Michigan…and Michigan

Hi all! These past two weeks have been very busy for me with not a lot of time at home. First, I traveled up to Ann Arbor to visit a couple of my CILT girls. We worked on a lot of CILT work, and we feel like we got a lot done. We both finished all three of our lesson plans for the activities we are going to be teaching. My activities are outdoor cooking, hiking, and survival skills. It was a lot of work to plan activities, bible verses, rainy day activities, and prep materials for each day, but we made it through–thank goodness we were doing it together!

I spent three days up there, and we were basically working non-stop on CILT. If we weren’t working then we were talking about camp:) Can you tell that we are a bit obsessed? (In a good way!) We also took a shopping trip to Walmart to stock up on “counselor things.” We went a bit crazy with the yummy candles and fun pens.

A trip to Walmart with friends is always fun, but this time I was driving. Which would have been fine, if I had known the roads. Something different in big cities that I am not used to is the fact that lots of driving is done on the highway, just to do basic errands. Has anyone heard of “weave lanes?” They are things of evil! Basically what happened was I exited, but I exited right onto another lane of traffic that was exiting as well from another highway. Instead of just merging together, everyone had to switch lanes with each other. It was kind of crazy, but it worked. These are probably a lot easier than I am making them sound, but even my people who live up in Michigan say that they are really dangerous and hard to do.

Google images “weave lanes”

I also ran into a round about. I have seen them before, but I just think that they are more trouble than they are worth. That’s all:)

I also had my Camp Med up in Michigan this past weekend. I had probably the best time of my life. The camp was focused on Cardiology so we had a lot of hands on labs, including a dissection and practice with EKGs! We had class lectures as well because this was a 1 credit college class, technically. We stayed in the dorms and ate in the dining hall. In between class, we were able to scope out campus. The faculty was amazing and the camp leaders (also faculty) were so kind in showing us around campus and answering our many questions about the college. I fell in love with the college, so it is definitely high on my list, as well as their equestrian competition teams. Currently, I ride Western, but I really want to learn English. They have both teams, but I would love to compete hunt seat. So I talked to my riding instructor, and she agreed to start teaching me some showmanship and start teaching me hunt seat. The horse I ride does almost everything…including cross rails!!!!!! I am just so excited right now:) And I am excited about something other than school, so that feels good 😀

I have just a couple more weeks to complete my CILT work so that I can graduate and become a counselor! I am terrified, but also out of my mind excited. My camp director just sent us our “assignments”. I am going to be counseling the “Pilgrims”–3rd and 4th grade girls. They are the best:)

Now I am off to CILT work and volunteer in the E.R. this afternoon! Have a great day!

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The Past 5 Weeks

A few more than five weeks ago I posted a post with some pictures that perfectly described my state of mind at the time:). Since then, I went and returned from Spring Camp, started volunteering, went to school and studied whenever possible, and…FINISHED SCHOOL.

Let’s get into it shall we?

Spring camp turned out to be more of a soaking wet, freezing cold Winter Camp. However, we did get to have campfires and cook over a fire amid the snow hikes and near-ice fishing so I guess it all balances out. Despite the arctic temperatures, I was able to have a fantastic weekend with my camp friends.

It doesn’t look like it, but there was a lot more snow on the ground!

Then, the next weekend, I actually got to start my volunteering in the Emergency Room! I love it so very much. I volunteer every Friday in the afternoon, and every time I leave to go home, I am just so happy. it has made me want to be a doctor even more than I ever wanted to. I love interacting with the registrars and the patients/visitors.

Oh! I turned 17!! 😀 I  had a wonderful birthday day-day and weekends on either side of it:) The Sunday before, my family and I went out to dinner and then the weekend after we actually did presents and cake/ice cream.


Age of Adeline...my absolute favorite movie:D

Kaitlyn made me this beautiful photo album

Kaitlyn made me this beautiful photo album. I also got a Fitbit from my parents! But I didn’t have a clear picture of that.

Cake was really good...

Cake was really good…


And then came final’s week.

And then I wasted time taking pictures.


My mom showed me this video when she was helping me study for my Bio final. It is perfect for anyone in final’s week.

But I made it through…with all A’s. What a relief!

And then I finished school.


google images 🙂 School’s out, let’s scream and shout!!

google images :)

google images 🙂

I had an appointment with my guidance counselor the week after I finished, and he told me that the only classes I need to graduate would be Modern American History, Economics, and Physics. That is really exciting because now I can fill the extra spots in science!!

My classes for next semester: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (A&P), College Algebra 2, Computer Science, Modern American history, and Latin 3. Then I am hoping to take A&P 2, Econ, Physics, and Sociology in the Spring. I have been waiting to take A&P for several years now, so I am really excited–for all of my Senior Year classes!

I have applied to one college so far, I should get that decision this summer. The rest of my colleges are on the Common App which doesn’t come out until August 1.

I have a busy summer up ahead:

*Studying for my second, and hopefully last round, of the ACT and SAT.

* Camp Med: This is a three day camp in June for Juniors and Seniors. We get to stay on the college’s campus and work in their cadaver and Physiology labs, and work with faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Physics, and Psychology on topics that have to do with Cardiology. We also get to attend sessions about college and medical school admissions to figure out how to better prepare ourselves and our applications. Plus, I get college credit for this!

*Visit from Grandma Rychener!

*Summer Camp: I will graduate CILT and become a camp counselor! Lots of work between now and then to make sure that I will actually graduate, but finally all of this work is paying off.

So anyway…I took this past week to be on Summer vacation for real, and I will start the work for real this week:)







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Happy Easter Monday!

I hope all your Easters were fabulous. We had a really great day with family yesterday. It was a full house:) On top of the family and food, the weather was fantastic. 70 degrees, sunny, breezy. And then it rained last night. The ultimately perfect day.


See that gorgeous sunlight?


all three of us


happy Easter all!


I’ve got a crazy week ahead of me, but I was happy to have a nice weekend.

He is risen!!

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Right now

I officially have 5 weeks of school left. Of my junior year. Okay…technically, I have to finish this week, go for five more weeks, and then take my exam week. But let’s just 5 weeks!!! 43 Days!!! 1032 hours!!! 61,920 minutes!!! 3,715,200 seconds!!!

I am just in the mood for pictures right now. I’m taking a study break so I though I would post:D

My mood right now in pictures:


happy, happy, happy


only 5 more weeks! Summer, summer, summer<3


5 weeks, I can do this.


Wait. 5 more weeks? What. Here comes my slow death.




And I am just in a really random mood right now. But I had better get back to studying.

Oh! Dancing with the Stars started again this week! And so our Tuesday evening dinner and DWTS with Noni and C.C. has one again started. We’ve been waiting a long time for this:D

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Let’s Just Take a Moment

I got to thinking today about how many things seem to be happening so fast all of a sudden. Things that I have waited for and dreamed of for so long and never thought would get here! As you might know, I love lists:

  1. In 19 months I will be graduated from high school.
  2. In 12 months, this time next year, I will probably have my college decisions from the colleges. Maybe I will even have accepted a college offer. What do I think about that?!
  3. In 9 months…actually applying to college.
  4. In about 8 months, I will be a high school SENIOR. when did that happen?
  5. In 6 months I will be a counselor at Cedarbrook. Less than a year. I will have that envied walkie talkie, wear my brain around my neck, and get that tall milk cup at meals. Oh the things about being a Cedarbrook counselor 😀 It is so scary to think about! I will be leading girls, teaching activities, walking inside the ‘staff only’ cabin.
  6. And in 2 months I will be 17!! Eep!
  7. CCP. Umm, I know I am right in the midst of it, but this time last year, I was wishing that right now would be here. Does that make sense? Of course it doesn’t. 🙂
  8. And I am driving.

All of a sudden, it just seems like, everything that I have been dreaming about since the 5th grade is coming true. Accept it is happening too fast!!


exciting but terrifying


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Fun Weekend Ahead

Hello all! First off, I am loving this weather today. Rainy and close to 50 degrees outside (I just made that number up…I have no idea, but it feels like it!!) We had a lot of rain last night and a lot of wind. Just the kind of weather I like to fall asleep to:p However, I do wish that we would get snow, it being February and all.

Anyway, this weekend (Thursday-Saturday) is my Model UN convention! It snuck up on all of us, our faculty advisor included, and I think we all kind of wish we had more time to prepare, but I feel ready to go. I’m also really nervous! But that’s okay because I am more excited:)

I had my first Bio exam on Monday. I think I did alright on it. No one in my class is really confident about it…maybe we all just did a lot better than we think?! *Wishful thinking*


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Leadership Academy

Another early morning. This morning I woke up around 7:00 (I guess not so early…) and drove my way over to school to meet the van that would take me 45 minutes to the university that would hold the Leadership Academy.

At first, I thought I had missed the van, but then I finally found where we were supposed to meet so I hopped in and we were on our way. Long story short, I had a really great day. First of all, one of the facilitators looked and talked exactly like one of my favorite camp counselors:) That made it fun.

The academy was held by the university’s Center for Leadership. We had group sessions and group breakout sessions. I felt comfortable there and shared my opinion. I got a lot out of it, and I feel that I can actually use what I learned today.

I have some ideas of how I can, and if I decide to do them, I am sure that you will hear all about it:)

I just wanted to drop in and give a little update on what I did today. Now I am very tired, and I am going to bed. Goodnight guys:)

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Shadowing a Physical Therapist (and assistant)

Today, I woke up early (5:55am. Guys, this time change is so ridiculous! I am still not used to it.) and scheduled my classes for next semester! All of them show me as enrolled so I made it before they filled up.

After that, I drove with mom over to her school. Then I drove myself to my shadowing appointment at the hospital near the school. Today I shadowed a physical therapist who is a dad of two of our school’s students. I met him their at 8:30 and we started his busy day:)

He is the head of inpatient PT so I was briefly able to see an ICU patient. We ended up not staying long though, doctor’s orders:) Then we saw several patients in their TCU–Transitional Care unit– and he did lots of paperwork, as I had expected. Then around 11:00, he was finished with patients for the day so I switched over to an outpatient PTA–physical therapy assistant. He was fun to shadow as well, and he answered all of my questions.

Both of them were easy to talk to, and it was probably the most relaxed shadowing I have had. The whole staff joked with each other and included me, and if you know me, I like to laugh a lot, so they made me feel very at home.

I did learn, though, that I do not want to go into physical therapy. When we went up to the ICU patient, the whole ‘Care Team’ was outside the room, and I was so impressed. They all worked so well together even though it was a highly stressful patient. I didn’t want to leave! I would have rather stayed and watched the doctors work.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I would rather have the medicine part of it. Now, PTs impress me with how much they know, but it is just not the type of work that I want to do. I am glad that I shadowed this PT and PTA so that I could find this out.

Now I have to try to sort through my feelings on ‘MD versus PA’ and the wheels are constantly turning on that one:)

Have a good weekend.

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My Crazy Week

Hi all! Another Monday. Another week. But another fun week.

For about the past month, my weeks have been very similar to each other. They look something like this:

Monday- School. Hurry home to change and head on up to dinner with the family at a cute little diner. Head over to horse lessons. Get home so that Mom and Dad can get my dad ready for the road. Collapse into bed, but probably not before watching an episode of Castle:)

Tuesday- School–my crazy busy school day. After Latin class go over to my piano students’ house to give two lessons before finally going home. Then after relaxing at home for a bit, we head on over to Noni and Aunt Cindy’s house for our dinner and DWTS night! Look forward to it every week:) (Who is your favorite couple… if you watch Dancing with the Stars? I can’t decide on my favorite, but Bindy and Derek are amazing!)

Wednesday- School, of course!. After my one class, I eat lunch with my friend (as I do everyday) and then head back to town and over to the hospital cafeteria to get some studying in. I stay there all afternoon and then around 5:15 I realize that I will be late to youth group if I don’t pack up right away and rush home. So I do. Then Kaitlyn and I go to youth group, have a great time, then, again, collapse into bed.

Thursday- Same old routine during the day. And then piano lessons in the afternoon. Flute choir with Grandma in the evening.

Friday- oh my beloved Friday. NO SCHOOL!! So, guess what I do? Study.

Somewhere in there I try to practice piano, flute, and guitar, complete CILT work, and study for my ACT in December. Oh and get to the gym. Whheww!


So this past week was basically like that…just more hectic because I had OGTS Mon/Wed/Fri and two exams on Thursday.  And I can’t forget the fact that I had to deal with these Latin adjectives…

Screenshot (52)

^My face exactly.

But I have to remember, “I choose joy…I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.” -Max Lucado.

And of course…Screenshot (31)^probably the best thing I have ever read!! 😀

Today, I need to submit writing homework and take my Latin quiz. I had my Math OGTs this morning and will take my Science OGTs on Wednesday. Then I will have finished them all, and hopefully I will pass them all so that I do not have to take them again.

Have a fantastic Monday all.

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Horses, horses, horses

Hello!!! happy Tuesday morning to ya’ll:)

Guess what?! My sister and I started horse lessons last night 😀 EEEEE!!! As you can probably tell…I’m rather excited.

We didn’t get a lot of ride time in last night since it was our first night. We learned how to groom them and tack them. Sweet horses:)

My horse's name was Rico.

My horse’s name was Rico.


Stand still!

Stand still!




















Yesterday, I took my history midterm. I can’t believe how fast the semester is going!

Tonight, I start piano lessons with the same student I had last year. They live right down the road from school so I am going to give her lessons at her house every Tuesday. I’m glad:) I missed doing it.

Next Monday (!) is the first Model UN meeting. It is a no commitment info meeting. We’ll get info packets and a ton of answers:) Can’t wait.



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