The Seton Easter Art Challenge 2017

The Seton Easter Art Challenge 2017

First Place | Staff & Popular Vote

Fatima Flores

Fatima Flores

Grade 10 | Where, O death, is your Victory?

Second Place | Staff Vote

Leah Myers

Leah Myers

Grade 12 | Resurrected

Second Place | Popular Vote

Cristina Flores

Cristina Flores

Grade 9 | The Resurrection

 All Contest Entries

Share your favorite in the comments, and which you liked best!

Meet the Contestants

Vincente Swope

Vincente Swope

Grade 9 | Rising from the Dead!

Grace Butler

Grace Butler

Grade 9 | Christus in Gloria

Christopher Lewis

Christopher Lewis

Grade 11 | The Cross of Christ's Resurrection

Leah Myers

Leah Myers

Grade 12 | Resurrected

Fatima Flores

Fatima Flores

Grade 10 | Where, O death, is your Victory?

Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall

Grade 9 | The Resurrection

Cristina Flores

Cristina Flores

Grade 9 | The Resurrection

Sarah Randall

Sarah Randall

Grade 11 | Jesus Rises from the Dead

Amelia Coleman

Amelia Coleman

Grade 9 | Death Conquered: The Resurrected Christ

Emily McKinnon

Emily McKinnon

Grade 10 | He Is Risen

Catherine Salgado

Catherine Salgado

Grade 12 | Christ Rises from the Tomb

Challenge Details

Theme: the Resurrection of Christ.

For: Open to Seton high school students, grades 9-12.

How to Enter: Register for free today to enter this challenge. You can then access the page for uploading your submission.

Volume: One entry per student.

Accepted Mediums: watercolors, pencil sketches, digital art, charcoals, pen/inks and/or acrylic paints.

Judging: Judging will be on composition, proportion, realism and attention to detail/artistic technique, and how the spirit of the scene is depicted.

Finalists: If sufficient entries of note are submitted, first and second place finalists will be selected. The best remaining will be published online. Student ages and grades are not taken into account in this challenge.

Submission Details: Take care to scan it in carefully so that it’s clear and in high resolution. If not sufficiently clear, we will ask you to do it again. If you don’t have access to a scanner, Staples or OfficeWorks can do it for you. You can also use your smartphone to take a high resolution photo; ensure that lighting is even, and the phone is absolutely stable.

So how does the voting work?

There are two kinds of voting; public voting, and staff selection.

It’s possible that an entry may win both! But only the staff selection will be nominated to the official 1st and 2nd place, and merit the prizes.

We will showcase the 1st and 2nd popular votes as well, if they differ from the staff picks.

Vote away!

Questions? Ask below!

442 Comments

  1. Emily McKinnon

    I have never entered one of these art contest before, but I’m more than willing to try! :) Thanks for a new challenge, Seton Staff! :)

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    • Joey Barron

      I’ve never done an art challenge. I have painted before, though, so, I’ll give it a try. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Yay! I’m not the only one! :) I love to paint! I painted some little Disney quotes for me and my sister’s room! Then, I decorated them with lace and little flowers! That was one day in my life that I felt really productive. :) What have you painted?

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          • Joey Barron

            Ok, good, it went through. :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Wow that’s amazing, Joey! You painted it? That’s so awesome. What is it of? A local barn or is it from your imagination? It’s so good!

          • Joey Barron

            Thank you! Yes, I painted it. :) It’ from my imagination. I took art lessons for a while, and then wanted to paint a nice scenery, and this is what it ended up being. :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            It’s totally brilliant! I wish I was arty :)

          • Joey Barron

            Thanks! :) Oh, with practice you could. Honestly, I painted that after completing just 5 weeks of art lessons. :) It’s really not that hard once you get the hang of it. :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Whoa five weeks? That’s impressive :)

          • Joey Barron

            Thanks. :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s so neat! I can’t paint that well at all. The majority of my paintings are silhouettes and famous quotes. I’ve painted mountains before, but it turned out hideous. It’s kind of funny that I can’t paint, ’cause I used to take art lessons all the time a few years back. The thing is, I just don’t seem to take the time for any real paintings. The two paintings I mentioned before only took about 30 minutes per one. :)
            But, I can sketch fairly well, so there is that I guess. I just know my art is going to look the worst.

          • Joey Barron

            Thank you. :) Well, I like quote paintings; A friend of mine also does them. She does bible verses and stuff like that. :)
            That’s good. See, I’m the opposite. I can paint, but I can’t sketch… IDK why. :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            Never mind the little snowflake lights…those are my christmas lights that are still up… :)

          • Joey Barron

            Even though you said not to, I’m still gonna judge. :P I think they are very nice. I really love that blue color in the second one. Very good! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah gee, thanks, Joey. :) I still fail to see it myself. Please, they can’t even compare to yours.
            And, I still have no idea as to why my older siblings keep telling me to try selling things like this. They’re crazy. I do so much crafting, that they just assume I’m good. Older siblings, am I right? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh no it won’t!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh yes it will!

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh no it won’t!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hmm….okay, fine! It may not look the worst, but it’ll rate close second.

          • Amelia Coleman

            We’ll see:) I’m almost done with mine already! I wish we could enter more than one

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, I did finish mine already. But, it’s so plain and boring. So, I’m trying another idea, then I’m gonna decide which one I like more and send that one in. :) What about you? Did you only draw one picture?

          • Amelia Coleman

            I drew 1 1/2 :) Yeah, mine is a little too simple, too, (simple can be good, though, so I’m not ruling it out). Still, I think I’ll whip up a couple more before deciding for sure:))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Same here. I’m not content with the first one at all, so I’m trying something a little different that I know no one else will probably do. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I think with mine I’ll just add a simple background. But, I’ll also make some more totally different ones…musing…oh, sorry. Back to reality. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha, sounds like you got a good idea! :) Happy drawing! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            You too! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            @ameliacoleman:disqus
            I was so ready for drawing. Then, as it turns out it’s such a beautiful day and all….so…. scratch the drawing, I’m off to the mountains to do some HIKING!!!! :)
            Procrastination queen over here, lol. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hey you’ve got like 20 days! Enjoy the mountains!!! (lucky!) It’s freezing cold here in Wisconsin (but sunny, for once!!)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I did enjoy them–greatly! :) Nothing like a good long hike to get you going. :) Ready to get back to my (terrible) sketch. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            DON’T BE SO PESSIMISTIC!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Who, me? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            *phew* I finished my sketch! But…I’m still not convinced it’s good enough. Maybe I’ll try re-drawing it once and see if that looks any better. Hmm…..oh, yeah! Back to work! :)
            Have you sent in yours yet? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Great! I finished mine at about the same time as you did! I like it, but I’m still not sure. It’s just a picture of the risen Christ with a simple background. Not sure the one dominating figure is what they’re looking for, so I’m going to do another more complex one and then compare the two. I want to see your picture! I’ll show you mine, if you want

          • Emily McKinnon

            @ameliacoleman:disqus I want to show you mine too, but I kind of want to see if I make it first. See, I did something VERY OFF of the original/typical Resurrection pics. I kind of twisted it to a different perspective. Y’all are gonna think my drawing technique is weird. :) I want to see yours! :) I was going to do a more typical sketch, then I got inspired and did something totally different. But different is good sometimes, right? :) I bet yours is super good! What is it like exactly? How did you do the coloring? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Well, a different perspective is good! It will probably be a breath of sweet relief for the judges:) Yeah, maybe we should show each other after the deadline, or just wait because they will all probably be shown in the end. Mine is a icon-like picture of Jesus glowing with light, and a simple, light-colored sunrise behind. Below is a tomb that kind of looks like the real thing (I googled a picture). That’s it. Maybe a little…blah. I did the whole thing in colored pencil and outlined in pen to make in show up better in the photo. I learned that lesson the hard way when my angels were totally washed out in the last contest…

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, maybe it’ll be good for them! :) Hope so anyway. I just sent it in!!! So nervous-ish. :)
            Yours sounds amazing! i bet you’ll get First Place! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I don’t know about that! I bet that yours will be a tough contender!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Mmmm…maybe so. I think mine is so different that they’re going to be confused. It looks like my pencil blew up. :) I’m kidding, of course. I hope that I’ll at least be a second thought for them! :) Praying so! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes!I I bet it’ll be good.

          • Emily McKinnon

            I feel like my sketch could have been a bit more interesting, but I couldn’t necessarily add any more! :) I’m still fairly confident in it–especially for it being my first art entry ever. :) How about yours? Did you send yours in yet? I sent my in last night :0 :p :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            That’s how I feel with mine! I’m done with it, but I haven’t sent it in yet. I want to try one more thing first, compare the two, and then decide, you know? We still have a lot of time, so I’ll probably work really hard on idea #2 first:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Good idea. I kind of wish I would have waited to. But, I know that I still wouldn’t change anything. I would just end up staring at it all day saying: “Oh….I could’ve done better….or could I have?…”
            I’m sure you’re gonna do great! I did the same thing, though. I drew two different pictures, and compared them. Well, I say two. I actually drew at least 4 or 5. But,one was different from all the others. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha, yeah, that sounds like something I would do. I don’t like to have a picture I can do nothing more with and not send it in, if that makes sense. But there has to be a first time for everything:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, it makes perfect sense! :) Truth! :) I really hope I get somewhere with this contest! At least make it further than the story contest, lol. :) I get too excited sometimes. I shouldn’t have had that coffee, haha. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Okay – that is AMAZING.

          • Joey Barron

            Thank you Amelia! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, that is so gorgeous, Joey!!:) (now I am really not entering! lol)

          • Joey Barron

            Thank you! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Zelie, you gotta enter! It would give you another chance to win something! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            hmmm, maybe……I will think about it! Lol, I will wait till I see how well I do non this one!

          • Emily McKinnon

            @gisellefaber:disqus
            You’ll do great no matter what, Zelie! :) Confidence, girl! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Confidence is not my strongest point! Apparently I need to listen to that one song from The Sound of Music “I have confidence in confidence alone!”. though I never really could understand what she was trying to say there. Random question: Do you like musicals?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, try to make it your strong point! Try and you might! :)
            Yes!!!! Oh, yes!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE musicals! :) Very often, if we get the tickets at a fair price, my mom, sisters, and I go to Denver to see plays by the “Broadway Tour”!!!!!! :) Why, last December(2016) my sisters and I saw the musical “Finding Neverland.”!!! :) Such a sad/beautiful play! Really, I cried: it was so gorgeous. I’ve also seen stage productions(Broadway Tour) of “Newsies,” “Riverdance,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and in March we’re going to go see: “An American in Paris.” :) So, yes, to answer your previous question, I LOVE musicals! Movies are really good too! I love “The Sound of Music.” Do you like musicals? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, Ok, Doctor Emily!!:)
            I like a lot of them too!:) So you like Broadway?
            I am hoping to go to “My Fair Lady” here soon. I like musical fairly well too. Though they can be kinda weird sometimes. I mean, everyone just suddenly jumps up and starts singing the same thing and dancing perfectly in sync?! Lol, wish I could do that….!!!:)
            I know, The Sound of Music is one of my favorites!:) I like a lot of the songs from it!!:) Have you seen the remake of it? (“The Sound of Music Live” I think is what it is called.)

          • Emily McKinnon

            :)
            I LOVE Broadway! :) I’m so excited to go see “An American in Paris” next month! :) That’s so true! I know, my family and I area always joking about that. We’re always like: “It’s a good thing they all know the same moves, and the same songs.” LOL! :)
            I just watched the Sound Of Music las night! I love it so much! :) I haven’t seen the new one, no. I have seen clips of it, and I hated it. Carrie Underwood is NOT my favorite.—and, no one can take Julie Andrews’ place! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Boy, I really wish you could live in MT! Every summer here in Helena we have a “Symphony Under the Stars” which is where the Helena Symphony has a concert where they play music that fits a certain theme. A few years ago it was Disney Songs, and then last year it was “Broadway Under the Big Sky.” It was REALLY great!! They had two really famous Broadway singers and it was so good!:) I wish you could have been here…..
            I know, it is great!!:) I saw the new one, and didn`t like it too much. Yea, Carrie Underwood didn`t seem to fit the part very well. I kinda wish they would stop remaking all of the old classics. I mean, they have remade Sound of Music, Ben-Hur, Magnificent Seven, Tarzan, Jungle Book, Peter Pan, and a bunch of others. It seems kinda silly though for most of them. I mean, seriously, you CANNOT improve Ben-Hur!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, that’s so neat! :) I wish I could have been there too! I would LOVE to meet y’all! :) Like I said to Elodie, my Church has an annual 50-mile Mother Cabrini pilgrimage in August!–it takes two days to complete it! Y’all should come out then! :) I would get to meet y’all finally, haha! :)
            Yeah, not a very big fan of Carrie Underwood…at all. :) I like the new versions of Cinderella and Jungle book, though. Those were pretty good. :) I’ve never seen Ben-Hur, either, so I wouldn’t know. :/ But, I am psyched for the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea it is pretty cool. Really, that sound interesting. I would like to go for that!:)
            Me neither, I don`t think they should have had her for the role. I haven`t seen the New Jungle Book, though I have heard good things about it. I have seen the new Ben-Hur and Magnificent Seven. They were both OK, though not as good as the originals. But I am glad they did Cinderella, I really liked that. And I am so excited for Beauty and the Beast!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yay! All of y’all need to come out for the pilgrimage! :) I would LOVE to meet y’all!–in person. :)
            THe new Jungle Book was really really good! :) I really liked it! :) I haven’t seen those! I’ll have to look into them! :) I LOVED the Cinderella movie! It was SOOOO good! :) I am super excited for the new Beauty and the Beast too! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ooh, I watched both of those too!

          • Emily McKinnon

            @ameliacoleman:disqus Weren’t they so great? :) I LOVED the Cinderella movie! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yeah, it was pretty well done. My favorite movies are the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies (of course). I like the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit movies the best, then the LotR movies. I really really do not like the first Hobbit movie, though. I also love Scarlet and the Black, Emma, and All Is Lost. What are your favorite movies?

          • Emily McKinnon

            My favorite movies would have to be the LOTR movies(obviously), Saving Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Emma, White Christmas, Toy Story(all three of them), and Enchanted. :) Those are really only my top favorites, though. I still love many many more! :) I absolutely LOVE all the old musicals. For example, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Holiday Inn, and Little Boy Lost.–although, Little Boy Lost isn’t really much of a musical. It’s more of a super sad/depressing WWII movie with Bing Crosby. :) I actually didn’t like the last two Hobbit movies. They were so cheesy! Tauriel wasn’t even supposed to be in there! I liked the first movie, but that was the only one I really enjoyed. :) But, I love them all no matter what, because it’s J.R.R. Tolkien! And, those books are my childhood. :) What are your overall favorites?

          • Giselle Faber

            That would be nice!!:)
            I haven`t seen in though I have been wanting to. Yea you should!:) I know, the Cinderella movie was good!:) I know!!:) I wish I could go to the midnight premier of it! But nobody will take me….:(

          • Emily McKinnon

            Alrighty then, it’s settled! @ameliacoleman:disqus @elodiepierlot:disqus @JoeyBarron00:disqus @immanuelportus:disqus @gisellefaber:disqus: Y’all are coming out for the annual Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage in August, okay? :) Yay, we can all actually meet each other in person, haha. :)
            Zelie: ah, no! :) If I had my license, I would take you with me! :) Heck, if I had my license I would take you with me to go visit France again! :) I joke with my friend from Church and my little sis, that once I make enough money, I’m taking them with me to France. Also, we just joke that I’m going there for my future Culinary adventures, haha! :) And, now I’m inviting you along! Sound good? Lol! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hey! I’d love to meet everyone in person haha! I hope my guardian angel would give me a ride or get me a teleporter!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Whatever works, right? Haha! Maybe your guardian will give you a lift! :) I mean, if this year doesn’t work, maybe next year? Haha. :) I mean, the pilgrimage is a beautiful thing anyway, and we are well-known for it. We have Catholics from all over the world come and join us! :) It really is quite edifying! :) I agree, though, it would be fantastic to meet everyone! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes I wonder…. Maybe he could give me a jet pack that won’t run out of fuel. Then I’ll be able to fly with him. Hahaha my angel must think he has the funniest kid to look after xd

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahahahahaha!!!!!! *begins panting for breath* I’m sorry; that was TOO funny! Hahaha! Oh, I had too much coffee, lol. :) Yes, your guardian angel probably never stops laughing! :) Can’t say mine does much better, though. :) I mean, he’s your guardian angel, he can probably have it happen, lol. :) I mean, how else does he expect you to get to the Pilgrimage? :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Haha yes I’m known as a comedian among friends and family. Well, there’s an alternative. He can buy me first class tickets! (In an airline not on a fluffy cloud) I’m going to check if my angel has an email so I could chat him up.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Okay, I just have to say, around friends and relatives, our family is known as the Punny/Funny/Sarcastic group! And, I honestly think you’re funnier than me! Congrats, you rank one of the best comedians! LOL! :)
            Got something against a fluffy cloud ride? :) I mean, riding in style, right? :) Good idea. Might be better to check with him first. LOL! You are cracking me up over here! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Alright haha I also have a funny family here but I’m the most hilarious. I’m funnier when I meet people personally. Xd Thanks for the accolade. I’m talented in making anybody laugh- even random people. I can’t ride on a cloud; only angels can do that haha. If I’m good my angel might upgrade me from first class to a Learjet. When I’m extra good, he’ll give me a cape and I can be superman!

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) Haha, okay, I’ll buy that. :) Sounds about right. :) Well, like I said, you gotta get here someway or other, right? Hey! My Dad’s a pilot, so if you need someone to fly you! :) Great, so when you come flying up here as superman for the Pilgrimage, I’ll make sure to warn everybody haha. :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Haha very funny. I think I’d rather be a Jedi master than superman xd. Cool, what kind of pilot is your dad? Does he flies 747’s and A380’s?

          • Emily McKinnon

            He’s retired Air Force.. He used to fly the F-16’s. :) Now, he teaches at Doss Aviation! So, I am not entirely sure what he flies now. :/ I just know that he teaches flying to new Academy Students. :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hey Emi! F-16’s ! That’s amazing! I love really fast planes! I would like to learn how to fly a plane and go skydiving. I mean, I can fly a really cool craft- a kite! Haha I’ll be able to get there in no time if you let me ride in one of those!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hey, Imman the Great(haha, that’s not going away anytime soon)! :) Thanks! I always thought it was pretty amazing too! As a matter of fact, my Dad was telling me that within time, if I wanted to, I could learn how to fly planes at a nearby Air Force Base. Granted, I have to pay who-knows-how-much, but, I mean, flying?!?! I think it’s worth it! :) Obviously, I’m not joining the Air Force or anything, so I would just be a civilian flyer, but hey! Do you know how cool it would be to officially fly a plane?!?!?
            Lucky. I can’t hardly even fly a kite. :) Sometimes, I feel like Charlie Brown(from the Peanuts comics and show, well and movie now, I guess). :) I can get it up there, but the wind always seems to stop once I do, haha. :)
            Sure, I’ll have my Dad fly over and pick you up. No big deal. :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Alright if you say so. Go ahead! Learning to fly is a lifetime experience! I think your dad is an awesome pilot! Yes I know who Charlie Brown is haha. Sure thing! Thanks for the lift!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, thanks! I think he’s awesome too, haha! :) Someday, I will have a plane, and I’ll be a licensed pilot. :) Just kidding, I’d probably kill myself. :/
            No problem, haha! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            I’ll tell my angel to get you a plane someday. What kind would you like to have?

          • Emily McKinnon

            I mean, if I can get an F-15 or an F-16, I’m good with that! :) Tel him just to give me whatever he’s got on hand! I’m not picky! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes call me Imman! (aka Imman the Great) ??

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahaha! Okay, Imman the Great! :) You can call me Em, Emi, Em&M, or Vixie. Those are my most commonly used nicknames. :) Take your pick! Haha! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            I think I’ll call you Emi haha. Em&m reminds me of M&M chocolates haha

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s how I got my nickname, haha! Em is short for Emily, and my last name starts with M….so, that’s how that nickname fell into place! :) I like it when people use Emi for me, though! Only my older sis really calls me that! :) How many siblings do you have–or do you? :) I have nine siblings! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Haha I’m already calling you EMI! I have 3 siblings. We’re actually 10 but the rest are in Heaven. I’m the oldest.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, goody! I love when people use my nicknames, haha! :) Oh, okay. I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll keep them in my prayers! Ah, you’re so lucky to be the oldest. I’m the third youngest of the family. :/ Not as fun, haha. :/ But, being this young, there is one benefit, I already have a niece and two nephews!–plus another(my oldest sister and her husband are going to be adopting!). So, I should have another within time, haha! :) Unfortunately though, they all live far away. :( Good thing I love traveling, huh? :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            That’s cool! I don’t have any nieces or nephews so you’re having an awesome experience! I bet you do! Where have you traveled?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, it is quite fun! I love my nieces and nephews like crazy! Not that I spoil them or anything *said in my mock innocent voice*. :)
            I have traveled to MANY places! From what I can remember, I’ve traveled to Europe, Ireland, Greenland, England, Iceland, Boston, Japan, Hawaii, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Germany… running low on memory. :) That’s all I can really recall. :) What about you? Have you traveled far? :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Haha really…. That’s so fantastic! I’ve been to so many places as well! I’ve seen about 14 states and more than 9 countries. Boston! It’s really cold there! I’ve been to Japan as well! I hope to go to the countries you’ve seen!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks! I guess it is cool. *shrugs* :) I love to travel though, and I’m already ready to go tour the world again haha! :) I honestly might just try to find any job that may make me have to go from place to place. *looking over at the Air Force* :) I’m kidding! I could never do AF! :) I’d rather just open my bakery and become a world famous chef! :) We’ll see how far that goes, right? XD
            Boston was really cool though! While we were there, I got to go to a baseball game! It was Angels against Boston Red Sox!—Of course, I’m all for the Red Sox, so…. :)
            Japan is where two of my siblings were born! :) One of my sisters was born in England, so we always joke that she’s the Brit of the family. But, to be fair, I was born in South Carolina, so I’m the “Southerner of the family”. *rolls eyes to the nine other siblings* :)
            The majority of the places I’ve been were only for short moments. :/ So, I’m willing to go back too! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Alright let me have a taste of some cinnamon rolls when you’re a world-famous chef!
            I’ve been to North Carolina but only for a short while.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Absolutely! :) That’s one of the things I’m well-known for at my Church. :) That, and my “world famous” Banana Muffins! :)
            Well, I’ll be going back to NC in November for a friend’s wedding! So, I’ll see it again for you. :) I’ll tell it you said “hi.” :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yoo-hoo! I love snacks haha. That’s great! Say hi to the airport because that’s how far I got ;)
            :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            For free, too….maybe. :) Well, you did get far, didn’t you? :) That’s okay, I didn’t get to live near there very long anyway. :/

          • Giselle Faber

            That would be so cool!:)
            Lol, thank you, you are such a good friend!:)
            Oh, goody, so we are going to France when you get your license?! When shall we start? Lol!:) You can do the cooking and I`ll clean up after you!:) And we can play duets with the piano and organ and guitar (I`ll have my one soon!:)) and the tambourine and wasn`t there something else you knew? Well, anyway, and you can sing, and I`ll just mouth the words, and we`ll have a jolly time!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? :)
            Aw, gee. *begins to blush* You’re so sweet, Zelie. :)
            Yepers, we are! :) Granted, you’ll be stuck with my friend and my little sis. :) But, don’t worry, they are SO like you! You’ll enjoy their company, trust me. Yes, and my friend LOVES to cook too, so she’ll help out! :) Plus, my little sis is a little OCD at times, so she can help you out, lol. :) I’ll bring my guitar too! We can do so many duets! :) Yes, we will bring the tambourine as well! :) You’re not mouthing any words!–No, if you wanna come, you gotta sing! :) That’s what road trips are all about! :) And after we finish in France, we can go to England and visit with Elodie, LOL! :) We’ll just keep driving! Sounds great, am I right? :) And, yes, most definitely, we WILL have a jolly good old time! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, thanks!:)
            Believe you me, I would put up with about anything to go to France!! A little sis and a friend don`t sound too terrible!!:) Oh goody, I will be expecting some good food on this trip! Lol, fine with me!:) Ohh, I can`t wait to hear you on the tambourine, lol!:) You will have to teach me!:) Ummm, well if you say so. You may sing a different tune once you hear me sing! (Or croak rather) Lol, yup, @Elodie Pierlot, we are coming your way!! And while we are at it, let`s go visit your old home in Germany! Well how could we not have a jolly good old time?!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, you will make friend with them, alright. Believe me, they will love you! :) Thanks! You do know the tambourine is just the little instrument that you shake, right? I mean, you’re not under the impression that it’s one of the horns, right? Because, I cannot play any of those, believe me! :) Yes, all voices must sing! :) Road trips are meant to be silly/fun!–or, at least, that’s what I’ve learned from past experiences. :) Sounds great! We’re coming for you, Elodie! :) And, yes, we shall go and visit Germany and all its beauty! :) Oh, I can’t wait, haha! :) Good question! We will have a fantastic time! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, I am sure I will!:) Lol, well, surely you have to shake it a right way!! I am probably the kind of person who would do it wrong!! Lol, it is a good thing you don`t do anything that you have to blow into! I wouldn`t be able to do that very well! Lol, ok, I can totally rock silly/fun!!:) I will warn you now though that I tend to get hyper sometimes!! Depending on how much caffeine I have in me, who I am with and how late/early it is!! (and I mean in the wee hours early cause I totally rock those too!! Lol!!:)) Lol, this is sounding better and better!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) No, you wouldn’t! Trust me, there is no way to shake the tambourine wrongly! :) It’s so simple, really! Plus, I don’t even know if I am doing it correctly half the time. I mean, I taught myself. :/ Yipee! You are going to LOVE this trip!!!! :) And, so am I!!!!! :) Oh, please, you can’t get any more hyper than Chrisann(my friend/”adopted” sis:) ), Audrey(my sis), and I do when we’re together! You will fit in perfectly! Though, there may have to be some moments of quiet for the driver, haha! :) Wow! I just noticed our names will all fit together perfectly: Chrissy, Auddy, Emi, and Zelie! This was meant to be, Zelie!!!! :) Oh, goody. So, the road trips always start out EARLY in the morning, unfortunately. And I have to warn you as well, early in the morning and knowing that I have to stay awake, I will be extremely hyperactive!!!! Especially, because I will be having to pour coffee into myself all day!! :) This REALLY is sounding better and better! :) Yay! Crazy/silly/fun road trips!!! SO FUN!!!! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, ok, that sounds good then!!:)
            I know, it is sounding better and better, lol!:)
            ummm, well I can get pretty bad, just ask my friends. But I am always glad for fellow hypers!! lol, I don`t think that is a word! Lol, yup, meant to be!!:) Umm, well, I guess as long as I have about six cups of black coffee I should be OK to go in the morning. Well, you can clean everything up and get everything ready to go for the day and I`ll just sleep as long as I can. Sound good?! K, so we gotta plan where all are we going!!! Lol!:):)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh! Earlier you asked if I played a different instrument….and, I actually do…..I also play the harmonica! :) So, I do play something that you have to blow into, lol! :)
            Nah, you won’t bother me! You’ll be a comfort to Chrisann and Aud! :) They are super hyper! Well, I am too….. :) Most of the time, anyway. I mean, let’s face it, there’s got to be a few moments of maturity, right? :) Oh, yay! I’ll have a full car of sleepy girls, haha! :) This sounds fantastic! :) Well, we have to go to France most definitely!–and England, I promised my sis I’d take her to England if possible. :) Plus, TX and Montana to get you, obviously. LOL!!! :) Where else do you wanna go? We could probably do Spain! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, ok. Lol, we will have quite the musical group!:)
            Lol, yea, someone has to be the adult!:) Well, we won`t bother you much if we are asleep!:)
            Yea, England definitely. France is a must. Germany and Switzerland would be neat. I SOO want to go to Ireland, but I guess it is a little out of the way. Let`s go to Russia too! Then we can all work on our Russian accents!!:) lol!:) ooooh, Spain sounds cool!:) Why not go there too?!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Our own little band, eh? :)
            Yes, I shall take the role of adult…..at times. :) PLease, it’ll be fantastic no matter what! :)
            I’ve been to Ireland! And Iceland and Greenland…. We took a cruise ship there. :) Hey! That’s a great idea: let’s take a cruise ship to a few other places. Like, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland…etc… :) Sound good? :) Ah, yes! My sis would absolutely LOVE to visit Russia! It’s a must then! We’re going to Russia! I’ll add it to the list, LOl! :) Sounds phantasmagorical! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yep, sounds great right?:)
            Lol, I thought you said “I`ll be fantastic no matter what” and I was thinking that was a little out of character for you Emi! even if it is true!:) Yea, you are probably the best bet for adult role.
            OMG!! You have been to Ireland!!! And Iceland and Greenland!!! I am so jealous!!!:) Wow you are lucky!!:) Lol, well, we will just have to visit those places again. And a cruise ship?! *starts hyperventilating.
            Yea, Russia sounds awesome!!:) Wow, this list is getting long…..
            Ummm, what does that word even mean?!

          • Emily McKinnon

            It DOES sound great! :)
            Yes, definitely. I am really good at pulling on the “mommy” moment with my immature older siblings. :) I was born for this, girl! :) We are gonna rule this trip! LOL! :)
            Me? Fantastic? Yeah, no, you read something wrong…LOL! :)
            Yes, we are gonna do this! :) And, it’s gonna be greta! Russia, Germany, England, France, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Spain….woah, this list is getting long. :) Cruise ships are awesome! :) Though, I did get seasick, so be prepared for that. LOL! :)
            Phantasmagorical is just a word to express feeling. It kind takes place of fantastic! And, Yes, it IS a real word! Look it up! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            I believe you, I believe you!! You can be Mommy Emily and Chef Emily. Lol!:)
            Well, that is what I at first thought you said. Then I read it closer cause you aren`t exactly the type to boast! But you are fantastic!!:)
            Yea, that is a lot of places!! Lol, while we are at it, let`s swing down to Australia, I have always kinda wanted to go there too. (thanks to the Man from Snowy River movies, no doubt!) hmmm, well, seasickness could be a problem, I wouldn`t know. I have only been to the seaside once years ago, and I was only ankle deep in it!! Have you ever been on a commercial airplane? I am guessing you have sense you have moved around so much.
            And how the heck do you pronounce that?! I think I will just say fantastic!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) Yay, I’ll get my “mommy” on! LOL! :)
            Yeah, I would never boast. :) Not the type at all. :) But, thanks! :)
            Australia sounds great! Since we’re touring the world anyway, right? I’ve only seen one “the Man from Snowy River” movie. And even that was forever long ago! :/
            Seasickness is not fun, let me tell you. :(
            I think I’ve been on a commercial plane. Yeah, I’m almost positive I have been. But, I was only like, 4 or 5. So, I don’t really remember anything about it. :)
            It’s pronounced: “Fan-taz-ma-gore-i-coal.” More or less. You’ve never heard it before? Wow, my family uses that word like 24-7! LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, I didn`t think you were the type!!:)
            I have always been kind of interested in Australia. It seems an interesting place. And heck, sense we are going everywhere else…..why not there?
            I you should re-watch them!!:) I really like them!:)
            I bet not!:(
            I have only ever been in my brother-in -law`s little Cessna. Never a commercial plane. But it was super fun!! Though kind of bumpy…
            No, I have never heard of it. And I love words!! But I shall definitely have to add it to my vocabulary!!:) lol!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) Well, you thought right. :)
            I gotta be honest: I’ve really only ever been interested in Australia because of their AWESOME accents! :) I just LOVE to talk like them! It’s like British accents: I just really really like them! I don’t know why, but I just do! So, I’m all for Australia! Plus, it’s such an interesting place! :)
            I should re-watch them. I’ll add it to my never ending list, LOL! :)
            Ah, okay. No worries, we will have to take a few planes on our trip anyway, haha! :)
            Well, there’s one more word for you, then! :) Enjoy it, and your welcome, haha! :) So phantasmagorical! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            IKR!! I love Aussie accents!! They are not my favorite, but they are up there! And I really do like the Man From Snowy River, so that has helped. And also it seems like every single time I play Risk I end up getting most of Australia! So I have a certain fondness of it!!:0 lol!:)
            Yea, you just have to watch out for spiders and snakes there, cause they have some beauties!
            I know, I always have movies I want to watch! And books!!!! *sigh, there is never enough time!
            Well, I think if I can handle a bumpy trip in a little four-seater over the Rockies, I should be ok in a commercial plane, but I won`t know till I have tried it!!:) And I have always wanted to go on a cruise ship….we (my siblings and I) actually saved enough money to send our parents on a cruise for their 25th marriage anniversary a few years ago, but they haven`t been able to take it yet. Soon, hopefully.
            Lol, you are funny!:) But I shall enjoy using it….once I have mastered saying it that is. I still trip over it!!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! Yes, I love Australian accents! I love mocking them too, lol! :) Lol, I haven’t played Risk in FOREVER!!! :0 I need to that again! Oh! I know, we can bring it with us for the trip! :)
            Oh, I know. That’s one thing that I do not like about Australia. Just watch, I’ll probably die from a snakebite, the roads won’t even be a problem, haha! :)
            Ah, that’s so neat! We wanted to that for our parents, but they have too many kids still at home, so we all made a mental deal to do it when they only have 2 or 3 of us at home. :) Cruse ships are pretty darn amazing! :) I just mainly remember being in the kid section all day and having the best of times with the workers! :) True, you won’t know until you try! So, I guess it’s time to try! LOL! :)
            Haha! You’ll get the hang of it, Zelie! No worries! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I saw the new Jungle Book. It was really fun to watch:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? I really liked seeing how they did Shere Khan. I have always loved him–he was so cool! :) And then to see him even more intimidating and more realistic….oh, the goosebumps! :) It was so good! But, did you hear? The guy who made that movie, he got permission to do the Lion King next. What?!?!? How can one redo The Lion King? It’s not like you can make it live-action. :)
            @ameliacoleman:disqus

          • Amelia Coleman

            I never even watched the Lion King before. Actually, I’ve haven’t watched a lot of the animated disney movies…let’s see…I’ve watched Cinderella, the old jungle book (I didn’t like it, but then again I was 14 when I watched it w/ my little siblings:P), 101 dalmatians, Artisocats, Fox and the Hound, Lady and the Tramp, Bambi, and that’s all I can remember right now. ok so that’s kind of a lot but kind of not. Yeah Shere Khan was goof. So was Kaa…and ooh, the panther what’s-his-name he’s my all time fav. Now I wanna watch that movie again…

          • Emily McKinnon

            WHAT?!?!?!? YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE LION KING?!?!?! What is wrong with you, girl?!?! That is the Best Disney movie ever!!!!!!! Those are really good Disney movies too. I liked them a lot! Especially 101 Dalmatians and the Lady and the Tramp when I was younger. :) The panther’s name is Bagheera. I used to love him too! :) Him and Shere Kahn were the best in both versions of the movie! :) It is such a great movie! I love it! It’s always been one of my favorites of all time! :) You gotta catch up on your Disney, Mia! Have you ever seen The Princess Diaries movies? That’s all I think of when I use your nickname. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok, I should watch the Lion King sometime:) Oh yes, Bagheera – he is awesome. Oh my gosh the Princess Diaries…yes…I’ve seen it…and the thing is she reminds me of me a little bit. With the cat and stuff (I’m a cat whisperer:)) and the neediness. Well, ok, I’m not as nerdy as she is. And I like sports. But still.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, you must watch The Lion King. It is, by far, the best Disney Movie, and quite possibly the best movie of all time! :)
            Goody! That’s who you kind of remind me of, in a way–mainly because of your nickname, haha. :) Nice! I’m not much of a cat person. I think they’re cute and all, but my mom and brother are allergic to them, so I’m not very often in contact with cats. :/
            I’m more of Mia in way of nerdiness. I am an extremely nerdy girl at times.—mainly, with Avengers, LOTR, Disney, and chick-flics. :) I like some sports. What is your favorite sport? Mine is Baseball! :) Best sport ever! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh wow I will have to watch it if it’s that good, Em!
            Nerdy, yes – I am like a fanatic about LotR (have you heard the idea that Tom Bombadil may actually be Aule, and Goldberry Yavanna?!?) (that was an example for my fanaticism).
            I love the grace and aura of mystery cats have, as well as being adorable. Even the mean ones are usually just scared, not really mean. And I can fix that:)
            I am very nerdy, too, at times – most about things I like (which is everything) and when I use long words and stuff:)))
            I like baseball too, and I think it’s kinda stupid that girls can ONLY play softball (I mean it’s like way harder to learn how to pitch a softball than a baseball, so if you’re trying to make it easier for girls…*eyeroll*) (but this is a long time sore spot of mine so just ignore me) (also I have a good arm so I get kind of mad that I can’t be a normal pitcher:)) ANYHOO, I like softball too because I mean hey, it’s a sport, and soccer is awesome, but my favorite is hands down basketball. I mean look at my profile pic. :)))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, you should! It is amazing! :)
            No, I have not heard that? Interesting…. :)
            Yeah, cats are pretty little things, but I prefer tigers and horses. I joke that someday I will have a real tiger as my “guard-dog.” Lol! :) Also, I LOVE dogs! We did have three, but recently, our dog, Sadie, came down with a sort of disease that paralyzed her hind leg. :( It was extremely depressing to see her trying to run around, and not being able to control her body. :( So sad! :( We ended up giving her to a shelter that gave her the therapy she needed. Then, about four days after we brought her there, we got news that some people adopted her! :) So that made me feel a little less guilty, lol. :)
            Yeah, same. Two of my sisters used to play softball! And, most of my brothers did baseball! So, I kind of grew up with loving/enjoying it. :) My Dad used to take us to various parks to play baseball with each other! It was loads of fun! :) I did notice your pic: nice. :) I’m really not into basketball at all. :/

          • Amelia Coleman

            Well, tigers are cats, so I like them just as much! And lions and leopards, etc etc. The big cats. Just as awesome. I’m not too much of a dog person because dogs can be kind of annoying at times, but I love the really cute ones or the really regal beautiful ones. I’m sorry to hear about Sadie, but at least she’s happy now, right? We have had a ton of dogs but few have been good with all the little kids so we had to give them up. The only one that was really good died, and the one we have now (Reina, a black labradoodle) is great. (Thank Heaven!!!! Sort of sick of all the dogs…XD) I played softball for two years and my sister for one, and all my brothers play baseball. It is fun, but the softball league we have isn’t that great. I think I would have liked it more if I had a better teammates, coaches, and stuff. Aw, why aren’t you into basketball? It’s the best!

          • Emily McKinnon

            True that. :) I just love tigers, always have. But, horses rule top on my list by far! :) Those are some of the most beautiful animals! I also REALLY like owls, penguins, and dogs, though. :) Yeah, I don’t know why but I’ve just never really liked cats that much. I mean, obviously, I can’t come in close contact with them unless I wanna cause chaotic sneezing in the house, lol. :) That’s true, I am happy for Sadie. I just miss her like crazy! She was such a beautiful dog! She was a mix of a blue heeler and an Australian Shepherd. :) She was the cutest thing, and she loved to always act like she was still a little puppy. :) But, now, all I have is Giselle(also known as Buppy), our shih tzu, and my brother’s dog. :( Well, that’s actually not ALL I have….I also have my little brother’s lizard, and my two birds. :) Unfortunately, though, our bunny rabbit died not too long ago. :( We didn’t have a very good start to the new year, lol. :/ I LOVE labradoodles!!!!! We’re seriously thinking of possibly getting one! :) What color is yours? I take it by the name, it’s a female? :) I could never ever get sick of dogs!—but, I could get sick of cats…. :/
            Softball is a really fun sport! Granted, base ball is better. :) Well, I like the sport—ish. :) At our gym, I’ll mess around in the basketball area for a while with my little brother. :) But, that’s about as far as my love of the sport goes, haha. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Horses are awesome. I really wish I could ride more, but living in the suburbs of Milwaukee…I guess I’m just more of a city slickerXD Blue heeler and Aussie, that is so cool! My Dad had one of those when he was little, and it lived forEVER! I even remember him, because he died when I was like two (the dog, not my Dad:)) My favorite dog we had was Bandit, a shih tzu mix (they said he was a shih tzu but he looked more like a pekingese – not long haired at all, though. I think he was a puppy mill dog…:)) I love birds. We had four bunnies, but we had to give them back after a year because we were way overwhelmed with everything after my littlest bro was born. :( Kinda sad, but they got ticks and stuff and were such a mess (they were outside though). Yes labradoodles are great! Reina’s a girl, and she’s black. We kind of wanted a black dog because we’d never had one before.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, definitely! I have a passion for horses! :) I used to help out at a horse farm, it was soooo fun! :) My horse(as she was known as mine), Rosie, was an injured but gorgeous thing! She had some sort of disease, I think, on her leg. :( It was sad. No one liked her because of that, but I did! :) She was my favorite of all the horses! :)
            Seriously? Your dog’s name was Bandit?!?!? My favorite dog that we ever had was Bandit!!!! Except, he was a Collie! :) He was so gorgeous! Although, he loved to chase Trucks…..I know, weird, huh? I still don’t understand it….He once got hit by a truck driver….I don’t remember if that’s how he died or not….I think he got hit, but came running right back to us. If I’m correct, we gave him away because he was too much work, haha. :) Yes! We have two finches! We have one Zebra Finch named Tony Stark, and one Society Finch named Pepper Potts. :) In case you aren’t a Marvel fan, they are named after two characters from the Avengers. I am a huge Marvel fan….as is the rest of the family. :) So, our bunny was named LOKI…. :) Another Marvel character.—well, actually his full name was Lawrence Oscar Kristofferson Ignatius Prestigious Cane. :) But, for short he was Loki. :) Our lizard’s name is Bucky…yes, we really are into our Marvel, I know. :)
            Black labradoodles are so beautiful!!!! :) We once had a pure black lab, Belle, and she was gorgeous! :) Reina sounds so pretty! :) Oh, I love dogs! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Aw, I think I would like Rosie, too. Injured animals have a special place in my heart:) Wow, your Bandit sounds beautiful! I’ve always loved Collies. It’s not that weird that he liked to chase trucks – isn’t that kind of a dog stereotype thing? lol. But- it also makes sense that he got hit by even (it is sad). Loki is a cute name for a bunny! We aren’t really into Marvel. My favorite dog breed is black lab for sure. My friend just got a puppy black lab and he’s so cute. Our bunnies names were Alfie (short for Alfalfa, but I pretty much re-named him Alfie. He was mine.) Coconut, (Cokie for short), Zorro, and Pip. I miss them:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Same here! Injured animals hold a special place in my heart too. :) Thanks! He was a beautiful dog, that’s for sure! :) I miss him, but I was so young when we had him, that I really only remember bits and pieces of him. :) Guess it might be normal…..ish….? :) Okay, you wouldn’t really understand all their names then, lol! :) It is a cute name–or was….. :( Alfie is such a cute name!!! I’ve always loved it! Those names are adorable! :) I know how you feel. Lost one dog and one bunny within the beginning of the year…. :(

          • Amelia Coleman

            Um, Emi, this is getting to be a really long discussion:) I wish I had your email. Maybe we can figure something out before the year ends:) Yeah, I think Alfie is a really cute name, too:) Most of the other dogs we had was a when I little, too.

          • Emily McKinnon

            I mean, I’d really rather not hand it out on a site people read the comments on….if that makes sense? :/ Yeah, give me a little while, and I’ll see what I can do, okay?–don’t be surprised if I take a few days….just be patient with me, eh? :) Alfie is an adorable name! :) I love it! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh yes, of course! I don’t even think it’s allowed (much less a smart thing to do). Maybe someday…we can figure it out… XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            Definitely! I’m still thinking, haha….But, as I said, it may take a while for me to figure something out. :) I’ll just keep up with the Bayley Bulletin, constantly checking the comments until then!–which won’t be very hard as I have been doing that forever, anyway! :) Hopefully, I’ll figure something out like, within the month….I’ll see…. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes!

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) Still thought-processing, haha. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha me too. We’ll probably have to ask someone

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, like I said: you’re gonna have to give me a few days to kinda sleep on it, haha! :) I need to go through a few things first anyway. :/ :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            ok:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Please don’t think I’m like, trying to lay it off as late as possible! ‘Cause, I’m really not! I promise! :) But, currently, I’m trying to finish some Algebra Tests, and they are not going very well….I keep getting distracted. :) I promise I really am thinking about it, though! Just give me a while, and don’t stop talking to me, okay? Haha! :) I will work this out! :) Trust me, there will be an answer before the end of the year! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh no! I totally trust you! I mean, you don’t have to figure the whole thing out by yourself! I can help, too! And…I understand about Algebra. Kindred spirits on that front we are. You just keep focusing!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, goody! I could use the help! :) Yeah, no kidding. But, the good news is I sent one in a bit ago, and got 90! *phew* I feel so much better about myself now, lol! :) Now, I just have to finish all the others….ugh….where’s my coffee? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hey good job! My worst math grade ever was…a…75 *hiding in the closet*. So you’re not alone.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, trust me, I have gotten WAY WORSE than that! You do not want to do as badly as I did last year with Algebra 1! Okay, well I’m over exaggerating, I didn’t do TOO badly. But, a few of my tests came back with some pretty poor grades…. :(

          • Amelia Coleman

            That makes me feel better, actually. Thanks Emi!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, yeah. :) No problem! :) Your grade is actually very good! If that’s your worst, than you’re gonna make it to college easy! :) As for me, I may have a little bit of trouble. :/ I’m doing better in Algebra 2 than I did in Algebra 1, though. Weird, huh? :) I guess, I’m just beginning to improve, haha! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Well you probably just got the hang of it, you know? I like the Seton tests because they’re multiple choice. Much easier than having to tell the exact answer and show your work, in my opinion!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, that’s probably it! :) I do really like Seton’s tests! Got to agree with you there, Mia! :) Of course, if you get under 70, then you have to redo the test–on paper! :/ And, send it in by mail to Seton! :( Yeah, there’s a reason why I try to do better, haha! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh – phew! Just missed!! Dang, that motivates me to do well on my Math tests…also, grammar??! Could you do the grammar last year? It’s SO hard for me!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, grammar was actually really simple for me. :/ :) I mean, my overall grade for that subject was 94. So, not too bad, right? :) You just gotta give yourself the motivation you need! Really, my first quarter of grammar wasn’t very well done, but afterwards, I did great! :) Just gotta keep trying! You can do this, Mia! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Wow that’s good! I can do the composition fine, but all the direct objects and diagramming and prepositions? Ick!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, really? I like to diagram! :) Granted, I’m not really good at it, I just enjoy doing it. :) I’m a weirdo sometimes, haha! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Well, I guess diagramming is okay. I just don’t get grammar, really.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, hmm. Interesting. I thought it was super easy. Oh, well! That’s just my opinion! :) What kind of science are you doing? Cause, you’re in 9th grade, right? So, you should be doing Physical Science, correct? Or are you doing something else? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yup, I am! Well, I guess we all have our strengths. Geez girl, was anything hard for you, or are you just a genius?! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, many things were hard. I just have this weird love for school. :/ I’m not a genius at all, don’t flatter me. ;) If it makes you feel any better, my overall for Algebra 1 was only 85. *facepalm*, that’s when I felt like a failure. Even though, according to siblings that’s “good.” :/ Also, it’s just because I have so many older siblings who can “help out”–every rare so often. :/ Also, it’s because I have my Dad help me with some Math tests. :) Boy, it’s convenient to be the eighth of the family some times, haha. :) Do not feel bad, Mia. You’ll probably beat me in college–you know, Dallas U? :) Then, I’ll feel more like a failure. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Have you done geography yet? They said it’d be hard but it’s super easy. My grade is 98 so far.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes! I did geography last year! I LOVED it! My overall grade for that was 95! Not too bad, huh? :) It was SO simple! Plus, it was SUPER interesting! :) Now, I’m doing Biography! And, loving it! I mean, I was told be so many siblings that Biography was the worst for them, but I’ve gotten 100’s so far! :) I mean, so far I have 94 for First Quarter, and 100 for Second Quarter! I don’t know why they think Biography is hard! I really like it! Especially, right now, because I’m reading about plants. I don’t know why I like plants so much, haha!
            What do you want to do in college? I want to major in Culinary and possibly minor in either Botany, or filming. I know, weird, huh? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes! It’s really just a matter of making flashcards. You hardly even need to read the text (but I always do). I love geography, but quite honestly I’m not a huge fan of the text book – it’s a) ancient and b) I don’t really like the author. Still, it’s geography, right?! You mean biology, right? A biography is a type of book, lol…but anyway I am super excited for that. I really love that type of thing. I’m doing physical science right now, which was good at first but now I’m stuck on the physics part (ugh, math). In collage…I have no idea. You don’t sound that weird, actually, compared to me:) Option 1: I want to be a lay missionary for a year or so, then be a mom, with a photography studio connected to my house. I want to write/illustrate on the side. But what do I want to major in? Nooo idea. Option 2: be a wildlife photographer and work for National Geographic. Option 3: Be a birth and labor nurse!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, I really liked doing Geography! :) I loved to read the textbook! :)
            Oh my gosh, I just realized that I said Biography and not Biology! Haha! I’m a nitwit! :) Oh, yeah, you realized too, huh? Haha! Comical… *mentally reprimands herself* :)
            I liked doing Physical Science! I thought it was extremely interesting! Not as exciting as Biology(I said it right, haha!), though! :) My overall for Physical Science was only a 92. :( I’m convinced that I could have done better. :)
            Those are some pretty great options! :) I have an older sister who’s hoping to actually become a Zoologist for National Geographic! But, she’s only into her second semester of college right now, haha. :) She’s also thinking of applying at a zoo, so that’s neat! :)
            I mainly just want to be mom, I’ll admit. I mainly want to succeed Culinary school, open my Bakery, and then settle down to a nice family! I love kids, so I would love being a mom of ten, like my mom is! :)
            Also, have to add, one of my other sisters is going through Nursing right now. I think she’s actually considered a nurse already, but I could be wrong! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Aw, it’s okay – we both love to read so I could easily have made the same mistakeXD Most of my science grades are in the 80s or 90s. I like that author, though, he’s really easy to read. Oh, being a zoologist would be so awesome. I am so into all of the animal/exploring/NatGeo/nature/photography things…I get shivers whenever I watch Planet Earth (I know that’s BBC but you get it)…lol. I would want to take care of the big cats; they’re my favorite.
            Wow, cool about your sister! Everyone in your family sounds awesome. I want to be a Mom, too, but I don’t care if I have 1 kid or 10 kids…it sounds really fun to just have one kid you can ravish a ton of attention on XD, but coming from a big family I know the benefits of a million siblings!

          • Emily McKinnon

            *phew* :) I just think any Science in general is exciting and interesting. :) And, I pay fair attention to it, so I know how to answer the questions almost correctly, haha. :)
            Haha! Yes, you sound like you would make a fantastic zoologist! :) Of course, you’re into the cats. *rolls eyes playfully* LOL! :)
            Nah, not really. Out of all the kids in the family, three girls are succeeding college, and one brother just started college. He’s hoping to become an Air Force Pilot like our Dad. :) My two oldest brothers just…..kinda….how to say it without being accusatory?….waste their free time?….*groans* so bothersome! But, my eldest sister got her Bachelor’s Degree not too long ago, I (believe)! :) So, I guess we’re just more of a very productive family! We like to keep busy, haha! :)
            I guess so. But, I’d rather have as many kids as possible! I love kids! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            They also made a new Heidi and it is WAY better than the Shirley Temple version in my opinion. It’s in German, but with English subtitles. I totally recommend it!

          • Emily McKinnon

            @ameliacoleman:disqus OY! No one can do better than Shirley Temple! :) Plus, it’s the original! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            My guess is that you’ve never seen the new one then:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Nope. And I kinda don’t want to either. :) Originals are alway the best. :) Look at Alice in Wonderland. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’ve never watched either version of Alice in Wonderland, (nor do I want to because I HATE the book!)

          • Emily McKinnon

            It’s supposed to be a crazy book–literally. :) Everything is supposed to be mad! :) But, the live-action version with Johnny Depp was just dumb! :) The original movie used to(and still does) scare the living daylights out of me! :) But, it’s still a good movie. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes! I hate weird things like that. Creepy. Same with The Wizard of Oz. Ick.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Okay, well the Wizard of Oz scared me to death! Seriously, I can’t watch that movie anymore! It’s so creepy! :/ As for Alice in Wonderland: the original was great! A little creepy, but really funny! :) I still love it! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’ve never watched or even read all of it. I just really don’t like that type of thing

          • Emily McKinnon

            @ameliacoleman:disqus Well, to each his own. :) I like silly things, at times. :) Also I really only like them because I grew up with them.—I know, I use that excuse a lot. But, I grew up with a LOT of Disney! :) Also, in our other discussion, Mia, I heard you speak a little German? How much, mein Freund? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Okay, yes, to each his own:) I didn’t grow up with a lot of Disney, even though when I was like 5 I adored the princesses (who didn’t when they were 5:)) I know a very very klein amount of Deutsche. lol

          • Emily McKinnon

            Fair enough. Disney, LOTR, and the Narnia books/movies are my childhood, so, I can’t very well argue. :)
            Yep! I loved the princesses when I was littler! Especially Cinderella! I always thought she was such a good role model because she was always nice no matter what! :) That’s why I like the newer version so much, because of that one quote: “Have Courage, and Be Kind.” Pure inspiration! :) Ah, sprechen Sie Deutsches! :)
            Parlez vous Français? :) Je parle un peu du Français. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Nope, I don’t speak French. At least I could tell what language that was though XD. All I know is Bonjour and Oui and Non and how to count up to ten:)) Yeah, the new Cinderella is pretty good, isn’t it. She is a good role model, especially compared to the newer princesses (have you heard of Elena? and Frozen has its issues). The Hobbit, Narnia, and Little House on the Prairie were all childhood favs, but LotR I first read when I was 11. I loved it so much that I read it three more times, including to my grandma. It took about three years to read the Hobbit and LotR to her because we could only read while on vacation down there in NM (so, once or twice a year) and only when we were driving places in the car (like on the way home from Mass or restaurants). It was really fun.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, vous ne parlez pas français? That’s too bad. :) Well, I’m sure you can tell that I do, lol! :) Well, then, technically you can speak a little, right? ;) Yes! Cinderella is such a great role model! Better than Elsa and all those others. :) I’ve heard of Elena, though I haven’t seen anything. :/ Little House on the Prairie? I used to love watching that show with my sisters and mom(the boys were convinced it was too girly for them, lol). :) I didn’t necessarily grow up with it though. :) Nope, Disney is almost entirely my childhood. In fact, if one were to ask what was the one word which would describe my childhood, it would, without a doubt, be Disney. :) My dad used to read the LOTR books to use when I was younger. SInce then, I have reread them many times! And, I still love them so much! :) That does sound fun! I wish I could’ve lived closer to my family. :( My Grandfathers died when I was extremely young, and my Grandmas live in CA. Even now, though, one of them is dying…. :( Keep her in your prayers please!
            But, that does sound like great fun! :) I bet, your Grandma loved every minute of it. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh yes, I will keep her in my prayers. Do you ever get to visit in Cali? I’ve never been, but it sounds awesome!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks, Mia! :) I visit only every so often when we have the chance. We have a very BUSY household. :) But, I visited California two years ago! :) It really is quite beautiful! But, also very chaotic. :/

          • Amelia Coleman

            Chaotic? Like…super populated and secular?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yep, that’s about it. :/ I mainly recalling driving through Vegas. *Ugh* That was terrifying! :) It’s not too bad, though. I really do prefer TX and CO over it, I will admit! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh I can’t even imagine driving through Vegas! Two of my favorite states ever are TX and CO.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Seriously?!?!?!? I mean, TX is my “home state.”—ish. :) I just call it that because I’ve lived there so many times, haha. Seriously, the majority of my life was spent in TX. :) The family’s actually seriously considering moving back there! Which, I wold be all for seeing as how that’s where two of my older sisters(and their families) live as well! :) But, CO is pretty good too, I guess. I just don’t really like the people out here, haha. :/ In TX everyone’s always so friendly and outgoing. Whereas, here, everyone’s a little….ummm, how do I say it?….weird…..? :/ But, I vouch for saying that CO has some of the most gorgeous scenery ever! Especially, when it snows! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yeah, CO is so beautiful. I haven’t been to Texas much, just El Paso a couple times when I was little. My grandma and grandpa race horses and owned a house there, so it was fun. I wish I remembered more. Sure, all I can say is…there’s a HYOOJ difference between in NM folks and the WI folks. Culture, style, attitudes, “norms” – all so different. I kind of like the differences between states, though. It makes America more interesting. I wish I could travel as much as your family does! Also, I may go to Dallas U for collage. Or maybe Christendom, or Steubenville…where are you going? Do you know?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Tis indeed…. :) I lived in a small little town called Wichita Falls, TX. It’s about two hours from Dallas….possibly less. :)
            Well, the only traveling we do now is mainly going to and from TX to visit/help out family. :) Also, my older sis and I are gonna be going to NC for a friends wedding! :) I’m so excited because I will finally be able to visit somewhere different for the first time in like….years… :)
            I’m not entirely sure as of yet. I think that I’m just gonna start out by going to a community college. :) Then, I’m hoping to transfer to someplace that’s well-known for Culinary(though I know that is highly improbable). :) I’ll probably end up just sticking to a community college. Granted, if I move back to TX, I’ll most likely start going to either A&M or Dallas U. :) Hey, if I make it to Dallas U, I’ll meet you there, LOL! :) Right now, though, I’m trying to get a few things sorted out. I want to finish up some more school before really deciding, you know? :) Though, I really do want to go to Dalls U. I’ve heard some really good things about it. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’ve heard the NC is supposed to be beautiful! Have fun!
            Yay! I hope we meet up! I wonder if we’ll remember each other lol:) It seems so far away

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, I was born in SC, and we used to visit the same friends in NC. :) I remember vaguely…. :) Thanks! I’m excited to get out of CO! LOL! :)
            I could never forget you, Mia!!!! Why, your name reminds me too much of Mia from Princess Diaries! :) Every time I watch those movies, I’ll immediately think of you! :) Seriously, I could never forget everyone that I’ve met over Seton! :) Especially you! We have too much in common, and you’re not an easy person to forget. :) Well, if you think about it, it isn’t too far away. I mean, I’m hoping to start 11th grade by the end of Summer, then I only have one more year of High School.–if I even do 12th grade, lol. :) And, you’re only a year behind me school-wise, right? It’ll happen! And besides, even if it doesn’t: if you go to Dallas U, I’ll still be coming down to visit family! So, I’ll be able to visit with you too! :) This is gonna be fantastic! And, it WILL happen! Someday, I AM going to meet all of you! :) You know, if you come out for the Annual Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage, we’d be able to meet even sooner! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            You want to get out of CO?!? Girl? U crazy?! But I actually get it – it’s good to have a change of scenery once in a while:)
            Every time you watch princess diaries…oh boy, I’m not sure that’s a good thingXD I won’t forget you, either, especially when I eat M&Ms:) Speaking of candy, did you have a good valentines day? I did. I ate lots of candy. :) Yes, it’s entirely possible to bump into each other, especially if we both go to Dallas U! Have you ever done classes at Kolbe? I made some friends on there, too, and I always wonder if I’ll ever run into anyone someday…it’s a small world…

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yep, sure do. Listen, the people out here are…how to say it?…questionable sometimes. :/ I get so sick of them so easily! :/ Yeah, I would love to move back to TX! :) Love that state!
            It’s the nickname, really. I’ll hear them say “mia”, and I’ll be like: “Oh! That’s my bestie that I never met!” Haha! :)
            Candy and I are the best of friends, lol! :) Sounds about right: chocolate, Em, same thing, right? :)
            I did! I had a big surprise from my older sis! I came back up into our room, and found a little vase of white roses and a little cup full of M&M’s!–Plus, a little box of assorted chocolates! It was really great! Then, we all went out and saw The Lego Batman Movie! Best Valentines ever, right? Haha! :)
            If we both go to Dallas U, I’ll be in constant search for you! :)
            No, I’ve actually never done anything with Kolbe. I’ve heard bits and pieces about it. What is it, exactly? :) Tis a small world, indeed. I’m sure we’ll met in good time. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Wow that sounds like a fun day! My family went to a party so I got some peace and quiet. Best valentine ever. Lol, I hope we end up meeting each other someday, too. Kolbe is sort of like Seton except online. I did German through them, and a couple of online classes (2 LotR classes and a photography)

          • Emily McKinnon

            It was! :) Must be nice to have some quiet, haha! I’m still stuck with 6 of my siblings at home… :( ;) Okay, that’s what I assumed it was, but I wasn’t completely sure. No, I’ve never used any of their stuff. :) I use Rosetta Stone for my French. :) It sounds like loads of fun though! I’ll have to look further into it! :) Oh, I’m sure we’ll meet someday–if it’s meant to be. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I learned Chinese through Rosetta Stone when I was eight. I was so weird when I was 8 – I was completely obsessed with China, dinosaurs, and American Girl dolls. I was an insane tomboy. I went around with a belt on and said my name was James Alexander. Yes. That weird. I forgot a lot of the Chinese I learned, unfortunately, because it’s so fun to learn and speak! I should go back…

          • Emily McKinnon

            Eight? Wow, way to go, girl! :) Hmmm…. you were a very interesting child. :) That’s okay I was obsessed with American Girl Dolls too! We still have eight of them! :) I was always obsessed with French, German, and the Andy Griffith Show. Don’t know if that even makes you feel any better, haha. :) I just loved watching that show, and then trying to peel apples with a knife all in one piece just like he always did! :) Yes, you should relearn it all! Then I can have conversations in French with you and you can talk back in Chinese, haha! Sound good? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes, quite interesting XD Hey, we have eight too! Or maybe seven? Mine are Josefina, Kaya, and Saige :) Oh, we love the Andy Griffith show over here! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the apple one, though…my favorite episode is called “The Big House”. When you get a break from school, watch it and laugh at Barney and think of me:) Sure, we can try to have a conversation but…it might last one sentence long.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Really?!? Nice! Mine are Kit, Marie Grace, Rebecca, and one of the dolls that is meant to look like me. :) Total we have: Josefina, Kit, Rebecca, Marie Grace, Cecile, Carolina, Ruthie, and two of the dolls to look like us. So, I guess we actually have nine, haha! :)
            Oh really? Yay! Well, I just remember one episode that Andy is peeling an apple, and he’s trying to get it without breaking a piece. I don’t know the name of the episode, but I know it’s the one with an angry guy who’s car broke down, and he wants to just get back to his work. But, it’s a Sunday, and no one works that day. Haha! :) I lOVE that episode! I’ll try to watch it with my lunch, haha! :) Yes, I’ll definitely think of you! :) Isn’t Barney just like the dork-iest, funniest guy ever? Every time he opens his mouth, I’m pretty sure I’m already cracking up! :)
            Well, sure long as we can still converse, right? :) I love talking to you anyway possible, Mia! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh that’s cool! The others ones we have are Elizabeth (Felicity’s friend), Caroline, Kirsten, and lookalikes.
            I love Barney! And he reminds me of my goofy brother so much…
            Well, we can try! Um, Ni Hao?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Cool! :) I used to LOVE getting new American Girl Dolls! :)
            Barney just reminds me of my family in general. Mainly, one of mu older sisters who cracks up so much when she watches that show! :) And, her laugh is so contagious, that you can’t help but laugh along with her! :)
            Je ne parle pas chinois. :/ :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            haha

          • Emily McKinnon

            You know, in French, I literally just said: I don’t speak Chinese. :) Our discussion of two different languages ended very quickly, haha! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha yes:

            Me: Hi
            You: I don’t speak Chinese

            The end.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Best conversation ever! Haha! :) Shall we try again? :)
            Bonjour, Mademoiselle Coleman. Comment allez-vous? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ni hao, Emi! Ummm can I continue this in German…? I don’t know enough ChineseXD
            Hallo, Frauline; guten Tag/Morgen/Abend! Ich bin sehr gut, und du?
            I hope I got that right!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sure thing! :)
            Je suis très bien, merci! :) Comment l’école va-t-elle? :) Le mien est lent. :/
            I think you did. Pretty sure!–I mean, I understood it! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I got the first sentence, but not the other two. Limited French!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Translate: I am very well, thank you! How is your school going? Mine is slow. :/
            Better? Haha! :) Here:
            Guten Morgen! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Morgen?! Really? Aren’t you in Colorado? It’s abend here.
            Ohhh. Um, meine Schule ist sehr langsam. Ich leibe Sommer…
            and I’m not gonna lie…I used google translate for a couple of these words:P and it’s probably grammatically incorrect

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah. Sorry, I was a little off in time. It was so bright and sunny, that it still felt like morning, haha. :) Here: Gute Nacht! Better? :)
            Hey, it’s okay. I have to use Google Translate every so often too, haha! :) But, no worries, I did understand it! :)—-for the main part. The second sentence: I’m in Summer? Did I miss something? :)
            Bonne nuit, mon ami! Tu sont très drole! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh, I was trying to say I love summer but I think I did it wrongXD
            Guten Abend jetzt für mich. Und du?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, alrighty. I probably just read it wrong or something, haha!
            Oui, c’est soir ici aussi. Comment allez-vous aujourd’hui?
            Also, I love Summer too. Though, I think Autumn and Winter are the most beautiful out here in CO! :) There’s something about snow-covered mountains…you know? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ich bin gut. Ich leibe alles *”the seasons”, whatever that is in German*, aber nicht Winter. Zu kalt! But I do love snowy mountains.

          • Emily McKinnon

            C’est trop mauvais. J’aime l’hiver! :) Mais, j’aime le froid aussi! :) Snowy mountains are pretty amazing! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow really?! Didn`t know that. I can`t keep up with all of these movies and remakes!!! I never was that fond of Shirley Temple….
            Lol, well we need to watch it with Emily and then we won`t need the subtitles!! Right, @Emily McKinnon?!

          • Emily McKinnon

            @gisellefaber:disqus Haha, thanks Zelie. But, I only know so much German. I really only know the basics of the language. I’m much better at French translations, haha! :) But, sure, I watch it with y’all! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            One of the many many things we are doing when we all get together, eh? Lol, the list keeps growing!!!! Lol, I know a bit, but just what I could pick up from Hogan`s Heroes!!! Lol.!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? Hogan’s Heroes is what keeps me practicing my German, lol. :) Plus, I’ve just gotten so used to saying some things in German from living in Germany. :) Seriously, when it’s time for dinner, or something, I yell for my siblings in German! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, I love that show. I say a bunch of things in different languages just cause it is funner to say it that way. (grr, don`t you hate those people and computers who insist “funner” isn`t a word?!?!) lol!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes! Much much funner! Haha! Probably, because funner isn’t a real word, lol! :) The correct grammatical way to say it would be: more fun. :) Lol, I am a grammar-nazi sometimes! :) I mean, I guess so….but, I’m used to it not being considered a real word. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, seriously, why would you say more fun when you could say funner?! Honestly, sometimes people go too far. (I`m not saying that I say “ain`t” or something, but some people don`t understand that it is funner to say it your own way! Uh-oh, a grammer-nazi!! Hmmm, well I guess I could put up with that. At least you won`t be saying “ain`t” or ” I seen” or something atrocious like that!!:) lol!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, not at all! I can guarantee you I would NOT be saying things like that!!!! And, I’m really only a grammar-nazi at times. You’d get used to it! I just have a bad habit of correcting my little brother when he says “Sam and me are going to the park.” I kind of just automatically say: “Sam and I….it would be Sam and I….” :) :/ Those are the moments that I go grammar-crazy, haha! :) No, but I will be saying “y’all.” :) Only on occasion, I promise. :) But, funner is one word that I actually tend to use, haha. :) My sis and I have a tendency of using nonexistent words like that. LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, well I don`t mind if you correct my grammar just so long as you are still doing the cooking!!:) Yea, we have made up quite a few words!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sounds good. I will still be cooking, no worries. Except when we’re on the road….that might be a tad difficult…..we will definitely be making plenty of coffee stops! :) Haha! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, lol, I can see us driving along with a barbecue on top and you up there making us hamburgers. Nice mental image, right?!:) Yup, lots of those. But isn`t France a good place for that? I mean, all of those little cafes…..

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ohhhh…..that is not a good mental image…. LOL!!!! Yep! That’ll definitely be us! That weird car that all other drivers want to stay away from, haha! :)I’ll drive like I own the road, okay with you? LOL! Truth! France is a great place for coffee and little pastries. So, we’re gonna have to try every cafe we pass, alrighty? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea it is rather disturbing. yea, but hey! the weird car is probably always the fun car too!! And of course we will rule the road!! Umm, but don`t people drive on the wrong side of the road in England? That could take some getting used to….
            ohhh dear, I think I am going to get super fat on this trip. between your cooking and French cafes. And then the English have their tea and cakes and such. And the Russians are into…hmm, what are they into? sausages or something? well, anyway, this is sounding more and more dangerous!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, yeah……..Me? Driving on the other side of the road…..ooooooo…..yeah, we might all die….? You okay with that? LOL! :)
            Well, we can all go on a diet beforehand, then that way we HAVE to eat more! :) Problem-o solved! LOL! :)
            Lol, what are the Russians into aside from bombs and insulting phrases…? LOL! :) Nah, the Germans are the ones who are into sausage. Dangerous, but fun/exciting, right? I mean, I’m psyched! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, you`ll be fine. Besides, I`d rather die in Europe anyways…..lol, jk!!!
            ummm, yea, right. I don`t think that will help much. I can envision myself in one of those French Cafes…….it wouldn`t be pretty! Lol!:)
            Lol, well maybe we shouldn`t go to Russia if you speak like that!! you could get us shot or something!! Lol, jk!! Well, I guess they have Borscht and Blini and caviar (*shivers) and stroganoff and such. hmmm, not so sure about that. We might just have to raid a French café before going to Russia. Fill up on éclairs and such ya know.
            Oh right. Well, when we go to Germany we can have sausage. And sauerbraten and bratwurst and schnitzel and pumpernickel. Hmmm, not so sure about all that stuff ether……
            And yea, sauerbraten sounds dangerous…….wait, I don`t think that is what you meant!! Lol!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Goody to that, ’cause we probably will die. :) LOL!
            Are you kidding? We’re gonna look like pros! :) Besides, I can even translate for y’all! :)
            Please, I would never! :) I know only, like, three phrases in Russian anyway. I can say “darling” in Russian, and “little fish,”, and “yes” and “my cat.” And, that’s about it, haha! :) So either way, what I know shouldn’t get us into much trouble! :) Sounds good. I’m not into Russian delicacies anyway. :/ I’m all for French pastries, though, haha! :)
            Yeah, I’m gonna warn you right now German food is not what it seems….. It’s not really good….at all. I remember once, two of my older sisters tried some of their sausage, and they really really regretted it! :/ They may or may not have thrown up afterwards. :( Yeah, I’ll bring some PB&J sandwiches for us. LOL! :)
            Yuck! Sauerbraten?!?!?! Ewwww!!! I’m gonna get sick before we even get there! :( LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh well, it has to happen sometime, right?! Lol!:)
            Yea, I suppose. You can be translator as well as mommy and chef and driver!!:)
            Hmmm, well, you know more Russian then me!! But I love the accent!!:) Yea, French cuisine does sound better!:)
            Yea, I don`t think Germany is looking good for food either. Well, I have always like PBJ`s!!! But we do have to try a few Russian and German things, just so we can say we did. I mean, you have to try a few daring things, right?! Have you ever tried Sauerkraut? I will warn you not to! Ugh!

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s true. We all gotta go someday. And what better place than Europe? LOL! :)
            Sounds like a plan, then! I’m really gonna have my hands full, LOL! :)
            I really only know some because I have looked up how to pronounce certain things, and now I just use them constantly, haha! :)
            Yes, we can try all the French café’s! :) Then, we’ll be able to tell all our friends and family of our interesting food experiences. LOL! :) I guess we must try a few things. But, I am not trying that weird sausage that my sisters tried! :) Right! We must try a few daring things! :) No, I have never tried sauerkraut before, and I don’t want to! :/ It sounds terrible!!!! Have you tried it?!?!?! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, I mean think of how many important people have died in Europe?! Kind of a morbid thought, actually….LOL!:)
            Yup, you are our do-everything person! The rest of us will just kick back, stuff ourselves with French delicacies, and work on our accents.
            Lol, yea, it is fun to say things in a different language, especially when no one knows what you mean. My brother is doing Rosetta Stone right now, so he has been randomly spouting nonsense in Spanish. (or at least I assume it is nonsense, I wouldn`t know!!) I wonder if French and Russian people say random things in English? It seems a weird thought.
            Well, I have had some interesting food experiences just here in MT. But they would be more exotic in Europe!! Lol!:)
            Yea, I have had sauerkraut before. It was disgusting.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Wow….that was morbid and very unexpected. I’m kidding, I actually laughed! That’s a funny thought! :)
            I’ll be your DIY girl! :) Sounds like y’all are gonna have it made… :) In the meantime, Em’s just driving, and freaking out because she’s on the wrong side of the road. LOL! :)
            Oh, really? I’m using Rosetta Stone for my French as of now! :) Though, I did technically finish French. But, I need to do language for another year, so I’m just kinda “redoing” it again so that I become more fluent in it! The good thing is, I’ll be able to speak a bit more fluently/understand more by the time we’re in France. :) That is a weird thought….Hmm….I wonder if they do that…?
            True, it kind of would be. :) Yuck, it sounds even more disturbing now. :/

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea it is!:)
            Oh goody! those people are so useful to have around!:) Yup, sounds ideal!:)
            We had a really hard time getting it to work on our computers for the longest time, but it is finally doing so now, but he has a lot of catching up to do.
            Lol, it is nice that you already now a lot of the language! I have no idea why, but I have just always wanted to learn French. Hopefully I will be able to! And before our trip…:) But I don`t need to I guess sense you will be there!:)
            I know, it is just kind of a strange thought. I mean, it is so natural to me to occasionally say “Danka” instead of thank you or to call someone an idiot in a different language whether it is Spanish or French or German. (it seems nicer that way, doesn`t it?! LOl!!:):)) But it is somehow strange to think of someone French or German or whatever calling their brother “stupid” in English instead of their native language. I wonder why that is?
            Well, sauerkraut wasn`t as bad as chicken foot soup…..

          • Emily McKinnon

            So true! You got me to do the translating! :) Plus, my friend is hoping to learn Italian soon, so if she does so before we leave for the trip, then we could make a quick stop at Italy and she could translate for us! :) Oh, boy, gotta add Italy now. :)
            You should learn French! It’s such a beautiful language! :)
            Haha, same! I call my siblings things in French and German constantly! Well, and also some Russian things I know! :) Because my dog, Buppy, acts like a little cat, I call her “my darling cat” in Russian! :) And, other times, I call her cat in French! :)
            Yeah, that is kind of weird. Hmmm….. Can you imagine? We’ll be strolling about the streets of Germany, when we hear somebody call someone “stupid” in English. :)
            Ew, chicken foot soup? Yuck! Remind me never to try these things! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, but what if I get lost in Paris? I might want to know how to say at least “help” in French!!! But that is something we could do when driving. One of us could have a English/whatever language dictionary and we could drill each other in certain phrases and words!! Lol, but only if we get tired or you singing redneck country songs!!
            Oh well, I have always wanted to visit the Vatican and the Coliseum!!! *writes Italy on list. There, done!
            I hope to someday!!:)
            Lol, yea, it is so much funner (oops, there goes that word again!) to insult someone in a different language!!! Lol, but that isn`t very nice of me……:):)
            Yea, that is just a super weird though. Lol, but I guess, we do it, so why can`t someone else?!
            Yea, that isn’t on my list of top ten favorite foods! It literally had chicken feet in it as well as hearts, gizzards, tails, etc whatever. I was at my friend`s house, and her family is one of those who really believes in using everything, so that is what we had. My friend asked her mom to make it because apparently it is kind of a delicacy so she wanted a special meal for me……..her mom offered to make me a sandwich instead or something, but ya know, I didn`t want to be a coward. It wasn`t so bad if you just didn`t think about what you are eating. The heart was actually rather good, though a little chewy….loll, am I grossing you out yet?!?! And then another time at the same house I had cow tongue sandwiches……….

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, let’s just pray that we don’t lose you, haha! I mean, our family is notorious for losing kids, so….once, my brother and sis got lost in Hawaii. :/
            What? Getting sick of me singing my country? Nah, that’s impossible! LOL! :)
            I’ve seen the Vatican before! It’s so gorgeous! Well, yes, let’s go back again! Twice never hurt anybody! :)
            True, very true. :) Yeah, it’s easier to insult someone in German, Russian, or French in this family, haha! :)
            Nope. You are not grossing me out enough yet. :) I have these friends who LOVE to eat cow’s hearts, so….you gotta do better, haha! :) That does sound pretty disturbing though. Yuck! That meal is hereby forbidden for our future road trip! :)
            Ugh, the same friends of mine love cow tongues too. *shudders* now, I might throw up. LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wait, you have been to Hawaii too?!?! *quickly wipes the green envy from face Lol, jk!:) Well, maybe a little!:) Well, maybe we should just walk all through Europe tied together so none of us get lost. That sounds rather disastrous…..
            Of course you are right, we could listen to your angelic voice all day!
            Well, of course we can go twice!! (sheesh, you have been everywhere, girl!)
            For some reason, my brother-in-law, brother-in-law to be, and brother were googling pictures of cow brain sandwiches right before Thanksgiving dinner…….yea, that is a way to make sure you don`t eat much! It was seriously a pile of brains on a piece of bread!! (grossed out yet? Seriously, let`s not go anywhere that that is considered a delicacy!!)
            ugh, most definitely. If you cook that, I will fire you as cook, translator, mommy…what else were you? well, you will be fired of everything!!:) LOL!!!:)
            The cow tongue sandwiches were actually pretty good. The meat tasted good and was very tender.
            I was also once at their house for when they butchered chickens, so that was……..interesting. I helped, of course. Luckily that was after I had eaten the chicken foot soup, or else I doubt I would have been able to stomach it!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, yes, I think I have been….I may not have been born yet… Either that, or I was just a baby. :) So, not really. :/ I’m all for revisiting it! This way, I can actually tour everything! :)
            Haha! Good idea! :) I’ll get an extra long rope, that way we can all keep our distance, LOL! :)
            Angelic voice? Me? Yeah right. :/ :) But, you will have to get used to it. Because, Em is unafraid of singing her lungs out! :) As a matter of fact, I LOVE to sing! It ranks up there as one of my favorite things to do! :)
            I haven’t really been everywhere. I’ve just traveled a lot. :)
            Yeah, that’s gross. But, still not gross enough. :) I don’t get grossed out too easily, haha! :) Yeah, there is no way we are going anywhere where that is a delicacy. :( Yuck! Never! :/
            Mommy, cook, translator, adult, older sister, pianist, singer, guitarist, inspirational woman! LOL! I would never ever cook that! *shudders* Never, EVER! :) Trust me! Y’all are gonna get only the best of foods! :)
            Yuck, no thanks. Every time I go to the store, and we find cow tongues for sale, my little siblings bring it to me, and make it feel like it’s licking me! :/ Since then, NO! Not trying them! Yuck! :/
            You’re brave, girlie! :) I probably would’ve tried it too, though. I would just probably throw up afterwards.
            Oh! So, BTW, there will be NO seafood on this trip!!!!!!!! I HATE seafood with a passion! Ask anyone, I throw up after having any sort of seafood. TMI? Well, not all seafood. I can stomach one version of tilapia that my Mom makes. But, even then, it doesn’t go down very easily. :) :/

          • Amelia Coleman

            @EmilyMcKinnon you know German?!?! Cool me too (a little)!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Only a bit. You see, I lived in Germany for 4 years of my life, and I had to learn a little bit to be better able to converse with the Germans, haha. :) So, yes, I know some. Though, not much! :) I also just watch a lot of WWII movies, so I hear the language used often, lol. :) Really? How much do you know? Gutenabend, mein Freund! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh that’s really awesome. I took German I with Kolbe, but I forgot most of it:D
            Guten morgen, mein Freund! I know that much at leastXD

          • Emily McKinnon

            Guten morgen, mein Freund Mia! :) That’s neat. Most of the time, I am just yelling to my siblings: “Schnell, kinder!” :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            “Fast, children?” Am I missing something here…? Lol. I call my littlest sister “keks,” (I probably spelled that wrong – but cookie). Then klein keks, for little cookie. Then I kind of slurred the words together and now I call her klecks all the time:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            “Quickly, children.” :) That’s how I get them to come down for dinner a bit faster, lol. :) It’s just one German thing that we always say when we get impatient for each other, haha! :) Nope, you spelled it right! :) That’s cute! I mainly call my little sis things in French because she can’t understand it. Lol, I am mean sometimes. :) It’s kind of funny to watch her expression: “What did you just call me?” Then, I smile and walk away. :) Though, I always just call her a: “Petite Poission.”—so, a little fish. :) It’s my new “nickname” for her, haha! :)
            That’s cute. I bit your sis just loves that, haha. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha, aw that’s cute. I think my little sister is immune to nicknames because she has so many. Right now I’ve been calling her Bob, since she thinks thats the funniest name in the world:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s adorable. What’s her real name? I mean, how could you come to name her Bob? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Her name’s Chiara (Italian for Claire, pronounced Kiara). She just thinks that Bob is a hilarious name, so that’s what I call her. No logic, really:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s a GORGEOUS name! :) I really like that! :) That’s too cute, really. :) Haha!

          • Amelia Coleman

            Thanks, I think it’s pretty, too. What are your siblings names? My brothers are Gus (Augustine), Will (William), Ben (Benedict), Luke, and Matthew, and my other sisters are Sophia and Anna.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Those are some pretty names! :) I really like Luke and Sophia! :)
            Everyone always thinks we’re a little interesting in our names, because…..they all end in “y”! :) So, the list goes as such: Joey(Joseph), Mary, Amy, Holly, Tommy(Thomas), Abby, Sammy(Samuel), Emily, Audrey, and Danny(Daniel). :) Even my Mom’s and Dad’s names can end in “y”: Kelly, and Marty(Martin). :) The funny thing is, Mom and Dad weren’t originally going to name us all like that. But then, I think after about 6 or 7 of us, they realized that all our names ended in “y”, so they just continued the trend, haha! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh that’s really cool! I like all of your names. Sometimes I wish we had a trend like that. We sort of do – all the girls names are longish and kind of fanciful and end in “a”. Most of the boys’ names or nicknames, on the other hand, are sort of the ‘short and strong’ kind. Lol

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha, everyone I know always says that. :) I guess it is kinda cool…. :) I think y’all’s are super pretty! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Thanks!

          • Amelia Coleman

            thanks!

          • Immanuel Portus

            Woah! That’s fantastic, Joey! I also paint using acrylic and oil paint. I also paint my own house Xd

          • Joey Barron

            Thank you! Cool. That painting is an oil painting. :)

    • Elodie Pierlot

      I haven’t done a competition of art either, although I want to! I can’t paint or anything though, except draw with biro or pens… lol :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Hey, whatever works, right? :) I’m just gonna do my best. I can’t decide, though. If I paint, I’m better at doing silhouettes–don’t ask why..It’s just kind of easier to do the lighting, IMO. And, if I do sketching, which I love, it’ll come out looking like my pencil blew up. :)

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        • Amelia Coleman

          haha – I like doing silhouettes too

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha,yay! Maybe we can start a trend in the contest by doing silhouettes! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol, maybe, but for this one I’d have have Jesus be bright and shining than a silhouette

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, you could still do the silhouette in black, and surround Him with a bright white/yellow–slowly making it get darker or brighter! :)

        • Elodie Pierlot

          Yeah silhouettes are somehow easier… I can draw silhouettes, but painting or anything else? I’ll end up painting more of myself and the room by accident than the paper XD And yeah, my sister sketches but I can’t, I can only draw bold or confident lines like cartoons or something :)

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          • Emily McKinnon

            @elodiepierlot:disqus
            That’s interesting, I can’t draw like that at all! I can sketch, paint, and use charcoal but that’s really about it. I like sketching and then adding some light colors to the background. :) And, I have painted my room before too–but that’s because I needed to repaint a wall. :) I felt so creative that day, ’cause right after I painted that (hideous mustard-colored) wall white, I added a long thick mint green border to the entire room! It was a long day, but it was one day when I felt prodctive! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Wow, that’s so awesome you painted your own room! I don’t paint the house- it would probably end up something like out of a disastrous ‘modern’ type art- it’s a shame how ‘modern art’ is a bit…. well odd.
            Anyway, our house is pretty colourful anyway- pink and purple hallway, purple and blue dining room, bright green kitchen, bright blue bedroom… lol! XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, tis a shame indeed. :)
            Oh, wow! That is pretty colorful. We used to have an orange wall in our living room–yes, orange. Ugh, it was so hideous. Finally, when we paid for a “second honeymoon” for our parents, we repainted it white like all the others. So, when they got back a few days later, they were surprised! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Orange?? That’s… pretty awesome yet unusual XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            No, it was hideous. I’m so glad we painted it! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            @elodiepierlot:disqus wow you have a really colorful house!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            I know, tell me about it XD

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh that sounds really cool! My picture for this contest is kind of a sketch with a light colored background (but then I went and made it all way more vivid:))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, mine is difficult to describe without spoiling it. :) Let’s just say I sketched, then surrounded Him by a very faint yellow glow. :) I always like adding a tint of color to my sketches. :) Yours sounds great! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hey, I surrounded mine with a faint yellow glow, too! :)))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Twinsies! LOL! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol:)

  2. Amelia Coleman

    I’m so excited!!! I do have a question, though – how many entries are we allowed to enter? Thank you!

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    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi Amelia, one entry per student for this contest. :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Thank you!

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Oh, I see that that is in the rules. Guess I missed it. Sorry!

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  3. Mima Flores

    Hello!,
    Just here to ask if we can also use pen and inking mediums for the contest.
    If not, it’s fine ^^, I can try something else.
    – Thank You^^

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    • Dominic de Souza

      Yes, that’s fine. We look forward to seeing your entry!

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      • Mima Flores

        Thank you so much!

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  4. Emily McKinnon

    Quick little question: does it really matter exactly how I set up the scene? Do we have to go off of one specific picture of anything? :)

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    • Dominic de Souza

      No, you can be as creative as you wish, or draw inspiration from classic/traditional/religious paintings.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Thank you! :)

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  5. Amelia Coleman

    Colored pencils are allowed, correct?

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Thank you!

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  6. Dominic de Souza

    Quick note that might be helpful to y’all: if you type the @ symbol and then start typing someone’s name, you can reference them directly, calling their attention to your comment. e.g.; @ddesouza_seton:disqus

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks! :)

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  7. Emily McKinnon

    I just want to clarify: it doesn’t really matter how I depict the Resurrection, right? Will it lessen my chances of winning if I go off of a completely different direction?–if I draw it to my own perspective? Thanks! :)

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    • Dominic de Souza

      That should be fine. We haven’t really indicated any constraints, so you’re free to be as creative as you wish.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Okay, *phew*! Just had to make sure before I send it in, haha. Thanks so much! :)

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  8. Emily McKinnon

    The anticipation is (so) real when you send your finished sketch in 15 days earlier than the deadline. :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      heehee yeah

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      • Emily McKinnon

        :)

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  9. Emily McKinnon

    Good luck everyone, and happy creating! :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      Yes! I’m entering mine now!

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Yipee! I’m not the only one now, haha! :)

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        • Amelia Coleman

          haha yay mine’s entered!! What did you write for your description? Mine is “A vivid, icon-inspired portrayal of the Resurrected Christ. Colored pencil is the prominent medium.” lol

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          • Emily McKinnon

            I can’t remember what I wrote now… :/ I remember I had this huge description ready and waiting, then when I tried to send it in, it said something like: “There is a limit of characters.” Or something like that. So, I had to REALLY narrow it down. :) I think I just got fed up with all of my other attempts not working, so I just put in two simple sentences. And, now I can’t even remember what I said! LOL! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes, so did I! First my description was too short, then too long, then too short again – between 100 and 159 characters or whatever it is is kind of a narrow margin!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, it was ridiculous! I wish they would’ve let us describe it to our own amount. :/

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh well, I guess we made it work:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sure! And, if they ask me what it’s really supposed to be(because the description wasn’t good enough) I’ll just answer with the complete honest truth: “I’m not really sure….I think the pencils just exploded.” :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol…that’s a good answer XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? :)

  10. Emily McKinnon

    So, who here(aside from Amelia and myself) has finished their craft yet? :)

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    • Mima Flores

      Not me, I need to catch up in some schoolwork, but I’m really looking forward to enter the art competition.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Good luck on school, Mima! :) I wasted school time on finishing my art entry, so now I have to catch up! :) Also, good luck with the challenge! :) I bet your picture is great! :)

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        • Mima Flores

          Thank you, good luck to you too ^^

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks! :)

  11. Amelia Coleman

    I’m so excited for this contest!!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Same! Even though I probably won’t win. :/ But, still excited! Nothing could take away this amount of pure anxiousness and overall excitement! :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        I really want to see yours! Contemplating uploading mine right now…but maybe I should just be patient;)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Right? Same here…..mmmm..no, just wait, Em! Okay, okay, but–no! No “buts”!—-Oops. No I don’t talk to myself, what are you talking about? LOL! :) Not too much longer till the deadline, right? Wait! It’s still like 13 days?!?!? What?!?!? Oh…..my patience is wearing out. :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            I knew I should have waited until the last day…lol

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? Now, I’m gonna be arguing with myself about it for who knows how long! Haha! :) I feel like I’m gonna be waiting for years for the end of this contest! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yesssss…..*tapping fingers and staring at that little red countdown thingy*

          • Emily McKinnon

            “That little red countdown thingy”…? You’re silly, Mia. :) But, seriously, though, hurry up, countdown! I need to know the results! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            haha i know i am:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha, don’t feel too badly, Mia. I definitely know that I am too, haha! :) Just another one of my many virtues, haha! (like being silly is really a virtue, lol!) :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            well, it’s better than being boring, Em&M!

          • Emily McKinnon

            True that. :)

  12. Emily McKinnon

    Eight more endless days. :/ *staring intently at the deadline ticking lower and lower* :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      Oh well, I remember when it was a whole month away…but then again, we have to wait for each round, tooXD

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      • Emily McKinnon

        The suspense is real…. :/

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  13. Amelia Coleman

    4 days!!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      FOUR?!?!?! STILL?!?!?! I thought it was four days five days ago! :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Lol seems like it XD

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Heehee! :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Now it’s the 3 day count down! I’m dying over here…

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! You’re not alone, Mia! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            ONE DAY!!!! I much be hallucinating!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahaha! :) So excited! :)

  14. Emily McKinnon

    7 hours…almost there ;)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      down to 3…

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      • Emily McKinnon

        C’mon, C’mon!!! ;) Now my patience is REALLY wearing out! :)

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  15. Emily McKinnon

    What an interesting way to judge! I really like this idea! Thank you, Seton! :)

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  16. Leah

    I like that all the pictures are being posted for so long, because the more I see them, the more I’m appreciating each one of them. They are all so unique and I think that every one of them have something special to offer :)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Same here! :) Though, I do have to admit the one with the description: “I just wanted to portray the world’s superpower, bowing down to Christ’s Glory. I guess my pens and inks did the rest…”…is outstanding! :) I voted for that one! Whoever did that one has an amazing drawing technique, and a great talent! :)

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      • Leah

        Yes, definitely!! It had the ‘whole picture effect’, while still having tons of detail. I don’t have the patience for shading, but the shading on that one was beautiful!!

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Exactly! :) I just plain old don’t have the patience to draw all the people. :/ But, I do enjoy shading. Shading is fairly simple, really. :) I know now that I’m really not going to win! :) After seeing all those other entries, I wouldn’t be surprised if I lost. Everyone did such great work! :)

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          • Leah

            I was going to add an angel in mine, but the rock got in the way :P Its hard to know what everyone wants to see. Some of the pictures are simple but symbolic and some are full of detail, so its hard to compare them :) I liked in yours how Jesus was crying, like He was remembering His passion or relieved it was over :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I was going to draw angels, and/or soldiers too, but I had this random idea pop into my head. :)
            Thanks, Leah! :) That was sort of the idea, actually. What I wanted to describe it as was going to be: “He sheds the tears which He shed also during the Passion; the cross is empty, for His body was taken down; the tomb open, for He did rise; and His most Holy Face surrounding it all, for He is God Almighty.”–or something along those lines. :) I thought it would be a better idea to do something different, you know? :) I felt like all the judges would be sick of seeing the same thing, so I tried changing it up a bit to my own perspective! :)

          • Leah

            That sounds really poetic!! I like it! :) If you know which one mine is, you can probably guess that I didn’t quite understand what they meant by ‘describe your picture’. All I was thinking was ‘I used a pencil… how am I supposed to describe that in more than 100 words?’
            I totally agree!! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks! Unfortunately, I couldn’t write all that. Since, we had a character limit. :/
            Haha, I was thinking the same thing! :) At first, I didn’t know what to describe it as. Somehow or other, I ended up with that. It was really difficult to use the right amount of words. I wish they would have either given us more words, or less. :)

          • Leah

            Yeah, it took some adding, then subtracting :)
            Seton should have a contest for poetry :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            They have, actually. :) It was last year though, I believe. Plus, they also had one for last year’s Christmas Contest(Basket of cheer). :)
            So, which one is yours then? Is it the one of Christ walking out of the tomb(from a side view)? :)

          • Leah

            Okay, haha, I wouldn’t know :)
            Yep :) If you click on the picture it shows underneath who did it :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Next, they should do another Short Story Contest, or a Music Composition Contest. Don’t you think? :)
            Oh, I didn’t realize that, haha. My Mac is a little old, and quite slow. :/

          • Leah

            That’d be awesome!! :)
            It took me a while to figure it out. Also, we can apparently vote for more than one picture!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha, yeah, I just realized that too. :/ Now, I want to vote for all of them, haha! Aside from mine, of course. I’m still not a fan of mine. :/ I’m a bit of a pessimist when it comes to my own work. XD

          • Leah

            I voted for mine just to see if it would let me :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I just did the same to mine. Guess it is allowed, haha! XD I’m more of that person who could care less if I win or lose though, you know? What about you? Do you expect to win anything? I bet you will! Your drawing is fantastic! :)

          • Leah

            That’s good, cuz then its always a nice surprise if you win :)
            I don’t mind so much anymore :) I had fun drawing it and I like it, so I don’t really mind if it wins or not. Thank you :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, but, I know that I won’t win. :) I just like sketching! I figured I would try one of these challenges. But, I never expect much from them(not to be rude or anything,) it’s just that I’ve never won anything in my entire life. :) And, I’m(like I said) a bit of a pessimist about my own things. ;)
            Good attitude! That way, when you win, it’ll be even more enjoyable! :)

          • Leah

            I like sketching too! Well, you are very positive and encouraging to others, it was easy to see that, so there’s something for you :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sketching is one of my favorite hobbies! :) Haha, thanks Leah! :)

    • Amelia Coleman

      ditto that @disqus_YjpLzEGgqH:disqus!

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  17. Mima Flores

    I’m actually surprised how much others liked my painting!
    Thank you so much!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      @mimaflores:disqus Which one is yours? :)

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      • Mima Flores

        Mine is the one that says: I just wanted to portray the world’s superpower…

        Thank you so much to the both of you!
        I really really mean it!^^

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Wow! Yours is fantabulous! :) I sincerely hope that you win one of the places! :) You deserve to! :)

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          • Mima Flores

            @Emily McKinnon
            Thank you soooo much!:-)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Anytime, Mima! :)

        • Leah

          Your welcome! Did you draw your profile picture? I love manga/ cartoony stuff like that:)

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          • Mima Flores

            @Leah
            Yup, I drew my own profile pic.
            Glad you like it!^^

    • Leah

      Yours is the one with all the votes right? Its beautiful!! I am not surprised how much everyone likes it :)

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  18. Emily McKinnon

    @ameliacoleman:disqus You picture is great!!! :) I won’t be surprised if you win now! Really, yours is fantastic! And, you got it done in such quick timing. Way to go, girl! :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      Thanks! I love yours too

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Thanks.. eh, it could’ve been so much better. :/ I’m still not a fan of it. But, I had fun doing all the shading! :)

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        • Amelia Coleman

          It’s good!

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks….at least someone thinks so, LOL! ;)

          • Amelia Coleman

            it IS! miss pessimist… :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I know, I know. Someday I’ll get over that. ;)

          • Amelia Coleman

            you’d better!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Mmmm…I’ll take my time, no worries. ;)

          • Amelia Coleman

            :)

    • Amelia Coleman

      I’m probably to going to place in the student votes, but I’m hoping that the judges like it!!

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      • Emily McKinnon

        I think they will! :) It’s a fantastic drawing! :)

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  19. Amelia Coleman

    It seems to me that you are able to vote twice? I didn’t try because I don’t want to cheat:) If it is possible to vote twice, maybe this should be disabled to prevent cheating? Not that any of us would actually cheat. Just a thought.

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Actually, you can vote as many times as you want! :) Cheating?…well, I guess it could be considered that. I prefer to think of it as them allowing us to vote as many times as we want to give all others a larger opportunity to win! :) Besides, you can only vote once per entry. :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        It did say to vote only once. But I have to agree it was tempting:)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Yeah, so I learnt. *oops* :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            thats ok:P

    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi @ameliacoleman:disqus and @emily_mckinnon:disqus thanks for catching that! It’s supposed to be one vote per person, for a single entry. :) That should be fixed now.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Oops…I’m sorry. :( I may have voted more than once…. :/

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Thank you! Another question…before the contestant photo section, it says “You can even get your friends to help you vote”. Does this mean persuading your friends to vote for you in the comment section, or can you tell other people (not students), such as your grandma to vote?

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Thank you:) I’ll take advantage of that:)

  20. Amelia Coleman

    I like Vincente’s picture a lot. All of the entries are quite interesting, but I like how his is not cartoon. Also the tree is really cool, and the soldiers are really good.

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    • Leah

      I like that one too! The details make the whole scene so real looking!
      I like yours too, Amelia. the folds and ripples in Jesus robe are so cool to look at :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Thanks:) They were fun to do:) Which is yours?

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Oh, I found it! I really like yours. It is different than the others, because of the brownish paper! Also, I like your kind of “spiky” way of drawing. It’s so interesting!

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        • Leah

          Thanks! I like drawing manga style, and I think that really came out in my picture. I’m not so good with realism :)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      I gotta agree with you there, Mia! Vincente’s was fantastic! I loved his greatly! :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        But all of them were good!

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Yepers indeed! They were all phantasmagorical! –excluding mine, of course. ;) :P

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          • Amelia Coleman

            okay I do not know that word. Oh, stop it, Emily, yours is phantasmagorical too!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha. I don’t think anyone does aside from my family! It literally means fantastic, it just sounds so much more intelligent and fun! :) Not kidding, I use that word 24/7. :P Well, I don’t think so. But, think what you like Mia! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            It’s fun to write too!

          • Emily McKinnon

            It sure is!! :) :P

  21. Elodie Pierlot

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! It was such a hard choice! Everyone who entered is so talented!!! :))

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks, Elsie!!! :) Which one did you vote for? :)

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        No problem! :) I voted for the one with around 74 votes- I can’t remember the name. It was pretty good. I couldn’t decide which to vote! Yours was fabulous, I must say. If I didn’t pick that one, I would have chosen yours :)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          I voted for that one too! The girl who did it, did a fantabulous job! :) I love the way she drew them all! :) Aw, thanks, Elsie. :) Though, if I were you, I wouldn’t have voted for me. XD Still not overly proud of it…. :/

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  22. HolyHobbit

    DUDE!! The icon one is EPIC!!!! O.O Theyre all amazing really! The chalk pastel one is super as well and i love the one with Jesus as the gardener, and the one that looks sort of comic book style is BREATHTAKING!! everyone did such a superb job!! puts my work to shame…! ;)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Aren’t they all so amazing?! It puts my work to shame too. XD The one with 74-ish votes is just fantastic, isn’t it?!? Wish I could draw like that! :)

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      • HolyHobbit

        i KNOW!!!!

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    • Alexis Hall

      Yes they are all really amazing! I really enjoy looking at them.

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      • HolyHobbit

        definately!

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    • Amelia Coleman

      Thank you, @disqus_PMpLH6m9aS:disqus! I don’t know which is yours, but I’m sure I’d like it!

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      • HolyHobbit

        lol, i didnt enter but i did the Christmas one! Exams have just been kicking my tail recently … ;) Happy lent!

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        • Amelia Coleman

          Oh, okay:) Happy lent to you too!

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  23. Eleanor Fisher

    Whoa. What an awesome assortment! I voted for Leah Myer’s “Resurrected.” I love the way it’s quieter than the others, with Jesus looking down at the nail marks in His hands, and still a bit of a glow around him. Also, it’s so interesting to see the manga style with the religious subject.
    Other favorites for me were Cristina’s, Fatima’s, and Vincente’s pictures. Great job, all you artists!

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    • Leah

      Thank you Eleanor!! I really appreciate hearing that, and I’m glad you noticed the ‘subtle details’. Thank you :)

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    • Mima Flores

      Thank you for liking mine, I appreciate it! ^^

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  24. Emily McKinnon

    @mimaflores:disqus Wow! You’ve made 79 votes!!! Way to go! :)

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    • Mima Flores

      WOAH! I never expected it to be so many!

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Woah, you made it past 80!!! :)

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  25. Mima Flores

    Just ONE more day!!!
    Good luck everyone!
    (‘v’)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks Mima!!! You too! :)

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  26. Alexis Hall

    Just wanted to say that every picture in this contest are incredible and I really enjoyed learning who other students are in this home study program.

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Same here! :) I love these open contests Seton announces! :) And, I hope that they announce another soon! :)

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  27. Emily McKinnon

    Good luck everyone! :) Can’t wait to see the winners! :)

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  28. Dominic de Souza

    Congrats on the winners! We had some fine pieces this challenge. :)

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  29. Emily McKinnon

    Congratulations finalists!! :) I’m so happy that you won, @mimaflores:disqus! You really deserved to!!! :) Congrats to you all! Your talents are amazing! :)

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    • Mima Flores

      Thank you!!!!
      I was surprised very surprised!!
      Congratulations to everyone as well!
      (•◡•) /

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  30. Leah

    Congratulations Mima for getting first place, and also to Cristina!! Both your pieces of art were beautiful!! :)

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    • Mima Flores

      Thank you!
      Congratulations to you as well, Leah!
      (/ ゚ヮ゚)/

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  31. Giselle Faber

    Congrats Fatima, Christina, and Leah!! Your pictures are beautiful. And great job everyone else! Your pictures were all amazing!

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    • Mima Flores

      Thank you, Giselle!
      ( ^ ^)/

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      • Giselle Faber

        Welcome!:)

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    • Leah

      Thank you Giselle!! :D

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  32. Amelia Coleman

    Great job winners and everyone! I’m already anticipating the next art challenge!

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    • Leah

      Thank you Amelia!! Great job to you too, you are an excellent artist! :)
      Same :D

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Thanks!

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    • Mima Flores

      Thank you Amelia! I look forward to other challenges as well!

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  33. Genevieve

    Congrats to the winners!

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    • Leah

      Thank you!!

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    • Mima Flores

      Thank you! (°∀°)

      Reply

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