if it helped our game.

It was warm out. The team was as tough as coach Dan said. It was the hardest game we had. Mark said it was the most exciting. We scored just before half time. We did not make any more goals for the whole game. My team won, 1-0!

Daddy treated us to elephant ears and corn dogs for lunch. Then we went back to the RV. Then we had our last game.

That was hard, but the one before was harder. We were tired of playing.  One dad was teasing that we lost because Audrey’s coach came to watch the game. It probably was not true, but it was funny. We lost 3-5. Some of the team was sad because we lost, but I did not care because I had fun.

After the game we got a trophy because my team won second place in the Girls U12 division!

Coach Dan was a good coach. He let me play as often as the other girls even though I am not the best player. He often yelled “Good job, Andrea”. During the tournament, I was blocking the ball. It hit so hard that it made a goal for the other team. Coach Dan said that often happens that it hits hard and either way it would have been a goal. But he said that I was doing my job and it was okay.  When I made my first “real” goal, he said “good job” and that I was on the left side but I hit the right corner of the goal  and that is what he wants to see. He also wants to see the ball hit the back of the net in the air. I hope to have Coach Dan again.

The tournament was fun. It was hard.  I hope to go to another tournament some day.

(New feature! If you click on one of the pictures, you can see them in a slide show!)

Soccer at Notre Dame

Andrea playingThis weekend we went to the Notre Dame Women’s Soccer game. We got to welcome the ND team in with hand slaps.

Then my team got to play at half time. It was the first time I played 11 x 11. The field was small and there was lots of people on it, since we only played on half of the field.

They played a good game, but the one goal they made was declared “off sides” so it did not count. Notre Dame did good, but they lost by one point at the end.

I had fun! It was fun to watch older girls play soccer. I have a lot to learn!

Leaving for Camp

Andrea. leaving Daddy is driving us to our last camp of this year. We are driving 5 hours to go to Lake Ann Camp. It is a great camp with lots of fun things to do.

This year I am in Jump Start. I get to play in a bog, take a ride in an inner tube  down a river and hike some sand dunes. I get to learn more about God too.

Please pray for nice weather because I will be outside a lot! For help for me too as we learn verses and new song and I try to make new friends.

“See” you in a week!